[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.




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My take on a vintage bookplate


As a kid I loved writing my name in the front cover of my books. Especially the Little Golden Books, they had a little illustrated bookplate printed right inside, ready to be scribbled on. When eve I find myself browsing vintage book stores, I love pulling a book off the shelf with high hopes of discovering a germ of a bookplate pasted inside, I have actually become pretty good at guessing which ones will have one and which will not. You should try it sometime when you find yourself surrounded by shelves of those beautiful dusty gems!

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I have been wanting to design some bookplates, for quite a while, but have’t found the time or really the right way to go about it. Until now of course! I only have a few styles so far, but I couldn’t be happier with them, and I look forward to expanding the selection over at The Chatty Press, as summer turns to fall and the air fills with the scents of sharpened pencils and text books. I would love to make you, or your favorite bookworm, a personal bookplate that can be stamped over and over again as the library grows. Take a peek at the shop and maybe get a holiday order in to beat the rush!



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Amanda and John got married!

My last post was a little sad, and a lot long, so this time we will go for short and sweet! When I moved to Maine last year, I was so lucky to find a gig doing some design at emilie inc. This awesome photography studio, run by Emilie Sommer (who really is as sweet as she looks) offered design services to other creatives, as well as brides.

I was so excited when the request for an entire wedding suite came in from Amanda, one of emilie’s brides for 2011, her wedding theme was woodsy and elegant and when we got to talking, I knew exactly the look she was after. I wasn’t sure at first about the color palette, but once I got going, everything just clicked!

I was so excited when the photos of the wedding, which you can check out on emilie inc., were posted! All of the elements came together so amazingly, and of course Amanda and John looked amazing! I got to design their save the date, Invitation, reply card, reception card, envelopes, custom map, menu, programs and favor tag for this happy couple! Now I’m super excited to start designing my own wedding invites!

Of course all of these beautiful photos were taken by Denise and Emilie at emilie inc.

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Letterpress cards with a punchline

I saw these simplistic letterpress cards from Sapling Press and could not stop chuckling. Every one of them is just the right amount of humor, not too silly, not too sassy, just perfect. And of course the best part is the impeccable beauty of the letterpress print. Stick one of these guys in an envelope and brighten someone’s day or stick them in a frame and display a few above your desk. Gosh I really do love these!

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SWEET HARVEY & sweet illustrations

Sweet Harvey has so many cute letter press designs to choose from it’s almost hard to pick a favorite. I’ve had these little fox notecards on my wish list for quite a while, and as soon as I run out of my current notecards I’m grabbing a set of these. But notecards aren’t the only thing they rock at! They have greeting cards, tea towels, cotton scarfs and even a few tote bags to swoon over. I love the illustration style, clean modern and crisp. And of course everything looks better letter pressed! So check out the shop, if you haven’t seen these fellas before you are in for a wonderful surprise.

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A VERY TASTY valentine

It may be a bit early to be thinking about valentine’s day, but these cards are to sweet to pass up! These little letterpress cards remind me of the valentines we passed out in school to everyone in the class, but the best part is the recipe on the back. A beautiful mix of design, illustration and tasty treats! There are currently five recipe cards available, perfect for friends and lovers alike!

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Print your own christmas CD

Looking for a quick last minute gift idea? Perhaps you wish you had just one more thing to put in the stockings this Christmas? Well as a last minute Christmas gift to you I designed a cute little cd sleeve that you can download and print at home. The back has room to write your track listings, or little holiday message.

Just click on the image below to download your free printable template, then simple print, cut, fold and glue or tape the flaps down ( tape works fine so don’t worry if you don’t have any glue hanging about).

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The Nimbus Factory is the most awesome and adorable shop I have seen in months. This cute store is run by two illustrators and two designers and a plethora of creativity. Their Arctic animal gift wrap is super cute, as is of course their line of holiday cards. But don’t worry they are more than just a holiday wonder, they have some great recipe cards, calendars and other paper goods. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

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ART STAR PICKS: sweetie pie press

Art Star Craft Bazar is only 2 days away. I can’t wait to set up shop and meet some new people. Another shop I am really looking forward to checking out is Sweetie Pie Press. They have a huge range of fantastic pins, and paper goods. I’ve been a big fan of these secret message envelopes for a while and am excited to see them in person! I hope to see some of you too.

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ADORABLE fabric decals

Check out these cute resusable fabric decals from Mae (or Mini Mae if you are looking for the smaller versions). I would love to see these jazzing up a dresser, or maybe a really boring cabinet. There are so many designs to choose from, it might be hard to pick a favorite.

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PUT A GARDEN in the mail


These are so cool! Inspired by pop-up books and papercutting these postcards turn into a real garden. Of course you do have to water it and make sure it has plenty of sunlight. Aimée from A Studio for Design created three versions of these little postcardens that are ready for you to send out into the world.


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