[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.




Holiday Gift Guide
Gifts for Kids 2013


holiday gift guide for kids 2013

Happy Handmade Holidays! These are just a few of my favorite finds for kids this year, all made my independent artists and makers on Etsy! It’s hard sometimes to find unique gifts for kids that they will love, I think these will do the trick!

1. Memory Zoo game from mama May I 2. Wooden Toy Camera from Twig Creative 3. Play Tepee from TneesTpees 4. Woodland Push Toys from Imagination 5. Kids Paper Puppet Theater from Pukaca 6. Fox Bath Mitts from Busy Bonnie Bee 7. Tell me A story Dice from The Small Object 8. Hello Baby Romper from Egg-a-Go-Go 9. Animal Tail pretend Play from Colette Bream

Holiday Gift Guide
Peppersprouts Thanksgiving Weekend Sale

black_friday_peppersproutsHappy Holidays! This weekend you can save 15% off everything in stock at peppersprouts.com  Just enter code HOLLYJOLLY at checkout. Good through Monday, Dec 2, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide
Gifts for Bookworms


As someone who loves a good book, I would be thrilled to wake up Christmas morning with any of these under my tree! A little gift guide for the reader on your holiday list, who always seems to have their nose in a book, in the very best way possible!

1. Fox bookends by Design Atelier Article • 2. Bibliophile Perfume oil by Long Winter Soap Co. • 3. Animal Lovers Book Tote by Xenotees • 4. Kindle Cover by Service Partner on Etsy • 5. Vintage Sleeping Cat Book End from Guidoux Vintage • 6. Book Scarf by Storiarts • 7. Bookplate library stamp by the chatty press • 8. The believer literary journal from McSweeneys • 9. Book Brooch by House of Ismay


Holiday Gift Guide
Gifts for the cook

1. Letterpress Recipe Stationery by Printerette Press  2. Cutting Board by Gray Works  3. Homemade Cookie Stamper at Perpetual Kid  4. Smore to love grill pan at Better Homes and Gardens  5. Elevate Utensils at The Spoon Sisters  6. Handprinted Tea Towel by BlueBerryAsh  7. Recipe Cards from The Dapper Paper Co.  8. Steak and Eggs Potholders by Red Stitch

Holiday Gift Guide
Deck the Halls

I love decorating for the holidays! It’s an easy way to transform your home and really the magical feeling of the season into your own home. Here are a few of my favorite finds this year to get you started!

1. christmas tree map at bombus 2. wood reindeer sign by slipping southern 3. wrapping paper by Bombina studios 4. nativity by zime illustration  5. stocking at the land of nod   6. embroidered hoop by merriweather council   7. let it snow card by sparrow nest script   8. bear ornament by Royal Mint   9. felt tree by oh ma felt  10. linen ornament by classic by nature  11. snowman by Trieste Prusso Design  12. advent kit by le papier studio

Holiday Gift Guide
2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: the crafty type

Some of my favorite ideas for the crafty type on your list! Clockwise from top right: Mini Diana Camera from the lomography shop $60, Craft Inc Business Planner at amazon.com $12, Handmade Shirt from craftster $20, Xacto Blades available at dickblick, A Making Voucher at ponoko.com, Crewl Embroidery Kit from Tako Fibers $30, Button Dishes from have you met miss jones $30, Knitting Kits from wool and the gang $60-$150

Holiday Gift Guide
2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: the food lover

Check out these great gift picks for the foodie or cook on your gift list!

Clockwise from top left: Espresso brownies from Whimsy and Spice $8, Beeraw honey flight of 9 honey varieties $78, Deluxe Cheese kit from Urban Cheese Kraft ( it’s simple & tasty) $50, Salt & pepper shaker from Romi Ceramics $36, T-shirt from happy family $16,

Clockwise from top left: Recipe box from Rife Paper Company $125, Herb chopper ( we have one and love it) by Al Stephens $32, Three months of croissants from willams-sonoma, $99, Bamboo state cutting board from aheirloom  $40, eco friendly reusable fork and spoon at thinkgeek $5, index chopping board at moma store $70, Reusable shopping bag from wonder thunder $12

Holiday Gift Guide
2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: the bookworm

I decided to do something a little different this year. I’m breaking up the normal holiday gift guide into blog posts rather than a mini site. First up a few ideas for the person on your list that just can’t seem to put a good book down.

Clockwise from top left: Bookrest Lamp $69, Romeo & Julienne Cutting Board $10, Nerdy Eyeglass necklace from Munieca $25, Conceal Bookshelf $11, Pictorial Websters $23, Good Read Flip book by Green Chair Press $5, Half Glass bookends $58

Clockwise from top left: Custom Bookshelf painting by Jane Mount $100, Dishes I’d Rather be Doing Tea towel by Dear Colleene $15, Personal Library Kit $18, Bookplates by Mary Kate McDevitt $20, Book necklace from Black Spot Books $40, Kindle (i really do read more with this) $139, Ceramic Mug from Aedrial Originals $18