May Day was always one of my favorite holidays when I was little. I really did gather posies and leave them on our neighbor's steps and ring the bell—and run off, just like I read about in old timey story books. I am remembering now I always picked the flowers from not my garden, but from theirs. Oops. They were nice enough not to mention that to me later.
The girls are pretty into flowers right now, too. They love going to nurseries and picking out flowers and planting them at home in little pots. Then we read the care cards and memorize the names of the flowers and learn more. It's really sweet. Sadie loves marigolds, Delia likes impatiens, and Liddy likes the dirt (and she's partial to tulips.)
I was telling them about floriography, the meaning of flowers, and got all excited about researching this more. I found a few books online and then, after trying to find a copy of this book here locally I— had a copy already, tucked away, given to me from a friend over 12 years ago. I love that kind of stuff. Also, I didn't realize there are flowers associated with one's actual birthday, not just a flower for a birth month. Very cool.
So, now we are all into flower crafts around here. Perfect timing for May Day. And I was super excited to learn that there will be a may pole at the fairy festival which is tomorrow and boy are we excited! I'm wondering if I should also dress up. I may, not sure. I mean, I think I should just embrace my inner costume nerd and go for it. But then, do I have to make adult sized wings? Oh—so much to consider and so little time.
Sort of related-Sweet Wares, (the excellent bakery supply shop from the owners of Baker and Spice) is having an opening event this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. They sure are nice and they have a great selection of fancy decorations (in bulk!) perfect for fairy sized cupcakes which beg to be adorned in colored sugar sprinkles.
And, since it's May 1st, a new theme is set over at Tie One On.