Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Tales of the Traveling Tote - Special Edition! AND A GIVEAWAY



At the end of November, the 10 of the "Tales of the Traveling Tote" bloggers were each surprised with a special gift from MacKenzie-Childs to celebrate our 5th anniversary of Wanderlust!:


We knew something wonderful was coming our way, but we had no idea what the gift would be:


Each of us received a unique, hand made tote bag, designed especially for each of us.  The designers did a little research on each of us and chose fabrics to suit our personality!  As a fan of black and white, as well as animal prints, mine was just perfect!  

Someone noticed that my last few trips to MacKenzie-Childs had me wearing animal prints!


As I pulled my tote from the gift bag I was "thunderstruck" - what a perfect blend of fabrics....


...and a sweet note from the designers:


The bag is the perfect sized tote, and is constructed very well with sturdy handles, lots of pockets and checked trim cording.  The metal MacKenzie-Childs name plate, button and tassel add a special flair to the bag!

I had John take a quick photo of me before I left the house that day:



I decided to name my bag Mz Tizzy and her "maiden voyage" was a trip to Virginia and Washington DC at the end of November....


...filled with my computer and recipe magazines!


On a snowy December day Mz Tizzy and I joined friends for a Christmas lunch and "she" got lots of attention from my friends, and the waitress, too!


And then just before the new year, this happened:


A new grandson arrived, so I hopped on a plane to DC, and in all the excitement, I left Mz Tizzy in NY!

To thank the designers for our bags I sent a little "Tales of the Traveling Tote" token gift:


Each of the women bloggers who participate in the Tales of the Traveling Tote received a lovely, unique handmade bag, designed just for each one !


And then we had fun and all found a Carousel in our area to take our new bags on a magical ride:




As the poem says, to make this keepsake gift even more incredible, they sent us one to giveaway

This ONE OF A KIND tote is so charming, with romantic patterned textiles, a beautiful buttoned medallion, tassel and a gold MacKenzie-Childs plate!



Wouldn't you just love to win this?  
Well it's simple - just leave a comment below (if you sign in as "anonymous", make sure you leave an email address). 
Please also leave a comment on each of the other 9 Traveling Tote blogs for additional chances to win.


Debbie with Miss Tassie Mountain Breaths
Emily with Miss Lulu @ The French Hutch
Patti with Mz TizzyPandora's Box YOU ARE HERE
Jenna with Miss Hello Gorgeous @ The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss GigiLife and Linda
Rita with Miss PennyPanoply
Sarah with Miss  Poppy @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie with Miss PansyPurple Chocolat Home  
Ricki Jill with Miss Square Peggy @The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay with Miss Waverly  @ Entertaining Women


For additional chances, you can also comment on my Instagram, BUT you must become a follower!  @ppultorak


So simply:
1. leave a comment here
2. leave a comment on my instagram 
follow @ppultorak
3. leave a comment on the other TTT blogger's posts

Good Luck!

If you are a FB friend, feel free to leave a comment there, too!



The winner will be picked on January 27

These maps shows where our Traveling Totes have all traveled in the last 5 years:


I look forward to many more adventures!    
Feel free to tag along, I am really good at finding 
PARADISE and FUN 
wherever I go!


THANK YOU MACKENZIE-CHILDS (and the sweet sisters who designed each bag) FOR THIS SPECIAL GIFT AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE ONE WITH OUR READERS!




Are you curious as to how this all began?  
Read about it here!

48 comments:

  1. Great looking bags!!! MC is so thoughtful. Your grandson is positively precious, Patti. I have a feeling that you will be spending a lot of time in DC. Enjoy your week and your new bag!!

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  2. This is so custom and gorgeous. I’m a longtime collector of Mackenzie child’s but I don’t have anything MC outside of my home. I would carry this with pride!

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  3. I simply adore these bags! Last year on our yearly girls trip to Mackenzie Child’s in Aurora we stopped in our tracks to admire the craftsmanship of these bags hanging in the store. An employee walked over and began admiring them with us and modestly said “I hand pick the materialS myself” We were stunned that this was the creator standing right beside us. Well sadly that day we left the store without buying a bag and regretted ever since. Like everything MacKenzie Child’s, they are a work of art.
    Enjoy your beautiful treasure ♥️

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  4. How wonderful that a bag was created just for you! You will treasure it, I'm sure.

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  5. How wonderful Patti! Your custom made bag could not be more perfect for you! The design is spot on and how special to have it created just for you. I'm sure you will enjoy taking it on your journeys. Congratulations on a beautiful new grandchild!

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  6. Miss Tizzy is ALMOST as lovely as your new grandchild! Congratulations twice! That's so generous and it sure looks like they "got you" perfectly!

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  7. I had no idea you had started it all.Incredibly kind of MKC..but so well deserved and so far I see all the bags suit you all to an MKC:) Beautiful grandchild:) I would love to collect more of those;)

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  8. Mz Tizzy is perfect for you, Patti! How very thoughtful of MKC to carefully craft a tote for each of you, AND to make one for a lucky recipient! Congratulations on your newest grandchild.

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  9. Miss Tizzy is the perfect match for you Patti. I love her stylish animal print. Love the precious grand pic and I understand how you forgot the new tote. I'm sure there is a future trip for you to use Miss Tizzy to carry baby gifts to DC.

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  10. Oh Patti, where to begin?? First of all THANK YOU for telling MacKenzie-Childs about our group and our tote adventures! I feel so grateful to be part of this special group of MKC loving ladies, and value our incredible friendships so much! Miss Tizzy is definitely all you, and you have kept her busy already! Congrats on your new grandchild, you have had quite a Christmas! I love love my new tote, and had it sitting in a chair for days just so I could look at it! MKC did such an amazing job designing our individual totes and wow, they are all so beautiful!! Happy Travels!
    ❤️ Jenna

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  11. Wonderful bag, and such a great gift. It will go many more places with you. Congrats on the new grandson. He looks just perfect.

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  12. I have never had a MacKenzie Child item before. They are darling. The totes are for a different purpose for each person. They make it their own for what is to go inside.

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  13. Patti, I want to thank you again for lol of your hard work and persistence. I feel so honored to be part of this amazing group of ladies. Mz Tizzy is so perfect for you. She is stylish and fabulous just like you. Love the leopard print. You have already travelled with Mz Tizzy and enjoyed wonderful travels. Congrats on your new grandchild. May you enjoy your upcoming travels with both of your fun totes.

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  14. Oh my gosh what a wonderful giveaway and each tote is so unique! I see many more happy travels in the future for each of you! Congrats on the new grandson and Happy New Year!

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  15. Mz. Tizzy is delightful! I am visiting you through my friend Debbie's post. What a wonderful surprise you all had! I will hang out a bit and explore your blog as well :-)

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  16. Patti, I do love the totes so much, and I appreciate how you've promoted our little group as well as the MacKenzie-Childs brand. Your tote is SO *YOU*!!! I loved the animal print on it. It makes me smile just seeing you carry it!

    Your little grandson is so sweet. I know that you and Mz Tizzy will have many lovely adventures with him!

    I also love the giveaway tote. It is beautiful, too!!!

    Again, thanks for all you do for our group. I received my tote just at a time when I really needed a happy!!!

    Happy New Year!
    Ricki Jill

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  17. Love it ! Love her Name! and would love to have one of my own!!! I follow Jackie@ Purple Chocolate home. Matt621hew@yahoo.com

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  18. I imagine your surprise when you received your luscious tote. Thank you for the opportunity to win! rush88888 at gmail dot com

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  19. Congratulations on your new grandbaby. There is nothing like the gift of being a grandmother. MC certainly got it right with the tote that they designed for you. Enjoy!

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  20. Patti, your bag is a perfect match for you! I'm so appreciative of MacKenzie-Childs for these beautiful bags, but also so much more. This company has infused joy into my life from the start and in recent years I've met many others who feel the same. Our Traveling Tote group is just one example of friendships made because of a MacKenzie-Childs connection.

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  21. Wow what a pretty bag! Love that they were designed for each of you personally! They chose well for you too!

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  22. Patti, WOW is all I can say!! Such a nice thank you from MC for all the publicity received due to the Tales of the Traveling Tote Girls. And you're right, you can never have too much animal print in your wardrobe. Mz Tizzy suits you to a'T'. Appreciate the opportunity to win one of my own!

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  23. Hi Patti, you formed such a fun group of TTT and congrats on the five years together. I love the bag you received from MC. I know you'll have fun traveling around with it and I look forward to hearing more of yours and the groups travels.

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  24. OHHHH how wonderful you received that BAG! yes I want one also LOL
    i just love yours with the animal print
    I also love the paper shopping bag and how sweet is that new Baby ??? fabulous

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  25. So spectacular, Patti, this whole gift extravaganza! Yours is perfectly suited and named (no wonder about leaving it behind for DC - you were likely in a tizzy trying to get there before bad weather and wanting to see the new family!). Love it all - the past, the present, and the potential in our future travels. The team at MKC is truly stellar.

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  26. I love that they researched you all and gave you a personalized bag to suit each and every one of you.

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  27. Congratulations on baby Pedro :-) Mz. Tizzy is just perfect for you. I’m so impressed with each tote and the fabric that was chosen to reflect our tastes and personalities. Happy and healthy travels to you! And Happy five year anniversary to us!

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  28. Congratulations on the new grand baby and I am sure your beautiful tote will travel to many, many fun places!

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  29. How wonderful...the bag of course...but your new grandson?...pure delight!

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  30. Congrats on your new grand baby. Geaux to all the Tales of the Traveling Totes ladies and Mackenzie-Childs. Please put New Orleans on the list for an adventure where you, Miss Tizzy and the Ladies will find paradise, fun an hospitality on your next adventure. I'd love to become the eleventh honorary member to travel with a one of a kind Mackenzie-Childs tote.

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  31. Patti, I’ve followed your group’s adventures and travels since the beginning five years ago. I’m so impressed with MKC’s generosity and creativity with your custom one-of-a-kind bags. Everyone’s totes seem to suit them to the Traveling T! I know your fellow ‘toters’ are thrilled with your organizing efforts. Congratulations on the new addition to your family and wishing you safe and happy travels in 2020.

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  32. How nice for each of you to receive a tote from MKC.

    Thanks to you all for the give-away.

    Sheila

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  33. Congrats to you and his parents on a adorable little grandson! Also congrats on your 5th anniversary!
    We have sooo much to be thankful for! Don't we! Healthy beautiful grandchildren, I'm speaking of me too! Lol. I would of rushed right over forgetting everything else too! ❤ babies!

    All your MC bags are so special and this giveaway bag is just as special as the rest! I see that sunflower that is attached to the MC gold plate too. I love sunflowers, I have some sunflower decorations in my den. I love all the colors in it too!
    Good luck to everybody and have a fantastic weekend!

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  34. Wow!!! What great adventures you are having! That new grand baby is adorable. Congratulations to all!!! When I retire I aspire to travel all over the world. Cannot wait for the day that I can just go!!!!

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  35. Loving the post! Loving the bags! Loving all the travels!

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  36. This is such a wonderful tradition you all have! I just love the bags and I love to read about all your travels with it.

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  37. Fun bag and congratulations on that baby!! Enjoy your new tote!

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  38. So lucky someone will be to win the bag. I would love to be that person.

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  39. Would love this bag. The traveling tote series was so fun it inspired me to buy one... and then a second larger bag that was at the first warehouse sale. Last year I had the good fortune to take the production tour at MacKenzie Childs and it seems like these bags would be part of their upholstery scrap projects they called serendipity. We all need a little serendipity in our lives.

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  41. Loved reading your blog and your new bag is gorgeous, as is your new grandbaby - congratulations!

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  42. Such a pretty bag, perfect for you! And I think the giveaway bag would be perfect for me, too! But most perfect and special is that wonderful new grandbaby.

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  43. I love all the sweet custom MC traveling totes! Too cute and congrats to all of you traveling bloggers! It doesn’t get any better than MC either! I collect as well!!! Congrats again in the amazing bag and grand baby!!!

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  44. Oh my gosh !!! How amazingly special are these ? Love love love .... and CONGRATS ! ����

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  45. Patti, I just love Mz Tizzy! She is perfect for you, as all of them are! I can't believe she stayed behind in NY - guess she will be visiting the new baby another time! There is nothing like the excitement of a new baby! Thanks for inviting me along on all of our adventures!

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  46. What a fun blog! How sweet of McK C to make each of you a tote geared towards your own personalities! I didn't know about your blog until I saw you mention it on Facebook! whiteybug@stny.rr.com

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  47. Mz Tizzy and you look perfect for each other! What wonderful traveling partners you'll make!

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  48. What a beautiful bag and great blog!

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