Saturday, September 1, 2018

Tales of the Traveling Tote #16

The Tales of the Traveling Tote #16

The Tales of the Traveling Tote is a series of adventures that share where our Mackenzie Childs tote bags have taken us.  Four times a year a group of bloggers each write a connected post about the places we have been. We have built incredible friendships through our blogs and we hope you enjoy our tales as much as we do!

To read about how it all began, go HERE

(September 2018)

 (cape cod)

June was spent on Cape Cod: East Sandwich Beach, Falmouth Heights Beach, the Pilot House for Happy Hour :

We took the Island Queen from Falmouth to Oak Bluffs and back to Falmouth a few days later:

We stayed at the Harborside Inn in Edgartown:

I loved this quaint arbor/walkway to enter the property.  The harbor was filled with boats and the view was lovely!

Each morning I walked to the Edgartown Lighthouse and watched the Chappaquidick Ferry cross the short waterway:

(aurora, Ny)

July arrived with the anticipation of Sarah coming to NY for the Annual MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale.  She stayed in Aurora and we went to Skaneateles for lunch and shopping.  We stopped by M-C to meet with some of the "campers" who stayed for 24 hrs to be the first in line!  I also drove her by Victoria and Richards home, where they lived when they owned the company:

 That evening she invited me to stay at the E.B. Morgan Inn with her and we had dinner at the Aurora Inn with our "new friends":

We enjoyed wine on the back porch of the Inn, overlooking Cayuga Lake, and had a campfire and S'mores after dinner:

The next morning we arrived at 6:00 am for the Barn Sale, wearing Courtly Checked footwear I painted....

...and we only waited a little under 2 hours to enter the sale - and YES, it was worth it!!

Here is my favorite piece I purchased:

A few days later, when Sarah and I stopped into the Del Lago Savor MacKenzie-Childs store, we realized neither of us had our Traveling Tote - so, we improvised:

(sharon springs) 
I made a quick stop at the Beekman 1802 Mercantile to pick up some jelly.  If you are not familiar with them, you can read their story HERE 
This is so good: 

At the end of July we took a quick trip to Ohio to play with our grandsons!

 and I got to visit one of my favorite stores:  A Proper Garden:

On the way home we went to Canada and visited 
(niagara falls)

Niagara on the Lake is a great little town where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario.  The area is home to over 20 wineries.

The town has the oldest golf course in North America and we had drinks and dinner there.  They  make the best soup and frozen drinks!! 

There were a few summer nights spent on Oneida Lake, on my dear friend Maureen's paddle boat....sometimes we just took it way out and sat and chatted over a glass of wine!

The summer has flown by!
We are busy with wedding preparations for our youngest daughter who will be married on Sept 8!

As always, we are having a giveaway, hosted by Linda - make sure you stop by to enter!!
 Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda is hosting our giveaway this season:

(Visit my friends):
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
(You are here) Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
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
Lea and Miss Scarlett @ Cici's Corner

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We will be back in December:

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. Patti, it looks like you had such a wonderful summer! I have to tell you that one of these days I'm going to come hang out with you. I've been to most of the places you just named and they are spectacular! Even Niagara on the of the cutest little towns ever.

  2. It looks like you and Miss Kenzie didn't stop!! Great pics. The Barn Sale is on next year's bucket list. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. What a great adventure that was going to the Mackenzie Childs sale !!!!I would have bought one of the bags for sure and more courtney check items, seems I need that huge tray
    So nice the way you shared your travels, makes me want to get in my car and go somewhere this weekend

  4. Love Edgartown..etc..LOVE..How fun you got to meet up and enjoy each others company..ies..Niagara-on-the-lake is of my very fave artist's lives there.Trisha Romance.
    Lovely Littles:)

  5. Hi Patti, Wow, you sure had a lot going on this summer, all fun!!! Cape Cod looks amazing, I've got to get there. And, what fun it must have been staying in that beautiful Inn with Sarah and spending time with other people there for the MC barn sale. Love your new vase, one I've had my eye on too. Niagara Falls is beautiful. We were there years ago and I remember the pretty town, Niagara on the Lake. Fun time with your grands too and I think I remember you have a wedding coming up soon! Have a wonderful weekend Patti.......

  6. Patti, you are the Queen of travel and adventure! You keep the roads, airways and waterways hot! That trip out on the water on a paddleboat to chill with a glass of wine - heaven! Your Niagara trip makes me want to go there again, but each and all of your journeys are envious. Have a great Labor Day weekend.

  7. It looks like you're having a very fun filled summer Patti! Happy Labor Day Weekend-enjoy:@)

  8. So glad you and Miss Kenzie had a great summer! Now it's off on Autumn adventures for all of us❤

  9. Wow, you make quite the statement with all of your MC bags! I bet you get stopped a lot! You are so talented - creating your own checked shoes for you and Sarah! What a fun time. I love your vase - the colors are so fabulous. These posts are so fun because they show me so many places I have never even heard of! I need to spend a few months on the east coast. Everything is so beautiful!

  10. What a lovely tour of Upstate New York! I love all your photos, but the ones of you and Sarah are my very favorite because y'all are too too cute! :D

    I hate I missed the Barn Sale this year. I really need to plan a trip to Aurora soon!

    Now that I have my computer back I need to go back and read your posts about the Barn Sale. I saw a few of your photos on IG!

    Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!


  11. Well, you had a boatload of adventures and fun this summer. I cannot believe that gals actually camp out waiting for the Barn Sale. I've never known of a sale that I would camp out for. :o)) But, I bet I could have racked up on some beautiful MC items. I love the shoes you painted. Too cute! And, now your daughter's wedding. That's the icing on the cake. Happy Labor Day weekend!

  12. Patti, it's been a long day here with guests, so I'm late getting to visit. Your summer was certainly full. I'm always in awe of all that you do. Of course, my time in Aurora was without doubt the highlight of my summer. I'd venture to say the highlight of my year. You were the best tour guide! Just looking back at your photos makes me want to pack my bags and make my way back to upstate NY. Thanks again for being so welcoming, opening your home to me, and sharing my first Barn Sale adventure. With the wedding a week away, you must be in full speed ahead. I know it is going to be a beautiful wedding! I'm so excited and happy for your Caitlin.

  13. Patti, what a fun post. Cape Cod looks amazing. I have never been. There's something about being at the ocean. You are so talented. The shoes are so cute. You and Sarah look fabulous. So much fun and the shopping. You must be so excited for your daughter's upcoming marriage. Thinking of you and your sweet mom.

  14. Your summer sounds like you enjoyed the best of everything, family, friends, the beach, and most of all the barn sale with Sarah! I so enjoyed hearing the barn sale adventures and seeing the photos of everyone decked out in black & white checks! I can't believe you're having a wedding in less than a week, what a busy week it will be! I wish your family much happiness Patti!

  15. Miss Kenzie and Miss Patti have had a wonderful summer! Wishing you all the very best with the wedding this weekend. xo