Welcome to a new edition of The Adventures of My Traveling Totes! This time we are spotlighting our large totes, so you will see only my Miss Poppy. Miss Poppy is usually stuffed full, as she holds everything without complaining and gets heavy enough to be carried by Mr. Fun, which of course she loves. Above you can see her full of goodies our Traveling Tribe exchanged. Seven of us finally had the chance to get together in NYC! Two others were missing but thought of, and two more have since joined, but it was a very special day, with a clear October sky and perfect weather.
By happy chance it was also my birthday, 🙂 and although I forgot to bring my tiara the girls had a crown waiting for me when we met for brunch at the Russian Tea Room.
One of the best parts of the day was the fact that they accidently gifted me with a year off my age! Definitely not returning that gift!! We explored the secret upstairs of the RTR where this strange, glowing bear stands in the middle of the room. Quite unusual! You can see Debbie, Sarah, Emily, Linda P. and Patti. Katie had already scooted off to the theater and I was taking photos.
It’s only a few blocks down 57th street from the RTR to the MacKenzie–Childs flagship store, and we felt like celebrities as we strolled along with our matching totes. Once inside the store our totes blended in with the decor.
Mr. Fun joined us, and Miss Poppy and I pointed out to him all the goodies that Santa should be thinking about,
then we went upstairs and feasted on cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery! I ate my entire cupcake (and frosting!) and I think Sarah ate hers too!
While we were brunching Mr. Fun had apparently been shopping too, and when Miss Poppy and I returned home we found birthday packages waiting for us, one in my favorite shade of blue. 🙂
It was such a special day, finally getting to meet these wonderful, caring, funny and creative women who all met because of a Tote.
After all the fun in NYC I put Miss Poppy to work carrying real estate listing and maps. We don’t really know where we are going next. Mr. Fun wants to go here:
That’s the Old Man of the Mountains of New Hampshire. I can’t deny that we enjoyed the views as we visited potential spots.
But then there’s this Cod. As in Cape.
So hard to find something good on the Cape, but … there was this lot.
There’s Miss Poppy resting while I hiked down a bit to see the views of the marsh (!! 🙂 !!) And you can see Mr. Fun indicating where the house would start.
I took this video, standing in one spot and going around in a circle. You won’t see it on any award shows but it gives you an idea of the space. You might get dizzy, and you can see where I tripped a bit. click on the red words (I promise it’s not something bad 🙂 )
Miss Poppy and I cast our votes for this spot, but Mr Fun says that doesn’t count as two votes. Hmmm. We shall see.
And now, it’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! The sad thing about having your children grow up and get married is that they have another family who loves them just as much as you do and wants them around on the holidays, and when that family is caring and sweet and fun it’s impossible to be mad about it. This year Charlotte and her hubby Chris will be with her delightful in-laws. So I wanted to do something very special for their Advent calendars, with tiny gifts for each day of December, and of course, as is my usual way, I got a little carried away and the packages became bigger and the wrappings more elaborate.
I used sparkly number stickers and white tags,
wrapped everything in festive papers and ribbon,
and on the reverse side of each tag I wrote the name of a Christmas Carol that coordinates with the gift. I told them that they must sing the Carol before opening the gift. Will they? Yes, I think they will!
I was collecting all the packages in my dining room on the sideboard (on my MacKenzie–Childs server!)
but as I was also hosting Thanksgiving dinner I had to stash them somewhere safe. I had intended to use a festive box, but I couldn’t find the right one. When I spied Miss Poppy hanging on my doorknob one day I knew she would happily hold all the packages.
And this inspired me to search for Paper Totes!
Of course I had to make two, one for Charlotte and Chris and one for Will, so two Totes traveled to Boston, both full of some Advent fun!
Miss Rosie is pouting because she does not like to be ignored, so if you would like to make her happy please visit my Traveling Tote Shopping Adventures from last year, here, or my Traveling Tote ‘Twas the Month Before Christmas Adventures, here.
And if you would like to join a wonderful group of women you need to find yourself a Tote and throw all seriousness to the wind. Our group is equal parts crazy, creative, adventurous and supportive. Please be sure to visit the Tote Tribe and don’t miss the giveaway!
Today Miss Poppy, Mr. Fun and I are traveling to Longwood Gardens to see the festive Christmas displays, then off to Washington DC for a few days to visit with friends and explore the holiday decorations around the city. I’ll be taking pictures to share for our next Tales. Maybe we will know where we are headed next! All ideas are welcome!
Thank you for all your comments and emails — I treasure every one!!
… oh — just in case you want to cast your vote with Miss Poppy and me for our next destination, there will be guest rooms 🙂 …
Linda and Miss Poppy 🙂