pinned it, made it: sage smudge sticks

Facing an abundance of Russian sage in my garden this summer, I knew come autumn, I’d need to figure out a way to preserve it. I pinned this handy how-to from You Grow Girl, one of my favorite resources for garden-related DIYs, btw.

How To Make Your Own Smudge Sticks

A few weekends back, I harvested said sage and bound it into little bunches to give as smudge-stick gifts. Tying them together was such wonderful aromatherapy, making the mess I made on my living room floor well worth it.

high plains thrifter // diy smudge sticksOf course I had to test one out for myself…

high plains thrifter // diy smudge stickAre you doing anything to preserve the late-summer bounty? If so, I’d love to hear what projects you’re tackling!



Top photo c/o: You Grow Girl.

lake life love

As far as weekends go, this one definitely neared close to the heavenly end of the spectrum. After a stupidly busy couple of weeks, some days at the lake were just what I needed. I read this entire book. Fried some chicken. Baked a cake. Got a little sunburn. Hit some rummage sales and found cool stuff. Went for a paddle. Pondered weighty fabric decisions. Battled sweaty bangs. Hung out in a wildflower patch. Watched the fog roll in. All in the company of people (and dogs) I adore.

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heads up: my rummage sale is tomorrow!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetToday it’s my pleasure to fill you in on a rummage sale I’m personally very excited about…because it’s mine! My basement and garage have been filled to the brim with all kinds of (mostly vintage) goodness and it’s time to send it all off to other good homes.

I’m parting with a TON of sweet stuff, including clothes, sized XS-XL, furniture, framed art work, craft supplies, electronics, Pyrex, holiday decorations and books, in addition to approximately one billion other things for your home and garden. From soaker hoses to needlepoint, there’s definitely a little bit of everything up for grabs and it is all PRICED TO GO! Sneak peeks will be hitting Twitter and Instagram later today, but in the meantime, here’s the Craigslist ad that outlines what’s for sale, location details and sale hours.

Should you be in the mood to make a morning of it, tomorrow also happens to be the 12th annual SENA neighborhood rummage sales, which are 150+ strong and right in the neighborhood next door. SENA sales are running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you can pick up a guide at Angry Catfish, the Midtown Farmers Market or Keen Eye Coffee. If shopping makes you hungry, I just heard that Tiny Diner‘s finally open, which is just up the road from me, but there’s also yummy brunch to be had at Blackbird, Five Watt Coffee, Pepito’s (hello, brunch buffet) and Colossal Cafe, and all are mere minutes from my house.

Rain or shine, I hope to see you tomorrow!



behind the scenes at mighty swell’s summer sneak peek shoot

Just a few behind-the-scenes snapshots from yesterday morning’s Mighty Swell sneak peek shoot. We shot about 15 looks in the very overgrown garden behind our shop. It was such a gorgeous morning for playing dress up! Many thanks to our models Megee and Karin, and of course, to our wonderful photographer Kate Sommers.

Have lovely days all!



{guest post} how to: make lavender-lemon ice pops

I couldn’t be more excited about today’s guest how-to, courtesy of Andi McDaniel, co-owner of 10,000 Licks, the Twin Cities’ new gourmet farm-fresh ice pop business. You can find these gals’ insanely delicious treats at the Midtown and Uptown Farmers’ Markets, beginning July 16th. They’ll also be sampling mini-pops at the Mighty Swell’s “Summer in the City” event…an idea, I think is, well, mighty badass. Learn more (and peruse flavors!) on their website here. And for goodness sake, become a fan on 10,000 Licks on Facebook! Take it away Andi…

My husband and I bought our house in Longfellow in late winter, when the entire yard was still covered in a stubborn layer of snow. So imagine my surprise—and delight—when the snow melted and revealed a wealth of edible riches—Blueberries! Rhubarb! Thyme! And best of all—the healthiest looking lavender plant east of California. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I’ve heard that lavender is finicky, and yet ours, miraculously, isn’t. But enough about our dumb luck. Let’s talk about how to turn lavender, and it’s flavor-soulmate, lemon, into delicious homemade ice pops. Because it’s finally summer and it’s best we forget about snow for awhile.

This recipe is actually the first “official” 10,000 Licks ice pop recipe my business partner shared with me the other day. We’ve been making our ice pops in our home kitchens so far (we move into a commercial kitchen on July 1), and as we’ve been test-driving recipes, we’ve each adopted our faves. I’m the Sweet Corn gal, as well as the steward of Rhubarb and Vanilla Beet. Meanwhile, Sarah is the genius behind Lavender Lemon. She’s been in charge of them—so I had no idea how to make them. I emailed her for the details and here’s the scoop.


♥ Juice of six large lemons (makes about 1 1/2 cups juice if you use a juicer, so if you’re doing it by hand use extra lemons)

♥ Equal parts water (to match the lemon juice)

For the simple syrup:

 1 cup of honey (raw is tastiest, I’ve found)

 1 cup of water

 Approximately 4-5 tablespoons of lavender


1. Juice the lemons.

2. Combine lemon juice with equal parts water (strain out lemon seeds and pulp if you’re doing it by hand).

3. Refrigerate lemon mixture.

4. Meanwhile, combine honey, lavender and 1 cup of water in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir to dissolve honey, then remove from heat almost immediately. Cover and let sit for as long as overnight or as little as one hour (if you can’t let it sit overnight, just use more lavender—it’s all about flavor potency!).

5. Once syrup is cool, combine with lemon mixture and poor into molds. (We use these.)

6. Freeze overnight.

Note: These pops would do fabulously as ice cubes, for use in the cocktail of your choice. If freezing in an ice cube tray, a few hours in the freezer will be plenty of time.


recently thrifted: white eyelet skirt

If Sundays are “fundays,” I’ve decided that Mondays are “nonedays.” As in, I don’t want none of this. Insert sigh heavy sigh here.

Anyway, about the skirt. It’s been a long time since I’ve worn anything from Old Navy on the regular, with my favorite scoop neck black tee being an exception. But this simple cotton skirt I picked up at Salvation Army has gotten a lot of wear in the last week, both for work and play. I almost passed it up, but am really glad I didn’t. For $2, I figured I’d give it a whirl.

My documented obsession with eyelet has yet to abate.

Top to bottom

Earrings: F21

T-shirt: bought at the H & M in Bordeaux, 100 years ago

Necklaces: Bueno key & thrifted chain

Skirt: thrifted (Elk River Salvation Army)

Heels: thrifted (Downtown Minneapolis Salvation Army)

Jess snapped these pics after our long overdue catch-up dinner at True Thai last week. Thank you, lady!

Also, just in case you missed it, I’m giving away two copies of my favorite zine, “Super Friends,” this week. Leave a comment on this post by Thursday to be entered! Easy easy easy.



how to: make sweet & spicy pink sangria

Howdy folks!

Ugh, it’s steamy here in Minneapolis today. Once it gets hot like this, I stick to four food groups: sushi, salads, grilled food and fruit. To be accompanied by any and everything liquid. Water, sweet tea, Mexican Coke, La Croix, cold press, bubble tea, beer—I swear I can’t get enough to drink June through August.

And one drink that tastes like summer in every sip is this little beverage. I’m not sure whether it’s sangria or spritzer, so I just call it drink. (Not to be confused with Drank.) The ginger soda adds some sass to the sweet combination of berries and peaches. Yummmmmy.


♥ 1/2 Bota Box of White Zinfandel

♥ 2 bottles of Goose Island Spicy Ginger Soda or any other kind of ginger soda or ginger beer

♥ 2 peaches, chopped, frozen

♥ a handful of fresh raspberries, frozen

♥ a pitcher or insulated water cooler


Put frozen fruit in pitcher.

Top with ginger soda and wine.

Easy peasy!

I enjoyed some on the stoop last night.

Finnie giving it a sniff.

If you give it a whirl, let me know what you think! You can also mix up what fruit you add—frozen nectarine chunks and sliced, frozen strawberries are both good.

What are some of your favorite summer drinks?