Saturday, May 2, 2015

Wire Sculpting Class...

My friend Nancy will be at the "SToP" Saturday, May 9th 

bringing her  vintage handmade goods & her grand talent! 

Nancy has had her art published in Somerset Studio & Somerset Life Magazines!

She will be teaching classes on the art of wire sculpture! See all the details below... 

Leave a message at the shop if you are interested in signing up for Nancy's class! 


Friday, May 1, 2015

Reminds me of Grandma's house...

berry baskets & hand-stitched tea towels
just add sweet tea & a back porch for a 
little vintage nostalgia! 


Monday, April 27, 2015

A Farmhouse Kitchen...

The Mr. remodeled an old farmhouse kitchen 
of a good customer of The Whistle Stop's. 
It was a group effort... the homeowners did some of the 
work & the Mr. installed some custom built in cupboards, 
re-fabed the old kitchen cupboards and painted them. 
He also made some in style shelving & made a new cupboard 
w/ old drawers that came out to make room for a dishwasher! 
He also made a surprise piece w/ the customers old shutters... 
a mini pie safe! 

Today we decorated!

The old back porch area was opened up into the kitchen. Making
room for these custom built in cabinets w/ the Mr.'s signature style!
A serving buffet & pantry for lots of storage!

(pine cabinets, maple counter top, reclaimed wood for shelving)

The pantry door is an old storm door... making it perfect for displaying
the yellow & green collection of kitchen ware. The small cupboard
on the right was made from old shutters (on the sides) & an old window. 
The daisy photograph was taken by the homeowners daughter. 
Layering it with an old garden trellis made it the perfect pair.

The Mr. built a cubby and we added an 
old coat rack below! Makes for great storage
of coats, hats, gloves when you come in out of the cold!

The drawers & old bread board had been removed
from the other side of the kitchen to make room 
for a dishwasher! They were repurposed into a 
new cupboard to add counter space near the stove. 

New butcher block counters, re-fabed original
kitchen cabinets with a crisp white & gray paint
updated the kitchen but, left it's old farmhouse charm! 

A view of the old kitchen & the newly added! 
Can you say LOVE! ?

We added in some little details that 
make it ever so charming. 

Farmhouse kitchen... oh, how I love you! 

Friday, April 24, 2015

May's Monthly Market!

May's Monthly Market 
is just a couple of weeks away! 

We hope you'll come see us! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

We're open this weekend...

Springtime ...
... time for gardens & walks & 
playing in the dirt
... time for fun & friends & 
Olde Towne Elkhorn's Ladies' Day Out! 

Come join the fun! 

And if you're playing in the dirt
you're going to need soap!

A trunk show by Faded Plains is 
coming to The Whistle Stop this
Saturday, April 18th!
Andrea will be bringing her handmade 
herbal soaps (you're going to love them!) and 
farmhouse goods!
Just in time for Mother's Day Gifts! 

 Andrea's home has been published in
Fifi O'Neill's book Romantic Prairie Style
and in several magazines...
Romantic Homes, Inspiration Vintage Magazine and next up you'll see it in

Midwest Living's May/June issue!

Can't wait to see it & can't wait to 
see you this weekend! 

Friday, March 27, 2015

It's no April fools...

... the "SToP" will be open 
weekends in April! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

March's Monthly Market


Heading to the shop today to begin 
set up for our March Monthly Market!
A friend is coming to help this morning
and I'm sure we'll come up with some 
creative displays to get you inspired for 
something new this Spring! 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015

February's Market @ the "SToP"…

It's snowing tonight so I think by
this weekend you're going to need 
a little outing! 
Come see us at the "SToP"!
We'll have treats & some new things! 

Joining us on Saturday is 
Sally from Industrial Chic Jewelry!
She'll be bringing finished creations
along with her charm cart full 
of items you can choose to create 
your custom piece or add to what 
you already have! 

Saturday, February 7th is also 
Ladies Day Out in Olde Towne Elkhorn!
Visit the shops to see what's new! 
Stella Maris & The Whistle Stop
have co-ordinated our monthly opening
dates for your double the thrill of the hunt,
double the fun!

Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 plans… for now anyway!

Just like they say in NE… 
wait 10 minutes and the weather will change!
Well, for the "SToP"…
 it's wait a season and the hours will change! 

I will have to say it's a little scary changing to
once a month markets! 

…time to reflect on what's working & what's not!
in life & business!

I admit it… I'm at burnout stage!
After 21 1/2 years in business and since making
it our living, which adds a lot of pressure & 
removes much of the fun & inspiration…
it's time to reflect & make changes & 
bring back the CReAtIviTy!

So, as we start 2015 and making plans for 
The Whistle Stop I will be sharing my thoughts, 
  our changes & wishes & goals here on the blog! 
Under the new heading of

I invite you to drop by for a short read each week
as we work on the goals for life & business.

admittedly this is more for me, than you…
needing something to keep me on track, accountable & moving forward! 
What better way then to put it out to the world!

Friday, January 9, 2015

One week from today!…

The Whistle Stop & Stella Maris Designs will be open! 

Stacy & I have co-ordinated our dates to be open so 

that you can have DOUBLE the fun! 

We are both offering classes for a make & take project! 

Cost is $20.00 each class. 

Grab your friends and sign up for a day of 

creative & vintage shopping fun! 


Friday & Saturday

 Jan. 16th & 17th 10-5

class times: 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, 3:30 

Whistle Stop's class… a little heart make-do

vintage painted vase & music paper flowers

Coming soon… the WS 2015 calendar!

Hope you are all staying toasty warm!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Twinkle Night! … is almost here!

For those who haven't joined us for Twinkle Night before,
let me give you a quick course on what it is all about!

Twinkle Night… 101

Twinkle Night is always held on the
first Monday in December. It is an evening to 
celebrate & share in the Spirit of the Season!

It is a combination of a customer appreciation & a charity event! We deck the store in her best winter attire… 
twinkling lights & a dusting of snow!

The festivities begin @ 5:30 and the shuffle into the the store begins! If we are lucky enough to have fair, winter weather the line to get into our little store may be long!
(one never knows!… just want to give you fair warning!)
Wear your woolens & bring your patience… just in case!

You'll find treats & spirits & we'll have the 
cocoa hot & a campfire to keep you toasty!

We offer raffle tickets for sale, for a chance to win prizes donated by The Whistle Stop & a few of our elves!
The proceeds of the raffles will be donated to a local family, 
making their holidays a little brighter! 

The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. 
The grand prize ticket is $10.00 for one chance to win 
a secret prize that the Mr. is working on!
We draw the winning tickets @ the end of the evening! 
(Do not need to be present to win!) 

There are door prizes too!
Ways to win…
#1 if you have a star on your receipt you win a door prize!
#2 find a lucky twinkling star hidden in the shop, 
you win a door prize!

 We also have a small 
appreciation gift for you!
(while supplies last!) 

 'Tis the season to twinkle! 

 We hope you'll grab your friends
and come celebrate with us!