MAY DAY SPRINGTIME SWAP

When I was younger, in elementary school particularly, the arrival of spring was always a joy. It meant warmer weather. Easter. Finally being able to ride my bike again. It meant green grass and walking to school and playing in the sandbox. It meant my birthday was near. It also meant May baskets.

My small town never celebrated the "true" reason for May Day (you can read about the spring festival on Wikipedia, the site journalists use more than they like to admit). However, people in the town--especially children--usually made and delivered May baskets.

As children, our baskets would be of woven construction paper, something we most likely made at school. We would fill them with popcorn, treats and sweets. A handful of violets. Some emblem of spring. We would leave the basket on the doorstep of a friend, ring the doorbell, and quickly hide, as was custom. (I've heard that if the fleeing person is caught by the person receiving the basket, then they must kiss.) Though May Day traditions vary throughout the United States (and throughout the world, of course), May baskets are what I remember most. They were small joys contained within a paper satchel.

So, this year, as a way to revive generosity during the heart of spring, I and two other fantabulous bloggers--Mary and Shannah--are hosting a May Day Springtime Swap. It's similar to the ornament swap earlier this year, in that it allows you to network with other bloggers. Furthermore, it's a fun way to exchange small items: little, pretty things that are springlike and fun.

Interested in participating? 

Please email me, Dawn, at d.marie755@gmail.com with the subject line SPRINGTIME SWAP.

In the email, include:
1. Your mailing address. 
2. Your shipping preference (domestic or international).
3. If you have one, a link to your blog, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Remember, anyone can join the swap, so don’t hesitate to join if you don’t have a personal site.

The last day to sign up for the swap is April 1.

Everyone will receive, by April 5, an email with partner information. The entire month of April is then devoted to sending and receiving packages! (Just be sure to mail them in time so they arrive by May Day.)

The “swap” is actually a round robin, so you will mail a package to one person, but receive a gift from another! The springtime packages can be purchased or created, vintage or handmade. They can be whatever you would like them to be … but they shouldn’t cost more than $10. Include a jar of honey from the farmers market. A handmade brooch. A fistful of dried flowers or a postcard depicting a warm-weather picnic. Lavender-scented soap. Whatever you wish.

Most importantly, have fun! Enjoy getting to know two additional bloggers during the hopeful promises of spring. And be sure to snap a photo or two of the package you receive, unravel and open. Come May 1, there will be a showcase of everyone’s gifts! Lastly, if you wish to spread the word, you can grab the button to the left. After all, the more the merrier.

Enjoy the first day of spring! If you have to be cooped up because it's just not quite warm enough to be out and about, be sure to visit Mary at Inside My Hideaway and Shannah at Shannah Renee. Shannah is a swap-and-mailing queen, and I was actually introduced to her through a disposable camera swap she hosted. She frequently shares her sewing ventures (the latest of which is a chevron skirt), and often posts DIY crafts that involve fabrics. And Mary? She's a crafty one, too. Her shop is stocked with felt creations--brooches, pins, ornaments. (I'm kind of in love with her hedgehog pins.) I met Mary through a swap as well, and have enjoyed getting to know both her and Shannah. I never knew that participating in such events would yield such amazing online friendships.

9 comments:

  1. I would love to join in the fun!! I'm going to email you my information ASAP!!

    Ergo - Blog

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  2. This just went live on my blog! :)

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  3. I just sent you an email...excited to participate. A thank you to Mary at My Hideaway for the link!

    PS...Born and raised in SW Iowa :)

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  4. Just sent you my information! I grabbed the sidebar button as well.
    Thank you guys for organizing this!

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  5. I'm so excited for this! Just sent in my information. Such an awesome, lovely idea!
    xo Heather
    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

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  6. The ornament swap in December was so much fun! I am definitely excited for this one. I shared the link on my blog in hopes of more people joining in!

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  7. Just signed up- this sounds so exciting!

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  8. YEAY! Just signed up, I can't wait to know who will receive my beauuuutiful gift :)

    http://margherita24.wordpress.com/

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  9. My basket has already been put together. So excited to send it out!

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