So excited that May is almost here – such a fun (and busy) month to celebrate the end of the school year and bring on the start of summer! For May I like to decorate our kitchen with daisies. They are cheerful and fresh, and they seem to capture the feeling in May that summer is just around the corner. I fill jars with daisies and put pots and vases of daisies out. They go with just about any color, so it’s a nice, quick update that works anywhere.
I even had our daughter make a craft with handprint daisies in a construction paper ball jar for the fridge. So easy and cute. So put out some daisies and welcome the month of May!
It’s been kind of a gloomy, cool, and wet spring around here so far this year. So when we had a nice warm springy Saturday in the forecast this week, I knew we needed to plan a fun springy outside activity. I had the bright idea that we should take our 2 and a half year old to visit a local dairy farm. Doesn’t that sound lovely? A visit to the farm on a nice spring day. Think Charlotte’s Web – everything about the farm in that story was delightful in the spring. I even wrote a paper about it in high school – the symbolism of joyful spring archetypes and new life in Charlotte’s Web. I knew our daughter would love a trip to the farm, right? Not so much. It was more like celebrating Festivus with the “Airing of Grievances” than celebrating a beautiful spring day by exploring a farm.
We told her she was going to get to visit a farm when we got up on Saturday. She squealed with joy. She couldn’t wait to see cows and chickies and eggs. All the way there she asked if every house we passed was the farm. She was so excited.
And the we pulled up to the farm. We got out of the car and she declared that the barn looked dirty and needed cleaning. (A girl after my own heart, I must admit.) Then we went in to get our tickets and started our tour. Just as I had hoped, the cows were right there waiting for us. She said that they were too smelly. She wished to see piglets instead because they wouldn’t be smelly. (Ahh, if she only knew!) However, there were no piglets at the dairy farm, so we moved on to see some darling spring baby chicks. She was offended that they did not have any eggs for her. (She loves her plastic eggs from her Easter baskets.) Then she decided that she wanted to see a tractor. To our good fortune, a tractor pulled in just down the path and began composting. Once again, she said that this was too smelly.
We decided to quit while we were behind and head back for ice cream samples – because, let’s be honest, isn’t that really the main point of visiting a dairy farm? She enjoyed the ice cream, but then started complaining that she didn’t want to go home because she was devastated that we wouldn’t let her take one of the cows (that 20 minutes earlier she had deemed to smelly to be around) home with her.
All in all, not the idyllic spring outing to the farm I had envisioned. However, I still stand by the notion that a trip to a farm has the potential to be a lovely spring activity. So try it for yourself – if you dare. I think I’m just going to stay in and reread Charlotte’s Web myself though.
While June might be the month people traditionally think of for weddings, to me April is wedding month since that’s when we got married. So April’s card of the month is a wedding card.
I actually used this card for a friend’s wedding shower invitation a few years ago, but it could work well as just a regular wedding card too. It’s one of my favorites. I started with 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ white card stock folded in half. The next later was a piece of silver card stock punched with an eyelet ruffle punch on one edge. Then I attached a square of black and white print card stock using pop up dots. Next I put on a black scallop circle with another pop up dot. The finishing touches were a ring sticker on top of the black scallop circle and a pretty black and clear rhinestone stickers in the lower right corner of the card. I love this card. I think it’s simple and elegant and perfect for any wedding.
I recently received a wonderful spring gift from one of my precious students. He brought me some beautiful pink tulips in a Ball jar. He didn’t even realize how sentimental his gift was to me! Our wedding anniversary in in April, and our centerpieces at our wedding were Ball jars filled with spring flowers.
Ball Jar Wedding Centerpiece
(And for the record – I have seen wedding centerpieces like this on Pinterest recently, but I came up with the idea on my own 9 years ago, looooong before I was on Pinterest!) So getting the tulips in the Ball jar from my little student just a few days before our 9th anniversary was extra special!
Since using them at our wedding, Ball jars have become one of my favorite things for decorating – in fact I am planning to use them a lot in our new kitchen in our new house. They are so versatile and look nice plain or filled with lots of different things – especially spring flowers! Just take the round disk out of the top of the jar. Replace it with some wire mesh that has big openings (about one fourth to one half inch squares) to keep the flowers arranged as you want them and screw the metal ring on top to hold the mesh in place. Then get an assortment of spring flowers and put them in the jar. Finish it off with a ribbon if you like. Each jar is always unique, but they are always so lovely and springy.
Ball Jar Wedding Flowers