Friday, March 1, 2024



Tales of The Traveling Tote

Where my fellow 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.

Hello dear friends and welcome to another Tales of The Traveling Tote. We have been busy here, just not with exciting travel adventures! The holidays kept us very busy with family and friends.


In December I met Jenna from the Painted Apron and Ricki Jill from The Sketchy Reader at a favorite Vestavia restaurant. We enjoyed a little bubbly and sweet treats to celebrate birthdays!

We had a great lunch while catching up
I look forward to seeing these sweet girls again soon!


I have been frequenting favorite shops and a little antiquing since moving, I guess you could say I've been on the hunt for a few pieces to add to a collection. No luck yet but I always enjoy the hunt.  

Adams Antiques & The Potager

A lovely writing desk 

December is my favorite month of the year! I love decorating, baking and seeing family and friends. 



Christmas Day

Christmas Day started out with the sweet celebration of family gathered to celebrate Christmas. With family gathered around the dining table I noticed Jim didn't seem himself. After the meal I asked what is wrong, "I've lost sight in my right eye!" This definitely called for a trip to the ER. After numerous tests he was discharged with instructions to see the ophthalmologist. Long story short, the lens from cataract surgery twenty-five years ago had dropped away leaving him with no vision in the right eye. After a long wait he had surgery last week. Vision is slowly returning and we are both so very thankful. No lifting or exercising since Christmas Day. Hopefully after the next checkup he will be able to get back to his daily routine.  

My sweet Jim


Valentine's Day

Mac the Bear and Kenzie from MacKenzie-Childs, celebrating the big day with flowers and candies. 

Spring Fever

With a tease of spring in the air for a few days  with surprisingly mild temperatures, February has brought spring fever! I decided to make a visit to one of our local big box garden centers to look for early spring flowers. I wasn't disappointed! 

So much for spring weather here, storms yesterday  brought a cold front so spring will have to wait!
Tell me, do you have spring fever?

Now for the giveaway!

 Deb will be hosting our giveaway. For a chance to win this MacKenzie-Childs "To Go Tote"
visit Deb here @ Mountain Breaths
 to leave a comment on her blog post.

Tales of the Traveling Tote members would love for you to visit them.... 

  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


Thanks so much for your visit. I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you were here......

Join us June 1, 2024 for the next edition of 

The Tales of The TravelingTote

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Whimsical Valentine Table for Two

Valentine's Day Brunch

I thought it would be fun to set a breakfast table for Valentine's Day using new plates I could not resist adding to my collection!

I fell in love with all things Nathalie Lete. When I came across the plates and cups with the whimsical love hearts I knew they would go home with me.

We had a late breakfast enjoying our usual cereal, oatmeal and fruit. We enjoyed lingering over coffee with my new favorite cup!


Tea Towels rather than placemats for a Valentine table

Heart plates for a side dish, a gift from my father-in-law years ago

Silver hearts for napkin rings

I used a gift bag from my sister to hold a plant for a centerpiece

John Derian romantic plate

And a few Valentines around the house

Nathalie Lete cloth dolls and mushroom pillows, darling!

Bunnies are already popping up around the house, even before the valentine's are put away. So tell me please, are you welcoming spring today!

Happy Valentine's Day



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