Tales of The Traveling Tote #32 | Life and Linda

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Tales of The Traveling Tote #32

Welcome September! The Tales of the Traveling Tote is a group of women who share our adventures with our named  Mackenzie Child's tote whether far or near.

 Paul and I have been working on projects all summer. From Paul building the poolside hutch, side gate to volleyball court, mermaid towel rack and then on to the driveway gate. Next is the fencing to tie in with the new driveway gate.

My Granddaughter and family visited during the summer months. Lots of swimming, snow cones and more.

Lilly and Logan having fun in our pool.

Lilly Dot came for a 1 week visit during the summer. She wanted another tea party.

Paul and I visited Douglas Van Howd Studio in August. Doug is a well-known Sculptor and painter known worldwide for his wildlife and western creations. He happens to reside in our very town of Auburn, California.

Pony Express Rider.

Doug creates beautiful outdoor and indoor large or small monument sculptures that are as lifelike in detail.  Each piece is full of movement.

Unveiling of Ronald Reagan at the State Capital. Doug was commissioned to make a 8 foot replica of Ronald Reagan.
Pizza night for Paul and I and mini Miss Lola.

I shopped the Mackenzie Child's Barn Sale and picked up a few things. I thought the large Big Blue Check whale would be a great addition down at the pool, along with the whale plates. They match my Royal Check tote bag.

Monday Jain from A Quiet Life Blog her husband and I got pedicures. My husband joined us for lunch. I took Miss Gigi along this time.  I am very thankful that Mackenzie Childs created this custom  Serendipity tote just for me.

Ok now for the giveaway.  To enter please leave a comment @ The Painted Apron for a chance to win.

Kindly visit the other Traveling Tote gals to see where they have been.

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 with Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader

Jackie with Miss Pansy @ Purple Chocolate Home

Cherry Kay with Miss Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women

Are you interested in a Mackenzie Child's Tote , here's a lovely Courtly Check Bisto Check Tote

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  1. Lily Dot is a mini you!!That gate is just so lovely Linda.

  2. What a busy summer you've had Linda with a mix of home projects and lots of fun. I love how the grands, Lilly and Logan get to visit. I agree with La Table De Nana, little Lilly is your mini me. Like you, she's very chic. The driveway gate is beautiful and I'm sure you and Paul have plans for equally beautiful fencing. Wow, a great replica of Ronald Reagan. I love your Barn Sale treasures, I've ordered a few things too, yet to receive them. Have a wonderful September.......

  3. Hi Linda. Your sweet family stopping by and having fun with your resort like backyard had to be a great time for them. I love that blue and white check tote how gorgeous. I bet the plates and whale will be so cute down by your pool. That sculpture of the horse is amazing. Your little Lilly mini me is adorable. Have a great Labor Day Weekend. xoxo Kris

  4. Linda, I know your summer was filled with fun times and relaxing times around your beautiful pool. Your tea parties for Dot must be such fun. Cute photo of that precious girl!
    Thanks for sharing Doug's work. The Regan sculpture is amazing!
    Glad you found some Barn Sale treasures to add. The whale pieces will be perfect for the pool parties. I picked up a few things too. Happy September!

  5. Love your new Serendipity tote! Your summer has been very busy. Y'all sure get big projects done quickly.
    I love your new whale dish and look forward to how you use it.
    I am so glad you and Jain can have fun lunches together.
    Have a great Labor Day Weekend.

  6. Fascinating sculptor! And i love the photo of lili-dot - she is a cutie! You found the perfect Barn Sale treasures and I also have the Royal Tote (it's much easier to handle!!). How fun to lunch with a fellow blogger - lucky you! I enjoyed your post!

  7. Linda, you and Paul have been so busy with projects that are beautiful. How fun to have family for summer visits. The great grands are darling. The work of Douglas Van Howd is amazing. He is an outstanding artist. Happy September!

  8. Ooh, the bronze statuary are amazing, especially the Ronald Reagan! Love your gate and I know the fencing will tie in beautifully. You already have the icing on the cake! Your barn sale items will be perfect for poolside entertaining. Even if we don't venture far, we always seem to entertain at least ourselves, right??!

  9. Your surroundings are a vacation in itself, Linda! Your new MKC pieces will be great down by your pool. The sculptures are amazing done by Douglas Van Howd! How nice that he’s from your area. Happy September!

  10. You and Paul have been much to busy to travel this summer Linda, and all the new additions are so fabulous! Those sculptures are simply stunning! Love your Royal Check barn sale items, especially the whale~ I look forward to a tablescape! Happy September!

  11. This is Jackie at Purple Chocolat Home. Don’t know what is happening to my comments today but they don’t like me. Your front gate is stunning. I can’t imagine driving up to your estate!
    Lilly is getting so mature. How fun to have them visit and swim and play together. Sounds like a busy summer but you got a lot of beautiful things worked on.

  12. You have had a full and wonderful summer..Happy for you.Your property is beautiful..Love the gate!! HAppy September!!

  13. Lily Dot...such a darling name for such a precious girl. She's rocking her lavender hair! It's so good to see you enjoying such an active life this summer. I know that you've cherished every minute. The new gate is beautiful on your winding driveway. I see that we both have a penchant for the Royal Check. I'm so glad you bought the whale. He is darling! CherryKay

  14. You and Paul have created your own paradise, and your projects are always well thought out. Love the gate! I enjoyed the fabulous sculptures, wow such talent. Lilly and Logan look like they are having a ton of fun. Great barn sale choices Linda, and I also have the Royal Tote. It's a fun tote to bring on my summer getaways. Happy Labor Day weekend.

  15. It's wonderful that you were able to get together with your family and spend time with your granddaughter. I love your MKC whale will look great by the pool. Take care Linda and enjoy the long weekend.

  16. I love seeing photos of grands, and I love Lily Dot's hair! SO cute. Your property is stunning. I love the driveway gate, especially the trees sculpted in the centers of each side! I love sculpture, so I really enjoyed reading all about Douglas Van Howd. It looks like the dinosaur will eat your tote!
    BTW summertime tea parties are the best. I know y'all had fun!

  17. Cute Grans and know that meant a lot of fun! Love your MC totes, they are a "notch above" for sure. Always fun to stop by and see you.

  18. I always enjoy this series so much! That driveway gate is beautiful!!

  19. Those sculptures are amazing! Sounds like it was a great summer!


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