Going a-Maying

may basket in jelly jar

This weekend, we spent one morning anonymously delivering May baskets to some of our friends and neighbors. We hadn't done it in a couple of years, so it was fun to rekindle the tradition this year. And it was especially nice to use flowers that actually grew in our own yard -- mostly tulips and grape hyacinths.

may basket in can

Years and years ago -- long before I ever had children (maybe even before I was married) -- I saw an idea in Martha Stewart to use small jars and cans for May baskets. They are so simple and so pretty, with the added benefit of being cheap and easy to put together. In fact, with cans and jars from the recycling, the ribbon from my stash, and the flowers from our garden, this year's May baskets required no purchases whatsoever.

four of our may baskets

And what a joy it was to share a little bit of springtime with our friends and neighbors.