10 January 2012
We'd like to thank everyone who got involved in our Curious Christmas project or sponsored the site-without your support and enthusiasm it just wouldn't have been as rewarding as it has been. We've brought people together from all over the world, built new friendships and given those who are unable to get out and about to socialise a real life line. Reading your wonderful comments and kind messages has made it so worthwhile.
Let's not forget those boxes! Ahhhh, those wonderful boxes...although we're actually missing 150 odd that didn't land in our inbox or indeed on the doormats of some of our participants...
Still waiting to see your box on the blog? Still waiting to receive one?
Unfortunately as this project has now finished we're unable to blog any more boxes. We're also unable to continue chasing as the time taken to do all the admin is taking away from time we need to spend on developing The Curiosity Project.
If you'd like to chase your box yourself, we are more than happy to pass on the email address of your sender or recipient for you, just drop us a line to the usual address.
So What's Next?
Well...first we have a break...then we'll start conjuring another fabulous idea for our next project. No idea when the next will be or indeed what it'll be, but rest assured there'll be one!
We're also working on getting together an option to join our mailing list so you can hear the latest news first.
In the meantime, thank you for taking part and keep supporting us!
"After some time spent eagerly awaiting the arrival of my box I began to get slightly worried that I had been forgotten, or better case scenario that the postie hadn’t managed to get into my apartment block to leave the parcel or a card. I had finally written the project off as another disappointed expectation of 2011, which hasn’t been the best year for me, despite some wonderful moments in it. I decided to get in touch with Tiffany in the New Year, and when she got back to me she told me that my parcel was being sent all the way from Dubai, and had been posted at the beginning of December! There was hope again, but it did cue even more anxieties about Mr Postie struggling to deliver the precious package! However, I was suddenly excited again, and had renewed hope for 2012 to fulfil the expectations that 2011 never did.
Well, after a busy first week back at work after Christmas I came home to a little white parcel propped up against my front door. Could it be...?? It was! It was finally here! All the way from Dubai (via London)!
I hurried inside, grabbed my camera, and slowly starting tearing into the parcel, attempting to savour every last exciting moment! Within the pure white paper wrapping there was a beautiful black, present-covered box, which I knew would be filled with curious and wonderful presents inside!
First I pulled out a beautiful pink flower box (just my style!). I haven’t decided what to keep in it yet, but it will go beautifully on my dressing table for now.
Next came a gorgeous cream and black flower purse (just my style!). I have already used it with pride, and whenever I use it I can’t help but tell the people I’m with all about the project and the wonderful treasures I received!
With the biggest smile and warmest heart I continued to pull treasures from my veritable treasure trove! Next came an intriguing paper bag, covered in scripture and historical images. Inside was a fantastic magnet, which is now taking pride of place on my fridge! I absolutely love the sentiment...and 2012 is the year that I most definitely want to be treated like a queen - if not by other people, certainly by myself!
Then I pulled out a cute little plastic wallet, with three pockets, and layers of more polka dots, flowers and birds. I look forward to finding the perfect use for it, but it would be great for travel documents to accompany me when I go on my travels. It will be a well travelled wallet - all the way from Dubai to the UK to beyond...!
Finally I discovered a little silver pen, which I promptly tested by writing a little note to my dear sender. I really mean it too...
Thank you Princess. I wish you good health and spirits in 2012. Love from your curious new friend, "
"I received my box in work, where everyone had been instructed to keep a look out for something addressed to a A Curious Person. Needless to say when it arrived everyone was dying to see what was in it but I resisted until I got home. Under the brown wrapper was a very festively wrapped box and inside lots of individually wrapped goodies from a very talented person. The card inside read " Dear Curious Christmas Person. Merry Christmas! I hope this box brings you as much pleasure as I had putting it together. Have a glorious festive season and a wonderful new year!" My Curious person had spent a lot of time and thought in creating a box based on some very sketchy information I provided. The contents were:-
- a beautifully embroidered tea towel with macaroons
- matching pot stand with a teapot and saucer ( I work in a tea room!)
- set of coasters - I don't own any but am always dripping wine/ tea!
- cracker with truffles
- two handmade Christmas decorations for my tree
- little origami stars
- a blue octopus dog toy for my best friend Woody!
Thank you so much my Curious Friend and to Tiffany for organising such a wonderful project!"
"My curious friend sent me a lovely collection of treats, all packaged in a pretty silver box.
Firstly, some ginger & mandarin teabags – they are just delicious and perfect for a cold afternoon.
The box also contained a lovely hand written note, some chocolate bars and essential oils.
I love all things stationery related, and the little set of coloured felt tip pens, a sweet note pad and pocket sized pens were perfect.
The best bit about the box was the three yarns of wool – in pinks and creams, my favourite colours, together with a hand written instructions of how to knit a scarf. Luckily my sender also sent through some knitting needles! I have no idea how to knit, but have been saying for ages that I want to learn; so now is the perfect time!
Thank you lovely sender, it was so sweet to receive my surprise box full of treats!"
"I'm convinced that the stars covering my Curiosity Box and its contents really do have magical properties. It's the only explanation for:
- the postman ringing the doorbell at 9.15am (a rare occurrence for him to appear before at least elevenses) on a Sunday (yes, a Sunday!) with a brown paper package for me. He explained that he left a card on the Friday and was concerned that it might be a Christmas present so bought he would try redelivering!
- time accelerating at lightening speed since it arrived. That's my excuse for submitting so close to deadline anyway!
- Every single item being brilliant.
The first item I opened was a container of delicious spiced biscuits, perfect for a snackaholic like me. I was born to be indulged! I'm also a (discerning) lush, so the "Kate Made" sloe gin was a perfect accompaniment. I shan't divulge whether they were breakfast ....
I'd love to be musical, but alas when I say I'm an expert fiddler it just means I can't talk on the phone without constructing, deconstructing or playing with whatever is within reach. To prevent me gumming up my fingers semi-permanently with overwarmed blu-tack yet again, my Curious magical sender gave me a bag of miniature Paris landmarks and a book of origami animals to play with. Brilliant! I've always wanted to have a go at Origami, and I have many lovely memories of Paris so what better adornments for my desk?
I love books, and am meticulous about taking good care of them, which is why a bookmark is ideal for me - and so is the book! Especially as its about food, which will certainly inspire to don the lovely handmade pinny.
I'm so lucky to have had such a thoughtful and creative Curious sender. "
You totally had the gin and biccies for breakfast...didn't you. ;-)
|Eeeek! Another cat in a box!|
"Me and my sister received our curiosity box on Christmas Eve :)
We opened one part each at a time, luckily the first thing we opened was a Christmas cd our person made which we put straight on whilst opening the rest of our goodies!
In our box we had
•a jingle bell tree decoration
•a heart tree decoration
•nursery rhyme snap!
•a giant chocolate coin
•a card homemade by her mum
•some mini carollers
•curious Christmas book
•a Christmas mug
We loved every bit of it :) needless to say there was squabbling about who got what!
P.S. My cat (Christmas) Evie loved the suitcase it came in too :)"
"First of all I just wanted to say how sorry I am that this is being sent so late - unfortunately I've been really quite poorly for the last six weeks and so haven't been able to do much at all but I wanted to make sure that my sender knew I had got my box and how much I loved it!
So firstly it was all packaged in a beautiful tin, which will be so useful for holding bits and bobs and with a beautiful postcard on top.
And inside, was an amazing amount of little parcels, all wrapped in brown paper (my favourite!) and each had a little label on it with a little clue as to what might be inside.
I was completely overwhelmed with the amount of surprises and how perfect and well thought out they all were!
I am now the very proud owner of :
- A lovely blue wooden ornament which I put on my Christmas tree and which will now live in my study. My secret sender also said that she had one on her tree as well and I love the thought that we both had the same thing!
- A beautiful gingham heart (made by the sender?) which has a ribbon to hang it on which will be going to hang with the little birdie to cheer up my study!
- A gorgeous little tea light holder shaped like a bucket with little hearts cut into it
- A little jingle bell which also had a home on my Christmas tree
- A lovely little heart shaped wooden peg which will be really helpful for keeping work stuff together
- A breakthrough Breast Cancer badge which I shall wear with pride
- A cute little robin cross stitch kit - I have always wanted to learn how to cross stitch and now I have no excuse!
- Some pink polka dot baking cases which will have some yummy cakes baked into them as soon as I'm well enough!
- Some sweet little duck buttons which will be perfect for my knitting
- A magnet saying "Keep Calm and drink tea" which could not be more perfect for me!
- And finally, a gorgeous silver pebble saying "success" - I told my secret sender that I was doing a phd and that has been put seriously behind because of health problems of late. I can't tell you how much this pebble meant to me above all the other gifts as daft as it sounds, it felt like someone I'd never even met had faith that I would succeed no matter what!
So dear sender, I thank you so so much for bringing a lot of happiness into a few slightly bleak weeks and I hope that we all have a healthy and happy new year!
And of course to Tiffany, thank you so so much for organising this project. It has been wonderful!"
Thanks, Cheryl xx
"My box arrived just a few days before Christmas. I was unwell and had no idea how I was going to get everything in order to leave for Sweden very early the next morning. Thankfully, the box proved to be a great motivator and I slogged through all the packing before opening it.
The plain brown packing had concealed a sumptuous box with gold trim and a festively contrasting vintage scarf.
Inside were hand made and hand picked gifts, each individually wrapped with a curious themed luggage tag telling me more.
I was touched by the sheer variety, effort and thought that had gone into tailoring the box to me and the generous and kind nature of the gifter.
Thank you. Your box cheered me, the gloves have kept me warm ever since and the crafty knick knacks have kept me occupied. You're lovely."
"I really had thought that my sender had forgotten about me after Christmas came and went. Until one day I arrived home from work and found that little card that the post man leaves (which usually makes me sigh with frustration) but this time made me so excited when it read the words 'Curiosity Project'. I went to collect immediately and found that it was actually sent on the 10th of December but had come all the way from CANADA!
I opened my parcel (bursting with excitement) to reveal a quaint little cardboard house which I love and is great for keeping bits and bobs in! Inside were some fantastic curious treats. Including a handmade Christmas bauble (although too late to pop it on the tree it's now hanging on my bedroom door handle), a mini camera keychain which has loads of amazing pictures of Canada inside on the spinning wheel, a bottle of 'Northern Comfort' MAPLE SYRUP (haven't tasted it yet but I'm sure it will be opened when pancake day rolls around), some magnetic polaroid picture frames which I LOVE! and some other cute little trinkets <3
|It doesn't have to be Shrove Tuesday to eat pancakes ;-)|
I was so happy to receive a box at all! Let alone the perfect box for me, I had told my sender that I love polaroids and photography :)
So thank you very much my curious friend and to Tiff for setting up this project. I loved sending my box and getting one in return :)"
All the best
“I was feeling very sad that I didn’t have a box yet but I was holding out hope! Then today, the last day of the project it arrived!! And it was well worth the wait!
It came with a little note apologising (her husband forgot to post it – men huh!)
Inside was some wrapped prezzies, a soy wax candle and some vanilla button bath soaps plus a box crammed with Christmas goodies - Two big candy canes, a bag of delicious homemade truffles and a bottle of Babycham which the senders Grandma used to give her at Christmas.
I also received two books – Eat Love Pray, that I haven’t read yet ;) and a Gordon Ramsey Healthy Appetite cookbook! (this is actually ON my Amazon wish list – how good is that!)
Thank you so much curious sender, you made me very happy in a wet and windy January!”
I received this wonderful package containing all sorts of fabulous goodies from the UK! My curious friend wrapped all of the following treasures in a floral fabric:
Whimsical painted wooden ornaments
Fun Christmas ribbon
Little curiosities from her personal stash
Shells picked up on her travels in Vietnam
An origami kit
and authentic London tea
I felt very spoilt as I unwrapped each of the presents in my box!
Thanks so much to my curious friend!"
"A big thank you to my curious friend! I opened my box the day I got home from university, and it was a lovely start to christmas. The box was fantastic and they really tailored it to me. I was especially excited about a book called 'Derelict London' which is a book I have been meaning to buy for ages!
|This book looks AMAZING!|
Other items in the box were:
a packet of cute festive tissues,
candles - 3 small and a beautiful spinning angle candle
a tree decoration
a cd collection of christmas songs
a home sweet home door hanger
illustrated bunting with cameras on it
a gorgeous note book
a tiny pin badge with a cassette tape on it
Thank you again to my curious friend, i really enjoyed taking part in this project!"
"Dear Tiffany and the Curiosity Project team,
I do apologise it has taken me so long to send in my piccy's, I've no excuse, I was simply getting carried away enjoying the contents of the box and haven't got round to emailing you! Firstly I would like to thank you for this wonderful idea, it was quite honestly the BEST christmas present I've EVER had! The warmth and happiness I felt inside when I received my box and found that a complete stranger had gone to such selfless efforts to fill it with such thoughtful gifts, was just wonderful. So thank you Curiosity Project for your fabulous idea!
Onto the contents of my beautiful box...
The spec I had given to my curious friend was that I adored anything fluffy, sparkly, vintage and silly. That I had recently become engaged and that I am a loving kitty cat owner. And by golly did she hit the mark, every single prezzy was soooo me, and so brilliant, it felt like a gift from someone who had known me for years!
|A cat in a box!!!|
Something for your ears...An Alternative Mixtape! I stuck this on instantly and loved every single track, listening to these gave me a little insight into my curious sender and what she/he might be like!
Something I made... was the most beautiful PolkaDot heart pillow, which I hang by my dressing table to remind me of my talented, thoughtful curious friend.
Something from one cat lover to another... was the most hilarious Simon the Cat book, I watch him on youtube all the time and giggle away, it's something only a cat owner would truly understand!
Something Vintage-esq... was the most gorgeous little hair clip that I wear all the time and get loads of comments about!
Something for your home...two quaint little bird ornaments that I instantly hung from my Christmas tree, and they looked perfect!
Something cosy... the best, most squiggly, warmest, cosiest Christmas socks EVER!!! As you can imagine they went straight on!
Something Curious... This one touched me so much as I LOVE a good book, my curious friend had actually given me her copy of 'The curious incident of the dog in the night', I am still in the middle of reading it, and it's fantastic!
Something yummy... some choccy coins, which I gobbled up straight away!
Something Fun... these brilliant little finger tashes, which I got out on Christmas day, and the whole family loved them.
and finally my absolute favourite... Something silly... These fabulous, ridiculous Bride and Groom fluffy bird pens... I actually adore them so much that I think on the big day my fiance and I are going to sign the marriage certificates with them! pahahaha!
I can't thank you enough my curious friend, you absolutely melted my heart with your generosity, and I only wish I could thank you in person. Happy new year!"