Saturday, July 30, 2011

Introducing "Monica Bot" and "Phoebe Bot"

So, Nick and I are just about done watching the t.v. series "Friends". (This will be my second run through and his first.) I love the end of the series. It's hilarious and uplifting, and there is no better way to end this very hot July.

Watching the last few episodes prompted me to create the last two pieces of my "Friends' Bots" collection.

Choose Monica or Phoebe from this drop down menu

This is my lady "Monica Bot"

Monica and Phoebe on the town.

And Phoebe in all her zany glory...

Monica and Phoebe Bots are made out of polymer clay, antique watch parts, and copper. They include a 26" antique copper chain. The bots are a little less than 2" in height. Monica and Phoebe Bots are $60.00 each. If you'd like your Monica or Phoebe Bot as a keychain instead of a necklace simply choose either "Monica Keychain" or "Phoebe Keychain" from the drop down menus in this post.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Crisis Averted

I'm not going to lie, it's been a rocky month for me. I'm sure some of you frequent readers of my blog have ascertained this by reading between the lines of previous blogs of mine. I could simply blame my age and attest that I'm going through my "quarter life crisis", but I really don't want to do that. Don't worry, my worries haven't had anything to do with Chandler, in fact, like Nick (boyfriend), Chandler has been my rock, my solid rock. (This is actually a great metaphor come to think of it, for what Chandler will morph into come next "First Thursday")

Nothing crazy has happened. I've just had experiences  that teetered my life scale a little bit to the "not-so-swell side" for a blip, and it was a shocker. I discovered that I do not do "change" well. I'm one of those people that holds on for dear life to the "normal routine", the "comfortableness" of the past, and who runs like all Hell broke loose from the tides of the future.

I've had this sketch in my head for awhile now, so I thought I'd put pen to paper. (of course, Chandler is hanging there with me.)

I texted my Korean mother one afternoon to ask her, "oh Korean mother, how long do you think this will last?" She replied after several minutes with her wisdom, "I think... two months." (it's weird how I can hear her native accent via text...)

And two months it did take. Well, not exactly, but her answer was right, in that time does heal you. I know, I know, "Time heals all wounds. blah, blah, blah" But it does! I think my time is done commiserating. I'm so, so ready to move on!

Like so many successful and happy people before me, I have found my clarity and countless new opportunities because the trials and tribulations have forced me to work a little hard, search a little more deliberately for what it is I'm looking for.

So, I've had an extreme sense of focus lately. "The sun shines more brightly after a storm, or whatever" (wow, I am just full of them today aren't I? And I promise I'm only making up these anecdotes 37% of the time)  I'm currently working on some new material that hopefully Dia can use for her music in the future. If not, the plan is to use it for my own musical project. (This is so scary for me by the way, but I've got lyrics to sing, and somebodies got to do it right?) My adorable mom is coming to visit Austin for a few days early in August to help me make my next "First Thursday" project. So, although I say these are all hand made by me, next month will have that "motherly touch" and some of your pieces will be made by my mom (those pieces will probably look much better than mine, so ya'll will be lucky to have yours done by her. ha ha).

Next months "First Thursday" was a hard decision for me to make. I did have something fabulous tying in with all of the "superhero" movies coming out this summer, but that design will have to wait a month or so, because I really wanted to do something that means a lot to me at the moment, something having to do with new adventures and change. You'll see.

Hope everyone is moving forward in life with a happy face. How do you guys deal with sudden and unexpected change?


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Eggs in a Frame

Nick and I decided to get up early today so that I could get a head start on shipping out all of the black Cowbots and he could start shipping Cocoon vinyls.

I was presently surprised to discover this in the kitchen for me.

Today is going to be a good day.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Cowbot Update

I'm just finishing up the last of the Cowbots. I wanted to wait to ship them all out together to stay organized. I should be done by Wednesday, so expect to receive your Cowbot next Monday-Wednesday depending on where you live.

Thanks for your patience:)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Good Stuff

Back in 2008, during the time Meg and Dia (the band I play guitar for) began touring and releasing records consistently, I started to take music more seriously, and developed a rather concentrated routine of analyzing music. There was no more whining along with Dashboard Confessional, throwing my aching heart to the wind. There was no more driving around in my car, blowing off steam and screaming out my window with Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World.... "And how long would it take me to walk across the United States... all alone!"

I was a professional now. I didn't listen to specific bands or certain artists any longer. I'd just listen to whatever anyone else was playing in the van, or whatever music was playing in the background of restaurants. "Ugh huh, ugh huh" I'd think to myself. I would listen to each instrument separately, focusing on drums first. I would listen more intensely than a master chef concentrates on the tastes of a secret recipe to discover the coveted ingredients. Then I'd move to bass, and rhythm guitar, and lead and so on. I had fully convinced myself that I had figured out why that particular artist had chosen that particular guitar tone, and decided to insert that particular riff at measure 6 and again at the end of measure 17. I focused on how the mixing of the song was arranged. "Why are the drums buried in the back on this track?" " Why are the vocals 10 decimals louder in this one?" "Is it really necessary to repeat that last passage 7 times?" 

I kept this "perspective" of music for many years up until just recently. I wouldn't say I was enjoying it. I was working too hard trying to "figure it out" to enjoy what the artist created.

Today, while I was driving back from my yoga ride (a pleasant bike ride around Lady Bird Lake and the South Congress bridge, followed by yoga on the grass as the sun was setting. Boo ya!) a rock song came on. The D.J. bellowed in his booming voice that he was delivering to us listeners "rock from the decades!" I believe that the songs were randomly played one after the other in a sort of musical montage jumping from the 70's to the 90's to the 60's.  I can't tell you what the songs were exactly.

That didn't keep me from belting along. While riding on the tail end of my endorphin high from my bike ride, I yanked my water bottle up to my lips as my microphone, and began nodding my head frantically and shouting the words, any words really to these rocks songs. I pictured myself on stage. It was a beautiful daydream. Then I returned to reality, put down the water bottle, and glanced to my right just in time to notice the judgmental face of the driver next to me who had witnessed it all.

I would have been embarrassed had I not just experienced a major epiphany. A Nirvana song came on just then almost as a confirmation to my epiphany. "Come as you you I waaant you to be" and I listened to Curt Kobain and his raspy fed-up voice coming through my car speakers, and I can tell you right now, Curt sure as Hell wasn't concerned about time signatures and quarter note snare hits when he wrote that song.

 He knew how he wanted the song to feel, how he wanted people to feel when they listened to it, and he wanted them to know they were listening to the good stuff.

You can tell. Anyone can tell when music comes from the heart or the soul or both, usually both. Anyone can tell when a song isn't fabricated mindlessly and when it was created with honest intent.

You know, I can use what I learned today metaphorically with anything. I love shopping at thrift stores because I always find gorgeous, vibrant clothing. Items I can tell some person somewhere created with soul. When I'm wearing that dress or that scarf I don't count the stitches. I don't measure the length of the sleeve and make sure the pleats in the skirt are even. I just know that when I wear it, I feel confident, and I feel happy.

From now on, when I'm writing, I'm not going to think so much about every tiny detail. I'm going to simply sing and play and get my song out and recorded so that it make me feel just like I want to feel, and it will make people feel just like I want them to feel, and I want them to know that when they listen to my music, they are listening to the good stuff:)


Monday, July 11, 2011

Hidden Paradise

I can't believe I just stumbled upon this place! Krause Springs in Springwood, TX

Who wouldn't be excited about rope swings?!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

No Longer Making "Custom Orders"

Dear friends,

I have had an incredible time making custom jewelry for many of you. I didn't realize in the beginning, that because I would be creating a personal piece for a special reason, I would hear much of the story of the person you would be giving it to, or your story. Through our e-mails back and forth, concerning the custom piece and then your life, I became close with many, even though we've never met! I want to thank you for sharing with me and allowing me to connect.

I've had the opportunity to make a pair of "breast cancer" ribbon earrings for a very courageous breast cancer survivor. I've made anniversary gifts for couples celebrating their love. I've made custom Chandlers and Joeys to be part of weddings. Each time I'm working on something for someone special, I'm seriously smiling the whole time.

I've received many custom orders these past months, so many that I'm backed up a few months in the future actually. I haven't had much time to focus on new designs. I would like to work on upcoming "First Thursday" pieces as well, and haven't had the time. Also, I need more time to love the people in my life better. (I'm sure many of you have been in this similar situation before and understand it.) It is so important to keep special relationships thriving. Chandler and I need time to stop and smell the roses.

The Original Chandler prototype. Only 15 were created. I don't even own one!

So as much as I love everything having to do with Chandler the Robot, and as much as I've loved connecting with you and creating unique things for ya'll, I will no longer be making "Custom Orders"

I hope you understand. This isn't a permanent change. Maybe in the future, I'll set aside a certain amount of time to open up my shop to "Custom Orders", but right now I'm trying to prioritize and make Chandler the Robot the best it can be for you and me.

I apologize to those of you who have sent me recent inquiries for custom orders, and to those of you who have already paid, I will honor that and complete yours as quickly as possible, but still please allow me enough time to give each piece attention and care.

By the amount of emails I've been receiving, I am aware that so many of you have GREAT ideas for robots. I've jotted down many that I will use in the future, and since you didn't get a chance to place a Custom Order, I would love to hear your ideas in the "comments" section below this post. Maybe your idea will turn out to be one of my future "First Thursday" pieces.

Again, thanks so much to everyone for understanding.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Shop Announcement

If you'd like to order the "Willies" earrings as a necklace, there is now an option available called "Willies" necklace right underneath the "Willies Earrings" in the drop-down shopping cart menu on the left side bar of my blog.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cowbots Are Sold Out!

My Limited Edition Cowbots sold out in less than 4 hours! Thank you to those of you who purchased my cowboy robot.

Make sure to check out future Limited Edition pieces every "First Thursday" of each month:)

"First Thursday" introduces the "Cowbot"

To those of you who are new to my blog, every first Thursday I release a very special "limited edition" piece.

The piece will be either a new project that I have been working on, or a piece that means a lot to me.

This "First Thursday" I am releasing the "Cowbot", a cowboy robot!

The idea came about when I received a call from Dia Frampton (my sister) who just took 2nd place on NBC's "The Voice". Her coach, Blake Shelton, had seen her wearing one of my pieces ("Take Me Away") and requested that I design a cowboy robot for him.

Delighted I took that request one step further, and designed one for his wife, Miranda Lambert, as well, for a post-wedding gift.

I wanted to release the "Cowbot" as my special edition piece this month for two reasons.

1) I'd like to celebrate Dia's success on "The Voice" and the new relationship she has formed with a very witty cowboy, Blake Shelton, whom she has said she believes will stay very close friends.

2) I actually haven't had much experience being around any type of "Western" environment until I came to Austin, and even living here I only wear cowboy boots and go line dancing every once and awhile. Most of my "western" exposure comes from old spaghetti westerns and books, which brings me to my second reason. Cowboys were funny and courageous as Hell. I think Americans today, especially myself could learn a lot from them cow men.

These "Cowbots" come in two colors. You can order either the "pink" or "black". I am only making 50 cowbots total. Each robot will be handmade, by me, so please allow 3-4 weeks for them to arrive at your door.

Cobot charm sizes vary, but measure approximately a little less than 2 1/2" in length. They are made out of polymer clay, antique watch parts, and antique copper. Each necklace includes a 28" copper chain.


Cowbots Will Be Released at 1:00 p.m. central time today!

Dear everyone,

It's "First Thursday" on my blog! I designed some cowboy robots for Blake Shelton (in black) and his lovely wife Miranda (in pink).

So please check back in a few hours to get your hands on yours:)


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Girl and Her Guitar

Thank you Matt Ferguson, Director of Artist Relations for Fender.  Feel free to send me as many of these as you like! I am so excited to represent and work with the beautiful individuals at Fender Guitars! 

check it out! Meg and Dia are featured on one of Fender's sites.

Oh, and here's a pic of todays batch.

photo by Nick Price


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Things that help me keep my head up.

"One Headlight" by The Wallflowers and any book by Charles Bukowski.

Thanks for your comments on my previous post. You guys complete me:)