The Crafty Network ~ 16th May Mini Challenge “Days of Mai”

15 May

Hello and Welcome, to the announcement of this weeks Mini Challenge Competition.

It is a bit of an unusual one this week as I was struggling to come up with a good theme.  But after seeking some inspiration from the internet, I came across some interesting and unusual facts about the Month of May.

Did you know?

  • May is named after the Greek God Maia. the goddess of fertility
  • It was first called May in about 1430, until then it was known as Maius, Mayes or Mai.
  • The Gemstone for May is an Emerald
  • The Flower for May is the Lily of the Valley
  • The first day of May is known as May Day and it’s supposed to be the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom.  People celebrate this by dancing around May Poles, Morris Dancing and crowning a May Queen.
  • The Anglo Saxons called May ‘Tri-Milchi, as at this time of year cows could be milked 3 times a day.
  • According to the early Roman calendar, May was the third month of the year until the Romans used January 1st as the beginning of the year.
  • Getting married in May was believed to be unlucky? “Marry in May and you will rue the day
  • Being born in May was thought to produce a sickly child
  • Never buy a broom in May or wash blankets: “Wash a blanket in May, Wash a dear one away”.
  • The Romans believed the 15th May was the birthday of Mercury, the messenger and son of Zeus who could travel with speed of thought.  His festival, celebrated on this day, was called Mercuralia and was a time for merchants to sprinkle their goods and their heads with water from a well dedicated to Mercury.
  • Mercury is a source of many words, especially market, merchandise, merchant and merciful.
  • Wednesday is Mercury’s day.  (French for Wednesday is Mercredi, see the likeness?)
  • Oak Apple Day (Pinch-Bum Day) is celebrated on the 29th May, on this day it is a tradition to wear oak apples or oak leaves pinned to you to celebrate the return of King Charles II to London after he is said to have hidden inside an Oak Tree from Cromwell’s Soldiers.  Until well into the 20th century anyone caught not wearing an oak leaf or oak apple could be pinched, kicked or otherwise abused.  Whipping with nettles was a favourite punishment, hence in some places it was also called Nettle Day.
  • In the USA, they celebrate Mothers Day on the second Sunday in May.
  • On the 20th May 1873 Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received the patent for blue jeans.
  • On the 15th May, L Frank Baum the author of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ was born.
  • It’s Scout Community Week this week, (this used to be known as Bob a Job week!)
  • Monday 14th May was World Fair Trade Day.
  • The Crafty Network Facebook Page was one year old on the 13th May.
  • The Olympic Torch Relay starts this week on the 18th May.
  • And, lastly on a personal note, it’s my Birthday in May, on the 20th!

So the theme for this Week is “Days of Mai”  I would like you to take inspiration from any of the facts mentioned above.  Or it can be whatever May means to you? Please interpret this however you wish, remember it must be handmade.  I really can’t wait to see what you all come up with, I just hope it’s not too much of a challenge!

All entries to be emailed to: to be received no later than Wednesday the 16th May at 12 midnight (GMT time).  Only one entry per person/business.  For the full rules please visit this link Mini Challenge Rules.

Thanks & Good luck.

Linda x


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10 responses to “The Crafty Network ~ 16th May Mini Challenge “Days of Mai”

  1. Jan @ Handcrafted by Picto

    May 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Interesting facts. I’d better start thinking!!!

  2. Leanne

    May 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    My little girl is called Mai x

    • The Crafty Network

      May 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      It’s a lovely name, I never knew so much about the month of May until I decided on this challenge. I hope you are going to enter something? Lindax

  3. Jayne Harrison

    May 16, 2012 at 3:01 am

    What a coincidence we have been asked for Lily of the valley soap twice this month, so have made a batch of handmade pure and natural artisan soap and body cream

    • The Crafty Network

      May 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Hi Jayne, I hope you are going to send in a photo for the challenge then? Linda x

  4. Yowe

    May 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I have sent in my entry based on bluebells in our garden (photo taken today as proof!) Hope there will be lots more entries this month.

    • The Crafty Network

      May 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Yes, I have my fingers and toes crossed. Thanks for the entry. Linda x

  5. lizzierosejewellery

    May 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Hi Linda thanks for the like on my post today (I’ve been busy making huge chocolate cake for my son) and hope you have a great birthday on the 20th! Cath

    • The Crafty Network

      May 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks, ooh yum I love chocolate cake! Are you not going to enter the mini challenge, obviously if you have time? Lx


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