Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Tales of the Traveling Tote #25

If you are here for the first time, welcome to Mountain Breaths. Today I am joining a group of talented bloggers to bring you our quarterly Tales of the Traveling Tote. 

I'm sure you remember the song "You Light Up My Life" :-) I'm going to take you on a short drive to Beekman 1802 in Sharon Springs, NY. To get to Sharon Springs, we enjoy the drive through the "country". It's been no secret I'm a big fan of everything involving Beekman 1802 - including the Beekman Farm and especially the Beekman Boys - Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge.  I had a chance to meet them several times a while back and they are the sweetest, kindest and most humble men you'd ever meet.  Their fame and their well-deserved success has not affected them.  They are just down-to-earth, everyday people!  
We have now arrived in Sharon Springs, and of course we can't wait to go inside Beekman 1802 Mercantile to see how they have decorated the shop. 

The theme this year is TwinkleTwinkle. It prompted me to add my disco ball to our fireplace mantel this year. 
When I saw this map on the wall, it reminded me of where our totes have taken us. 
My next door neighbor was so excited when Beekman 1802 had a gathering on their farm property to allow artists to paint and photograph the farm. This is Julie's beautiful watercolor of the farm. 
In keeping with the TwinkleTwinkle theme, they are offering these elegant masks. 

Miss Aurora accompanied me when I picked up an antique butter churn from our friends at the lake. They bought it 50 years ago when they lived in Illinois and were offering it on our "buy and sell" page for the lake association. It read: During the pandemic people are spending time doing a variety of things they never had time for such as making bread. Consider making your own butter! Here's the opportunity to go back in time and combine a quality work out to produce a dairy delight. Or use it as a decoration. Nice rustic touch for home or camp. This is a 4 gallon crock (16" high)." 

So I grabbed it for $30, my 2020 souvenir as I started baking sourdough bread during the pandemic. I am using it for decoration, and Joe cut some branches from our property. I added lights and some rustic touches, and this is located in the room our grandchildren love to play in. They are at that age where they love nature and especially owls. I will be adding some rustic owl ornaments to the branches.  

Visit Sarah @ Hyacinths for the Soul, and leave a comment to have a chance to win these favorite paper products. Good luck! 

I know the other "travelers" would love a visit. 

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths (you are here)
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
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

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. Debbie, I remember when the Beekman Boys were contestants on the Amazing Race and won. They said then they'd take the $1Mil and invest it entirely in their home, farm and buy a building (their mercantile). That tractor as the pace car in the country is very typical of WV back roads too. ;) Love your throwback inspiration using the disco ball, and it makes all the sense in the world to use it for the holidays. Your mantel is gorgeous. The crock is right up our Panoply alley, and you got it for a great price. Perfect use for it, too. The watercolors are lovely. I am drawn to the cardinal!

  2. I enjoyed my fall trip this year to Sharon Springs and the Mercantile, too! Watching the girls assemble the disco Ball tree was fun. Your crock was a great buy and the branches are the perfect touch@. Happy decorating and Happy Travels!

  3. Geena!! Great butter churn and mantel:)
    You even look good in hats;)

  4. hi Deb, I love the twinkle theme from the Beekman Boys, and you have really captured it on your beautiful mantel! I always enjoy exploring the incredible area where you live through your totes and photos, you and Joe are always on the go! Love the vintage butter churn {I can't imagine!} and it looks wonderful full of branches...love the watercolors too :)

  5. You and Joe have such fun getaways! The sparkly Beekman shop was so pretty to see and gave you inspiration for your mantle. The butter churn is perfectly enhanced with your pretty, natural decor. Happy December! ❤️

  6. Hi Deb, Thank you for taking us along to visit the "Beekman Boys" in Sharon Springs, NY. Since I haven't been there I enjoyed hearing about their farm and of course their shop. I love the "twinkle" theme and love how you picked up on it for your gorgeous mantle. The crock you brought home is amazing, love it with the branches Joe added. Hope you and Joe have an amazing December..........

  7. You and Joe always have the best fun. You look darling in your hats. Such a n awesome visit with the Beekman Boys. I adore the disco tree.The butter churn is wonderful especially with the added branches. Your mantel looks fabulous with lots of bling. Wishing you and Joe the best holiday season that is possible. Happy adventures you two!

  8. Debbie, I so admire the way you and Joe get out and about! The Beekman Boys' Farm is on my list next visit to upstate NY. I've said this many times already, but will repeat myself here as well. That mantel is stellar. I love this wintery look, especially with the owl painting as a backdrop. I saw cute snowdrift lit trees in a catalog.

  9. I have a disco ball Christmas ornament, and it is one of our favorites. But an entire tree of them? *LOVE* I would love to visit the Beekman Boys' farm and mercantile one day. I know it helped you get into the Christmas spirit!


  10. What a lovely store and property! That store front with all of the lights must be a delight at night. Twinkle, twinkle would be my theme too! I just adore that all ornament tree they have. So fun to have these magical stores that are small business owners.

  11. Your mantel is so pretty, Debbie! I can see why the Beekman's store would be so inspiring. Thanks for taking down country roads and into the store with you :) Love the photo of you and Joe on the pier with the Christmas Tree!


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