Friday, May 7, 2010

Merrie May

Since last Saturday was May Day, I thought I'd delve into its history a little. "Chapter IV: May Day" in The Original Girls Handy Book (a reprint of a book published in 1887), had a few things to say about "a very pretty custom observed in Merrie England of fastening bunches of flowering shrubs and branches upon the doors of neighbors." The author writes of the (then) surviving tradition in New England, of "hanging upon the door-knobs of friends spring-offerings in the shape of small baskets filled with flowers." The historical influences end there since my "May Day basket" is a paper cone with a fun, scrapbook-inspired look. Usually I carefully plan the supplies I'll use for a project in advance, but for this I tried to use any and every supply I had on hand. I started with a kraft paper base and added from there.The colorful printed papers are various designs from K & Company, except for the tiny pink heart print which I posted here. Other elements include; spun cotton mushroom, velvet millinery leaf, paper flowers, vintage buttons, Blumchen butterflies, white paper doily, ruffle sewn from crepe paper, colored brads, iridescent glitter, beaded trim and ribbon.The top of the cone is finished off with pink tinsel trim and a ruffle made from old sheet music. The inside is lined with light blue paper, finished with scallop edge scissors.Once it was finished I treated myself to some pink ranunculus, which always remind me of this place near home.

48 comments:

Natalie Elphinstone said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS. I love the mix of colours and textures and different elements. So inspiring, and just so beautiful.

Kaotic said...

That is such a brilliant idea. You make it look so easy and the end result is beautiful as are the rest of your creations. :-)

Chaucee said...

This is amazing! Everything is perfect. How long did this take you?

brooke said...

sooo cute!

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Cassidy said...

gosh ! everything you make is gorgeous <3

blue china studio said...

Just beautiful! I would love to find that hanging on my door!

You such beautiful things. Just a dreamy and delicious blog to browse through!

Hannah B. said...

I have that book (*love* it! don't you?), and I read this exact chapter this weekend! I'll have to make some for our mother's day celebration (altho I'm sure mine won't be nearly as cute!)

jenny holiday said...

Perfect in every way!!! Happy May!!!!
xoxo Jenny

Dionne said...

This is absolutely darling. The colors, the details, EVERYTHING.

S.L.North said...

just divine!
I want to make all of the projects you've been posting! They're so awesome.

Kat said...

That is lovely! You make wonderful things

Modern Crush said...

Just beautiful!!! Love it!

Appetite for Conversation said...

oooooh! I love, love, love this color combination. Fantastic!

Suzonne said...

I am particularly enamored with the punched sheet music. I love it!

LESAPEA MUSINGS said...

So lovely, this looks like it should be on the cove of a Victoria magazine.

Soné said...

I found your Flicker site before I found you! Oh Joy, what a great find! I adore your blog! I even posted about it :) So beautiful! Hope your studies are going well, your super talented!

Mandie said...

This is gorgeous and makes me smile so much! Thanks for your inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Dear Livey--I am crazy about cones and this one was a knock-out, as is every single thing you put your creative fingers and mind to. I am curious about the Rosette--I have trouble doing these right and you have nice little points at the ends of your folds...how in the heck did you do that? Can you please inspire me? angelheartcottage@comcast.net

Livy said...

Hello -
Suzonne at Urban Comfort has a really great tutorial for making perfect rosettes:
http://urbancomfort.typepad.com/urban_nest/2010/03/tool-talk-scoring-board.html

graceandivy said...

So beautiful and dainty! I want to make one!

D&D said...

i am completely in awe of your handiwork! lovely and amazing!!!

Naturalearthfarm said...

Oh my goodness, how beautiful. How do amazing work.
Warm wishes, Tonya

tywo said...

Lovely.

LOVE!

missrantsypants said...

Simply beautiful.
I love all the different elements, and they remind me of floral icecream cones!
Won't you be a dear and leave one on my door?
:]

Ms M said...

OMG!!!!! So beautiful!

Erin Butson said...

this is so cute!!!! love it! acn i have my may day at the end of may?

fashion doll said...

how great!!
xx
comment back!!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I adore these photos, the ranunculas, the colors and compostition are so lovely! Thanks for a bit of spring! Blessings.

Gandhali said...

hi this is a slightly unrelated comment, but it's my first:

how long did it take you to make the ascot tie and its packaging? i think it's lovely, and the idea of using the william morris wallpaper is brilliant! he's one of my most favourite designers.

what you've done there was actually an assignment for me last year at university, where i had to choose a time period and create a piece of advertising/packaging from that period! i chose victorian of course, my most favourite era! :)

Teri said...

I LOVE these!!! I wish I could hang them on every door of my house! Too many guys around, dangling things from doorknobs... they may not understand!

Lila said...

It's darling. What I love about it is that you could use it for a craft time for little girls. I know just, who would love it!
Lila Ferraro
Queen Bedroom Sets

sheer whimsy said...

this is amazing! love all the whimsical details!!

S and O said...

OMG
That is sooooo beautiful I'm going to try and make one before summer. Thanks :D

Xoxo
Sarah

The Sassy Bride said...

You are so talented....these are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! :)

Kris said...

This is so beautiful. I think your unplanned approach was the right one!

Candace Rose said...

Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous! So glad I stumbled on your blog :)

Olivia said...

these are beautiful! I've just stumbled across your blog so I thought i'd let you know its such a pretty site, you obviously take a lot of time and care with your projects :)



olivia
x


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Dawn said...

Wow...love your blog- and love your creation(s). You seem a very talented person:) Thanks for sharing!
Dawn:)

textureplus said...

excellent work! will be fallowing your works its gives me really good inspirations.. thank you!

Shalom's Cottage Home said...

Gorgeous and inspiring pics!

Tino&Pip Photography said...

These are so beautiful! I'm inspired!

www.casaecose.com said...

How super creative! Im about to faint!
but will try to do some creativity of my own this weekend and see if it will be good enought for a post. hmmm

Bridget said...

Very, very lovely! Gay and poetic!

krys kirkpatrick said...

What I love most is your color palate ...so soft and warm. Beautiful

Main Street said...

So sweet! Beautiful colors.

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EdgeInspired said...

Wow!! What a beautiful blog, filled with so many gorgeous items :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

This is ridiculously cute! Love it :) XOL

Linda said...

Really lovely and because it uses "whatever you have around" it's also eco-friendly. Thanks so much for the idea.

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