Mar 26, 2015

Tiny Design at work

We've been working on the bus about once a week (sometimes twice, if we're lucky) since our last post, and I think it's made a difference you'll notice. Every time I visit the bus, I can't believe how good it looks compared to when we got it. It feels like a home. Our home. And that's an incredible feeling, especially if you've rented all your life. While I didn't think this bus would be as much work as it has been, I also don't know if I would love it as much as I do now. We've bonded, she and I, over hours of paint and scraping and sanding and scrubbing. I hope that work shows through! Take a look for yourself. 

The couch, positioned as a reading nook against the new wall my father built out behind the driver's seat. The finished couch will have a seat cushion and back cushion, but those are still in progress. My mother made the curtains- aren't they fancy? She actually made all the curtains you'll see in our bus. She's a handy lady.

These are the front curtains she made, for when the bus is parked. Creeper Curtains are a necessity when your house is 47% windows.

Sink curtain to hide all things ugly under there.

And next to said sink curtain, our (yet unfinished) cabinets that'll hold all kinds of things now. Those are pull-out cabinet inserts, which basically doubled our cabinet storage. 

See? Neat, huh? We're ordering a smaller one that will go on the right side of the sink.

This is the space behind the toilet with the cedar boards added! We're also going to build a floating shelf for our shelf-worthy items. The weird-looking area where the toilet meets the wall will be a built-in storage space for toilet paper, sawdust, and peat moss (for the waterless toilet. Science).

What's that? Oh, just an awesome idea I had at IKEA that ended up working out pretty well. We were originally going to hang a sliding barn door for our bathroom, but after pricing hardware (ouch) and considering the added weight, I had this stroke of genius: a sliding panel of fabric. Lightweight, and functional. And suprisingly, it worked!

The panel attaches to a track screwed into the wall (all of this is sold as a set at IKEA), and then we attached this handy wand to pull the curtain open and shut as needed. 

When the panel is in its "open" position against the wall, it blends in unobtrusively. Yay!


What do we still have left to do?

  • build the bed
  • replace the folding door with an actual house door (for security)
  • paint the outside
  • finish the cabinets (my dad is making the cabinets himself)
  • install trim for the floor
  • install our fold-down table (which is being made by a seriously talented craftsman, Heath McCall)
  • give the stove a hardcore cleaning (it's desperately in need)
  • put new tires on the bus
  • move in!

What would you like to know/see more about?

Cheers, y'all!

Feb 24, 2015

Progress.

We've been hard at work both inside and outside the bus, and we finally have some visible progress to show you. Andrew and my father have taken charge of building furniture pieces for the bus, and my mom and I have been sewing, painting, and preparing the practicalities of small living storage. There's been a fierce learning curve in terms of thinking outside the box, but I think we've had some good ideas that will (hopefully) serve us well. 

Here's the front of the bus after a LOT of paint. If you don't remember what it looked like before, go to our previous post, and you'll see a big difference. It feels so much bigger and brighter in there now!

Some of the painting can be seen in the living room all the way to the back. Fabric, pillow covers, and our new rug also. Things are coming together, slowly but surely!

Our beautiful storage couch/spare bed/thingy! My father and Andrew made this and I have to say, it turned out SO WELL. It has casters on the bottom so that we can move it around inside the bus (a lot of the components of the bus are fold up/out, so furniture being able to move is pretty crucial). It's long enough for a guest to sleep on and, as you can see, is pretty roomy inside. It needs a coat of paint as well as a cushion and pillows, but we're getting there.

Here it is inside the bus! It looked huge in the garage, so I was worried it'd be huge in the bus. It's big, but it will be really comfortable and functional so I think it's worth the cost of the space. 

That's all for now- check back soon for more updates!

Feb 5, 2015

The Grand Bohemian....before pictures!

So many of you have asked for some pictures of the inside of our bus that we decided to go ahead and share some. Of course, there's still A LOT of work to do, so consider these the before pictures. I took them yesterday morning before we put in a long day of painting. You wouldn't even recognize it if you stepped inside now (thank Gawd). 

The view from the front of the bus to the back! Someone thought these colors were really pretty, I'm sure, but they've since been changed.

The kitchen! The cabinet fronts and drawer fronts will be switched out with ones from a home design salvage. 

What will become our living/working area. We're designing a couch with built-in storage that will also double as a guest bed. Once we build out the wall behind the driver's seat (only halfway, of course), a fold-down table will serve as an eating space as well as a desk.

A view from the middle of the bus looking to the back. You can see the shower to the left (temporarily serving as a building materials storage), as well as the wood burning stove to the right. While the bus is pretty cavernous, it actually stays really comfortable with a space heater for 40 degrees and below, and with the stove for 30 degrees and below. The doorway on the left is the WC and the built-out closet is on the right.

The WC! We will build out around the actual toilet so that it will house a small litter box. Behind the toilet we will add various types of hanging/shelved storage. 

Our bedroom! Holy balls, these curtains and paint hurt my eyes. The wooden things at the top are actually built-in shelves. We're designing a platform bed (not unlike the ones at IKEA) that have storage underneath. 

That's it for now! I hope you enjoyed the tour. We will be working hard the next few months to get this all knocked out before we have to move in, but I'll be posting pictures of our progess as we go.

Cheers!

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Feb 1, 2015

Some tiny changes....

Some tiny changes....

WE BOUGHT A BUS!

Why, you ask? Good question.

Andrew and I have long been fascinated by the philosophy of the so-called "tiny house movement"- the concept behind which is rooted in shrinking your carbon footprint and living lives free of debt and unecessary possessions. We grew up in the shadow of our parents' looming 30-year mortgages, witnessing the creation of paralyzing debt and the subsequent need to work primary and secondary jobs to support these mortgages and other expenses. While we obviously appreciate the sacrifices our parents made so we could live comfortably and have a good education, the accumulation of debt and STUFF was not a lifestyle we wanted for ourselves, or for our (currently nonexistent) children. 

Your next question might be, Why not a tiny house? Why a bus?

Well...we actually had planned on buying a tiny house. In fact, for the better part of the last 2 years I've been researching, planning, and choosing the aspects of what would make an "ideal" tiny house for us. But there were a couple of problems. 1.) Tiny houses have experienced a recent surge in pricing due to the current demand. They've become novel, and popular, and thusly, a lot more costly. The awareness is great for the movement, but not so great for the people actually trying to live it. 2.) With most of our money sunk into purchasing a tiny house, we'd have no money left for a vehicle big enough to tow the tiny house (the possibility for mobility was a large part of the appeal for us); we'd also have no money saved for emergencies. A bus seemed like a happy medium between a movable, comfortable tiny residence that offered a bit more square footage than your average tiny house (and without the lofts that I admittedly loved, but worried about since we have an adventurous puppy that could easily fall from the loft). 

So, tell us about the bus!

It's a 30 foot retired school bus that had been partially converted already prior to our purchase- a full kitchen (stove, oven, apartment sized fridge, sink & cabinets), as well as a WC, shower, bedroom, storage space and a wood-burning stove. Eyebrows tend to shoot up at the mention of a wood-burning stove in our bus, but it's an extremely common feature. Just google "bus to rv conversions" and you'll see a wood-burning stove in almost all of them. We'll post more pictures of the bus as we do the renovations so you can see what the process is like.

When do you move in?

We have a few more things we'd like to do before it feels like home- simple things like painting the walls, creating some clever storage solutions, adding curtains and furniture that will do double-duty. But the deadline is the end of May, as that's when our apartment lease expires. Even so, we've already experienced the awareness that comes with knowing you'll soon live in a very small space. Everytime I buy something, the accompanying thought is, "Do I really need this?", as well as, "Where will I put this? Is there a place for it?" When you have a 1,000 square foot apartment with endless nooks and crannies, storage isn't so much a problem. Post-bus-purchase, there's a lot of inner-debate regarding even small purchases.

So here's the exciting part!

Part of the plan for later this year is................DRUMROLL..........going on tour! In the bus. As a band. There are a LOT of changes in terms of our band name, performer lineup, and sound, but that's a separate post for a later time. Be on the lookout. For now, here are some songs we did as our new band, Average Rabbits, for a new film being released later this year: Songs to Live For: Selections from John and Gladys Go Through With It

That's all for now! Cheers, friends.

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Aug 10, 2013

Society6

Society6

Most people that know Andrew and me know that we're not only musicians, but actors as well. But, but, but... did you know that we're also artists? Andrew is a gifted photographer (although he hoards his pictures to himself), and I paint as well as take pictures. Curious? Take a look at my Society6 shop: http://society6.com/JuliePuckett

Cheers, and happy art-ing!

Tonight!

Tonight!

Join us at WonderRoot with Valley Young and Karina Mia! Doors at 8:30, show starts at 9! $5, all ages are welcome.

Jul 15, 2013

Welcome home

Welcome home

The South has been so good to us since we've been back. We had our FIRST SHOW EVER in our hometown (crazy, right?) at Smith's Olde Bar, and it was pretty amazing seeing so many people we love in the audience (and a load of new faces as well). We have a handful of shows that we just posted to our lineup page, so be sure to take a look! We're pretty excited to be bringing on a third person for a few of our upcoming shows (it's true. We finally caved. The fuller sound of three people is just so damn pretty.)

What's next on the horizon?

-A concept shoot with Mark Elkins Photography

-Talks of a tour (!!!) starting spring of next year

-Writing, writing, writing

What's going on in your life that you're most excited about?

Apr 8, 2013

Intermission - Official Trailer from Chris Basso on Vimeo.

The trailer for Intermission

One of our best (and brightest) friends, Chris Basso, asked us to write the theme music for his (ridiculously awesome) pilot. Andrew had already been cast as the lead, so this was pretty much the greatest kind of icing on the cake. The trailer is up, and the pilot is now on its way to the New York Television Festival to be considered for a show deal. Pretty insane, right? I wanted to share the trailer with you. Enjoy!

Mar 21, 2013

A Review of Blood Oath!

The Noise Beneath the Apple is basically one of our favorite music blogs. If you haven't checked them out, you should. They've been so amazingly supportive of us and Blood Oath- especially in their latest review! Take a look:

November 1991 must have been a special moment for the lovelorn duo of ‘The Pucketts’ in their debut EP ‘Blood Oath.’ The date titles the closing track of the song, a nearly a capella piece of whimsical beauty. It displays the songstress at a peaking vulnerability mixed with utmost confidence, a balance very few singers can properly maintain. On one hand, the sullen effort is debased and slightly affluent; the other it is seductively impactful and quite gorgeous. With no melody outside the vocals, the song is even more recurrent.

The Pucketts is a wife and husband duo, who recalls instant puppy-like groans from my own wife who thinks I should pick up a guitar and back her own upbeat voice. But this isn’t some silly idea. The Pucketts manage to inspire, and not only by their construct, but by the melodies and the music. See, tracks like ‘Berlin’ seem so simple in their design. A single rotating melody drives the song, as layered banjos and other such sounds compliment gracefully, adding a slight thickness to give it more substance without ever drowning out the voice or the main instrument. What we have are songs that seem so brilliantly simple, a smooth and intelligible calmness throughout the whole EP. The closing a capella takes this to the extreme, but the remaining tracks are transparently composed and elegantly lucid.

So when one hears that the married duo composed these songs in what seems like a cottage on the lake, you feel entranced and you relate to it. You impose their craft in yourself. I can pick up a guitar! I can sing a ditty with my wife and paint a lyrical landscape! ‘Polaris’ angelic and plain, but never boring. It’s folk, it’s indie, but it never faults into boring folk-indie rock mainstream hooks that seem to be far more poppy than they ever ought to be. The EP, though short as it is, is an unvarnished attempt at honest indie music, channeled through the obvious love of music and the obvious love in the lyrics. The fact that the duo is married (and we can only hope happily) is only the icing on the cake- the affirmation of a loyal listener.

‘Blood Oath’ is one long song to me, a shortened EP of five tracks that flow softly and blissfully. The album crescendos, however slight, with the strings in the title track. But this is a singular idea, a conceptual flash in the pan that recalls love and the wilderness.

The Pucketts and are fresh babies to the musical scene; having ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund this debut. What a way to begin. Their music remains an enchanting example of what emotions can procure when fame and fortune are not the  final step.

Feb 22, 2013

Home

Home

We're officially Georgians again! Admittedly, Chicago will always have a hold on our hearts, but we realized somewhere along the way that having friends and family nearby means more to us than living in the best city on earth. The hardest choices in life are usually the right ones. 

The prospect of sharing our music with a completely new market is mostly exciting- and a little daunting. Baby steps. At least we have the support of all the people we love, and of course, the people who make all this worth doing- our fans. Thank you for your constant support, your positive feedback about our album, and being a bright spot in our lives. 

For those of you just learning about us, thank you for taking the time to do so. I hope you'll join us on our journey. 

On another front- our EP is doing well! Yay! If you haven't had the chance to listen, do: 

thepucketts.bandcamp.com

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