Thursday, June 1, 2017


Tales of The Traveling Tote

If it is June it is time for Tales of the Traveling Tote! Our group welcomes our newest member, Linda P and Miss Lola. You will find Linda at Life and Linda blog where she may very well be working in her gardens. Welcome Linda!

Beach Tripping

If it is spring then you will probably find me 
driving south. In a little over five hours I will be  in my favorite beach town, Seaside, FL.  A small town feel with sugar white sandy beaches, art galleries, fine restaurants and outdoor cafes, shopping and all that makes for a perfect vacation! Jim and I usually go down for a week in the spring and then a week in the fall with long weekends between. We spent our spring week here in early May. The weather was wonderful, not hot and actually this year a little on the cool side with windy days.

Checking into our two bedroom condo we have a Gulf front view in the living/dining room and a gulf front view in the master bedroom. While drifting to sleep I love to leave the door open and listen to the waves and what a great view first thing in the morning! My sister and brother-in-law joined us later in the week. 

Sitting on the balcony having early morning coffee is my favorite part of the day

Molly, Courtney and Blossom (Scarlet forgot to pose for photo)

Ready to go to the beach, these totes just waiting to be filled with towels, sodas, sunscreen and beach necessities 

Walkway to the beach

Under the umbrella and all set to enjoy the day

The sound of rolling waves,  fresh ocean air and wind usually has me napping in no time

It was quiet windy this day, actually chilly so a cover-up was essential. No problem, Miss Courtney has one packed for me

One day is for art galleries and shopping

The local elementary school is in a beautiful location. I'm sure these kiddos can't wait for school to be out

Nancy Swann Drew was an artist who sold her work here. I'd hoped to find anything but no such luck! Everything is sold and nothing new added for quiet some time. I was so disappointed Patti

A great hutch

Blue and white

Love this cherub

Scarlet has a favorite restaurant for lunch

and Dinner

I always feel like I need a weeks vacation when I  arrive but I also need to rest up after a vacation!

A Giveaway

The Tales of the Traveling Totes members are offering another giveaway. Rita at Panoply is sponsoring this giveaway so please visit her blog and leave a comment for a chance to win this lovely MacKenzie-Childs enamel storage box.

Visit our other TTT members to hear about fun travels, food, and latest projects

Source ~ Sarah  

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

I hope you will leave a comment here, it's the only way I know you stopped by!

Source ~ Patti

Please come back September 1, 2017 to see where our travels will take us next.


  1. Good Morning, dear Emily! OMG all I can say is that your girls are pretty darn lucky. Seaside, Fl looks positively heavenly! The food! The shopping! I need to put it on my bucket list! I am a sucker for yard art and I love the ones in your photographs! On a side note - I've tried to put your link on my blogroll and for some reason it is a no-go. Can you give me a hint how to do it? Anyway, thanks for the tour. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  2. You and your totes look like you enjoyed your favorite Seaside beach time, Emily. I loved the whimsical garden benches and all the garden decor (love the cherub that you loved, too!). The pathway to the beach had me oohing and ahhing! I wish I could go to your favorite spots with you, and then lunch afterwards.

  3. Oh Emily!!! Where to begin??? First of all, you know I love your beautiful beach photos! But the shopping, swoon~ those fabulous benches! and the painting! I'm not familiar with that artist but the painting reminds me of Birmingham's Joan Curtis, who paints faceless people in a similar style. Your waterlogue photos are just wonderful, love love the last one with the hat! I love Red Bar too...I must venture over to Seaside for a day of shopping, maybe this fall when there are fewer visitors!

  4. Emily, you and Jenna have me longing for a beach trip of my own. I love those sugar white beaches of the FL Gulf. Our TX Gulf beaches can't compare! It's relaxing just to think of you sitting on that balcony high above the waves enjoying a morning coffee and then off to the sandy beach for reading under one of those umbrellas.

  5. Emily, thank you for the sweet welcome. It is a pleasure to join this fun group. How fun to be able to enjoy your favorite beach. the food looks amazing. Miss Courtney Childs and your girls look right at home. The garden art is so cute, especially the cat bench. Looks like me and my mister have to do more traveling so we can experience this fun destinations.I hope you get to visit Monterey in the near future. Happy Thursday.

  6. Emily, I have serious beach envy looking at that gorgeous white sand and the views from your condo! I would love this town and the shops. I especially like the cute bunny with the wheelbarrow and his veggies. Your tote family is growing and I may have to join you with a summer tote too. Thanks for taking us to Seaside for a little holiday rest. I'm all in agreement with the idea of doing nothing and then resting! :) Linda

  7. A lovely town with so much to do. Wishing you warm days and gentle breezes. Here on the east coast of Florida, we have a chance of showers for the next week.

  8. Emily, your photos of Seaside are beautiful and I especially love the Waterlogue ones. Seaside is such an interesting little beach community with the art galleries...and the shopping is so much fun. We have been to Red Bar a couple of times and it is good food with a lively atmosphere. This is such an enjoyable post!!

    Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

  9. Ohhh, Seaside is on my bucket list. Your pics are beautiful and I adore those birdhouses. I wonder if Nancy Drew is still in that area. I have pics from her home and if I can find them, i will send you copies! Your view of the water is just gorgeous...Happy Tales!

  10. Many of these photos looked familiar, especially the restaurants, which we had the pleasure of eating at thanks to your recommendation last year. Like you, I LOVE Seaside! Such a pretty, peaceful town.

    The bunny with his cute booty sticking up made me smile Emily. A very 'happy' post today!


  11. Gorgeous scenery at Seaside. The sugar white sands are so compelling and I felt as if I were sitting there in the beach chair enjoying the sounds, the breeze and the beautiful water right along with you. Then to go shopping and visit an art gallery and have a delightful lunch looked like so much fun. The shop had some tempting things.
    The food looked delicious.
    I especially like your waterlogue pictures. You should frame those.
    I've been looking forward to the traveling totes posts and have been out of pocket all day and am out this evening so hope to catch up tomorrow. It was fun traveling with you.
    Have a great weekend. Bonnie

  12. Seaside has been on my list dear Emily. Your pics of the views are breathtaking. Your tote family looks right at home hanging out in Seaside! Have a perfect weekend! We have a great group.

  13. Oh Emily, I just love Seaside! It had been on my bucket list, and we finally traveled there while my daughter was in school at FSU, a few years ago. Though it's a bit out of the way with air travel and long driving otherwise, I still loved that area (Grayton, Seaside, WaterColor and Seagrove) so much. You are so fortunate to own a slice of that bit of heaven! Your family of totes are not only a great ensemble, but that HAT!! Oh my, I love it! All the little shops and galleries are so wonderfully quaint (that HUTCH, yes please!). Thank you for taking us on this trip....this would be a wonderful fall retreat, I can certainly see that (before all the snowbirds, right?). So happy you're party of this circle of friendship.
    Rita C at Panoply

  14. I love it when you go to the beach, Emily! Oh, this is divine. That photo from your room looking down at the blue umbrellas made my heart swoon and on the sand -- how glorious! Of course we would be great shopping pals.I think we'd go to all the same stores! And we'd be loving lunch and snacks! Yum!

    I do enjoy the Tote posts -- and the drawing is extra fun! (Oh, and your waterlogues? Perfection.)

  15. Love that area! That's where my Dad is from! Glad you had a good time!

  16. So much fun Emily! THAT view is GORGEOUS! Happy Friday;}

  17. This is such a great post. Thank you, want to go here right away.

  18. Gorgeous pictures, make me long for summer holidays!

  19. What a great view! That looks like my kind of vacation!

  20. You visited some of my very favorite haunts on 30-A! It's been far too long since we've visited. *sadface* Loved seeing your photos and touring vicariously through your post! Loved seeing your pictures.




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