[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.




Custom Pet Charms from Augusta Designs


One of my my most cherished possessions is my charm bracelet. I have had it since I was 4 years old. Although it was a bit too big to wear back in my elementary school days, it’s fits perfectly now. I wanted to add a charm to it this year to celebrate my Corgi Einstein. I poked around the internet and found a few sterling silver corgi charms but none of them looked quite enough like a corgi to me. Then I found Augusta Designs.


Emily at Augusta Designs creates little charms and jewelry from your own photo of your beloved pet! Seriously! Any photo you love of your furry pal, and she will whip you up a custom portrait and then turn that adorable image into a wearable piece of art! I sent her this photo of Ein and within just a few weeks I was able to attach the charm to my favorite bracelet.

Of course she can also make you a charm with a chain or a bracelet if you don’t have your own piece to add it too. But wouldn’t this be a great time to start a charm bracelet of your very own! Of course there are also non-custom pieces available that are just as cute!


Sweet Gifts & Jewelry by Lisa Leonard

I discovered Lisa Leonard over on Oana Befort’s Blog (if you haven’t seen her beautiful illustration work, check it out). Lisa Leonard creates beautiful decor items and amazing jewelry pieces, many of which can be personalized just for you.


Her work is truly lovely, and even more spectacular ( if that is even possible) once you hold it in your own hands. I bought myself the little bookworm necklace and I have’t taken it off (except to sleep  of course) since it arrived in my mailbox. I can not wait to add more of her creations to my growing jewelry collection. I love being able to support other small business, especially women owned businesses. I think it’s important that we keep the cycle going and continue to show support to each other.


MEN’S WALLET roundup

Matt is looking for a new wallet. So I rounded up a few of my favorite Men’s wallets. 1. The Big wallet from Saddleback Leather 2. The Tie-fold wallet from the Narwhal Company. 3. The upcycled seatbelt wallet from Interrobang 4. Woody Wallet from Moxie and Oliver  5. Yeti Billfold from Gama-Go 6. Flock from Fluffy Co

NEW NECKLACES in time for valentine’s day


I really wanted to create something modern and simple for valentine’s day. So here they are… inspired by vintage paper doilies these acrylic pendants will let everyone know that you are ready to fall in love! Available now at Peppersproutdesigns.com

STACEY LEE WEBBER IS the coin smith


I have a soft spot in my heart for coin jewelry. Growing up I remember my dad having some rings made out of coins and he taught me how to make my own with a big metal spoon and a hard surface. But the manipulation of money into wearable art has come a long way. The beautiful pieces made by Stacey Lee Webber are more than just rounding out an otherwise spendable slab of metal. Her work has a sculptural feel to it that turns such an everyday object into something fantastic. It’s so easy to see art in nature, but it takes a different eye to see the artistic value in a penny.



I love cute bobbypins. Something with a little flair that will keep the bangs out of my eyes. WHich is why I love these little hair clips from 4 the sparrows nest. They come in a variety of different finishes, there is even one with a little bit of moss on it. Whether you are into antlers, branches, or just something thats a bit more fun than the standard goody brand bobby pin, there is bound to be something that catches your eye in this shop.


KEEP YOUR STOCKS close to your heart

I’ve always admired the unusual jewelry from Pink Crow Studio. It’s one of those shops I always find myself drooling over, my own personal tiffany’s window, so to speak. All of their creations are one of a kind and inspired by found objects. This particular piece contains a vintage french stock certificate which is how the pendant got its very unusual shape. I really enjoy seeing what new curiosities they have in stock. Who wouldn’t want to have one of these original art pieces in their jewelry box.


ENTER TO WIN: a customizable insta-film brooch

I’m so thrilled to announce a new product up in the shop. Inspired by the classic instant film frames from days gone by. (we all miss you polaroid) This small acrylic brooch lets you wear your favorite photos, drawing, or even small notes. Made from 2 laser cut pieces of white acrylic it has a top loading slot to easily change out your mini-art as often as you want. These little pins are available in the peppersprouts etsy shop for $15.


But here is the best part. I’m giving you the chance to win one for yourself. There are 3 ways to enter. the more you do the more chance you have to win. Winners will be announced Monday, September 14, 2009.

1. Visit the peppersprouts etsy shop and post in the comments below this post what your favorite item is.

2. Follow me on twitter!

3. Retweet this message on twitter “@peppersprouts Enter to win a polaroid inspired customizable brooch. RT this message to be entered to win”


FABRIC BIRDS by abigail brown

Oh Abigail Brown, why must you make me swoon so often over all your fantastic pieces. Today in particular I am pining over your small fabric birds. When I was younger my parents had a wooden swan that i would pet everyday, hoping that one day it would come alive. I know I was a strange child. But the point of this story is, I really do think these little fabric birds might come to life if you pet them often enough.


AMAZING LASERCUT pendants and pins

I am loving these lasercut pendants and brooches from Cat Rabbit Plush. I can honestly say I am feeling a little design envy over these! They are available as limited editions of 120 in 3 designs so you better get them while  you still can! Owls and Kittens and Bunnies Oh my!

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