GIVEAWAY >> Winner

And the winner is.....











Congratulations Courtney! If you could send your info to us at:

guppyandwhaleshark@gmail[dot]com!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks to Jessee @ Art School Dropout for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway, im totally buying a set of brown ones for our living room!







THRIFTY THURSDAYS >> SHOP UPDATES



Hey guys! I hope you had a great weekend! We had so much fun with our dapper party, I cant wait to share with you guys!

Right now I wanted to let you know that our shop is having a Christmas in July sale! Everything is 30% off! Its ending soon so you should get in on the action as soon as you can! We also added some great new items! Dont you just love those little raffia/burlap cups?! I wanted them for myself! 

Also, we are sponsoring a free giveaway for large ad space on our blog! Thats a 15$ Value, Free! If you want to see what this includes see here.

 The giveaway ends next Monday 8/6 and is available to anyone!

Heres how to enter:

Leave a comment below on your favorite blog post of ours.
Follow meg on twitter- Here
Follow alex on twitter- Here
Like the shop on facebook- Here
Favorite our shop- Here
Retweet about the giveaway

For each entry please put a comment below! 

We really appreciate our readers and fellow blog friends and are so happy that we are supported by a large blogging family!










SPONSOR US >> IN AUGUST




Here is a great opportunity for us to get views, and you! Currently our ad spots are SUPER DUPER cheap, and RIGHT now we are offering 50% Off our small and large/medium ads!

Our large ads($15) include:

*Our beginning new sponsors feature *Top spot on the sponsors sidebar *Opportunity to do a DIY or Giveaway *Guest Post/About you/Questioneer  

Our medium ads($10) include:

*Our beginning new sponsors feature *Middle spot on the sponsors sidebar *Guest Post/About you/Questioneer  

Our small ads($5) include:

*Our beginning new sponsors feature *Bottom Spot on sponsors side bar  


How can you beat 50% off  the large and medium/small ads!!?!?!?

Sponsor us HERE!

DISCOUNT CODES
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For small ads: HALFOFFSMALL
For medium ads: HALFOFFMEDIUM


RECIPE BOX >> Julienne Zucchini with herbs and chicken


I don't do this often, but every once in a while I like to post some great recipes. This one can be converted to vegetarian, is simple, and super yummy! 

What I love about this recipe is that its so versatile and easy. The ingredients and amounts are very loose because it depends on what you like and how many your cooking for!

Ingredients(I would base them on how much you need):

Chicken(optional) You can use as much or as little as you'd like
Basil( I use fresh, about 7-8 medium leaves)
Herbs de Provence(found at Whole foods or fresh herbs work too)
Angel hair pasta(use as much as you need)
1 Medium or Large Zucchini
Olive oil 2-3 Tbs 
2 Cloves of Garlic


1) Begin with all your items. 


I love herbs de Provence. Its a combination of lavender, rosemary, and many other herbs, it smells amazing and tastes amazing. You can also use fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme.


If you use chicken I recommend cutting it into chunks first.


Crush your garlic.


Add olive oil and garlic to your pan and cook on low until soft.



Chop and or grind your herbs. We used basil from our garden!
While doing this I would start boiling your water for the pasta, and begin cooking the chicken.


Then, Julienne your zucchini. I haven't mastered this yet.


Add your zucchini and herbs and begin to cook the zucchini until soft/crunchy. (I like mine crunchy) A mix of both are nice too!


Keep cooking.. Id ad the pasta to the pot now! :)
Finish the chicken and zucchini.


Voila! Mix together! It is very simple! It may seem dry however the herbs give it tons of flavor! Again, the fresher the herbs, the better!

Enjoy! 





SPONSOR US >> In August



Here is a great opportunity for us to get views, and you! Currently our ad spots are SUPER DUPER cheap, and RIGHT now we are offering 50% Off our small medium & large ads!

Our large ads($15) include:

*Our beginning new sponsors feature *Top spot on the sponsors sidebar *Opportunity to do a DIY or Giveaway *Guest Post/About you/Questioneer  

Our medium ads($10) include:

*Our beginning new sponsors feature *Middle spot on the sponsors sidebar *Guest Post/About you/Questioneer  

Our small ads($5) include:

*Our beginning new sponsors feature *Bottom Spot on sponsors side bar  


How can you beat 50% off  all ads!!?!?!?

Sponsor us HERE!

DISCOUNT CODES
For large ads: HALFOFFLARGE
For small ads: HALFOFFSMALL
For medium ads: HALFOFFMEDIUM

WHAT I WORE >> Teal & Acorns



Skirt: Thrifted
Shoes: Wetseal(ages ago!)
Sweater: Thrifted
Top(Actually a dress): Thrifted
Wizard: Pictured in background- Alex thrift find.

Heres another lovely what I wore! Im linking up to Rachele's Site again! I cant help but love all the lovely ladies, and enjoy standing up for such a good cause. Be proud, be free, be you!







Dont you just love those earrings! Head over to Art School Dropout for your own charming finds!


XO-Meg

SPONSOR GIVEAWAY >> Jessee at Art School Dropout



Hey lucky readers! Id like to welcome you to enter this awesome giveaway provided by the lovely Jessee at Art School Dropout! Jessee is one of our featured sponsors and a little bio on her can be found in our July sponsors post here.

When I first visited Jessee's site I fell in love with her brown wonky woodgrain pillows! When I asked her if she wanted to do a giveaway the first item she said she wanted to give away was the pillows! I am so jealous! :) Im going to be buying some of these soon!

Note:  This is for one pillow cover! 

 In order to enter the giveaway, you my dear readers will only need to follow the instructions below!
There are 8 available ways to enter and I will stop taking entries at 9pm on Monday 7/30/2012.

For each entry you MUST post a comment below
US RESIDENTS ONLY

Blog Entries( max 2):

Leave a comment below(1 entry)

Follow Art School Dropout on Blog Lovin- Here
Follow Guppy & Whaleshark on Blog Lovin- Here

Twitter Entries( max 4):

Follow Jessee on Twitter- Here
Follow Meg on Twitter- Here
Follow Alex on Twitter- Here
Retweet this: (Free Giveaway by Jessee at Art School Dropout on Guppyandwhaleshark.blogspot.com)

Shop Entries(Max 2):

Like Art School Dropout on Facebook- Here
Favorite Oneplusoneistwo Vintage on Etsy- Here

Good Luck to you all! Thanks for visiting and thanks Jessee for sponsoring us! :)








THRIFTY THURSDAY >> Shop Christmas in July Sale!



Hey Everyone!

Right now everything in the shop is 30% off! Yes I said it! 30% Off! This sale will last only until the end of the month, so get in while you can! There are some great finds in our shop and we are happy to have you! We are also willing to ship to international customers by request!

Thanks everyone!


Good Wizards, Bad Caterpillars

Hello hello!
It has been awhile since I've written anything. But there has been injustice done here! Meg has posted all of these awesome thrifty things she has found and purchased.  And yet the one thing i purchased at the thrift store of recent she refuses to post!!!!
I know. It's unfair.
But I really can't blame her.  It is pretty amazing.
                                                                   BOOM!


Okay, collect your thoughts. Surely this amazingly epic wizard had to cost an arm and a leg, it was half off! Yes! Thrifting pro, it was the purchase of a lifetime, you can feel the magic in this place! Pulsing through your veins! 

So anyways. Merlin, my new found BFCSG (Best friend collectible statue guy,) is now lounging high atop of the mantle in our living room (or the Owl Cliff, if this land were from his perspective.) He's definitely got the passion to make this room pop, though his blue robes don't quite match the inner decor of our home. 

Ready yourselves people!
He is much more attractive than the caterpillar that Meg purchased on the same day! After hours of research, my top dog was on it, we found evidence leading that the caterpillar might be some sort of demon summoning entity that Merlin holds at bay throughout day and night!


So I might have a very vivid imagination, but honestly this simple put together wizard that Meg and I found at the thrift store was so neat that I felt he deserved to have a back story! He might even have one that I don't know about!  He's awesome, he has a beard, and he holds this box thing with blue stuff in it. I did take some other pictures of him and i will leave ya with one too. I can't believe I'm gonna say this, I hope you have a magical day! 
 

THRIFTY THURSDAY >> Things I love


I wanted to compile some things ive thrifted in the past that im still in love with to this day!









SPONSOR US >> In August


Here is a great opportunity for us to get views, and you! Currently our ad spots are SUPER DUPER cheap, and RIGHT now we are offering 50% Off our small and large ads!

Our large ads($15) include:

*Our beginning new sponsors feature *Top spot on the sponsors sidebar *Opportunity to do a DIY or Giveaway *Guest Post/About you/Questioneer  

Our medium ads($10) include:

*Our beginning new sponsors feature *Middle spot on the sponsors sidebar *Guest Post/About you/Questioneer  

Our small ads($5) include:

*Our beginning new sponsors feature *Bottom Spot on sponsors side bar  


How can you beat 50% off  the large and small ads!!?!?!?

DISCOUNT CODES
For large ads: HALFOFFLARGE
For small ads: HALFOFFSMALL


WHAT I WORE >> Proud of my size link up

So we went out this weekend, and I decided to dress up. Did I mention that this is my next im proud of my size link up? You should visit Rachele @ The nearsighted owl. She has done such a great thing with this link up!
Well, here goes! 


Dress-Thrifted
Shoes- Target
Belt-Thrifted
Earrings- Passed down

So yeah. That wizard. In the back. Its not mine. (You will learn about that guy soon)

Im a bit jaded today, heard some bad news about school and I guess im taking a semester off. Boo. Oh well. Anyways, you should know that beginning Sunday we are starting an awesome giveaway with Jessee @ The Art School Drop Out!
Stay tuned!

Over & Out


MEET THE SPONSOR >> The Kavanaugh Report

Here is another great meet and greet from one of our sponsors.

Id like to introduce Nicole from The Kavanaugh Report!


Thanks Nicole for joining us! Now for some questions!

So, Tell me about your blog/shop?

The Kavanaugh Report is a parenting, tot schooling, dog wrangling, cooking, crafting, work-at-home mama blog.  

Who/What inspired you to start your blog/open your shop? 

Well, I started the blog to chronicle my life during law school. As law school, ended TKR evolved to my life with one hilariously grumpy baby.

What is your favorite post/item in your blog or shop?

 My favorite post is a flashback highlighting my son, Henry's famously pouty grumpy lip. This little boy just kills me with that lip: http://thekavanaughreport.blogspot.com/2012/03/pouty-lip.html

Name a list of your top 5 favorite blogs or shops? 


Do you have any tips for new bloggers or shop owners?

 Be yourself and write about what you love. The best blogs are honest and true to life. 


Thank you so much for joining us and being a sponsor for us this month, and that pouty lip. So cute! 

// BLOG //




MEET THE SPONSORS >> Little Homemade Housewife

We decided to throw out some questions to some of our July sponsors. Here is a little more about them!

Meet the adorable Mrs. White:


So, Tell me about your blog/shop?

 My blog is something that is rather niche-less. I'm not even sure what 'lifestyle blog' is supposed to mean, though I know I started out towards craft & DIY. But I've found it really satisfying to share what's going on in my life, and going on in my head, oftentimes to the detriment of my dignity. I also love to share graphic design that I work on [mainly blog design], and my shop, where you can find out how to get one of your very own. :) Or e-mail me for more precise questions/details on it.

Who/What inspired you to start your blog/open your shop? 

 What inspired me to start blogging was the fact that I was newly married and, at the time, a stay at home wife. I didn't have chillin's to take care of, so I decided to occupy myself with crafting. I stumbled upon some craft blogs that I absolutely loved, and decided to try it out myself. I used to be 'that's all I'm gonna do' but with what my focuses have changed in my life, so has my blog evolved along with me. As for my shop, I was inspired to open that as kind of a test. To see if people would actually want to pay me for my design services. I'd done a lot of free stuff on the side for a while, but it was actually quite amazing how many people were willing to pay for a piece of me. I also believed that people on a budget should have the opportunity to get something beautiful as well.

What is your favorite post/item in your blog or shop?

 HMmmmmm. That's really hard. I'd have to say my favorite post would probably be either the post I wrote for my husband's birthday recently, or going further back, probably this post that was kind of my first time I felt like I could really share me and it got a really great response. My favorite item in my shop is actually one no one seems interested in, but it's a premade layout that's a fifties diner theme. It's really fun in my opinion!

Name a list of your top 5 favorite blogs or shops? 

 Another tuffy! Jeez louise. Okay, in no particular order of preference: Imprintalish, The Dreamy Meadow, The Funny Thing of it is, aunie Sauce, and I Never Really Told You.


Do you have any tips for new bloggers or shop owners?

 Hmmm new bloggers. I'd have to say do you. It's kind of something everyone says, but it's the truth. Do what you want, regardless if it's popular or if it's what the 1209338 follower bloggers do. Blog to make yourself happy, or relieve stress, or connect with others. Don't be afraid to reach out, because you'll be surprised [pleasantly] with how friendly the rest of us are. For new shop owners (which I still am mind you), I'd have to say word of mouth is a beautiful thing. Never underestimate it. That and customer service. I've worked in it all my life, and I'm a fairly charismatic person, both in type and in person [so I'm told], and it's what I get complimented on and recommended for all the time. Taking the time to be accommodating and pleasant to the people paying you their money seems like a no brainer, but it does help a lot!


Thank you so much for sponsoring our blog this month, and we hope to have you back next month! Please visit the links below to see Mrs. White's wonderful sites.

// BLOG // SHOP //





SPONSOR POST >> Repairing Vintage Fabrics

Hey everyone! Here is some great tips on vintage fabrics from our sponsor Rachel @ Cute Vintage! Please visit her site and enjoy these great tips! Go ahead Rachel!

Okay - so we all like a little vintage, and can either thrift or splurge on our hand-me-down purchases, but, when it comes to buying vintage, what fabrics work best for modern times? and if we thrift a little something-something that's less than perfect, how do we go about repairing it? 

Here a few things to think about when on your next thrifting spree - 

Materials to be careful of: 

Acrylic wool. If you're prone to a little skin sensitivity, avoid acrylic wool like the plague. I love nothing better than a little beaded/sequined 80s wool throw-back or a Norwegian inspired knit. However, if labels are still attached - check the wool content of the fabric, as acrylic wool can be incredibly itchy to wear, and has once or twice brought me out in a rash. AND acrylic wool (or wool period) is a bit of a nightmare to keep, as it tends to get moth eaten. So pre-purchase, check over your jumper to make sure there aren't any teeny-tiny bug holes. If there are, don't pay more than a couple quid for it as once moth eaten-always moth eaten. You can darn wool, but it will be noticeable.

  Lace. Lace can be a complete and utter nightmare. Old white lace WILL turn yellow, so if your aim is crisp white don't bother with vintage lace. Having said that, you can take lace to a specialist dry cleaners to be treated - but there's no promise the saffron hue will leave. Consider dying lace - it tends to be the easiest way to restore a piece back to its' former glory. 

Lycra/Stretch synthetic fabrics. I learned the hard way that leggings in the 90s should stay in the 90s. Like most people (I suppose) my highstreet bought leggings sometimes loose their elasticity, and tend to crinkle around me knees after I've had them for a while - but a wash at 90, and they usually snap back into their original size. However - vintage fabrics don't always take so well to a hot wash...as I learned when I disintegrated a pair of vintage leggings in the wash. I was left out of pocket with strips of age-old Lycra stuck to my washer.

  Poly-cotton/Synthetic mix. Anything synthetic, especially around the 70s era will itch. During the 60s and 70s, fabrics like crepes, and synthetic mixes became a huge factor in highstreet fashion, and as great as they all looked in their jumpsuits - some of these fabrics are not fit for 2012. For that reason, I tend to stock up on vintage sewing patterns for simple cut dresses and jumpsuits and remake an original pattern with fabric that's kind to my skin instead!

 Easy to repair:

  Cotton. The old faithful of fabrics, cotton is a vintage lovers best friend. Easy to wash, and easy to rework or restore. So long as you're handy with a needle and thread, you can repair almost anything that's made from cotton fabric. The most common problem I find when thrifting is a burst seam - you can sew by hand or with machine, but all in all a split seam is no big deal (ask your Gran for help if you get stuck).

  Leather. Vintage leather can be a little daunting at first. Stained leather looks so unsightly, it often seems worse than it is. Remember - leather can ALWAYS be dyed. No mater how bad the condition of a stain on leather or suede, you can always dye it a darker colour to cover it. So long as you can sew, read the instructions on a dye box, and have a trusted dry cleaner on speed dial - thrift to your hearts content. However, before spending your hard earned dosh on a bigger or more expensive piece of vintage, consider the time it will take you to get the item back up to the standard it once was and how much cash you'll need to shell out along the way!


 Over and out, Rach.x



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THRIFTY THURSDAYS >> A caterpillar & a sail boat

We went thrifting today to just enjoy our Friday! By the way, im very excited. I cleaned up the blog and added a feature section in the bottom left, there you can pull up any post with the key word! So here are the little items I picked up today!



This lovely Elgin clock! It doesn't have mushrooms but it was in mint condition and looks so pretty in our kitchen!


This little Caterpillar planter! Those teeth are so cute! I love them!


This wonderful sailboat planter! Our bedroom is ocean themed so it fits perfectly!

Have you found any great thrifting finds lately?