[uhp-steyt fan-see] - adjective

1. not exorbitant or extravagent by city standards, however in a rural setting (like upstate new york) it is in fact, quite fancy.

2. a wonderful blog dedicated to art, design and other things that are indeed upstate fancy.


Summer and Bird



Shop to watch: Bourbon Moth.


If you ever wanted to live in a cabin in the woods, but wish that cabin had a super amazing decorator, then Bourbon Moth is going to be your new favorite shop. Decorate your walls with a science lab inspired vase, display your quilts on a blanket ladder ( I SO want one) or just show off some of your favorite treasures on a wall shelf shaped like a mountain range. Every piece is ultra unique and will make your home feel like a cozy cottage, no matter where you live.


My new Favorite Instagram account!

Beaver Suit! I think the images explain it all really! But you should follow him for a little dose of amazing in your instagram feed!

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Gift Guide
A Constellation Gift Guide


1. Picnic Blanket by Sewn Natural // 2. Night Sky Coasters by Peppersprouts (me) // 3. Horoscope Necklace by 141 Atelier // 4. Glow in the Dark Constellation Prints by Peppersprouts // 5. Taurus Pillow by Luna Novaa // 6. Ursa Cub by Mount Royal Mint // 7. Starry Night T-Shirt by Babbletees // 8. Toddler Shoes by SoleKicks // 9. Ursa Major Brooch by The Twenty Fingers // 10. Zodiac Spoon by Milk and Honey Luxuries // 11. Campfire Mug by Left of Rose // 12. Infinity Scarf by Conscious Clothing

life stories
Colby Farm Sunflower Field

Last weekend traffic was pretty bad downtown, so we took the backroad home, and I am so glad we did! The sunflower field at Colby Farm was in full bloom. So we drove home, grabbed the dog and the camera, and headed back to watch the sun go down behind the flowers. I’ve been working on my outdoor photography, so I just had a blast capturing the light and watching things changed as the sun retreated behind the trees. If you are ever in the North Shore of Massachusetts in late august or early September, you have to check this out!colby-farm-sunflowers-4


Sew up your own animal cushion from Sarah Young


If you love a fun, easy, DIY project, check out these Teatowels-turned-cushions by artist Sarah Young! Screenprinted onto cotton Tea Towels, you can cut and sew the design into your own little pillows for your bed or sofa! They are so bright and colorful, and if you cant decide on your favorite, you can order the entire set! I think these would make really cute gifts too, for the crafty folks in your life!

Cookie Cutters for Geeks and Nerds!


How awesome are these off-beat cookie cutters from Printmeener! 3D printed in only the coolest of designs will surely spice up your cookies all year round. My favorite is the Pride and Prejudice silhouette cookie cutter, but Im also partial to the Parcel Tag design too! I really can’y just choose one!

#TBT Urban Cheese Craft!


I thought it would be fun to take a peek through the archives and see what some of my favorite makers and crafters are up to now! Urban Cheese Craft is one of my favorite things! I love cheese and I love to make things! Perfect combination! I mentioned them a few times over the years in the blog!

Its so fun and inspiring to watch a business grow! Even the packaging and photography style has evolved over the years! Today you can find an Urban Cheese Craft Kit in shops across the country! Pick one up for yourself! Or grab one online!

For crazy, and not so crazy bird lovers!


When I first saw the scarves from Nina Führer I think my socks really did fall off! I mean look at them! Who doesn’t want a parrot or a fox friend keeping them warm all season!? Her designs are just really one of a kind and would be sure to make a statement on campus this fall! And don’t worry if you aren’t the showy type, she has soft warm hats in complementary color patterns for the less daring!

Fall for Jenna Rose Handmade

handmade by jenna rose, on etsy.com bags and pillows and more

handmade by jenna rose, on etsy.com bags and pillows and more

Jenna Rose Handmade creates the most wonderfully outdoor inspired home goods and accessories. All of her textiles are uniquely hers and screen printed in the perfectly complementary colors, before being turned into a hand bag or her signature bucket catch-all. I actually have two of her buckets that I use as knitting project bags around the house. I am just in love with her new acorn printed designs which feature a little touch of metallic shimmery gold! Truly any peice from her shop would make a perfect autumn addition to your home, or your favorite outfit!

life stories
Upstate Fancy Is Back!


You may have noticed that the blog has been pretty sporadic over the last year or so. It really started to fall apart when Pinterest became a household name. So many people (myself included) started adding tutorials, cool products and recipes to these Pinterest boards, and in truth I felt that my voice was pointless, and that without a huge following, no one would pin my posts to a board, and my blog would just fizzle out and die. Turns out that was more of a self fulfilling  prophecy than anything else. I also felt like I just didn’t have hours and hours to create cool DIY projects, or design freebies or other cool amazing awesomeness that everyone likes to pin to their “Home is where the Heart Is” or “Things to make or Do” boards. I felt lost in the sea of online bulletin boards and due to this feeling the blog just felt like a waste.

This blog has never been about recipes, because I don’t like to cook! In truth my husband does most of the cooking, and he really enjoys it! This blog doesn’t offer a range of cool DIY projects that you can do at home. Occasionally I might do a fun designed freebie or a quick and easy tutorial, but there are so many amazing bloggers that focus on that, so think of those posts as a little nifty gift.

Instead this blog is going back to its roots! Spotlighting well designed, amazingly crafted awesomeness. From small etsy shops, to household names. If it looks good and even makes me drool a little, you can find it right here! And of course I will still write the occasional life story, and updates about my brands too!

So if you have something just lovely, and would love to see it right here! Shoot me an email ( jen [at] upstatefancy.com )

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