Friday, March 30, 2012

April's "First Thursday" Design PRE-ORDER Begins Today!

Introducing a bot's best friend: "Widget"!

Are you an animal lover? 

Do you have a person in your life who will happily spend a month's rent on gourmet dog food?

Well, Widget, April's "First Thursday" Limited Edition Piece was made for you!

Order Widget, a bot's best friend, on my ONLINE JEWELRY SHOP today!

While traveling as a touring musician on our tour bus this last tour, all of us band members were dying to have a "tour dog". Every single time we would pass by an owner and their dog, Jonathan and Dia would squeal in delight, posing with the pup until the owner became a bit uneasy with all the attention.

In reality a tour dog wouldn't be practical, but because we were unable to have a real dog on the road with us, I had an idea to create Widget instead! Sorry everyone, but Dia and Jonathan will be the first to receive theirs! (I promised them.)

Chandler has a new pet! He's tiny, cuddly, adorned with 4 canine wire-wrapped legs, and is made from an alloy metal with mixed silver and copper coating.
-please allow 2-3 weeks for Widget to arrive BEGINNING April 5th
-Only 100 Widgets will be available and they will go fast!
- 2 cm high, 3.5 cm long
-18" chain 
-PRICE: $50.00 
-Official release date is April 5th, but you can PRE-ORDER him NOW!


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring Cleaning

Bright flowers and cleansing rains represents change, growth, and acceptance. Just like pale-miniature buds and velvet baby leaves have yet another opportunity, another chance to reach out and feel sunlight, we too have another lovely season to swoop underneath us and help us move forward. The changing seasons are really similar to the lifestyle transitions of a nomad musician. A few months of travel transition into a few months of rest and then back to touring again. 

 Whenever I'm touring, I feed my "inner traveler" by soaking up the cities we visit. The tornado warnings in the middle of the night in Nashville terrified me, the new-age hippie hair dresser who cut our hair in Denver opened my eyes to new beliefs as well as making us look quite snazzy come show time. Sweet shoe salesmen in Chicago, earth-friendly farmers in Columbus, passionate street performers in Seattle. I don't think I really realized what a profound affect these "little awakenings" I encountered along my way have had on me.

I'm proud of all of the band for growing as musicians and as performers, but there were some things that we forgot to do while in the midst of our crazy tour. We forgot to listen to music. Silly us. So Jonathan decided to start an email chain that we as a band can participate in where we can share the music we are currently listen to with each other.  I need some "emotional musical ice cream", you know, some delicious melodies to feed my soul. Don't we all?

Dia offered The Shins new album, "Port of Morrow", for all of us to devour. Don't know that I have many musical recommendations to share with my band at the moment aside from some blue grass that Jenee, Blake's violinist turned me onto. Nick introduced us to Gary Clark Jr. He is my absolute favorite artist at the moment!

 I hibernate in "performance" mode and "technical improvement" mode while touring.

I reflect and relax in the perfect atmosphere and environment home provides.

Musically my intention, now that I'm off the road, is to find a female guitar teacher to help me grow. Dia mentioned that on the next tour she'd like to have a girl merch person to come out on the tour with us.  There has been an overload of testosterone on this last tour. Sometimes it just sounds so nice to have some female interaction, especially in a teacher-student relationship. 

I'm also planning on finishing up a new song. I think I'm going to call it "I have a genius". It sounds similar to "Weeding Through the Rubble". It's about that  video I just posted on my Facebook page about Elizabeth Gilbert and how she "deals" with creativity. I'll be posting that soon.

Oh, and I also want to find some spring flowers to keep me motivated and light. Hears to the new season!


Friday, March 23, 2012

Tired And Happy

I spend a few minutes looking over the local paper while sipping on a hot chai tea. A few guys from the other bands break my pleasant morning's peacefulness by shouting to each other across the catering room about all of the insanity that took place the night before. A crew member sits next to me with a guilty grin on his face. "So, how's your trailer?" I look up from an article I am reading about Dia. "Fine. Fine. Our trailer is doing great." I give him a quizzical glance. The normal protocol between people on the tour, and come to think of it, people on the planet, would be to ask each other how each person is doing or maybe how all of our kids or relatives are doing. Normally people don't inquire about how our "mode of transportation" is doing.

I can tell he senses my confusion. "Well, last night me and a couple of guys were slinging around ice bags from the top of a hill tryin' to hit your trailer." "Naturally", I'm thinking to myself. "I threw mine and ended up tossin' my own body down the hill with the momentum and ended up ramming my head into your trailer once I got to the bottom of the hill!" 

I tried to seem enthusiastic. "Ugh huh." Silence. "Nice weather outside." I muttered. I wasn't going to touch that one.

A member from Justin Moore's band attempted to keep down a bit of scrambled eggs and coffee. His skin looked grey. He pushed his plate away after two bites, stood up, and announced in a country drawl to no one and everybody at the same time, "I'm gonna go bayack to bead for a few awwers, and try this agayen…"  I could almost hear the jingle of the imaginary spurs on his feet and the swinging of the non-existent wooden saloon doors as he trudged away.

Man, I must have missed one hell of a tour party last night.

After breakfast, I found the paper sign with "Dia Frampton Green Room" printed in big bold ink on one of the doors in the arena. I took a peak around. No towels yet. Must be too early for our tour manager to be awake. I knocked on production's door. "Hi Beth. Do we have towels yet?" "Yes we do!" She chirped brightly. "We got nice towels today!" It's the little things that make a day better on tour, especially for us girls.

Everything feels so final today. I wonder who will keep in touch with who, what relationships will blossom in the coming years, which musicians will find leads with which bands because of a "connection" made on this tour. I know Nick is going to be best friends with Tracy, Blake's drummer, because Nick always jives with the drummers on tour. 

I suppose more than relationships, for me I'm going to be taking back memories. On our day sheets, Robert, our tour manager, always leaves famous encouraging quotes. Today his quote was by him.

It read: "It was an honor to tour with such amazing people. I know we've had a lot of ups and downs this tour, but that doesn't mean we all don't mean a lot to each other! Thank you for teaching me more than I could take on this tour! Will miss all of you so much! ~Robert"


P.S. I asked Nick, "Any last words?" He said, "Umm…not really…It's been fun? What's the context?" "It's my "End of Tour" blog!" I urge him on. And all we do is simply nod at each other, Tired and Happy.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

10 Lessons I Learned From an Arena Tour

1. I learned that being a  "performer" and being a "musician" on stage are equally as important. For the entirety of "Meg and Dia" I believed that having my bangs cover half my face in a dramatic swoop and an incoherent mumble in between songs fulfilled my requirement as an entertainer. Only during the second half of the Blake tour, by watching and learning from both Dia and Blake, did I realize that the crowd deserves to have the entertainers on stage be appreciative and show their respect by smiling and moving with the music. 

2. I learned to not sweat the small stuff that happens on stage. People aren't analyzing the show in detail as much as the band and I are. When two cowgirls are sitting in the third row, sipping on beers and laughing hysterically to each other, they are not making fun of me for missing the A minor in the 2nd verse, they are remembering the "stuck up" mechanical engineer who spilled Miller Light all over himself while hitting on them at the bar last night.

3. I learned about how to respect hierarchy in a tour production this enormous. Just like an employee in a corporate situation is supposed to first address an issue with their higher up, and then the higher up relays the message to their superior, etc…, those same rules apply on tour. (For some reason, I thought if you were in the band you can do what you want and I could just go talk to Blake's tour manager myself with issues. Well, I learned my lesson! No "after show" Taco Bell for me!)

4. I learned to depend on our crew in a time of crisis. They know what they are doing. I need to trust them to handle their jobs. We recently had a technical issue where we didn't trust the front of house engineer to handle it. I freaked out and stopped playing my part altogether because I believed we were playing way off from each other and we ruined the song. Turns out our sound guy heard the mistake, fixed everything instantly, and to the crowd the song would have sounded perfectly fine had I continued to play my part.

5. I learned how to pee in a stall where boys are in the next room in an open "locker room" type space. Dia and I share green rooms with all the guys in our crew and band. At first, it was a little awkward to step into a stall and realize that everyone in the room could here me peeing. Now, I shout over the stall to them about how great or not so great the tour was and the coming presidential election. 

6. I learned that women can be in charge in a man's world. Beth is in charge of production, and man you should see the big tough men bow down to her. The authority and power she has amazes me every day. I think it takes courage and balls, and she has both!

7. I learned how to shower in under 3 minutes. We are all usually extremely stinky and dirty by the time all nine of us roll up to the hotel after a couple days of no showers, sweaty shows, and "load-ins" and "load-outs". There is no time for singing in the shower, no time to shave, no time to stop and enjoy the water pounding on your back. Just in and out, like a snow storm. Next!

8. I learned not to take things personally. When Dia says that the guitar tone sounded like screeching sirens in her ears, that's not my fault. It could be a myriad of problems: monitor issues, room issues, mixing level issues. Just gotta let it slide off my back, because I know I have killer tone. Duh!

9. I learned that just as coffee and Dave Grohl don't mix, coffee and Meg are just as terrible of a combination. Never again. 

10. I learned that cultivating connections with people on tour is extremely important. You never know how people can help you down the line.  You all know about Jenee, Blake's blue-grass fiddle player, I spoke about in a previous blog. If I wouldn't have met her, I never would have been introduced and inspired by new genres of music and different styles of guitar playing.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Silver Chandler Returned Today!

And we are almost one big happy family here at CTR. Just waiting on the Willies Necklace to be complete.

Available in the CTR Shop.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Stupendous Chandler Is Back!

I would love to catch everyone up on the crazy events and shows that have taken place in the past few days, but I'm going to wait for a day because I didn't sleep at all last night due to flights. I want to be coherent. Thanks for dealing with my crazy lifestyle! In the meantime, I wanted to let everyone know that  Stupendous Chandler is back in my shop!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dia's Feature On Wall Street Journal Blog!

Dia Frampton
Before she got her hands on the Olympus LS-20M and LS-7 recorders, singer and “The Voice ” Season 1 runner-up Dia Frampton called her answering machine at all hours to record things like a lyric in her head, a chord progression she liked, or a melody she had just dreamed up. But when she played back the message, she often lost some the details.
Now that she has deal with Olympus, Frampton says she is never without a recorder.
Sitting with her sister, Meg, in the cavernous Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, Frampton was eager to discuss her life and career after “The Voice,” which currently includes touring with Blake Shelton as his opening act.
The Wall Street Journal: Behind the scenes and beyond the cameras, what was the atmosphere like on “The Voice?”
Dia Frampton: It was definitely an anxiety-driven environment. I had watched “The Voice” Holland and when I went to audition there were 200 to 300 people waiting for their turn. The whole time I auditioned was a blur. I was stressed out and all alone and then there were 60 other singers when it came time for the actual competition. But I knew from the beginning that being a part of Season 1 was something special.
Did you think when you chose Blake Shelton that your relationship would evolve as it has?
I was a little uncomfortable with the idea of going on a country music tour at first with Blake, but we did a duet on my record and he was such a great coach. There’s a lot of crap that goes on in reality TV and the music business is scary, anyone who tells you otherwise is lying, to you or themselves. But Blake was always there. I think that’s just who he is. We text now, he’s really a mentor, not to mention a person that allows me to sing for 30 minutes in front of 7,000 to 10,000 people a night.
What’s so scary about the music business?
I was on the Warner Bros. label and then I got dropped. Music is an intangible thing and right now the industry is very fickle. It’s not just put out an album and then sell it. There is no direct result, no if you do this then you will be safe. You could be shelved or dropped, just like that. Music is scary.
We’re over halfway through Season 2 of “The Voice.” Do you think the opportunity to tour with Blake would be afforded to you this time around?
Every season of every show gets harder and harder. I don’t even know if I would have made it into the running. There’s always an insecurity for me. I’m a crooner not a belter and there are a lot of belters this season.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dia, Carlo, And I Perform 2NE1'S "Lonely" For

Lyrics by MOA.

To read the full article and interview with Dia on click here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The End Is Near

Tour sweet tour. The "Blake Shelton" Tour is drawing to a close. Sad but true. I'm glad the the tour is ending on the west coast. It kind of seems like we are riding off into the warm sunshine this way.

Blake Shelton's, Justin Moore's and our people will be veering off in separate directions. Out of all the people on the tour, I feel closest to Jenee, Blake's violinist/guitarist/back-up vocalist. She has been an amazing role model for me. She's an extremely classy and talented woman with many years of experience playing for professional artists like Martina McBride. Her violin/fiddle playing is some of the best I've seen. Meeting her has made me realize how much further I have to go musically, even though I already feel I have come so far. I have her to thank for introducing the subtleties and purity of "blue grass" music. I will miss her and her southern accent. 

Jenee also writes her own awesome tunes which you can listen to here!

Last night, at our "End of Tour Party", rented instruments littered a stage in our dining area. After a delectable meal of grilled veggies, potatoes, and biscuits, Blake's musicians assembled on stage and began free-styling. You could feel the emotion pouring out of their fingers and their bodies. They were all masters of their instruments. I can't imagine all of the hours they must have put into practicing their craft to be able to call on their arsenal of techniques so fluently and tastefully.

Although playing in arenas is a huge "high", and I can't really compare anything to that feeling of being in front of so many people, I think I would rather be an incredible player in front of a very small crowd rather than playing average in an arena. I'm thankful for the opportunity of a tour so incredibly HUGE, but the biggest thing I learned on this tour is that for me, music is still at the heart of everything, more than a giant tour bus, more than arenas, more than a full rider complete with honey nut cheerios, almond milk that nobody drinks, and ice tea.

 I love music because of the "journey" aspect of the craft. You see, you never are at the end. That's a good thing, because if you ever did get to the end what would you do? I'd tell you what, you'd be sipping on a club soda, and what's so great about sipping on a club soda?

Coming off of a tour like this is always a rejuvenator of sorts. Such a big change of lifestyle always catapults me into life's next "phase", which is why I'm kind of infamous for doing something crazy at the end of every tour (like moving to Austin on a whim, the first time I moved there.) 

Just like I was SO ready to be on tour when we first started out the tour, I'm SO ready to be home now. 

Nick and I are moving back to Salt Lake City from Austin. Yes, yes I know. I love this city, and the goodbyes will be hard. I'll be back someday. My Chandler the Robot Shop will stay up during the move thanks to mama Frampton (and sometimes papa).

We are playing in Bakersfield tonight. The California air is sweet, just like I remember it. 


Monday, March 12, 2012

Chandler Is Available NOW!

My online jewelry store is beginning to fill back up! Stupendous Chandler will be back next!

Friday, March 9, 2012

2 Babes and an Asian

I had a dream that I produced "hits" behind a giant mixing board. I sat in one of those plush swivel chairs draped in hot pink velvet. Empty paper coffee cups littered the floor. Only I had access to this recording studio. In between playing back the track, a silence filled the studio, so quiet you could hear a furry cockroach scurrying across the shiny maple floors. Mist floated through the room, clouding my mixing decisions along with my surroundings. 

I hit a giant orange play button near the bottom of the mixing console. Dia's voice screamed at me through the enormous speakers level with my head. Her vocal track didn't sound sweet and warm like it normally does. Instead a harsh vocal melody growled over the instruments. I sprang out of my chair like a jack n' the box in a horror movie. 

This is it! This is what I have been looking for!  

The song had a steady raw drum beat that sounded like it walked right out of an obscure Blues Bar in Austin. A heavy and clear bass line anchored the tune beautifully. I simply needed to turn up the raggedy guitar riff panned to the right in order to transform this track into the beast I knew it could be. I steadied my shaking index finger on the dial, fighting the rush of adrenaline. I slid the dial up. The guitars popped into place, and my heart filled with joy only a choir of angels are capable of feeling. 

Suddenly a piercing and pulsating violin track interrupted my beautiful rock symphony, sounding horrifically similar to Jim Carrey's "most annoying sound in the world" in Dumb and Dumber. 

And I woke up, realizing that the violins in my dream were actually the sound of the DoubleTree Hotel's alarm clock. 

The recording session of my dreams (literally) ended abruptly. Time to start another day.

Dia hops in the shower. I hop in the shower after she is done. Makeup. Hair. Shoes. Dress. Guitar. Out the door. 

We performed for a radio station today in Spokane. Dia knows the names of them. I can never remember. I am HORRIBLE at "schmoozing" people, which is the name of the game at the radio stations. Too bad an artist simply can't enter the premises of the radio station, fall to their knees, and beg, "Please Radio Station _________ if you play my song I'll let you keep my pet parrot and I'll even give you all of my marvel comic action figurines I've been collecting since I was 10! Please, pretty please!" Now that is a negotiation method I can do!

O.K. so I might have geeked out at the radio station and snapped a photo with these two cardboard cutout babes!

Instead of being the "suits" I had imagined, the Radio Station peeps were incredibly charming and ended up wooing us with their delectable pastries and steaming fresh coffee.  Extremely knowledgeable, kind, and encouraging, I couldn't help but wish it were practical for me to invite them to my family's next Thanksgiving dinner.


Tonight we played a show at the Key Arena in Seattle. Nick and I explored Pike's Place Market before the show. I bought some fresh plums and ruby red grapefruit. I've been having a strange craving for fruit lately...

Fresh Seattle rain and produce make me happy!

The monorail we rode to Pikes can carry 3 1/2 baby elephants. Did you know?!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Planes And Cabs And Hotels

Robert, seated in the passenger side seat of the cab, snaps a photo of the Seattle skyline as we cross the bridge and approach the city. I used to want to live here. Seattle has the same freedom of spirit that Austin has, only different…somehow. This morning I am seated behind our mute cab driver. Thank goodness he isn't jabbering away. I hate that.  

I wrote the above paragraph about five hours ago. Since then, we performed on a very polite morning news station in Seattle. Afterword we enjoyed a mouthwatering lunch of bread soup and blood orange salad.

Now we are seated at the Seattle airport patiently waiting for another hour to pass so we can hop on a plane and meet up with everyone in Spokane. We are always in transit. It seems funny to me that we just performed in one city in the morning, and now we are flying to another city to play a full set. 

The news caster asked Dia this morning "So, what has your life been like post "The Voice?"

This is what life has been like post "The Voice": Cab. Plane. Bus. Plane. Hotel. Cab. Cab. 

Dia's standing in the aisle at the airport, completely oblivious to the small families having to let go of hands and navigate around this strange girl peering at her phone and laughing out loud at her clever tweets. Robert is sipping on a chocolate mocha that the very nice woman whipped up for him at the coffee place in the airport that was not Starbucks. She complimented my boots, so I liked her. 

Dia found a dog.

I found a the loch ness monster.

So, we've had a good day so far.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sink or Swim

I'm always writing about being sick in these blogs. This just hasn't been my tour as far as health goes. Basically everything I eat has had a negative effect on me. I might as well stick to potatoes and carrot sticks from now on.  I'm blaming the sushi I had for either an extremely terrible case of food poisoning or the stomach flu. Poor Nick stayed up all night with me, offering me ibuprofen and lugging up a room heater from downstairs.

Trying to return to optimal health on tour is difficult. I can take all the vitamin C and Echinachea in the world and still not see any signs of improvement. Dia said it best. She says sickness sticks around on tour because we are all exhausted and don't sleep enough.

During the same night I had food poisoning (I say "night" because 4:00 a.m. is still night to me.) we perfumed at KSL, a local MORNING news station in Salt Lake City. "Meg and Dia" didn't have half as many red-eye morning news recordings and fly dates and radio station interviews as "Dia Frampton" does. I swear we have played more news stations and radio stations than we have played actual venues on this tour. Yes, I understand that these performances are necessary for the promotion of Dia's new album, "Red", but all I'm asking for is one good night's sleep.

Trying to look "awake" for our performance on KSL 5 Morning News in Salt Lake City
After the news taping, I spent the entire day tucked away in my bunk with my electric blanket, (which has been a godsend this tour.) I could hear people in the front lounge talking about "sound check" and "pizza" and "set times", all words that immediately made me want to throw up AGAIN. 

Of course I had to have food poisoning on the night before our show in our home town. 

I played and sang what I could during soundcheck. I play "shakers" during "Billy the Kid". I tried to pick up these two pound shakers that felt like bowling balls. I managed to shake through a verse and half a chorus. Then I hung onto my keyboard stand for dear life. How could I possibly play a set in this physical state?

After sound check, I went straight back into my bunk. I slept for a few hours. Nick popped his head in to let me know that Andrew Allen had just started his set, and that I should probably start getting ready. I put on a few more layers of clothing, pulled myself out of my bunk, and began applying make-up to mask how terrible I felt.

Our intro music started playing. We did our pre-show chant, "Salt Lake City, It's bobsled time!", and we made our way to the stage. 

The first song felt…o.k. Hey maybe I could get through this!

Photo by Jessica McAllister. Courtesy of Flourish Photography

You know how people always say, when you aren't quite feeling top notch that you should pretend like you are and continue doing all the things you normally do, like go for a jog maybe? Well, that's how playing the show went for me. I found myself shrugging off my aching bones and my nauseous stomach. The energy of the crowd's dancing and smiling rubbed off on me.

I actually had a pretty great show...

O.K. I promise that all my blogs aren't going to be me whining. I'm finishing up this blog from Dia and my hotel room in Salt Lake City. We are just about to catch a flight out to Seattle to perform on another morning news station. I ate some mexican food across the street. My stomach is finally able to handle solids. I am feeling much better.

Today is another day.


Monday, March 5, 2012

CTR News!

All "Herman the Nerdbot" orders are now sold out! Thank you to everyone who ordered. They will all be sent out tomorrow afternoon, so ya'll can expect them to arrive in 3-5 business days! P.S. I saved a few "Herman the Nerdbots" for "Dia Frampton's" last headlining shows in  Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.

Chandler Went to His First Wedding!

Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us Jeehye Chung. Congratulations!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Response to the Million Dollar Question: "Is 'Meg and Dia' Over?"

People shuffled out the doors of "The Blind Pig" smiling and chatty with post-show energy. We had just finished playing our set.

He looked at me straight in the eyes and spoke in a solemn tone. "When will 'Meg and Dia' make another record?" I hesitated and anxiously glanced around the venue. What answer could I offer this hopeful guy I had just met? "You can tell me the truth!" he insisted.

Have you seen that scene in one of the last Shrek movies where Puss n' Boots needs a favor from Donkey? The camera focuses in on Puss n' Boots little eyes as they grow larger and more adorable. That is how this guy looked at our show last night in Akron, Ohio. I could only respond with the truth, "I don't know."

This isn't the first time I've been asked this question. The most common two questions I am asked lately are:

1. Are you going to try out for "The Voice"?

2. What is next for "Meg and Dia"? (Well, that's a nicer version of the other way this question is asked: Is "Meg and Dia" over?)

No, I am not going to try out for "The Voice". I believe a person does well in life who understands their strengths and weaknesses, and let's just say I understand mine.

Now, as for the "Meg and Dia" question. I think what needs to be understood is that a "band" is ACTUALLY the people who reside within that entity. Yup, it's true. "Meg and Dia" is actually: Meg, Dia, Jonathan, Nick, and Carlo.

I know our name has changed. I know that we haven't played "Monster" or "Roses" in a few years. My name doesn't appear before Dia's in the marque. All of these are true statements. You are right. 

However, we are STILL the same people doing basically the same thing. Music and bands, like love and life, are not static. All of these concepts ebb and flow like waves in the ocean. (Corny metaphor I know, but strikingly accurate!) We've all seen natural progressions within bands and music. Band members rotate. (Thankfully ours haven't since the current line up came together!). Musical styles progress. "Thrice", one of my favorite bands growing up, has been releasing music lately that is nothing like the music they made when I completed my freshman year in high school. Nevertheless, I love the maturity of their music now just as much or even more so than before. 

I know sometimes change can be bittersweet. Remember, a record or an album is a "recording" of how that artist dreamed at that point in their life.  An album is simply a memory from the past to revisit and enjoy again and again.

Baby Meg and Dias!
So, I guess what I'm asking is for everyone to move forward with us, in whatever form that might be. We are still the same five people being creative in all of our unique ways, together and sometimes apart.

Also, thank you from the bottom of my heart for wanting more from "Meg and Dia" for not letting us go. I hear you.


Calling All Nerds!

Introducing my NEWEST piece to join the CTR Jewelry Collection: "Herman the Nerdbot"! 

Do you have that man in your life who understands html coding better than he reads the English language, or a best friend who categorizes her closet not only by color but by size as well? (O.K. I might be guilty of doing this myself…)

I do! I am in love with a "nerd" actually. My "nerd" boyfriend inspired me to create "Herman the Nerdbot". I used to whine, stick my face in between his eyeballs and the computer screen, and ask him, "Honey, don't you care about me more than battling the Zurgs?" Now I make him a cup of tea and lovingly place it next to his "hi-tech" mouse he bought specifically to improve his virtual powers. (He is trying to save a universe after all…)

Nerds, let us come together and join our geeky forces! 

Visit my online jewelry shop to order "Herman the Nerdbot"!

Last year I started a tradition of releasing a Special "Limited Edition" Design on the first Thursday of each month. I call this event "First Thursday" naturally. There are only 100 robots available each release. I sprinkle a little extra love and care on the design and creation of my "First Thursday" Bots. Usually they pertain to something special and meaningful happening in my life at that time.

 While I have been touring with my sister, Dia Frampton, I can't help but notice how much time each of us spends reading or learning new languages (Dia is really killing it with that Korean Rosetta Stone of hers!) I wanted to create a bot to honor knowledge, because I think it is so important to keep learning. I also thought how fun it would be for everyone to have a little robot to give to that special nerd in your life to acknowledge all that their nerdiness has accomplished and will continue to accomplish!

What else makes "Herman the Nerdbot" so marvelous?

  • 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. 
Visit my online jewelry shop to order "Herman the Nerdbot"!

 "Tiny Dancer Bot", February's very popular "First Thursday" design sold out in two days! So be sure to order yours soon:) 

My mother will be shipping out all 100 of these orders for me while I'm on tour.  I'll warn you she's FAST, so they should be arriving in about 3-5 business days (unless you are outside of the U.S. International orders can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks.)

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions: 


P.S. It has been great meeting so many of you at "Dia Frampton's" shows on the "Blake Shelton Tour"! I hope to run into all the rest of you before the tour is over!