Friday, October 8, 2010

Seattle in the Fall and Steve Raley Photography - A Rare Post by Leal

PhotoGrunt on EtsyI live in Seattle and I think that Fall is, without a doubt, the best time of year in this part of the country. Not because of changing leaves like people rave about on the east coast or even cooler temperatures, which are a blessing when they finally arrive.

I like fall because of the smells of the city in the fall. Seattle's wet.

Surrounded by inlets and canals and sheltered in the east and north by mountains, Seattle gets a -lot- of rainfall. Statistically, downtown Seattle averages 58 clear (sunny) days a year, with most of those days occurring between May and September. And once the clouds roll in and the air returns to being cool and moist, it smells different.

The scents are clean and crisp.
Moist and earthy. These scents dampen the industrial scents of commerce and exhaust that come with city living and accentuate the more natural scents of trees, vegetation, moist soil and sea air.

Today's shop has a variety of photos
PhotoGrunt on Etsyof the city I love living in, especially in the Fall. Steve Raley, the photographer behind PhotoGrunt on Etsy, is a talented photographer who clearly also enjoys cities and Seattle. He has a number of photos of the area from urban photos to signage, architecture, transportation and more.

Steve is a truly talented photographer from Redmond, Washington with a variety of color photos as well as black and whites offered in his shop. He even has some outdoor pieces that bring back some terrific childhood memories both of Washington state as well as British Columbia, Canada.

If you have a chance, I highly recommend stopping by Steve Raley's shop on Etsy and taking a look around. You're sure to enjoy the browse and if you've ever wanted to see a taste of what this corner of the world is like, his photos are sure to give a little of the local flavor to enjoy.

TO VISIT PHOTOGRUNT ON ETSY YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURES ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

You may also enjoy visiting Steve Raley's blog or his website where you can find many more images that are not currently listed in his Etsy shop!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I Wanna Win Wednesdays - Giveaway Linky 10/6 thru 10/12


I love giveaways and I really, really love winning free stuff. (Who doesn't?!?) It doesn't happen often but it always comes as a surprise when it does and brightens up my day.

Every Wednesday here on The Meandering Musings is "I Wanna Win" Wednesday! This is where you can come to find terrific giveaways to enter and win as well as share giveaways with others.

SO... Do you have a great giveaway going on this week or know someone who does? If so, spread the news and share!

In the Linky below, share your current giveaway or any great giveaways that you have discovered, or... explore (and enter to win) a few of the giveaways left by others.

After all, you can't win if you don't enter!

[ PLEASE ENTER YOUR LINKS IN THIS FORMAT... Name of Giveaway You're Sharing (End Date) ]

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Felt Appliqued Pillows by Ketche on Etsy

Ketche on EtsyToday's shop is a small one, but you'll love it all the same. I know I did the minute I stepped in and took a look around. I'm not usually a fan of felt applique outside of children's clothes, but Ketche on Etsy has changed my mind.

When I saw this cat pillow (pictured here in this post) it immediately made me laugh and I had to check out the shop it had come from. What I found when I opened up the shop kept that smile the cat had spurred going.

Ketche on Etsy has a handful of adorable pillows and pillow covers with lots of personality and color. There's lots of personality and creativity in this shop that you definitely won't want to miss, especially if you're looking for that perfect quirky accent to any room in your home.

Levent, the shop owner of Ketche, designs his pillows covers with 100% cotton fabric and are then decorated with felt made 100% from post-consumer plastic water bottles. The pillows are then filled with non-allergenic poly-fill.

And, if you don't see exactly what you're looking for in his shop, he also does custom orders! (I love shops that are open to custom requests.)

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VISIT THE KETCHE ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

You can also visit with Levent from Ketche on Twitter!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Jewelry with an Oriental Flair - Blue and White Jewelry Wear on Etsy

Blue and White Jewelry Wear on EtsyAs an American who was born and raised in New York and has since lived abroad in Bangkok, Thailand and now in Santiago, Chili you'd expect the owner of the shop "Blue and White Jewelry Wear" to have some eclectic tastes. And you'd be right!

Clair, the shop owner of Blue and White Jewelry Wear on Etsy is in love with the porcelain blue and white Chinese beads and a variety of her work in her shop is created by combining those beads with other materials.

She has a variety of very unique pieces including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, wine glass charms and more! Many of them are featuring those lovely porcelain blue and white beads, and there's a variety that continue the oriental flair in other colors as well!


TO VISIT BLUEWHITEJEWELRYWEAR ON ETSY YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!


You can also visit Clair on her Blue and White Wear blog or on Facebook or Twitter!

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