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Jen's back with some fun May Day ideas!

It is hard to believe that May is almost here.  Jen is back with us today to share some ideas that would make wonderful gifts any day, but especially on May day.  Jen and I would love to hear which ones are your favorites and how you would use these sweet floral gifts.  (My favorite is the yogurt cup and flowers.)  Enjoy!

Hi Everyone! It’s Jen from At Home in the Northwest!

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As many of you probably know, May 1st is May Day. According to infoplease.com, ‘In medieval England, people would celebrate the start of spring by going out to the country or woods—”going a-maying”—and gathering greenery and flowers, or “bringing in the may.” ‘ Hence the term “May Day”!

I found a handful of really fun ideas for celebrating May Day. They all seem very simple to implement, so if you’re in the mood to ring someone’s doorbell and run, leaving them with a little bit of spring on their front porch, then keep reading. {You can click on the images for more specifics on each project}.

1. tin can and paper bag

Everyone has an extra soup can and paper bag laying around!! And if you’re short on jute twine, any fun ribbon will do the job.

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2. small potted plant

A six pack of flowers potted in tiny pots becomes a quick May Day surprise! Hang it with torn material or fun ribbon.

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3. small basket

This one is so precious! I’m sure the dollar store would be a good place to look for small baskets. Then add some greenery or tulips from your garden.

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4. seed packet and paper leaves

How fun would this be for your kiddo’s to help with?! Add a packet of seeds instead of fresh flowers. Then the recipient can plant the seeds and enjoy flowers all summer long.

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5. mason jar and wire

If you have a an extra jar laying around, this would be an easy project! Add some wire, ribbon or jute twine and you’re ready for May Day.

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6. twigs and a yogurt container

This one may be my favorite of the May Day containers! They used a yogurt container with twigs glued to the outside. And a hole punch was used around the neck of the yogurt container for the ribbon. So cute!

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Aren’t these all fun ideas for May Day or for anytime this spring or summer?!! If you want to brighten someone’s day, I’m sure they would welcome a little spring on their doorstep anytime, be it May Day or not!

And if you aren’t in the ‘ding and dash’ May Day mood, you could always use one of these as a centerpiece in your home!

Thanks for having me here today, Lori!
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Love them all Jen.  Thanks for being here today!

Modern Lantern: Why hasn't someone thought of this before?

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Picture this:  You have spent all day rearranging your family room until it’s perfect.  It feels just right.  You go to plug in the lamp in the corner and realize that there is no outlet on that wall.  The room setting that you have worked so hard on will not work.  In the past, you’re only option was to call an electrician and have a new outlet installed or rearrange the furniture, again.

The owners of Modern Lantern had this same problem, but instead of calling the electrician, they decided to take it one step further.  They developed a beautiful line of battery powered lamps that you can use anywhere.

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Yes, all of these lamps are battery powered, no cord.  These lamps can be placed anywhere.  Yes, here is the point where you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”.  I know.  I said the same thing.

 

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Wouldn’t it be great to add extra lighting to your mantle?

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I do very few specific product posts.  But, this one is near and dear to me and I wanted to share it with you.

 

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The founders of Modern Lantern are Stephen and Carrie Fitzwater.  I am also proud to say that they are friends of mine.  When I heard about their new venture, I wanted to do whatever I could to get the word out.  Not only because we go way back, but because they have developed an amazing product that helps make decorating easier.  Who doesn’t want that?

 

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Stephen and Carrie are ready to take their company to a new level, but just like any small business, a new level means more funds.  They have created a Kickstarter campaign to raise $12,000 for new equipment.  Kickstarter is a fundraising site that relies on public participation.  It’s an all or nothing deal, though, and they have 13 more days to raise $4500.

Here’s where you come in.  Yes, you can make your own donation, of course.  (If you do make a donation, you will get some great thank you gifts in return!)

But, we also need to get the word out to as many people as possible.  Please tweet, facebook, pin and instagram this post.  What a great way to support a fabulous product and small business!

Thank you!

 

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