Oh, May. I’m so ready for you. I grew up celebrating May 1st by making May Day baskets. I lovingly decorated plastic cups with stickers and construction paper, fashioning handles from pink pipecleaners. I filled each basket to the brim with candy and popcorn, and secretly delivered them to friends’ houses. I love the sweetness of that spring tradition.
After a pretty gloomy winter, I’m really looking forward to sunshine and warm weather. May, I have I high hopes for you! (In celebration of happy weather, I drew the winner for the Happy Break giveaway. Congratulations, Nicole! I hope you enjoy it.)
I stepped a little out of my style comfort zone recently to channel my inner flower child with my California beauty of a friend, Valerie. She has the West coast in her blood, and she’s making these sweet flower crowns as part of a way to raise money for a two-month service trip to West Africa. (You can read more about that here.) She creates the crowns in all different styles, and they range from $10-15. (I think they’re darling on little girls in sundresses!) She’ll ship them to you — just shoot her a message.
Willows and lilacs brings again
The whistle of returning birds
And trumpet-lowing of the herds.
The scarlet maple-keys betray
What potent blood hath modest May
What fiery force the earth renews
The wealth of forms, the flush of hues;
What joy in rosy waves outpoured
Flows from the heart of Love, the Lord.
Read more: Ralph Waldo Emerson: May-Day