kayd design cocktail ring giveaway!!! [closed]

Hey lovelies, and happy Monday!

Yes, yes, the holidays are behind us (thank goodness), but that doesn’t mean our glittery party apparel has to be relegated to the back of our closets, right? (RIGHT?)  I mean, there are parties to be had in January, too! One way to quickly turn any ensemble into something fiesta-ready is to throw on a big, sparkly ring.  A ring like those by Kayd Mustonen, a Minneapolis-based graphic designer and creator of these très cute cocktail rings, made from re-purposed vintage earrings.

A quick Q & A with Miss Mustonen…

HPT: How’d you get started, turning grandma-y earrings into your super cute group of “gals?”

Kayd: I saw rings like this at a craft fair and thought,”‘Hey, I can do this!” Soon after I went through my grandma’s costume jewelry and chose a bunch of pieces that would never again be worn as earrings, but would make fabulous cocktail rings.

HPT: Did you thrift any of the earrings? If so, where are some of your favorite places to vintage/thrift shop?

Kayd: Estate sales are my favorite place—especially to find jewelry. I mainly find sales on Craigslist—Birkeland lists their upcoming sales on their website, too. Not many people go for the jewelry at estate sales, so no matter when I get to one, I usually have prime pick.

HPT: Dorothy, Florence, Gladys, Ruth, Lucille…the names you assign each ring are super cute. How do you think of them?

Kayd: These big, flashing rings are stylish right now but I knew I wanted mine to stand out in a different way. I chose to call each of my rings a name from the 1920-30s to tie in the history of the re-purposed aspect. I started with my grandma’s and great-aunt’s names and it just grew from there.

{Stay up-to-date to what Kayd’s working on, via her website, blog and Twitter.}

Kayd’s generously offered TWO of her handmade pretties for TWO lucky High Plains readers! To enter, please leave a comment telling us where you’d rock one of these pretty thangs. For an extra chance to win, tweet or blog about the giveaway and enter the link to your tweet/blog in a separate comment.

We’ll pick the winners on Friday, so hop to!! Good luck!



going up the country

Friday is finally here!

And tonight, I’m getting the heck out of the city. I’m heading up north for a weekend full of thrifting, picture-taking and hopefully, lots and lots of swimming, sunning, walking and reading. You know, pretty much all of my favorite things. I’ve been a bit of a crabby Sally the past few days, but have faith that time in the woods will bring my outlook back to it’s usual Pollyanna-ish state.

But before I go, I’m happy to announce the winners of the “Super Friends” giveaway. Congrats to Anna from A Banana Medley and Lisa from Making Electricity! Send me your mailing addresses gals, and I’ll drop your zines in the mail on Monday.

I hope you all have fantastic weekends everyone!


just bead it

Hey there!

Did any of y’all go through a beading phase when you were a young’un? I sure did. And like many a youthful hobby, of course I dropped it and moved on to the next thing, probably something like playing the cello, making skirts or boy-catching. Anyway, I’m kind of wishing I had stuck with it, since lately, all sorts of beaded jewelry has been catching my eye. Here’s a handful of favorites…

Simply sexy. Really. This is just plain hot.

Triangle Beadwork and Webbed Chain Necklace, $42

I love bracelets like this. Ones you can wear with everything and that look fantastic layered with other day-in, day-out pieces.

Leather Beaded Adjustable Bracelet, $18

Every girl needs statement earrings. Like, lots of them.

Noir Jewelry Demi Hoops, $75

Did seeing all the pretty pieces made by these gals turn me onto this beadwork kick? Perhaps. Okay, yes.

Did you know you could win a custom-made piece (like the necklace pictured above) from Spilled Milk Factory just by dropping the High Plains name at the Red Hot Art Festival and Caffetto Craft Fair, both happening in Minneapolis this weekend? Well, you can! If you missed it, the details are at the bottom of this post here. It’s a seriously sweet giveaway!

So, I got to see Neil Young last night and it was awesome.  The whole set was fairly magical—he sounded great and played a bunch of old favorites. I was so wired when I got home, I stayed up well past my bedtime watching old videos of him on You Tube. He opened the show last night with this song, which is one of my favorites.

Happy Friday to you all…



‘thrifty ‘fits & an awesome giveaway: whittney & lauren kebschull of spilled milk factory

Hey you!

Today’s going to be great. Why? Because I get to introduce Whittney and Lauren Kebschull, and their creative brain child, Spilled Milk Factory, to y’all.

For their collection of beaded jewelry and fabric accessories, this sassy pair of sisters looks back to by-gone eras and indigenous cultures, and the ending results are spot-on modern (not to mention all kinds of awesome). Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down for some fries & conversation about our shared love of thrifting and vintage, how they work together as sister-friends and what’s on tap for Spilled Milk this summer. I hope you enjoy our little Q & A!

Did I mention they put together a kick-ass giveaway for y’all?

Well, they did. (Details ’bout that are at the end of the post!) Without further ado…

Meet Whittney and Lauren!

About their styles…

Me: What has inspired you fashion-wise?

Lauren: If I could dress like anyone it would be Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair. But in real life, I’m drawn to comfortable clothes and uncommon brands. Rarely do I buy anything new. When I thrift , I’m drawn to vintage pieces, but I do have a secret love for J. Crew. Their stuff is so timeless and easy to accessorize.

Whittney: When it comes to my style, I try to incorporate a bunch of eras and cultures. The one movie that always sticks out in my mind is Out of Africa. Meryl Streep has so much class, yet a masculine edge that is very attractive. Even Robert Redford…I would love to take a stroll in his shoes and trousers for a day.

Me: You both know the value of thoughtful accessorizing. What are your tips?

Lauren: Don’t try too hard. Try not to match everything you’re wearing. Little flashes of colors are eye-catching and add interest to even simple outfits. Finding accessories at craft fairs or thrift stores is great because they’re most often affordable and you’re unlikely to see anyone wearing the same thing.

Whittney: I’d agree with the don’t try too hard thing. You have to be comfortable with what you’re wearing, or it won’t come off as fashion, but more like your closet has projectile vomited on you.

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Thrifting tips…

Me: Do you have a favorite thrift store in town? Why do you like it?

Lauren: I love Digger’s for old sweaters and I always find something handy at a Unique Thrift ( my favorite one’s on Rice St.) Grand Addictions in St.Paul is my favorite place to find vintage buttons. As a Duluth native, I like to hit up thrifts there when I go back to visit.

Whittney: I have to say there aren’t too many thrifts  in the Minneapolis area that I find outstanding. They all get ransacked pretty fast. I stick to a shopping mostly at garage, yard and estate sales. If you can get out to the ‘burbs, I have found some pretty amazing stuff at Valu Thrift in White Bear.

Me: What are some of your essentials for a day of thrifting?

Lauren: I try to bring a list so I remember what I’m looking for. There are so many basic little things I should get from Target, but will go to Savers first to see if they have them there. Tablecloths, tea candles, serving dishes—simple stuff like that. Having a list helps.

Whittney: Water, music and good shoes. I’m getting old and can’t be prancing around in heels. Give me some SAS-style granny shoes and I am a thrifting machine.

Me: What are some of your dream thrift-store finds, like, what would you freak out if you found?

Lauren: Vintage Buttons and fabric to re-purpose for Spilled Milk —our hoods, bags and scarves are all made with thrifted fabric and accented with old buttons. Honestly, I could look at old buttons for hours. I think they’re gorgeous and all so unique.

Whittney: I have already experienced absolute thrift-utopia! It wasn’t a thrift store but a yard sale across the street from my house. Dresses beyond dresses, all in my size! It was hard to control myself, but I would up buying five immaculate vintage dresses for $4 each. The people who were putting on the sale hundreds of antiques sitting in their basement from previous generations in the family. Everything was unbelievably cheap and super rare …they were my fairy godmothers for a day.

About Spilled Milk Factory…

Me: Tell me about Spilled Milk Factory. How did you get started, what do you make, what inspires you creatively?

Lauren: At the most basic level, we started Spilled Milk Factory so we could make things. We both like beading, sewing, fashion, thrifting and vintage, and all of those likes to give us a reason to make things. In our beadwork, we’re inspired the colors and patterns of Native American and African designs. For the sewn accessories we’re looking to create designs that are interesting and functional, like cozy hoods, wallets and fabric necklaces.

Whittney: Lauren initially started Spilled Milk and as usual, I hopped on the bandwagon. Our work is very complementary to one another. She is the realistic one and I like to go a little overboard.

Me: Where can people buy your stuff?

Lauren: You can find out work at I Like You in Northeast Minneapolis and Gallery 360 in Edina. We will be at the Red Hot Art Festival this Saturday (July 31) and Sunday (August 1) and at the Caffetto Craft Fair, also on Sunday, August 1st. You can find the most up-to-date information on our Facebook page. We’re hoping to get a website up-and-running before the end of the year, too. Fingers crossed!

Click here to see more pics of Spilled Milk Factory’s lovely creations, including wristlets, totes, cozy hoods, fabric necklaces and of course, gorgeous beaded jewelry.

And now, my favorite part, the giveaway!

So, how would you like to WIN a pair of earrings or beaded necklace made especially for you? It’d be awesome right? Well, all you have to do is stop by Spilled Milk Factory’s booth at either the Red Hot Art Festival or Caffetto Craft Fair, both happening THIS WEEKEND, and mention “High Plains Thrifter.” The girls will jot down your name and address, and will pick a winner at random next week. Easy right?!?!

I hope you enjoyed the interview and are fully motivated to swing by the art fairs to meet these two sweeties in person.

If you’d like to have your thrifty style featured on the blog, email me at hpthrifter@gmail.com.

I would love to hear from you!



giveaway winner & happy friday wishes

I’m so excited it’s Friday!!!!

This weekend, I plan on following the advice of these two jokers.

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”

Now through Sunday, I plan on whiling away a slew of hours, doing absolutely nothing. And do you know what? I’m going to enjoy every single second of it. But, before I turn into a complete sloth, let me announce the winner of the winner of the crewel giveaway!

To pick the winner, I used dice. ‘Cause I’m high-tech like that. Drumrolllllllll……..

The lucky winner is entrant number three, aka Brandi from Mucho Mucho Bueno Buneo, a blog you should have checked out, like, last week.

Brandi has the best hair how-tos and the silly vids she makes with her sis, who also writes for the blog, are hilarious. They’re both full of contagious, positive energy and their blog reflects their shared loves for adventure, family, design, fashion and fun! They also have an Etsy shop, which you can check out here.

Congrats, Brandi! I’ll be in touch soon to get your addy!

I hope everyone has very happy weekends. I’m off to get some ’50s fashion inspiration from “How to Marry A Millionaire,” starring three very stylish, beautiful women. It’s only 15 minutes in and the clothes are killing me.



crewel is cool giveaway [CLOSED]

Hello luvs.

Last week, this simple tweet came up at exactly the right moment, on precisely the day I needed it to.

Being generous is more fun.Thu May 27 21:42:20 via HootSuite

She is totally right.  It is more fun to be a giver. Which is why I’ve decided to make giveaways an at-least-monthly occurrence here on this little blog. Fun, right?

For June, I thought I’d part with this ready-to-hang, framed crewel piece I thrifted a while back. I can’t help but smile when I see the pretty bouquet on that sunny yellow background.

A little bit of a close-up…

If you want this one-of-a-kind vintage pretty to be yours, leave me a comment and let me know what’s been putting you in a sunny disposition lately. Get a bonus entry (entries)  if you blog and/or tweet about the giveaway.

I’ll be picking a winner on Thursday, June 3!



yay may giveaway! [CLOSED]

Hi there, lovelies!

May is here and I feel downright optimistic. The blooming trees, gorgeous flowers, sunny blue skies, backyard barbecues. It all adds up to be a big eff-you to winter, a sentiment that gets a hearty “amen” from me. Anything seems possible in the springtime, and I have a hunch May will be all kinds of awesome. And since I feel so good, I want you all to, too! Meaning…I’m putting on my very first giveaway!

My crush on clutches has been long-standing, so when I spotted this leather Lou Taylor beauty, I couldn’t pass it by.

Isn’t it a beauty?

Besides its structured shape, perfect-f0r-date-night size and ultra versatile tobacco color, my favorite detail is the fold-out two-sided mirror mounted on the interior of the bag.  Seriously, how handy is that?

To enter:

1. Subscribe to the blog! See the link on the bottom left of the page? Tweet (or blog) about the giveaway and you’ll be entered again!

2. Leave a comment telling me one thing that’s on your thrifting wish-list this spring.

3. Don’t forget to include your name and email address!

That’s it! Pretty easy, right? This clutch (haha) giveaway will end Thursday night. I’ll pick a winner at random and announce who the lucky recipient is on Friday. What are you waiting for? Enter up already!!

I’ll be back soon with a how-to on a favorite subject of mine: SAVING MONEY.

Happy Monday!!