Falling in love with Claremore Oklahoma in a day…

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I recently had a chance to stroll down Main Street in the small town of Claremore, Ok.
I was immediately in awe of all the shops and character that it possessed. There was nowhere close to park, so I ended up in the public parking a little future down which wasn’t as bad as it sounds! I don’t mind walking and it was great that they had this overflow parking! As it turns out the town was having there Souper Saturday (more on this in just a bit) that’s why it was so busy. The weather was just perfect for a stroll down Main street.
IMG_5252I went into the first store, and was blown away! Farmhaus was not only beautiful and historic, but the farmhouse decor inside was to die for.

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 I literally wanted one of every inside. (Sometimes it stinks living in a camper 24/7) I got a chance to talk to the lovely lady who owns it and as it turns out we have mutual friends from Wagoner. (I’m always amazed by how large, yet small the world really is)

 

I continued on down store after store of wonderful and beautiful shops and boutiques with the friendliest workers.

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The District on Main had some beautiful clothes and some neat stuff. Very high-end stuff. I was just in love with their original brick wall inside the store and she told us the story behind finding the wall. (I’m Fascinated by old antique/historic-stuff)

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I went into a store that I had spotted on the drive in, LoliPop. I thought it was going to be a bakery and candy type store. Truth be told I was mildly disappointed that they didn’t have cupcakes. They do have candy, but it is also a boutique. They have some of the cutest clothes, and the sweetest girls working! I bought a cute sweater dress/shirt. I tied it up and the girls in there oohed and awwed on it and made me have an absolutely giant head (maybe I should start a fashion blog, ok just kidding)
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Next, I stopped in at She Brews Coffee House and treated my self to a coffee (The Misty) and a piece of delicious Lemon Ooey Gooey Cake. (Y’all I almost died and went to heaven. I love lemon flavored everything!) I was so glad I waited in line and studied their info. She Brews not only has coffee, wonderful desserts, and a lovely lunch menu but also helps women transition form negative/troublesome pasts into better futures. (I am a sucker for this stuff. I almost cried standing in line reading a success story on their wall.)
The Misty– cappuccino with half the espresso, but a generous serving of white chocolate and caramel and topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of white chocolate.
OutWest Home Decor had everything you need to decorate in a cabin or western theme. Beautiful stuff and again the lady who owns it was super sweet. I bought a cute wooden state of Oklahoma ornament that said Claremore on it.
I had just enough time to run into Burlap Closet Boutique and check it out. I was in love with some of their tee shirts but didn’t have enough time to try them on and/or by anything. The lady working gave me a card and told me they ship. I’m definitely going to be getting me some cute new shirts.
I went in as many shops, boutiques, and antique stores as possible before I had to head back and pick up Dillon. But I’m telling you I was amazed at the charming and bustling Main Street. Everyone seemed to be helpful and friendly. Claremore really has the best downtown shopping district that I’ve ever been too. I love supporting small shops!
IMG_5247Y’all I parked my truck at 1:30 and walked into the Farmhaus a few minutes later. Some lady asked for soup. (It’s a home decor store) I was thrown for a loop! I kinda interrupted the lady’s talking and asked what was going on. She told me that 2 times a year they have Souper Saturday, to promote businesses on Main Street and as fundraisers for stuff the town needs. I was very intrigued and asked if she could explain more. (I later found out her husband is on the city council) she said the business on Main Street dish out soup if you get the ($8) package which includes a cup for your soup. I was so bummed to be coming in at the end of this! (11am-2pm) (Y’all know food and shopping and two of my favorite things)
She also told me about food truck Thursday’s during the summer months, where they practically close down Main Street for food trucks and shopping. (I’m telling y’all it sounds like heaven to me!)
She told me that Claremore had also passed a city ordinance that you may walk around with beer now also. (Which is a big deal here in the Bible Belt)
I am so marking my calendar for all the fun events coming up this year. If we didn’t already have a cabin in Arkansas, I’d be ready to move to Claremore!

A Little Cabin In The Woods…

In order to explain me and the name, I choose I’ll tell you a little bit about our cabin. It really is a little [tiny] cabin in the woods! Dillon, Logan, and I needed a place to stay when we have our days off! 

{We love you Nannie and Papa D and we appreciate all your hospitality but we needed our own space and so do Y’all!}

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Dillon really wanted a great place to hunt. [he could have slept in a deer blind for all he cared]  Now don’t get me wrong, he wanted us to have somewhere nice/safe to stay, but when you’re on the road 85% of the year, it’s hard to maintain and pay for an empty castle! So we settled on a nice piece of land [of course it is good hunting] and we decided on a DIY tiny home!

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Since we’re normally on 10 days on 4 days off schedule, we needed something that could be dried in and fast! So we chose a 14×40 Bald Eagle Barn, had it delivered and began building the inside. It’s not done yet [it’s been a slow process] but it’s got water, sewer, electricity, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, dining room, and a loft room for Logan. We still lack quite a few things in finishing it but we are able to stay in it when we get lucky enough to go home. 

Here is a small slideshow of our hard work.

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I love to move around and traveling with Dillon is easy for me, however, I do like to have roots! I like to have a place where we can go and know that we are welcome. Where we know at least 50% of the people and where we don’t have to play the guessing game for restaurants. I love having that in Arkansas. 

IMG_20150527_181700Occasionally we get those jobs we’re D has to work 5 on 2 off. So being 5 hours or more away just doesn’t make it worth the drive to go home. I occasionally get terribly homesick: I [always] miss my best friend, our dirt roads, our creek, and not having a neighbor within spitting distance. [not that I spit on my neighbors] I love traveling but I also love having a home to miss! 

creek-2.jpgOur lil‘ creek is just down the road from our cabin.  We spend a lot of our summer evenings there with our friends and family.

 

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We are totally redneck by the way here is a picture of us going through the culverts when the creek was just right. It was a great day at the creek. Since then they did some work to it and you can’t go through them anymore.