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Dottie Angel’s Once Upon a Time

Dec 14, 2010

by uppercaseyyc


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(Animation by Julia Pott, music By ToneKitchen)

 UPPERCASE publishes a magazine (“for the creative and curious”), as well as books on creativity and design. While I was searching for an artist for the second volume of The Suitcase Series — a project conceived as a way to immerse myself in a topic, discover new people and see new places —  some serendipitous events led me to Tif Fussell, a.k.a. Dottie Angel. I quickly became enamoured with Tif’s granny chic style, eclectic way with vintage fabrics and amusing ramblings about her family on her Dottie Angel blog. Tif’s wealth of creativity, unique voice and beautiful products made it clear that she’d be a great subject for a book. A visit was in order.

But first, the book in question. The Suitcase Series presents in glorious detail the lives of artists and designers. The books are image-based, full of artwork, beautiful photographs and artifacts from where the artist lives and works. Small and intimate like a diary or sketchbook, each includes a special treasure. It’s a precious souvenir of a creative journey shared between the reader and the artist, and Tif was a perfect fit. We quickly headed to her country cottage.

We enjoyed some lovely days with Tif and her clan at their home in the outskirts of Seattle, Mossy Shed. During our visit, Tif showed us around the local open air market, took us to her favourite thrift store and opened her cupboards to share her immense collection of vintage fabrics and notions. We spent some enjoyable hours brainstorming about the Dottie Angel book, as well as photographing textures and patterns for the book.


This video is an introduction to Tif’s home at Mossy Shed, from the tree-sheltered backyard suited to raising chickens and soccer-obsessed boys, to the sunlit studio in which Dottie Angel comes to life.

Want to get your hands on the visual inspiration that is Dottie Angel? Volume 2 of The Suitcase Series isn’t due out until Summer 2011, but you can preorder your copy today! | Vintage Fabric | Wall Hangings


  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 6 years ago

    a very beautiful fairy tale come true...

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    Jealous! I want chickens!! ...stunning work! it's so cheerful :D

  • CountryChicCottage

    CountryChicCottage said 6 years ago

    This is great! Lovely shop too! :)

  • jackandjillwedding

    jackandjillwedding said 6 years ago

    What a colorful little world - Love the High Hopes Jar and the other Bohemian beauties!

  • Thepaperboat

    Thepaperboat said 6 years ago

    I love dottieangel!

  • NotYourGrandmasAttic

    NotYourGrandmasAttic said 6 years ago

    Terrific goods. I love the bags!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Congrats Uppercase (jeanine) on the feature!! how lovely!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago


  • vKnit

    vKnit said 6 years ago

    very very beautiful beautiful!!! xox

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 6 years ago

    Yay! I have been a fan of Dottie Angel since I joined Etsy, her lovely shop was one of the first I ever hearted. Congrats!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 6 years ago

    Uppercase is one of my all time favorite magazines and it's always such a happy day when it arrives in my mailbox. Dottie Angel, with her eclectic mix of vintage inspired handmade art is the perfect fit for this delightful magazine.

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind said 6 years ago

    t's terrrific! I want a mobile like that now! Thanks for making it so pretty - love the dog wiggling his tail! :)

  • ConfettiGarden

    ConfettiGarden said 6 years ago

    oh my dear Tif! what a surprise to find you here today!! i'm so happy that now even more of the Etsy community gets to meet you!! completely charming and sweet video! oxo

  • loveismyreligion

    loveismyreligion said 6 years ago

    love love love Dottie and her blog! Always a treat! Congrats on the book!

  • usewhatyouhave

    usewhatyouhave said 6 years ago

    Love the yard flags

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 6 years ago

    awesome :)

  • alittleVintageShop

    alittleVintageShop said 6 years ago

    Big ♥♥♥s for Dottie Angel and Tif

  • consciousclothing

    consciousclothing said 6 years ago

    Wow! way to go Tif!!! LOVE your blog, your shop, your creative soul! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 6 years ago

    love this gals work.... you should check out her fun!

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 6 years ago

    Very sweet and beautiful work. You can see the enjoyment and love for your art in your items. Wonderful video. Congrats on the Dottie Angel book!

  • yunapyon

    yunapyon said 6 years ago

    Its terrific! Congrats :)

  • VintageHome

    VintageHome said 6 years ago

    Absolutely charming & enchanting video. Love it! Congrats to dottieangel.

  • OffTheHooks

    OffTheHooks said 6 years ago

    i love these etsy videos. this one brought a little tear to my eye.. its just so.. what i want in my own life.

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 6 years ago

    I love the sweet prints and bags....

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Lovely shop and fun blog. Congrats on the book. Thanks for the peek. Continued success to you.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Very sweet. I must say you had me with the Rhode Island Red hen at the chicken coop. Muaah!

  • animalsandicons

    animalsandicons said 6 years ago

    Great feature. Loved all the goodies.

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    Love your work Dottieangel! You've always been one of my early faves:)

  • DesireeB

    DesireeB said 6 years ago

    Congrats Tif, what a surprise ! Look forward to seeing the book.

  • salvageshop

    salvageshop said 6 years ago

    so fun and whimsical :)

  • rainbowfrogs77

    rainbowfrogs77 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful typewriter!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    sweet story. lovely items. :D

  • Prittyfy

    Prittyfy said 6 years ago

    simply beautiful! Thank you.

  • johnnyvintage

    johnnyvintage said 6 years ago

    Found her on flickr and oh my gosh, do I LOVE her style! Congrats on the book Tif!

  • thebathbungalow

    thebathbungalow said 6 years ago

    Amazing items. I love them!

  • crystalworld

    crystalworld said 6 years ago

    Love the High Hopes Jar and the other Bohemian beauties.

  • SnickerhausGallery

    SnickerhausGallery said 6 years ago

    Very fun, creative and I too want a chicken coop. I think we can have them in town here at Nebraska City because I have a neighbor down the street who has some.(-: Do you like having them?

  • VIEL

    VIEL said 6 years ago

    wow! what a life! i feel envious.

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    Lovely items!

  • SmithAndDaphne

    SmithAndDaphne said 6 years ago

    So happy to see you featured here! Lovely, peachy items. :)

  • abelabodycare

    abelabodycare said 6 years ago

    I've loved Tif's style since first finding her blog. Yay! Congrat's on the book!

  • littleloveblue

    littleloveblue said 6 years ago

    love her and her work!

  • SnuggliMumCreations

    SnuggliMumCreations said 6 years ago

    Lovely Items!

  • HomemadeZen

    HomemadeZen said 6 years ago

    lovely shop! Really cute items with a bit of romantic touch~

  • SaraJuliana123

    SaraJuliana123 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful job, Janine! I felt like I took a mini-vacation with you. Thank you from cold NYC.

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 6 years ago

    love your creations, crafting room and backyard {with the beautiful caravan}! congrats on the suitcase series :)

  • sarahE

    sarahE said 6 years ago

    Oh, I love Dottie Angel! Someday I would love to have my own fairytale, much like Tiff's, come true.

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 6 years ago

    beeeeuuutiful ♥

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 6 years ago

    Great work!

  • livingstonandporter

    livingstonandporter said 6 years ago

    oh, this is just perfect.

  • CarolinaCottage

    CarolinaCottage said 6 years ago

    Love Tif and her blog! Nice little video!

  • LittleRedCottage

    LittleRedCottage said 6 years ago

    Oh.......just ADORED clicking on the FAVORITE button for this shop!! So much inspiration, and gift-giving ideas for the next year!

  • TheGinghamOwl

    TheGinghamOwl said 6 years ago

    She's my idol!

  • cherrytime

    cherrytime said 6 years ago

    I love it!!my favourite shop and blog

  • pearldelta

    pearldelta said 6 years ago

    Love these.

  • mycherrytree

    mycherrytree said 6 years ago

    I love her granny chic uunique style.gorgeous!!

  • stylesupplier

    stylesupplier said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items, amazing!

  • AmelieTalks

    AmelieTalks said 6 years ago

    Very lovely! Thanks!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    goes right to the heart, to thine own self be true, loved this blog, thank you!

  • ShopMarigold

    ShopMarigold said 6 years ago

    i simply ADORE Tif. yay for Dottie Angel. Cannot wait to get this book :) :)

  • mandaia

    mandaia said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, I love It!

  • DesiCloe

    DesiCloe said 6 years ago

    Lovely blog and beutiful shop!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Lovely work, I really like the homely feeling behind each item. Fabulous.

  • FunkyFriendsFactory

    FunkyFriendsFactory said 6 years ago

    What a lovely story - and a beau-ti-ful video! I have the chickens, a black dog, white dog and almost as much fabric - NOW I just need to get one of those 'silver bullet caravans' and I'm off to the sea! : )

  • WiltsieBridgeCS

    WiltsieBridgeCS said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, reminds me of when I was small and I would sew with scraps of fabric!

  • possandwom

    possandwom said 6 years ago

    So lovely! And your shop is just beautiful too, well done.

  • AsLuckWouldHaveIt

    AsLuckWouldHaveIt said 6 years ago

    This is so wonderful & just oozes happiness!

  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 6 years ago

    great article!! love the high hopes wooly jars and products at the end.

  • lalalandArt

    lalalandArt said 6 years ago

    your work and story are really inspiring! thank you for sharing!

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed said 6 years ago

    Lovely. Er..I want those shoes!

  • anitakatita

    anitakatita said 6 years ago

    Love her;) She is a very special and full of inspiration for every one! xx*

  • nancynelsonjewelry

    nancynelsonjewelry said 6 years ago

    oh, I LOVE this. Beautiful creations!

  • babyjives

    babyjives said 6 years ago

    wonderful - such a beautiful home and workspace. I have studio envy now! thanks for sharing.

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 6 years ago

    Congrats Tiff! I really enjoyed your story. What colorful, warm,and comforting creations. And what a Beautiful Place to abide and create. Best Wishes!! Tammy

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Love your studio. Your mobiles are charming!

  • Prittyfy

    Prittyfy said 6 years ago

    very lovely! well done!

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias said 6 years ago

    i fell in love with tif's shop and blog the moment i set eyes on each-- always a wonderful escape to a perfectly charming world!

  • crazyartdolls

    crazyartdolls said 6 years ago

    wonderful creations

  • brianarose

    brianarose said 6 years ago


  • oliveandbrown

    oliveandbrown said 6 years ago

    I have often enjoyed dottie angels stories of being a brit over the pond. Your (tif) rambings often cheer me up and remind me of my crazy Aunt. I am so pleased you have written such a lovely book. All the best dottie angel.x

  • bunnydee

    bunnydee said 6 years ago

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! Everything is so cozy

  • EmmaLamb

    EmmaLamb said 6 years ago

    Just gorgeous miss Tif... So lovely to see you all, especially miss Olives happy waggy wee tail... Oh, and I so can't wait for your book... :) x

  • AtomicLuLu

    AtomicLuLu said 6 years ago

    DA is my soul sister in Kitcsh - The Challenge and loving beat up dogs. Not to mention our wacky fondness for chickens. I am so thrilled to see this. Thank you thank you thank you for giving her some love, from my thrift shop heart.

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage said 6 years ago

    One of my most favorite blogs. How could the book be anything but addictive.

  • magiebelle

    magiebelle said 6 years ago

    happy is where we find it, and treasure is nearby, and it all comes together when we try something new -- good for you tif. Perfect little video, illustrates the vision and the person, shop and ideal all at once.

  • onelittlebirdstudio

    onelittlebirdstudio said 6 years ago

    Oh Miss Tif how wonderful to see you! What a perfectly peachy little video (and how jealous I am of Olive's little bed). Leanda x

  • aplacefortwiggs

    aplacefortwiggs said 6 years ago

    oh my miss tif, i loved hearing your voice!!!!! loved loved loved! your accent is adorable, you speak just like i imagined you would!! you live such a peachy life (this is your word!!) :) have a great day miss tif! twiggs

  • LittleBlueMoon

    LittleBlueMoon said 6 years ago

    thank you. this video is so light and heart-warming! :}

  • dottieangel

    dottieangel said 6 years ago

    alas mr internet and i parted company for a few days but i am here now! and i am thanking you all so kindly for your lovely comments about the film and my wares... and of course many thanks to the talented Janine for bringing a little bit of Tif and dottie angel to life and the wonderful Etsy team for featuring the film on their peachy blog :)

  • EarthGirlKnits

    EarthGirlKnits said 6 years ago

    I think I just found a video of myself from the future... and I think this means I'm moving to Britain. Okay!

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 6 years ago

    I hope to live dottie's life too! So peaceful. Very inspiring.

  • FabricFascination

    FabricFascination said 6 years ago

    Sweet video and lovely items.

  • thimblythings

    thimblythings said 6 years ago

    I love dottie angel! It makes my heart happy to see this. Also, Tif, you're exactly as I imagined you to be. :)

  • iHeartAdornment

    iHeartAdornment said 6 years ago

    Simple and beautiful life. It's darn close to what I'm striving for. So happy you can live your craft like that! :)

  • spoonfulzine

    spoonfulzine said 6 years ago

    Dottie Angel was our first ever Craft Designer in Issue 2 of Spoonful and she just is so inspiring and happy with her talent, passion and whimsy. xx

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe said 6 years ago

    i've always loved dottie angel and her vintage style. thanks for the detailed look into her life!

  • bertazimdars

    bertazimdars said 5 years ago

    I love how you honor names. You have made a kingdom! Your work reflects you so well. Thank you.

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