Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Motorcycle Safety Month!

May is Motorcycle Safety Month! Please share the road not just this month, but every day. My family, friends, and I would greatly appreciate it!

Please feel free to share! Ride safe, have fun.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Inspirations | Oklahoma Nursery

Rebel Road Company | Oklahoma Nursery

Back in March, I sent the first of my first Oklahoma prints to Emily. I didn't know it at the time, but Emily was decorating for her new son and I was so thrilled when she sent me these photos of my print in his new Oklahoma themed nursery.

Rebel Road Company | Oklahoma themed Nursery

I think it's safe to say that Emily knocked this one out of the park. How cute is this?!! [And I'm only slightly biased.] These teepee shelves? The arrows? The buffalo bobblehead? Shut up! Cutest nursery ever!

Rebel Road Company | Oklahoma themed Nursery

Thanks for sharing Emily! You're awesome!

[Print available from Etsy, Square Market, and Bourbon and Boots]

Rebel Road Company | Oklahoma themed Nursery

Thursday, May 1, 2014


A few items fitting into the badassery category this week:

  • Gwen Stefani is confirmed on The Voice next season. This is epic. Yes, I'm kind of tiring of The Voice since it seems to always be on, but my biggest 1990's girl crush (see Gwen blog post here) will be on the same show as my biggest 2010's crush, Mr. Blake Shelton. Ohmygosh.
  • I got tickets for Eric Church's The Outsiders tour, featuring Dwight Yoakam AND Brandy Clark. Three favorites that I never would've grouped together, but I thank the universe for doing it for me. This leaves only one left on my 2014 concert wish list!
  • Finally, I only have to work the day job 'til noon tomorrow. HALLELUJAH. Hope you guys all have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Story of Nubby the Box Turtle

Rebel Road Company | The Story of Nubby the Box Turtle

So... we've had a three-legged Ornate box turtle living in our front yard since the spring of 2012. His name is Nubby. He likes grasshoppers and strawberries make him smile. See?

Rebel Road Company | The Story of Nubby the Box Turtle

OK, maybe turtles don't smile, but strawberries are definitely a favorite. He was crossing the road in front of our house two years ago and the Mr brought him up to say hello. That's when I noticed his leg was missing and he had a hard time getting around. I know keeping a turtle isn't the thing you're supposed to do. You should help it get to the side of the road it's headed towards and leave it alone. But... we ended up building him a 4x8' enclosure. 

On one end, he has a large plant saucer for drinking and soaking and on the other end, a large soft spot with straw for digging and hibernating. In between he's got a 'cave,' where he spends most of his time. This year I added a strawberry plant and a piece of old particle board to attract worms and bugs underneath. He's a fan.

Lots of people bring their turtles inside for the winter, but we've let him hibernate outside. I've read that it actually extends their life expectancy by quite a lot to let them do what they do by nature, so we don't even see him for almost half of the year. This week, he emerged.

Rebel Road Company | The Story of Nubby the Box Turtle

Rebel Road Company | The Story of Nubby the Box TurtleRebel Road Company | The Story of Nubby the Box Turtle

Rebel Road Company | The Story of Nubby the Box Turtle

Being that we're in Oklahoma and fluctuating between 35 and 90 degrees this week, I really feel bad for the turtles! Must be hard to know if they're coming or going. Haven't seen any other turtles out and about yet, but it's been good to see our pal Nubby.

Is it spring yet where you are?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Yay 50!

Hooray! Tomorrow morning, I'll ship out the 50th item sold since Rebel Road Company started on Etsy in October. I'm so thankful! You guys rock. Please use coupon code YAY50 for 20% off Etsy shop items through Saturday 4/26. Click link to the left or 'Shop' tab at the top.

Other fun shoppy news... some items are now listed on Bourbon & Boots. Really fun site with lots of good handmade Americana items. Check it out.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Iron Butts | 1,000 Miles in 24 Hours

A few springs ago, I was talked into ridiculousness by the Mr. Here's a guesstimation of how the conversation went:

C: Hey, let's do an Iron Butt ride!
A: What is that?
C: 1,000 miles in 24 hours on the motorcycle.
A: Why?
C: Because it's badass!
A: That's stupid. I'm not doing it.
C: What if I bought you a Kindle?
A: Weeellllllll... OK.

And so we set out for Lewisville, TX on a Friday afternoon, soaked right through our rain suits during a hellacious thunderstorm and tornado warning somewhere around Stringtown, OK (to date, this is the worst rain I've ever ridden in), and arrived at our hotel just in time to see the sunset. The curtain rods made a nice place to hang our wet clothes.
Crazy early the next morning, we checked in with maybe 30 other bikes at a Whataburger in The Colony. To officially earn your Iron Butt credentials (sounds prestigious, right?), you have to follow criteria as set by the Iron Butt Association: use their route, get fuel receipts from certain places, have other receipts time stamped, etc. The route is released the morning of the ride. Our route put us at approximately 1,500 miles for the 24-hour period, and THEN we had to ride the 250 miles back home.

Not much to note about the actual 1,000 mile part of the ride. I read a few blogs to prepare myself and they did nothing but scare me. Lots of people couldn't or didn't finish. Some said not to eat. Some said to avoid caffeine. Some recommended several changes of clothes. And on and on and on. I realize there are lots of variables with this sort of thing and all I had to do was sit back and collect gas receipts, but we completed our thousand motorcycle miles plus a steak dinner at Applebees in about 16 hours without a struggle.

Should you find yourself embarking on an Iron Butt quest of some sort (they have all sorts of rides and levels), here are some things that helped me through as a passenger:
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. I'm sure a full riding suit and boots would probably have been safer, but I wore my most comfy jeans and tennis shoes. Thin layers are always good, no matter the season.
  • Avoid gut bombs. We basically snacked on healthy-ish gas station food throughout the day to tide us over 'til dinner. Think water, granola bars, peanuts, string cheese, bananas, etc. 
  • Watch the weather. Try to choose a time and place for a ride that won't put you in 120 degree temperatures. We completed our ride in April and avoided heat but not the rain. I'd much rather deal with rain.
  • Bring an e-reader. Obviously this doesn't apply if you're the rider, but passengers... this saved me. I'll post soon about my set-up.

All in all, it was a pretty good time. I was exhausted for work on Monday, but the bragging rights were pretty worth it. What's the weirdest thing you've accomplished?