Thursday, June 1, 2023

Tales of The Traveling Tote and Giveaway


Tales of The Traveling Tote

 Welcome to another adventure of the Tales of the Traveling Tote. This is 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.


Giving thanks to all the millitary personnel who died while serving out great nation!

Hello dear friends and welcome to another Tales of The Traveling Tote. I hope you enjoyed your long holiday weekend and are looking forward to welcoming summer. It has been a beautiful spring here and we've been taking advantage of the cool breezy days to begin the task of planting new shrubbery and adding flowers to the beds.

I ask Jim to add my Mrs. Powers dinner and door bell next to the door

We took a break from our work to enjoy the long holiday weekend. Grilling and sitting on the porch is a real treat from all the work last year of listing and selling our home and then moving. I enjoyed setting a table for two for dining al fresco. I did remember to take a photo of our patriotic dessert. 

In April we traveled to Atlanta to spend Easter with my sister and brother-in-law. Spring is incredibly beautiful in Atlanta with blooming flowers with such vibrant colors. We enjoyed walks around the neighborhood with trees bursting forth with new lush green growth. 

The azaleas were blooming

I always enjoy visiting a few of our favorite shops with my sister while we are there

Boxwoods nursery and gifts 

I loved seeing this beautiful and inspirational symbol of spring and Easter, a Living Cross

  Peachtree Road United Methodist Church   Easter Cross of Flowers

Church members bring greenery, flowers and branches to help decorate the Easter Cross of Flowers


We didn't do a lot of traveling this spring but I am packing now for our first vacation of summer. Here's a hint of a very happy place I love to spend time!


Now for the Giveaway!

Sarah will be hosting our giveaway. For a chance to win this MacKenzie-Child scented disc visit Sarah @ Hyacinths for the Soul
 and 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

Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader

Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women

Please join us September 1 for our next Tales of  Traveling Totes adventures. 

So, if you are chasing rainbows in your travels or soaking up sun at the beach, I wish you a wonderful beginning to summer. Thank you for your visit. I would love to hear from you, I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you stopped in!



  1. Your garden is coming along, and I love how Mrs. Powers welcomes visitors to your home. Your sister's neighborhood is so pretty. I love visiting Atlanta in spring. I will have to remember Boxwoods Nursery: I would love to shop there! The floral cross is stunning! What a beautiful tribute to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I would love to do something similar at St. Stephen's next Easter. I hope you can come to Birmingham and have lunch with Jenna and me soon!

  2. Atlanta looked like a fun trip - you always find shops with lovely treasures! The living cross was amazing - what a fabulous idea! And there is nothing like spring blooms (our azalea is currently blooming) Looks like you are heading to the beach soon - enjoy!

  3. Emily, you know I love, love, love this! Flowers, flowers, flowers! Your spring looks amazing. Thank you for taking us along.

  4. hi Emily, your garden planting looks lovely, I know you and Jim have been working non stop since the move and I'm so glad to hear you got to relax a little over the holiday weekend! I know you enjoyed your trip to Atlanta and visiting your sister. The shop you went to had so many beautiful flowers and oh my goodness, that Easter Cross of Flowers is incredible! So good to hear you are planning a getaway soon~the weather on the coast is so nice right now! Happy Summer and I hope we can get together soon!

  5. So glad you got to get away to Atlanta, I have never been. We had friends that lived there and missed an opportunity to visit. They have since moved to North Carolina. Mrs. Powers looks fabulous near your door. I love seeing azaleas 🌺. The Boxwood nursery looks like a place I would love ❤️. The Easter floral cross is gorgeous, such a perfect symbol. Happy upcoming travels Emily and enjoy the summer.🌞

  6. Emily, getting a peek of your home and landscape is exciting for me, and I know good and well how exciting it must feel for you to once again begin feeling in more control and settled. The break to Atlanta and visiting with your sister had to be good medicine too. That photo with the church steeple and living cross is outstanding! Enjoy that trip in the sun at the beach, and be sure to tell us all about your summer in your Sept post. Happy June, and see you in September!

  7. Emily, your landscape is looking beautiful. I know that is very hard work. You had a lovely getaway to Atlanta to visit with your sister. The azaleas are breathtaking as is the Easter floral cross. I love Boxwoods and it has been too long since I have been there. Enjoy your trip to the beach, I assume and Happy Summer!

  8. Emily, you have been working hard and it shows. You've accomplished a lot, and now it's time for a beach vacation. The Living Cross took my breath away. Looking forward to hearing more about your vacation! Happy Summer to you and Jim. We leave for Switzerland on Monday for two weeks.

  9. Coucou Emily,
    j'ai adoré lire ce billet très varié. Ton jardin est magnifique et j'imagine le travail nécessaire pour ce beau résultat.
    Ces photos de jardins à Atlanta sont sublimes également, je me régale. Et coup de coeur pour tes boutiques préférées de fleurs visitées avec ta soeur. Gros coup de coeur pour la Croix de Pâques fleurie. Merci du partage.
    Très bon week-end, bisous de Bretagne.

  10. Just love Mrs Powers. I have the door knocker and trying to find somewhere for her. I have too many wreaths for the door and wouldn’t want to cover her up!

  11. Your landscaping is looking so pretty, Emily. You did deserve a break. Atlanta looked beautiful with all the pretty greenery and azaleas. That living cross was simply amazing!! I know where you’ll be headed for some rest and relaxation. Happy June!

  12. What a fabulous assortment of lovely flowers! Talk about absorbing beauty. And that landscaping job is terrific. I know how hard it is to do that (which is why my yard is such a mess!) and I applaud you and your skill. It's all fabulous. I'm glad you got to spend time with your sister -- and now, a vacation soon! Well deserved and I know you can't wait!

  13. Oh, Emily, I so relate to what you have been doing. Your new landscape plans look wonderful but it is back breaking to plant. I am glad the weather was so nice recently for you to get this job done. I apologize for being late. I have been MIA during the whole month of May from blogging. We were gone 9 days out of state and had a huge painting project at our house. I have missed reading and commenting on blogs.
    I so miss going to Atlanta. I adore Box Woods! It is always a thrill to visit there. I love the living cross. What a treat. Our church does one also. Each person brings a flower and places it on the cross. There is a family photo op available in front of the cross.
    I recognize your "happy place" and would love to be there also.

  14. I see that The Tote and I share a love for all flowers, Emily. So many beautiful blooms. And such adventures. Good for you.




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