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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Tisket, A Tasket

I'm Making May Day Baskets!

What's It Wednesday #163
It's almost here, May Day! The first of May is a traditional spring holiday observed in Europe and America. The best-known traditions are dancing around a maypole and crowning The May Queen.

Growing up in a small town in an even smaller school, I remember this pageantry as a charming celebration of Spring.

I was thrilled as a 2nd grader to be chosen as one of the flower girls who dropped the petals for the May Queen's entrance, and my sister's class danced and wrapped the May Pole. Ahh, sweet memories.

Since I can't go back in time I'm reviving another tradition from the past, the giving of "May Baskets". Small baskets of flowers or treats were left on neighbors doorsteps, with a knock and the sound of laughter and running feet, as the givers scampered away.

So, I've made a few fun ones to celebrate the day. This one is a sweet straw handbag filled with blooms. What a delight to find on your doorknob. (Remember, the container is also part of the gift!)

I used this vegetable basket as a vessel for an herb garden! What fun, I was tempted to keep this one.

This little guy is filled with strawberry plants already in bloom. The little magnet is a hint of what's to come.

I hope your May Day is filled with surprises and a couple of baskets too!
Hugs,
Patti

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