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I came, I saw, I Conchord by Julia Walck

There's this fan mail contest through Ace Hotel to see Flight of the Conchords on July 20. The winners get a one night stay at the Ace in NY, and two tickets to the show. 

Back in high school, FOTC was MY JAM. I used to have their songs on my MySpace page...
I immediately sent the contest to my friend, Kelly, as we shared a mutual love for the ridiculousness that is Flight of the Conchords, and of course she agreed to create something with me for the contest. 

Kelly and I were re-watching old music videos and came across Sugalumps; it was then that we knew we needed to base our entry entirely off of balls (AKA the family jewels). 

Yes. That IS a frisbee. And yes. Those ARE sugar cubes. 

Using cut outs of various musicians from Rolling Stone magazine, we mod podged Bret, Jemaine, Murray, Dave and Mel's faces on top. One of my favorites is the Dave, Murray, Bret and Jemaine as members of the Dead Weather (header image on this post).

The top of the box is wrapped in the wallpaper from Bret and Jemaine's apartment, and the sides of the box are all different posters from Murray's office.

We also hid surprises on the inside panels of the box as an added 'special something'. Man. I REALLY wish I could see the person's face as they open this. It's going to be so many levels of "OH. MY. GOD".

The time spent creating this awesome disc (and box it went in) equaled the run time of the full two seasons of FOTC. How do we know that? I mean, it's not like we had it playing in the background or anything... 

Also, crafting this frisbee reminded me I've done some Flight of the Conchords fan art in the past. Here's some pieces I dug up: 

2010, India Ink

2011, Digital

2013, Micron

2013, Digital

Fingers crossed for us you guys! 

UPDATE on my previous update (Aug 13):

I contacted the Ace to see if they could ship our box back if I paid for shipping. Despite the fact I had included tracking on my package, after searching high and low they were unable to find it. Bummer it wasn't found, but appreciative of the help and the notebooks the Ace sent me!

UPDATE (July 18):

You know how I said, "We broke the rules"? Well I was joking, but apparently we ACTUALLY did. In very very very small print, it said, "Boxes or packages larger than standard envelope size will automatically be disqualified". Damn. Figuring out who to write to get that frisbee back stat. 

Palm Springs Bound | Designer VACA by Julia Walck

I'm BEYOND ready for Designer VACA right now! Espresso shots down, did some last minute packing and about to head out to Palm Springs! ā˜€ļøšŸŒ“ šŸ‘“ Not super excited for that 102 degree weather, but super excited for everyone I get to meet and share this experience with. 

I'm comin' for you, Ace Hotel! 

Portlandia by Julia Walck

It was my birthday, (whoa, already a month ago), so Jackson and I went to Portland.

Let me tell you, it was a much needed vacation. Vintage shopping, brew-cycling (highly recommended), hiking, zoo-going, aimless walking, and lots of eating/drinking. 

Here's my trip via photos in a nutshell. 

There.

There.

Signage.

Signage.

ACE.

ACE.

Happy bird.

Happy bird.

Super stoked on life bird. 

Super stoked on life bird. 

Schizophrenic bird.

Schizophrenic bird.

Fall is here.

Fall is here.

Dig these colors

Dig these colors

Left some love for other hikers.

Left some love for other hikers.

Purple wildflowers, 1.

Purple wildflowers, 1.

Purple wildflowers, 2. 

Purple wildflowers, 2. 

Purple Wildflowers, 3. 

Purple Wildflowers, 3. 

Branching out.

Branching out.

Yellow wildflowers.

Yellow wildflowers.

Cactus in the aviary.

Cactus in the aviary.

Give me a J!

Give me a J!

Neon pom-pommed eagle rug I snagged at house of vintage.

Neon pom-pommed eagle rug I snagged at house of vintage.

Instax against our hotel wall. 

Instax against our hotel wall. 

Awesome window display. 

Awesome window display. 

Awesome patterned rug, 1.

Awesome patterned rug, 1.

Awesome patterned rug, 2.

Awesome patterned rug, 2.

Brewcycle on a 90 degree day. 

Brewcycle on a 90 degree day. 

Did I tell you I got a tattoo? And lots of craft cocktails in PDX, too.

Did I tell you I got a tattoo? And lots of craft cocktails in PDX, too.

Ground Control Barcade. Yes, an arcade with alcohol. 

Ground Control Barcade. Yes, an arcade with alcohol. 

Stumptown. 

Stumptown. 

And back again.

And back again.

Birthday mail was awaiting at home <3. 

Birthday mail was awaiting at home <3.