Happy May Day.
I can’t wait for the day when we can teleport objects by thought or keyboard stroke. I’d certainly wing a May Day flower basket to your front door for you to discover. However since current technology hasn’t caught up to my fantasy quite yet, you’ll have to make do with this representation.
I do love vintage images, and that feels like a perfect choice for this vintage and alas quite out-of-fashion custom.
The actual origins of May Day baskets is vague, but is often associated with the Beltane celebrations. I suspect the origins might actually be even earlier. In ancient Rome the Floralia festival was held at the very end of April to celebrate Flora the goddess of flowers.
While my own garden is just beginning to wake from its long winter slumber, I have been immersed in flowers nevertheless. Today I mailed out the flower postcards I created for iHanna’s DIY Postcard Swap. Here’s a peek at a few of them.
While April was delivering the showers that will hopefully bring May flowers, I was inside playing around with watercolors. Just to incorporate a little extra floral magic into the cards, instead of just using plain water to paint with, I used water infused with flower essences, as well as misting them with some of my floral aromatherapy sprays. Not enough to scent them, but enough to create some lovely little spritz patterns in the colors. I also used drips of alcohol to make splotch marks, and then scattered a bit of pink Himalayan salt to soak up the water in places. Then after all that delightful alchemy had a chance to work, I simply took a pen, outlined a few shapes, applied a little dotting with some glitter pens, and then pasted on a few torn out words. And voile, I had a garden of flowers.
I invite you to check out the linking post on iHanna’s blog where swap participants are giving sneak previews of their cards and talking about how they created them. Fun!
May Day also is celebrated as International Workers’ Day and I’m part of a family that has worked hard to promote fair labor practices and workers’ rights. So today is a perfect day to support your local artists, your neighborhood florists, and all the workers of the world.
Now tag, you’re it. How has May started out for you? Enjoying some flowers? Laboring at something that fills you with joy? Swapping post cards? Do tell – you know I love to hear.