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, 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!!

Entertaining Women
Entertaining Women

Hello, I'm Cherry Kay I was 40 before I realized that I am an artist. I love to paint, work in clay, rubber stamping, design tablescapes, entertain, and share ideas. I'm an interior designer credentials, but lots of experience.


  1. How fun it must have been to visit your dear friends and also make new ones. You and Patti and totes look like you've been besties forever! Looks like a fun day with the museum and lunch. Really, isn't it great when people ask or comment on the tote. They always love to here all about them. Happy August Cherry Kay........

  2. What a cute and entertaining post Cherry Kay! How much fun for you and Carrie Ann Haul to meet Patti and Miss Kenzie! I loved hearing about your adventure through sweet Carrie Ann, what a beautiful spot, and it sounds like you gals had so much fun!

  3. Lovely post Cherry Kay. I think it's so special that you met Patti in person. Meeting fellow toters is a fun experience. Great photos. The two totes together are lovely. Love the anchors away. xo

  4. This was a great post and I smiled all the way thru, reminiscing about our fun day!! Clayton is certainly a "hoppin' town" and it was great to have "tour guide"!! So happy our totes got to meet and let us enjoy the day!!!

  5. What a great experience, Cherry Kay! I love the fact that you were able to connect with Patti, something I hope to do sometime sooner rather than later. The trip on the St Lawrence Seaway looked fabulous in every aspect. Cheers to summer fun in the sun!

  6. What fun to get to meet our fearless leader, Patti! Your totes sure did a lot of posing - looks like everyone had so much fun. That lineup of chairs was just eye candy! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  7. How wonderful that you were able to meet our fearless leader Patti! You two had so much fun together. I just adore the picture with the pastel beach chairs. Your totes make them even more beautiful! Enjoy the last bit of summer.

  8. How totally delightful and what fun you had! And I adore every single one of those fabulous colored chairs! Great photo!


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