Where I grew up in Oregon, our elementary school had an annual May Day celebration. It was a huge ordeal - we spent weeks working on decorations and practicing our singing and dancing routines. We had a May Day court, with a Queen and Prime Minister (why not a King? No idea.), and a princess from each grade. When I was in the first grade, I came home from school and announced to my mom that I was the princess of the school! She had no idea what I was talking about...I'm pretty sure I thought I was the princess of quite a lot back then. I finally convinced her that it was a real thing and I had to have a special dress, gloves, and shoes. I was truly in heaven!
Each year the princesses carried a different flower arrangement. I can still remember mine - mostly because, even back then, I was taking things apart to figure out how they were made. It was a plastic doily (these were the 70s after all) that was folded in half, and then in half again, to make a pie-shaped basket. The handle was wire bent into a hook shape and wrapped with ribbon. I'm sure the basket must have been filled with plastic flowers. That part I don't remember. I was all about the structure.
To celebrate this May Day, I decided to alter some of Tim Holtz's adorable Trophy Cups using DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint and some sweet little flowers made with a die from Karen Burniston and a special technique using Wendy Vecchi's embossing powder. I thought they would make the most adorable little spring gifts to give my friends. Here's how I put them together.
Tammy Tutterow introduced me to this wonderful fabric that is the perfect stiffness for flowers and other crafty uses.
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Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have an absolutely gorgeous weekend!