Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring folding

Delivering May baskets was a Nebraska childhood tradition back before society got all litigious and perpetually worried. Kids and moms would make dozens of small paper baskets, often decorated with crepe paper ruffles and pipe-cleaner handles. Each basket would hold a cookie or a little bit of candy, and a few violets picked from the yard. You placed a May basket on your friend's doorstep, rang the doorbell, and ran away. If your friend ran out of the house and caught you, I think (but I am not sure) he either got to kiss or pinch you. It was good clean Midwestern fun.

I'm glad to have a different reason for making forty paper baskets this week. Found the basket folding design online. Moms in the Sixties didn't have Pinterest! Among some mothers May basket design and construction was a competitive challenge.

I scaled the pattern down to a 7.5"x7.5" square of cardstock. Got fifty cent spools of ribbon at Michaels. It was very therapeutic. Now if violets grew in the yard...

Photos of completed projects and works in progress © 2014 Nancy L. Ruder with all rights reserved.

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