Monday, December 11, 2017


Wow, it is hard to believe Christmas is two weeks from today! Are you ready? I have a few more stocking stuffers I am looking for and I think I will be ready. I am looking forward to baking and cooking holiday favorites, especially my little French-Style Pecan pie (recipe here in a Valentine post). Everyone loves them and they freeze nicely.

My Christmas trees this year are a silver tinsel tree in the foyer,  a flocked table-top tree in the living room and the big tree in the study. I keep thinking I need to downsize some of my collectibles until I begin unwrapping each little ornament. Each with it's own story and history. Here are a few of my favorites.


Martha Stewart Tinsel Retro Tree
 with Metal Tart Pan with snow stand

I love it with simple blue ornaments and boxes on the snow

See how the Rosettes sparkle!

Vintage Merry Christmas

Inside the front door I have a silver and white baubles wreath with silver silk ribbon. 

Grandfather is topped with a white bear and a menagerie of little felt animals

Living Room

I started with a Patience Brewster tree skirt. I love the Peace, Wonder, Joy, Heaven and Love around the boarder and all the little whimsical characters scattered around. 

A purple peacock tops the tabletop tree

Vintage, old and new dolls

Our nine foot Downswept Fir

Many of the ornaments were souvenirs from our travels.
Napoleon and Josephine came from Fontainebleau outside of Paris

A lifetime of collecting

A special gift from a dear friend and her travels

Two very special gifts 
The snowman and Cub Scout were made by our son when he was young

A few new souvenir ornaments from my recent trip to NYC

I always look for Christmas ornaments for our trees everywhere I go. Ornaments are small and travel easily. They make great gifts too!
Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit hope you enjoyed the tree post. I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you were here.

Friday, December 1, 2017


The NYC Adventure

Welcome to another adventure of The Traveling Totes. 

Today we have a new traveler,  introducing our newest member, Jacqueline from Purple Chocolat Home. Welcome Jacqueline!

My husband and I have been traveling around our state of Alabama and to Atlanta visiting with friends and family but today I am sharing the trip we made to NYC. Autumn in New York is simply beautiful. The weather was unusually mild for this time of year, warm days and cool evenings. Not a drop of rain or a cloud the entire trip. Sharing a lot of photos today, hope you enjoy.

Home away from home was the Park Lane Hotel
Great for its proximity to tourist sites, restaurants and shopping.

Rockefeller Center
Ablaze with autumn color

Of course Miss Courtney was along for carrying any packages

Plenty of window shopping
Connor would have loved the Lego store

Friday evening meeting up with TTT members
If you missed this post go here

Visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral
A Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic Cathedral Church

The Morgan Library and Museum

Illuminated Bibles, literary and historical manuscripts; early printed books and old master drawings and prints.
My husband Jim visited the library while I met the TTT girls for brunch. I really have to go here next time, Jim says it is a must see!

A quick lunch for Jim

The Russian Tea Room
Meeting TTT girls for brunch 

After brunch we walked to the MacKenzie-Childs shop for shopping and a little party of cake and champagne. 

Miss Courtney needed a little break

Saying good-byes to friends!

Jim and I decided to visit the Empire State Building. These shots were snapped at the open-air Observation Deck.

And, a little more shopping

Bergdorf Goodman
I was excited to see an upper floor section of FAO Schwarz. Lots of amazing gifts, toys and Christmas decorations.

Saks dressed for Christmas

A ride in Central Park

The next morning after breakfast we finally got around to that fun ride through central park. Another perfect day and the photo opportunities were amazing. Gorgeous! 

Miss Courtney wanted a photo in the carriage

Our final evening we had reservations at Bar 65 for drinks and dinner. The views are stunning!

Cheers to a beautiful New York City trip. Jim and I found new friends and places we hope to see again!

The Giveaway

Patti at Pandora's Box is hosting a giveaway for a chance to win a MacKenzie-Childs Holly and Berry Glass Globe. Just leave a comment on her blog post. Winner to be announced December 8.

Please visit other members of The Traveling Totes to see where their travels have taken them.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths
Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's box
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply
Linda G with Miss Poppy @ More Fun Less Laundry
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs @ The French Hutch
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Jenna with Miss Coquille @ The Painted Apron
Jacqueline with Miss Madie K @ Purple Chocolat Home

Our next adventure and giveaway!
 March 1, 2018

Thank you so much for your visit. I hope you enjoyed this little adventure to NYC, it was very special! I would love for you to leave a comment, it’s the only way I know you stopped in.

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