Thursday, March 17, 2022


 A Wee Bit Irish

I love to give a nod to St. Patrick's Day by bringing out a bit of the green, I am a wee bit Irish after all. I decorated the hutch in the back hall with MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check and  Taylor ceramics

Luncheon plate 
Taylor Poplar Ridge

Courtly Check Sweet Stand

King Ferry Cup and Fluted Saucer 

Courtly Check Flower Pot

Taylor Poplar Ridge Fluted cup and saucer

A Worry Stone if you need to rub your worries away

For the breakfast room green hydrangeas  


I also enjoy displaying a collection of vintage and reproduction cards. Here are a few of my favorites 

My wish for you

So do tell, what were you up to today? As for me, I was prone to Shenanigans and Malarkey! Thank you for your visit. I hope you will leave a comment, it is the only way I know you were here.

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Monday, March 7, 2022



Spring Flowers

Tales of the Traveling Tote
 Giveaway-Winner is;
Pam at "Everyday Living" blog
Congratulations Pam, you are the winner of the MacKenzie-Childs luggage tag

Thanks to all who read and left comments  Remember our next giveaway will be
June 1, so mark your calendars


This morning was such a nice morning, around  71 early this morning. I need to replace a few of the shrubs lost this year to the extremely cold winter so I have a good excuse to go to Lowe's garden center. Not only did they have shrubbery but the beautiful bedding plants for spring are in. 
If you need a little inspiration to know spring is only around the corner just take a look at all the possibilities! 

If you are looking for garden birdbaths
these are darling!

So many varieties of roses to choose from

I always choose hydrangeas for container planting for the veranda

I hope you found a little or a lot of inspiration here today for spring planting. Today I chose lavender to come home with me. I'm sure we'll have more cold weather, so these will be inside until it is safe to plant, usually in April. 

Thanks for stopping by. I read and enjoy all of your comments so I hope you will leave one, it's the only way I know you were here. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2022


Tales of the Traveling Tote

 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, projects and our most current events. You will have an opportunity to visit other members at the end of this post and learn about our giveaway. 


Today, I am sharing a past trip to Venice. 

First, let's think about the people of Ukraine


Pray for Peace

Love and support for the people of Ukraine


Venice, Italy

 The Carnival of Venice for 2022 began on Saturday, February 12 and ends today, Tuesday, March 1. Carnival ends on Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, which is the day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. A world-famous festival know for its elaborate masks and costumes. Since we haven't traveled before Covid I am going to the archives for photos from a previous post from one of our trips to Italy. With a little help and fun from BeFunky, Miss Courtney joins us on this fabulous trip to Italy for the Venizia Carnival.

We traveled by train from Rome to Venice. Jim is standing on a bridge over the Grand Canal before we hopped on a vaporetto, a water bus to St. Mark's Square.

Our hotel was located on Piazza
 San Marco. My sister stayed here on her trip and highly recommended the hotel. When I called for reservations I mentioned this and on our arrival we received a beautiful welcome basket from the management. How nice was that! 

Outside our window was St. Mark's Basilica. 

  I loved hearing the bells chime

The masks and costumes were stunning!

Well, you know I couldn't go to Venice and not take a Gondola ride!

Meet my Gondolier, Marco. After this trip he appeared on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine.
Marco was very charming!

Under the Bridge of Sighs

When we checked out of our hotel an escort was provided to the water taxi to get to the Vaporetto for our ride back to the train station. Then it was back to Rome

This was a short trip and good excuse to return one day. Thank you for your visit. I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you were here.

Now for our Giveaway

As always, The Traveling Tote girls want to thank you for following along with our travel adventures. For a chance to win this MacKenzie-Childs luggage tag just leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing. I will contact the winner for your mailing address. Thank you and good luck!


I hope you will visit my Tale of the Traveling Tote friends for more fun adventures.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The 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
Cherry Kay and Carrie and Hall @ Entertaining Women


Please join us for our next Tales of the Traveling Tote post and giveaway

June 1, 2022 



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