August 28, 2012

Guest Post with Jenny!

Hi all! My name is Jenny and I blog over at MagicCatJenny.  This is the first guest post I've ever done (thanks Amber!) so I thought why not blog about my favorite local band, The Long Holidays!

The Long Holidays can best be be described as "adventure rock".  By that I mean their mix of indie and americana makes you want to get up and go exploring, fight some pirates, go scuba diving, and save the day all before breakfast.  The line up is: James Holmquist (vocals, guitar, 8-string ukulele) who is also a scientist when he's not making music, Andy Worshill (bass, trombone, vocals), Kevin Engelking (piano, vocals), Sean Garnreiter (trumpet), and John Higgins (drums).

From left: Andy, Kevin, James, Sean, John

Some of their influences/sound-a-likes include Johnny Cash, The Decemberits, The Mountain Goats, Dick Dale, Cake, and Flight of the Conchords.

They recently opened for Suburban Legends at a sold out show and the often put together nights at various bars around LA.  They've played with Artichoke, Oak Street Blues, and other great local bands.  During shows there tends to be lots of dancing and fun and always a Viking percussion part of the show. Audience participation welcome! 

They recently released a 6 song EP, "Through Two Lenses"  for free on their bandcamp.  The songs include a range of exciting topics such as: spies in love, a high-altitude parachute jump, and sea shanties.  The band is also working on a whole new batch of songs.  I've heard them rehearse and they are going to be really great songs!  There's a song about a guy going through a mid-life crises during a zombie apocalypse and a song about The Long Holidays favorite drink, 1 part whiskey (that's the only part). If you're a hard core adventurer or a science nerd or just someone who likes good original music, you'll enjoy The Long Holidays.

If you happen to live in the Los Angels area (or San Diego during September), it is very easy to catch one of their shows.  Just follow them on Facebook or check their website for an up-to date schedule of shows.  
Find The Long Holidays here:

So glad to have you over here Jenny! I agree they are very indie/Americana and very relaxing to listen to; my ears thank you Jenny :) They are fantastic and I really recommend you take a listen. I also highly suggest checking out Jenny's blog too!

August 27, 2012

Sponsor Call!

Yes it's time for that awkward call for Sponsors! As always ad space is free just click on the sponsor tab at the top page to see which sizes are still available and feel free to email me with any questions! Hope to have you here next month.

August 25, 2012

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway and for the sponsors that provided the giveaway items!

Second Hand Couture's Handmade Hair Pieces...

Green Eggs and Hamm's Store Credit...

You'll be receiving an email very soon! Again congratulations on winning :)

August 23, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight Part II

Like I promised your new favorite blogs! Check out these ladies blogs and tell them hello!

My name is hannaH and I blog over at Hey Zombot! about my adventures in crafting, thrifting, and style. I also have a lovely little shop where I sell handmade jewelry. Come say hi!

Hey, I'm Jenny.  This type of blogging is new to me but I'm ready to in jump head first if you'll have me.  I want to blog about the process, the 'how to', the behind the scenes, and all that is independent.  In addition to blogging I try and produce a short video each week on my YouTube channel. Stop by and say hi, it'll make my day!

 I'm a stylish biker, surfer, avid thrifter and a tattoo apprentice/designer and city birds nest is where I show all the adventures I go on with my husband. I love to sew, am obsessed with flowers and vintage fabric. I run my own shop filled with my original illustrations!

What did I tell ya! Some great bloggers right? Hope you all have a great day and don't forget you have one more day to enter both giveaways!

August 21, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight Part I

I have some great sponsors for you today! These lovely ladies have some wonderful blogs that I'm sure will become your new favorites :)
DMae is a line of hand-painted tee, totes, and soon more by me, Naimah. A 28 yr old desk zombie by day, and music junkie, writer, and crafty gal by night. My blog features my life, and the things i love, like, and loathe all at the same time. I have an all-in policy where honesty comes first, no lies...just the truth. Hardships, happiness, and all! DMae began as a hobby, and is now blooming into a full-fledged indie biz. In the coming months, you can look forward to a new line of totes, hoodies, and a special project I've cooked up all coming to the shop.  


Green Eggs and Hamm is me, it's my online journal of things I adore.  I'm a hippy at heart and lover of all things old. I'm a crafter, treasure hunter, and a sandwich maker.  I sell records and vintage clothes on Etsy so I don't become a hoarder...because I totally could!

My husband convinced me to start SecondHand Couture after I blog-stalked for months (he even helped come up with the title!). I post about d.i.y. projects and fashion, but also add the occasional rant or discussion about politics, because who doesn't love a good rant? I love meeting new people (bonus points if you live in the Chicago area), so come visit my blog. 

Check back Thursday for Sponsor Spotlight Part II!

Green Eggs and Hamm Giveaway// Closed

You all are in luck because guess what there is another giveaway that you can enter this week!

Hi! It's Amy from Green Eggs and Hamm where I blog about my adventures in thrifting and a little bit of everything else.  I love all things old.  I am a collector, treasure hunter and on demand short order cook.   I started selling my vintage finds online so I don't become a hoarder.  So if you like vintage too, enter this giveaway for a $40 credit to my shop.
Wanderland Vintage or Wanderland Records.  You pick where you use it at.

To enter simply become a follower of Green Eggs and Hamm and The Owl's Den. Don't forget to leave only one comment below letting us know! please include email address

Get an extra entry each for following
Leave a comment for each follow below!
The Owl's Den on Facebook

This giveaway is open until August 24th at 11:59 pm EST and a winner will be announced August 25th

And, if you like vinyl visit my record shop Wanderland Records and use code: wanderland50 for 50% off any record now through September 1st.

Same thing goes for my vintage shop Wanderland Vintage
  Use code: wanderland50
  Now through September 1st.

Thanks Amber! You are a peach, and thank you for sharing your wonderful blog.


Thank you so much Amy for hosting this giveaway and being an awesome person in general!

August 20, 2012

Giveaway from Second Hand Couture// Closed

Hope you enjoyed your weekend! I have a wonderful giveaway from one of my sponsors MaryBeth of Second Hand Couture! Enter to win two hair clips (yes both) handmade by MaryBeth :)

Besides being handmade and adorable each hair clip has an alligator style clip so they will stay put! 

First you must follow Second Hand Couture via GFC before any brownie points or they won't be counted!
 then leave a comment below letting us know! please include email address

After the 1st Entry...Brownie Points:
leave a comment for each one below
~ Follow The Owl's Den via GFC
Enter to win two handmade hair clips from Second Hand Couture on The Owl's Den Blog! @amberupbeat 

Giveaway ends Friday August 24 at 11:59 pm EST and I will announce a winner Saturday August 25!
Good Luck!

August 17, 2012

Guess What Came In The Mail?

      The other week I got an email saying I won the wonderful giveaway over at Blue Eyed Night Owl and my prize was a print from Julia and her new etsy shop Earlybird Prints. Well Dustin came in from work today with a big white package and I knew it was it! I was little panicked at first because it had been raining and since I didn't hear the mail person it must have been while I was asleep (knowing their route around 9-10 am.) So I slowly opened the package, crossing my fingers that it wasn't ruined. I would have to say it was far from it!

Everything was in perfect condition (even the sweet little message) and not messed up from the rain. I'm still giggly about winning the giveaway because this piece is amazing! I need to get a frame asap so I can hang this beautiful pieces up!


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