[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.




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!

laser cut pendants laser cut jewelry

YOU WISH YOU WORKED at sterling cooper

I love MadMen. It is hands down the smartest show on tv. Period. So when i was given the opportunity to stop by the cooper sterling office this week I couldn’t refuse. Luckily while I was there someone snapped this photo of me with Mr. Draper and Mr. Sterling. I was trying to convince them that i would be a great addition to the art department there, but they didn’t really like the idea of more women doing a man’s job, even when I tried to butter them up with delicious coffee from the corner bodega. Maybe you will have better luck, Go MadMen Yourself.



ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS to hold up your books

These bookends from auroraleehales are stunning. Each one of her bookends have an original illustration from the artists and are made of solid wood, to keep your books from toppling over. I really like the simplicity of these ink and pen illustrations and the line work is just wonderful. These little guys look great on their own, but look even better in a set, after all the books on the other side of your stack might start getting jealous if it’s not on their side. I for one, hate when my books start to fight, so i picked myself up a hand and a foot bookend, I can’t wait till they get here.



It’s hot here in New york. And rainy. And humid! So why not cool off with a popsicle. Illustrated by yours truly, these frozen treats will hopefully cool you and your computer down for a while. Download for  1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1024, or the giant 1920 x 1200.


THE CLOUDS ABOVE is the cutest book ever

Call it a comic, call it a picture book, call it it a graphic novel, call it whatever you want. The clouds above by Jordan Crane is adorable. I picked it up yesterday with some other new books from my midtown comics shopping extravaganza, and I have to say that I am not disappointed in the least. I try not to go there with books in mind. I just browse around till something jumps off the shelf at me, and the fact that they have members rewards (for every $100 you spend they give you your next $20 off) it’s hard to to buy a few too many books on occasion. But this book is by far my favorite of the year! It’s a super-cute story of a boy and his cat and his adventure in the clouds. I really don’t want to ruin it for anyone so thats all I’m saying. If you a real book collector I recommend getting the signed number edition here. And just in case you like kids comics as much as I have grown to love them check out this awesome blog I stumbled upon today Kid’s Comics, maybe there is something else that is just dying to be added to your library. 


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


So I had to do a photo-shoot for my new  felt trivets and I thought the best way to show the colors off was to contrast them with a bowl of strawberries. So now I have some great shots of a new product and got to eat some tasty berries once the photos were taken, along with some pretty decent biscuits. We also planted some strawberry plants in a big strawberry pot and put it out on the fire-escape yesterday afternoon. So following suit, I figured I should showcase some of my favorite strawberry inspired etsy finds.strawberry

a. Eco Friendly Grocery Tote Bags from Kid Pirate $15 b. Strawberry bird form Melissa Sue $26 c. Strawberry bag charm from apple cottage company $10 d. Strawberry cream cupcake oil painting from Nizas Art $100

ALEX NORIEGA makes me smile

I opened my mail this morning to find this little web comic from a friend of mine. I couldn’t stop smiling, and wondering where this came from. After a little investigation I found out that “If I was a Robot” was drawn by Alex Noriega. I have had him stashed away in my bookmarks for a few years, and I have to say that I had sort of forgotten about him for a bit. But he is back in full force and  I will definitely be checking in on his blog regularly.

if i was a robot

YOU CAN DO what??

I am very dangerous in a fabric store. If I like something, I will buy it , and quite possibly never use it. Last year I took a class in textile design and have been wanting to print my own fabrics. I came across this lovely bird fabric designed by Laurie of The Scarlet Fig that was printed using service from Spoonflower. Spoonflower allows anyone to upload their own designs and have them outputted on cotton MODA fabric. AMAZING! I have a few designs I am working on and will be sure to share them when they are done. In the meantime, start designing your own fabric, at $18 a yard, it’s a steal!


LOST and found

I was in Barnes and Noble picking up a few books and I stumbled across the most wonderful new children’s book, Lost and Found. I’m always impressed at children’s books where the writer is also the illustrator, I truly believe any other way  the writers vision gets lost. The illustration style is so pretty and modern, it reminds me of the books I loved as a Kid, and still hold dear to my heart. Let it be known that Oliver Jeffersis my new favorite illustrator. If you have some money to spend you can pick up a limited edition print fromhis shop, or you can always buy one of his books and read it over and over. 

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