Tales of the Traveling Tote, Serendipity


Welcome to a very special Tales of the Traveling Tote!





Today we are celebrating our 5th anniversary of travels!

Our founder, Patti@Pandora’s box emailed us last fall to say

that she had been in touch with MacKenzie-Childs,

and told them how much love we have for all things MacKenzie-Childs,

and how we post adventures with our named MacKenzie-Childs tote bags





She then told us that MacKenzie-Childs was going to send us each a gift!

The anticipation was fierce!

We all were so excited, thinking that it would be a small gift…

but little did we know that a team from MacKenzie-Childs had visited all of our blogs,

and designed a one of a kind gift for each of us!





It was exciting as the boxes slowly made it across country to their destinations

The girls in the Northeast, Patti & Deb were first to get theirs

The next day Rita’s arrived in West Virginia…

The third day our Alabama chapter, Emily, Ricki Jill and I received ours…

We  got ours about the same time that afternoon and texted each other as we opened

So exciting!





Patti asked us not to show anyone until we all had received our gifts




Next Cherry Kay and Sarah got theirs in Oklahoma and Texas





And finally the last boxes arrived in Utah for Jackie and California for Linda





I opened my gift to find a hand written note to me!





Well, Hello Gorgeous!




This was definitely a day of serendipity!

Serendipity: {noun}  the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: a fortunate stroke of serendipity

Each handmade incredible tote has a personality all it’s own, with different fabrics, colors and designs, yet they all were made in the same style with the same straps and gold MacKenzie-Childs label






For our first adventure with our new totes we all visited a carousel





I met Emily and Ricki Jill at a local Birmingham area mall






We managed to snap a few quick picks before the ride opened





I brought Miss Coquille and Hello Gorgeous





We took a “sleigh ride” before heading to lunch





Here are all the Tales of the Traveling Tote members on their carousels



MacKenzie-Childs sent us another tote to give away to one of our readers



Please visit all the Tales of the Traveling Tote members

to show MacKenzie-Childs some love

and leave a comment to enter the giveaway!


Thank you so much MacKenzie-Childs!!!


Debbie with Miss Tassie @ Mountain Breaths
Emily with Miss Lulu @ The French Hutch
Patti with Miss Tizzy@ Pandora’s Box
Jenna with Miss  Hello Gorgeous @ The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Gigi @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Penny @ Panoply
Sarah with Miss  Poppy @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie with Miss Pansy         @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill with Miss Square Peggy @The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay with Miss Waverly  @ Entertaining Women
Winner will be announced January 27th, Good luck!!
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91 Responses to “Tales of the Traveling Tote, Serendipity”
  1. chef mimi says:

    Wow! That is just too cool! A big surprise from a fairly large company.I’m impressed. Have fun!

  2. Sarah Anderson says:

    Jenna, I’m just as excited as you are! I feel so honored by MacKenzie-Childs and appreciate their generous gift. Miss Possy and I are having lots of fun around Austin. She is the perfect companion for lots of things during my day. I know each of us feel the same! How fun that you and Emily and RJ get to meet for lunch and fun times together.

  3. Now that’s a nice gift! WOW! You look so stinking cute too with your tote. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. Raylene DeSanto says:

    What lucky women! Those Mackenzie-Childs bags are absolutely gorgeous! I would love to be the proud owner of one so my personality would shine through wherever I traveled! The patterns and colors are exquisite!!!

  5. thefrenchhutch says:

    Hello sweet Jenna, Oh how I do remember the fun and excitement we had as our totes arrived and the phones couldn’t deliver the text messages fast enough. I had so much fun with you and RJ taking our carousel ride. Love the pics of you, so adorable. Miss Lulu and I look forward to more fun in the coming year. Great post!

  6. Kitty says:

    I am in awe at MKC for creating unique totes for each of you lovely ladies, Jenna. I loved seeing you, Emily and Ricki Jill on the carousel. Also, how generous of MKC to send an extra tote for some lucky winner!!

  7. Chris Wasson says:

    Just love the bags, and the fun all of you have. I look forward to these posts.
    You have a special group with many great memories. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Marie says:

    The traveling tote group always sounds like such fun and now your pleasure has been increased. I am sure I am not alone in feeling that through your blogs we have the sense of friendship even when we have never met. I very much appreciate seeing all of you showing off your individual totes! MM

  9. Jenna, Miss Hello Gorgeous is so pretty. I remember the anticipation waiting for each of our totes to arrive. I was visiting my mom, so I wasn’t even home. You, Emily and Ricki Jill are so fortunate to live close so you can meet up for fun adventures and photo ops. Have fun with your travels whether with Miss Hello Gorgeous or Miss Coquille.

    • I know you were away, I would have been going crazy with anticipation!! Emily, RJ and I have so much fun getting together, but it’s also really special that our group is spread out all over the country! Thank you Linda, I wish you safe travels and fun adventures with your totes!
      ❤️ Jenna

  10. Jenna, the tote MC created for you is just perfect and I absolutely love it. That is really amazing that they designed a special tote for each of you ladies. The photos at the carousel of you and the other two AL girls are so cute. All of you ladies have a wonderful bond and I enjoy reading about your totes and travel!

  11. Susan Tompkins says:

    Hello Gorgeous is indeed Gorgeous! Visiting here from my friend Debbie’s blog. As a Louisiana girl I was excited to see your Mardi Gras season post!

  12. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, how exciting! I love Mac-Kenzie Childs! I bought my first piece this summer. I have started collecting the green Flower Market pattern. I introduced my mom to MC and she did her whole kitchen in the white Flower Market. At Christmas, surprisingly, we both bought each other MC pieces to add to our collection! It looks like you had so much fun meeting up with your friends!

    • I love the green Flower Market pattern, and how much fun to be collecting with your mom!! Our tote group has so much fun, and I am so lucky 2 of the ladies live so close to me! Enjoy your new things Shannon, I look forward to seeing a tablescape!

  13. Ricki Treleaven says:

    Miss Hello Gorgeous is the perfect name for your tote. I guessed yours correctly because it looks like you! THanks for including the sleigh photo. I think I’ll edit my post later today and add it. It’s a cute photo of us…the carousel operator was so sweet to us that day!

    I look forward to reading about Miss Hello Gorgeous and y’all’s adventures. She’s the perfect tote to take to the beach!

    Ricki Jill

    • Thanks Ricki Jill, we did have fun on the carousel that day, and lunch after! I love love my new tote and she is currently filled with a special needlepoint project I’m working on for my daughter so there is much love inside her!

  14. matt621hew says:

    Love this! Love her name! and would love to have one for my own!! I follow Jackie @ Purple Chocolate Home . matt621hew@yahoo.com

  15. Jill Kuhn says:

    Wow!! What a beautiful bag!! And I love that each one is different! Sounds like you gals had a fun get together too. ❤️ The carousel is amazing and I love the poem written by Cherry Kay! 😍 What a generous gift, I am so happy for you, Jenna!!

  16. Marjorie says:

    How lucky are you all!

  17. Rhonda says:


    Such special ‘Toters” you all are! Lol! I always enjoy everyone’s tales. Thanks for the opportunity to perhaps have a MC special all my own.

  18. Sally H Clem says:

    Jenna, you told such a great story! So fun! All during your blog I couldn’t wait to see the “gift”!! And the carousel was also a fun idea! All the totes are beautiful! Great story! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you Sally! It was all very exciting!! When I told Ryan about it he was visibly impressed {hard to do!!} and Tara said it looked just like me! The tote tribe has had fun keeping our big secret for 2 months as we plotted our carousel adventures!

  19. Liz says:

    Wow what a pretty bag! Love that they were designed for each of you personally! They chose the patterns well for you !

  20. checkeredsox says:

    What an amazing story! Each of these beautiful one of a kind totes is as unique as it’s owner. I hope you have many happy travels with Hello Gorgeous!

  21. Anonymous says:

    How exciting I love them. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Rita C. says:

    Jenna, I love how you recounted the excitement that was growing each day as our packages arrived – so true to the moments we all shared! You Bama gals leave me envious with your geographic proximity to each other and the ability to get together as you do. How fun! Your bag is full of color, the same as your world you consistently create with home, food, and art. Perfect.

  23. rawsonjl says:

    That is fantastic! What beautiful new bags.

  24. Mary says:

    Hello Gorgeous indeed!! You girls must have been over the moon with excitement with your specially designed totes Jenna! How fun for you, Emily and Ricki Jill to share a carousel ride too…( I wouldn’t begin to know where to find a carousel. 🙂 How generous MKC offered a tote to share with a reader too. You TT girls have too much fun! ♥

  25. Marion says:

    Thank You for having such a lovely giveaway.

  26. Sara says:

    Love your special new tote and the whole concept of the traveling tote adventures. This Spring I will be taking my first cruise – at the age of 77. My husband and I are going to Alaska. I am so excited and a little apprehensive and have saved hundreds of pins with tips to my Alaska Pinterest board in preparation. I have recently been shopping for a tote to carry aboard the plane and use on excursions off the ship. This would be perfect. Not only would I have a beautiful and very special tote but I could write my own Tales of the Traveling Tote, just for myself, to complete my once in a lifetime experience thanks to MacKenzie-Childs and the ladies of the Traveling Totes.

    • Oh happy cruising Sara! I know many who have taken the Alaskan cruise and they all loved it! Such a nice comment, I would love for you to win the tote for your trip, good luck!

  27. Deb says:

    Hello Gorgeous is so perfect for you Jenna! I’m so impressed with each tote and the fabric that was lovingly chosen to reflect our individual tastes and personalities. I know you and Miss Gorgeous are best buds already, and there are will be many outings together. Happy and healthy travels to you! And happy five year anniversary to us!

  28. Anita Trippi says:

    Such a great story and your bag is just beautiful! I am sure it will bring you a special kind of magic wherever you take it!

  29. How much fun is that….amazing totes! Travel on…and carry your Totes! Grins, fun post!

  30. Michelle says:

    Oh my goodness that’s so exciting!!! And so sweet of them to do that for all of you!

  31. Hello Gorgeous is so pretty! I look forward to reading about your adventures with both of your lovely Mackenzie Child’s totes.

  32. pattyanneart says:

    How exciting, Jenna! 😊💚
    What a beautiful tote and so much fun!

  33. entertainingwomen says:

    If God looked kindly on coveting, I’d covet that the three of you can get together for lunches, fun, and relationship; but since He doesn’t look kindly on coveting, I’m choosing to be absolutely thrilled that you all have the ability to give time to each other and build close relationships. That is so cool! I also adore that you chose to meet at the carousel. Hello Gorgeous is wonderful. We are so blessed by McK-C’s creativity, talent, and generosity, not to even mention a fantastic selection of amazing fabrics! I look forward to the possibility that we can all meet up for a shared adventure. CherryKay

    • Thank you Cherry Kay, and us Alabama gals do have fun together, we meet every few months…I hate that we all are so spread out but I also love that about our group, we represent so many different parts of our country! Everyone is loving your cute poem!

  34. Sherry B says:

    Love all the totes and the poem!

  35. MrsSW says:

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

    Thanks to you all for the give-away.


  36. Julie says:

    Hi Jenna, congrats on being in the TTT group for 5 years! How fun and I love your new bag. I look forward to reading about you and your bags travels.

  37. Bonnie Morgan says:

    Well, I can hear the giggles and know y’all had fun! The carousel was a great idea and Cherry Kay did a fabulous job on the poem.
    I feel all of your excitement! Congratulations. The totes are exceptional.

  38. tmtm4 says:

    I would love to win this tote. I’m a long time admirer of MC!

  39. Joy B says:

    I love the colors of your tote! And would love to win the special “giveaway” tote, too.

  40. Cyndi Raines says:

    What a special fun, surprise! Your bag is just right for the “artistic Jenna”. Love the deep jewel tone colors. So happy for you! Now, to decide which bag gets to travel when?! Haha. Happy future travels to you all your pals.

  41. Jacqueline says:

    I just love the name you gave her! I am sure those were the first words that popped into your head! Does the top fabric have velvet stripes? It looks like that from the pictures. It is so fun seeing them more uncles. I know Miss Hello Gorgeous and you will have fun adventures!

  42. Megan says:

    Wow. Yours in beautiful. I love the red/pinks. Thank you for sharing and giving us the chance to win!

  43. I love Miss Hello Gorgeous! You will both make great travel partners!

  44. I just found your blog via Home Is Where The Boat Is, as an artist also I was intrigued by your group. I plein air paint and travel sketch so my first thought was this was a sketch or painting tote group. While I indulged in your blog a bit more I saw this lovely tote give away, anyone would be blessed to have it! What a nice group of friends to travel with too!

    • Hi Gloria, so nice to hear from you! Our group is quite eclectic and we have so much fun sharing adventures…I took a peek at your artwork, wow, so gorgeous!! I love to use colored pencils, I will be visiting you often for more inspiration!

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