May 02, 2007

Signs of Spring


signs of spring, originally uploaded by artstreamstudios.

The wild bush finally bloomed in our garden, so I brought some into the gallery to add color while we worked on the new exhibit. So pretty, so spring, finally. I missed May day this year. This makes me so sad in a way because when I was young it was one of my favorite holidays. Sandy reminded me of it late last night...
My mother would take us to a hardware store and we would buy an old wallpaper sample book. We would take it home and make paper cones with handles and glue lace and other embelishments to the cones. Then we would fill it with small candies, notes, top them off with violets and other small flowers from our yard.
She would then take us around to our friends houses and we would hang them on their doorknobs and ring the bell and - run!
It was so much fun. I really had every intention of making a few this year, but ah... time marched on. Here's to a wonderful month of blooming flowers and creativity!

5 comments:

Kristine said...

Sounds like a great tradition!

Pat said...

I love your forsythia! A definite sign that spring is here! When I was a child, we would assemble little paper cups, crepe paper, and other things and my aunt, cousin, Mom, brother and I would gather around my mother's kitchen table and fashion flowers and handles and ruffles and froo froos for our May Basket giving. And always heard stories of their childhood May Basket giving. Nice thoughts.

Feltbug said...

Forsythia is always the first bush to flower here in the UK in the garden - my Grandmother always came to vist and take away armfuls of forsythia and then lilac to put in her home. It was so lovely to see them here :)

susanna said...

Aww...what a happy memory! You have a fun mother, Susan. Aside from seeing illustrations and photographs of children and women circling a May Pole, I didn't know there was the tradition of leaving flowers and gifts on the doorsteps of friends and neighbors. I learned something new!

Abstract Canvas Art said...

So refreshing to see that some people still take time to pay homage to May Day.