Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Punk Rock Robot Limited Edition!

I will be releasing a limited edition "Punk Rock" robot in celebration of Warped Tour 2011 in two days, Thursday June 2nd at 1:00 p.m. central time!

There will only be 50 made, and each will come with a personalized note and will be numbered.

Betcha are wondering what this little guy is going to look like???

Stay tuned:)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Little Charlotte and Little Scott

It started with an idea...

and began to grow...

" I want something that will remind me of him when I'm not with him" she said, and he wanted the same.

"Because I will be moving to the east coast you see..."

"Do you think he could be wearing plaid shorts?"

Now she has a way to be there when he misses her...

Thank you Scott and Charlotte for letting me share this!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Five Senses Friday

One of the blogs that I read, Abby Trys Again,  by Abby Powell, uses "Five senses Friday" as way to sit down and reflect on what the past days have been like for her. I decided to try it out on my own blog, and if you have one yourself I encourage you to give it a go.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit for the first time since I was a kid.
A carrot cake I baked for Nick's birthday today
"Meg and Dia playing" on the stereo whenever we walk into a friend's bar because he's a nerd!
Carrot cake fresh from the oven
The sacred air from our air-conditioner that is finally working.

And here's a photo of us celebrating Nick's birthday:)


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dia Frampton on "The Voice"

Sometimes I'm going to write a blog post that has nothing to do with jewelry because there are important thoughts I'd like to share. Well, I guess this thought does have something to do with jewelry because Dia did wear "Chandler 3.P.0" during the live auditions, and I just licked the stamps for a package I'm sending her with a "Take Me Away" necklace and a pair of "Willies" Earrings to wear during the live performances.

My sister Dia was on "The Voice" last night, and I'm still beaming this morning after watching her. Did you guys watch her?!

I don't know about ya'll, but it was so surreal to see her walking on stage.

Also, I remembered before I saw the two dudes on screen that Carlo and Jonathan were going to be on the show, and I almost died laughing. To be fair, "Carlo, you did a great job!" Jonathan, not so much. Ha Ha. I kid. I kid.

But back to the main attraction. I thought Dia's voice was smooth like butter. (Yes, I did just say that). I think right now, at this very moment is the point in her life and career where all of her thousands of hours practicing and performing have accumulated to bring her this beautiful voice.

Dia, no matter how far you go, you have The Voice, and I'm so glad that Meg and Dia has The Voice, and has had her all along!

Anyway, I'm so SO proud of her. She did so amazing.


Monday, May 23, 2011

The Willies Earrings are a necklace now too!

I've been getting quite a few requests about making the "Willies" earrings into a necklace, so I made it an option to order them as a necklace. The option to choose is called "Willies Necklace" naturally.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic Monday:)


Friday, May 20, 2011

Chandler the Robot Earrings (Willies)

I dedicate and name these new Chandler the Robot earrings after Willie for his courage in the battles he faces in his life. I hope to one day be as brave.

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Horse of Course

"A Horse of Course" is a custom piece I just finished for a customer's friend's birthday gift. Now, I know this design choice isn't normally my cup of tea, (horses don't have much to do with robots), but when the question came up for this custom piece, "Could I do this?", I just had to take the challenge.

Polymer clay, my usual medium, wasn't involved at all. I had never tried to design something only using copper wire. I must admit, it took me several tries before I decided which way to approach this project.

This was another great adventure offered by one of your "custom ideas" to satisfy my creative palate!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Back in the Day

I ran into some old pictures I found of us on The Spill Canvas Tour circa 2007. I wanted to share these with ya'll. Good memories...

Another backstage

Trying to pick up tips from a pro

Nick: pre-show warm up. Jonathan: watching Nick do a pre-show warm-up. That's how the story goes.

I can only hope to one day be as bad ass as Carlo!

Our last show of the tour. These are always really amazing or a complete wreck. Either way they are a good time. ha ha

Monday, May 9, 2011

Steppin' Up

I just received news that this blog is featured at Jewelry Making Supplies, one of the largest jewelry supply websites on the web!

Look at Chandler getting all professional and stuff:)


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Artist 2 Artist

I never told you guys, but  the real inspiration for the camera pieces actually came from an idea Dia had for a good friend of ours,  Daniel Silbert, a fellow artist who plays guitar for the band Steel Train. These guys play tunes that make your feet dance against their will, so if you haven't heard them already, check them out!

It's always a pleasure to meet talented musicians on the road that turn into lasting friendships. I can't tell you how many times I've had to call up musician friends when I'm stuck on something, and they always have been such great support.  

(Hopefully we will be on the road again soon, and then I can  sprinkle my robot necklaces on all sorts of unsuspecting musicians. he he)

Daniel is also an incredible photographer as well. He took all the cute pics of Dia on her facebook. If you haven't seen those check out photos of  Dia Frampton here.

So thanks to the both of you for the idea!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease

I made myself spaghetti for dinner. Why does it seem like I'm always making spaghetti and then writing about it on my blog...Anyway, I try to budget in these hard times, and so I dine in. The ironic part of the situation is that my food is so terrible I feel I must drive somewhere to find a delicious dessert to make up for my bland meal. My dessert standards are high, so I usually spend about as much on the sweet treat as I would have on a meal. 

Take tonight for instance. I drove all the way to South Congress for a $6.00 white chocolate and raspberry shake from Hotdoddy's. I didn't know it was going to be $6.00, but I'd pay it anyway because that puppy was worth it! While sipping on my over-priced milkshake I happened to walk by a miniature craft fair. South Congress hosts this event called "First Thursday". Basically, all the shops and restaurants on the street stay open later and offer free drinks, and there's live music. You know, the whole shebang. I had completely forgotten about first Thursday, but since I was here I decided this would be a great opportunity to connect with the locals and see if I could figure out how to get a booth for "Chandler the Robot" sometime in the future.

I scouted out all of the vendors in their booths to try and pick out a friendly one. I spotted a lady behind the booth right next to the busy street (her proximity to the street should have warned me about her snobbiness). She looked nice enough. She was dressed in a royal blue silk number, had bright red hair and matching lipstick. I decided I would get straight to the point instead of pretending to admire her over-priced jewelry. I went straight up to her and asked her still sipping on my melting ice cream, "Excuse me, I make jewelry too! Whaddaya know? Do you know how I might go about getting a booth in this fine fair?" 

She peeked up at me underneath her thick lashes. I felt her silently sizing me up starting at my cut off denim shorts and stopping at my messy pony tail. "Oh, we are all full, and the waiting list will take months. You should go try down the street at so-and-so fair." And then she pretended to organize her UGLY jewelry on the table. 

Now, if this had happened to me even a year ago I would have silently sulked back to my car lost in the parking lot, but not the Meg I am now! No. "Oh, all right, thanks for nothing ya big pile of crap!" I said. O.k. I didn't really say that. It was more like, "Thank you mam." and then I walked away. 

But, I didn't turn back to my car. I went straight into the tiny city of booths filled with baby-onesies and water-color portraits. I decided to be a bit more strategic this time about who I asked for information. I picked a booth that wasn't very busy. The girl standing behind the table looked to be about my age. She didn't look "stuck up" in anyway, kind of on the "shy" and "cute" side of the spectrum. 

"Excuse me, Do you know how I might go about getting a booth here at this street fair".

She hardly skipped a beat before she chirped cheerfully, "Sure, go ask for Charlie next door at Juanita's. Here's his number in case he isn't there and also his e-mail address..."


Wasn't expecting that. I told her about the other quite unpleasant woman. She nodded in understanding, "Yup, kind of like they don't want any new competition. I know. I've been in your shoes before" 

I thanked her for her time and her kindness, tucked the prize business card in my purse,  and realized that if you want something you can't just give up at the first stop light. 

And it's true. Now, everybody...go squeek!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Chandler 3.P.O

First of all...on behalf of myself and Meg and Dia, "Dia, we are SO proud of you. Congratulations!"

In honor of Star Wars Day, I'm releasing the newest version of Rockin' Out Chandler: Chandler 3.P.0.

 Rockin' Out Chandler has been unavailable for awhile, but now he's back and better than ever. I designed this Rocking Out Chandler to be slightly smaller and I had the metal made to be a slightly more "antique" shade of copper. 

Make sure to check out Dia wearing Chandler 3.P.0 on NBC's "The Voice"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rocking Out Chandler will be returning soon!!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Walking in Your Bare Feet

I was eating some cold spaghetti while watching my roommate attempting to get his new t.v. and Nintendo Wi to function. I pretended like I was fascinated by my meal and the fruit flies in the kitchen, so he wouldn't notice me noticing him in all of his frustration.
I tried to rush through my meal and mumbled an excuse that I needed to take out the trash. I tied up the over-flowing trash bag and headed out the door. I didn't want to walk past his "line of fire" to get to my room in order to grab my shoes, so I stepped out into the humid Texas air barefoot. Immediately my clean toes melted into a sidewalk so warm it felt like human skin.

Now that I'm a "grown up", it seems slightly blasphemous to tromp around outside without the proper footwear. I'm bound to step on piles of broken glass from beer bottles. I'm sure there have been parties involving urination out of two and three-story windows. After all, the vast majority of the renters here are struggling students, and they aren't on their best behavior most of the time. 

I almost turn around, but  I say to myself, "Meg, you've gotta toughen up. The garbage dump is about 40 yards from your door, and nobody ever died from making the journey barefoot."

And then, I think the sense of a tiny bit of danger and impropriety must have caused a stirring in me. I remembered how it felt...

to play in my bare feet. 

You know, when I was a kid.  I remember a sea of glowing green grass. I remember trees and dirt. Nothing was threatening. Not the coarseness of the overgrown roots, the edges of the fresh-cut blades. Nothing could hurt me back then. 

What lovely memories I had. Keeping those fond memories we have as children is important to remind us of how life is supposed to feel and how fear is supposed to be discarded.

What memories childhood memories do you have that you wish you could go back to?


Artwork by Chris Sebastion