I'm going to come clean at the risk of sounding like a politician with all of my "flip-flopping". I decided to takeoneclass at the University. I know I said in a previous blog that I wasn't going back, but I lied. I am. A tug-of-war took place inside my head before I finally took the plunge. With all of the time that I don't want to take away from practicing the guitar and songwriting and all of the projects and ideas I would like to begin with Chandler, I didn't think I had time to add yet another activity.
With a skeptical mindset and a notebook and folder tucked underneath my armpit, I made my way across a very foreign college campus. After being a touring musician for so many years, attempting to return back to school has been a very interesting learning experience to say the least. I told myself on that first day, if the professor gave me any crap for missing the first week (I exhibited at the New York Gift Fair with Chandler that week) ,or for not having read all of the required reading material, or for not having all of my homework I would skip out of the University lifestyle without a second thought.
I took a seat near the front, struggled to maneuver the stow-away-desk from the side of my seat to a horizontal position, while I waited for the professor to either chastise me or ignore me all together. Neither event took place. He simply looked up with a pleasant smile as he poured a cup of steaming hot tea for himself behind the podium. "I haven't seen you in class before. Are you a new student?" His voice purred with soft undertones like a cat finding a surprisingly warm spot on the couch. "Yes." I answered, my eyes nervously traveling back and forth across the classroom. "Please don't pause too much on my behalf professor," I thought to myself. I'd much prefer to melt into the sea of random students, do the homework, and skedaddle. But he proceeded to ask THE question: "So, are you related to Peter Frampton?" The side of his lips curled into a tiny sideways moon. "I wish!" Hey, this guy wasn't half bad!
For some reason (I hate to admit this now.) I thought that all of my traveling experience I've had all these years as a musician would make me more intelligent and "worldly" than any of my fellow students and even my professor! I believed that I didn't need them. I didn't need anybody! Well, that first class really knocked me back into reality and humbled me right down to the bone. Every student, instead of slinking back into their seat after the professor asked a question, didn't bother to raise a hand, and instead, simply spoke out their very well-thought-out opinions and concerns in confident voices. We were having GREAT thought-stimulating discussions. I was… dare-I-say-it learning.
Each month I do a special "Limited Edition" piece where I only make 50 of the item. For September, I decided to design a Space Shuttle Necklace, because after all, Chandler needs a place to live. This is one of those designs where I started with a sketch and an idea for the shuttle, and once I began the process of creating the piece, the Space Shuttle Necklace began to take on a life of its own. My favorite part of the design is the swirly blue detail on the bottom of the rocket. I found that the signature "Chandler The Robot" watch cog fit nicely as a center piece.
I've put away my clothes in my tiny new closet, stacking plastic laundry hamper on top of plastic storage bin for lack of space. I've put up picture frames of people I love, arranged my familiar salmon-colored, ruffled pillows on my bed. I light my favorite candle which burns a familiar scent each day. My guitars stand guard dutifully in a corner of the studio bedroom.
I play familiar songs, watch familiar movies on a strange old t.v. I've screwed up several meals in my new little kitchen with old-crooked wooden drawers that I have to shove closed with my knee.
My toiletry items are arranged along the ledge in my shower with a shower head so low, I have to duck when I wash my hair. I use unscented shampoo and conditioner because I'm sensitive to smell. I use Hemp-Peppermint soap, because all the other kinds smell too much like flowers, thus bringing on a headache like clockwork. Unscented hairspray. Recycled yogurt cup toothbrush. Floss threaders. Things that all scream, "Made for Meg. Only for Meg. Meg lives here."
But, I still can't seem to call this place home.
Maybe I'm rushing it. Maybe I'm doing the same thing with my new apartment that I've done with all romantic relationships in the past. After week two and date five, out comes the question, "So, do you love me?"
Read the rest on my NEW blog HERE. (Yes, I know I just announced that I was keeping my blog on this site, but everyone has an easier time posting comments on my new website.)
I feel like now is a good time for me to let you guys know what has been going on around here. So much is happening. I'm sure everyone is busy preparing for the new season which brings school, new careers, new apartments, etc... Exciting for us, isn't it?
There has been some confusion about which site I'm going to use for my store (Goodsie or my NEW Shopify store) and which site I'm going to use to blog (this blog or the blog on my shopify website).
So, I'd like to clear up where my "spaces" are on the web right now. Firstly, let me apologize, I know I've confused a lot of people. Truth is, I've been toying with the idea for different store options and blog options didn't know what would be best.
This is what I've decided for the time being:
This blog you are reading now will continue to be where I blog. So please visit this page for new blogs and regular updates.
My online store will be my NEW website which you can visit HERE. I'll still keep the goodsie store open for a few more weeks, just in case, while I'm making the transition, since many of you might still visit that site to order.
If there are any other questions, please ask in the comments below.
In other news, I just moved into a new apartment in Salt Lake City. I'm finally settled in. I found the nearest grocery store, redbox, and post office. I'm good to go. Ha ha. Kind of love it here. The fall is just around the corner and there are crazy events that go on every day just outside my house.
I'm also preparing for my first Trade Show in New York City, The International Gift Fair. I will be exhibiting and showing all of my Chandler pieces at the show. Nick is going to be with me. He's such a good boyfriend:) Also, if you aren't aren't connected to me on Instagram please follow. I will be posting lots of photos of Nick and I exploring NYC as well as Trade Show pics. ( I am "megframpton" on instagram.)
Also, I just released my newest edition to my CTR shop: Shifty The Soldier Bot. I've already received many inquiries to make a Marine and an Air Force bot as well. I'm currently working on some designs for those ideas.
Phew, busy, awesome month so far. What's been keeping you guys busy at the moment?