MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MUD CREEK
Meet the East Kentuckians at the Top of the Holiday Inflatables Game
“Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, she does ‘em all,” brags Jeff Robinson of his wife, Pat, whose holiday displays of decorative inflatables have been the stuff of legend in East Kentucky for almost 20 years. Anytime there’s anything worth celebrating on the calendar it’s like a massive spaceship has touched down on Mud Creek, in Floyd County, spilling out a crew of glowing and wheezing aliens.
“I’d have to say Halloween is my favorite but Christmas is definitely the biggest,” Pat says.
It’s hard to imagine anyone doing it bigger. Pat’s daughter, Trish, reckons her mom has amassed a collection of about 100 Christmas inflatables that cover every square foot of her yard.
Since her birthday is in December, all of her friends and family know exactly what to get her. “Just buy me a blowup,” she tells them.
Aside from the ones she gets as gifts, Pat and Jeff maintain their expensive inflatable habit all on their own. This season they dropped $700 on some new releases at Lowe’s and $200 on a teddy bear as tall as their house. They figure it adds about an extra $125 to their electric bill.
“But we never did pay much attention to it,” Jeff says. “The way I see it, if other people get some excitement and enjoyment out of it then that’s all that matters.”
And folks around East Kentucky certainly dig it. The Robinsons win radio decorating contests like it’s their job. Nobody can touch them. People who visited their house when they were kids are now bringing their kids to admire the madness.
The only complaints they ever got came from the time they exploded a transformer and...
For the past two years, the amazing design team at Cricket Press has churned out a special series of prints just for us called "A Comprehensive List of Notable Kentucky Inventions". In April 2012, the first volume celebrated the glorious Kentucky creations such as baseball bats, bowie knives, gold, fried chicken, and couch burning. It was featured on the Laughing Squid. It was a huge hit on the Pinterest. This print was so epic, we teamed up with Cricket Press again in 2013 to launch Volume 2. This time the print celebrated another round of inventions that make us proud to be Kentuckians- the cheeseburger, the Happy Birthday song, the High Five, and disco balls.
And now, it's 2014 and we have Volume 3 hot off the presses. Add this print to your collection and never forget the blessed inventions that came out of Kentucky. This time we celebrate bluegrass music, steamboats, dog mayors, robots, family fueuds, basketball rivalries, and the hot brown. Dig in, Kentuckians. This limited edition print (only 100 available) will be available Wednesday the 17th at 10:00AM on our website. $30.
Check out Volume 1 and 2 below.
As y'all know, in Kentucky there are more bourbon barrels than there are people. We think that statistic deserves a little something special. That's why we're offering a little something for you bourbon lovers out there. These bourbon glasses were designed and laser-etched by the amazing folks at Cricket Press in Lexington, KY. An essential for those who like to drink America's Native Spirit in style- with "Bourbon" etched on one side and "A Kentucky State of Mind" on the other.
Available in sets of two Wednesday the 17th at 10:00AM on our website for only $32. Only 25 sets available.
Photos by Cassie Lopez
We're back at it again with our ever popular vintage highway maps. After months of scouring the internet for vintage Kentucky highway maps, we have another fresh batch to bring to you. This time we celebrate a quote attributed to one of our favorite pioneers of the Commonwealth: Daniel Boone. It's hard not to agree with Daniel when he said "Heaven Must Be a Kentucky Kind of Place." Add this to your collection of Heaven gear and adorn your wall with this little piece of history.
Our maps range from the 1930s through the 1980s, and were hand printed and designed by our buddy Tim Jones of Salt and Grain. Each map is unique.
Only 35 available. Sizes vary, but most are around 16" x 26.
Looking for something special to adorn yourself or your loved one with? Maybe a piece of jewelry a touch more elegant than necklaces made of Kentucky Fried Chicken? Megan Carroll of Meg C Jewelry Gallery has got you covered. She's done it again by using the delicate outline of our favorite state and transformed it into a timeless piece of jewelry. These necklaces sold out quickly last go around, so we decided to launch them again just in time for Christmas.
A limited line of 50 sterling silver and 50 gold plated Kentucky necklaces will be available for you to purchase this Friday the 12th on our website. These delicate necklaces are hand-designed and hand-made in Kentucky. You can choose between 100% sterling silver or 14-carat gold plated. Give the gift of silver and gold this holiday season!
$100 each. Available Friday the 12th at 10:00AM on our website.
Words by June Tate. Photos by Stanley Sievers.
This week, in addition to our epic holiday restock, we’re stoked to bring back our killer ‘Kentucky Kicks Ass’ flags. These flags sold out last time and are back by popular demand. Kick-ass flags for proud kick-ass Kentuckians. Flags that let the world know who we are and what we do. Celebrate Kentucky's kick-assery with a big ol’ Kentucky Kicks Ass’ flag. Hell yeah.
100 flags will be available this Friday at 10:00am. These babies are made in the USA, and showcase double-sided "Kentucky Kicks Ass" logo detail. Flags are crafted from a durable poly-blend and measure 3' x 5', $48. They're to be flown with pride.
Perfect for: Proud Kentuckians, Old Kentucky Homes, Boats, Recreational Vehicles, ATV’s, Businesses, Offices, Campsites, Festivals, Events, Boarders, Lovers & beyond.
Photos and Vide# by Stanley Sievers
Make it a kick-ass Kentucky Christmas. At 10:00AM this Friday the 12th all of your favorite kick-ass apparel will be back in stock just in time for the holidays! Stuff your stockings with a variety of our most popular gear including Y'ALL t-shirts, Y'ALL baseball raglans and sweatshirts and Heaven Must Be A Kentucky Kind of Place shirts and totes. You can even put some More Bourbon than People shirts and Andrew Jackson shirts under the tree. Stay toastie in our Pennant Hoodie, and keep your kiddos warm in our kids Y'ALL sweatshirt. Kentucky Kicks Ass baseball raglans for kick-ass Kentuckians. Everything will pretty much be back in stock this Friday. Time is of the essence, so get to ordering Friday morning at 10:00AM, and you'll have the most epic Kentucky Christmas ever. You've got until December 19th for guaranteed Christmas delivery, so get to shopping!
On The First Day Of Christmas My True Love Sent To Me:
One Gold Plated Kentucky Fried Chicken Bone Necklace
On The Second Day Of Christmas My True Love Sent To Me:
Two Gold Plated Kentucky Fried Chicken Bone Earrings
So many great inventions have come out of our amazing state- cheeseburgers, high fives, the Happy Birthday song, and last but not least, fried chicken. Following in the footsteps of these ingenious inventions, we decided to concoct one of our own, immortalizing fried chicken with a King Midas touch. Ladies and Gentleman, we bring you Gold plated Fried Chicken Bone Necklaces and Earrings. Give the gift of gold this Christmas with the most Kentucky fried pieces of jewelry in the world.
In June of 2014, Meg C Jewelry and Kentucky for Kentucky changed the jewelry game forever when we introduced a line of gold-plated Kentucky Fried Chicken Bone necklaces. Real gold necklaces made from the chicken wang bones of a KFC 8-piece dinner. A glorious unofficial collaboration between Fort Knox and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Just in time for the holidays, we’re excited to announce that those beautiful hand crafted gold-plated Kentucky Fried Chicken bone necklaces are back.
In addition to the necklaces, we’re also excited to announce we’re adding a little something new and fresh into the mix - Gold Plated Kentucky Fried Chicken Bone Earrings. You heard that right, Gold Plated Kentucky Fried Chicken...
Here at Kentucky for Kentucky, we are stoked to announce that Y'ALL sweatshirts in NAVY will be restocked this Friday the 5th in kids and adults sizes. Outfit everyone in your family, from the lil tykes to the old timers, with our most popular sweatshirt to date. Get them while they're hot, because these cozy sweatshirts fly off the shelves!
As if that wasn't enough, we are also restocking Carl Wagoner's handmade Kentucky mugs. These speckled mugs are perfect for sipping coffee in the morning and are 100% made in Kentucky. They sold like hotcakes last time, so time is of the essence. $22 each. Only 40 available.
Get your Y'ALL sweatshirt or KY mug- or both- this Friday on our website. 10:00AM. Happy Holidays!