Well, the gorgeous weather just keeps on going, and I’m not gonna question it. It’s not often that we have a proper autumn in Portland, and since it’s my favorite time of year I feel extra enthusiastic about it. Another thing I’m enthusiastic about: giveaways! We decided to partner with the amazing Honey Kennedy for a chance to win $100 in Flutter credit, which combined with October sunshine might take someone over the moon. Take note: if you’re our Facebook friend, you can enter twice. If you need inspiration, check out my favorites here. Good luck!
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!
Good afternoon! This is Summer, your new summertime Sunday shopgirl (I do like the way that sounds.) I must say, I am thoroughly enjoying spending my weekend time in Flutter, surrounded by lovely oddities, gorgeous dresses, and intoxicating scents. And of course, having long conversations with King the shop-cat… he has quite the nightlife when the lights in the store go out, believe me. The tales are epic!
First I’d like to share some photos I have been taking during my time at the shop. I love taking pictures, and Flutter seems to be the perfect place for inspiration, even if just snapped on my iPhone…
Ah, a lovely place to be. And now, some of my favorite new (non-vintage) items I have been absolutely loving (all currently available at Flutter):
1. Tokyomilk’s Dark Bittersweet perfume- one of the best smells ever. There’s nothing quite like smelling as if you’ve been endulging in the finest dark chocolate.
2. The beloved frog prince bottle opener. He just makes me smile.
3. These dried bugs in glass paperweights are both a little eerie and breathtaking.
4. The Encyclopedia of the Exquisite has been fabulous to flip through while at the register. Did you know crickets used to be prized pets and champagne manufacturing was once a very dangerous occupation due to bottles exploding?
5. Another Tokyomilk product I am loving: Kabuki shea butter lotion. It smells like sugared citrus fruit and jasmine flowers and leaves your hands soft as silk.
6. Photobooth Dogs. Dogs. In photobooths. Need I say more?
7. I want to take these alphabet discs and hang banners all around my house of fanciful words.
8. I love all the masks we have in the store, but for some reason, this bear is my favorite. His face reminds me of old drawings from The Three Little Bears. This would make a mighty fine photobooth prop.
See you next week, for a summertime circus post! Au Revoir!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Flutter had a fantastic 2010 thanks to all our customers, fans, friends and family. We never take for granted how lucky we are to be doing what we love, surrounded by such fine folks who love Flutter as much as we do. It makes us happy that new folks are discovering Flutter every day and seeing the faces of friends that first visited the store 5 years ago. Flutter couldn’t exist without you…..here’s to 2011, may it be a healthy and prosperous year for ALL!
HAPPY NEW YEAR from Cindy, Kalaisha, Sara, Dottie & Casea
|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…..
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!
This weekend I went to L.A. to visit family and family friends. It was so gorgeous down there! Lola and I went to Disneyland and had an amazing time. It was my first time this year being out in the heat, trekking all over that park for 14 hours in 90 degree weather- I think I was a little delirious towards the end. We drank a few $4 bottles of water and ate about 20 frozen lemonade cups. I was really inspired by all the fantastical structures everywhere with dreamy shapes and colors, the intricate landscaping..oh, yeah, the rides were good too. I love all the rides on boats. I kept noticing the wallpaper, too, like in the new orleans cafe, or the haunted mansion- unfortunately, these pictures are a little blurry because I took them mostly with my camera phone in the dark. These pictures remind me of the games in the back of kid magazines, where they show you a super close-up of, say, toothbrush bristles, and you have to guess what it is. If you can’t guess what these pictures are of, check the answer at the bottom. xo sk
1. exhibit tent roof, 2. ambient shapescape in “its a small world” (it made me cry (the ride, not the shape)), 3.underside of a tiki-room lamp, 4. wallpaper in the mark twain cafe (i think thats what it was called), 5. delphinia
I had fun taking photos in the shop today, everything looked extra appealing. I love the creepy porcelain doll heads! Lola was a good sport and posed with them for me. I think I might get one and plant a trailing lobelia in it, it would look so awesome growing out of the top like a wild hippie baby, or out of the eyes.. maybe too creepy. A flutter chia pet! I have been sprouting lots of plants, some in unusual places, like nooks in statuary in the yard and in broken pottery. I planted peas by the bus stop across the street from my house, and seeded some window boxes. Basically, everything looks like prime real estate for my seedlings. Unfortunately, the hail yesterday bruised some tender sprouts, but I am pretty sure that one sunny day will perk them up. I had a great weekend, the highlight of which was going to the Whitsell to see Muppet shorts and rare outtakes. Jim Henson and his crew were absolute genius! I laughed so much that I was crying. Check it out my favorite bit: Animal, Beaker and the Swedish Chef singing “Danny Boy”
I love the expression “spring has sprung”. It is so onomotopoeia, so bouncy. Plus I love improper use of the past-tense, like the classic “yeah, i never did that before, i just wung it”. SPRING HAS SPRUNG and i am sporting the spring uniform, distinguished by what it DOESN’T involve: no socks, no scarf, no tights, no beanie, no sweater. it’s liberating. I came home and saw my roommate’s laundry fluttering in the breeze on the line, a row of dresses.
Last week at Flutter I made a date with my friends to come in and take victorian-style photos to put in the locket they got for their ma last month, a genius mother’s day gift idea I thought. I styled their hair up into puffy buns and used the venetian armoire as a backdrop, I can’t wait to see how they turn out. I guess the light must have been perfect for pictures, because there were a few other people in the store with huge, fancy cameras. I guess they had been strolling Mississippi taking pictures and wandered into Flutter. The store is a kind of curious photographer’s paradise, sometimes I feel like a ringmaster or tour guide-“did you notice the stuffed goose? ..and over here we have the finch cage.” It’s not uncommon for us to show up in the pages of a fancy rag, as well as someone’s travel photo album. Cindy sent me a link to an Oregon Live article featuring our Rizzo, looking especially adorable. Flutter made it into theLondon Observer too; read this article if you have ever wondered what kind of impression Portland makes on Brits. Spoiler alert: they love us. Now, if you will excuse me, I am going to stroll in the perfect sunlight.
It’s been a whirlwind of impacted activities lately. Whirlwind is such a tame cliche, how about a hurricane of activities? Midterms, moving, all that other stuff.. then my daughter’s birthday sneaks up on me. Turning 8 is a big deal, and I didn’t want to rob her of her right to a lavish party just because I was a little busy, so I rented out the Mt. Scott skating rink. That place is awesome for a few reasons- they let you play your own music (Lola’s playlist consisted of La Bouche, Neil Young and New Order), they let you bring your own food (carrot sticks and brownies for us), and they have great skates. The rink itself is not as large or elegant as Oaks Park, and there’s no cool old photo booth, but it doesn’t smell like old pizza, and you can rent the entire thing out for private parties at a very affordable rate. Fortunately, I didn’t have to look far for great presents for her. She’d been eyeing a deck of Magic Cards for a while- they come with punctured aces, two-sided cards, blank cards and all kinds of crazy stuff. Now all I need is time to sit still while she practices them all on me. I need to practice my “amazed” face. There’s some Steve Martin quote about how everybody loves when tricks get messed up- honestly, it’s adorable, but I’d feel so bad if I laughed aloud.
Flutter has these amazing stamps right now from the fifties and up, from Hungary and India and all over really, and they’re 15 for $1! I could spend all day sifting through the box of them, the pictures are gorgeous. I made a collage with a stamp that looks just like her, reading a book- how appropriate! It’s the first thing she hung in her new room.