Saturday, June 1, 2019

Traveling Tote #19

 What does a mom do on a rainy Mother's Day? You can read more about that below. And I did not complain once. The gardens were beautiful! 
 On Saturday,  April 13 I was lucky enough to attend the MacKenzie-Childs warehouse sale in Union Springs, NY (near their retail store in Aurora). 
 Upon leaving the warehouse sale, my husband took me to the MacKenzie-Childs retail store in Aurora where I found my fellow traveling tote friend Patti @ Pandora's Box.
Although my visit with Patti was brief, it was great to reminisce about the warehouse sale which we both loved. I like it better than the barn sale in July especially since we received an extra 30% off the already reduced prices of 50%.
We bought the black sisal rug trimmed in Courtly Check, and the petal platter. Yes, an extra 30% on the rug! It looks wonderful with our newly painted accent wall done in Benjamin Moore "Iron Mountain". The other three walls are BM "Linen White" which I have used in our home for 25 years. Please ignore the extension cord on the floor. 
 Tom Tracy is the most photographed employee at the MacKenzie-Childs retail store in Aurora. His warm personality and hugs are the best! 
 The new "Royal Check" looks like blue denim jeans. 
  A very colorful store indeed.  Like Candyland for adults :-)
  The birdhouse is one of my favorite purchases. When I came home, I plunked it on the cake pedestal and left it there until after Easter :-)
 The remainder of our purchases from the sale included  new towels, Christmas ornaments for our tree, place cards which I will use as gift tags, a fantastic owl and fall bouquet, four ice cream pedestal bowls, coffee mug, Easter bunny with a crown, new pot holders, 


We had a great morning at Sycamore Hill Gardens. When we arrived it was not raining, we toured the lovely gardens, and then all of a sudden the sky opened up but we were done so we left. I was prepared! I wore a rain jacket with a hood, wore boots and gloves and brought my umbrella. Can you believe I needed gloves in May! Miss Aurora is always a good sport, and I did not complain once either. Truth! I felt sorry for the moms that got stuck in the mud in the large field. 

  Don't forget to put your name in the hat for the wonderful giveaway! Leave a comment on The Sketchy Reader's blog, and you will have a chance at winning the beautiful MacKenzie-Childs wine tote. 
Come along and travel with:
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
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  
Thanks for stopping by! Our adventures for June, July and August will be posted on Sepember 1. Have a great summer!!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. The Warehouse Sale is always fun, and I agree, much better than the Barn Sale! Cute pics of you at the Gardens!!

  2. Cute pics Deb and what a nice meeting w/ your friend:)Great purchases for you..a fine spokesperson for MC!
    Must say I love your floral top!♥

  3. Debbie, I left a long comment, but I was on my phone. It didn't post!!!!
    You and Miss Aurora have been busy doing my favorite things. A trip to the Warehouse Sale would be great fun, but for me it is the visit to the farm that truly thrills. A visit to any garden is also top of my list, so thanks for letting me tag along. You and Miss Aurora are of course in my favorite city as I type. I so wish I were 12 pounds like Sadie and could fit in Miss Aurora. I'd be happy to be joining you in Paris!!!

  4. Oh Debbie, candyland for adults for sure, I can't believe all those goodies at slashed prices! Your rug looks terrific, and I love the bird house perched on the pedestal! You are so cute in your rain gear in that beautiful rainy setting, MKC should use you as a model in their catalog! I am thinking of you on your fabulous trip, can't wait to see and hear more!

  5. Those gardens are so pretty! Wish I was closer so that the warehouse sale was on my radar. You got some great stuff!
    Enjoy your current adventure, can't wait for that recap.

  6. Debbie I have loved seeing your fun Europe trip. The time just passes too quickly on vacation. You always looks smashing with your tote wherever you go! I am envious of your MC sale expeditions and meeting up with Patti! You sure got a lot of fun items. I agree that bird cage is darling and looks great on the pedestal. I love the rug too. Couldn’t put that on the plane! Glad you had your umbrella. I used mine every day in England and loved how small it is. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  7. Candy land, absolutely! For all the TTT gals anyhoo. I would love to go to the warehouse sale. That I could handle just not the sale during the hot months. The rug you Brough home is gorgeous, and what a deal. How fun you bumped into Patti. I enjoyed seeing all the garden photos, it is absolutely lovely there. Deb, you always look like a doll, you should be the poster girl for MC! Hugs.........

  8. What fun for you and Patti to meet up at your favorite sale! I loved all your purchases, and your new rug looks so pretty in your room. The birdhouse is so cute. I hope you don’t have any unwelcome visitors in it, like I did in my birdhouse. The gardens looked especially beautiful, and you look like a model! ❤️

  9. Great pictures, Deb! I love those garden photos and hope you're having a fabulous time ;)

  10. What fun Debbie. I am so envious of you and Patti living in New York and visiting the warehouse sales and barn sale. That bird house is so adorable. The gardens are lovely. I never tire at looking at gardens. You always looks so chic. I know you are really enjoying yourselves.

  11. The pic of you on the red bridge needs to be framed and hung...well, if there is a really cool McK frame, you could put it in that and place it on maybe a Courtly Check easel. Your rug is perfect for your room, and I love all your goodies. Someday, I hope to get to a warehouse sale. I may get to see Patti in July. Here's hoping. Thanks for taking us along on your wonderful adventures. Cherry Kay

  12. I love how several people visited beautiful gardens this quarter! I would have loved shopping at the warehouse are so lucky! Maybe next year I can come and meet y'all! I loved seeing the photo of you and Patti!!! :D Enjoy your wonderful trip, and I can't wait to read all about it!


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