Hi again! Two posts in one day ~ what's the world coming to? I happened to think I'd better offer these soon so I will have time to make and ship them before May Day. I have already sold out of the first batch and I am in the process of making more this week. What am I talking about, you ask?
I adore reading 19th century books for young ladies, explaining all the dos and don’ts of etiquette, quaint traditions, and how to stay occupied, particularly with one’s hands. While reading a book written for young girls in 1887, I learned that according to traditions of merrie England, maids and matrons would go out bright and early on the first day of May and wash their faces in the dew. The dew, they believed, held magical qualities, which kept them looking young and beautiful for a year. Some ladies even went so far as to gather and save the glistening dew to moisten their faces until May 1st came ‘round again. To continue this quaint custom, I have made for your pleasure, ~ MAY DEW GATHERING BASKETS ~. Just imagine this May, you and your friend, sister, mother, daughter, or granddaughter rising early on the first morn of May and gathering your very own May Dew! That will be such a sweet memory to cherish forever. The May Dew Gathering Basket is an original Honeysuckle Lane creation, with the looped basket design coming from a 19th century book that I have in my collection. You may visit my website to read more about the making of the baskets and to see more photos, here.
Just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in placing an order. I will take orders until April 21 in order to get them to you by the end of the month. If you are overseas and want to order, keep in mind the shipping is a little longer. PayPal, check, and money order are accepted.
You will receive the basket, miniature apothecary jar, and a card explaining the custom. The cost is $18 each plus shipping.
Thanks for visiting!