|Erwin Olaf-Photography in a beautiful cloth bound hard cover|
|A beautiful collection of one of my favorite artists of all time, Henry Darger
Flutter also has lots of awesome selections for music lovers, who doesn’t love music?
|Pocket Cash Book– a beautiful glimpse of unique photos
I’m really excited about all of the new urban art and street culture books. This one is especially inspiring.
|Trespassed. A History of Uncomissioned Art
You will also find plenty of humor and kitschy books along with books for children and the child in all of us.
|75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking|
|Vintage inspired toys, kaleidoscopes and a vintage sequin, ice skating skirt. I think it goes perfectly with this tiny red piano.|
|Guitars and horses, books,balloons and ferris wheels, oh, my!
I would have loved to have access to these creative paper doll designs as a child.
|We love these doll pillows by Tomas Paul, available in five styles, at www.flutterclutter.com|
|Vintage Violet Crochet Necklace by Seaworthy|
|Vintage Green Crochet Necklace by Seaworthy|
|The Kitty Reeves Necklace by Paper Treasure|
|The Susan P. Thurlon Necklace by Paper Treasure|
|Cracker Jack Box Necklace by Brehan Todd|
|Rose City Cuff by Brehan Todd|
Until next time…..
I’m so happy to introduce myself as a new guest blogger for Flutter. My name is Brehan Todd, I am a designer, blogger and lover of fashion, here in Portland, Oregon. Flutter happens to be my favorite boutique, of all time, so I couldn’t be more excited to starting writing these Flutter blog posts regularly for you!
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Flutter, designing custom jewelry for two years. I have become even more of a Flutter enthusiast than when I first set foot in the shop, years ago, before I moved to Portland. The owners have a special way of creating a new experience for visitors, each time you stop by!
The Portland retail store and the Flutter Online Shop always carry a fantastic selection of ephemera and oddities inspired by the circus. This season there happens to be some particularly amazing circus related toys, enchanting jewelry and heaps of other curiosities available in-store and online. We just got in this amazing new coffee table book by Taschen called The Circus. To help with Holiday shopping, now through November 30th, Flutter online orders of $100 or more will automatically receive FREE SHIPPING at checkout! This is also great since The Circus book is quite large!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been inspired by all things circus since I was swaddled in my first blanket, covered in circus animals. I use primarily vintage images such as the ones above to help me design new circus pieces. Stop by THE GREATEST STORE ON EARTH soon and you can also snap up my new, circus-inspired jewelry creations! Like this little beauty…
So, I’ve been away. Not out of town, exactly, or out of work or even away from my desk. I just.. took a long summer vacation from the Flutter site. Here I am, though, back in action and ready to taunt the public with pictures of the newest and best Flutter items. This week I will ravage the blog with shots from three awesome new books we’ve got. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t the only three or even the best three, they’re just the three I was most excited about today. The first is a book about Philippe Halsman, a genius photographer responsible for some truly iconic photographs, especially noteworthy are his portraits of big stars like Dali and Audrey. You’ve seen his work, for sure, but this book also features some of his edgier, stranger photos. The second is a book of pictures of altars for Dia de los Muertos, the holiday where people respect their dearly departed by staging elaborate altars and preparing symbolic meals. The garlands of marigolds pictured in every page of the book had me running to Emerald Petals this morning to buy up their stock. Lastly, I have featured pictures from Roadside America, a colorful book full of neon and stucco and painted ladies, plus a great shot of that stack of skewered cars in Michigan. I love it, in fact I took a picture of that one and use it as my cel phone’s wallpaper. I don’t know, nothing against cars, I just really like it. I guess because it reminds me of Wayne’s World. We’ve also got a gorgeously creepy Henry Darger book, a book of hand-painted film posters from Ghana (creepier than Darger), and the creepiest by far is an enormous Taschen book of human anatomy and surgery, with super-detailed color illustrations of what looks like d.i.y. amputation techniques. Totally amazing and not for the faint of heart, kind of like some other things I could mention. Hey! I was referring to Flutter!
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 4 years! A big thanks to all our family, friends, customers, fans and neighbors for all your support these past 4 years. Come celebrate with us! Have a glass of champagne, listen to the gypsy jazz sounds of the Djangophiles, get your tarot cards read by Mindy…a guaranteed fun time for all!
HERE IT IS, the great plushstravaganza of spring 2010. There are a bright velvety ton of new chairs, settees and lounges; some came in pairs and others are absolutely one-of-a-kind. Now’s the time to do major reorganization, reprioritizing and redecorating. It’s a great opportunity to sweep the clutter of winter into a box, seal it up and put it in the closet. Get rid of the stuff you don’t love (consign them at Rerun?), and invest in pieces that make your home more cozy and attractive. I splurged on some great scented cleaning products and a new pair of rubber gloves, and I look forward to giving my house a deep scrubbing. After finals, of course.
P.S. Our new Prince Buster playlist from Pandora is so killer.
New clothes are all over Flutter, and not a minute too soon. I was just dispairing a lack of bright new wearables in my life, and here they are in a spectrum of sizes and styles to make you want to just drop your pants. In the dressing room, of course. I’ll post more pictures next week, because most of the gorgeous new stuff is going on the racks tonight. I’m restraining myself but I’ve already chosen 2 that I am taking home with me, a lacy black and red cocktail dress and a pink, um, cocktail dress. Now all I need is a cocktail party. Stay tuned.. next week more vintage clothes pics.
We’ve got a new batch of cards in Flutter, beautiful bold silhouette images on soft pastels. The artist behind these designs is Leigh Batnick, aka JEZEBEL. JEZEBEL also produces tees and totes with the same classic feminine imagery. Flutter caught up with JEZEBEL for an interview, and to reorder cards, natch!
FL-what works of art do you find inspiring? music? film? books?
J -Books, books, books, films, films, films, music, music, music. Little,
Big by John Crowley, Virginia Woolf, childhood classics, Jeanne Moreau,
Hitchcock, drawing room comedies, Bergman, Daisies, early Disney, Bob
Dylan, Billie Holiday, Leonard Cohen.
FL -if you could chose a few other professions, any at all, school-be-damned,
what would they be?
FL-if you could live in the past, in any era, when and where would you live?
J- New York, always and anytime. With plentiful travels to Big Sur,
Laurel Canyon, Paris, Mozambique, the Greek Islands.
FL-the best way to spend a rainy day is..
J -with the record player whirling lazily and near-silent, as KP plays
his guitar, while Teepee & Coral listen intently. The bedroom floor will
be covered with discarded sections from the Times and a round of magazines
and a stack of books and the coffee will flow and the Kobo Grapefruite e
Tabaco will burn.
.correspondence for the vagabond heart.
.from brooklyn, with love.
Vagabond Picnic by Jezebel, a fine jewelry line featuring 14k rose gold
ants interlocked in a labour of love, and new t-shirts and tote bags are
available at www.jezebelstationery.etsy.com. Wander through Jezebel’s dark
forest at www.jezebelstationery.blogspot.com.