Etsy Find Fridays: Autumn love

How easy is it to fall in love with fall? The gorgeous colors and changing of the leaves make me want to throw my camera around my neck and run to the nearest park, where I could wander around for hours. Since time doesn’t allow me to be a traveling amateur photographer, I’m going to take pictures of what I can — and turn to my one of my favorite sites, Etsy, for the rest of my seasonal spirit!

Whether you’re looking for a nice, cozy scarf (like me!) or a pair of sparkly acorn earrings, Etsy is brimming with gorgeous fall items. And I know I sound like I’m writing ad copy right now — not that that would be a stretch for me or anything — but believe me when I tell you that I lust after these things all on my own . . . the last thing I need is any encouragement (unfortunately)! I just can’t seem to get enough of the gorgeous baubles and bobs all over the website.

And now, I present a few of my favorite autumnal things . . .

can you feel the cold breeze already?



Fall leaves translucent resin earrings by UnderGlass, $15

Fall leaves translucent resin earrings by UnderGlass, $15

Autumn leaves journal by burgundydistrict, $14

Autumn leaves journal by burgundydistrict, $14

Perfect acorns brass earrings by BeadsByEvelyn, $14

Perfect acorns brass earrings by BeadsByEvelyn, $14

Leafy peace sign appliques by sweet3leafprints, $8

Leafy peace sign appliques by sweet3leafprints, $8

Marigold necklace by LeClairRoseDesigns, $17

Marigold necklace by LeClairRoseDesigns, $17

fall into autumn scarf by ME!, $12

fall into autumn scarf by ME!, $12

Seeing the fall for the trees

leaves8Every day last fall, I’d cruise right past this one particular tree on my way to Target or a local lunch spot. It’s easy to spot amongst its brethren — mostly because at this time of year, it’s a flaming, bright yellow. We have green, green and green — and then SHAPOWEE! This beauty comes up out of nowhere, blinding tired workers like yours truly with its brilliance.

Each time I drove by that tree last October, I’d stop and think, “I really need to get a picture of that.” It’s just one of those gorgeous, random things that stop you in your tracks as you hurry through your daily life, not paying attention or looking for anything in particular. But each afternoon on my way to Einstein’s or Panera, I’d drift right on by — not wanting to pull out of traffic or be bothered to find my camera, inevitably buried in the dark recesses of my purse. Though I’d give it a longing stare, I never bothered to pause and really look at it.

And then, one day, those vibrant, brilliant leaves were gone — scattered, crunched.

Fall is settling into Southern Maryland once more and I’m riding right along with it. Earlier this week, imagine my surprise to see that — yes! — my tree was turning again! I admired the golden leaves on my way to and from errands every day this week, but didn’t bother to slow down now. Once again, I made up excuses — people around would think I’m crazy, photographing a tree; it’ll be too hard to merge back into traffic; I’m in a hurry and, as usual, don’t have the time to stop.

But today? No. Today, I pulled over — and I got out. I dug around in my purse for the camera and, yes, it was hidden underneath stacks of receipts and Chapstick and my wallet. But I got it out and snapped, snapped and snapped, not caring if people looked at me like I’d just dropped in for a stay en route to Venus.

Because, you know — a tree like that reminds me to keep my eyes open; to stay alert and awake in my own life, no matter the consequences of making myself vulnerable. To stop and take stock of what matters to me — of what makes me happy. Not to become comfortable or complacent, blind and closed-off.

The next time I see something beautiful or alarming or scary or good, I’m not going to cruise right past it — in fact, I’m not driving past anything anymore.

So here’s to autumn — and to always stopping to photograph the brilliant trees.


leaves3

leaves1

First frost-scraping morning of the season

I had a bitter surprise when I ambled my way downstairs to leave for work this morning — a car encased in frost! This time last week, I was stomping around in flip-flops and a short-sleeved top, flipping a pair of sunglasses over my eyes. And now it’s in the 40s, with fall officially here — I wore a coat to the office today. A coat! I’m notoriously jacket-less most of the time.

So I went out there in my little red number and dug around in my trunk for something to get the ice off my windshield while my dad wrote “scrape me” on the back window (yes, Dad, I am blogging about it!). I still made it to work reasonably on time, but I’m going to have to start allowing a few extra minutes in the morning, I guess. It’s strange when the cold suddenly snaps around here — and it does snap. Warm — then cold. Nothing in between. That’s Maryland weather.

As John Mayer reminds me:
“When autumn comes, it doesn’t ask.
It just walks in where it left you last . . .”

And, as an aside, this is my 100th post! I know I’m pretty prolific, but I was shocked to see that pop up on my stats today. Go write meg!

Reading quickly and more fall photos

It’s a little hard to feel all “fall-ish” when it’s 80 degrees in Maryland, but I’m working on it! The decorations are out, I’m frantically trying to snap fall photos while driving on the back road from work (a very dangerous and not commendable approach, by the way) and grabbing small bags of Halloween candy while I’m out. Though Palmer won’t let me buy more ghost Peeps, I’m planning on sneaking them into my desk for safekeeping!

I want to wrap up Apart From the Crowd by Anna McPartlin tonight . . . I get really antsy when reading a really long book! I’m just eager to find out what happens and move onto the next novel. I love working my way quickly through tons of books — it gives me a serious sense of accomplishment! That’s my goal for tonight.

And to take more photos!

Just beginning to turn

Getting ready to start another busy week! We wandered out to take a few “early” fall shots today — including a few of my dog, though it was already getting dark. The leaves are really turning on the back road by my house, but most everything in the yard is still lush and green. I’ll give it a few more weeks — then we’ll all be forced into the backyard to rake, rake, rake.

Lake in St. Charles

Lake in St. Charles

The Rudy Bear

The Rudy Bear

Just beginning to turn

Just beginning to turn