Sunday, May 3, 2009

May Days!

So much for the month of seemed to pass by rather quickly...or, is that just my aging time warp? Anyway, May is a fascinating month...only 3 letters just packed with so least here on the east coast...trees, dandelions, flowers, dandelions, asparagus, dandelions, spinach, dandelions, spring onions, dandelions, and pollen...

But, for the history buffs, the Druids of the British Isles celebrated May 1 as the second most important holiday of the year. The festival of Beltane was held which represented the day that divided the year in half. The other half ended with the Samhain on November 1.

The ancients lit a new fire on May Day. The fire itself was thought to lend life to the springtime sun. Cattle were driven through the fire to purify them, and men, with their sweethearts, passed through the smoke good luck(good thing we don't have that...we have a week of rain predicted-extinguish that good luck fire for sure!) you can put some meaning to the old song "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."
When the Romans occupied Britain, they brought their feast of The Floralia devoted to Flora, the goddess of flowers. The five day festival started on April 28 and ran through May 3...the ancients did not do one day...bam...move on...they always feasted for days.
Then, as religion's influences grew, the pagan rituals were discouraged. In many countries today May 1 is celebrated as International Labour Day...similar to our September holiday. It is a day for protests and rallies though not for buying school supplies and barbecues.

But...let us celebrate Floralia...and this week's treasure...the glass flower frog. No one seems to know how "frog" was attached to these floral holders...maybe because they sit in water and catch things?? Now, there are exotic "frogs", but I have a large stash of simple glass ones in stock now...and they are always so reasonable...several dollars only...but they do a wonderful job of holding stems and small branches in vases or containers. They can also work on a desk for pens or on a vanity for smaller make-up brushes.

So, celebrate May Month...

let's do it like the ancients and extend the celebration. By the way, the infamous "MayDay" signal is an anglicized version of the French m'aidez (help me) or m'aider (to render help to me) The call is always given three times in a row ("Mayday Mayday Mayday") to prevent mistaking it for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions, and to distinguish an actual Mayday call from a message about a Mayday call.

Perhaps, I need to consider that help me signal if I see another stash of glass frogs...or, you could help me and stop in and buy some to celebrate Floralia!


Pam said...

How interesting! Love your posts! And darling glass frogs!

gail said...

HI susan,, for me May means its getting HOT. AAaghhh. So the next four months of June - August is h@#l on Earth. :) But I do love the winter, if you can all it that. lol Your glass frogs are so pretty. I love the idea of a pencil holder.
I hope you have a nice week. I school almost out for the summer?
(()) gail

Just a bed of roses said...

I glued my glass frogs onto vintage glass dishes, like apothacary jars...bowls on pedestals and then use for the pens/brushes etc. then you can put a neat collection inside the you will sell out of those, keep on collecting them!

Patricia said...

You have certainly found some great frogs. I love anything glass, I have to be strong and not start another collection-not! You gave some great ideas for repurposing these, thanks.
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

Elyse said...

hello susan!

thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog. i am still catching up on everything since coming home. tonight i am hoping to do some blogging with a cup of mint tea! my new post will include the cool find from your shop and a link back to you.

it was lovely to meet you! your shop is wonderful!!!