Friday, May 1, 2009

May Day Fun

‘…sometimes on a sunny day it began even to be pleasant and genial, and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which freshening daily, suggested that Hope traversed them at night and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.’

from Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’


I love May Day. Gardening, Spring Flowers, going outside after a long wet winter. This is only the second year our family has really celebrated May Day, but I can only see the tradition getting stronger.


This year we did everything we did last year. From the flower crowns, to taking around May baskets to our neighbors.


You know to thank them for putting up with us, the screaming kids, and our messy yard for yet another year.


Who cares if they were delivered barefoot. It was a gorgeous day.

I really wanted a May Pole but I wasn’t willing to cut a live tree down. I’m still waiting for one to fall naturally that I can save and decorate. Next year – maybe.


This year I added a bit of whimsy that I found in this fun book.


The writer talks about knowing two old ladies that collected the first morning dew of may and used it to keep their skin flawless.


Yeah, I know it’s a bit Looney, but I’ve found the best way to encourage my darlings to do something drab and boring, like washing with soap, is to add a bit of the fantastical to the chore.


So bright and early this morning I set out to collect some May dew.


Just got a tiny bit.


Found my sweeties some bud vases at Target, bought some cork tops at the local craft store. I let the girls decorate the tops with glue, gems and flowers. Each vase held a couple of drops of May dew to which I added some body wash.


What better way to get them to wash often than to add some whimsical magic to their routine.


I Love Spring! and cherry blossoms, and flowery scents.


I have to admit it’s finally here. I even got some peas finally planted in my garden. I know I’m a couple of weeks late but considering spring was a few months late I’m hoping I’ll be o.k.


Faith said...

I love, love, love "Jane Eyre". Oh, by the way, did I mention that I love "Jane Eyre"?

Morning dew- what a fun idea! You're great at those.

fawndear said...

I finally read Jane Eyre after always wanting to. Wasn't dissapointed. Loved it too.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the beautiful basket of flowers! I wondered if it was from you. :) I asked Prince Erik when I saw him, but he wasn't sure.

I'm sorry I wasn't home to see the girls, but I'm glad I follow your blog so I saw the pictures. They're adorable!

What a lovely, sweet and sane tradition. In times like these it's so wonderful to see people involved in brightening the day of others. You all did. The flowers are planted in the front pot right by my front door. Thank you! ~Jewels

Treasure Ann said...

Oh Fawn, what beautiful, lovely, creative, and loving projects and ideas. I must try some of them. Your girls look so adorable and cute. I love there flower crowns. Have a great week.

Trena Doll said...

You'll have to let me know if the morning dew stuff works. My skin is anything but flawless, and at this point, I'm willing to try anything :)

Natalia said...

Absolutely dreamy! Can I be one of your girls?

Seriously. Just wonderful.

Tink said...

I remember May Day as a youngster, doing the dance, making the baskets, and the flowers! I miss it. They don't do it in schools anymore. Your girls look so beautiful in their dresses and halos! Like angels.

Anonymous said...

good morning fawn,
oh you are such a magical mommy! I love your ideas... maybe I should get that book too.
:) Missy

Natalia said...

Have a very Happy Mother's Day!


Debra said...

How do you ever find the time to do these things? I can't figure it out. Do you hire out a cleaning crew or do you just have to ignore the house to do things like this? Or can you really do things like this and stay on top of the rest of your life? What's your secret? You have to tell me. I'm so amazed.

fawndear said...

I ignor the house! I prefer my children's eye's to shine instead of the kitchen sink.

SkylarKD said...

Your daughters looked so beautiful in their May Day outfits! I should celebrate it with my little sprite next year.