What’s Your Sign?

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a splendid week of holidays with family, friends, and plenty of sweet things. I love it when the new year hits- in a way, it means a clean slate. I look forward to seeing how 2012 unfolds with each month for each person in my life…

And with that, here are some 2012 horoscopes. I wish our dear Flutter-lovers an exciting and ever-so lovely new year!

Look forward to a calm year ahead. 2012 will be a year of financial success (especially in the early months) and a booming and sincere social life. You will feel a sudden confidence that your life is going in the right direction, and you’ll be right. This is a year of major personal growth. Getting back to the roots of family values, finding a more comfortable residence or adding to what you already have will all be areas of self expansion for you. It is the time to relax and enjoy your love life. After the never ending fights, you are sure to taste success.
(Famous Aries: Charlie Chaplin)

This is the year for the ones under the sign of Taurus to be happy with who they are. You may find yourself being more authentic and honest when you interact, which will bring people closer to you. You will feel a distinct increase in your creativity and sense of self-expression- it’s as if your energy is expanding. Your love life is in for better stability this year after much humdrum of the yester-years. There are high chances of finding your dream person. Stay focused on changing while appreciating the abundance in each moment.
(Famous Taurean: Fred Astaire)

This is the year of activities of all kinds for the Gemini. There will be lot of new work and new projects for you throughout the year. If you put in little effort, all your hard work will be recognized. You will be more adaptable than ever. You can expect your values about work and the routines in your life to change- there will be a deeper sense of purpose and understanding to what you do. If you’re thinking of bailing out of bad relationships now is the time, but for new people coming into your life, get ready for some absorbing intimacy. Exciting, grounding and liberating times are ahead in 2012.
(Famous Gemini: Marilyn Monroe)

New beginnings have indeed arrived in your favor with the onset of 2012, Cancer. Although the biggest changes in the love realm won’t arrive until autumn, romance will return as a central theme for you in 2012- just when you’d started to give up hope of anything new ever returning to your life. The mask you show others is dissolving for all to see the really real you. It’s highly likely that you will gain recognition for some sort of creative effort. Explore as many new avenues as you can, for in the coming years you will be turning these selected visions into concrete realities. Remember to pamper yourself through the newness and celebrate the changes a little every day this year.
(Famous Cancer: Frida Kahlo)

Renewed energy levels are predicted for you this year, Leo, which shall help you to achieve your long sought-after goals in life. Be ready to jump at any chances that come your way. Fast reactions will bring you there, closer to where you want to be. Much orientation would be seen in your career front this year. Though personal problems might drag your feet, you shall come out with good colors in the professional field for this period. Self-expansion via travel or an engrossing new subject should fire your enthusiasm over the second half of 2012. Take life as it comes by and live it simply in a positive sense.
(Famous Leo: Coco Chanel)

Big changes are afoot, if you haven’t experienced them already. They’ll appear in the areas of work or home- and if the two are inter-connected, then both. Make efforts to improve your lifestyle. Be optimistic this year and try to avoid all sorts of nervousness and negativity that might creep in now and then. Be patient and watch quietly whatever happens. This year will help you to understand and realize the importance of your loved ones, how important they are and how they care for you. Learning to balance the different aspects of home and family with work and the outside world will bring a sense of empowered peace. Hard won harmony really is an accomplishment.
(Famous Virgo: Sophia Loren)

Life should be much happier, contented and lighter for Libras this year of 2012. You are on a career high- opportunities are now available for you to advance in your profession. A shifting in your world view is happening. This dissolving process could leave you confused. You will cycle between inspired and plain old tired. Try and honor the need for rest as this is where much processing will occur. Avoid impatience of all sorts for this year. If already into a relationship, this year shall see a more matured you as far as relationships are concerned. This year you will find that you have all the tools you need to make things work out beautifully and peacefully.
(Famous Libra: F. Scott Fitzgerald)

With Neptune returning to your romance sector for the next several years, your love life is about to take a poetic turn. A deep, soulful connection becomes the prerequisite for meeting people from now on. This 2012 year will be pivotal for you, since change is happening in deeply needed ways. Be honest in your communications. This authenticity is what creates trust, and trust is something you can have if you open your heart this year. You’ll find yourself able to take vital steps toward your true calling and accelerate all matters pertaining to status, career and where you want to be.
(Famous Scorpio: Vivien Leigh)

This year, you shall be loaded with much potential energy which would take you into the road for success in life. You will be feeling good about getting into partnerships of all kinds. They will support your greater good this 2012 year, help you be a more creative and productive individual. This would be a decisive period in your love life. There would be a total change in your visualization of love, romance and emotions. Your charm shall be able to attract new partners into your territory. Change this year is inevitable, but you can rest assured that you have luck on your side this time.
(Famous Sagittarian: Frank Sinatra)

This year would be generally a year of low profile for you. It helps you to enter a serene and peaceful atmosphere. Matters concerning money and finance will be well-balanced, with incomes equaling the expenditures. You’re beginning to think more like a poet and a mystic, and with just a little practical application, this can easily translate into wondrous creations in the world. You will be connected in important ways to positive situations. Go with the flow and really appreciate all that is happening in your life.
(Famous Capricorn: Humphrey Bogart)

Aspirers are Aquarians and they never give up till they succeed. Horoscope 2012 indicates perfection, patience and planning as the key highlights for the year. Though occasional minor unhappiness are predicted for the first quarter, it will be a generally rosy year for you. Your romantic sector can expect plenty of planetary action in 2012, bringing an abundant supply of love and pleasure. You must awaken the inner child and play with life a little more than you’ve been used to. Out of that spontaneous approach will come inspiration and you’ll find you are capable of much more than you thought.
(Famous Aquarian: Lana Turner)

Your search for spiritual values in life will keep you going places. It is only by the end of the year, you will be able to satisfy your quest for knowledge. Involve yourself whole heartedly into any task which you undertake and ensure it continues and ends on a positive note. Communication plays a vital role in your romantic life, especially during the first half of the year. If you let your words drip like honey, you’ll be amazed at how many opportunities for love open up. A little discipline will bring great rewards in 2012- enjoy the strength you will gain from the effort you put forth.
(Famous Pisces: Anaïs Nin)

The Flutter Film

We’re pleased to share the efforts from a collaboration between Flutter and Portland filmmaker Justin Kolezar: The Flutter Film!

A few months ago, Justin approached the shop to discuss the possibility of working together, and after seeing some of his other work, we were very excited to agree!

A little more about Mr. Kolezar:
“I’ve been working in film for the last ten years. I studied History in college and during that time I wrote and directed two feature films. After graduation, I moved to Portland where I finished my third feature. I like doing commercial work and music videos because it’s a quick turnaround in comparison to full length films. I try and seek out businesses like Flutter that have an interesting aesthetic; it makes the work fulfilling. I like garlic bagels, hockey, and Jerome, AZ.

Check out other films by Justin here.

A Flutter Film & Two Gift Guides.

First, I must tell you all to watch this lovely little Flutter video, shot by local filmmaker Justin Koleszar

Doesn’t it just capture the shop perfectly? And oh, our sweet silly King, he does well in his moment of fame.

And now, more gift guides! Christmas is only four shopping days away, so come stop in the store, drink some free champagne and finish shopping for the men and women in your life with unique objects!

For the men…


1. Japanese Cinema ($35), 2. Compass Keychain ($8.50), 3. Red Army Cavalry Hat ($32), 4. Beetle Hook Pillow ($65), 5. “LOOKING FOR TROUBLE” Scrimshaw Horn Box ($32), 6. Cast Iron Jose Skull Bottle opener ($10), 7. Blackish Cicada Paper Weight ($12), and 8. Outlaws!: Adventures of Pirates, Scoundrels, and Other Rebels ($45)

For the ladies…


1. God Save The Queen Pillow ($58), 2. West Third Brand: Jardin d’Amour ($32), 3. Jane Necklace ($22), 4. Paper Cutting ($27.50), 5. Tokyo Milk Dead Sexy Hand Creme ($18.50), 6. Magnifying Glass Necklace ($22), 7. Voluspa Winesap Apple Spice Candle ($7.50), 8. Nudie Purse Mirror from Peru ($6.50), and 9. I Will Never Forget You…: Frida Kahlo to Nickolas Muray ($24.95)

Have a lovely pre-holiday week- I shall check-in again before Christmas arrives! xoxo

The Portland Bazaar

Flutter and our sister store, Eden are participating this weekend in The Portland Bazaar!  The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday at The Sandbox Studio from 9 am – 6 pm.  There will be over 50 local vendors, food, craft classes, liquor tastings, book signings and plenty of shopping.  We’re bringing down a lot of inventory from both shops as well as highlighting some local designers in our booth.  Here’s a taste:

 Reconstructed vintage dresses from Ark Clothing.
 Chocolate truffles, wishbones, mustaches and lumps of coal from Neopolitan Chocolates.
 Terrariums and wreaths from our Mississippi neighbor Emerald Petals.
Brehan Todd Jewelry (the designer herself will help man our booth!)
Jesseca Anne Jewelry (the designer will also be at the booth with us both days!)
Pure Jewelry.
 Seaworthy Jewelry.
 Handmade leather wallets and pillows from Lees Lamar.
 Fur stoles with bright silk linings and bow-ties from Lees Lamar.
Pillows handmade from vintage Turkish suzanis.
 
…plus a few surprises we’re keeping up our sleeve.  Stop by 

A Fabulous Event and Fabulous Gifting.

Good afternoon! First things first, I would like to let everyone know that both Flutter and Eden will be at The Portland Bazaar, an event I am extremely excited about. It will be held this Saturday and Sunday at Sandbox Studio and will feature DIY workshops, great local food carts, delicious spirits, and a huge selection of some of the best local and national shops/designers. It’s going to be fabulous, I know it. See you there?

And now, a Flutter gift guide. These are my picks from our online shop (which are also available in the store.) Next week I’ll share my gift picks available only in the brick & mortar shop, for all our lovely Portland locals.

1. The Art of Instruction: Vintage Educational Charts from the 19th and 20th Centuries ($35), 2. West Third brand Tonic: Tobacco 1812 ($26), 3. Café Noir Jar Candle ($30), 4. Hunt Club Trophy (resin) ($42), 5. Sail Away Pendant by Brehan Todd ($28), 6. Glass Glitter Letters Designed by Wendy Addison ($6.50), 7. 1800’s Penny Toy Ferris Wheel ($6.50), 8. Russian Coat of Arms Flask ($42), 9. Pretty Things ($19.95), 10. Tokyo Milk Dark : Cherry Bourbon Lip Elixir ($7.50), and 11. Renaissance Cuff ($28)

More Through the Camera Lens.

Hello and good evening. I hope all our readers had a very lovely Thanksgiving with plenty of food, friends, and family!

This is sort of a mini-post with few words, but plenty of pictures. I recently brought my clanky old film camera back into Flutter and clicked away. Here are fifteen of my favorites because I think they show all the beautiful colors inside the shop…

Here’s to a fantastic and glorious week- see you in a few days!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

…at Flutter! When I walked into work on Sunday morning, I was truly astounded by just how great the store looked all ready for the holidays. Everything is all sparkly, with bowls of ornaments, mossy coverings, shimmery garlands, and sweet smells all around. I must say, it put me in an instant good mood. I wanted to pour a cup of nog and sing along to Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’.

Of course, I snapped photos a’plenty. This weekend, I plan to bring in one of my old cameras and some black & white film and go picture crazy. But for now, some phone photographs of tree trimmings and ornaments in the shop that make my heart melt and holiday spirit rise…

Happy Holidays, darlings!

A Few Fluttery Things.

Happy Sunday! I hope you all are feeling well-rested with an extra hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time. Today I have a few things to share. First, I must mention that our sister store Eden (located in the Pearl District) now has an online shop, as well as a stunning new lookbook! The photographs, by Annie Montgomery, were shot in a Washington Forest and feature beautiful jewelry and vintage clothing, models, and even furniture (yes, put in the middle of the trees.) I think it all turned out so beautifully, and am quite happy Eden goods can now be purchased from all over the USA!

Second, we have some new lovely items at Flutter that I’d like to share. All can be purchased in our shop, and most online…


1. ‘My Mom, Style Icon’ from Chronicle Books ($18.95), 2. Rock candy! ($2), 3. Super cute animal nodders are back ($10), 4. Antiqued corkscrews in various styles ($34), 5 and 6. New scents in lovely containers from Voluspa ($26 and $20), 7. Set of six spinning wooden tops ($12.50), and 8. ‘Instrument,’ also from Chronicle Books ($29.95)

And lastly, just some shots from my recent workdays. Every day I’m there, I can’t help snapping photographs. It’s just too dang pretty inside!


paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling.


pretty vintage garments all hung in a row.


a tray of old photographs. Loving that pretty lady on top.


King, mid-meow. He’s the best.

From Past to Flutter.

Good evening, Flutter fans! I hope that you all enjoyed the crisp sunny weather today- I know I did. Portland looks beautiful right now- Autumn just suits this city so well. If tomorrow is as nice as today was, I think I might need to take a walk down to Laurelhurst Park with some tea, a blanket, and a good book.

Anyway, besides talking about the seasons and the weather, I thought tonight it would be nice to share some photographs and art from the past, all inspired from items in the shop. We sell such a wide variety of vintage and vintage-inspired items, I knew that I could easily find scenes, advertisements, paintings, and old photographs that pair well with some of our products. Plus, sometimes it’s just nice to take a peek into the past.


left: old portrait, right: Flutter


left: vintage advertisement, right: Flutter


left: Flutter, right: antique painting


left: photograph of 40’s circus performers, right: Flutter


left: Flutter, right: old film still


left: vintage Vodka advertisement (with Woody Allen), right: Flutter


left: Flutter, right: vintage catalog page

I’ll be back for a second post on Friday- enjoy the rest of your week!

Painted Flutter.

I often find myself inspired while spending my Sundays at Flutter. Not only do I have some of my favorite music playing and get to meet some lovely folks, but there’s no denying that I am completely surrounded by beautiful things. Usually I find this inspiration being targeted to my camera, but this week I decided to do something a little different. During the few quieter moments in the shop, I broke out my sketchbook and doodled some of my favorite objects and garments. While curled up on my sofa during the evening (while watching some bad tv, I admit), I painted them in with watercolors.

Oh, pretty little things, I love thee. This coming week I’d like to pair some shop objects with some of my favorite old film stars. I have a feeling they’ll go together hand-in-hand.

It looks like it’s going to be a lovely weekend. I wish you all: cinnamon vanilla tea (my current favorite), warm apple crisp, a classic movie viewing with someone you admire, a great thrift store find, sweet scents, some bed reading, good crisp weather, flirtations, salted caramels, a cozy nap, bursts of inspiration, some ridiculous dance moves, and discovery.

Stop by and say hello- see you soon!