Sunday, March 1, 2020

Tales of the Traveling Tote # 22

Rabbit, Rabbit!
Welcome to Tales of the Traveling Tote #22

I'm dedicating this edition to Poppy, my new MKC tote,
You can read all about this special bag here.
Poppy has been out and about,
 getting to know Austin the past 3 months.

 January is my birth month 
and this cutie's too.

We celebrated together at 
Hayley's Cakes and Cookies.

Januuary was filled with celebration lunches 
with friends, and Poppy joined in on every occasion.
I was excited to introduce this new girl to my precious friend, Pamela, who is also an enthusiastic collector of MacKenzie-Childs.
Image from Peached Tortilla
January 25 was the start of the Lunar New Year,
so First Sundays at The Peached Tortilla
celebrated with a Lunar New Year Megashake.

Of course I had to take Poppy!

We've been visiting favorite plant centers to see what 
might be available as we plan a new courtyard
that is part of our remodel project.

Miss Poppy selected a few new pots.

 Miss Poppy and I visited Gerogetown to share the day with my sister, and took her to our favorite lunch spot, Sweet Lemon!

After lunch we popped into a few new shops. 
This clever heart decorated cacti caught our attention.

 The shop is The World Headquarters of the Texas travel TV show, 
THE DAYTRIPPER, with host Chet Garnet.
Inside we found a variety of Texas themed merchandise and handmade products made here in Texas.

"Texas is BIG!  And exploring it ain't no small vacation - it's a lifetime endeavor.  But that's exactly why we're here.  From the well-known landmarks to the completely obscure dives and hideaways, we explore every corner of the Lone Star State.  Hopefuly , inspiring you to head out on your own Texas-sized adventures." The Texas Daytripper

Look at these cute pillows created by the 
young woman who owns this shop.

 Gatherings, my favorite Georgetown antique shop, 
is always packed to the brim with antique and vintage pieces from the past, styled in the most amazing, eye catching vignettes.

Back in Austin, I confess, Miss Poppy is well 
known at my local Starbucks.

 And all my go to bakeries in town.  

I enjoyed a fun evening out with girlfriends for dinner and the
Broadway Austin production of HELLO DOLLY.
My Courtly Check wallet is a perfect fit in my newly gifted
clear bag, required for such events.

No exotic travels for us,
but we sure have stayed busy!
Thanks for joining us!

Jenna is hosting the March giveaway, 
leave a comment on her blog to be entered.
Be sure to visit all the adventures below.
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe 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 (You are here)
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  

Monday, February 17, 2020

President's Day Table

~ Presidents' Day ~
Monday, February 17, 2020
This day always brings to mind memories of my oldest brother who was born on February 22.  He shares both the name and birthdate
of the first President of the United States.

Cherries make me think of
both of these guys named George.

In their honor I set a table  
with what else but ~
CHERRIES, of course!

Vintage linens, black and white checks, tartan plaid,
and Mary Engelbreit's own cherry inspired dishes.
Definitely a Mary Engelbreit sort of table!

A vintage cloth 
with sassy lacy details . . .

Holds its own below black ruffled
placemats and a bold tartan plaid charger.

Dinner Plate

Salad Plate

Soup or Cereal Bowl

All layered to give the
classic Mary Engelbreit look.

Add a bit of vintage 
mother of pearl flatware . . .

And a spoon 
with ginkgo leaf detail . . .

A bit more touch of 
tartan plaid for good measure . . .

And a bit more 
black and white checks.

The special touch 
of a vintage toast rack . . .

Paired with the acorn leaf details of a
favorite butter knife finish off the setting.

As you munch on a bite of bread and butter before
lunch, lean in closely, I've a little secret to share.

All the dishes on this table were "thrifty" finds!
"Goodwill Hunting" @ 99¢ a piece

Oh, is that bowl still empty?

How about 
a cherry pie . . .

To finish out the layers for this
very cherry table
honoring two guys named George.
I first shared this table in 2011, but I like to bring it
out of the archives to share again and again.
Hope you don't mind seeing a repeat every now and then.


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Tulips and Tea

Welcome to Tulips and Tea
~ A Friendship Valentine Tea ~

I've set a tea tray with some of my favorite 

MacKenzie-Childs dishes, perfect
partners for Valentine's.

A special Mariage Freres tea is steeping.
in my favorite Odd Fellows tea pot.

 Tea cups in a variety of Taylor patterns
are stacked at the ready, waiting for each of you.

 My "chef" has prepared some savory bites of 
egg with bacon and creme fraiche atop a potato round.

There are also yummy sweet treats.
~ Crispy French Palmiers ~ 
~Chocolate Shortbread Hearts ~
~ Fancy Marshmallow Bites ~
~ Sweetheart Macarons ~

Don't miss out on these 
melt in your mouth delights.

These special French macarons  
are embellished with edible gold.
Hayley's Cakes and Cookies

Tiny Belle de Sucre hearts for those 
who like to sweeten their tea.

This Friendship Tea is for you, my
Sisters by Heart!

Tea with friends is 
an afternoon delight!


 A Group on Instagram @Friends Who Inspire 
will share virtual tea parties today 2/6/2020
3 pm EST and  8 pm EST.
I hope this post has inspired you to visit each of us on Instagram.
If you like my style, I invite you to follow me 

Below are lists of accounts who are participating.
Afternoon Group

Evening Group