It's been a rainy week since, but with semi-warm temps, which is a wonderful combination to coax even more buds, blossoms and blooms out to brighten up the world!
|like this scarlet rhodie, which is going to be stunning in a few days!|
This evening and into tomorrow morning, we will be celebrating this bursting fertile season with the coming of the Sabbat of Beltane. more commonly known as May Day.
("Technically", this year Beltane officially begins on http://www.archaeoastronomy.com/2012.html here in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States where we live...but I am just sticking to us celebrating on the eve of May 1, mainly because we already have a gaming gathering planned on the evening of the 4th, when my husbands best friend will be here visiting from our hometown!
I have been gathering lovely ideas to mark this ancient welcoming of the light of the new fertile summer season and created a few simple yet powerful and beautiful creations to celebrate this wonderous time of year.
|our fireplace mantle Beltane alter|
|close up of fairy wings, and the votive candle holders & mini-maypole I made|
(the fairy wings are from the dollar store, i made the soy candles & decorated with images printed from online,
and the green alter cloth is a scarf of mine)
|the maypole was made from a painted tree branch, a silk flower (bouquet from the dollar store),|
rainbow ribbons and tiny salt shaker (both from a thrift store)
|close up of Green Man & fairy print, Scrabble tiles, & ceramic birdies|
(birdies, cherries & tiles are from a thrift store, print is from a calender I got
on clearance in Jan. for one dollar! It has 12 gorgeous fairy prints in it!)
|close up of fairy couple print, feather mask, bird & golden glitter egg and leaf dish with grain offering|
(feather mask, bird & plastic egg-which I decorated- are from dollar store, leaf dish is from a thrift store)
(made using an empty bottle I found in the recyling bin,
decorated with glitter, paint, various paper, beads & ribbon embellishments)
|sitting on the hearth is a framed cherry branch needlepoint , birdie & large candle I made|
(the bird & candle are from the dollar store, I printed the Beltane image from online
& the needlepoint is from a thrift store)
|May Day cone I made, with silk daffodils|
(made using silk flowers and paper cone party hats from the dollar store with another clearance
wall calender page wrapped & glued around a hat)
I wanted to share how easy and inexpensive all of our decorations were!
I keep an eye out all year 'round everywhere I go, for various items to use to create, decorate and incorporate into our special Sabbat & other holi/holy days.
Are you doing anything special this week to officially welcome Beltane/ Spring? I'd love to know YOUR celebrations & traditions!
Have a beautiful bursting-with-abundance first day of May!
Happy Me-Laurie Z!