Sunday, September 1, 2019


Welcome to another adventure of 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.

Traveling Tote Adventures 
All Summer Long
I don't know about you but it's hard to believe it's September and Labor Day weekend! Summer seems like a dream now, although it is still hot here and will be until mid October. Not much happening here other than weekends to visit family and a few day trips. My tote friends and I shared a post last month about our summer adventures so I'm sharing a little of what's kept me busy in August.

Miss Courtney holding Labor Day decorations 

I love to visit open houses and keeping up with the latest trends

 Miss Molly joined me for the afternoon. We saw a lot of open plans and marble kitchens and baths. Sure  makes me wish I could build another house!

Every time I'm in Birmingham I always save time to stop in Trader Joe's. I love shopping there, especially for flowers. Miss Courtney decided she didn't want her pic made this day or maybe I just forgot to snap her pic??? She was a big help carrying every thing!

We've spent a lot of time in our own backyard 

I love visiting my favorite local garden shop

So what did I find this day?

Beautiful "Provence" Lavender

 And sunflowers, my late summer favorite

Other special days I need help carrying special gifts to loved ones. One being a very special aunt.

And for another very special person, my sweet mother in law.

They both are in nursing homes and love soft throws for the end of their beds, so I look for pretty seasonal color. 
Miss Courtney is roomy enough to hold everything so I only need to make one trip from the car.

I though I was ready to add warm and cozy with my new sale finds from Pottery Barn, wrong! I still can't go there with our hot weather but I did find a way for Miss Courtney to help out. She holds the new faux fur pillows and throw until I'm ready to use them on the sofa and chair. Sometimes I wonder how I ever got along without her!

Miss Courtney holding new sale pillows and throws in my study

Now for the Giveaway!

         Debbie at Mountain Breath will be hosting the giveaway for a chance to win a whisk from MacKenzie-Childs. For a chance to win just leave a comment on her blog post.

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

Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
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
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home

Be sure to join us for our next Tales of the Traveling post December 1

Thank you for your visit. I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you stopped in.
Happy Labor Day weekend

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


Fall Inspiration

Are you ready? Whether or not, it's here! I went to Birmingham recently to meet sweet friends for lunch and had time for a little shopping first. I wanted to pop into one of my favorite shops, Pottery Barn, to check out their sale items. I ran head on into full blown fall decor! I did get lucky, I'll tell you later what I found.
Here's a little of the inspiration I found.

Using a lot of lanterns again this year

I really do like the bark candles

Love the colors in this pattern and of course grayish white looks great for fall

Great faux fall stems and pumpkins

These beautiful hanging lanterns are calling my name!

Candles, outdoor lanterns and pottery are plentiful in my storage cabinets already, I just need to pull them out. So, what did I find on sale? Marked down in the clearance section, a new brass lantern for the foyer, two faux fur pillow covers and a cozy new throw. I'm slowly adding a few new fall looks this week even though it is 100 degrees outside! I'll share the changes with you soon.
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Happy Fall Decorating!