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  

Sarah
Sarah

The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.

38 comments:

  1. Love all the bright colors! 💐

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    1. Thank you, Sandi! We are looking forward to lots of bright colors as the wildflowers begin to bloom.

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  2. Well you have certainly been bust scurrying around town!! Miss Poppy must be thrilled to be introduced to so many fun shops, eateries and bakeries!! Is it mandatory to have clear bags for the theater there? Cute shoes!!

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    1. Patti, yes, the clear bags are mandiatory for any function at the Performang Arts Center, football stadiums, large festivals, etc. The new bag was a birthday present, and I love the way the wallet perfectly fits so it almost looks like a CC bag.

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  3. Such cute pics of such cute girls:) All of you including Miss Poppy.I love her:)
    Great group of Tototalers You are!!

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    1. Thank you, Monique! Miss Poppy is such a bright, pretty bag! I'm enjoying having her companionship. Happy First of March!

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  4. Sarah, you've certainly been giving the totes the grand tour and showing them around. Looks like a fun time with the girls, they are so cute too. Such fun shops to explore and the Texas shop would be fun for sure, love the pillows. I do love the wallet and the shoes! Fun times for sure.......Happy March.

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    1. Emily, it is fun to explore the local scene. And of course it's always more fun shared with my sister!
      The shoes were an impulse buy. One of those annoying adds that pop up on our computer screen, and I jumped on it.

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  5. Sarah, you Poppy is stunning! I really love her colors, and they blended so well with every single outing you had. From that milkshake to the vintage Gatherings, to your local restaurants, garden center and bake shops, you make ordinary life events seem like celebrations! Oh, and I love your clear bag and the wallet inside - winning combo. The girls are adorable too. It's fun to see family get in on the antics we contrive with our totes. :)

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    1. Rita, Miss Poppy's colors truly are a happy combination. You need to get back to Austin, preferably on the first Sunday of a month! Miss Poppy and I will take you to indulge in a megashake and visits to other fun shops.
      Yes, ordinary life needs to be celebrated. I decided that my 70s are a wake-up call that there is a window of time. I want to celebrate! My sister is the perfect companion for exploring what is around us everyday.

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  6. hi Sarah! Your photo of the tulip vase is just stunning, and the vase and bunny hanger so cute! I love to see you having fun in your community, enjoying life everyday, that is what is important! I always love seeing the current concoction at the Peach Tortilla, wowza, so amazing! Love your Courtly Check shoes, and the clear bag, is that a security law? March means longer brighter days and more time outside, I hope your renovations move along smoothly!
    ❤️ Jenna

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    1. Jena, thanks for the compliment! Parrot tulips are amazing blooms. I'm always give a silent squeel of delight when I see a bunch among the others at the market.
      Yes, the clear bags are required at most large functions here in Austin. Security!
      I'm ready to get back in the garden. Our days are definitly warming. I have geraniums waiting to be planted. Hope to get to that this week.
      The renovation is moving slowly, but it is what it is. I keep saying, this time next year it will all be done. At least I hope so!!!

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  7. I am enjoying the sunshine today, and Poppy is full of color on my computer screen! Your Courtly Check wallet is a perfect fit in your clear bag, and I needed a clear bag when I went to the Wine and Food Festival in NYC. I had to leave Miss Aurora on the bus. LOL
    Love the shoes too! The girls are so sweet, and you have such fun shops to visit. Happy March! Miss Tassie is looking forward to visiting plant centers, but I think it's going to be around Easter time before we can see any blooms.

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    1. Poppy is full of color, and I'm so enjoying this new bag! Clear bags are required here for any large function, or else you are checking your bag in a locker. I was thrilled when my friend gave me this cute one for my birthday. With the wallet inside, it almost looks as if it is a Courtly Check bag. Ha! Ha! The shoes are cute, and I couldn't resist them when the ad popped up on my computer.

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  8. Dearest Sarah,
    It seems like your Poppy has become a fully adopted part of the family and of your friends circle by now.
    She went with you on exciting trips for this time of the year.
    Your grands look so cute and I could spot a resemblance.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Mariette. Spending time with my sister is always fun. She loves to explore! Hope you are well and looking forward to spring.

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  9. Sarah, such a lovely post. Poppy is adorable and so colorful. Glad you had a fabulous Birthday month.The girls are so sweet. The shops look like so much fun with tons of goodies. Love your cute little shoes. Seeing hello Dolly with girlfriends must have been a great time and of course dinner together. A fun time for all.

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    1. Thank you for the kind comment, Linda! Yes, January is always a funfilled month for me. Hello Dolly is an oldie but goodie. Love live theatre. Happy Sunday!

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  10. What a fun post!

    We really need to see Austin.

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    1. Carol, I hope you and Steve will come to Austin for a visit. No beach, but we have the beautiful hill country.

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  11. You've had a fun winter, Sarah! I'm happy you were able to get out and about with Miss Poppy, She is so pretty, and she looks like you and your blog! Broadway plays are always fun, and I love how you celebrate your birthday with your great niece!
    The pillows in the shop are so cute. They would blend well with anyone's M-C collection. Did you purachase one?

    Have a Blessed Sunday!
    Ricki Jill

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    1. Thank,s RJ. I have to agree about Miss Poppy! She is a perfect fit for me. I'm so thrilled and appreciative to have this bag. Yes, live theatre is such a treat, and Austin is fortunate to have Broadway Austin. Loved the pillows, and will I was tempted, I didn't bring one home. Happy Sunday!

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  12. Rabbit, Rabbit! I always enjoy seeing where you and your tote(s) are out and about Sarah! Gatherings looks like a spot I would enjoy perusing too. Shopping and planning for a new courtyard sounds oh so exciting too. ♥

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  13. It looks like you had a wonderful Birthday month, and sharing with you nieces is always special. What fun you and Miss Poppy have had, out and about town. I am always in awe of your visits to The Peached Tortilla, Sarah!! Your shoes are so adorable!!

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  14. Sarah: Miss Poppy is a beauty! So are your shoes. Will be going out of the country in the near future. Considering bringing one of my MC bags.

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  15. Miss Poppy makes any photo look good. Austin is quite the city to explore. One of these days when we are visiting our son and family in San Antonio we are going to come to Austin. They were married there in 2006.

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    1. I hope you'll let me know if you plan a visit to Austin. Would love to meet up.

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  16. I saw a green wreath and checked MKC scaled ribbon and immediately thought of you. And then you post this great 'trip'...love the new bag, and your fun 'hauntings'...grins! Sandi

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  17. Sarah,
    I love, love, love your purse! Poppy sings Spring, joy, happiness and love and wow she is a perfect accessories to those ever so darling shoes!
    I so enjoyed this Austin out and about town experience!
    Happy March,
    Jemma

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    1. Jemma, this bag just looks like joy and happiness. Thanks for the visit and kind comment!

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  18. Happy belated birthday! Those milkshakes are crazy big.

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    1. Thank you! They are amazing. My husband and I always share one.

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  19. Oh Sarah, your Poppy is so darling! And so are your darling girls! It looks like you've had loads of fun (I would have caved at the bunnies!) -- all that and Dolly too. I think you win the prize for the most fun of the totes!

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    1. Jeanie, thanks! I admit, these two littles bring much joy. It's great to be able to enjoy one's own backyard!

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  20. Love your new tote Sarah...Poppy visited some charming places! Love all the shops you went to visit. Happy Spring!

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  21. Your new tote is adorable, and oh my goodness, your matching shoes!!!

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  22. Love that bag and watching where all it travels

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