[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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Dec
18
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What was your most memorable christmas gift?

Christmas is a time for family and togetherness. Of course it is also a time for gift giving and celebrating with the ones you love. Matt and i were talking about our favorite gifts from being kids. So I want to know what you most memorable gift was from your childhood! Download this printable PDF, print it out and share your christmas gift memory.  Leave a link in the comments or tag it #GiftMemory on twitter or instagram!

jen_most_memorable_giftHands down, mine was the year I got my “big kid” sleeping bag. I had one that I didn’t quite fit in anymore ( and I am pretty sure it had care bears on it). But this new awesome, black with red plaid sleeping bag  was amazing, and got so much use, some nights I would just sleep in it on top of my own bed.

I can’t wait to see yours!! Download your own printable sheet and share it with family and friends!

Apr
27
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FOR YOU OWL LOVERS a movie trailer


I saw this trailer today and had to share it with you! There is a new movie that is based on Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole books. I actually have never read the books but they look amazing. The trailer looks stunning and I am sure this is going to be a tear jerker! Have any of you read these books?

Mar
05
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BIRTHDAY SALE at peppersprouts

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I like giving gifts much more than I like receiving them. What can I say I really like to make other people happy! So this year to celebrate my birthday I’m giving you the biggest discount ever offered at Peppersprouts! A whopping 29% off your order over at the peppersproutdesigns shop! But hurry it’s three days only! Happy birthday to all of us! Just enter code”BIRTHDAY” at checkout.

Feb
19
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MODERN chair coasters

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I’m really excited to share these new coasters with you! I’m a big fan of chair designs and though I haven’t had that spark of inspiration to design my own just yet I just finished the design of these coasters. There’s a little something in for everyone! You can pick up as set of 4 over at the peppersprouts shop.

Feb
16
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LOVE at first sight

Nuit Blanche from Spy Films on Vimeo.

This beautiful video, directed and filmed by Arev Manoukian, gave me a few little butterflies in my stomach. Reminds you that love, or even lust, is such a powerful emotion.

Jan
26
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FINDING LOVE in paper hearts

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Matt and I finally sat down and watched Paper Heart last night. We both loved it. It’s not often that a love story, or rather a story about love, comes across as real. The simplicity of the story combined with amusing anecdotes from everyday folks made for a sweet but far from saccharine tale of falling in love, or at least falling in like. If you are looking for a romantic movie that won’t have your eyes filled with tears and even your boyfriend will like the definitly get in on this Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera non-chickflick. And for a little paper heart of your own I recommend this beautiful garland by  Allie Ruth.

Jan
01
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AND THE WINNER IS…

It’s time to announce the winner of the Handmade Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway! I really am so excited to be able to give away this handmade goodie bag to one lucky reader. Of course this wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the artists who donated a little something to this awesome giveaway! Thank you so much!

And the winner is….. Christen Strang! Thanks so much to all that entered! I’ll be back monday with some new finds. Have a great weekend.

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Dec
23
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HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY!!!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for reading upstatefancy. Don’t worry there is still time for one last find. I’ve been hunting around flickr for photos of Danbo and came across this one by ExcoMedia. Thought this would be a great way to end the year, something simple and serene.

This year has been amazing and I can’t wait to share even more with you in 2010. I will be taking off tomorrow and returning January 1st with the winner of our Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway ( you still have time to enter). I hope you are all able to take some time to log off the computer and spend some quality time with friends and family. Remember who you are and what you represent.

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Dec
04
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HOLIDAY HANDMADE CAVALCADE this saturday

If you are in the New York area this weekend, I hope you will stop by the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade. On Saturday, December 5th over 45 member of the {NewNew} will be selling their handmade & handcrafted goods. The holidays will be in full effect, so stop by and support some local artists and maybe even win some fabulous goodies for yourself as well. There is sure to be some yummy food, treats, and of course some holiday music. Hope to see you there.

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Nov
25
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING to my fellow statesmen

I want to wish those of you in the states a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family and some delicious food. I know some of you are planning on doing some heavy shopping on Black friday as well. Please be safe and respectful to your fellow bargain hunters and especially to the employees who are doing their best to make the biggest shopping day of the year a safe and happy one. A Nintendo Wii or a GPS unit is not worth getting hurt over. I do hope that many of you will forgo the bigbox stores this year and instead shop from local makers, mom and pop stores, and check out the world of handmade goods springing up all over the place. But of course if your reading this blog you already know that. Take the handmade pledge and start shopping.

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