Prize Photos & What I’ve Learned From Giving Things Away.

I received an email from the lucky winner of the Paper Ivy September 2013 Giveaway, Rebecca, to say that she was so excited to have won and she gave me her address so I could send her prize to her.  Rebecca got back to me a bit later to tell me she had received her Paper Ivy package. She was so thrilled and it made me beyond happy to be the one who could put so much joy into someone’s day.  I hear her Paper Ivy lovelies arrived safely and remained safe despite some little ones “helping” to unwrap her prize. So nice that everyone got some enjoyment out of it.

This is what she received:

Prize all packaged up.

Here is what she would’ve seen when she opened the box:

Packages tied up with string!

And this is what was in all those little packages:



By now, you’re wondering what it is that I learned from this… Well, I definitely love giving things to people.  I really love making people happy and just knowing that I’ve lifted someone’s mood, lifts my mood too.  We can all get immersed in our own daily grind and if I have the occasion to stop and do something to make someone smile I’m doing it!

The other thing, and this has been confirmed with the contact I’ve had with other clients and customers, but this reinforces it too, is that people like the things that I create.   I’m sure it’s not for everyone, but a lot of people really like Paper Ivy design and products.  While I’m not surprised, it really makes me keep going.  It can be hard for a creative person to keep putting themselves out there if they are shy by nature, but it seems like almost every time I do, I get rewarded.  Next time I’m holding myself back because it’s hard for me to put myself out there, I’m going to remember this and push forward.

So if you are reading this, thank you Rebecca, and thank you to everyone who encourages me.

— P.S. For those who aren’t familiar with Paper Ivy giveaways, if you would like a chance to win a package like this, filled with Paper Ivy products, all you have to do is subscribe to the Paper Ivy Newsletter.

8 thoughts on “Prize Photos & What I’ve Learned From Giving Things Away.

  1. Hi Suzanne, I definately am reading this and am so glad that you got as much joy out of sending this lovely parcel to me as I did in receiving it. I know exactly what you mean, I am a creative person myself and love making things for people (and often go to alot of thought and effort in making a gift personal etc) And when it is truly appreciated it makes it even more special. So please know that I truly appreciate the talent and effort and time that you put into this lovely gift and all your products. I should have taken a video of myself going to the letterbox and jumping up and down when I received the parcel (it was like I won the lotto !) I would have sent you a copy of that video so you could see how much joy you gave me ! Keep putting yourself and products out there – as there are so many people out there that are appreciative and inspired by talented people like you ! 🙂

    • Wow. You just made me laugh AND cry a little bit (in a good way)! How awesome are you?! Gosh, I don’t even know what to say! Thank you so much! I hope that all the recipients of your creative endeavours are this appreciative.

  2. Gorgeous product. And I love the packaging and how you put the entire gift set together. Kinda jealous and also want to be a giveaway winner 🙂
    xTina (from BYW)

  3. Hey Suzanne I can totally relate to your point about being shy to put your stuff out there. Our creations usually grow so much out of who we are it can feel a bit revealing. But the rewards of actually doing so are so much greater than staying safely hidden, aren’t they? That’s part of the reason I am doing this BYW course, learning to share my thoughts with the world as well as my creations. Good on you for sending out such a lovely package of good will!

  4. What a wonderful parcel to receive in the mail! I’ve subscribed to your blog – hoping to be the next winner! Hope you’re finding the BYW bootcamp course full of great information – your blog is certainly looking fantastic anyway!

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