Sunday, March 1, 2020

Tales of the Traveling Totes, #22 and Giveaway, An American Girl Adventure


Welcome to the Tales of the Traveling Totes, where my fellow travelers and I share our latest adventures, projects, and current events. At the end of my post you will find links to visit our other members and learn about how to register for our giveaway. I'm so glad you've stopped to visit. This episode finds me sharing my very own American Girl adventure with my precious granddaughter, Beatrice Emaline and her mom, K.C. We're here for a belated birthday trip; Beatrice is such a busy little girl, this is the first time that we've had a weekend to run away to Dallas, Texas and the American Girl store. Won't you join us?

So much to see! Beatrice agreed that she would spend her first day at the American Girl store exploring everything before choosing her main birthday gift from yours truly, Mo and Pop. 

After a bit of exploring, the three of us stopped for Beatrice's own American Girl tea. It was so much fun to see Beatrice able to study and read her own menu before choosing the items she wished to order. Her "just like me" American Girl doll, Bea, had her very own booster chair for our tea party. 

Beatrice obviously was pleased with her hot chocolate, pink lemonade and the last of the mini lemon cupcakes. K.C. and I also enjoyed the tea sandwiches and savory offerings. 

After lunch, Bea had an appointment at the hair salon. Beatrice chose dog ears with bright colored bows for her doll's new hair style. The made to fit salon chairs made me smile. Little Bea also had her ears pierced. Our Miss Beatrice Emaline understands that it will be a good  number of years before she is allowed to have her own ears pierced. Whew! Carrie Ann Hall was standing by to give Little Bea a ride after her appointment. Beatrice was so busy examining all the goodies in the store that she needed Carrie Ann to babysit her doll. Oh, Little Bea was the second American Doll that Pop and Mo (that's me) gave her several Christmases ago. Prior to that we gifted her with the American Girl Bitty Baby.  

After a full afternoon of exploring the store...and a few "little" goodies, we returned to our hotel room where Beatrice was able to spend some time with her new toys while she pondered what she would choose for her big gift the next day. Evidently Little Bea broke her leg, so Beatrice had to apply a cast and put her in her new wheel chair. Beatrice turned out to be a very attentive nurse.

Everyone was pooped, and we had no problem climbing into our beds for the night shortly after the sun made its final peek appearance over Dallas before dipping below the horizon.

After a good night's sleep, Beatrice and Little Bea were up and ready for a second day at the American Girl store.

Beatrice was thrilled when her Aunt Jamiann met us at the store. Beatrice quickly became an official guide and gave Aunt Jami a complete tour of the store. 

Jamiann is a middle school vice-principal, so Beatrice made sure that this precious school desk was one stop on the tour. The accessories for the American Girl dolls are totally unbelievable! 

My wonderful daughter K.C., Beatrice Emaline, and I had to say an early goodbye to Aunt Jamiann because she had a weekend faculty meeting at her school; but not before Beatrice decided on her "big gift" for her birthday. She ended up choosing Joss, this year's Doll of the Year. Joss is a surfer and a cheerleader.


 Beatrice and the girls stopped for a pic with Carrie Ann Hall and me before we headed upstairs to the American Girl Bistro for a special birthday lunch.


There was considerable concentration needed for Princess Beatrice to narrow her decisions for her birthday lunch. When I was a little girl, I used to stick out my tongue while I was studying something important, too. I kind of like that a lot.

Beatrice was thrilled with her birthday party! Joss and Little Bea had their own chairs at the table, and they loved that they were given crowns just like Beatrice's. The place settings went home with us, too, a party favor for Beatrice from American Girl. Wow, it's been a wonderful trip for all of us.

As we left the Bistro to make the drive home, we noticed a bevy of American Girl Dolls waiting to be seated. I think that they were getting ready to hold a board of directors meeting. They are obviously very successful business women!  We thanked them for our wonderful time, and we all agreed that there would be many more trips in our future!

Thank you so much for stopping by for a while. I appreciate each and every one of your comments. You make my day each time you touch base. 


The giveaway for this episode is this darling MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market Whisk. To be entered in the drawing visit and leave a comment for our host Jenna @ The Painted Apron. I hope you're the winner! 

Click on each of the links below, and you'll find posts from each of my lovely fellow travelers. Happy traveling!
                      Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths                   
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  

This week I'll be joining:
 Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Tales of the Traveling Totes; Fabulous Give-Away!; Welcome Miss Waverly!


Welcome to our January, 2020, edition of
Tales of the Traveling Totes, where ladies 
from across theUnited States bring their 
lovely, and famous MacKenzie-Childs totes 
along with them on adventures, and then share 
those adventures with you, our readers. I'm so excited about this issue because we have an unbelievable Give-Away for one of our readers. Climb on the Carousel and pick your favorite horse for a very merry ride! Here we go...

  

And now allow me to introduce our Give-Away:

Wow! I'm almost out of breath! Isn't it gorgeous? Mac-Kenzie Childs is so excited for one of you to win this one-of-a-kind custom tote. We're excited, too! We look forward to reading your comments. Now, I actually have a blog post to share with you. We're in the living room, gathered at the games table. Come on in and join us...


Miss Carrie Ann Hall and Miss Patches insisted that we must have a welcome party for their new little sister, Miss Waverly. Now they knew that Miss Waverly was a one-of-a-kind, so they wanted their party table to be bright and happy, just like Miss Waverly.

The girls also decided that to give recognition to MacKenzie-Childs, we must set our table with beautiful McK-C dinnerware and accent pieces.

Of course, Carrie Ann had to choose the Courtly Check charger plate as the underpinning for our place setting. Me thinks she might have been thinking of herself when she chose the plate.

Miss Patches was thrilled to pick our dinner plate. She quickly chose the Sweetbriar plate.

The girls were unanimous in their choice of the Flower Market White Accent Plate.

They allowed me to add the Fraley-Clark antique carved flatware and the Michael Weems goblet. We all were in agreement on the Horchow pink matless√© tablecloth. A combination of Courtly Check and Flower Market pieces made their ideal centerpiece. 

The welcome party was a complete hit with the girls. Miss Carrie Ann Hall was pretty pleased with herself...

Miss Patches, our middle child, was just happy to be included as a party planner...

And Miss Waverly immediately felt at home. She was so excited to get to know her two older siblings, and she was ever so grateful to know that Julie and Joan, designers at MacKenzie-Childs designed her to fit perfectly into our family!

Well, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. Remember we'll announce our winner of the custom, one-of-a-kind MacKenzie-Childs tote bag on January 27, so get busy letting us hear from you in our comments sections! 
And we'll also look forward to seeing you again for our next episode of Tales of the Traveling Totes!

Click on each of the links below, and you'll find posts from each of my lovely fellow travelers. Happy traveling!
                                             
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  

This week I'm joining:
Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Tales of the Traveling Totes, #20 and Giveaway, Niagara Falls, 12.1.19

Welcome to another adventure of The Tales of the Traveling Tote. This is where my fellow Tales of the Traveling Tote friends and I share our latest travels, p
Welcome to the Tales of the Traveling Totes, where my fellow travelers and I share our latest adventures, projects, and current events. At the end of my post you will find links to visit our other members and learn about how to register for our giveaway. I'm so glad you've stopped by.

The last time the Tales of the Traveling Totes convened, I shared the day that I spent with fellow toter, Patti, in Clayton, New York. Prior to heading to Clayton, Sweet Mister and I took a detour to Niagara Falls for him to see the falls for the first time. I had seen them decades ago as a child, and I was equally awestruck this time. Carrie Ann and I were thrilled to be able to capture a ton of pics of the falls on the American and the Canadian sides. The first day we arrived on the American side shortly before sunset. I shot until I depleted my camera battery. I wanted to share a few of my pics with you...


"New York, New York, what a wonderful town!"


Niagara Falls, such a majestic jewel of our country.


Looking toward the Canadian side and our destination for the night.


Carrie Ann grabbed an early morning perspective of the American and Canadian falls before we boarded the Horn Blower for a ride.


From the mist which rose from the boulders at the base of the falls...


to the incredible vista of the falls as they came careening over the top, it was an unforgettable moment in our lovely time in Niagara Falls. If you haven't seen the falls, make plans now! It's not to be missed.

Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit. I appreciate each and every one of your comments. You make my day each time you touch base. Thank you!

  Our hostess for this episode of Tales of the Traveling Totes is Emily @ The French Hutch. Be sure to drop by to visit her and leave a comment to be entered in a give away for these precious MacKenzie-Childs holiday dish towels.

                                         


Find out where the rest of the traveling totes have been lately. These creative and talented ladies are so much fun, and you'll enjoy sharing each of their journeys.

                                   Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Fun in the Sun - a Special Edition of the Tales of the Traveling Tote....and a GIVEAWAY!


The Tales of the Traveling Tote is a series of adventures that share where our Mackenzie Childs tote bags have taken us.  At least four times a year a group of bloggers each write a connected post about the places we have been. We have built incredible friendships through our blogs and we hope you enjoy our tales as much as we do!

Hi! Carrie Ann Hall here. I'm that faithful MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Tote who nudges Cherry Kay, a.k.a., Entertaining Women, to get out and see the world every now and again. We were recently in Clayton, New York, where Cherry Kay and Sweet Mister met up with some lifetime friends who have kept their boat on the St. Lawrence Seaway many summers. One of our days really stood out to me, and I know that Cherry Kay would agree. So....
I was hanging out on in one of the lovely colored chairs along the seaway when I noticed another beautiful tote relaxing right next to me. Oh my! It was none other than Miss Kenzie, who travels with Patti of Pandora's Box! Would you believe it; we could have been twins. I was in heaven having the time to get to know her one on one, but we agreed that we needed to make sure that Patti and Cherry Kay had the opportunity to get to know each other, too. Now, where did we leave them?

Here they are. Miss Kenzie and I were thrilled to get them together on the grounds of the beautiful Thousand Islands Hotel, where Cherry Kay and her Sweet Mister stayed. We agreed to let them be in the picture with us. They immediately took to each other. Chat, chat, chat...you would have thought they had been friends for many years. Frankly, Miss Kenzie and I could barely get a word in edge-wise.

We were in agreement that there were some really funny stories shared, but none of them appeared to be Fish Tales of any magnitude at all. 

                        
I also introduced Patti and Miss Kenzie to Cherry Kay and Sweet Mister's hostess, Jean. She was a wealth of information about the incredibly charming town of Clayton, N.Y. She took us to visit the Thousand Islands Art Center, and we ran into this lovely little lady on the front lawn. She seemed happy enough to pose with Patti and Jean, but she didn't seem to have a lot to say. 

We stopped to rest in this delightful garden next to the River Magic Gift Shop, featuring a lovely selection by area artists. Cherry Kay bought a good number of gifts at this shop; three guesses who had to "Hall" them back to the hotel...Miss Carrie Ann Hall, of course!

We did return to the hotel briefly where the three ladies enjoyed a really delicious looking lunch. They decided to split an elegant dessert of Chocolate Mousse Bon Bons, but they only split it three ways. Hello???? All I was allowed to do was pose for Cherry Kay's pic with the dessert. Really????

Back out on the quaint streets of Clayton, the ladies let us "hang out" in a giant chair in front of the PopCorn Company for another photo op. Can't blame them because everywhere that we went, shoppers commented on how beautiful we are. I'm blushing.


Visit the other Traveling Tote wanderers to see how they have been having "fun in the sun"

Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women YOU ARE HERE!


NOW, for the giveaway:

Just leave a comment Patti@ Pandora's Box to be entered for a chance to win this "Butler's Pantry Dish Towel"




If you leave an "anonymous" comment, don't forget to leave your email addy!!


Monday, June 3, 2019

Tales of the Traveling Tote #19

Hello friends, time to share The Tales of The Traveling Tote.  I named my tote Carrie Ann.  Four times a year, we were asked as always to take our trusty totes with us on one of our adventures, be it near or far. We also have a giveaway; you can find the details at the bottom of this post.

It's been raining pretty much solid out here on the prairie for more than a month. Sweet Mister and I are blessed that we have not had to deal with any flooding. There are many in our state who have not been so fortunate. Please, keep them in your prayers.
This morning broke with some welcome sunshine, so Carrie Ann and I grabbed my favorite MacKenzie Childs bumbershoot because rain was forecast once again before noon. We took a moment to snap a pick with the early blooms on one of my hydrangea bushes before heading to one of my favorite events, the Antique American Glass Club Spring Luncheon. Today I'll share the first episode in a series of posts on the lovely tables designed by various members of the Glass Club. Although you might want to grab a rain coat, I can assure you that once inside, we'll find Spring in bloom!
....Please, join me!

This year the speaker was a delightful executive from Vietri. A number of the members chose to design their tables with a selection of their favorite Vietri pieces. My hostess designed this gorgeous tablescaper using Vietri Ribbon dinner plates.

She also used the Vietri Gold Ruffolo glass charger plates and the Gorgeous Vietri Salad in Baroque Glass white sating with gold trim. The Vietri aqua optic goblet and Glastonbury Lotus Goldenrod goblet were the perfect point-counterpoint of old and new. The antique figural lace cloth and the Royal Copenhagen cups and saucers also added to her "everything old is new again" design.





The beautiful dolls ended up being the perfect finishing touch. Everyone who looked at this table fell in love with these exquisite music boxes.

A second table featured a table of mix and match Vietri.

I don't know the name of this Vietri collection, but I love the graphics on each of the accent plates. I'm pretty certain that the MacKenzie-Childs beaded butterfly napkin ring has already caught your attention. I was smitten with the unexpected choice of the powder blue rose bowls filled with beautiful florals as the centerpiece. I think that the light blue was an inspired design choice and elevated the entire table to a level of elegance. I'm pretty certain that by now you've noticed the Mackenzie-Childs beaded Courtly Check napkin rings. They are superb. I asked the hostess if she used these to honor Carrie Ann Hall and the rest of the Traveling Totes. She replied, "But, of course."

Finally, I want to share another tablescaper that chose Vietri for her design. You might recognize the gorgeous Vietri goblets in an assortment of colors. They are just amazing. I will share that a number of guests at the luncheon, who happened to collect these goblets said that they were a nightmare when it came to chipping. That is certainly an important point to factor in when buying them. Just how careful would you be willing to be with them?


Definitely one of my favorite things at the luncheon were the amazing Vietri shell containers from the Onda Glass collection, used for the centerpieces. They are stunning, and by the way, they are still in production.

This large bowl just might have to be one of my acquisitions! I'll be back in coming weeks to share more of the tables from this absolutely elegant luncheon. I hope that you'll join me, and thanks for stopping to visit today. Please, be sure to pop over to explore the adventures of the rest of the ladies and their Tales of the Traveling Totes.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  


July 31st, we will have a special post, "Fun in the Sun!"

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