Thursday, December 31, 2009

Whistle Stop... a year in reverse... 2009


Here is a look in reverse 
at The Whistle Stop in 

My first give away in Blog Land
for my 50th post! Shaker the Snowman
in honor of our Christmas blizzard 
here in Nebraska. Still time to sign
up for a chance to win! 
See prior post for details.

Twinkle Night... a customer appreciation
& charity event celebrating everything
Merry & Bright for the holiday season.

Our Christmas open house. 
The "SToP's" season for holidays
consists of only 12 days.

Road Trip... to the Junk Bonanza! 

Our Fall open house... two shows back to back.
I think we were nuts!

A weekend of rescuing barn wood
from this grand 'ol 100 year old barn.

The Whistle Stop's Home show...
& my 50th Birthday. Some days I feel
way older than 50! lol 

Americana open house!

An early spring show... just a little
W.S. fix before Spring arrives. 

And that's it!
 We were so busy this whole year 
just flew by. Eight shows along with
a full time job. I think that confirms that I am 
And now it's time to start planning for 2010! 

I hope all of you find the new year
full of fun, happiness & peace!
Stay safe :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My 50th Post... enter to win!

Last Day for a Chance to Enter!

To celebrate my 50th post
I decided to offer a give away!
We have had more snow
than I've ever seen in the 17 years I've 
lived in Nebraska so I figured a 
snowman was fitting!

Meet Shaker the Snowman!

He is made by me from a vintage salt shaker.
He is filled with snowballs & snow so he'll 
never melt! His teal green scarf will keep him warm
and the glitter will keep him glistening!

Leave me a comment and if you would like
link this give away on your blog and you will
be entered twice!!

The name will be drawn the old fashioned way...
...out of a bucket! 
The drawing will be held on
Sunday, January 10th!

Thanks for stopping by my blog 
now and then! 
Keep Warm & Happy New Year!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Merry Christmas to You!

"Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the "SToP" 
the only creature that's stirring 
was the resident mouse.

The lights are not twinkling
the displays are a mess
for the Whistle Stop elf has
run to finish Christmas for the rest.

When the only thing on her brain Christmas Eve; 
"Did I remember all on my list?"
the kids, DH, friends & even the dog
oh, Santa help, this "old" elf is loosing it quick!

Away to Target for a few last minute gifts
wrap and pack it all into our sleigh
just like Santa we're on our way
to deliver presents to the ones we love most

So for now all Dear Customers
we wish you a Merry & Bright Holiday
 with family & friends
and a delivery from Santa and his sleigh

We will be back at the "SToP" 
after after our long winter nap
with lots more  "wonderfuls"
filling the shop

For now all my friends
I wish to you
a Merry Christmas to all
and to all a Good Night! 

Sunday, December 20, 2009

It's Almost Time for Our Long Winter's Nap...


 but, before we settle in for our much 

needed rest we bring to you

A Before Christmas


at The Whistle Stop 

Monday, Dec. 21st 

Tuesday,  Dec. 22nd 

Wednesday,  Dec. 23rd 

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We will mark down Holiday & select merchandise 

a little more each day as supplies last...

10% to 50% off as 

the days progress! 

Come early for best selection...

 come late for the best bargains! 

Have a wonderful Holiday!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Oh, Christmas Tree

Oh, Christmas Tree

How lovely are your branches!

The smell of Christmas fills the air!
My favorite tree is a Western Douglas Fir 
"Charlie Brown" tree but, I waited too long 
 to go tree shopping so we got
our second choice... a Noble Fir. 

This little guy is my one of my
 fav's of favorites!
My husband gave him to me one 
Christmas along with several antique 
glass ornaments. That was the beginning of 
collecting vintage & antique ornaments. 

A sweet little train ornament given to 
me by a friend. 

Now it's time to finish the shopping and
put some presents under the tree! 

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Whistle Stop...

... in all it's glory on Twinkle Night!

 Pictures of the shop on Twinkle Night are now on 
our website. Go have a peek at our winter wonderland. 
It's sure to put you in the spirit!

Friday, November 20, 2009


Sometimes the creative mind is just a 

... why at 2:00 in the morning is it buzzing with ideas!?
It must of been the "Percocet"! 
I had a little abdominal surgery yesterday and thought 
that with a pain pill I would sleep the night away! 
No, such luck. Not much pain but could not shut down 
the brain. All kinds of ideas floated through my mind
for our upcoming "Twinkle Night" event on December 7th!

I finally gave in, got up to jot some of them down 
and searched all the wonderful blogs in Blogland 
for more great ideas! 

Today... I'm not worth a darn! 
No energy or creative bone in this body. 
I think a little nap is on the agenda today!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Open House only Four Days Away!

 'Tis the Season!
The Whistle Stop Country Store

Our Holiday Season begins on 
Thursday, November 5th!
Only four more days to transform the shop
into a Winter Wonderland!

If you are in the neighborhood come check
out our little bit of a country store all decked out 
for the Holidays! See our website for 
The Whistle Stop's plans for the Season!

I'm still looking for Frosty's Old Silk Hat...
... magic still needed here to get it all done! 

Friday, October 23, 2009

Needing some Magic!

there must have been some magic in 
that old silk hat they found..."
I need a magic hat... wonder if Frosty 
would loan me his! ???

 The Whistle Stop's Holiday Open House is
in 12 short days! 
I need his magic hat to work
 a few miracles for me.

 ... to suspend time for just a little while
 ... to warm the temperatures & let the sun shine
 ... to help the creativity flow
 ... to give me energy to burn the midnight oil
... & then get up  in the morning full of energy
... to keep a smile on my face during it all! 

Maybe I"ll  need a few magic hats! 

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Vintage Kitchen Store Give Away... check it out!

Check out the give away at 
She has some adorable things in her
Etsy store!
(last day to enter Oct. 14th)

If I would happen to win
I'd choose the little yellow teapot
with it's winter jacket and would send it on
to a good friend! She has a teapot collection...
not one she started herself or asked for. (lol)
But, this little yellow teapot is the same accent 
color in her kitchen and I think she'd actually use 
this little gem! Now if  "we" win... I wish I could go the 
1600 miles to have a cup of tea with her! 
Any contest out there for airfare!?

Saturday, October 10, 2009


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I know we live in Nebraska, but it's 
early October for goodness sakes!
We still have lot's of garage work 
(in an unheated garage)
to do for our Holiday Season! 
 Oh, well... it's Mother Nature and maybe 
she's just getting me in the mood!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Junk Bonanza... the Final Post!

Drum Roll Please!!!
A branding iron fit only for the 
Queen of the Junk Bonanza!

picture courtesy of Margo (Margo's Junkin' Journal)

The week before the Bonanza we went on a last
minute junking buy at the Venice Flea Market
here in Nebraska. I saw this branding iron...
I was looking at it and asked the vendor, "Is this a "B"?"
It looked like a fancy "B" the way I was holding it 
and I was thinking "B" for Bonanza... 
hmmm... should I buy it?
Then she told me, "It's a "JB"! 
Oh, my gosh... Yes, I'm buying it!
Cammie, my friend and booth neighbor at the 
Bonanza said right away, "I'm taking this to show Ki."
And Ki bought it!  It's now home where it belongs.
I think there was some comment made about branding 
butts of newcomers to the JB ... or something like that.
We'll have to ask Ki about that!

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Case of the Missing Cake...

See this gorgeous chocolate cake!
It is as tasty as it is pretty.
Chocolate cake,
 chocolate pudding whipped cream filling,
topped with ganache frosting and fresh sugared raspberries!

 Our friends Cammie & David 
had always missed out when my husband made one.
So, he told them he would make one and bring it to the Bonanza!

He carefully packed it in an ice chest with dry ice and
it traveled with us six hours in the bouncy truck.
When we arrived it was still cold, but separating a little 
from all the jiggling! We asked the hotel if we could put 
it in there refrigerator and they said yes. He wrapped it in 
plastic wrap to pull it back together and left it there for safe keeping.

Finally, on Friday night we said we would get together for cake.
We were going out to dinner with Cammie (Daffadowndilly's)
 and her husband and Margo (Robolady). Cammie said she had also told 
Matthew Mead (cook book author) to come and have cake with us! 
Oh, the pressure was on! 
(unfortunately or fortunately as it turns out he couldn't...
he was in a meeting for the new Flea Market Style magazine)

Before we left for dinner my husband went to check on the cake 
and make sure we could get into the kitchen later in the evening. 

NO CAKE!!!! 

No one at the hotel seemed to know where the cake went.

 So we had to share the news that there would
be no mouth watering cake that we all had
been waiting for...  :(

The next day at the Bonanza we get a call
from the hotel manager saying he knows what 
happened to the cake. 
I immediately hand the phone to my husband!
One of the morning crew moved the cake and 
dropped it on the floor!
Didn't tell anyone... just scooped it up and 
through it in the garbage.

This is my DH. He is a very talented guy.
He can build a house, build the furniture to go in it,
plant & grow an amazing garden,
then cook a gourmet meal with the bounty & 
make the best chocolate cake you've ever tasted!

...and he can keep his cool when you tell him
what happened to his famous chocolate cake!

He was ever so polite on the phone to the hotel
manager, saying "things happen"... but, it would of been
 nice to know at the time what happened to the CAKE!

We all came to peace with the reality that
we were not to have this scrumptious, chocolate, 
whipped cream & pudding filled, ganache & sugared raspberries
 topped cake grace our lips.

The bright side...
... it may of saved a few pounds on our hips!
We'll try again next year!

(the hotel is sending a check for the cake...)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Last Few Pic's of the Bonanza!

The Bonanza Agenda...
Who could ask for anything better!

An antique message board from Omaha.

each of the vendors name in this table. 
What a keepsake! 

Fortune anyone? 
I want mine to read...
...good health...good wealth...good junkin' finds!
(made by Sara of Seasons in Carver)

the vendor coordinator of the Bonanza.
& Cammie from Daffadowndilly's.
(Not sure what happened to the poor doll?)

Junkin' Bronze Sneakers...
Click your heels... 
...there's no place like the Junk Bonanza
...there's no place like the Junk Bonanza
...there's no place like the Junk Bonanza


Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Coral at the Junk Bonanza...

"The Coral" at the Junk Bonanza 
is an area of great junk displayed in
a decorator, home like style. It gives you ideas
of how to use all the junk we love to search for!

Cammie from Daffadowndilly's found
this treasure at a junk yard she frequents often.
She asked the owner if she could buy the door
right off the old truck!  Daffadowndilly's & other 
area proprietors provided many items
 for the Coral's displays.

In need of ideas for a table setting for 
the cowboys in your life?
This table has all the style you'll need!
Ki told Cammie they were in need of chairs for this
 display and Cammie knew just who to go to. 
The Whistle Stop of course! 

Don't you just love all the old farm junk on this table?

Great turquoise wheelbarrow filled with
a bountiful harvest!

Another chair provided by The Whistle Stop.
It had just the rustic look this display needed.
The chaps were given to us to sell by my sister.
(Do any of you recognize this chair from the 
previous post I did with the "free" curb side finds?)

A Whistle Stop customer gave these bridge card 
sets to take to the Bonanza. The horse pictures
were perfect for the Coral.

Another creation of Daffadowndilly's!
Junk Lamps!
Buy the rings to create your own or
get them all ready to go with junk! 
The old silverware was perfect for a chandelier
over a the rustic table setting. 

Still have a few more pictures to post tomorrow!
Stay tuned!

Friday, September 25, 2009

More Eye Candy from the Bonanza!

Here are pictures from some of
the many booths at the Junk Bonanza.
I apologize that I don't know the 
names of many of the owners of
these wonderful displays. 

Hand painted clocks on old tin.

A very cute booth with lots of 
great finds!

This display make you want to sit 
down for dinner with a group of friends.

This is the booth of Mustard Moon.
The wall of lockers was just striking.

Lot's of great architecture in this booth.

What a great centerpiece!

Every sort of trinket imaginable!

This was one of my husbands favorite 
pieces at the show.

Very cool creations in this space.

Loved the simplicity of the cow bells
in this old green cupboard. Very good
price on the bells too!

My pictures don't do the booth displays justice.
This show was bursting with some of the greatest
junk I've ever seen under one roof! 
(Tomorrow pictures of the Bonanza's Coral)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Booth of all Booth's at the Junk Bonanza!

These picture's are from my friend
Cammie's booth of Daffadowndillys.
Four spaces filled with every type 
of junk imaginable and I think 
she could of filled four more!

Jars & jars of little trinkets...
buttons, game pieces, match books, letters
and the list goes on and on and on.

Maps, bowling pins, barbells, lamps 
your name it, she's got it! And if she
doesn't she'll find it for you!

From dishware to bedsprings...
anything your heart desired!

She didn't just have one of something...
she had multiples!

More treasures... one could have a 
hot cocoa party, vintage style 
with all these thermoses. 

Margo & Cammie
at the Bonanza, a fellow junker & blogger from Texas. 
She came to help Ki with the set up & shop the JB 
and area shops. A Junker's idea of a 
vacation made in heaven!