Sunday, March 28, 2010

May Basket Swap

I recently participated in a wonderful swap at my fave online altered art group, Paper Whimsy. I made this triptych
and received a lovely triptych from Heather Corn in return.

I am also participating in Kari Rangstrom's May Day Basket swap, here is my basket for my partner Gabrielle. Kind of a Spring-y, girly, frenchy, pinky theme! I made the banner and fairy slipper, the organza roses on each side of the handle, and the WISH crown. And the little birdie pencil. I'm also including a page from a Book of Days from the late 1800s,
the page from May 1. I've scanned it for you to download

and perhaps include with any May baskets you may make to deliver on May Day. I digitally added the robin. I remember making May Day baskets when I was little and hanging them on neighbors' doorknobs filled with violets, forsythia twigs, and lilies of the valley. It's the custom in France to give a little bouquet of lilies of the valley (muguet) to the women in your life on May 1. Unfortunately, in Southern California, violets, lilies of the valley and forsythia are scarce to be found. Of course we have plenty of flowering plants and bushes, but I do miss those lovely spring flowers of my childhood. Lilacs...sigh.

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