Floral antidepressants

February is a month generally know for misery of the acutest kind. Snow no longer causes squeals and the act of putting on a winter coat becomes self-torture. Then there's Valentines Day, which elicits a big old yawn but secretly makes you want to buy yourself this expensive and long lasting bouquet of rosy goodness to cope. Someone's gotta take care of my needs, huh? Filling the house with flowers helps, as does getting long emails from my flower farmer soulmate and wearing red lipstick while mopping the floor. (This last one is my key to self-esteem, otherwise I am a shame spiral of dirt.)




These photos are from a project I worked on about flowers for Valentine's Day, many more await if you take a peak at the post on design*sponge. There are some juicy tidbits, as usual, along with tips and rambling tangents. So even if words have been few and far between here, I'm saying it now with flowers and you should, too.

36 comments:

  1. Oh, I adore those colors and the antique-y feel of your arrangements! So, beautiful!!

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  2. You can keep the Rosa Amnesia. A single head of that deep coloured hellebore would be all i need for Valentine's.

    Yours in a sea of hapless men.

    Miss P.

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  3. The spread on d*s on Wednesday made my morning and saved me from crying at the realization that it was only 2/9. It feels like we've been in February forever. Also, wearing red lipstick is on my my list of "things I should do more of this year" (calling it a resolution feels like too much of a commitment). Glad to hear it cheers you up.

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  4. these are beautiful. hope you have a happy feb.

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  5. I love those colors... very soft and dreamy:)

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  6. Those flowers are absolutely gorgeous. You made those flower arrangements? I can't hardly manage to do more than stick flowers in a jar and hope they look cute.

    I have acute distaste for February, I just keep consoling myself that the sun will come back, and with it, warmth and happiness.

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  7. wearing red lipstick while cleaning is a brilliant idea, amy! i need more flowers in my house... xo

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  8. Just beautiful. Can’t wait to see you this weekend!

    PS:

    To all the many guys who have fallen in love with Miss Amy, via reading her blog... Yes, she is very lovable, Yes, you dream of a girl who cleans the house in red lipstick... but NO she does not need or want your romantic advances, Not even for Valentines day. She is too polite to say it herself, but as her sister I'm going to say it... She quite loved in the real world, and is completely overwhelmed with the intensity of the e-mails she has been receiving through the blogosphere. You can imagine it's not likely that she will be starting up a relationship with a stranger who e-mails her out of the blue, so to all of you... as the protective older sister, I advise you to respect her and appreciate her from afar.

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  9. oooh, we must talk flowers sometime amy :) they are truly a girl's best friend! (especially when you stop in the middle of the highway and jump out of your car in the middle of kansas to cut some of the sturdiest and robust sunflowers you've ever seen :)

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  10. The lavender is lovely. I'm dreaming of getting some flowers Monday. We'll see if my husband gets my telepathic message...

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  11. I may put on a bit of lip color to clean the bathrooms...and for my living room ab workout afterward! Great idea. And the flowers are gorgeous-thanks for that inspiration too.

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  12. ADDENDUM TO MY SISTER'S COMMENT-

    If you are 6' 4 and frequently get mistaken for Adrian Brody- my email address is aemerrick at gmail dot com. Thankyouverymuch.

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  13. Oh, so pretty. I love them. I hope Valentine's Day burns down and dies this year. Just sayin'

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  14. yes, yes, yes. happy goosebumps.
    ...chloe

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  15. sooooooooooo pretty. and your sister rules.

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  16. these colors are beautiful, so muted and dreamy

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  17. That first photograph captured me and wouldn't let me go. Your arrangement is that breathtakingly beautiful.

    You are lucky to have such a sister... wanting to protect you!

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  18. I gasped out loud when I saw the d*s spread and was thrilled to see your name (although the witty style of writing was a tip off). Thanks for making February a bit brighter.
    You and your sister crack me up =] you both are lucky to have one another.

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  19. LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY! Your sister and your pictures :)

    May I ask what flower is the one on the left from the last pic?

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  20. I feel so very lucky to have an Amy Merrick original gracing my home.

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  21. I'm a sucker for tips and tangents.

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  22. love those flowers. beautiful colours - real vintage feel to them

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  23. Haha- I came on here to say how much I loved your flower photos and to agree that even if February is technically the shortest month of the year, it just seems to go on forever. But your sister's comment caught my eye as I was scrolling down, as did your reply- so funny! xo

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  24. Stunning, love the vintage vibe

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  25. Hi from Australia.I love the arrangement.All the soft "aged" colours are magnificent.Could you please tell me the name of the rose. It looks different to the Piaget rose in your "how to". Im new to your blog and really love it.

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  26. Ann-

    So glad you liked the arrangement. The rose is called Amnesia. A very pretty mauve-y grey color.

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  27. Amy,

    I hope you know you're not alone. February is the worst...the WORST...I've been stuck in that spiral for weeks now, so much so that I think my blog hits have suffered for it! hah. And sometimes you'll take anything at all that makes you smile for a minute. Am I right? (Hm. Red lipstick...) Flowers, though, are perfect and yours are gorgeous, so take a bit of happiness in knowing that your work gives other sad people a smile.


    I really hope it gets better for you -- remember how close spring is! Spring! When flowers bloom! Get your butt up to NH as soon as it happens and get yourself some nature and sunshine.

    xo
    Molly

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  28. These grayish pink roses are so lovely..

    Read your sister's comment..and your addendum.. There IS something about Adrien Brody :)

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  29. yup. these do the trick! gorgeous!

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  30. Thanks for sharing the link to your "soul-mate" at Floret Flowers...Hadn't seen her blog before, and it's genuinely inspiring.

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  31. Very Victorian and romantic. I love the darker pallet.

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  32. HELLEBORE HELLEBORE HELLEBORE.

    and yes, stories of ponies over glasses (bottles?) of wine. in time, in time. xoxo

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  33. mmm
    flowers are the most gorgeous and gentle creations

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