When I was little, May Day was a holiday when I ran around to my neighbors’ houses dropping off homemade baskets filled with flowers (usually picked from their own gardens…), ringing their doorbell, and then running to a near-by lookout spot in order to watch them discover their anonymous gift. This practice of flower-bombing brought me great joy and hopefully coaxed at least a small smile out of my neighbors.
I wanted to start my 100 Act challenge on May 1st in the spirit of the May Day origin – the welcoming of Spring and to share good spirits with neighbors and friends.
For this I am bringing back the old tradition of leaving homemade flower baskets on their doorstep anonymously. The point of anonymity is so that this small gift could be from any neighbor. I want my neighbor to share a generous smile with other neighbors and wonder if it was the family next door who delivered the gesture or the man across the street who always brings their trash cans in.
The flowers were luckily not picked from my neighbors’ gardens and instead bought on discount because of imperfections from the local supermarket. Most of the supermarkets use dying flowers as compost and will sometimes discount the ones that may be slightly wilting or have imperfections. If you are in need of compost, make sure to ask your local supermarket for some for free!
The baskets are made from old paper bags that have been repurposed and decorated. We have hundreds of old bags under the sink that can be used for many other purposes such as wrapping paper or blank canvases. If you’re in need of inspiration, check out Donald Robertson (Donald “Drawbertson”) on Instagram @donalddrawbertson. He is a brilliant artist/repurposer who loves the brown paper bag as a medium.
Thank you for reading my first post – I promise all the rest will not be this text-heavy!