Conscientious objector


So yesterday was the day everyone couldn't stop talking about except for me. I worked until 9 o'clock on a living in post about my favorite criminal couple but I took a break in the afternoon to go buy myself some fancy flowers. Even if, no, especially if you work with flowers- it's nice to get some that are non-work related.  Nicolette had a charming flower stand on Bedford Ave but I just missed her so I took my $20 bill and found a massive floral painting at a junk shop around the corner. Everlasting flowers for valentine's day? I'm pretty taken with it.





I also squeezed in some victorian flower girl scraps and made do with my two week old 'nations above. They've become my dirty little floral secret- they last until the end of time and are just as cheap and ruffly as can be. I've been listening to love songs in the manner of Sam Cooke when I'm feeling happy and Patsy Cline when I'm feeling sad. I'm working on making peace with romance, even if it's the Estella from Great Expectations sort. A boy who is both straight and not a family member cooked me dinner recently and I didn't even flinch. Baby steps.

45 comments:

  1. I love this post. I felt the same way yesterday. I'm working on making peace with romance too. I found a Philip Larkin poem I liked and blogged it. It's conflicted about these things too. That's me all over...

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  2. Beautiful piece of art. It goes really well in that room. Good tip on the carnations; I didn't know they're so hardy.

    I understand about romance. I feel the same way about my career -- there's just something lacking. The funny thing about these things is when you least expect it, or finally have stopped thinking about it, it just happens. Life is weird.

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  3. I love the pictures, I've also often been drawing flowers since I was young.

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  4. i love your find. everlasting flowers has a nice ring to it. sending some good romancing vibes your way. not that you need my help, i'm sure.

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  5. this post is really beautiful! i love the new painting. and enjoy this time becuase when it rains it pours!

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  6. ooh i love this post!!! and that painting is too die for- it kind of looks like a heart too :)

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  7. How could that painting possibly be harbored in a junk shop? I think I'll have to start frequenting those more often. ;-) And I personally believe that single girls can love Valentine's Day too. No conscientious objecting for me. ;-)

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  8. wow, what a steal! I need to venture to my local junk shop and poke around some more.

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  9. i just love the painting. it's a bit wild and unruly. :) your victorian scraps are the bee's knees. love sam cooke aussi. and your photography. :) non-family-member, straight man type people cooking for you can be good. :)

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  10. that print is amazing. What a score. Sometimes breaking up with romance is a good thing. I didn't even know who I was until I stopped being with someone else for a really long time.

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  11. Love the painting.

    (and carnations are my guilty secret too)

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  12. What a beautiful idea, everlasting flowers.
    Cheers!!


    P.S. Just remember it is better to be Estella than to be Miss Havisham!! ;)

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  13. That painting is just lovely! I suppose one man's trash is another man's treasure, although I cannot picture that as trash. Ever.
    COngrats on the baby steps, you are a braver woman that I in that regard. My quite lovely date was my canine companion...who was just happy she got a treat, with no doggy thoughts as to why.

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  14. What a gorgeous painting, so beautiful!
    Congratulations on the baby steps and for being brave enough to make peace with romance

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  15. hi amy-- sorry you missed nicolette (she set up a little later in the day), but this is quite a consolation prize, gorgeous find!

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  16. Another stunning "Living In" as usual; well done, and many thanks for the effort that you put into creating those! Another one to add to the netflix list (cant believe I've never seen it)! Your photographs in this post are beautiful-- so rich and saturated, and your painting is an amazing score-- flowers AND shaped like a heart? Too cool!
    Chin up! You're tops!

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  17. i laughed out loud at the "straight and not a family member" part. love reading your blog.

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  18. Lovely and charming post! That painting is beautiful :)

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  19. Very jealous of the painting. The colors are just fantastic! At first I thought you had an enormous palette identical to the one in John Derian's Provincetown place, but this is better.

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  20. That's such a lavish beautiful painting! Great buy for $20! And yes, it's forever beauty.

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  21. wow what a find.....lucky you to spot it + lucky painting to be salvaged & loved again. dayle

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  22. thank you for that post; taking life as it comes is a talent. reading it, made me feel light and breezy. and I love your find, a beautiful painting. not talking about your pics, extraordinary as always.

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  23. Ah Amy, you always make me smile in that bittersweet way of yours; the painting is gorgeous - has it taken pride of place over your famous plate wall??
    xxoo
    judith b.
    PS Your Bonnie and Clyde piece was wonderful, naturellement!

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  24. Sounds like a lot better day that some couples probably had! good luck with your straight guy friend :)

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  25. love love love. what a fantastic find!

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  26. what a lovely painting! i'm pretty sure that's the best kind of bouquet you could ever ask for (one you know you'll love, and that'll last forever). :)

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  27. That painting looks so fantastic on your dusty blue wall. It could not have found a better home.

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  28. Just the right thing-definitely!

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  29. Very nice piece. I love the wall color of the room and the large glass bottle with the branches.

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  30. I normally hate coronations... but those ones are sooo beautiful!

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  31. I admire that you didn't stay home feeling sorry for yourself on Valentine's Day. In going out to get flowers, you got something very unique and beautiful. Not tacky valentine candy but a real gift to yourself.

    When you sleep under it, you can dream of where these baby steps are taking you. You are a special painting of serendipity, whimsy and vibrancy. The flowering of your own loving heart.

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  32. I think the painting is more beautiful because of the bare branches reaching out across its borders. There's a lesson in there somewhere.

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  33. I love that painting--the colors are gorgeous!

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  34. Great post. Romance is an ever evolving thing. Good luck with your baby steps Cx

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  35. This is all gorgeous. What a beautiful painting.

    xo
    Lexi @ http://glitterandpearls.com/

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  36. love your painting and your carnation arrangement. lovely! this was the first year i had a very hard time with valentine's day. i think i am getting through my two month grumpy phase though.. hopefully! :)

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  37. You went to JUNK on Bedford! LOVE IT!!!

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