Sunday, November 28, 2010

Twinkle Night...

... is just days away! 
{Monday, December 6th}

This is our customer appreciation &
fundraiser event rolled into one festive evening!
Always held on the first Monday in December.

The pressure is on... even more so than our 
Holiday Open House.
The Saturday before, at the close of the day,
I start taking apart displays... and rearranging...
and redecorating... the goal to make the 
shop look like a Christmas Wonderland in 
48 hours!
Door prizes wrapped, raffle prizes organized,
a treat ready for the little carolers & a buffet 
of Holiday treats wait to fill the old farm table. 

Looking back through old pictures of other
Twinkle Nights I realize that this is our
10th annual Twinkle Night
O.K. So now I have to come up with 
something a little extra special! 
I found a little inspiration from a 
store in MN.  Lori from
  Round Barn Potting Company
designed some really cool shirts to
sale at the Junk Bonanza and in her store.
Take a peek at her blog... you'll love it!  
 A wonderful customer came to my rescue &
this is the great design she came up with!
Now, I'm hoping I can find a printer
to be able to get them done in a week!

Hoping for a charcoal gray
thermal with cream writing.
We may have to compromise.
If we are successful I will post a
picture of the "real deal"! 

Off I go... lot's of 
" twinklin' " to do!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Here's wishing you all a
family shared, tummy filled,
full of blessings
Thanksgiving Day! 

Monday, November 22, 2010

'Tis the season for sharing...

... a little bit of  Holiday Cheer  is on it's way
to Amy of Cottageprims !
Thanks to all of you entered our little give away!
I hope when the season settles in for our winter's nap
that I'll have time to stop by and visit.
I truly wish you could of all been winners! 

Amy, I hope you enjoy a few little gifts
 from The Whistle Stop Country Store
in Nebraska! 
Where Snowmen make themselves
at home in the winter! I'm sure he'll be
happy in Pennsylvania too! 

I apologize for not getting this all posted in the time 
I said I would. This is the time of year
... when the pace of a shopkeeper catches up with me
... when I receive all the little "gifts" from the kids at school
coughs, sneezes, fevers... lovely gifts!

... 'Tis the season to share indeed!

I promise Amy, I have not sent any unwanted gifts!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

100+ Follower's Celebration!

Sometimes you wonder if anyone
 really reads your blog. ???
I know a few fellow bloggers do for they
 always leave nice comments for me! 

At our Holiday Open House and the 
show at the Qwest I had several people 
" I love reading your blog & your website!"

Wow... really!?
Sometimes when I press the 
"publish" button,  it's just like putting my
words & life's happenings in a diary that's stored in air.
Not really thinking that many are going to read it
... but, in fact many do! 

104+ do...
I've been so busy with the shows that I didn't 
notice that my blog has reached over 
ONE HUNDRED followers! 
I think it is time to celebrate with a 
surprise giveaway! 

Do you decorate more with 
SNoWmeN or SaNtAs for the Holidays?

Answer this question to
be entered for a chance to win a
Whistle Stop holiday SURPRISE!
Let people know about the give away
on your blog and I'll enter you twice!

Last day to enter
Friday, November 19th! 
Drawing will be held
Saturday, November 20th! 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Our Holiday Open House
& the Autumn Festival
have come and gone...
... and we survived!
Here are a few pic's from the shop and
the show at the Qwest in Omaha.
You can see more pic's of the show
and our shop's open house on our website.

A vintage lighted Santa greeted 
customers at The Whistle Stop.

A large cupboard we used for a 
wall between us & our neighbor 
at the craft show,
not really thinking it would sell. 
... on Saturday we were scurrying
 to fill the space! 

An old skate with black checkered
 laces shines light on Mr. Snowman.

It's just the beginning of our 
holiday season
The Whistle Stop.
More old, new and handmade will
fill the "SToP" each week! 
"Twinkle Night" is just 
a few short weeks away! 
Check the website
for plans soon!  

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Holiday Open House...

... begins tomorrow! 
Ready or not!
Also the Autumn Festival at the
  Qwest Center in downtown Omaha. 

It's midnight and am I ready... 
not yet! 

Began the day trying to finish up some projects
in the garage when I heard a big crash... 
the wind blew our booth display over
that was staged out on our deck. 
And yes... it fell apart and had to be rebuilt.
So that put us a few hours behind.

It was 6:17 and we were just heading to
 storage to gather our goods... two trucks, a trailer
 and a car full to take to the show. We have 
to be done and out of there by 10:00! 
We did save some goodies for the shop too!
And more to come each Saturday! 

And yes... We did it!!!
Thanks to my boys & their girls who came
to help! They hauled and priced and displayed
until everything had a home under the tin roof. 

It looked pretty darn cute! Much more than 
I expected it to be. Truthfully I was so tired
that I was ready to just line up 
the stuff and call it a night. 
Their creativity shined through! 

I just hope now I can pull the shop together
by 10:00 tomorrow morning!
So much more to do!!!!
Displays to finish, counter to clear, patio
to decorate, things to be priced...
and the list goes on & on & on!
At this point we just do our best &
let go of the thought that it isn't just the
way we planned.  


We just hope that we've done a good 
enough job to put a smile on
our customers faces! 
That when they walk in the door
of our little bit of a country store,
 they'll feel like it's "Beginning to look
a lot like Christmas!" 
And they'll leave "whistling" a 
merry tune!

If I'm not smiling tomorrow...
it's because I'm sleeping on my feet! 
5:00 a.m. is going to come really early. 
Should I be writing this at midnight...
no! but, somehow it's therapeutic! :)