Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Shopping Fun!

My cousin Robin, and her mom Nan, were in town with us for the week from Kentucky, we had a blast Friday, just shopping for Christmas, and running into and visiting with everyone we knew.

We went out to our local longstanding hamburger joint for a hot hamburger at Murphy's. When

you live in Kentucky you want some of that soul food you grew up with from back home in


Then we went out to my friends store out on Highway 60 east of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

They have the cutest stuff if you love Cowboy decor anywhere I have been. My girlfriend Rhonda andher husband Rick Yocham started this business about the mid 1970's right out of high school as a young married couple.

Rick started making saddles at about 12 years old, under the internship of local Saddle maker Ono Hill who recognized he was so gifted.

The business has morphed a couple of times, they used to be more of a saddle shop selling custom make tack, along with boots, clothes, hats, then fire struck several years back and burned the place down.

They rebounded with lots of tears and hard work, built a new building, with a new vision, and it became what it is today.

I have a fascination for dishes.....I love cowboy dishes. I don't have any but I want some! I would love to have a cowboy decorated Airstream trailer! I would even settle for a motor home done in Cowboy! :) I just think these are some of the cutest ones out there!

This set of dishes are so adorable! I am almost tempted to want them instead of my old favorites!

Pictured below are my all time favorite dishes! Want want want!!!!!

I have wanted this set for such a long time! They remind me so much of the 1950's stuff I remember as a really little kid!

Here is Rob and her mom looking everything over! The piece in the background is a hand tooled Murphy bed done there in Rick's leather shop. It is so beautiful!

This a a different Murphy bed open.........can you believe the detail work on this piece of furniture! The knobs are spurs cut in half on the large doors. Rick and Rhonda have a limitless supply of ideas, and they are so cute and so full of energy. They truly love the craft and what they do.

We ran into a friend of my Mom's from church when we were there shopping.

Up in the loft is where the beds and bedding are. They have so much to choose from it is mind boggling. This is little Miss Jayme..... (taken earlier this summer)

This is the view of the store from the loft. Can you believe that huge inventory of everything Cowboy!

Robin and Nan are still checking out all the pretty things. Nan is relaxing in a steer horn chair.

Totally wild west!

Well Robin decided she loved this chair and took a break in it. How about that Moose antler lamp and the table top it is on was topped in Crocodile hide. It is very beautiful and had the nail head trim all around it.

How about that bob cat reaching for the pheasant behind her. . . . . .

But if you truly want a very beautiful piece of western art you need to be looking at the magnificent work that Rick Yocham and his other craftsmen do in the saddle shop. Who would not love a custom hand tooled rope can with the beautiful detail work on it?

Rick Yocham working on a custom saddle.

But then this is also another one of the shop masterpieces.

A custom roping saddle with a colored Stingray leather seat to look like Tiger!

Bartlesville, Oklahoma


  1. Wow - cool stuff for sure!! Just wish it were'nt such a drive. :)
    First time visitor here, all the way from Oregon. Yep, a bit too far to drive, I'm afraid.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. That store looks amazing!!! What fun.

    I stopped over from Trainwrecks blog--glad I got to snoop around. :)

  3. OMG, I would have a HAYDAY in that cowboy store! There aren't enough stores like that around here. I wish I could open one! :)
    Love the dishes. I saw those in a store once, too.
    I think that custom saddle is awesome!

  4. Ha I saw several of those crazy saddles at the CC! It looks like you were there too, what a great store! I love those Cowgirl dishes!
    Oh You have to go see the "Wades" you will love them! They are the greatest. I missed you. Love your new desk!


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