Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Tales of the Traveling Tote #17

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

Welcome to our newest member:
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  

It has been a quiet fall here in Central NY, so here is a quick recap of what my Traveling Totes and I have been up to:

I always enjoy a trip to the Pumpkin Patch and long walks to enjoy the foliage along Oneida Lake:

The fall festival at MacKenzie- Childs in Aurora is always a fun and exciting time.  The farmhouse is always decorating in warm autumn colors....

....and apple picking at Beak and Skiff Farm is a yearly tradition:

...a quick trip to NYC is one of my favorite fall activities...

...and I spent few days in the Saratoga region.

We "kicked off" the holiday season with all of our favorite traditional events:
We had an early snowfall....about 12" snow!  I attended "That Chocolate Event", a shopping event in Baldwinsville, where each shop offers chocolate treats and drinks to kick off the holiday shopping season!  Hafner's Farmers Market and Garden Center has all their decorated Christmas trees on display - it's a winter wonderland!  And the "Lights on the Lake" on Onondaga Lake is an exciting "drive thru" extravaganza of lit displays and is  exciting as always!

Thanksgiving was a great day with 4 generations in our family:

November ended with the making of Kissing Balls with girlfriends.  My tote was filled with ribbons, holiday picks, pinecones and berries to add to my greens!

This fall was full of fun, family and yearly traditions!

And now, for our quarterly giveaway:

A MacKenzie-Childs Canvas Tote Bag"

Visit Jackie to enter the giveaway and then visit all of the other Traveling Tote bloggers to see what they have been up to:
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
and welcome to our newest member:
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  

Join us on March 1st for our next "tale"

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  1. Patti, I love seeing your New York adventures with Miss Kenzie! The FOUR generations photo melts my heart! Wishing you and your wonderful family a spectacular holiday season. xo

  2. Patti, as always, you soak in every bit of life and living, so matter where you go, and you sure spread the love with your cadre of totes taken along the way. I absolutely love how you took the one tote and had it made into a crossbody - so functional! Your family Thanksgiving was fabulous, though I'm sure it kicked your butt with so many guests and all the prep you did. You are the consummate party planner and decorating maven! Martha's got nothing on you.

  3. 4 generations is indeed special Patti, and you and your tote family are never idle! Apple picking to kick off fall must be so much fun, and does't Miss Kenzie look gorgeous surrounded by pumpkins! The Chocolate Event sounds like a must do :) Making Kissing Balls with friends must be a blast, I wish you'd post a tutorial on how to make them, they are beautiful! Thank you so much for being such a fabulous leader and inspiration for our Traveling Tote group!

  4. Dear Patti, Wow, what a great round-up of your fall adventures. Your Thanksgiving was special with four generations together, such a blessing. I would love to attend that chocolate event with you, my kind of fun. How wonderful you pop into NYC for fun. Happy December Patti.......

  5. Patti, I like the way you are sharing with the beautiful collages. It's a great idea! I need to up my collage techniques. Yours look fantastic. I love seeing your beautiful family, those darling daughters, precious grandsons, and your beautiful mom. I'm glad she is up and about. I know she appreciates all your care and attention.
    Upstate NY is the place to be for fun. Apple picking, MKC shopping, a getaway to NYC, Chocolate, . . . you have me a tad envious! Where is the SJP tile floor? Those are my maiden initials. 😍
    Thanks for taking us along on all the adventures with your totes. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  6. Patti, you have been a busy lady!
    Loved seeing your four generations at Thanksgiving.
    Your NYC trip sounds fabulous. I would love to have an annual trip.
    How fun to make kissing balls with your girlfriends. Looks like you all are having a great time.
    Seeing pictures and hearing about many of your recent activities has been fun today.
    Patti, I still am enjoying the MC bag from your giveaway. It is so useful and pretty.I get a lot of compliments on it.

  7. Miss kenzie and yourself are having way too much fun! love seeing the NY adventures. The kissing ball looks lovely. What a great idea. Your collages are quite fun Patti. Thank you for organizing so many events for the group. Love being part of it. Have a Merry Christmas and happy New Year. Looking forward to see more of Christmas fun. xo

  8. I think I counted 4 different bags! You are one lucky woman! This is so fun traveling with you and everyone.
    Yikes, 12 inches already! That is too early. The chocolate event sounds marvelous! Such a fun entry into Christmas.
    What a beautiful family you have. Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Thanks for letting me be a part of this fabulous group of women!

  9. Isn't it amazing how we never tire of black and white checks?! I love the format of your travels this quarter. I'm learning each time that I visit one of the TTT group. Note to self: Learn to create pictorial collages! If you need someone to ride with you to the Chocolate Festival, you should know that chocolate is one of my four major food groups! Thanks for organizing us. At times it must be like taking cats for a walk on leashes. Thanks for taking us along on your journeys. Cherry Kay

  10. It's so nice to have four generations celebrating Thanksgiving together. You have lots to be thankful for! You really do fun activities with your friends and family. I love how the kissing ball turned out! It's fantastic! I wish I could make one. I hope I can pull Christmas off this year. So far it's not looking great for the home team! ;P
    Thanks for all you do for our group. I hope you have a Blessed Christmas with your friends and family!


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