Local retiree’s wreaths are featured in Knightdale Town Hall

mhankerson@newsobserver.comDecember 24, 2013 

— Around January of last year Rosetta May started getting tired of watching the Food Network.

After working as a teacher’s assistant for Wake County for 25 years, May was retired and quickly getting restless.

“You can only clean so much house and you can only watch so much television,” May said.

With her favorite holiday, Christmas, just behind her, the decorations of the holiday were fresh in her mind. She saw wreaths in stores and thought she could do that herself.

So she made her first wreath.

This month, May’s wreaths are featured art work in Knightdale’s Town Hall.

The wreaths made perfect sense to her. She got to celebrate her favorite holiday and keep herself busy.

She watched online videos to see how best to make them and used what she considers traditional Christmas-colored ribbon: the traditional red and green as well as purple and gold.

Soon, she could make a wreath in about two hours and for about $30.

“(My favorite part) just being busy with my hands (and) creating something,” she said.

Trying more than wreaths

When May retired, she started baking more often, but even that wasn’t taking up enough time.

“I was lost,” she said. “I just didn’t know what to do with myself. I had been getting up and going to work for 25 years.”

May caught the town’s attention when she began selling her wreaths and baked goods at Wendell’s and Knightdale’s local markets.

Eventually, a staffer with the Knightdale Parks and Recreation department asked May to display some of her wreaths in Town Hall.

The wreaths in Town Hall are all holiday-themed. There are red and green wreaths, purple and gold wreaths and even a white and blue wreath. Some have small ornaments hanging from them while others boast a small flower.

The wreaths, according to May, are not always the easiest one of her crafts to sell.

“You’ve got to be in the right place at the right time to sell these wreaths,” she said. May’s wreaths are not her livelihood, but she has started experimenting with other projects that people may find useful and want to buy.

For easy gifts, she has a special decorative tin she fills with homemade snacks and decorations. And to keep spreading holiday cheer around the house, she’s started experimenting with making small wooden, blocked ‘men’ that can double as door holders.

May always comes back to wreaths, though. She’s been recruited by her two adult daughters to make some for their respective workplaces (one runs an animal shelter in Vermont and another works in childcare in Raleigh).

Even more special to her is the family wreath she has hanging on a door leading to her backyard, filled with representations of each of her closest family members.


Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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