The Ribbon Lady

There are days when I wander back in time and I walk the familiar streets in Hong Kong and smile.

Hong Kong

Vivid memories are like that, leading you to places that were special to you.

Happy Hong Kong Washline

If I could visit a very special place today...


I would visit Hollywood Road. I would walk along the path to Ladder Street and Pottinger Street.


Up the stairs I would climb passed each little tiny storefront living on several steps.


I would walk up the steps until I came upon the wonderful "Ribbon Lady." I would take my time and memorize each ribbon and notion. I would touch the satin, organdy and fabric ribbons until I made my selection.


She would smile at me, as she would place each ribbon in a tiny plastic bag. She would be happy at my purchase, but happier still that I was on my way. So that she could resume eating her bowl of noodles with her chop sticks until the next shopper interrupted her lunch again.

lily pond at hong kong parkview

As I recall, the days in Hong Kong were filled with exciting things to see, butterflies and flowers, unusual places to visit and romantic music playing in the background.

Rooftop on Stubbs RoadThis tiny postcard size painting was created standing on a busy street called Stubbs Road. Looking down from a high hilltop you could see the buildings in the distance. I wanted to capture this building rooftop boasting a patio filled with plants and a gorgeous washline. A sight I passed every day when I went for my morning walk.

100_2260As I reflect, I can still feel the thrill within my soul at the memory of the sights I once was privileged to enjoy. The gardens in Hong Kong Park were so romantic. Brides posed next to small white bridges with the sounds of a waterfall cascading down.

Hong Kong Park Bride

Butterfly NostalgiaPonds were filled with large gold fish and the largest lily pods I have ever seen. Pairs of black swans floated nearby on a pond surrounded by beautiful foliage which hosted numerous butterflies. Such an amazing place.

goldfish and lily pods

100_2244The song for this post is Might've Been. Jacky Cheung was one of my favorite Canto Pop singers while I lived there. I often let his wonderful voice lead me back in time to a magical place.

Dragon Boat Races, Hong Kong My mother, Sarah and Ashley admiring the Dragon Boat races, as we toured the event in a sampan.

My creationMemories from Hong Kong for our family still fill our hearts.

Chinese Grandmas in Tai TamI hope that your day is filled with lovely memories from a special chapter of yours. Memories are filled with wisdom learned that spill into our todays.

TattingChic said...

What a lovely, intriguing post! I almost felt as if I were walking down the streets of Hong Kong with you and I have never been there! Thank you for sharing a little slice of your life with me.

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Beautiful Karen! What a touching memory, bright and vivid. Your pictures tell a marvelous story...and your words put us there, in Hong Kong. What an adventure it must have been! Bless you,

Mimi Sue said...

A wonderful memory. How lucky you were to be able to live in such a fabulous place. Mimi

LiLi M. said...

I think you have managed to put a memory of Hong Kong in our minds too, even if we never have been there. What beautiful post, what beautiful pictures and colors! Have a nice week!

Kathleen said...

Hi Karen, thank you for taking me on your trip to Hong Kong, I had a fabulous time. In my mind, I especially enjoyed the selection of ribbon, and the black swans. Just perfect for my first "trip" of the New Year! Kathleen

Kathleen Grace said...

Wonderful! I will never go to Hong Kong but you have shared such beautiful and interesting things that I can have a little trip in my dreams:>)

Gabriela said...

Happy Monday!

I would love to visit HK it must be a wonderful place!

~ Gabriela ~

Donna said...

What lovely memories and beautiful pictures, Kim!


Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

I never thought that Hong Kong would be a spot that I'd like to see for myself, but your post does that for me. I especially love the picture of the laundry on the charming and beautiful.

Beverly said...

Karen, isn't it wonderful how we can almost relive days via our sweet memories?

Thank you for sharing your with us. You are in my prayers.

Rhondi said...

Hi Karen
You make Hong Kong sound magical and your paintingsa re wonderful
Hugs, Rhondi

Margie said...

Beautiful post Karen, and the line Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow is wonderful. Thank you for sharing this, it really is very special.I love the paper you used. hugs Margie.

Charlene said...

Lovely! Thank you for sharing your memories but, most of all... your water colors are stunning!

Lisa "Oceandreamer" S. said...

What a beautiful post. I feel like I was there...
Your artwork knocks my socks off.....the umbrella one, the woman, the view you loved.
WOW are you one talented woman, but then I already knew that!!

Elizabeth said...

I love your artwork inspired by Hong Kong, especially the mixed-media!

The Whispering Poppies said...

What a fabulous post, Karen! =) What an amazing place Hong Kong looks to be... and to think that you were able to raise your children there! Your watercolors certainly reflect the inspiration you gleaned from your experiences there.

You have won my giveaway at my Whispering Poppies shoppe! Please email me your address to stitchintyme9 @ aol (I know the town and state but have misplaced your street address). =)

jeanne said...

Hi Karen, i always have a lovely experience when I visit your blog. What a nice art filled trip down memory lane in Hong Kong. Thank you for sharing your photos and art today.


Elaine said...

Karen, This was an absolutely lovely post! I have a friend who, as a teenager, spent several years in Hong Kong with her family. She loved her time there and would often share her beautiful memories with me. I loved getting to see your charming photos and impressions of a place I have long admired. And as a bonus I am now remembering my special times with my friend Laura. Thank you.