Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Happy May Day! Heureux Peut Le Jour!

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The sun is out and the temperature is perfect! All of the spring blooms are scenting the air! The flower shown above is from the Elizabeth Magnolia Tree! It is gorgous and smells heavenly! I am so very, very fortunate to have it next to our patio! We picked it out ~5 years ago. It was only about 6' high I think and now it is 15-17' high!!! (We just tried to measure it last Saturday) We are pruning it carefully as it grows.

P4300008More excitement today!!! As it is May Day, we are now in full gear with our May Day Basket Swap hosted by the talented and lovely Kari. She really knows how to organize a successful event and keep it running smoothly. As you may have noticed : ) The EXTRA LOVELY May Day Basket pictured above! It was sent to me by the VERY talented Tammy. Can you believe the beautiful colors! I must confess that I started getting into it yesterday, when it arrived, and suddenly realized "Wait, STOp!" You have to photo graph it first! Which was going to have to be this morning! I waited like a good little girl!P4300006
Here is a close-up of the beutiful treasures, it is filled to the brim! If you enlarge the picture you can see the detail that Tammy added to the French Tin! It even says "Happy May Day" right under the porcelain flower! And under that she added more detail! Can you see it?! : ) P4300013 Tammy's Grandmother embroidered the two pillow cases! Can I tell you what an extreme honor it is to receive them! I will always treasure them! AND THEN! She also gave me a tea cup and saucer from her Mothers china hutch! This is so very generous, kind, thoughtful...In fact Tammy also sent me little french flash cards and one of them is Partager: which means to share, to divide! This is what Tammy and her sisters are doing. For you see it has only been over this last six months that she and her sisters have lost their Father and then their Mother. I have lost only my father, when my children were very young. I cannot fathom her loss! And to be so generous to part with these beautiful items. One day I will also be following her lead and gift these and other items to family and friends.
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Tammy also included a beautiful vintage necklace!! And some beautiful blue milk glass beads she "strung" with wire (oh, for a future project!)! And the oh so CUTE little green note book, pink, off white and soft blue tickets, and "ride tickets" also! Then there are the ever needed birdie stickers. Oh and I cannot forget the prize (OH that would be "le prix"). The le prix is the vintage flowers, my favorite of all time!. Well, then again the pillow cases and tea cups with the sweet pink grapfruit candle tucked inside!

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I love every single bit of this truly lovely and thoughtful gift! Oh, Merci, Tammy! And HAPPY MAY DAY TO ALL !

21 comments:

ArtsyMama said...

What a magnificent basket you received!!! Looks like you're having a wonderful May Day:) Love the picture of the magnolia blossom. I live on Magnolia street so I've always wanted to plant one in our front yard. Our neighbor has one that is blooming just gorgeous right now.
Have a wonderful day!!!

Bella-Enchanted said...

Wow! That is a beautiful basket! Happy May Day!

Rosemary said...

Wow!!! That is some basket.
The items in it are soooo cute.
Happy May Day!
Rosemary

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Wonderful basket! One of my favorites, but there are so many favorites!

*Heidi* said...

Wow. This was a beautiful and very sentimental May Basket! Everything was so charming! Very sweet!

Jen @ The Cottage Nest said...

Wow! What an utter joy it must have been to open that gift. It's beautifully done.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Sweet and lovely items! I've been waiting for you to show up again Merci...

jenny holiday said...

What an INCREDIBLE basket of goodies! Such a perfect perfect collection of things! Every last tiny detail is just so lovely!!

Lucky girl!!! I LOVE everything!!

What a fun swap this was!! So happy I played along!! I am loving everyone's photos!!

Thanks bunches for sharing!

Happy May Day!!!!

xoxo Jenny

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

What a wonderful basket; such thoughtful gifts and details ~ I especially like the cup & saucer (pink rose girl here :) but it's all great!
Happy May Day to You!!

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

What a wonderful basket!!!! Oh I bet you were so excited to receive it! Happy May Day!

Heather

Sugar Bear said...

How beautiful! What a wonderful treasure Tammy put together for you. Enjoy!
Karla

Monica said...

Wonderful basket full of goodies!! Happy May Day!!

Vickie said...

With something so neat, I don't know how you waited! The temptation would just kill me, I would have had to look at everything. What a fun basket!!

Gypsy Purple said...

Stunning...what a lucky girl you are...

dede warren said...

mary! you got such a wonderful treat for sure!! absolutely lovely!!! lucky you!

Betty Jo said...

What a lovely magnolia. Your may day basket is absolutely wonderful! xoxo

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Oh you lucky girl! What a perfect basket of fabulous lovlies!! It's all just so pretty! I see you also got one of Holly's lovely packs of vintage wallpaper and ephemera- oh, I so want one! Thank you for all the lovely eye candy you share both on this blog and flickr! Your home is so beautiful!
Michelle

Tammy said...

Mary, your sweet comments about the May Basket I sent you made me cry a little bit...I'm overjoyed that you loved it so much. Thank you for being such a great swap partner. I'll be posting photos of the lovely basket you sent me over the weekend. Thanks again...cheers to you...

Natasha Burns said...

WOW that basket is so utterly beautiful......

karin (creativechaos) said...

Beautiful!!!! I was just blown away by all the incredible baskets that were made in this swap......so much fun!

PurpleFlowerFairy said...

wooooooooooooooooooooooow! what a fabulous present!!! i love it =) she put so much thought into that, it's absolutely W*O*N*D*E*R*F*U*L! debbie