Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Happy May Day!!!

The Coming of May

May opened up her basket,
And I looked in to see
A sky of blue,
The great sun too,
Both smiling out at me.

May opened up her basket,
And out the flowers fell.
Their fragrance spilled
Until it filled
All nature with its spell.

May opened up her basket,
Her choristers were there!
Their welcoming
To joy and spring
Was wafted on the air.

She opened up her basket-
The world was blithely gay.
Earth knew again
The ample regin
And blessing of the May!

May Day has arrived!!! I hope your weather report looks as good as ours here in Minnesota...sunny and upper 60's! Well, the May Day swap is complete. What a labor of love!! Hope you'll all received your packages. I cannot wait to see them all! When you post the basket you received on your blog, be sure and leave a comment here. I will try to add links to this post throughout the day so that we can all visit our blogging "neighbors" and see the wonderful creations everyone has made!
Now to share all of the extremely generous goodies I've received. The basket at the top of the post and filled with all the goodies shown here was by the wonderful Andrea Singarella. Her love of vintage truly shines with all of these amazing gifts that she found and many that she made. She actually soldered a charm and made a soldered pen with my name in it..I'm in awe! She said she was inspired by Sally Jean's book. Truly stunning. A heartfelt thank you to Andrea! My next basket buddy was Dede Warren. Dede and I are so excited to meet each other at Silver Bella this year. Yes, I'll be going again and the amazing array of Prima Bellas looks extraordinary. Can't wait! Dede made this lovely canvas collage with a May Day theme and also exclosed a darling basket for myself and my daughter. I will surely add flowers to them today and hang them on our door. Thanks so much, Dede!
The next package that arrived was HUGE!! I had to take a picture of my 3.5 yr old son with it to show its enormous size. It came all the way from Beverly Hills...who could it be from? None other than Mizz Suzi Finer. She packed this basket full of goodies! Wayyyy too many items to list, but it truly is a delightful basket. Very generous. Love all the velvet and silk ribbons. Yummy!I think my favorite is the birdie on top and the gorgeous cards dangling that spell out May Day!!! Thanks a million, Suzi!You are all so very kind. I also recevied some lovely "hostess" gifts. This wonderful basket (below) from Heidi at Birds of a Feather. I had seen these in her etsy shop before and just adore them. Thank you for the very sweet gift, Heidi!My personal shopper Cerri over at Little Pink Studio sent a package of goodies almost to beautiful to open. Ok, she's not really my personal shopper, but I wish she was!! I love what she puts together for her etsy shop. Such great taste!! She pays attention to every little detail in her packaing too. Love it!She sent me a bunch of goodies, including this darling little May Basket (above) with the birdie and filled with trims. You know I used the trim on this page within about 5 min. of receving it. Thank you!!

Also recieved a lovely package of May Day goodies from Amy Bauer. She really did her homework! She sent me the adorable altered match box in the picture above. Inside was an accordian style little book about the history of May Day and the tiny little May Day basket sitting on the chair. She also enclosed a beautiful paper dove basket filled with a vintage hanky and sprig of lavender. Also these lovely cut outs of 50's style Hallmark May Baskets (below) along with a copy of a book also printed in the 50's on celebrating May Day with children. What fun, fun stuff, Amy...thank you!May Day Baskets posted across blogland:
Andrea S.
Sandy M.

If you really want some eye candy, check out the whole flickr pool of May Day swap photos. I hope you all have a fabulous May Day and maybe even a little surprise at your doorstep! Please post those basket pictures from the swap so that we can all come visit and enjoy the day together!!


Sandy McTier Designs said...

Beautiful May Day Baskets and other goodies! What a way to start off a month ~ the first of every month should be started off with such fabulous creations and ART!
So glad I could participate in this swap and thanks again for arranging it.

Anonymous said...

Happy May Day Kari! I just posted pictures of our fun baskets on my blog. I hope you have beautiful day!
xo andrea

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

How gorgeous those may baskets are. We are in Autumn (Fall) here in Australia!

Dede Warren said...

happy May Day Kari,

thanks again for hosting such a beautiful swap. I posted the May Day basket you sent me, on my blog.

Lila Rostenberg said...

Happy May Day! thank-you for being such a great hostess! I have posted the basket I received from Jamie on my blog!

Anonymous said...

Very fun, very fun!
Amy B was my partner and what a grrreat one she was. I've blogged my goodies from her today.
Happy May Day to all!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Man, you got some lovely stuff there, Ms. ArtsyMama! This swap was so much fun, thanks for hosting it!

Kim said...

thanks a ton for hosting this wonderful swap! love the stuff you received! i've posted mine on my blog!

Kim said...

sorry it is linking to the wrong blog. here is the correct one.

Genevieve said...

Happy May Day!
My Pictures are posted! And from the sounds of it a wonderful time has been had by all!
Thanks Kari!!!
You are a great hostess!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy May Day Kari- Thank you for hosting the "funest" ever swap!
My basket from the amazing Cerri is posted on my site. Everything I received is really incredible. I loved it all. She really does pay attention to all the details.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for organizing this basket swap...I got my basket and opened it this morning (finally! Couldn't wait another minute!!) I LOVE it and thank my partner Marilyn so much. I posted pics on my blog :)
It looks like you got some wonderful goodies yourself...enjoy your May Day :)

Merci-Notes said...

What a lucky girl you are Kari! Oh What lucky girls we all are!!! Oh Merci!!
Happy May Day Kari!
With Kindness, Mary

m i c h e l l e said...

Oh how beautiful and full of inspiration your blog (and so many others) are today!!!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I think we all were very lucky with our trades! I have seen so many gorgeous baskets that I am drooling over. Of course, I am very partial to the one I got from Karin. It is pictured on my blog, and is so sweet and springy!

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

what beautiful baskets and gifts! just beautiful!

and... stop by my blog! you won a prize!

Lori said...

Kari, Happy May Day!! You sure got a lot of goodies. If you run out of room to put them in, send some my way!! LOL.

suzi finer said...

So happy with everything I've seen...best month beginning EVER!
I've posted a pic of the basket Kari made for me, plus the basket Stevie made for Holly Dye (who is currently blogless)...
Thanks for everything!

Fiona said...

Wow, what a lovely display of May-ness. What a thrill to ahve such a large box arrive at the house! Even more fun opening it..Who had more fun? You or the kids?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for hosting this swap! My photos are up on my blog and in the Flickr group! Happy May First!


Maria said...

Wow everything is just beautiful. You all are a bunch of talented gals.When is the next swap?

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Happy May Day to You, and thank you so much for hosting this wonderful event!
I posted pics of the lovely basket I received from Heather.

Anonymous said...

Kari, your baskets you sent were all amazing, and the one you received was as well!!
This was a wonderful swap, thank you so much for thinking of it!
My photos and on my blog now too.
I loved everything that I received as well!
Happy May day!!
~Cerri xoxo

AmyB said...

Yeah for May! Thanks again for hosting & sharing. I'm blogless as of yet, but this swap experience and the bounty of lovely blogs it exposed me to makes me want to jump in! I posted pics of the Oh-So-Swell basket I received from Miz Smoochie Lips on the Flickr group. -AMY BAUER

Monica said...

Hi Kari!
This was such a fun swap. Thanks for hosting it!
Happy May day!!!

Anonymous said...

Kari....Thank you so much for hosting the swap. You are definitely the Hostest with the Mostest. I love my beautiful handpainted bucket from Karla! Everyone did an outstanding job!

Anonymous said...

oh...I also have my basket from Karla posted!!

AmyB said...

Oh, I forgot to ask! Do you know the author of the lovely May Poem you posted?

Miss*Laurence said...

Everything is so beautiful and inspiring! I can't stop looking at the flicker photos!!

Jus said...

I had so much fun with this swap!! Thanks so much for hosting it Kari! This is a great way to start off a month!!!
Happy May Day!

Jess said...

Thanks for hosting, Kari! So much fun. I posted pictures on my blog.
Cheers, Jess

Vicki Chrisman said...

Oh... I was so supprised to see that little bird with the flowers in it... I JUST got the same exact one the other day... Loooky here

Gypsy Purple said...

What a lovely swap this was...although it wasn`t possible for me to take part this time...I followed it the whole time...congrats Kari...another winner....what a dear and beautiful heart you have

Stephanie said...

What a success, Thanks again for hosting. My swap partner is off to Hawaii so I put pictures of what I sent and the one she sent me on my blog http://bugonthegreen.blogspot.com/


Nerissa Alford said...

Hi Kari
Thank you for posting all the eye candy. Now I wish I had joined this swap! I'm going over to the flickr link right now to take a look.

Carol Soules said...

I know it is May 2 now but my basket from Natalie just arrived. It's really lovely so I hope people will still trot on over to my blog to check it out!
Thanks again Kari! This was lot so fun.
Carol in Mass.

Jamie said...

Thank you for hosting this wonderful swap Kari. Your hard work is much appreciated and the baskets were beautiful.


Jen Kershner said...

Wow! How do you ever top that? Those are some of the most beautiful treasure I've ever seen.

Stink Bone Jones said...

I enjoyed looking at your beautiful treasures and lovely blog.