Monday, May 30, 2011

Sherry & Linda... from Junktion 42
These two gals have been customers of the "SToP" 
for some time. One day Sherry came in and asked 
if I would post a postcard for her up and coming 
show at her home... "of course!", I said. 
The card had the greatest, repurposed junk pictured!
 I knew I just had to go!

I arranged for a friend to work & the "Mr." and I
headed to IA for a fun day of shopping... or so we thought.
... and here is the funny part of the story.

We found our way to her home and when 
we pulled up in the driveway I said to 
my husband, there's nobody here. 
Right then I realized... 
I looked down at the postcard and YES... 
I had the wrong date! 
 Good thing the "Mr." is a really a patient guy! 

So, I for one can't wait to see some of the 
wonderful, repurposed junk that Junktion 42 
will be bringing to the Shopkeeper & Friends show!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Meet more Vendors of Shopkeeper & Friends Market...

Paula... from Red Door Primitives

Formally the shop owner of
Amy's Country Cottage in 
Nebraska City, Paula now runs her
business from her home. 
If you love PRIMITIVES than you 
are going to love Paula's handmades!
She definitely has a knack for aging her cloth items.

Isn't he just the cutest!

You can find what's new at 
Red Door Primitives on Facebook.

Under one tent you will find this trio...
Deb & Judy... from Cotton & Wool Prims
my mama... Yvonne...  from Still Quiltin' 
Deb & Judy... customers turned friends & my
cannot do without "helper bee's"!
They also craft some wonderful things.
Wool mats, bears, felted nests, yo yo table mats!

My mom, now 86 is "Still Quiltin'" ... everyday!
She has made several large quilts for us kids & a few of the
grandkids. Mostly she makes small quilts that she sells
at The Whistle Stop. I know some customers have
quite a collection of them. Wish I could count how
many she's sold over the 19 years we've been in business!

Great Grandma made this
quilt for my grandson's big boy bed.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Who's Who... of Shopkeeper & Friends?

Here are some of the talented 
vendors you will meet at 
The Whistle Stop's
Shopkeeper & Friends... June 4th!

Andrea... from Faded Plains

 We originally met Andrea and her husband
at the Venice Flea Market a few years ago. 
 They had moved to the mid-west from California too!
We automatically had things to talk 
about and shared a love of old things!
They live in a wonderful old farm house.
Andrea's vintage style decorating of 
their home found it's way into 
Fifi O' Neill's book

Be sure to check out her wonderful 
blog and Etsy store! 

Lori Kehm... from Antiques on Franklin

 I met Lori years back at a local craft fair.
In 2010 Lori took the plunge and opened 
up a brick and mortar store in Bellevue, NE with
a friend.  Antiques on Franklin 
should be a must stop on your stores to visit! 
I always find treasures on every visit. 
 Lori makes wonderful garden mosaics & has 
an eye for fun vintage finds!
You can find store hours on their website.

Carol and Dana... 
 from Now & Then Interiors
& Dazcot Dezign 

This mother and daughter team have been customers
of The Whistle Stop for years. What I didn't 
realize until much later is that I had been customers
of theirs when they were Shopkeepers of Now & Then in
the Haymarket in Lincoln. I'm so glad they joined
us for our Shopkeeper & Friends market!

They will have a tent full of 
primitives, handmade jewelry & 
 summer florals! 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Shopkeeper & Friends Antique & Artisan Market...

After 19 years in business it's sometimes hard
to come up with something new. 
 Something that will really excite our customers...
Well... by golly, I think we've done it!

Saturday, June 4th 
The "SToP" is hosting an intimate gathering
 of talented friends who will set up shop on
the grounds around The Whistle Stop.
Antiques, repurposed goods, mixed media art,
handcrafted wares, primitives, garden art
 and so much more!

The "Mr." is making his famous
"California Tacos"!
{a different kind of taco... but, you'll love it!}
Profits from the taco stand will go to our
adopted Twinkle Night family this Christmas! 

Then grab some friends & come
spend the day with us at
the little bit of a country store called

Friday, May 13, 2011

Servin' up some SPRING!

  I finally spent some time 
creating in  my work room !

These old serving trays had 
been collecting dust for
several years now... decided
it was time they started 
serving again!

I played with watercolor paper,
paint, scrapbook paper and an antique stamp 
set we found a couple of years ago for $10.00! 
{it's a keeper!}

I hope where ever you are Mother Nature
is servin' up some pleasant SPRING days!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Before and After...

A good customer of ours spied this piece 
in our workshop. She is a creator of mixed media art 
and was on the hunt for lots and lots of storage.

27 drawers... an artist dream cupboard!!!

I know... some wouldn't want to compromise
an antique piece such as this. 


At some point in time this piece ended
up with a plywood top and no bottom to sit on.

So, the Mr. worked his magic!

... and 
Ta da!!!!

Isn't she beautiful?
The drawers were left natural and
the numbers above the drawers remained.
A new top, a base to sit on, some molding
and red paint. She is on to her new life
serving with beauty and purpose! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


We were featured in a local publication called
There is a section called Live Local that gives
mention to local shops, restauraunts, places to go etc.

One afternoon several weeks ago the editor of
the magazine came to the shop and asked if
she could take some photographs for our 
shop to be featured in the May/June issue.

"Of course!!!" 
How exciting to see our
little store in print! 

{photo by Chris Christen-Inspired Home-Omaha}

Thanks to Tina King and Chris Christen for
considering The Whistle Stop noteworthy
to be featured in Inspired Home-Omaha.