The Power of the Poppy

If you’re like us, you’re looking forward to the Memorial Day weekend. For many, the holiday means a day off of work, grilling out with friends and family or maybe just some much-needed down time. Also called Remembrance Day, it is important to also remember the meaning of the holiday: a day to honor those who lost their lives while serving in the military. This holiday may be celebrated in the states, but Americans, Finns, and Finnish Americans alike can appreciate the message all the same.

One way we have shown our respect for our fallen men and women has been by wearing a poppy. The poppy was referenced in the poem “Flander’s Fields” written by John McCrae in 1915, paying ode to the red flower that thrived even in the battlefields. Three years later an American woman named Moina Michael was touched by his words, and started the trend of wearing poppies as a way to show support. Here are some projects to proudly show you are in the know:

Creative blogger Miss Lovie shows us the DIY Memorial Day Poppy Pin she made and how you can too.

Perfect for kids, these felt poppy pins are easy and fun to make.

Fast forward half a century, and Maija Isola is designing Marimekko’s most iconic pattern: Unikko.  Marimekko’s designers were discouraged from creating floral prints, but that didn’t stop Isola from giving birth to the bold, powerful and unapologetic poppies of Unikko. Originally produced with a red blossom on a white background, the pattern is a perfect way to participate in the poppy trend while still staying true to your love of Finnish design. Here are some of our favorite Unikko-patterned things:

1. Marimekko Mouse Unikko Pad – $22

2. Marimekko Unikko Round Tablecloth – $129

3. Marimekko Mini-Unikko Bib – $21

4. Marimekko Red Cotton Shower Curtain –  $59.95

5. Marimekko Unikko Iphone 5 Case – $48

6. Marimekko Red/White Unikko Mini-Manual Umbrella – $49

7. Marimekko Pieni Unikko Throw Pillow – $48

Check out some more goodies we discounted for you as part of our Memorial Day Sale.

How do you spend your Memorial Day Weekend? Did you know the origin of the Memorial Day poppy before?

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