Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Glimpse of Glamour

I want to give everybody examples of how the design process works for me in my head. I'm always SO curious how the artists I look up to do their thing, so I hope this helps some of you. (Or some of you can help me!)  I've read many manuals, and have taken "professional" classes, (which were fantastic and work great for many artist friends of mine) but for some reason I do much better just going for it. It's the same way with music. I Sort of skipped the school and the lessons and hopped right to it. I'm sure that's apparent all throughout my songs to all of you classically trained musicians! 
     I think it's not just my learning style, but it's mainly my impatience to get the idea I have in my head out! 

When I was living in Austin, before I dived into the world of jewelry making, I had a dream to design engagement rings. Not one of those "I had a dream..." in which that opera singer is singing from the top of her lungs in your background and the birds are floating around your head as you search deep within your soul to capture your passion.
     No... I literally had a dream. When I woke up I drew these sketches, signed up for some diamond certification classes online, and found that incredible jewelry school in Austin: Creative side (which is where the first crude prototype of Chandler the Robot was born of course).

My ideas start with a sketch. I don't just draw a sketch of the piece. I name it. Naming a piece of jewelry or a song is one of the most important parts of the process to me. It gives it the "human element". After all, everything I create is to spark some sort of feeling in a person, whether it's the same feeling that song or piece sparked in me, that's not the important thing.
     The name is that idea written down that I can focus on throughout the completion of the song or piece. It keeps the creative process flowing fluidly with a specific direction.
      These two designs were my first designs. I've seen engagement rings in the past and they all seemed to boring and unimaginative. There's the diamond. Here you go. I wanted something that focused on the gold surrounding the diamond. So I created these. So, while I went to class ready to focus on new-age engagement rings, somehow I came home with a mini copper robot.

That's the thing. You never know where your passions are going to take you. That's why I love doing what I do. The surprises never stop and always keep you on your toes.
    
The design at the bottom of the blog is the next design I am working on. I'm calling it "Racheal the Robot Earrings", but that's only a preliminary name, since I'm still figuring out if "Friends" would ever sue a poor innocent jewelry maker. We will see how I feel about it. She hopefully be available in January.

Honestly,
Meg

P.S. I'm going to expose my inexperience with the "blogging thingy" and ask if there is any way I can reply to your comments you guys leave on my blogs??? Until, I figure out how to do it or if it is even possible I want you all to know that I read every single one of them and look forward to reading your input. And until I figure out how to do it, I would like to reply to Mike's comment on my "Merry Christmas" blog and say that I really agree with you on realizing that it's good we haven't "figured it out" yet, because it is very true: "figuring it out" is the biggest part of the adventure.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I'm not sure if most of you are younger than I suppose and haven't yet left the nest. Have you guys gone off to college, explored New York City, or moved to that "bigger city" in your state where everyone moves to when they get old enough to "get away from it all"? For example, Salt Lake is that city for me. Salt Lake is where I "got out" to. 

I grew up in this small town in southern Utah. We have all the usual details a small town has. There are the three dueling high schools, all set on a grid of the city, like the constellation orion. I experienced and observed all the "clicks" just like all of you. I actually was a cheerleader. (Something I am not proud of, but can't seem to stop telling people. Go figure). 
I went to Salt Lake City when I graduated to join a metal band with my rebellious boy friend at the time. After that I tried to move to Santa Barbera, CA. Now, that is a beautiful place! But that adventure lasted for about 2 days, and then I drove home, scared silly of my newfound independence. (I'm spontaneous as Hell, and that isn't always a good thing.) I've lived in Austin (where my heart will always be), Florida (where the HUMIDITY will always be), and Las Vegas... and we all know what will always be there...SIN dun, dun, dun. Ha ha. Sin and really great midnight buffets! 

Fast forward to now. I'm home. Living with my family. 25 years old. It's incredible but strange at the same time. (I'm sure some of you are experiencing this right now. By all means give me your thoughts and insights) It's like we all ran out into the world with a stuffed suitcase, pink pajama pants and panty hose, sloppily hanging out the sides, in our haste to TAKE ON THE WORLD in 90 days or less!!! And then, we return home, mopey in our step, eyelids heavy and looking in any and all directions at once so we don't have to look any one person directly in the eye balls. 

To those of you who haven't graduated yet. Don't be worried. This...might not happen to you;)


Once I got home and unpacked and my mother prepared the same korean dishes she used to feed me as a kid, I realized "I'm still trying to figure myself out". I think I'm getting close. I think I've figured out that I'm a creative person, and school doesn't do me a lot of good. (I've registered for online classes three consecutive semesters in a row, and have not yet completed a single class). Please note, I am not one of those confused, "trying to figure myself out" in a depressing sort of way people. I hope you aren't either. If you are, snap out of it "Food tastes too good, and music is too fun to play to be depressed!" I'm just saying, I'm learning now "what I want to be when I grow up", I'm more clearly defining what I fancy in a man, what I look for and want to be in a friend, you know, things of that nature.

I've been home for about two weeks. I've had the opportunity to go grocery shopping and step outside to see a show or too. Remember, I live in a very small town. Not surprisingly, I run into a lot of the chaps I knew from high school. They are all over the place and all grown up.  Many of my friends are married with responsible husbands and adorable kids, some are home for the holidays and going back to law school, some have started up their own businesses, and some aren't doing a damn thing! Which is fine, I'm just observing.

I guess what I'm getting at is I'm now experiencing the sensation of the wonderment of "getting older" and watching people "get older" around me. I've lived enough life, for the first time, to witness and observe some incredible changes. And I'm growing so wise, oh so wise. Totally kidding!

No, but really, even with my band, we aren't just "starting out" anymore. We are four records in, as well as having done several EP's, and we've been touring for six years! People come up to me during shows and say "You guys got me through my high school years" And I'm thinking to myself, "That's crazy! We've been around for that long!"

I love it though. I remember just a few days ago, I watched this movie and one of the characters says to another character who was, I believe, feeling down on herself because she was getting older and he said "No way would you want to go back to being 16! Do you remember who you were at 16? You're beautiful now" or something along those lines. Now, don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with being sixteen. (Just make sure you don't let your 17 year old boyfriend take off in your dad's car and drive it 110 mph down the free way with your dad chasing him, and you should be fine)

I'm in a good place. All of us in this "time of our lives" are in a good place. I'm happy to be doing what I'm doing. Creating jewelry and music and connecting to you!

Might I add to this very personal blog, sheesh! Honestly, I am new to "blogging" and "twitter" and "facebook". I still haven't figured out "twitter" or "facebook", so I ask you all to bare with me. I do have a lot to say and I enjoy interacting on the web very much, with you all. Please give me feedback on anything. Even if you think there is something I could improve on (like spelling. ha ha. It's happened before) or if you have ideas for the next jewelry piece, or even if there is something I can help YOU with. I started this whole deal because I love being creative and connecting with people and hopefully having something to offer. I hope that comes through. 

Honestly,
Meg

Friday, December 17, 2010

Chandler's all sold out.

"Chandler is all sold out as of today". Thank you all so much. There will be more Chandlers as well as Holiday Chandlers  soon. I will let you know and keep you updated.

Thank you! Merry Christmas!

Meg

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Chandler's Photo Op

Grrr. For Christmas I'm getting myself a camera. A) So I can stop borrowing my band members' cameras, and B) So I can take better pictures of Chandler all on my own. RESPECT for you photographers out there. If any of you have photography skills, please feel free to take some pictures of him for me and send them my way.

I have been losing sleep over my next robot idea for Rachael the Robot. Get this! They are going to be silver earings, and I think she is going to have a little flower in her hair and maybe be holding an umbrella. I'll put some preliminary sketches up soon. Sorry to the guys, this piece might be a little "female" oriented, but Joey is coming up next. What a nerd I am. Sorry guys, my obsession with "Friends" will never die, although "Dexter"is quickly becoming a new favorite of mine. Only a few more Chandlers left. I'm working on having more for next year:)

Also, I would really like to give credit to Luca for taking some incredible photos of us. He made me look "not nerdy" and that takes a lot of talent. Click on that pic of me if you'd like to be redirected to his photo site. He's got some really cool stuff up.

Honestly,
Meg

P.S. The new music is...very new. I can't wait until we can put up a taste for you guys to sample.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday Chandler Sold Out

Dear friends,

Holiday Chandler is sold out. Sorry to you who didn't grab yours. Didn't expect him to go so quickly, but there he went, just like kids off to college!

However, the good news is, there is still plenty of Original Chandlers left:)

honestly,
Meg

P.S. I have never slept in a bed as cozy and as soft as the one my mom has for me at her home. Such a crazy difference from those hotel room mattresses.

P.P.S. All I want for Christmas is Dr. Suess books. Yeah, you remember the ones you read when you were a kid. Those books are seriously incredible!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Official Release of Chandler today!

Dear friends,

Oh my goodness it's good to be home! I'm happy I arrived just in time for the holidays to officially let all of you know about the new and improved "Original Chandler" and "Holiday Chandler". (Thank you to those of you who have placed your orders already. I'm sure he is enjoying his new homes:)

The new Chandler charms are about 2 1/4" high. The chain is 25".   I designed the "Holiday Chandlers" specifically for Christmas, what else! They have little copper ear muffs keeping their ears warm as well as tiny booties to warm their toes. These new designs are a bit less fragile than the old Chandlers. I saw a bunch of you on tour wearing the old Chandlers and they looked like they were holding up very well, thanks to their careful owners. Place your orders soon, so that I can ship them out to you before Christmas. (Also, special thanks to my mother for sending out my orders for me while I was on the road.)

I'm already starting to plan to move back to Austin to take some more jewelry classes to devise my next designs for next year. Rachael, oh Rachael the robot, what will you look like? 

So, crazy news. The last night on tour in Denver somebody slashed our tires! I know, I know terrible holiday news. Who would do such a thing? Anyway, instead of coming back to a nice quiet hotel room, Nick was getting his jeans all dirty and his elbows scruffed up while he was busy changing a tire. We changed one tire and still had one tire that was losing air fast. We started driving on the freeway, all of us putting on our seat belts for the first time in case of a blowout. It was crazy stuff. We ended up pulling off somewhere and taking a cab the rest of the way. 
We've had lots of car trouble this tour. We almost slid of the road in Dekaulb. That night was soo scary driving through that blizzard. Our van was basically ice skating across the freeway. You north-earstern folk... how do you do it?
I caught the flu or a cold or something the last few days of tour. I already wrote to my mother to have her fix me up some spicy korean food to cure my throat. 
Overall though, this tour was fantastic. We toured with bands we loved, with music we enjoyed. We talked to a lot of you we haven't seen in a year. Thank you for the chocolate-covered gummy bears, paki, and lucky charms. Also, it was such an honor to have some of you fly across the country and even from Canada to see us play. 

Great, Great memories.

honestly,
Meg


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Hello friends,


Only two more shows left. We only ran into some crazy weather a few nights ago. Slid all over the roads that night, and there was no way I could sleep in the van while that was happening! Joey Ryan and the Spring Standards are gone. We will miss them, and we wish them well. I hope the weather for the remainder of the trip is fair. 


My head is all over the place due to exhaustion, but when I get home I promise to write a recap of the whole tour as best I can. 


I wanted to let you know so that you aren't surprised and I can't be blamed for being deceptive that the Chandlers are all copper. The legs aren't silver like in the picture. There is a shiny copper glaze over the whole thing. You'll see. It's adorable.


honestly,
MEg

Monday, November 29, 2010

All Chandlers sent out today!!!

Dear everyone,

Every single Chandler order I have received up to now was sent out today!!! Thank you for being so patient. You should receive them shortly. (Sorry, for everyone who ordered internationally. Those will take a bit longer)

honestly,
Meg

P.S. We recorded a music video for "My Ugly Mouth" today! It's going to be the bomb.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Update on Chandlers!

Hello everyone,

I'm so sorry about the huge delay on shipping out Chandlers. There has been numerous mix ups on the road where all the Chandlers were supposed to be shipped one place and went somewhere else.

But, I have figured it all out. I will have him within the next week. With thanksgiving and everything, it might take a little longer. Thank you so much for your patience! I wish I could have promised him before Thanksgiving, but at least I can absolutely promise you him waaay before Christmas.

Feel free to email me any time with questions or concerns.

At least you all who have ordered can be rest assured that you will be the first to receive him, and will have one for sure before he sells out on the road.

Thank you for all your support.

P.S. This tour has been a blast so far.

Honestly,
Meg

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Chandler Necklace Pre-order now available!

Hello friends,

I'm leaving for tour today! yikes and yay! So, I put up the "buy" button for pre-order now before things get crazy on the road. I won't be shipping him out for another week and a half to two weeks, but feel free to get your orders in early.

See you on the road!

Meg

P.S. I'll get some more pics of Chandler up soon.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Original Chandler returns soon!

I know it's a little early. But I couldn't wait to give you guys a sneak peak of the original Chandler (my favorite piece ever!) which will be available probably within the next week or two. I've uploaded a few very unprofessional pics of him on my page as well as the holiday Chandler which I designed with cute little earmuffs and booties. I showed him to Nick and he thought they were headphones. So they could be either or. ha ha.

If any of you guys are coming to any of our shows Hannah will be selling them at the merch tables as well.

Enjoy
Meg

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Chandler Sold Out!!!!

Halloween Chandler is all gone. I'm really excited for those of you who ordered him to receive him. Also, really exciting news. The original Chandler is coming back within the next week! Keep visiting for the update. Also, I'm making a holiday Chandler as well with cute little ear muffs.

Peace out!
Meg

Thursday, October 28, 2010

weekend visit

My book of the weekend: "Philosophy: Who Needs It" by Ayn Rand. Those of you who have ever seen an interview on youtube or read one of Meg and Dia anywhere on the web, you have probably heard us talk about the pleasure we find in reading. Anywhere that "reading" is mentioned, you have probably heard me mention Ayn Rand. Anywhere and anytime I can I promote her work. So since this is my blog I'll do what I want. ha ha. Read Ayn Rand! I read this passage that I found particularly moving. You won't know what context it is in, so I'll write it here and explain later.:

First of all Ayn Rand wrote an article on the Alcoholics Anonymous' serenity prayer. If you haven't heard of this prayer let me enlighten you now. 

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference" 

Those are some of the most powerful combination of words I have ever heard.

This is the Ayn Rand excerpt:

"Unable to determine what they can or cannot change, some men attempt to "rewrite reality", i.e., to alter the nature of the metaphysically given. Some dream of a universe in which man experiences nothing but happiness-no pain, no frustration, no illness- and wonder why they lose the desire to improve their life on earth. Some feel that they would be brave, honest, ambitious in a world where everyone automatically shared these virtues- but not in the world as it is. Some dread the thought of eventual death-and never undertake the task of living."

I thought, my goodness, this is me. My old tour manager used to always say in anger " You Frampton girls can never accept reality the way it is!" He would say this after we wine about not being able to find a starbucks on an abandoned highway on tour. And now that I'm older, and I'm finally accumulating a very decent amount of hardships and sorrows (if I do say so myself) I'm angered that I can't have my perfect happy world, which is why I sometimes inappropriately long for my childhood again. (I am writing a song about this now by the way)

But if I can only accept that terrible things could happen... I might be unemployed, maybe my family will break up, maybe somebody I love, or even myself develops a serious illness tomorrow. This is real life you know? I can't be upset at myself for being irritated in traffic or for mouthing off to my band members in practice. No one is perfect. We aren't all robots. All of us emotional beings are flux in the universe and I have to accept that. I have to accept death, and even though I want to be immortal I've only got a finite time to live. 

We all have to accept all of it, the good and the bad, and not beat ourselves up when we can't find perfection. 

I even find myself in my current relationship becoming upset over things he did that weren't perfect and things that I might have said that were less the "princess dialogue" maybe even on the edge of hurtful, and I want our "honeymoon stage" back. I long for the beginning of the relationship, when this man was perfect in my eyes are there were no such problems as "who's going to pay for what meal" and who isn't "spending enough time" with who. I have longed for the beginning of the relationship just like I have longed for the beginning of my life, my childhood. 

But, while I have been down south, visiting my family, I saw my younger sister. (Not Dia, another one who is nine). I'm jealous of her little life every time I visit. She has school, and friends, and no responsibility. She is always bright and happy and incredibly intelligent. I want her life...usually. But finally I have come to the point where, after passing my little sis in the hall on my way outside to ruminate over my churning thoughts, I think to myself "No, I want my life. I want my life with all the problems, complexities, subtleties, mistakes. You know why?

 Because it's colorful.

Monday, October 25, 2010

You guys make me smile.

What insightful advice all of you had! One person mentioned their response on my last blog for being an "essay", but I loved the response. They all made me feel so much better. I'm having a very talented friend of mine revamp my blogsite. I'm very excited about that change coming up. Also, my latest jewelry piece will be up in the beginning of November. No, it's not the Chandler. But "Chandler" is involved in the design.

Did I mention Dia and I are visiting my mother right now. It's amazing to have someone cooking for me again. I just finished helping my little sister, who is in middle school, with her math homework. It really took me back to my school days. Also, I found out my sister is being a cheerleader and dressing up in my old cheerleader uniform. That's right! Im not ashamed to admit it.

There is something really strange about visiting the town that you grew up in. Some times I get a cozy feeling when I drive by my old high school or down the boulevard. Other times, it's super creepy and I'm praying I don't run into anyone I know at the grocery store.

Dia and I attempted to take some band photos of each of us today. We went out on this old farm, and it took about two minutes before we got busted for trespassing on "private property". She took a few photos of me posing on the stairs in our house, and standing near a book shelf. She's the only person I know, who could get behind a camera, snap a couple photos of me, and make my thighs look larger then my head. Needless to say... we will be hiring and paying for a professional photographer...again.

 We just have such a hard time with photographers. Pictures of us are part of the art. And noone captures our images so that they compliment our music. What a conundrum...

I wrote a song about "holding on to a dream". It's about finding your dream again, after life and adult responsibilities get in the way. I hate using the word "dream" in lyrics though. Too cheesy. Too overdone. I'll find something else.

Scatterbrained blog tonight guys. I apologize in advance. With the morning sun, I will rise again, and perhaps write something more engaging.

Honestly,
Meg

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Winter is a comin!

It's getting a bit cold in Salt Lake City. Dia and I went to an excruciatingly difficult yoga practice the other day. I don't know if I feel like I'm getting the flu because I over-exerted myself or because of the weather. Regardless, I changed my sheets from summer sheets to winter sheets. I thought of my mother while I was changing them, always so motherly and so worried. She packed these super warm and cozy fleece sheets in my bag, along with a heating pad, last time I left her house. I have to say the colors complimented my blanket. I don't pay much attention to color coordinating my room anymore. I did when I first moved in, but once again I'm planning on uprooting myself back to my home town. I've had enough of "Red" my crazy roommate, although Tiffany from downstairs told me that the other day "Red left a nice note in the bathroom about giving her some copper colored bobby pins with a smiley face!" But still, I'm getting a little antsy being in the same place for a good amount of time.
I've been having a bit of health trouble recently. I stopped drinking alcohol and coffee, started going to yoga religiously and now I listen to "happy pop music" instead of talk radio. I don't think it's helping much. What do you guys do when you are down?

Last night all five of "Meg and Dia" were at the band house stuffing poster tubes with posters for our street team members to hang up in venues. It was terrible. You'd think my tiny Asian fingers would be pro at the task, but I couldn't even get one tube full of rolled up posters! Carlo was the master, until he spilled his glass of whiskey on about 12 or 13 of them. Oh well, guess he made up for them in speed. 

I'm going to my ex-boyfriends wedding tonight. It gets a little strange when you start getting to the age where all your friends are getting married. (And even a little more strange when the person you had dreams of matrimony is walking down the aisle with a cute little ethnic girl!) They do look adorable together, I have to admit. I love wedding cake though and seeing the "wedding kiss" and such HAPPY people. I think I really need it right now.

Also, I'm going to visit my mother tomorrow! Dia and I are going to go to this italian store called Tony Caputos to bring her some fine chocolates and raspberry honey. She deserves it. If anybody is a chocolate buff you must try "Patrick's Madagascar" chocolate.

I don't have any book suggestions at the moment. I've been reading a lot of non-fiction books about business. Boring! I know, I'm growing up. Yucky. However, Dia dropped a copy of Middlesex to me. I read the first chapter. It seems promising.

We recorded some youtube videos last night of us playing some music off of "It's Always Stormy in Tillamook" last night because, get this: Dia actually did her hair and got dressed because she was going on a date and she wanted to take advantage of the moment. Ha ha. What a character!

Well, right now I'm going to the SLC library to play around in its' gorgeous glass walls and find me some interesting reads for tour!

Honestly,
Meg

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Chandler the Robot



Welcome to Chandler the Robot!


ALL ROSS THE ROBOT KEY CHAINS ARE SOLD OUT!!!


(There are a few charming chairs left)


When I'm not touring, I've got to use up my energy somehow right? So, I thought to myself "What's a girl to do?" That's how I came up with this site. I know our band has all sorts of ways to connect with you, but I wanted my own personal blog where I could write about whatever nonsense came into my head and of course share robots with you as well!


The plan is for me to keep an eye out for curious robots and robot ideas for me to design while we are on the road. (Tour for Meg and Dia starts this fall. For dates check our myspace or facebook)


I am currently in the process of creating more designs for your wearing pleasure. Some of you messaged me about where Chandler is to be found. I'm happy to say he will be available on this page soon.


Been so busy going to practice, watching Dexter, and getting our ep released safe and sound. These are exciting times people!


More later...

Thank you for visiting, please visit again soon. (Hopefully, I'll be writing these regularly)

Meg