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.

Tags tiny house bus Average Rabbits tinyliving tinyhouse

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?

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

Jan 23, 2013

2/1/13 Blood Oath Release Promo Poster

2/1/13 Blood Oath Release Promo Poster

Special thanks to K Allen Illustration for her incredible artwork. Hand-carved wood block prints of a similar design will be available for sale at the show, and later, here. More on that later.

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