Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Fairytale Farewell

First of all, I realize my blog design looks like garbage!  I was fiddling with it and lots of things got messed up in the template.  I feel fairly adequate in editing the Blogger templates by now, but there are some crrrrraaaaazzzy things happening here that I can't seem to fix.  The major thing is that I can't upload a logo/header, it won't resize and also has a very strange look to it, so I have left my blog logo off for now.  Also, I can't get rid of the pesky borders/shadows around most pictures shown in posts and on sidebar, even though I know how to get rid of them.

Dear Blogger, you are a colossal pain in the ass.  
Very UN-sincerely, Me. 

Anyone else having problems?

Now, on to the purpose of this posty post...

After a long and I do mean loooong time thinking it over, I have decided not to continue posting to this blog anymore.  I am in need of simplifying, streamlining things which include both my personal, work, and crafty life.  As most of you know, I have another website Cottage Industry in which I offer decorating services and also have an online shop there as well.  It just seems to make more sense to me at this point to also blog from there too, under that name.

A Sort Of Fairytale was started in 2009, then abandoned for awhile, because I had no clue really about blogging (not that I'm any expert now, LOL) or about what I wanted to write about.  In 2010 I had my daughter, Maggie, and about 8 months after that, we bought our first house, which got me blogging again.  I was excited to share all the new things I would do to decorate the house and I'm pretty sure most of them have been documented here, which is pretty cool to look back on.  In case anyone ever wondered where the name of the blog came from or why I chose it, here it is:
  • The name, "A Sort Of Fairytale" was borrowed from a song I love, A Sorta Fairytale, by a musician, Tori Amos, I have been a fan of for years.  Not only do I love the song, but I thought the title was a perfect fit for how I view my life... A Sort Of Fairytale.
 {cute logo I can't seem to upload in the header...whaaaaaa!!! ***UPDATE*** I did get it on there, but can't center!}
There are certainly more projects and remodels to be done at my home in the future as time and money allow, but for now, I'm happy with the way things are in the house as is.  That doesn't leave a whole lot to blog about then I guess, considering that decorating in my home is/was the primary focus of this blog.  Sure, I could do some tutorials or what not on crafty/DIY things related to decorating, but honestly, that's not something I'm interested in doing right now...I'm greedy, I'd rather read a tutorial than put one together, that's for sure!

 {an old blog banner}

It's an end to this blog, but the start of another one at Cottage Industry.  It won't be all business over there, I promise.  I want to show more crafts that I'm working on/interested in, post about different styles, products, and shops that I'm loving at the moment as well.  I will be posting about business related things happening at Cottage Industry, but won't over saturate the blog with it -promise.  I'm hoping to blog more actually, but it does take a back seat from time to time, so I'll just have to see how that goes.  I'll still leave this blog up for you to poke around if you like :)

 {a bag I made as part of a Blogger's challenge}

I never thought I'd have any readers/followers at this blog and have been continually astonished at how many of you I have gotten to know through blogging.  I have so loved and appreciated all your heartfelt comments and cheers, thank you so much for visiting this little place!  Blogging is truly a wonderful thing and it brings so many new opportunities and creates real friendships with kindred spirits you just might never have had otherwise.

I'd be honored if you chose to continue keeping up with me at my new blog here:
I actually have my first post up there!!!

You can subscribe to the blog through e-mail HERE.  
You can also subscribe through an RSS Feed .
Since my blog is not hosted on Blogger, this is currently the main way to subscribe/follow.
You can however, add this url to your blogger dashboard or other chosen reader, and my updates will (let's hope) show up in your dashboards and readers as they happen.
UPDATE:  It seems my updated feed does not show up in the Blogger dashboard reader, but will show up on your blogroll sidebar on your page/blog, just FYI

I'll of course still be visiting all my blog faves, so if you see "Cottage Industry" comment, that's me!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Put A Bird On It

Tweet!  Tweet!
 I had a little stash of vintage wallpaper that I wasn't sure where it was going to end up being used, but I knew it would end up somewhere in my home eventually.  One day after seeing this photo at Dottie Angel's house, I knew exactly how to use the paper!

I decided to modify this template (just a little to make it easier to cut) and used it to cut out these birds from the vintage wallpaper I had.
 Sorry, the photos aren't the best, I took them on a rainy day, 
so the lighting was bad.  Hopefully you get the "big picture" though.
I temporarily hung them on the wall with tape to get the layout I wanted, then I used a spray glue adhesive on the backs of the birds to adhere them to the wall.  I'm sure you could use plain ol' wallpaper paste or perhaps even Modge Podge on the back.  The spray adhesive I used seems to have worked out just fine, being that they weren't all on the floor when I woke up the next morning.  That would have been so sad!

I think I'll add 2 or 3 more birds to the flock... I think they need some more friends.

If birds aren't you cup of tea, here are some other fab things you can do with vintage wallpaper:


Here are two great sources on Etsy for vintage wallpaper:

Below is the template I used, modified.  Feel free to grab it and use for your projects!
It will fit/print on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper and I think it's already a good size to use, but you can also modify size in your editing software if you like.

Well, I've gotta fly now (I know, it's too much...couldn't resist)!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September 2013 Cottage Of The Month - My Home!

I'm a little behind on writing this post, but then again I'm 
a little behind on everything, and I like to be consistent ;)

My home was fortunate enough to be chosen as the September 2013
So come on over for a tour and see where this little 
Sort Of Fairytale Family lives!

Thanks so much to Jennifer at The Old Painted Cottage 
for featuring our home this month!

Be sure to check out some of the recent Cottages Of The Month 
if you missed them over the summer, lots of pretty to look it!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Old School + Save 15% In Shop!

Hi, There!

It's September and that means there's a new themed "shop" open
at my Cottage Industry website!

This month's "shop" is:

Come by and browse the new collection of vintage school inspired goodies!
Blog readers save 15% on purchase with code:  FAIRYTALE

"I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew 
your name and address."
-Joe Fox in You've Got Mail


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Design Crush...

Hej! (Hello!)  Välkommen!  (Welcome!)
Yep, I'm speakin' Swedish/Scandinavian now...

To be more specific, I'm speakin', lovin' 
"Scandinavian Mod Retro Style"

A few photos I'm obsessing over via Pinterest...
{the iconic Eames chair!}
 I have always loved Dottie Angel's style and only now realized that it is very Scandinavian influenced, mixing vintage with retro modern pieces and prints...
 {am currently coveting a mid century credenza like this!}

Love the vintage Scandinavian fabrics on this pillow by, Made by Lisa Jane

I also am loving anything by designer Orla Kiely...

My Scandinavian Mod Retro design crush has made it's way from my heart into
my living room...well, it's starting to anyway...
making a few changes here and there to incorporate the style.

Talk to you like this style?  Are you surprised I like it? 
What's your Design Crush?


P.S.  Happy Labor Day Weekend + Watch for a shop update on 9/3!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The One About My Craft Room...

Did I ever mention I was creating a craft room at home?
I'm not sure I did on this blog...

Well, since the beginning of summer I have been working 
on this new space for myself.

Wanna see?

Come on in...
 Let me first say that I didn't "style" this room for these photos, I merely just cleaned up.  They may not be the prettiest photos, but they are at least real photos.
 I love the vintage sign on the door, it was purchased at Tattered Tiques, a vintage shop near where I live.
All of the furniture and button print rug came from IKEA:  cheap and easy!
It's a very small room, in fact, it used to be Maggie's (my daughter) nursery.  She is now in a bigger bedroom.  I kept the walls painted as they were, 
but made the window valance.
 A gigantic rack holds supplies and fabric.  You'll notice there are weird built-in rectangular "boxes" on the floor along the walls on this side of the room (the house came that way)...luckily this rack was a perfect fit in there.  Even though I don't think it's the most charming piece, it is functional.
I keep lots of vintage linens in the suitcases for sewing/crafting projects.
 The oilcloth scallop trim gives the big ol' rack a bit of personality.
 Fabric hoops are always easy and cute wall decor!
{okay, this is a bad pic...sorry!}
Above is a blank wall I have yet to figure out what to put on it.  Suggestions welcomed!  There's the other weird boxy thing, only this one does serve a purpose I think, as the staircase is on the other side/underneath it.  Currently it's acting as my sad ironing station.  I'm going to get a drop down ironing board to hang on the closet door which is to the right of that wall.  At least that's the plan!

I hung up a peg board above the work desk and I love it!
{my flower head buddies}

I work on crafty goodies for my shop and also decor/fun stuff for around the house in the new craft room, like this scrap garland from the lovely, packed full of easy and cute projects, book:
The book was written by "Tinkerer" Elyse Major, writer of one of my favorite craft and decor blogs, Tinkered Treasures, and has just the sweetest projects in it to try, accompanied by pretty photos, easy step-by-step directions, and charming illustrations.  There are so many pretty crafts in the book I want to do!
Once I get all my scrappy pieces together (I've got a good pile so far), I'm going to tie them on some pretty ribbon or jute cord and hang it in my craft room or in Maggie's room.  I have so many scraps from sewing (lord knows I save them all it seems) and this is such a cute way to use them up.

I feel so happy, lucky, and grateful to have a space all my own for 
creating and running my little business!
I was in the dungeon basement before, 
and I just love being upstairs with the natural light.  

We don't have endless bedrooms to create rooms of our choosing, just 3, and a guest bedroom was sacrificed to have a craft room at my house.  Even if you don't have a room to devote to a creative space, you could always do a craft closet, a little corner nook, or hey, the dining/kitchen table always works too!  

Hope you enjoyed the little tour!