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About two years ago I read this article, “A Forgotten Tradition: May Basket Day” by NPR.  Never heard of a May Day Basket? Well neither did I.  In the article, a reporter describes a May Day Basket as “…well, I hardly know how to describe it; but ’tis something to be hung on a door. Made of paper generally, it contains almost anything, by way of small presents you have in mind to put in it, together with your respects, best wishes — love, perhaps. It is hung after dark at the door of anybody the hanger fancies. — Which done, the said hanger knocks and scampers.”

The article goes on to ask what happened to this ritual and states that, “maybe the ritual receded because of a national fall from innocence. Or an increased desire for get-off-my-lawn privacy.” I sadly agree that thoughtful rituals have fallen to the wayside of technology,  with its e-cards and short niceties through social media platforms such as Facebook and twitter.

Knowing May is right around the corner, I started searching for inspiration on something I could make to put on a loved ones door for the evening of April 30. Caught up on sign orders, I had asked Kris to start putting together some signs to boost inventory, and gave him creative freedom on size and colors. He brought this piece in and in the midst of our unpacking the new house, I had a small mason jar on the table. I stuck a nail in the board, threw in some small flowers in the mason jar and held it up for him to see. He gave me the nod, and I monkeyed around with it more until I came up with this finished product.

There are so many things I love about this sign. I love that you can hang it on the front door with the twine, and change the flowers out with the season.(I am thinking mums in the fall, pine / greenery in the winter, daisies in the spring, and wildflowers in the summer.) The signs background and font can be any color to fit ones decor. It also comes with a hanger on the back so it can sit flush to the wall. Bring it indoors, and grow your favorite cooking herb, maybe? I love the endless uses.

But here’s the bigger holiday you can’t forget… Mothers Day is May 14! This would make a great gift for Mother’s Day, as we all know that flowers are the go-to gift.  Does your mom have a green thumb? If so, you could buy some of her favorite flower seeds and put the packages in the mason jar as a gift she can plant later.

On a side note, If you’re local, there is a “Celebrate Mothers Floral Workshop” at the barn in Stanley where the Pick ‘N Patch is. It’s on Saturday, May 13 from 10a -12 p. Per the Facebook event page it says “Bring your mom, your grandmother, your daughter, or your friends for a morning filled with fun & flowers. We’ll provide all the supplies, techniques to spark your creativity and inspiration to awaken the artist in you. We’ll walk you through the creation of your very own signature floral arrangement. You’ll leave refreshed, relaxed and filled with the promise of spring. Grab a few springs of flowers from the arraignment you make together, put it in this sign, and your mom will be head over heels with her gifts!

Have other great Mother’s Day ideas? Leave them in your comments below!

  • Tickets for the “Celebrate Mothers Floral Workshop” event can be purchased here.
  • Interested in purchasing this sign? Buy it here! **

**Shipping is not included in the price. If shipping is needed, please contact me for a special link for your order. Please include last name and any special requests. If this is for Mother’s Day, please give me a 1-2 week turn around time. Rush orders may be accommodated, but please contact me to confirm.

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