Monday, May 1, 2017

Mayday, May Day, May Day...

Sending out a distress signal!!  My mojo is still missing, so if you happen to see it somewhere,  please send it home.  LOL  How ironic to have a Mayday on May Day.  Out of curiosity I looked it up, because I wondered why there was a bank holiday in some areas of the world....and I still haven't figured it out, so if you know the reason, please let me know.  I know it has something to do with being the midpoint between an equinox and a solstice, and it's usually a point where spring begins.  Other than that I'm clueless.  My violets decided to make an appearance....

I hope you aren't too disappointed...I didn't put one stitch in all weekend, even though we were staying in the same building as the Salty Yarns needlework store (which I visited THREE times!!) and there was a needlework guild having a retreat in the lobby of the hotel.  Haha!!  If I had known I might have joined, grabbed my stitching and sat down to meet the ladies (and there were a lot of them!)  Poor Mike felt like a fish out of water!  LOL

We had a busy weekend, driving to the coast to spend the weekend by the ocean.  It was odd weather while we were there.  It was over 20 degrees warmer than the day before, and oh so humid.   It led to some pretty weird pea soup fog.  It was so foggy at one point, that even though we were staying right on the boardwalk, we couldn't see the water only about 50 feet away!!  But it didn't stop us from walking a few miles, strolling along the boardwalk, taking in the sights.  This picture was taken around 3 in the afternoon on Sunday...after some of the fog had burned off....but it was still pretty foggy!

Ocean City is becoming a favorite place to visit (during the off season) .... it's so beautiful are some of my favorite camera shots...

There was a kite festival going on while we were's a few that we saw.

There was a sculpting, carving, world championship going on while we were there.  There were far too many to show, but I'm amazed how lifelike some people can make a hunk of wood look.  Here are a few of my favorites.

The last one there was one of my favorites as I didn't realize it until later that there waws a little mouse scurrying away as the shadow of the bird passes over....I'm sure he made it to his hole in time which is just there in front of him.  It amazes me that people can see these images in the wood before they start carving.  I wish I were as talented!!  I thought the one above it was interesting too, as that bird of prey is carrying a snake....genius in my opinion so that the snake is holding up that enormous bird and his wing span!

There were real birds being shown outside the convention center where the Championship was being held, but I didn't get there in time to catch all the birds they were showcasing.  And camera battery died.  Just my luck, so I only was able to capture the Barn Owl and the American Kestrel. 

But the best part of the weekend was meeting up with a friend of mine who I don't get to see very often.  She and her husband met up with Mike and I for dinner one night.  We talked for several hours.  She had a surprise for me.  If anyone really knows me, they know I sign all my emails with *Hugs* and sometimes I use that as a comment on Facebook.  And this is what she stitched for me.  Isn't it the sweetest thing?  I have it hanging next to my china cabinet for now. 

So...hopefully next time I'll have some stitching to show you.  As it's the first of the month, I had a ton of SAL pages to print out and get started with.  Linen & Threads came out with their 5th part, Passione Ricamo sent out the first step of the new Mystery SAL, and Reflets de Soie posted their 8th step in their SAL.  I'm going to be busy for the next little while now if I can find my missing mojo.   Til next time.....happy stitching...oh yeah...and *Hugs*


Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

You've been so busy of late, perhaps your 'mojo' has decided it needs a short rest. I'm sure you will be back stitching soon. Your weekend sounded great and those wood carvings/sculptures are impressive.
The 'Hugs' ornament is lovely.

Bekah said...

The wood carving is lovely, it is so nice to see beautiful works of art that someone has made. Hope you get your mojo back.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Wonderful wood carving! They are so realistic looking.
Your Hugs gift is perfect for you, I am so glad that you had a lovely meet up with your friend too.
May Day is the Workers' Holiday, comrade! Obviously, its origins are in the Spring rites and traditions but it has also been adopted by the Left Wing to celebrate International Workers Day and give the down trodden masses an extra day off.
Our Right Wing government hate it and every so often they mutter about moving it to July or somewhere else.

Dorrie Davis said...

Wow - The woodcarving is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. All of your photos are wonderful. So glad you were able to get away for a little while. The "Hugs" ornament is very precious. Hope your stitching mojo returns soon.


Astrids dragon said...

So glad you had a good time! Even if you didn't stitch, you were still in stitchy mode while shopping!
The wood pieces looked amazing, are you sure an owl didn't hop in your bag?
Sweet hugs, perfect for you!

Julie said...

Superb collection of pictures you have shared with us. What a treat the carving/sculptures were. A great ocean snap too ... I could almost hear the waves crashing onto the sand.
I hope your mojo returns from its vacation soon and you are able to enjoy some crafting time.

Desiree Ehleiter said...

Looks like you had a wonderful weekend, and those wood carvings are amazing! Hoping your mojo comes back soon. I'm sure it just needed a break and will return with power soon.

Mouse said...

ohhh my love those scene shots as well as those carvings ... I just have to get everywhere don't I heheheheh ... lovely wee gift you received too :) love mouse xxxxxx