[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.




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!

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.






Kickstart Jared DeSimio’s Bags and Accessories


I know it’s been quiet on the blog for the last couple months, But more on that later this week. The amazing Jared DeSimio has just about a week left for his first ever KickStarter. I met Jared and a small craft show when Matt and I first moved to Maine. He is just the sweetest guy, and so is his family, and his creations are truly one of a kind! Using mainly found materials, like vintage military duffel bags or reclaimed denim, he designs and sews the most amazing bags for men and women. I can’t even begin to describe how freaking amazing each one is. Anytime I see him at a show I just want one of everything! So check out his kick starter and support an amazing maker from New England! My personal favorite reward is the Heirloom Tote or Messenger! Collaborate with Jared and breathe new life into a meaningful  piece of clothing or old military uniform into a functional bag!


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!


Take flight in these beautiful scarves

I just had to share these erethral scarves by the Melbourne based shop Shovava. All of her work is simply lovely but I can not stop lusting over her feather printed works. They are made from a natural cotton voile that looks light and soft and perfect for the upcoming spring season. I think they are just the perfect mix of the urban and natural world. I just really have never seen anything like them. Beautiful.

Bless the USPS

The holiday season is just around the corner. I’ve been doing a lot of shopping already and while occasionally I get to choose having the “men in brown” deliver goodies to my door, often my mail carrier will leave a little yellow slip in the mailbox for me to trade in at the post office the next day. As the USPS starts getting busier with holiday cards, care packages and handmade goodness from your favorite artists, crafters and designers. Heck, maybe you even have a package from me heading your way soon! I thought I would share a few of my favorite mail-inspired pieces from some amazing artists who have adorable shops on etsy.com.

From the top: Postcard Pack from Egg-a-go-go • Air-Mail Studs from Rare Indeed
Queen Postage Stamp Brooch from and Smile • Sketchbook from Happy Dappy Bits


Functional and stylish Bicycle bags

Matt and I recently bought ourselves new bicycles. We were both ready for some grown-up bikes that were made in this decade and included all the parts as well as having working brakes and tires that held air. More on that later. While in this awesome little bike shop in Portland, ME these bags by Po Campo caught my eye.

They were cute, stylish, really well made and they fit on a bike frame. Available in a variety of patterns and colors, they look super cute when you are carrying them around, and they clip on your handle bars or back rack (depending on your bike set-up) and you wont feel like a fool carrying them around when your not on your bike. Looking good bicycle commuter!

fun umbrellas for your rainy days

Matt and I are getting married in just 3 weeks. While we hope it doesn’t rain on our parade (or rather afternoon sail) I thought it might be a good idea to get a new umbrella just in case. Without further ado, here are my favorite finds.

Umbrella Roundup: 1. Color Wheel Umbrella 2. Umbrella Checks Carp 3. Through the Leaves 4. Sweets 5. Monet Poppy Field

Umbrella Roundup: 6. Perch 7. Big Flower 8. Marimekko Pieni Kukkatori 9. Clouds Camo 10. Fulton Birdcage Dots 11. Orla Kiely Cross Hatch 12. Raindrop

Pretty and puny

Have you seen these achievement awards from the awesome HandyMaiden? Seriously they are so gosh-darn cute i can’t stand it. And of course since I am a sucker for puns, I am loving the Badger of Honor. I really need this for my winter coat, hmm or maybe a cute blazer!

VINTAGE EYEWEAR you’ll love to wear

If you wear glasses, you have to check out Vintage 50’s Eyewear ( some of their pieces are from the 60’s but hey, who’s counting). Some of their frames have a little wear, but most of them are fresh from the vintage optometrists office. For those ladies, and gents who want to add a little bit of vintage to their wardrobe, or add a fresh pair of specs to their already sexy librarian ensembles, this shop does not disappoint. Pick up the perfect pair and then head on over to your eye doctor and get a new set of lenses, so you can see how dapper you look in them!

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