Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Traveling Friendship Bag

(Photo courtsey Cindy Brewer)

My friend Cindy over at Rick-Rack and Gingham is such a sweet lady.  Sadly, one of Cindy's friends tragically lost her husband and home during the terrible tornados in Alabama.  Ever one to lend a helping hand, Cindy put a call out on her blog to help put a smile on her friend's face...

Enter the Traveling Friendship Bag!  Cindy's named the bag Sadie Mae.  Several of us signed up to take Sadie Mae for a few days, snap a few pictures and send her on to her next destination.  We've been encouraged to tuck a recipe card, a post card from our town, and a message of hope or prayer for Cindy's friend into one of Sadie Mae's pockets.  After traveling throughout the States for a couple of months, Sadie Mae will end up back in Texas at Cindy's home so she can organize all of the messages, pictures and recipes and present them to her friend.  Here's a quick recap of my adventures with Sadie Mae:

Since we live in a teeny, tiny town with nothing but a post office, we traveled to the nearby town of Clermont which has several Americana-at-its-best sites!  I happen to LOVE retro Americana and immediately thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share with you some classic kitsch near our home.

Our first stop was a produce stand that has a couple of tourist-y props perfect for posing with Sadie Mae!

Sadie Mae was not harmed in this photo:

Headed in search of more kitsch, we found the House of Presidents, a little museum chock full of American presidential trivia and reproduction artifacts:

(That's Captain Project's reflection in the glass door.  Oops, I had my hands behind my back so you can barely see Sadie Mae!)

In the parking lot of the House of Presidents sits Mount Rushmore ~ ha!

And finally, we made our way to Clermont's most famous landmark, the Citrus Tower:

One of Florida’s first “attractions,” and long before Disney World, the Citrus Tower was built in 1956 on one of the highest hills in Florida’s ridge section.  Up until about 10 years ago, visitors would ride the elevator to the top of the tower to look out and marvel at the miles and miles of orange groves that once surrounded it.  Now, and sadly, most of the orange groves have been plowed under to make way for shopping and housing.

Welp, that's my travel odyssey with Sadie Mae.  I hope in some small way I'll have helped put a smile on Cindy's friend's face.  Thank you for this opportunity, Cindy!  Here's a link list of Sadie Mae's other "travel guides," so that you can continue following her adventures on their blogs:

Monica at the Chicken Wrangler
Debby at Cozy Blanket
Elizabeth at Creative Breathing
Terra at Terra Garden
Connie at Shady Creek Lane 
Amber at Plowman
and Ali at the Wandering Workentins

Hope you'll take a moment to visit these blogs ~ make their day and become followers too!

And don't forget to enter this month's giveaway!

Click HERE to read the rules and enter.  Drawing is 6/30.  Good luck!


Paula Parrish said...

Hello Cindy,
This is such a sweet story and a wonderful idea to help a friend in need. I am sure that she will have a big SMILE (maybe a few tiers of JOY) on her face when she opens the bag and unloads all of the heartfelt goodies inside. I love the town of Clermont! It is one of my favorite towns in Florida with it’s surprise rolling hills.
Smiles, Paula

Betty Lou said...

What a unique and thoughtful way to lift the spirits of a friend, sure to bring a smile to her face. Hugs and stitches

chrisartist said...

What a lovely idea. A warm and friendly group of people.
I love the idea of the prayers, messages and postcards.

Sizzle and Zoom said...

What a thoughtful nice thing to do.

Cindy said...

Cindy...I am cracking up over the pictures of the shark and monument.Thank you so much for taking her with you on your little sight seeing tour!!!What an interesting little town!Sad about the tower and seeing parking lots now! I remember as a child rolling into Florida and seeing the orange sellers on the side of the road..and miles and miles of orange groves!!So magical.
Thank you so much for doing this and making this Texas gal happy.

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Anonymous said...

What a touching post. That is such a terrible loss...
This really is a thoughtful thing to send along to raise the spirits !

On a side note...I got mail delivered here today...so the strike has ended, I'm guessing. Your goodies are on their way! Hurray.

Ciao Bella!

Donna said...

Sadie Mae is making the rounds! What a fun post!

Anonymous said...

Gettinghooked here.... just wanted to say how sweet this post is :-)

I keep getting mixed up in this blogger glitch where I try to post and it loops into this sign- in loop, over and over. Looked it up and found that if you sign in with google on pages that have "pop up" as their setting for comments you get caught in this loop. Just thought I would share :-)

quiltjude said...

What a beautiful way to put a smile on your friends face, I wish the travelling bag could visit us here in Tasmania, I wish it well on its tavels :)

Chicken Wrangler said...

Since I was next on the list, wanted to thank you for the "Spring-Y Chick" you sent me in the friendship bag - very cute! Received the pkg yesterday, and I see it needs to be at the next stop before July 6 - don't know as that will happen but I will ship it off after only having it one day. July 2 is tomorrow, then the weekend...July 4 is no mail delivery, so if they get it on July 6, hope that isn't too late! Nothing else I can do...But did have some quick fun with the purse - and a nice photo to blog about! Thanks again for the chick!

Anonymous said...

Hey there my retro chickadee! That bag was almost too cute not to keep, huh? Your pics were AMAZING and way too cute! I love your blog, did I mention that before? I am glad you had fun and can't wait to see what happens next!

cindy said...

Love the retro style.
I am following you!