[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.




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.






ATOMIC birdhouses

How cute are these upcycled bird houses. Made by atomic birdhouses, these modern dwellings are created from repurposed wine boxes and cigar boxes. Not only do I love the look of them, I also love that they are one of a kind. I’m thinking theses would make a great fathers day gift for you early shoppers.

UPCYCLED GOODNESS that’s for the birds

I love love love backyard creatures! Birds, squirrels, chipmunks and all the other little ragamuffins that roam in our yards. Which is why I was so excited to see these unusual bird seed trays from Illuminated Bird. These stunning feeders are made of upcycled lenses from old stop lights. Which means not only are they functional but they also cast lovely shadows as the sunlight passes through them. I beautiful mix of form and function.

A NEW ALTERNATIVE to paper towels

We are always looking for new ways to go green. We have switched from Poland Spring bottled water to reusable aluminum water bottles. Now PeopleTowels brings us a new way to cut down on paper towels. “PeopleTowels™ is the newest concept in sustainability – 100% organic cotton, reusable personal hand towels that make going green as easy as drying your hands. Switch from paper towels to PeopleTowels to dry your hands in public facilities to saves trees and reduce waste.” Switching to PeopleTowels for 1 year will save 1/4 of a tree, reduce landfill waste by 23lbs and conserve 250 gallons of water. Best of all they have some really cute designs.

COME ON SPRING with perch! design


If you know me at all you know I am not a fan of warm weather. Give me a pair of jeans, a hoodie and a high of 65 I would be set for life. I do however love the changing of the seasons, spring included. That time of year when  the colors come back into the world. Perch! design also seems to have a strong attachment to spring as well with their beautiful glazes they use on all their pieces. My two favorites are of course the Frida desk lamp and these mini fade pots. How cute would these be lining your windowsill or sitting on the back deck? Now if only I could buy a green thumb to go with them!

TAP WATER is the new bottled water

If tap water was a little more stylish would people buy less bottled water? Faucet Face thinks so. Tap just needs a little makeover. These BPA free glass bottles feature work of several amazing artists ( Seb Lester, Ray Fenwick& Annika Tran) and are sure to fancy-up your tap water next year. Through the month of December these awesome containers are 25% off and will ship out between feb/march. Perfect for that springtime picnic!



We are all trying to be more eco-friendly. One easy way of course is to cutdown our use of plastic bottles. A lot of us carry around those aluminum canteen like water bottles which can sometimes be a bit bulky especially when its empty. The new vapur bottle allows you to carry the same refreshing water but when it’s empty it folds up small enough to fit in your pocket. It still has that ever convenient  carabiner so that you can hook it to your bag or belt loop, it also will still stand upright when filled with water. And with a price tag of $9 it’s a no brainer.


TWEET TWEET pretty wood bird coasters

I had a great time this weekend at the SOWA market in Boston. Everyone i met was super nice, and i got to run into and old friend as well. I have a few new things up in the peppersprouts etsy shop today. One of them being a limited edition Boston coaster, the other being the long awaited bird coasters. These little guys have increased in size to 3.75″ in diameter, sure to fit any drink! There are a lot of new things in the works over the next few weeks, holiday goodies, magazine racks, even picture frames. I am very excited to say the least. 


DIY KITS to keep you busy this summer

my boyfriend was joking that i need a new project to work on, (I currently have 4 rather large projects going on currently, one of them is of course my product line.) But that got me thinking about all the great things that are available on etsy, and all the wonderful kits you can buy on there to learn a new skill, make something tasty, or just make someone’s day. I used to love getting craft kits to keep me busy in the summer months. So I took a peek at the vast pages of the etsy universe and here are a few of my favorites.


a. DIY cheese kit from Urban Cheesecraft $21   b. Designer chair tablescape kit from L Brandt $30   c. Giraffe embroidery pattern from Penguin and Fish $6   d. Make your own cup cozy from byrd and belle $8   e. Spice kits from Purpose design $16   f. Cottontail needle felting kit from fancy tiger $12   g. Moss terrarium kit from Lady Farrah $35

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