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 matlessé 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

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. Such a cute post!! I hope your bags take you on some special travels this year!

  2. This post is just darling! I love the totes -- all of them! And what a grand way to celebrate Miss Waverly than with an MKC tea party! It's so pretty! Three cheers to MKC for their generous (and very smart) gesture. You deserve a special for all the promo you've done for the brand and it's wise of them to recognize it! Plus, it is so darned much fun to follow you all around!

  3. Hi Cherry Kay! Happy 2020. I didn’t realize you were still blogging. I haven’t for 3 years now but still read some that are emailed to me when I have time. I hope all is well with you and your family. Life as a widow is very different but I keep myself very busy with my volunteer and event planning work for a local charitable organization. No time to blog!

  4. It seems each tot has a personality of its own and each matches the wearer perfectly. How great to travel far or near with a darling tote to carry your treasures.

  5. What a great welcome party! I am sure there will be many more parties that Miss Waverly will be invited to.

  6. Thank you for writing the fun carousel poem Cherry Kay, and your tote, Miss Waverly is beautiful! It is such fun to see all the different totes we received, it's hard to believe Julie and Joan, designed a unique tote for each of us! So exciting and I treasure mine! How fun to get your girls to help you set a MKC table, LOVE the pink cloth, it makes all the MKC pretties really Pop! Happy travels with your totes in 2020~

  7. Wow, Miss Waverly is so lovely with all her style and colors. I know you were as excited as I am over this very special gift. Thank you for writing our poem and I love all the carousel photos on all the posts. This has been so much fun, thank you for all you did to bring it together. Happy and safe travels..........

  8. Miss Waverly is beautiful! Love the zigzaggy design :-) I am visiting from my friend Debbie's blog. This was such an awesome surprise.

  9. I love how y'all had a welcoming party for Miss Waverly! How cute!!! And I love the MacKenzie-Childs Sweetbriar. Our daughter is getting married next month and she registered for it! :D

    I am still in shock about our beautiful Serendipity totes. I think the ladies did a great job designing them to go with our personalities and blogs. :D

    Happy New Year, Cherry Kay!
    Ricki Jill

  10. Love this! Love her name!! and I would love to have one of my own to travel with. I follow Jackie @ Purple Chocolate Home.

  11. Miss Waverly will go with so many outfits. Enjoy!

  12. Hello Cherry Kay- what a pretty bag! Love that they were designed for each of you personally! They chose the patterns well for you too!

  13. How wonderful that Miss Waverly's sisters have welcomed her, and how wonderful that you received a tote designed especially for you! Enjoy!

  14. Cherry Kay, your table and tea party for the "girls" is fabulous (not to mention the poem!). Love your newest tote, but let's not overlook that middle child. She's a beauty too. Happy Anniversary, fellow tribe sister. May our travels be many, and our shared stories too.

  15. Such a pretty surprise! They sound like a wonderful company.

  16. I just noticed why you named your bag Miss Waverly. Very creative! I’m so impressed with each tote and the fabric that was lovingly chosen to reflect our individual tastes and personalities. And the tassel puts the tote over the top! Have fun traveling with Miss Waverly, and thanks for the wonderful poem.

  17. How fun to have a tea party with your special guests! Enjoy your wonderful gift and many happy travels!!!

  18. Of course you set a beautiful table to welcome Miss Waverly! She definitely fits right in, and what a lucky lady to dine at this table. It's no secret our cupboads are filled with beautiful MacKenzie-Childs dishes as well. We are all so very fortunate! I'm thrilled to be a part of this Traveling Tote group, sharing the passion for MacKenzie-Childs.
    All the best to you and those darling totes in your home!

  19. Hello Cherry Kay, your post is fabulous. Miss Waverly is so pretty and fits you beautifully. I love that Miss Patches was involved with your stunning tablescape. You have quite the collection of beautiful china and glassware. I love your darling carousel photo. The carousel poem is so perfect, creative and fun. Thank you for your inspirational words. May you and Miss Waverly enjoy your future travels.

  20. Hello Cherry Kay,
    I LOVE those Travelling-Totes, they are gorgeous!
    Also love your table setting! Wonderful
    Wishing you a lovely rest of the week!
    Love and hugs, Claudia xo

  21. Happy New Year Cherry Kay! What a wonderful surprise for you girls to receive ten-one-of-a-kind totes from MKC. I’m so impressed how well each bag matches its fellow ‘toter’! I’m also impressed by your cute poem how you girls all found a carousel for your photograph. Gorgeous table and dinnerware as always! Wishing all you safe and happy travels in 2020.

  22. What a perfectly wonderful poem you’ve written for this fabulous giveaway! Miss Waverly certainly fits in with your other totes. Your table looks as beautiful as ever!

  23. Ohhhh, Miss Waverly fits in the family perfectly and is absolutely gorgeous!!! I am amazed at how well the designers did coordinating fabrics and combinations with each of your blogs and personalities. I am from Mississippi and we have an antebellum mansion named Waverly, so your name for your one-of-a-kind tote is extra-special to me. Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of such a fun, fun experience!!

  24. How nice for each of you to receive a tote from MKC.

    Thanks to you all for the give-away.


  25. Congrats on being in the TTT group for 5 years. I love your pretty bag MC made up for you. I look forward to reading about you and your bags travels.

  26. Cherry Kay, you outdid yourself on the darling poem. Great contribution. I also love your table all set with your MC pieces. Just lovely.
    I feel all the excitement this promotion has generated. The carousal pictures are so cute and fun.
    I know you love the one of a kind tote designed for you. It is special.
    I'm not in the running for the giveaway because I have won several TT goodies but I enjoy traveling with y'all so much.

  27. Nice too see your “newbie” receive such a warm welcome. It was a wonderful post Keep up the travels ... it is nice to live vicariously!

  28. I love your bright, pretty table and your custom totes are wonderful. I'd love to win a tote, too.

  29. I would love to win this beautiful tote!

  30. Cherry Kay, I am so happy to see your pretty "Mackenzie Childs" table! The totes are certainly happy guests! Thank you for the beautiful table post!


  31. What a darling post! I love that the girls got to know each other over such a gorgeous table! I don't think I remember Miss Patches - she is beautiful too! Miss Waverly couldn't have come to a more welcoming home either! They will have lots of fun cavorting around with you!

  32. What a wonderful way to welcome Miss Waverly. I, like Miss Patches, am a middle child and oh how I love to plan a party too. Mackenzie-Childs has recognized the ladies of the Tales of the Traveling Totes for friendship, fun and sharing travel experiences. If I had a custom tote I would plan a tea party and invite the Traveling Tote ladies. We would chat about our favorite brand Mackenzie-Childs and where we would like to take our next fun filled adventure. Until then continue to share your special talents and travel experiences. Geaux Mackenzie-Childs. Geaux Tales of the Traveling Totes. Please count me in to win the custom travel tote.

  33. Your tote is so fun! It really showcases all the whimsy that MC is so perfect at executing. Thank
    You for sharing the opportunity to win!

  34. Such a lovely post! The bag is stunning!

  35. Miss Waverly is beautiful and I just know you'll make great traveling partners on your many trips.


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