Hope you all had a wonderful May Day! I was surprised to see that many of you had not heard of May Day or celebrated May Day with giving May baskets. Isn't it funny how your family/culture can have a tradition, and you just assume everyone else has it, too? :-) If you are interested in learning more about May Day and its origins, click here to visit the wikipedia site. Basically, it is a pagan holiday that celebrates spring, fertility, and the like. The wikipedia page says that the tradition of leaving a May basket has been fading since the early 20th century. I forgot that if one gets caught giving a May basket, a kiss must be given! Good thing I forgot about that, because as you will see, Sweet Pea got busted a few times!
Couldn't get a decent photo of middle brother. He's one of my favorite kids....and he's ALL BOY! He was either moving too fast or had his mouth stuffed with candy and made faces at me! LOL. Good thing I had forgotten about the kissing rule, or Sweet Pea would have owed some kisses!
We made a few more deliveries, too. She came out of the bushes at the next house, too. But we did have them fooled for a while! At the last two houses, no one was home. So, their's was definitely a surprise. It was a lot of fun!
Did you notice the cute gift tags we made? They were also fun to make. I do a little consulting each year, and my rule for myself is I can spend about a third of it on a little splurge for myself...something I wouldn't otherwise spend so much money on. The rest I put into savings for that long arm. (I like spending it on something for myself, though. It helps me feel like my extra work was worth something!)
Image from http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/
With my extra moola, I bought some new embroidery software, and it came with a really nice new cutter called a Silhouette Cameo. Sweet Pea and I designed these tags, printed them on our printer, and then had the machine cut them all out. We also had it cut out the orange piece of cardstoc and taped the flower to it. The machine even cut the hole for the string. I used this wonderful video tutorial at Under a Cherry Tree blog to make the tag. I'm going to have fun with this cutter. I am going to use it to design and cut applique shapes, too. You'll probably hear more about it in the not-too-distant future.
Before I leave you, I need to share one more May Day idea with you... You know how I am participating in the Aurifil Designer of the Month sitcheries? Well, check out the May stitchery:
Photo used with permission from Thimbleanna.
Look at this adorabe May pole stitchery! I just love it! It was designed by Thimbleanna, and the free pattern for the stitchery can be found on the Aurifil website. But if you go to Thimbleanna's blog post about it, you can see that she made the little stitchery into a May basket and filled it with flowers. May baskets are traditionally filled with flowers and/or sweets. So, if you prefer, you can make a May basket and fill it with pretty flowers to give away. I think this May basket is adroable and will definitely be making one as a May day decoration for our house. I love it! Thank you, Thimbleanna for this beautiful design and for allowing me to show your photograph!
NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY....
Because I ordered three kits for the Heart Cone project, I have three copies of the pattern. I am giving one to a friend. But, I'm going to hold a giveaway for the other. If you would like to win the Heart Cone pattern that I used to make my May baskets, just leave a comment. I'll draw a name on Monday, May 7 and send the winner a copy of the pattern. Good luck!
EDIT: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER WAS LYNN! CONGRATUATIONS LYNN!
Well, tomorrow I'm off to Wisconsin for the big Sewing Weekend at Nancy's Notions. I will be staying with my SIL, Linda (SisLH). I probably won't have a post for you until I get back. Have a great weekend!
Until next time,