Wednesday, December 9, 2009

floral vase: yes or no?

An unexpected number of comments appeared in response to the last post. Only one from a man, it seems, so the five year plan for our lawn will remain forever unpublished, but I've entered you all into Blogosphere's Got Talent for your funny remarks.

It reminds me, to digress considerably, of when I spotted a giveaway for a cup and saucer over on Yvestown, but when I went to enter, as one does, I saw that around 300 commentators had already replied to the post. That somehow discouraged me, and I felt that their need for a cup and saucer might be greater than mine. I guess they didn't really want the cup and saucer though, but rather the lovely Yvestown lifestyle.

But that's not why we're here. We're turning our minds to pricey fripperies on Budget Day in Ireland to determine whether this floral vase from the Conran Shop is a must-have or not.

I like it a lot for the soft spring colours and its aura of belonging to a great-aunt who was once a society belle, but would I still like it in a month?

27 comments:

  1. 300 entries...oh my...anyway, that floral vase is amazing.

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  2. I love it for the same reasons you do. I would probably head straight to the thrift store to try to find something just as colorful, but at a mere fraction of the price, but I am a cheapskate. But it is really beautiful, and I might always quietly regret not getting the real thing.

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  3. expensive or thrift store... i think its a beaut!!

    yes
    ~laura

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  4. I'm afraid that you won't like it in a month, Mise....when the grease has wandered in from the kitchen and landed on those little flowers and then the dust will land on the grease and stick to it. Then you will wish that you had never bought it.....Sorry, but it reminds me of something that would be in a B&B in a quiet English seaside town, on the bedside table next to the candlewick bedspread.......Oh dear. I've really shot that little vase down, haven't I? I've been doing a lot of clearing out lately so, anything kitsch would be heading for the Oxfam shop. Will you still come over and see me and be my friend ? XXXX

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  5. That is totally me, I might step out and get something that I wouldn't usually buy and it never fails, I tire of it quickly.

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  6. I am afraid I can't love it. I can't even like it. I in fact suspect the great Mr Conran is playing a trick on us all by even offering it for sale. It almost certainly came from Enid Blyton's deceased estate or some such.

    Can I just say on the giveaway note that the fewer people I get entering mine the better, as then the chances of someone I like winning are much higher as opposed to a fly by night giveway google searcher.

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  7. If you love the pricey frippery, and can afford it, without surviving on mere bread and water for a month, then that truly is all that matters. (I like it!)

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  8. I'm afraid I'm just not that feminine. Nope. Couldn't do it. I do think you would tire of it after a bit as well!

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  9. Screw it. Head to a paint-your-own pottery place and make your own. Don't have any of those in Ireland? Come visit your sister in Seattle and we'll take you to the pottery place at U-Village after a bottle of wine. I have no doubt you will make a similar masterpiece that will make you smile each time you open up your cupboards.

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  10. No, and again no.

    I can see the attraction, but it wouldn't last a month. In 30 years pink daughter could rescue it from the attic and wonder how it got in the door. Oh, maybe it's worth it for the mystery?

    Anyway, it's a lot of money and I wouldn't. However Mise, you can probably make anything work!

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  11. I like Courtney's idea. Another possibility, Mise, {since you like baking and all} is to stick sugar flower cake decorations all over a plain vase. You and your girls can eat them off at your leisure then by the time you're tired of it, you have a nice plain classic elegant vase again.

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  12. I can't bear to think about floral vases now that you've just dropped that bombshell about not sharing the 5 year plan for your lawn

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  13. Oh I love Yvestown too - 300 entries is a definite sign of hero worship! Like the vase - it reminds me of some floral candlticks my Mum had on her dressing table when I was a kid! G

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  14. Thanks for your valuable opinions, both impulsive and sensible, everyone! So far, I'm hearing mostly "no". I shan't buy so much as a pair of socks in future without checking in with you.

    Jacqueline, something about your comment (the bleak, evocative reality?) suggests to me that you have a fine collection of Graham Greene novels - all the more reason to visit you.

    Devon and Shell, what tremendous ideas: I'd love to combine both and have the wine first, then stick the sugar flowers on a pottery vase and see what happens to them in the kiln.

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  15. It's good to know you're not contrary and have taken the advice of your followers. My good advice is mostly ignored when given...

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  16. Dropping in to wish you a lovely weekend! :)

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  17. something in me says YES...I'm not sure where it's coming from...but it's either intriguing...or worrying...!!

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  18. Hey Mise
    Well i have to admit the floral vase is probably not my cup of tea. but then I often find myself attracted to things that lose their appeal not long after the purchase has been sealed...

    I say enjoy the image and keep your pennies.. I agree with Jacqueline.. anything requiring dusting has to be carefully considered.

    Have a great weekend. xx Julie

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  19. Too fussy for my liking too Mise -but the I probably have too much testosterone! Just catching up as my compouter died and I've had to get a new one - your Sindy post has made me feel really old - I had a Tressy and no one mentioned her! She had long hair that you could wind back in her head with a key in the middle of her back. I wonder whether anyone remembers her.

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  20. 'N' to the 'O' - can you imagine dusting that baby?

    I'm not a fan I'm afraid... I love a good crafted flower, but that's too much of a good thing.

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  21. Oh, Mise, it's good to finally be able to catch up with you! I've just had my morning coffee being thoroughly entertained by your posts from the last couple of weeks. As for this vase, I actually had the reverse reaction - that is, at first I thought no but then thought it could actually be lovely in a very simple setting. I find its granny quality kind of charming. And thank you again for filling in for me during my move!

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  22. Geessh.. 300 I’m happy if I get one visitor who leaves a comment!It must have been a good cup and saucer – magical perhaps.

    As for the vase, well, it may one day be a collectors piece, similar to the Fat Lava vases of the 1970s but will it be a collectors piece for you or will it be something you are going to flog on ebay in a few years, sell it too early and curse not keeping it for a few more years until it became a collectors must have with a collector price tags? ..hhmmmmmm. Sorry, I’ve had a few champagnes, no excuse really ;P

    Gillian

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  23. Geessh.. 300 I’m happy if I get one visitor who leaves a comment!It must have been a good cup and saucer – magical perhaps.

    As for the vase, well, it may one day be a collectors piece, similar to the Fat Lava vases of the 1970s but will it be a collectors piece for you or will it be something you are going to flog on ebay in a few years, sell it too early and curse not keeping it for a few more years until it became a collectors must have with a collector price tags? ..hhmmmmmm. Sorry, I’ve had a few champagnes, no excuse really ;P

    Gillian

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  24. In a month, you'd have picked off a few dozen of the flowers and would be doing your best to accidentally knock it off the shelf with your elbow without looking; but lo! Look, it bounces!

    *L*

    The jury's out; I can't make up my mind.

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  25. That is definitely a must have. GORGEOUS.

    Yes, I'm a girl.

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  26. I absolutely love that floral vase - it is so sweet! I am with Courtney, though, that you could find a great look alike at the thrift store!

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