Gift Guide 2018: PICKS BY PRICE

$50 + under

Et Et Design, Place Card Holder in Walnut. $48, set of 6 / Intention Botanicals, Sacred Smoke Ritual Bath. $38 / Antonia Blyth, Hoop: sterling silver+leather+14k gold fill. $40 / Dana Antonia Jewelry, sterling silver+brass Bar  Earrings. $50 / Elizabeth Powell, Upcycled Clutch. $46 / LiaMolly, Check Bandana. $38 / Gretchen Kelly, Original Watercolor. $50 / Sarah Peavey of GIRLFRIENDS NYC, 8×10 print. $20 / JK Custom Furniture + Design, Cherry Cheese Board. $40

$30 + under

Alcove Craft, Round Stud Earring. $28 / Lumpland, Coloring Book. $30 / Silke Jacobs, Pencil Case. $25 / Hudson River Exchange, Pencils. $5, set of 5 / Tellefsen Atelier, Ceramic Splatter Bowl. $25 / The Peach Tree, Fluorite+14k gold fill Drop Earring, $28 / Morphologically, Textile+Body Spray. $30. Roll-on Fragrance. $25 / Hudson River Exchange x Little Fury Design, Notebook. $25

Great Stocking Stuffers or Ready for a Bow, Starting at $5.

TXTILZ by Sayzie, Shibori Indigo Bandana. $10 / The Modern Dream, Felted Coasters. $20, set of 4 / The Arden Homesteader, Cara-Sel Salted Caramel Sauce, $5, 2oz / Intention Botanicals, Crystal Bath Ball. $12 / Alysia Mazzella, Beeswax 6 hr Taper Candles, $10, pair / Salsita, Calendula Salve. $10 / Skipping Goat Farm, Goat Milk Bar Soap, $12

Gift Guide 2018 : HERE

When Katharine of Drop Forge & Tool and I first started making plans for this holiday pop up (which is being hosted collaboratively in our respective spaces) we were calling this Handmade Upstate. The funny thing is New York is a huge state but so much of our orientation has been NYC centric. I guess even for myself, it’s probably a reflection of my own path to the Hudson Valley which was preceded by over a decade living in the Big Apple before I moved up north.

Things were slow to start because I couldn’t move beyond the logo – I made so many variations, kept rolling the name around and it just never clicked. Then weeks into it, I realized – we’re not Upstate – we’re HERE!

Being in the more rural part of the Hudson Valley, our ‘local’ radius can be anything within 30 miles. Hand Made Here embraces the wide reach of people that are ‘Upstate’ makers – from Nyack to Lake George, even including our MA border friends in the Berkshires. So reflecting on the theme of ‘Here’ seemed like a good place to start in highlighting some favorites from the shop.

Origins of Memory by artist Kara Smith is a project inspired by her first spring in Hillsdale, NY. Each piece is  one-of-a-kind and she numbers each Artifact. $58-$65


some things take time, upcycled cashmere eco-print hats by Cora Hales. If you’re not familiar with eco-printing, the imprint of the actual collected plant material is what gives the color and forms on the fabric through this technique. $38
Catskill based Bright Beige is a part of Girlfriends NYC print collective rep’d in the pop up. In Hudson as a nod to town history – we put a whale on it!  8×10″ prints and limited number of framed pieces available in the pop up, 11×14″ in her Etsy shop! $18-$60
The oil infusion for this formula comes from herbs grown by Apis Apotheca in the Hudson Valley. Named for the classic Ayurvedic beverage that inspired this balm, it takes oil cleansing to a whole new level. $32
Founder Stephanie Jornov of Lou & Gee is a multigenerational Hudsonian. Ode to Henry Hudson, these are silkscreened on tees made in USA. $30
Original watercolors with pastel accents by Hudson based artist Gretchen Kelly. She somehow captures all the colors and seasons in her riverscapes. A great gift for an art appreciator, nature lover, or housewarming. $50

Origins of Memory, Artifact Necklace / some things take time, Eco-Print apparel / Girlfriends NYC’s Bright Beige, 8×10″ Whale Print / Apis Apotheca, Golden Milk Emulsifying Cleansing Balm / Lou & Gee, Henry Hudson Tee / Gretchen Kelly Art, Riverscapes

All items listed are available on maker’s respective e-commmerce and at HAND MADE HERE – holiday pop up shop representing 40+ Hudson Valley Makers.

WHERE: Hudson River Exchange 514 Warren St  + Drop Forge & Tool 442 Warren Street in Hudson, NY!

WHEN: Nov 23 – Dec 24, every day 11am-5pm

WHO: Maker Made + Maker Run. Come meet us!

Unlock your Day with Morning Pages

Creative entrepreneurship can be a mental beast.

In one lane is the creative. The art form. The work. The craftsmanship through which our creative world comes to life. The art we make. The product we forge. The food we cook. The service we provide.

There is love and attention poured in to our work; when we’re in it we are truly IN it, this thing we create and deliver out in to the world.

It is that ethereal creative channel made tangible.

This lane alone – the one from which all of our new ideas flow and keep us working late into the night – in and of itself is unpredictable, variable, sometimes a torrent and sometimes a trickle.

In the other lane is the entrepreneurship. The quest to “make a living doing what I love.” The business element. The desire and need to create money from our art. It’s the tech, the time spent behind the table at the fairs and farmers markets, the invoicing, marketing, branding, networking, gritty business running side of the project.  

The part that makes it all not just a hobby.

This lane, too, brings with it multiple tributaries, potholes, and thought-storms.

Put these two channels of thinking together – the creative and the entrepreneurship – and it’s easy to get swept up in to a cacophony of thoughts, creation, worries, inspiration, what ifs, fear.

How, then, to settle it down? Where is the space to just BE? How can we untangle and tease apart the multiple angles and channels of thinking, creating space in our minds to reflect, zoom out, slow down, recenter, and step OUT of the tornadoes of thinking to gain some fresh perspective and free ourselves up for new insight and possibility?

One of my favorite tools for this are The Morning Pages, outlined in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, a course in discovering and recovering your creative self. Broken down into 12 weeks (chapters), the book guides you through a series of themes, reflections, questions and deep dives around recovering a Sense of…











….Autonomy, and


The cornerstone of this work are the morning pages: Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. (Why three? Julia Cameron explains more here.

They can be about anything. And nothing. There are no rules, no boundaries. They are not meant to be shared or reread. They simply serve as a vehicle for getting all of your thinking OUT of your head and ON to the paper in front of you.

There is a visceral, somatic release, too, through the act of letting your thinking out – a natural calming, settling, and quieting of the mind, as if emptying a taut balloon through a pinhole until it is loose, pliable and relaxed in its form.

Through personal experience and the accounts of others I can share that a commitment to morning pages helps to:

  • center and clear your mind
  • both rediscover and stay tapped in to your creativity
  • silence your inner critic
  • make sense of the multiple trains of thought you’re holding on to as a creative entrepreneur
  • curb your anxiety – much like watching a snow globe settle, the practice of brain-dumping helps to slow down and sort through overwhelmed thinking
  • allow your creative channel to remain free of the pressures of your entrepreneurial channel

I encourage you to start including a morning pages practice in your daily routine. I encourage you, as well, to stick with it even if journaling isn’t your thing and you struggle to fill up one page.

Something magical happens when you’re willing to sit with that quiet space in your mind (“I have nothing to write about!”) and just wait. And notice. And scribble a few words to see what comes up. On the other side of those blank mental spaces you’ll frequently find the jewel of thought you need to get out, process, and see with fresh eyes.


Allegra Stein believes in Ideas and is committed to you doing awesome, adventurous things. As a Thought and Action Coach she helps kickstart creative, whimsical, inspiring ideas one person at a time. To find out more, find her at or on Instagram @allegrator