Flutter for Fathers

Yes, we know Flutter has a reputation for being a girly stronghold. But a quick look around reveals all manner of manly pleasures for the fathers in your life. Take a little tour…

We have a small but choice selection of vintage shirts & cardigans.

We have a small but choice selection of vintage shirts & cardigans.

Gorgeous elegant robes!

Gorgeous elegant robes!

Tonics & colognes are always nice...

Tonics & colognes are always nice…

Say it with soap!

Say it with soap!

Rock'n'roll dads are the best.

Rock’n’roll dads are the best.

Some dads like beer.

Some dads like bikes.

Some dads like beer.

Some dads like beer.

And what dad doesn't like KNIVES?

And what dad doesn’t like KNIVES?

And yes, we also have ties.You know, if you’re inclined that way.

Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts.

Why hello there, Flutter friends! I must apologize for the delay between posts- here at the shop we have been making the transition from winter to spring, which is now pretty much complete! Cindy closed the shop last Wednesday and filled the shelves, couches, and tables with plenty of new colorful products- new scents, new books, and plenty of new oddities.

In a couple of days I will be sharing a bunch of film photographs of the spring-ready shop, but for now, let us recognize that Valentine’s Day has just about arrived! Have you picked out the perfect something for your sweetie? Your honey muffin? Your kitten kaboodle? If not, take a peek at some of my own favorite picks for this sweet holiday. And then stop in for your last-minute gifts!

1. Abstract Seahorse Pillow ($62), 2. Tokyo Milk Sugar Bomb No. 112 Mix and Match Perfume ($18.50), 3. Nouveau Locket Earrings ($40), 4. Silhouette: The Art of the Shadow ($65), 5. Voluspa Panjore Lychee Candle ($7.50), 6. Sibley Backyard Birding Flashcards: 100 Common Birds of Eastern and Western North America ($14.99), 7. Tokyo Milk Marine Sel No. 54 Hand Cream ($18.50), 8. Key Hook Pillow ($48), and 9. Peacock Ring ($30)

Enjoy Valentine’s Day, whether it be romantically with your significant other or bitterly with a dear friend- see you all in a couple of days! xo, Summer

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 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!

Halloween.

Have I mentioned how much I love this time of year? October is the best. You can feel the excitement in the air from children and childlike adults (like myself) getting ready for Halloween. It’s the only time you can dress up as anything you desire and eat an obscene amount of candy without question. There are masquerades and costume parties, haunted houses and pumpkin patch strolls. The best.

Here at Flutter we’re getting into the Halloween spirit. There are beautiful decorations, novelties, vintage costumes, etcetera. And masks, oh the masks…

These Peruvian ones and our lovely crow ones are also spectacular for the holiday. Now who else thinks our beloved shop cat King needs one of these?

See you next week for some hand-drawn Flutter favorites!

Introducing…Handcrafted Jewelry by Opulent Oddities at Flutter

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Unfurl Necklace by Opulent Oddities
  Valentine’s Day is almost here and we can hardly wait! The store is beautifully decorated and and full of gifts as always. We are so excited to announce the newest line of jewelry that has arrived at Flutter. I’ve had my eye on this designer for a couple of years and her talent is amazing. Opulent Oddities, is an exclusive line of artisan jewelry. Each piece is one of a kind, and is hand made from vintage and found materials.  The designer has a special eye for whimsical charms and brooches and combines them in such a way that looks like they were always meant to be together.  We have several designs available in the shop and in our online boutique as well. 
This happens to be my favorite. I’m loving these shades of blue this season and the mixed metals. Here is a peek at some of the line. 

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In Bloom by Opulent Oddities



Blue Birdie Bracelet
Blue Birdie Bracelet



The Lepidopterist by Opulent Oddities
The Lepidopterist Necklace

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Your Sweetheart

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Valentines : A Collection of Valentine’s Day Ephemera by Steven Heller and Jim Heimann

It is hard to believe another Valentine’s Day is approaching us!  Since it’s one of my most favorite, if not favorite holidays, I’m counting down the final moments until the 14th. After being closed for a few days, the shop is back open with all sorts of new clothing, and vintage curiosities, jewelry and apothecary items. We are so inspired and excited for Spring! This year, for Valentine’s Day, we have a lovely selection of gifts for your sweetheart and everyone you love (which includes yourself, of course).
We are thrilled to have many new, handmade jewelry pieces from all of our talented designers, including Paper Treasure, Seaworthy and one of our newest designers, Opulent Oddities. When Kalaisha told me Opulent Oddities was coming to Flutter, I could not wait to see what amazing creations she and Cindy chose. I am so inspired by this line of unique, handmade, vintage inspired jewelry. The designer has such an amazing eye for unique pieces and a way of combining them that is brilliant. Here is one of my personal favorite, one of a kind designs, by Opulent Oddities, now available in the shop and online.
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How My Heart Flutters by Opulent Oddities
The Spring line of handcrafted jewelry by Paper Treasure, is my favorite yet, by designer, Jess McCloskey. The same classic designs are represented, with a soft color palette and a bit more “bling”. We just so happen to have some wonderful new selections from the line, in the shop and on our web boutique. This designer has such a delicate way of creating very precious pieces, with a uniquely modern interpretation. I can’t think of a girl in the world who doesn’t love heart shaped lockets. The idea is updated as pair of oh so pretty, locket earrings. Here are a few of my favorite selections,  by Paper Treasure for Flutter, especially for Valentine’s Day.
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Sweetheart Locket Earrings by Paper Treasure
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The Meteor by Paper Treasure
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The Silvia by Paper Treasure

We are over the moon about all of the new fragrances and candles in our apothecary. I’m especially drawn to these new ceramic cased Voluspa candles in such unique scents!  I cannot even begin to describe how truly delicious these candles smell, so I won’t even attempt. Stop by Flutter, and smell many new products from this amazing line. As always, but especially for Spring, we are brimming with beautiful treasures and there is always something for everyone and more at Flutter!
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Voluspa Macaron Ceramic Candle 
Seaworthy
Pink Glass Bead & Vintage key Necklace by Seaworthy
heart shaped water bottle
Men's shave kit
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Classic Romantic Novels never go out of style-Great Expectations