Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Herman the Nerdbot" To Be Released at Midnight! (Eastern Time)

Define Nerd:
  • One Whose IQ exceeds his weight. (from the "Urban Dictionary")
  • A foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious.
  • An intelligent, single-minded expert in a particular technical discipline or profession.
March's SPECIAL "Limited Edition" piece: "Herman the Nerdbot"

  • Made from an alloy metal with silver coating. (Many of you have been asking for "silver":)
  • 1.75" tall
  • Includes a vintage silver chain that is 19" with a 3" adjustable tail
  • Complete with snazzy bow tie and intelligent glasses. 
  • price: $50.00 
  • Only 100 made
More details about "Herman the Nerdbot" will be posted tomorrow! To order tonight at midnight visit my ONLINE SHOP.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Your Top 5 Favorite Bands/Artists

Thank you for posting over 200 comments in reply to my Facebook Page question: "Who are your top 5 favorite bands/artists?

This question popped up in my head yesterday when I realized I didn't have any sort of "musical pulse" on what everyone was listening to these days. I've been listening to Blake Shelton and Justin Moore every day lately! Your answers have given me and everyone else who joined the conversation a lot of new bands/artists to dive into. 

I had wrongly assumed that everyone was going to choose the same 30 or 40 artists/bands, and then the most popular top ten would be easy to pick out. Quite the opposite happened. I believe just about every person's response of their top 5 turned out to be a completely different arsenal of artists than everyone else's choices. So I ended up with a list of 200 times 5 = 1,000 completely different names. This is good though. It shows that we are all completely unique and have a lot to learn from each other!

 Nick and I had quite an enjoyable experience reading through EVERY single answer! I'm glad to see that a few of you put "American Spirit", "American Tomahawk", and "Andrew Allen" in your top 5. (Nick's eyes lit up when he saw a vote for "American Spirit".) It was also cool to see "All Time Low" and "Bayside" up there since we've toured with them in the past. 

Halfway through the list Nick shrieked, "Better Than Ezra! That's the band from the 90's that we always karaoke to." "Angus and Julia Stone! I love that band. I forgot about them." Then he ran over to his laptop and pulled up their website. We slow danced to "Black Crow". 

Some names that kept repeating were as follows: Lights, Tegan and Sarah, Bon Iver, Paramore, Foster the People, Florence + the Machine, Brand New Mumford and Sons, Lana Del Ray, Hey Monday, and The Civil Wars.

The Civil Wars was the only band I hadn't heard of, so thank you for that tip. I'm going to check them out today. Also thanks for reminding me about "Local Natives". I fell in love with them a few years back when I saw them play at SXSW.

A lot of people were surprised I'm a fan of Eisley, which surprised me. I love Eisley! We were label mates of theirs when we were on Warner Bros. I would have totally geeked out if they ever walked into the Warner Bros. offices when we were there. Unfortunately it never happened.


P.S. Some of you didn't listen to me and still put "Dia Frampton" and "Meg and Dia" in your top five! That was against the rules. I'm not going to lie though, I'm not that mad about it:) 

Monday, February 27, 2012

"Out of Time" and "Willies" Earrings Are Back!

Visit my online shop: to order

P.S.The rest of my robots will be back soon as well:)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Performance In NYC For Olympus Audio

Sing it sister!

F#m... Yup, sounds in tune.

Oh, we are so clever we crack ourselves up.

Tiny Dancer!

Someone fix my necklace chain please!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Sneak Peek at March's "First Thursday" Design: "Herman the Nerdbot"!

For those of you new to my CTR "First Thursday" event I hold each month, let me offer some insight. Last year I started a tradition of releasing one special design on the First Thursday of each month representing something important to me at that time of my life. "First Thursday" designs are a Limited Edition Design. There are usually only 50-100 available. I created a "Cowbot" for Blake Shelton and Miranda last year because Blake is such a sweetheart to Dia. I made a "Diabot" to celebrate Dia's success on "The Voice". I created this month's "First Thursday" piece, "Tiny Dancer", because Elton John's lyrics in the song have always meant a lot to me. (For those of you who missed out on "Tiny Dancer", I'm planning on doing a 2nd batch later in the year:)

March's "First Thursday" (March 1st)  is only a week away! I decided not to have a pre-order this time. ONLY 100 "Herman the Nerdbots" will be available on Feb 29th at midnight.

Everyone meet "Herman the Nerdbot"!

March's Special LIMITED Edition Piece, "Herman the Nerdbot"

While we have been on this tour, a friend who traveled with our band for a few days made a comment that we didn't behave anything like he expected a band on tour to behave. We didn't drink or party or break things. I read a lot. Dia's learning a new language, Nick has basically become his drum set, and Jonathan and Carlo have basically mastered "Starcraft".

We are nerds!

So for March I wanted to create a piece that represented... our "nerdiness" because I love our band and who we are. I also thought that many of you could relate or at least knew someone who could relate and who Herman might make a great gift for.

Don't know about you, but I can't wait.


P.S. I usually have my staple CTR designs up in my shop. Right now they are all sold out, because I'm touring with my sister, "Dia Frampton", on the "Blake Shelton Tour", but I assure you I am working daily with my wonderful mother ( who has graciously offered to take care of my orders while I am gone) to fully stock my CTR shop by the end of March. In a week or so some of the items will start trickling in. The "Willies Earrings" and the "Out of Time" earrings will be the first to return.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

An Intimate Performance of "Love Is" by Dia and Me!

We don't get to perform Meg and Dia songs very often these days, so Dia and I are excited to share this with you!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Don't Eat the Thai Food in Rochester, NY

I knew from the moment I took the first bite of Thai food we ordered, continuing to finish my meal would be a bad idea come show time, but I continued to chomp away at my yellow curried carrots and potatoes. Being on tour gives a girl a funny appetite. At home, it's already difficult enough to squeeze in healthy servings of quinoa and kale much to the chagrin of my taste buds, but at least I can do it there because I have no excuses. On the road I can say: "But I have no kitchen! How do you expect me to steam vegetables if there is not a kitchen to be found?" or "There is not a restaurant or grocery store in sight. I would have starved had I not eaten the 10 lbs of sugar I just consumed, honest!" Not to mention, due to Dia's vibrant presence on Twitter and her constant mention of "cupcakes" to fans, we basically have accumulated enough sweets to open up "Diva's Sweet Shop". Come one, come all! (This is not a call to quite bringing the sweets. By all means keep them coming. Without a happy lead singer, ner' a happy band will we be.)

Backstage, Dia and I had the pleasure to speak with a young chap who had quite a successful run on "The X Factor". I found him pleasant and humble, but their continuing conversations about "reality t.v. shows" became a little too much for my head, so I opted to scurry away to our tour bus to continue applying a smear of lipstick two shades too bright and hop into my "heels of death" before curtain call.

I found everyone's smiling faces quite enjoyable last night, during our headlining performance in Rochester, NY. Hardly any technical obstacles, aside from one little stint I attempted to pull during the outro of walk away. I went for one of those "Slash" moments where said guitarist places one foot on the floor monitor for balance and poses in a moment of triumph and glory for all the world to see...

That move doesn't work in high heels (Just in case you ever find yourself in a similar situation.)

Whenever a bit of silence happens in between songs and Dia is transitioning from the front of the stage to the piano she asks me to fill in with some clever antidotes. I didn't have any of those on hand last night, so I decided to inform the audience about the Thai food settling in my stomach and the effect my digestion has on my performance and my singing. I received a few dirty glances from my band. Maybe honesty isn't always the answer, but at least I learned about the sincerity and sympathy of our audience by listening to all of their remedies at the merch table after the show about aiding the digestion of spicy exotic foods. Who knew "chocolate cuts the burning sensation by covering nerve endings"?


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Memories in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The tour is centered around "Blake Shelton" shows, but we do have quite a bit of "Dia Frampton" shows scattered throughout. The back-stage vibe is always "professional" on Blake days. We have to be "on-call" at all times, ready to move our gear onto the stage in a moments notice. Beeps and fuzzy voices from the walkie-talkies everyone carries around on their belts  constantly interrupt conversations.  I arrive at the stage a little earlier than everyone else before we go on. I meditate, take a peek at the crowd, and mentally prepare myself for the crazy 30 minutes that are about to take place.

We are almost half way through the tour, and I still can't wrap my head around what we do each night. Playing in an arena for the first time gave me the exact same rush of adrenaline I felt when I saw the ocean off the California coast for the first time right after I turned 15. Kind of makes you think to yourself: Is this real?

The band enjoying our "Post-Show dinner" in the green room. Dia is peeking out behind me.

Although our headlining shows are on a smaller scale we still treat them with respect and take them seriously. They are a little more "relaxed" then the Blake shows. I let my hair down, try to focus on individual faces, and attempt to figure out what they are thinking when they watch us.

Dia and I had a few "telepathic moments" during tonight's show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She told the band after our show that she screwed up "Homeless". She said she looked up at me, fingers shaking on the keys of the piano, after she realized she had lost her place in the song. At her position, seated at the piano behind me, all she could see was my back turned to her. She said even though I wasn't facing her, I still helped her find her spot in the song. We also had a few moments during our "Flight of the Concords" cover when we did the same dance moves in tandem with no discussion before the show. We just ended up playing, dancing, and singing in sync. Sister power!

 I want to say thank you to Vanessa for your drawing of Chandler the Robot you brought to the show tonight. All the time she put into the picture almost made me tear up! 

We're making memories out here, not only by the shows we are playing all across the country, but by the time spent around those shows as well. Whenever we make our tour manager schmooze Chipotle to feed us baby birds, we are making memories. Whenever all 5 of our alarm clocks on our phones go off in the morning like a really out-of-tune symphony, we are making memories. Whenever we sing our "Jamaican Bobsled" chant before we share our music with people who decided we are worth listening to, we are making memories.

Thank you.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Xenia From "The Voice" Wears "Stupendous Chandler" in Interview!

How excited was I when I first spotted THIS video?! Love that girl. So happy that Xenia Martinez shared the stage with my sister and wowed us all with her talent and incredible voice. She's so young on top of everything!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Mighty Guitar Solo

My general rule of thumb is: If you can't sing the guitar solo or hum it, then it's not going to connect with listeners very well. I enjoy really simple and melodic musical phrases, a line that "Death Cab For Cutie" would use for example.

Most music/guitar teachers will say that a familiarity with most of the major and minor scales, as well as the pentatonic scale are necessary in order to write a guitar solo. I can see where they are coming from, but I can't say I totally agree. I have hardly ever used any theory when constructing a solo or riff myself.

So, what do I do? 

  • Listen: Listen for style. Is it "jazzy"? Is it sugar-candy "pop"? What is the vocal melody doing? These clues will give you an idea of where you should start. (You can play a punk-rock riff in a jazz song if you'd like, but you better be prepared for a lot of angry stares from the couples sipping their martinis in the Jazz club!)

  • Absorb:  Find a quiet place, and for goodness sakes, throw out the distracting boyfriend and the hyper dog. ( I know they are both adorable, but this step takes focus!) Let the music sink into your head and fill up your whole body. Focus on only the music. Then forget the music completely. Let your mind wander. (See what yoga is doing to me?) 

  • Speak: Based on what you have now heard and subsequently felt, what is it you would like to say musically?  What can you add in this section of the song that won't take away from the beauty of the song? (Don't overdue it!) Has the whole song been really "busy" musically? In that case, you should try to play something really simple for contrast. How is your soul feeling based on the music? Are you sad? Use long drawn-out high notes or "drone" in the lower register of the fretboard.

  • When in doubt, Follow the vocals: If I find myself completely stumped and uninspired, I listen to what the catchy vocal of the song is, imitate that melody slightly, or play a lick to compliment whatever has been sung. 

  • Simple is better then complicated: There have been so many occasions when I wanted to impress people and I would try to add a little "frill" or "run" that I couldn't quite play yet. Attempting to use techniques you aren't comfortable with never ends well.

I have to admit that whenever Dia tells me she would like a solo in a song I feel extremely anxious. However, I always feel a huge sense of accomplishment when I write a solo that I love and proceed to execute that same solo live. So all you need to do is remove all of the doubt that tends to creep up before you even remove your guitar from the case. Give it a try!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mastering the Guitar One Way Or Another!

I need to pay rent and close a bank account with a "merchant alert" (whatever that means). I'd like to cook a few couscous recipes that I have been dying to attempt! I also really really want to find a great guitar teacher and work on improving some technical guitar skills. As you can probably tell, these are all items that are most easily completed at home and not on the road. 

I love, love, love being on tour, but the more I day dream about a few weeks off to hibernate in my apartment with some very precious "alone time", the more tours and events seem to be scheduled.

The point is, I don't think I'll see the inside of my bedroom for another few months, and probably will be living either on a bus or in a van for most of 2012. I'm starting to realize that since I'm not going home anytime soon, I'm going to have to figure out creative ways to check off all my "to-do" items while traveling. For instance, I'll have to educate myself on paying utility bills and closing accounts online, and perhaps we will have to stay in an "Extended Stay" one evening to have access to a kitchen. Most of my errands are difficult to complete while traveling, but not impossible… I had to walk seven blocks in sub-zero degree weather (without a scarf because I misplaced it) to a Wells Fargo the other day! I know I say this all the time, but please, never take for granted how easily all of you can cook and drive and do whatever you'd like at your own convenience!

I have decided, because my guitar lessons aren't going to happen anytime soon, I'm going to embark on a journey in the "music learning" arena all by myself using only books, the internet, and my mind. That's how I started playing the guitar, and that is how I will continue learning. Because of the added pressure of all of these really incredible tours that will probably take place this year, as well as the tour we are on right now, I need to be on TOP of my game.

I've decided to post all of my musical discoveries on this blog and to share with you guys how I'm going to "improve" my guitar playing on all levels.  I am asked all the time by many of you how I "started playing the guitar", "what method I used: Did I have a teacher or did I teach myself", "How I practice", etc… So, hopefully you can learn something too!

Questions are always welcome, in fact, I believe I might be asking YOU guys some questions I'll have on the way as well.

Basically I've divided my learning syllabus into 6 key areas that I plan on covering daily on my blog:

  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Music Today
  • Technical Guitar
  • Songwriting
  • Guitar Equipment

Let the learning begin!


P.S. Don't worry. I'm still going to include "stories from the road" and "Chandler the Robot" Jewelry News. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

We Hear What We Listen For

I came across this story the other day. It really touched me. I thought I would share with you.

Two men were walking along a crowded sidewalk in a downtown business area. Suddenly one exclaimed: "Listen to the lovely sound of that cricket." But the other could not hear. He asked his companion how he could detect the sound of a cricket amid the din of people and traffic. The first man, who was a zoologist, had trained himself to listen to the voices of nature. But he didn't explain. He simply took a coin out of his pocket and dropped it to the sidewalk, whereupon a dozen people began to look about them. "We hear," he said, "what we listen for."

                                                                                     -Kermit L. Long

Friday, February 10, 2012

Karaoke night with the King and Queen of Country!

This picture deserves a blog post of its own!

Blake Shelton and Mirada Lambert!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Tiny Dancer" Update

All 50 "Tiny Dancers" are now tucked away in their little boxes which will cary them home safely to you! Expect to receive your package in the next 3-5 business days.

Thank you!


Dia Frampton's Headlining Show in Towson @ The Recher Theatre

Liem took some fabulous photos of our performance in Towson. To read the rest of Liem's write up about our show, visit Liem Nguyen's Blog! Thank you Liem. These photos made all of us smile:)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Could You Pass a Tissue Please?

Why can't I open my eyes? What is this goop gluing them together? Why does my throat feel scratchy? How come my head hurts? I need a tissue for my nose! Oh no...

I'm sick on tour!

Why is it so bad to be sick on tour you ask? First of all, because there are no mothers or roommates around to turn cartoons on and feed me chicken noodle soup. There are no medicine cabinets filled with nutritious vitamins. There are no fireplaces to warm my hands. 

This is tour in February. There is only cold, dirt, and noise. 

I didn't sleep well, not because of my stuffy nose, or my migraines, but because Rob, our guitar tech, sleeps in the bunk below mine, and he snores like a fog horn. Carlo sleeps in the bunk across from mine. I'm basically the ham in a "snore" sandwich! 

I roll out of my bunk and reach out to the side walls to steady myself. I hear Dia's voice float back through the bus in an accusing tone, "There are more than the acceptable two pairs of shoes for each person in the shoe pile!" Ugh oh, first thing in the morning I'm going to be in trouble. Andre, our merch guy, filters through the shoe mountain with Dia, "Well, these are Meg's tall boots, and here are those new tennis shoes she just bought." I'm two for three. They are bound to find the other pair soon… "And wait. Here's one more pair…"

Before Andre can finish that last sentence, I grab my toothbrush and a bottle of water and book it off the bus. One brushes one's teeth on tour the same way one brushes on a camping trip. Simply dump a bit of bottled water on the toothbrush to dampen, brush teeth,  and rinse both mouth and toothbrush with bottled water. All of this takes place in whatever parking lot the bus happens to pull up in.

As enticing as Nick's breakfast of left over chips and salsa from our rider from two weeks ago sounds, I opt to skip food and spend the entire afternoon hibernating in my bunk with my electric blanket turned on full blast.

Sick in my bunk. I'm glad I listened to my mother and packed an electric blanket!

I pull myself together for the show, both mentally and physically. 

Mmmm...I love me some dirty green rooms. Yuck! (And yes, I am using Nick's drum practice pad as a table for my laptop.)
I heard a traveling business person say that "Traveling is hard. People who say it is not hard don't travel." 

The only event keeping me from hopping on a plane back to Austin is the one hour of playing music that finally comes at the end of my tough day. During our set, I see a couple rocking back and forth, looking into each other's eyes before they steal a kiss in public. I forget about my runny nose. I see three sisters right behind the barricade at the front of the stage, arms linked behind each other's waists, mouthing every word. I forget about the intense hurricane happening behind my left temple and eyebrow. I see a parent nodding in acceptance of these young crazy musicians on stage. I forget about my scratchy throat.

I see a little girl looking up at Dia and deciding then and there in her heart, someday she will sing like that.  You know what?

It's all worth it.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Painting Our Faces in the Mac Showroom in New York City

This isn't any old Mac store. We visited THE MAC SHOWROOM!

Moises, our fabulous make-up artist for the hour, educating Dia and I. He always listened so patiently to all our exclamations, "What does THAT do?!"

All the colors of the rainbow

"Hmmmm, I wonder if there are cupcakes around the corner..."

Goodness, I wish I could have taken the whole showroom in my purse! Thank you mac!

Monday, February 6, 2012

My Guitar Effects Pedals De-mystified

(Please be forewarned, I am not a "tech geek". I hope I don't disappoint a lot of people with my pedal board's simplicity. However, I'm sure U2's  "The Edge" has some sort of write-up somewhere for those of you wanting more out of a pedal Board...)

Now, I'm going to start on the top row going from left to right, and then the bottom row left to right.
What are those crazy colored stomp boxes?
  • Holy Grail - This is the pedal I use when I want my guitar to sound like I'm wailing in a giant cave. I use this pedal for subtle nuances as well, usually to accentuate a vocal line Dia does. This pedal helps to create a "creepy" atmosphere when I need it. I usually keep it on the "Hall" setting at about 9:00. When using any kind of guitar pedal, I always try not to "over-do" the effect. I hate it when musicians have so many effects going on, I can't  hear the notes they are trying to play.
  • MXR phase 90 - This pedal makes a guitar sound like it's underwater. I use this pedal very sparingly, mostly when I'm soloing. It turns a guitar solo at level five into a solo at level 10! Again, I keep this pedal's knob at about 12:00. Definitely don't want to over-do THIS baby!
  • PRO DI Box - Ironically, the most technical part of this post is for the simplest pedal. The DI Box has no knobs to tinker with. This green box is simply a mechanism that is used to convert a "quarter inch" cable's signal into a "XLR" signal, so that the signal can then plug into a "split snake". What is a "split snake"? (Sorry, I got nothing. I usually just call it the "thingy" and had to ask Nick what a "split-snake" was called for the sake of this post.)
  • Boss Chromatic Tuner - This is a tuner. This pedal is probably the guitar pedal that most of you are familiar with. This little guy makes sure that my guitar sounds pretty and in tune so my band members don't give me evil looks during our set.
  • Boss Digital Delay DD3 - Now this is my favorite pedal of the bunch. It took quite a bit of getting-used-to when I first purchased it, but now I use it on basically everything. It helps give solos that "edge" that helps listeners know that I am now having an "important" instrumental moment. It makes riffs sound "shimmery". I also use it to "butter up" certain instrumental sections. Like the "Holy Grail", this pedal helps to create a "vibey" "atmospheric" sound that I can tweak to sound anywhere from "creepy" to "mysterious" and every nuance in between.
  • Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer - Most players use this puppy for "crunch" or for "volume". Also, a tube screamer can make an instrument sound generally more "angry". Ironically, I actually use this pedal to "smooth" out my chords. You wouldn't think that could be one of its applications, but if you think about it, adding a little distortion to the sound makes it a lot less "janky". (which is how "clean" tone sounds sometimes) It sort of "blurs" all the tones together. I use this trick on "Walk Away" in Dia's set to "smooth" out my tone underneath the dance beat of that song.

With all the above being said, my take on guitar "effects" is "less is more". I have a tremendous amount of respect for someone like Andrew Allen who plays just an acoustic guitar with only a tuning pedal. (Andrew is the incredibly talented and super sweet singer-songwriter who is the opening artist for us right now. You can check him out HERE!) When there's less "stuff" to cover up your playing the listener is then invited to experience what the artist truly has to offer.

I love watching electric guitarists who carry a tiny 8" - 10" speaker amp on stage (which is extremely small. It's basically about the size of a purse. I'm such a girly girl! ) as opposed to the guitarists who stack a bunch of Marshall 4X12's on top of each other on stage which they don't actually even play out of. (It's just for show.) (A "4X12" means a speaker cabinet with four twelve inch speakers inside.)

I love when pedal boards are very minimal, allowing the musician to just jump up on stage and wail. The greatest musicians can make any guitar through any amp, and hardly any effects pedals, sound great. (I'm not quite there yet. Someday!)

Also, I love simplicity in all aspects of my life. I'm a vanilla with sprinkles kind of girl (well, at least before I became vegan.)

If you would like to get more "technical", feel free to ask me any questions about any of my equipment, and I will do my best to answer.


Saturday, February 4, 2012

CTR Shop Update

I'm sold out of all my Chandler's I brought on the road. I'm sold out of most of the Chandler's in my online shop. I do have some Stupendous and Silver Chandlers left. I suppose this is a good problem to have:) Just wanted to let everyone know, I'm working my tail off to re-stock the shop by Valentines day.

 Also, Stupendous Chandlers should be available starting on our show in Northhampton, MA. Fingers crossed!

P.S. What do guys like for Valentines day?


Friday, February 3, 2012

Tiny Dancer Bots Sold Out!

My "First Thursday Limited Edition" Tiny Dancer Bot is now sold out! Thank you to everyone who ordered. Expect these little lady bots to be landing in your mailboxes in the next 2-3 weeks!


My Top 10 Favorite Cities We've Visited On Tour

1. Austin, Texas
2. Ashland, Oregon
3. Savannah, Georgia
4. Park City, Utah
5. New York City, New York
6. Seattle, Washington
7. Salt Lake City, Utah
8. Nashville, Tennessee
9. Madison, Wisconsin
10. (You guys fill in number ten for me.)

With that, I'd like to share some photos from one of my new favorite places: Savannah, Georgia. We spent the day off there yesterday, and I never knew what I diamond in the rough that town is!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

INTRODUCING My Latest Design: "Tiny Dancer Bot"!

Happy Birthday "Tiny Dancer Bot"! 

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today
~Elton John

Visit my online jewelry shop to order "Tiny Dancer Bot":

Thank you to everyone who has already placed a "Pre-Order" last week. Yours will be the first orders that are sent out:) Subscribers to my CTR Newsletter will always be the first to know about "Pre-Orders" for upcoming "First Thursday" pieces as well as any other exciting CTR news, so if you haven't signed up for my CTR email list, please do! To anyone who hasn't yet ordered "Tiny Dancer Bot", now is your chance... Read on!

You know that comfy white tee that you throw on for Saturday mornings while you are preparing blueberry pancakes for your hunny?

Or how about the pair of jeans that you've worn in for years now and can't seem to give up? True

Jewelry can and SHOULD feel like that!

True, we don't want to be judged by our outside appearances, but don't look at your "outside" as a platform for people to judge you by, but rather a "stage" for you to be creative and expressive. Allow what dangles from your neck and your ears to make you feel more like YOU! 

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
                                                                                                             ~Dr. Seuss

 When I started making jewelry, I realized there were a few designs that I couldn't help but connect to in an intimate way, and a few designs that were a bit more meaningful to me than the others. So I decided to offer them to the public in "Special Limited Edition" batches. On the first Thursday of each month, I release a "First Thursday" Design. There are usually only 50-100 pieces made.

Last year I designed, for example, a Cowbot for Blake Shelton and his lovely wife, Miranda Lambert, in celebration of Dia's success on NBC's "The Voice". I also designed a "Punk Rock Robot" for old times sake because "Meg and Dia" have participated in Warped Tour a few times, and CTR had a booth at Warped last year. I designed "Explorer Bot", my favorite "First Thursday" piece from last year, during my first summer in my new city: Austin, TX, to represent all my new adventures in nature.

I'd have to say my favorite "First Thursday" design of all time is my latest creation...

Imagine, a tiny robot dressed in a delicate dancer tutu, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet crafted from solid steel so she is anything but fragile! A bow tie on the side of her copper head completes her chic robotic style. 

  • "Tiny Dancer Bot" is 1.75" tall
  • Antique copier chain is approximately 19" long
  • Designed by artisan and craftswoman Meg Frampton (Me, Duh:)
  • Made from a stunning alloy metal with pure copper coating
  • This is an exclusive "Limited Edition" piece. Only 100 pieces made!
Visit my online jewelry shop to order "Tiny Dancer Bot":

If for any reason at all you are not totally happy with your robot, I will issue you a full refund or exchange.

Like always, you guys know if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at:


P.S. Only 100 Tiny Dancers are available as part of this "Limited Edition", and more than half have already been spoken for in the "Pre-Order", so order soon:) Ships within 2-3 weeks, but will most likely take about a week to arrive

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tiny Dancer Bot Officially Released Tonight At Midnight

I am so excited! I wasn't sure I would be able to pull of creating a "First Thursday" design while still traveling on the road with Dia Frampton on the "Blake Shelton" Tour, but...I'm amazing. What can I say:) O.K. maybe I had some great help from a wonderful woman (a.k.a. my mother) who is handling the orders for me while I'm on the road.

Tiny Dancer Bot

Everyone who is a regular reader of my blog probably has heard the news. If you have already purchased a "Pre-Order" of the Tiny Dancer Bot, thank you! Yours will be the first to be sent out. And, you are guaranteed a Tiny Dancer Bot, because I only have about 40 left. I'm pretty sure they are going to sell out fast tomorrow!

Tiny Dancer Bot

To everyone who doesn't know about "First Thursday". I started an event last year where I release a special Limited Edition Piece on the First Thursday of each month. I usually only release 50-100 pieces in each collection.

Visit my online shop to order:

The Pre-Order will still be in effect today. Enter coupon code "eltonjohn" during checkout to receive free shipping. After tonight, the coupon code will no longer be in effect.

Going to go to sound check now! Hope to see you guys at some shows on this tour!