4.26.2010

Made from the Heart with Love ~ May Day

Tussie Mussie ------ What is it? A small bouquet of flowers; a nosegay; a cone shaped holder for such a bouquet.

May Day ------ What is it? An old English tradition of celebrating the first day of May by dancing and singing around a Maypole, tied with colorful streamers and ribbons and the hanging of May baskets on the doorknobs of neighbors. I don't hear much about May Day anymore but I think it's high time we brought back that tradition don't you? It's such a sweet way to celebrate the new season and the awakening of Spring and all it's glories. I hope you all will maybe decide to make your own cone or Tussie Mussie, fill it with whatever makes you happy and present it to someone special. It's still a couple of days until May 1 and I guarantee you will bring a smile to someone's face and your's too!

And that's exactly what happened when I opened the package that arrived in the mail from Marilyn of the blog "Unshelved Words". My face just lit up in pure delight when I saw the charming tussie mussie she made. We were swap partners in a swap hosted by Linda of the blog "A Swap for all Seasons". You need to get on over there right now and sign up for the new swap that's just starting.......a vintage bridal/wedding swap. What fun! Anyway....back to the Tussie Mussie swap. I really didn't tell Marilyn anything much about me except what I am NOT particularly fond of, which are the colors brown, orange and beige. Just look at this gorgeous tussie she made and the colors are just luscious.....the softest pinks and greens and there's even a little pink birdie nestled down in the hydrangea blossoms and a little tiny journal. And she included some totally amazing elements to work with that I can't wait to use in my next projects. Pearls and rolled papers and old pattern bits and ribbons and buttons and an old stamp page........what fun I tell ya! And I am sure even the mail lady had fun delivering the beautiful package for she had a sweet birdie on the outside of it too. Thank you Marilyn. Not only will this hang on my door on May Day but thru out the year too! I love it!








And this is a sneak peek at the tussie mussie I made for Marilyn....made from the heart with love. Happy May Day Marilyn.


17 comments :

Summer Gypsy said...

Oh, my goodness, now I can't wait until tonight, Lynn, to open my package! Your post is so lovely. Thank you for all the kind words, and I am soooo glad you like the tussie mussie. I know I love mine...Now, I'm off to open the box!!!!
Hugs,
Marilyn

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is just gorgeous! My daughter's birthday is May 1st and I need to figure out how to make one.
Cindy

I see the bridge! Linda Lilly Cottage said...

Just beautiful!! I personally would love to see the return of flowers on the door and I would like a Maypole in my own back garden ( or the front, I am not really fussy).
I love your tussie mussie sneak as well, can't wait to see the rest, it sounds like a beautiful swap...I need to swap more..
Kiss Noises Linda

Marydon Ford said...

Oh, how well I remember those wonderful childhood days of May baskets prepared & delivered to a door, ringing the bell & hiding in the bushes to hear the wonderful ahhhhhhh's of the morn surprise.

Your gift is gorgeous, Marilyn did a beautiful creation.

Have a beautiful week.
TTFN ~ Hugs in love, Marydon

Beach House Living said...

Very soft and sweet looking. Enjoy!

Debby said...

Hi Lynn, wow what an amazing tussie and so many gorgeous goodies. This was such a fabulous swap. Thanks for sharing.
debby

Margaret Cloud said...

This is a beautiful tradition and it is so much fun hanging the baskets on the door. That was a beautiful tussie Marilyn made, the little birdie looks so cute and the one you made was also charming.

LuLu Kellogg said...

That is so lovely! I love tussie mussies.

I am so glad you popped by my Blog for a visit and following. I am now following you also. Your Blog is wonderful!

Warmly,
LuLu♥

Jennifer said...

So, so lovely. I have always loved the concept of May Day .... flowers, ribbons, pretty little girls dressed to celebrate the wonderful month of May. The Tussie Mussie is just beautiful. I know you are loving it very much.

Happy Spring day to you,
Jen

Shelly said...

Too funny Lynn!

I popped over to your blog to "meet" you and when I signed up to follow, I'm right next to my dear Lulu!!

She and I have not yet met, but we've been blogger friends for about a year now and we're going to "Silver Bella" in November (In Nebraska??? What were people thinking?) But anyway, I'm sure the event will be fun and more so meeting my a blogger friend from the "other coast!"

I did the Tussie Mussie Swap too, had big fun making mine!

Nice to "meet" you, I'll be back!

Hugs,
Shell

trash talk said...

Being a May baby, I am extremely fond of all the month's fun. The idea of dancing around a May Pole is something I've always wanted to do! Love the tussies and y'alls are both beautiful. Who wouldn't want to open the door and find those?
Debbie

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

I'm so glad someone explained the history of a Tussie Mussie. I had no clue...just like the Dogwood & Redbud Tree. I learn something new from you everyday! They're so pretty!

Collected Treasures...for the home, heart & soul said...

Just found your site and signed up as a follower....very sweet! Hope you can drop by my place as well.
jana

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

What a beautiful tussie mussie. And such a cute name for such a pretty decoration:)
~Debra
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Lynn thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I check in on yours often. Like we said ...You should write a book! Carol

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! Creative girl...

Curious about Halicarnassus? Blogtrotter Two has it... ;) Enjoy and have a great weekend!!

Grace said...

This was such a fun swap! I loved seeing your goodies thanks for sharing Grace

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