Greenpoint

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I spent last night snuggled on the sofa at my friend Anne's house in Portland, refreshing delta.com to see when I can go back home to the city. I came out to the West Coast last week to do flowers for a Kinfolk shoot and after several canceled flights, tomorrow night I will be shuttled cross country back to my cat and boy, my studio and truck and flowers. I'm stranded in a Stumptown. It could be worse.
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Portland is putting on a good show. Lots of gloom and drizzle, hot coffee and really wonderful friends. So much food I think I need new jeans and I haven't even hit up Bugerville for a pumpkin milkshake yet. Being a traveling florist and working on shoots with really inspiring people- I'm still overwhelmed that this is a job. Feeling grateful, and also grateful that my truck didn't get a big ol tree through the windshield back home. Cat is alive. Boyfriend and buddies are safe and dry. Parents have power. All is quiet on the eastern front.

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These are some flowers from a job for Levi's last week. I'm facing down winter and as a florist it means jobs like that are now worth a million since weddings have slowed. We have big plans in store for the quiet months that include dreaming up new ways of working with flowers apart from the usual event rigamarole, and I can't wait to step off the roller coaster for a bit.

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I've been really in love with the studio lately. The view from the roof (and my windows) of the East River is a knock out. It sits directly on the river, and it's the only place I can go that really cements my appreciation for the city. It's hard being so far from home while everyone suffered the storm. Greenpoint, where the studio is, really had a rough go of it and I'm anxious to get back to my home away from home.

44 comments:

  1. These photos are wonderful, I hope everything is OK with your studio!

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  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous. We rode out the storm at home on the south shore of Long Island last night. If I never have to face a night like that again, it will be too soon. Which makes no sense, but you know what I mean.

    If that photo of the room with the window, the green plant, the table, and the leather armchair is your studio, then you have the most perfect studio in the history of studios. I feel as if I have lived there before.

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  3. crossing my fingers all is good at home. thank you for keeping me on all the red, just before turning off the computer and leaving the studio. I needed that!

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  4. Amazing photos. We almost got "stuck" in Portland this week too! We were supposed to return to Boston on Monday, but after more than an hour on hold, were able to get on a flight early Sunday. Not enough time in a fabulous city where people are just so darn nice.

    Those photos are gorgeous. I can't wait to hear all about your activities during "downtime."

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  5. These are so beautiful oh my goodness. Most of the damage happened in Queens, Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, and Staten Island, it's very sad =(

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  6. swoon, but hope you get back home and sound, so sad about the storm...

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  7. the flowers are just heavenly!!! poor dear new york :( hoping for the best for your beautiful studio.. .

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  8. As always, your photos inspire! Just beautiful.

    All of the water has receded back into the east river and everyone is out and about (I imagine from stir craziness). There is damage, but we brooklynites are strong!

    I work at a Nursery in Greenpoint and I understand that I have my work cut out for me in the morning. All of the trees have blown down!

    Have a safe trip back to Brooklyn.

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    1. Jungle Design on Kent Avenue. It is between North 10th & 11th Street. So, many people don't know it is there! We are right around the corner from Kinfolk :)

      You should come down before we close for the season (we do a big sale).

      I plan on stoking up the potbelly stove this morning (it is the closest thing I get to a fireplace) because it is chilly here!

      Anyway, I am off to get down to the clean up, wish me luck! ;)

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  9. I'm wishing you luck for the studio, I'm sure it will be fine and strong.

    Just such beautiful photos x

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  10. Your posts are always such a treat when they land in my feed :) Fab photos x

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  11. as always, totally beautiful!
    next time you're on this coast, i must come and see you : )

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    1. Ughhh it is taking all of the strength I have not to drive north to you! If I would have know I was going to be here for so long, a washington trip would have been nonnegotiable. <3

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  12. I love the deep red colors you chose, and they seem to match so well with you sunset photos. Can't wait to see more.

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  13. these are so so gorgoeus. you always have the best photos amy!

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  14. Portland's a good place to be stranded. I hope you get home safely!

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  15. Thank goodness you are alright!! When I heard about the storm this morning you were the first person I thought of, even though I don't even really know you, it is a funny feeling...but I love your beautiful flowers and reading about your lovely life,even though my daughters are older than you!!!

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  16. amazing photos... keep on posting ^^

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  17. Such lovely combination of the flowers and the paintings. Art and Nature work together so beautifully. Such beautiful autumnal colours too! Stay safe!

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  18. Beautiful moments. Hopefully you got safely to your cat and boy already.

    Here we enjoyed the first snow, that already disappeared. We drew small flowers to the snow with my little friend and threw snowballs.

    Happy last day of October!

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  19. So glad to hear you and yours are safe x

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  20. your photos are gorgeous as always. but your writing..your writing is stunning.

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  21. I've been reading your blog for a few months now and look forward to every entry. I haven't commented before but I had to after this entry. The arrangement/botanical illustration combinations were stunning. I love the use of the pomegranates, and the photography, as always, was incredible. Each time a new entry pops up on my reader I know I'm in for a treat. Thank you. -Becca

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  22. Gorgeous photos--every one! so glad that things are all right on the other coast for you and yours...and that you are soon back home, safe and sound. Sometime when you are in Portland again, you should have a meetup with your Portland blog fans.

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  23. You must feel a world away from everything going on at home, and at the same time, deeply connected to it all. Travel safely and enjoy your homecoming.

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  24. What beautiful photos! I hope everything is okay when you return home.

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  25. I love your studio! Man i wish i could work in a space like that. I've been interning for a florist and we've been working in a basement. Not as cool looking. Hope you have a safe return home and everyone and things is just fine.

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  26. those flowers are lovely! can't wait to see the ad campaign/etc that they are for...because it will be awesome with your help, now! :)

    that last shot is just incredible...i can't believe the sky gets so intense like that over there. your studio looks + sounds like a magical place.

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  27. aaaaand also, because i'm a jerk and thought it but didn't mention it, i also send well-wishes to you + yours...this hurricane sure is something...!

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  28. So happy to hear that everyone and everything is safe and sound.

    I can't wait to see what new things you have in store for flowers...

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  29. Beautiful images, as always. Glad to hear all is a-ok back home. <3

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  30. This studio is so insanely beautiful!
    I also love the pomegranates worked into that arrangement :)
    I am happy to hear everything is safe on the eastern front <3

    xoxo missdottidee.blogspot.com

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  31. Wonderful picture, wonderful flowers, wonderful colours, wonderful you! You did a great job! Hugs from Miss Maple

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  32. Beautiful images and thoughts! Just beautiful.

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  33. your studio is a dream. the lighting has it nearly looking like an illustration. happy to have found your blog!

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  34. your work is so beautiful, Amy! I love browsing through your posts...an inspiration to all artists!

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