Thursday, February 26, 2015

"The Traveling Tote"

Did you ever read the teen novel "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"? Anne Brasheres wrote the novel over 12 years ago.  I read it because my high school students were talking about how much they enjoyed the book. 

Simply, it is about 4 girlfriends, all sharing a pair of jeans while they struggle with growing up, realize the importance of friendship, travel and search for love.

As you know,  I am a huge Mackenzie-Childs fan.  Last month they had a sale and I was browsing their website to see if anything caught my eye - as I was certain that I NEEDED something they had on sale!

This tote bag caught my eye:

I quickly pulled out my credit card and purchased it.  I HAD to have it!

  Remembering how much Debbie at Mountain Breaths loves MC Courtly Checks, I quickly sent her a text.  How could we ever live without this? 

And then I sent an email to Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul because I thought she needed one, too!

Shortly thereafter, the tote bag was removed from their sale web page!  Lucky us!


Debbie, Sara and I have decided to take the theme of this novel and create a series we will call:


A few times a year we will each write a connected post about the places our tote bags have taken us.  They might include business trips, shopping adventures, weeklong vacations or simply every day escapades!

For now, mine is sitting by the fireplace with cozy throws rolled up and tucked inside!

So, stay tuned, and in a few months we will update you on our adventures!

Oh, and if you have one of these totes, please contact me and "jump on our silly ride"! 
You could purchase their replacement tote and join in on the fun:

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Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. Cute bag and such a cute idea! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. The traveling tote series should bring us a lot of fond memories. My beach towel and picnic lunch will be going in mine soon. I hope Miss Kenzie enjoys her time in Boston.

  3. Patti- What a GREAT find. I just love it and can't wait to hear about all your adventures with the three of you girls. xo Diana

  4. Miss CC is ready for an adventure, but so far she is a "lady in waiting" holding my current stitching projects.
    We are already good friends, enjoying evenings together sitting by the fire as I stitch. I'm so happy you sent me the link. This is going to be a fun series.

  5. Cute idea, I'm interesting in hearing what/where CC takes you!


  6. Sounds like fun! Reminds me of what Susan did years ago with the Target bird salt and peppers everyone had. Everyone had a different story of how they got there!

  7. Oh how fun! We travel almost all the time now so it would have just been to Africa and next week we are headed to the Philippines! I will have to find one!!! Have a blessed week.

  8. I bought the purple one for my daughter....I regret that I didn't buy one for myself! Cute idea....I can't wait to read y'all's posts!

  9. What a FUN idea. Heard about it through my bloggy friend, Emily at The French Hutch. Happy travels!

  10. Patti, am coming to the warehouse sale on April 13/14 at MacKenzie Childs. Will you be there...would love to meet you...Miss Roxie from California (

  11. I finally found an original one...where else, but eBay, my personal shopping mall. Is the invitation still open to participate? It sounds like such fun, and includes most of my favorite blog friends. Late to the party, CherryKay

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    On a different note, the author shares their enthusiasm as a devoted fan of Mackenzie-Childs. They mention browsing the website during a recent sale, excited to find something that caught their eye. It's evident that the author has a keen interest in the products offered by Mackenzie-Childs.

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  14. As I read it, I couldn't help but think about the importance of friendship and how it can shape our lives. Just like the characters in the book, who shared a pair of jeans as they navigated the ups and downs of growing up, having a solid support system is crucial.

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