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
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!
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!
#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
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!
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 )
Help support my crowd funding campaign…
I’ve been working hard over the las few months to set up a crowd funding campaign with etsy’s new crowd funding platform, Fund on etsy. It’s been a lot of hard work ( I had to talk on camera AHHH!) but I am really excited about expanding the peppersprouts universe into T-shirts and bags. Now I just need you to help me turn this project into a reality!
Each design started as a pencil sketch, then I spiffied them up with ink before scanning them into the computer for some real nit-picky finalization of the design. I had so much fun during the process, I even made a process video you can watch over on etsy to see how a sketch becomes a final design. For this campaign I have also discounted everything, so not only do you get to help me turn my sketches into wearable art, you get to save a couple bucks off the retail price they will be once the campaign ends!
I would love if you could help spread the word on your social media too! If you don’t know what to say…. feel free to copy and paste “Help @peppersprouts kick start her new apparel line at etsy.me/1GyTn9E #fundonetsy” I’m sure you can come up with something better, but It would mean the world to me if you could help spread the word! There are just 2.5 weeks left in my campaign.