cabin crafts

photo 2(1)I took today off work to run some errands and get organized for a long weekend up north. My goal is to spend loads of time there this summer/fall, so to make all the back-and-forth as easy as possible, I’m bringing some essentials to leave up there, allowing me to pack light week-in, week-out. Since it’s such an inspiring, beautiful place, of course I had to assemble a little craft kit, so if a rainy day hits, or I find myself up too early (or late), I’ll be able to work on some projects.

Here are a few crafts I’ve been eying that require a minimal number of supplies and that can rely on, or benefit from, the abundance of natural materials surrounding the cabin. The best part is most of them would be handy to keep up there!

cabin craftsClockwise from top: birch bark canoe by Lil Fish Studios // god’s eye DIY via Free People // twisted turban headband via eHow // spray-painted lids via Yadira’s Craft Adventures // pine cone garland via I’m Not Sure Where

If you have ideas for projects that’d be good to tote up north, please do let me know. Now, back to packing!

xoxo,

Meghan

shooter shots

It’s been a busy, tiring, stormy Monday, but I had to stop in and share a few photos from yesterday’s Shooter Jennings show. On a whim, I took my “real” camera and here are a few snapshots from the day…minus any crops, filters or editing ’cause I’m plumb tired.

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I’ve gotta admit, seeing Shooter perform his dad’s songs, on Father’s Day, which also happened to fall on Waylon’s birthday, which also happened to be a beautifully blustery, sunny summer day, was all-around pretty magical.

xoxo,

Meghan

the beauty thrifter is in!

Holiday Party Polishes // high plains thrifter for Beauty Bets // photos by Sara MontourIf you know me at all, you know that Thanksgiving through Christmas, glittery party nails are my jam. And today over on Beauty Bets, I had the opportunity to share my stoke for SUPER FUN holiday party-nail polish combos with Bets’ readers. You have to check it out!

Glitter Polish // high plains thrifter for Beauty Bets // photos by Sara Montour

Photos by: Sara Montour

Huge thanks to my pals Ellie, Angie, Dana and Meggie for literally lending me their hands. Y’all battled sleep deprivation, hangovers and hand-insecurity (or was that me?) to make this happen, and for that, I owe ya big time. Last but not least, major props to my ultra-talented friend Sara Montour for capturing it all so perfectly on camera.

xoxo,

Meghan

 

not your typical tuesday

lynnandersonDisagree all you want, but I believe that spring break is a state of mind. And today, on this random Tuesday, as flurries and freezing rain fall outside my window, I’m taking a mini break to go see a singer I love, Lynn Anderson. My friend hooked me up with a pair of tickets ages ago (thanks Meg!), and while I certainly wish it was little more spring-like outside, I’m not letting any sleet-storm silliness dampen my enthusiasm for seeing this legend! Unfamiliar with Miss Anderson? Let’s fix that! Here are a few performances from the ’60s you might enjoy.

After the show, I’m hoping to fit in a bunch of thrifting, making this an all-around wonderful day. Here’s hoping yours is just as magical!

xo,

Meghan

P.S. Album cover artwork featured above was sourced from the eye-candy filled blog, Country Covers.

tablecloth of the month: january

jantableThis month’s tablecloth isn’t actually a tablecloth, but a curtain I found at the Target basement in the downtown Salvation Army store. (Sheets, curtains, tablecloths…a rectangle of fabric’s a rectangle of fabric right?) And since we’re on a big rummy/Phase 10 kick over here, I’ve taken to just leaving the cards and a notebook out in a bowl the table so they’re always handy. And the clementines…well they are just plain delicious.

I hope your January’s are off to wonderful starts so far!

xoxo,

Meghan

2012

Another year is about to end and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad to see it go. 2012’s been amazing. Here are a few of my favorite moments and memories.

In January, I starting volunteering for Free Arts, saw the Bears lose to the Vikings and spent a lot of free time playing baking and playing bingo.

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In February, Rae and I hosted a lingerie sale at Mighty Swell. It was, by far, one of my favorite events we’ve ever put on.

photo(46) In March, my friend Erica and I co-hosted a French-y dinner party at my house for a dozen of our favorite gals. (Tammy Crackers not included.) It was such a fun night and a tradition we hope to continue!

photo(48) In April, the Iron Range blew my mind with its beauty. Mighty Swell hosted a kick-off party for the Summer of Dresses gals and we also popped up at The Hive Salon (which was super fun).

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In May, I saw Ronnie Spector at the Girls Got Rhythm Fest and my best broads and I paid a visit to Kansas City. We had a fabulous time thrifting, eating (barbecue), sitting by the pool and hitting the local honky tonks.

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In June, the prettiest girl in the world moved in with me and together with my hon’s family, we road-tripped to Texas to celebrate his grandparents’ 65th wedding anniversary. I ate a lot of Whataburger, spent a dreamy day at the beach and found with my dream (trailer) house.

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In July, Rae got hitched (prettiest wedding of all time), I saw a bunch of amazing shows and accidentally met this guy.

photo(45) In August, I left my old job for a better one and started blogging again.

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In September, we made our annual trek to the State Fair, took in a Willie Nelson show down in Mankato and kept on finding new ways to make nachos.

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In October, my honey and I went to our favorite country music venue to see Moe Bandy and later in the month trekked to Fargo for a record show (and some thrifting).

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In November, I saw George Jones, Bruce Springsteen and Loretta Lynn within a period of eight days (!!!) and I turned 30, a milestone I celebrated with, what else? Cookies.

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And last but not least, December. It was definitely a busy month at work, but it ended on a lovely note with a full week-plus off.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good year! I sure can’t wait to see what 2013 brings! I hope you all have wonderfully relaxing New Year’s days.

xo,

Meghan

saturday night supper

Tonight’s forecast looks like this.

snowshotYikes. I’m going to take advantage of the weather and stay in, cozy up and cook a yummy dinner for my hon and me. Here’s what’s on tonight’s menu.

First up, Rosemary Lime Cocktails via Joy the Baker.

6428745831_2d86f6747c_zFor the main course, I’m making this Bacon Mac & Cheese with Wisconsin Gruyère, a dish I fell head-over-heels for after seeing it on Savory Sweet Life earlier this week.

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And to finish, Slow Cooker Pumpkin-Apple Dessert. I love making desserts in my Crock-Pot because you can start ‘em before dinner and they’re ready and warm by the time the dinner dishes are done.

4263e4c2-1bd3-42d8-9fad-ab747b1f29daIt’s not a fancy lineup, just some hearty home cooking. Which sounds perfect on a winter night when the snowflakes are a-fallin’. I hope you are all having warm and restful weekends as well!

xoxo,

Meghan