Did you catch the royal wedding today? It was beautiful and romantic, reflecting generations of tradition, yet with a simple, modern style embraced by the lovely couple, Will and Kate.
And then there were those sometimes outrageous fascinators, many of which appeared to defy gravity. As I marveled over their engineering, I thought, “bet I can make one of those out of STYROFOAM.” Then, following the double kiss, I was in my basement, digging through my craft stash. A ring and cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, scrapbook paper, ribbon and silk flowers were all it took. What do you think? Could I hold my head high in this fascinator?
The paper covered cone, topped with silk hydrangeas and wired ribbon, is reminiscent of a tussy mussy, a nosegay of flowers nestled in a cone and often carried by brides in the Victorian era. The sweet tradition of tussy mussies continues today, as tussy mussies are carried by brides in period weddings, given as gifts, or displayed on a wall or front door.
A tussy mussy would make a lovely little gift for May Day, which is Sunday, May 1. Celebrating May Day is an almost forgotten custom. Once upon a time, on May 1, people filled small baskets with flowers or treats, and left them on doorsteps. The basket giver would ring the bell and run away. If the recipient caught the giver, a kiss would be exchanged. If you’d like to revisit this custom, try making this sweet trio of May Day Tussy Mussies.
Next week, I’ll share with you the instructions to make this Natural Springtime Tussy Mussy designed by Rebekah Meier. In the meantime, today is the last day to leave a comment for your chance to win one of our three needlefelted flower pins by Rebekah.
Till next week, happy crafting!