Thursday, May 14, 2015

Along the Philosopher's Path

A month ago I was in Kyoto, walking along The Philosopher's Path, one of the favorite spots in Kyoto in cherry blossom season. Despite the rain -- this picture doesn't accurately reflect either the amount of rain or the beauty of the cherry blossoms -- I enjoyed the peaceful scenery very much.

The Philosopher's Path was also one of my favorite parts of my trip. This was a "free" day for our tour and K, our new friend, Pat, and I set off to see more of Kyoto. We launched ourselves on the wonderful Kyoto bus system -- stops are announced in Japanese and English -- and after one misstep we turned around and found our first destination. We also discovered a small garden and museum, which we enjoyed exploring.

Despite my resolution to buy very little on this trip, I lost my heart to the beautiful post cards for sale. They were the perfect souvenir -- small, light and inexpensive. I resolved to frame them when I got home. I also bought a small package of fabric at a shop along the Philosopher's Path and a vision grew in my mind of how I wanted my cards to look.

I doubt if I'm alone in this, but many of my travel resolutions go undone.  The sarong that looks so cute on a far away beach doesn't look quite right in New York and several pieces of fabric didn't turn into the items I envisioned when I bought them. But I had a good feeling about the beautiful cards I bought. If nothing else I could use them for birthdays and gifts.

I knew I needed to do this project quickly. My rule is two weeks after I'm home I'm moving on. I most enjoy my vacation t-shirt while I'm on vacation and for me, it's the same for photographs. Because I'm not waiting to develop them I am most enthusiastic about pictures as soon as I see them. I got myself to Michael's quickly and took advantage of the Mother's Day frame sale. I bought "floating" frames with two pieces of glass. I put the fabric over one pane of glass, placed the card, and then put the second pane of glass over my arrangement. I clipped it in place and my card was matted and framed. If I grow tired of this card and want to show a different season, it's a quick change.

My first complete vacation project -- a wonderful memory of Kyoto -- next to my front door.
I have now been home for three weeks and the trip is definitely fading into memory, a good memory, but still memory. I'm back to grocery shopping, going to the library and catching up on everything I said I would do after the trip. I've got an eye doctor appointment tomorrow, scheduled the dermatologist and am getting excited about BookExpo America, which is only two weeks away. 
As ever, thanks for visiting and have a terrific Thursday.



What a creative, fun and lovely vacation project. I love it. It must conjure up wonderful memories of Kyoto every time you see it. Picture perfect.
The Book Expo sounds exciting. Can't wait to hear all about it. Good luck at eye doctor.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Your enthusiasm for doing things is wonderful. The picture turned out very nice and you have a wonderful memory to greet you when you open your door.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Your souvenir frame is beautiful. What a nice memory.

Wandering Wren said...

Was it really a month ago you were in Japan? Wow that went quickly! It is lovely to have a memory of your holiday, looks a beautiful postcard, great in that frame and a perfect find. I lugged home a heavy wooden bright red Japanese doll that I love, but it wasn't the sensible purchase that you made!
Wren x

Nellie said...

What a wonderful idea for a souvenir from your trip! Great job!

BJ PUP said...

Very pretty.

Mevely317 said...

Yours is a splendid idea, Carol!
... something even I couldn't mess up. (smile)

Susie said...

Carol, I am loving your travel pictures. I too would have bought post cards, and I would have brought home a little pebble or rock from the places I had gone. LOL. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Ida said...

That was a great way to preserve memories of your trip. It's lovely.

Anne Payne said...

Oh, I love what you did with the card! That looks really good, and such a great way to have constant reminder of your trip. Great idea... :)