Tuesday, December 1, 2020


 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

Our next post and giveaway March 1,  2021

More Tales in the Time of Covid19

All travel for us in 2020 was cancelled with Covid! So, what have I been doing to keep busy? 

We are still being cautious about going out only when we need to and then we go early and try to avoid crowds. Being outside a lot during the summer helped when you need to stay home.   Early summer we were adding new container plants to the Veranda and I've enjoyed adding flowers for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Summer was really hot so time spent outside now is comfortable with our mild temperatures. We've cleaned up flower beds, cleaned up our little garden and now I look forward to adding Christmas greenery outside. 
Miss Courtney is a great little helper. While working in or out of the house she is filled to the brim and helps carry all things!

Labor Day

  Miss Courtney was helping carry supplies outside for the veranda. She helps every holiday, what did I ever do without her!!!!

I made several trips to the garden center. Early opening trips when hardly anyone is there 

Well, this plant didn't quite fit!

Cinderella pumpkins and mums for the kitchen entrance

Fall plants loaded up for the veranda

Neighborhood ponds
I love riding my bicycle to the ponds to see the wildlife

Autumn's glorious color

And, back to the garden center for Christmas plants

 Miss Courtney has been helpful with all my plants for the garden, fall and now Christmas. We do have a way of overlapping Thanksgiving and Christmas. That's okay because they are favorite holidays. 

Now for the Giveaway!

Just leave a comment with Sarah here for a chance to win this three piece set of paper products from MacKenzie-Childs. 


Visit the Tale of the Traveling Tote friends for more fun adventures.
Tales of the Traveling Tote Friends

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
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reade
Cherry Kay and Carrie and Hall @ Entertaining Women


Thank you for your visit. I hope you are well and safe. I would love for you to leave a comment, it's the only way I know you 
stopped in!

Sunday, November 29, 2020


 Portmeirion ~ Birds of Britain

I have been keeping my tables set with seasonal tablescapes during quarantine. Setting tables for me is joyful time spent. This beautiful set of Portmeirion birds belonged to my mother-in-law. They graced the corner cupboards in her dining room. She is now ninty-nine years old!
I think this set is perfect for autumn and Thanksgiving. I also pulled my Fitz and Floyd pieces that I think work beautifully with the Portmeirion. Gifts from my sister. 
I used a lovely glitzy table runner under the pumpkin centerpiece. It was one I saw at Neiman's and passed up because of the high price tag. This one I found at TJ Max for a very reasonable price.

Fitz and Floyd gravy with platter

I Love using this Pierre Deux wreath for Thanksgiving

Overlapping Thanksgiving and Christmas with plants, flowers, pumpkins and Christmas trees. It makes me happy!

This beautiful Carolina Sapphire Cypress will get a string of clear twinkling lights and the pumpkins will be replaced with ornaments. It will be planted in the yard in January

Stacked pumpkin centerpiece

Handsome Fitz and Floyd fox pitcher

Dinner Plates

Salad plates


Back of mugs have this pattern

The Portmeirion Birds of Britain are a modern  pattern featuring birds found in the British Empire in 1794. The early items had the green band that has been retired and was discontinued. Many of the birds have been retired and are very rare. A very special set of pottery.

The sugar and creamer are lovely. The creamer has two birds and the sugar has three around. Also, on the lid of the sugar has a lovely vine. 

Fitz and Floyd 

Thank you for stopping in. 
I hope you had a wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving! Also, I hope you will leave a comment so I know you stopped in. 




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