Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Disturbing Abandonment

We live way out in the country. Over the years I have taken in many dogs that people have dumped or abandoned on our road. It's a disturbing trend around here. Yesterday takes the cake though. Someone abandoned a dog and her 8 (yes 8!) puppies. It was so sad. They simply all stayed in the spot they were dumped at probably thinking their owner would be back for them at any time. I was so angry. Now it had become MY problem. There is no way I could leave them for the coyotes and yes that is exactly what would have happened. They would be coyote snacks before morning. Calls were made to humane shelters all over and everyone was full. I have 10 dogs ( yes, most are rescues ) and just no more room or dog food for 9 more. Thankfully, one of my neighbors (1/4 miles away) agreed to take them all in. God Bless you neighbors! I hope they can all find homes.

Please Please do not abandon your pets. It is a cruel and inhumane thing to do. They don't all get lucky like these did and the ones that have come before them.

Almost a new year! I am starting mine with High speed internet. I have had dial up for years and finally got to the point of wanting to throw my computer out the window. My only option out here in the middle of somewhere was to get a satalite installed. Went with WildBlue. They seem ok but of course now I have to pay 60.00 a month compared to 14.00. So far it is worth it! I bet most of you don't even remember dial up!

That is my most exciting news for today and it's probably only exciting to me!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Garagesalearcheologist - Auction Addict - Bonanzle Lover

Garagesalearcheologist and Auction Addict, that's me! I am the one at the garage sale that carefully looks over everything and then goes back through to look again. I have found many obscure treasures and oddities this way. Auctions are of equal passion. I love the thrill of bidding against your opponents and winning that one treasure you just had to have! I love collecting and have had numerous collections over time. When I get tired of one collection I simply sell it off and move to another. I have been selling for years, 10, to be exact on Ebay. I am not real happy with them the past few years, they don't seem to care much about us Mom and Pop type sellers anymore. O.K. they don't care at all. The sense of community is gone. The fees are outrageous. If you get a buyer that is mentally insane, well, there isn't much you can do about that either. So I have moved on.
I need a place to sell my wares and collections. I mean there is only so much space in my life for storage and only so much dust I have time to clean. Treasures gotta go! Bonanzle is the place I have chosen to sell my vintage and antique treasures. They will sit in my booth there and wait for their new owners to find them. While they sit, I will enjoy the close knit Bonanzle community and the easiest listing set up I have ever seen. I will be calm not worrying about how much my listing fees will be. I have a goal to list items everyday!
You might not have heard of Bonanzle yet, but you will, you will.
Click on the picture and it will magically transport you to my booth there.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Bit of Imperfection is a Good Thing

We, as humans, are constantly striving for perfection of which we will never attain in this life. Primitives strive for that bit of imperfection. They are never quite perfect and that is a good thing! That is part of their charm.

I love making primitives for that reason. I don't have to worry about being perfect. I made some awesome grubby candles this weekend. They are up for sale in my Etsy shop. Grubby candles are great for that early lighting look. My Grubbiest Grunge Dusted candles truly look 100 years old. They are 3rd from the right at top of picture. How cool is that?! Click on the picture and be wisked away back in time to my shop of imperfection.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Prim Grubby Candles

I received my order of new and yummy scents! I made some great picks. My boys asked me to please quit putting scent bottles under their noses! These are the times I wish I had girls! I did get an idea of which scents boys or men would like though. That information will come in handy when I go to make soap!

Today I am going to test some in grubby candles and tarts. When I sell one of my Colonial farmhouse candle holders I also send along the scented grubby candles to go with them. I have had requests to sell the candles seperately. My prim grubby candles are well loved. I am happy because I put a lot of time and effort into perfecting them. In the Primitive world perfect is imperfect!

My first ones came out looking like pan fried sausages! I have come a long way since then!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My Vintage Selling Life at Bonanzle

I love my Colonial farmhouse and Primitive items. Re working and crafting these items makes me feel all warm and fuzzy! I have to tell you though I have always been a vintage and antique seller. I have all this stuff everywhere! Vintage jewelry, old toys, pottery, glassware, collectables, and all sorts of unusual and odd items. I don't want to put any of this in my Etsy or Artfire shops because it will wreck the look I worked so hard to create. I love to hang out with the Vintage sellers in Etsy chat and CarriersCozyCottage turned me on to a website called Bonanzle. I went there and absolutely love it. I listed 22 things already. Listing was a breeze and the site is the most user friendly I have ever come across. A little promoting and I expect to see great sales! I can't wait to have the time to put more items in my booth! Please have a look if you get a minute.

or click on the picture!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

ARTFIRE vs. Etsy Search Pages

I checked out the ARTFIRE search engine today. This being in response to a concern someone brought up in Etsy chat. It goes something like this. Etsy puts your items up in the top 5 search pages by time listed and this makes it so you have to list and relist constantly to get noticed. This generates money for Etsy and cuts deeply into your profits. It does not take long for your items to become buried somewhere below the "who Knows" x amount of search pages. If you do not list and relist, suddenly you see your views and sales fall! The concern about Artfire was this: O.k. So if you do not list on ARTFIRE daily won't your items get buried in 100's of search pages anyway? The answer is NO!!!! I checked this out for myself. Artfire has a different way of searching. They go by lowest price or highest price. You choose. I had my items come up on numerous pages of the first 5 of the word I searched. They came up on just about every page including the 1st page!!! I know people are seeing me! I haven't listed in there in over a week either! I believe they have plans to optimize their search even further but am not sure. Will blog when I find out! This is so much more FAIR! I absolutely love it! Want to find out more about how Etsy is operating? Go to: http://www.etsybitch.blogspot.com and see what everyone is saying about the new way Etsy is having your items NOT get seen!

Monday, December 8, 2008

My Favorite Incense! Best I have Found!

I LOVE these incense sticks by Zombie Sticks. His sticks have the best scent throw I have ever found. You don't even have to light them to have them fill a room with scent. So many scents to choose from too! I have plans to try as many as I can! American made at it's finest!! Great pricing! If you love incense like I do, go here: http://www.Zombie-Sticks.artfire.com or he has his own website at: http://www.incense-stick.com

Sunday, December 7, 2008

My EBAY Selling Days

I have been so busy talking about Etsy and Artfire I completely forgot about my Ebay selling! I have some items listed this week that end tomorrow. A link is provided under My Links on the left side of the page. I have been a seller on Ebay since 1997. Long time huh? I have 1678 positive feedbacks. I have many many more than that but repeat buyers don't get counted. I usually list odd items that I find at garage sales, auctions and estate sales. Some of my areas of expertise are pottery, glass and vintage jewelry. These days I just tend to list whatever strikes me as odd that an ebayer might want to buy. Pottery and glass collecters have pretty much collected everything they need for their collections so the price of items isn't what it used to be. Ebay is also not what it used to be. They have high listing fees, the seller can no longer accept checks, they protect the buyer which is good but have really no protections any more for the seller. Yes, there are scams on the seller too! But all in all it is usually a pretty quick way to make some fast money to pay that electric bill. The shops, Etsy and Artfire, take a bit more time. I have NOT listed any of my homemade or re-worked items on there and hoping I never have to. For some reason I feel it cheapens them. I feel my work is quality and I want it to be seen as quality. I like the idea of a more specialized store for my Colonial primitive items. I do notice that I tend to put items I would normally put on Ebay into my Etsy shop, like a few of my finest pieces of vintage jewelry. Here is a picture of an item I have up for bid this week.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I WON A Blog Giveaway At NEST in BLOOM

It could be the winds of change are blowing in a more positive direction. I woke up to 2 good sales in my Etsy store yesterday morning! 2 of my favorite things too! I am going to miss them. 1 is that beautiful Colonial 5 candle candelabra! It was featured in a treasury and really is a beauty. I wanted to use it so very much for my Thanksgiving centerpiece. But I didn't. No borrowing from the shop! Funny how attached I get to my own work!
Then to top off my very productive day, I won a blog raffle at Nest in Bloom! ! This from a person who always grumbles that she "never wins anything!" Winds of change again. Let me tell you that it wasn't just "anything" that I won either. It is the most beautiful,well done,scarflett with vintage pin I have ever seen! I couldn't be more thrilled! Anyone that knows me can attest to my fashion style. 1. I wear a lot of black. Always have and always will. (The scarflett is black) 2. I LOVE vintage jewelry! I sell many pieces of vintage jewelry but you should see the pieces I keep for myself! 3. I recently lost my favorite scarf and have been lamenting it's loss everytime I go out in the cold. . 3 didn't have anything to do with my fashion style but another reason winning this scarflett couldn't be more perfect!
Please go see her beautiful work! You won't be disappointed!
Nest In Bloom is a shop online is run by an artist by the name of Samantha. She makes unique scarves and jewelry. Please check it out by clicking below! You can also click on my blog title!

Saturday, November 29, 2008


I've started another store at Artfire. They are running a deal I can't pass up 7.00 a month membership to the first 5000 people. After those are gone it will be 20.00 a month. You can list as many items as you want with 10 pictures! It's so exciting to get in on the ground level of something! Especially when I think it will be huge. I looked over their business plan. It looks sound and the main thing that really impressed me is the fact that they are going to spend millions on advertising their site. They have already started advertising and targeted the kind of consumers who will SHOP! Here is a link if you are interested in signing up. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=sevenforlife&afuid=4375

I would also like to say that their listing page is amazing! Everything is right there on one page! It takes me a 1/4 of the time to list on ARTFIRE as it does Etsy.

I have only been on Etsy a month and already have seen some major problems. The main one being their advertising. You can't get people to shop at the site if you don't advertise it! You the seller are responsible for getting people into your shop. Do you realize how much time that takes? On Etsy it seems to be mainly sellers selling to other sellers. The percentage of sellers to buyers is way out of proportion with sellers winning by a landslide! You simply can't sell at your best potential with a lack of buyers to buy! Sellers can only buy so much or what is the point?

I don't plan to close my shop on Etsy just yet. I put too much time into driving traffic to it already. I do plan on letting it phase itself out and making my Artfire shop as huge as I can get it!

Meanwhile, Artfire will be growing by leaps and bounds and I will be there when it explodes! I am so excited!

Some more notes..

ARTFIRE has awesome on the spot customer service. Artfire is working constantly to get their site the best it can be. Of course there are a few bugs to be worked out..it is new! Etsy has bugs too and when you go to forums to try and get them fixed..they tell you it is something to do with you! I have found that not to be true on several occasions, but try to tell them that!

You WILL get on the front page of ARTFIRE. It's almost impossible to snag a treasury on Etsy let alone get picked for the front page.

I LOVE ARTFIRE (I need a button to wear) I am so excited! It will be huge huge huge!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Colonial Farmhouse Primitive Chalkboard Abacus

One of the items that I have for sale in the Plow and Pony is a Chalkboard Abacus. Besides my cadelabra this is one of my favorites. It is a vintage item anyway and then I have reworked it to look very old and Colonial. The picture in my shop just doesn't do it justice. I thought maybe you can see it better here in my blog. Not only is it totally farmhouse primitive it is functional too! I have it with my Primitive Star Series. I have several items that I painted stars on with my special color blend.

Monday, November 24, 2008

I love this Primitive farmhouse shelf!

I love this little shelf I made. Extremely distressed and so primitive! I have some old squarehead flat head nails that I used for the pegs. This would look great in a kitchen or a bathroom!

Farm Inventory

I am new to blogging and was reading up on the subject. It was suggested that you keep your blog short. I do believe I may have failed on that account yesterday! From now on I will try my darndest to keep things short!

Today I will give you an inventory of all the critters on the mini farm:

7 Horses (4 too many) want to buy one?

35 Goats Mostly Boers or Boer cross bred

25 chickens plus 2 roosters

6 Guineas (the best defense against ticks that I have ever found)!

1 turkey, she's a pet and doesn't have to worry about Thanksgiving!

2 Pugs (1 Pug has 3 puggle puppies 2 weeks old)

1 Puggle

1 Beagle

1 Lab

1 Chow mix

1 Kid Goat that thinks she is a dog

Total 9 dogs if you count the puppies! Holy Smoly!!!!!

I think that is it at the moment, but one never knows what tomorrow will bring!

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Primitives have long been a hot decorating style. They are like comfort food for the soul. This world has gotten to be so fast, so technological and in many ways so impersonal. It's tough to imagine but there was a time not so very long ago when there were no TVs, no computers, no cars, no cell phones, no phones, and no electricity to make life easier! What we call primitives today were much needed functional items from that time! Homemade candles along with handmade candle holders for lighting. There were hand carved wooden utensils, what we call treenware and homemade lye soaps for cleanliness. Shelves, boxes and cupboards that were functional and had places for everyday needful items. Clothing was hand sewn with sturdy material. You made your own food and knew where that food came from. Can you smell that fresh baked bread? Can you taste that sweet cream butter that was churned by hand? If something was needed you made it. Christmastime didn't involve a trip to the mall or Wal Mart but a trip to the sewing box or wood shop to make gifts for friends and loved ones. Gifts of love made with your own hands. Entertainment was reading a book, sewing with family and friends, playing musical instruments, singing and just being with family!
Looking back at that time is like looking through a hazy window. We have come so far so fast that we almost forget there were the times before we had all this technology to make our life easier and full of pleasure. But with that it seems there has been a trade off. Our families are scattered. We have so much stuff, or stuff we need to have to care for other stuff. Closets filled with clothes and shoes and purses. We have bill piled upon bill, the car payment, the house payment, the cell phone bill, the home phone bill, the Internet bill, the electric bill which we pay not only to keep our lights on and our home warm or cool but also to keep all of our stuff running. We pay insurance for everything imaginable even for all of the above stuff. We have credit card bills and store accounts. The list goes on and on. If you really think about it, it will make your head spin. We have traded in time. No one seems to have time anymore. Everyone is busy taking care of "stuff", working to pay bills, to keep the car running and filled with gas to get to work and home. We get home and take care of what needs tending. We make dinner, shuffle the kids here and there, do a quick housecleaning, and if you live on a farm there are chores too! If you are lucky, you get a little time to enjoy some of the "stuff" you have worked so hard to get like the TV or the computer or music on the Ipod. Then you go to bed and hope for more than 6 hours of sleep before you have to get up and do it all over again!
I think we know somewhere inside ourselves that all this fast paced, get more stuff, live for the moment, way of life could be temporary. We might even realize that one day we might have to go back to a more primitive way of life or to some facets of it.
Making primitives gives me a deep seated joy and satisfaction. I think I could do it if I had to. I think I could live without electricity and all the other amenities of life we have all come to enjoy. I wouldn't want to but I could. Please don't get me wrong here. I know that life back then was extremely hard. People didn't live as long. I still can't help but to believe, that at the end of the day they went to bed with a satisfaction of work accomplished, a job well done and with a pride of family that worked together, lived together and loved together.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Teenagers and Vintage Jewelry

This week has been crazy! I have 2 teenage boys and they have been really needy this week. Both of them are in band and 1 also wrestles. I have had to have one to early band practice all this week. That involves getting up at 5:00 am and then I pick him up from wrestling practice at 6:30 pm. It's just crazy! I don't even know what day it is anymore. I live out of town about 11 miles too which makes all this running back and forth more difficult. Thank God gas prices have gone down!
Very little time for my Etsy shop and I have some great ideas too! I kinda wrecked the look of my shop by putting in some great vintage jewelry!
Let's talk about vintage jewelry for a sec. I love it! I have several pieces that I wear when I go out. I always get compliments! There is something so Stand Out about it! The rhinestones, the aurora borealis, the form and the dazzle! I know that jewelry companies have tried to reproduce the look but I have to tell you, I can tell the difference! It just doesn't have that same "look".
Not many people wear brooches anymore that I have seen. I do a unique thing with my vintage brooches. I have a couple of light over jacket/sweater type pieces of clothing (plain color, like black) and instead of closing them with that one button, I use a vintage brooch! It just looks fabulous! You can do the same thing with scarves. I always like to stand apart from the crowd in fashion and have always had my own fashion style. When I was in my 20's and HOT I would wear short shorts and cowboy boots. I couldn't get away with that now and back then it was unheard of but looked great! As a matter of fact my friends from back then still make the occasional comment going back to that cowgirl meets Daisy Duke style of mine..hehehe. I love that!
Another thing with vintage jewelry I need to be careful with is selling it! I have sold pieces that I have truly regretted later. I still miss them!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Etsy and The Vintage Sellers

I came over to Etsy from Ebay. My Etsy shop is new. It has been quite the learning experience! On Ebay I have 1600 something feedbacks and on Etsy 3. I don't much mind that though as I love Etsy! Ebay..not so much. It feels cold over there while Etsy gives me that warm fuzzy feeling. In the Etsy chat rooms I found a group of vintage sellers and they are just simply the best group ever! So helpful, fun and kind! They have given me a renewed energy for my little slice of Etsy heaven! Their shops are amazing! So many great items! A must see! A special thanks goes out to: http://www.mysouthernlace.etsy.com/ http://www.carrierscozycottage.etsy.com/ and http://www.reprise.etsy.com/ You all have been so helpful. Thank You! I know there are more of you and I look forward to getting to know all of you!

Now I must be off to work. Work interferes with Etsy darn it! I hope for the day that my work becomes my Etsy shop. I know it will happen. I have faith.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Stunning Blue Rhinestones Set in Pewter Vintage

I found this stunningly beautiful auroa blue rhinestone brooch at an estate sale. The rhinestones are set into pewter. I have never seen a piece of vintage jewelry like this! Has anyone? Too bad it's not marked. Comment and let me know what you think! I don't have it lis

ted in the shop yet http://plowandpony.etsy.com/ I still want to admire it for a bit!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

FUN at The Etsy Vintage Sale

This weekend flew by! I had the best time in the Etsy Vintage sale. They held it in the Etsy site chat rooms. 50 shops participated. Met some great people and browsed the shops for hours. Fabulous items there! Incredible deals. I felt so at home there amoung all the vintage antiques and collectables. Being a dealer of vintage myself, I was impressed with all the items they have. There is no place like Etsy. Love it!

Soooo, I did nothing in my shop. I was having too much fun shopping. A few days ago I did get 4 of my Primitive Star Series items put in the http://www.plowandpony.etsy.com/ . They are some interesting and 1 of a kind items that I reworked and painted with prim stars. They look fantastic together! Please go take a look! I may need to redo a couple of the pictures though. They just don't seem to do them justice.

Farm update:

My Pug had 3 puppies and 2 more Nanny goats had their babies making a total of 6 babies now with more on the way. Boy am I tired! Hehehe.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Candy Hangover or What's Left after Trick or Treat

I had a candy hangover today! I had to do some serious detoxing so I could feel better. Glad Halloween is over. Now it's on to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Time flys so quickly around here! I am hoping to have the Plow and Pony fully stocked in the next couple weeks. I have some great crafting ideas and I need to get busy! Hope everyone will check the store to see what's new! I just love the ETSY web site. So many friendly people there. Many fabulous extremely talented artists there too! I love hand made. If you haven't checked it out yet, now is a great time!

Today was busy on the farm. Had to make sure the triplets were all getting enough to eat from Mom. Fence had to be mended. A nice couple brought us their pet turkey, as they couldn't keep her in town anymore. She is huge. I swear we are just 1 animal from being a zoo out here!

No time to craft today and it is all I really wanted to do. Chores come first and they took all day! Dang. Tomorrow I am hoping to have a full crafting day! I am crabby when I don't get to craft.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My Goat Had Triplets Today!

One of my goats had triplets today. They are the cutest! 2 does and a buckling. This is my first experience with triplets. Normally they have twins. If it's a first time Mom, she will generally have a single birth. I have 25 goats total after today I have 28. We are trying to establish a good size herd. 50 to 100. The funny thing about all this is that we have bought all of our goats from livestock auctions. You never quite know what you are getting there. Our first 10, they told us all had been exposed to a buck and they were pregnant. Only 1 of the ten were. The next little group we bought, out of the 5, 2 were pregnant. Then we bought 7 goats and they said they were not pregnant. One of these is the one that had triplets! Plus we are positive at least 3 more of these will be kidding any time now! We are happy happy goat ranchers these days.

We have one milk goat but we need her to become pregnant before she will freshen or have milk for us too! I can hardly wait as I want to try my hand once more at making goat's milk soap. As you recall from yesterday my first attempts at goat milk soap did not go well.

Like I said, I love the hemp oil soap I made and please go to my shop to check it out!

I told you I was going to talk about how I came about the name Plow and Pony but that will have to wait until later. I may have a vote on names !

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My Slice of Primitive Heaven http://www.PlowandPony.etsy.com

Here I am writing my very first blog ever! I would like to talk about this shop I have put together at Etsy.com. I have been working on different wood projects for over a year now. Gathering items people have thrown away and redoing them into my idea of functional primitive art. Before I knew it I had a building full of items with more ideas coming every minute. This has all but consumed me! An obsession so to speak. I started making the coolest salt dough ornaments that are my own original ideas with more ideas on their way! I drug out my sewing machine and blew off the dust. I started sewing homespun towels and other prim items to go with primitive gatherings. Then before you could say "Jack Be Nimble" I had a pot of wax going and was making the best scented and totally grubby candles. You see, I had to have some candles to go with all the wood candle holders and keepers I had made. I was idly carving on a piece of wood while surveying all my labor and low and behold before I knew it,I have carved out the most unique and rustic soap dish I have ever laid eyes on! So now of course you know what happens next. Yes! I needed soap to go with it! My soap making didn't go quite as well as the rest of my endeavers. I tried goats milk and could never quite get the smell or size right. Not good seeing as how I have 25 goats. I spent a bit of money and took a lot of showers trying to get just the right soap. Then one day I had it! A fantastic hemp oil soap. Smelled great. Made my skin feel wonderful. Lots of lather and had just the right look for my rustic prim soap dish! Plus I have a bit of "old Hippie" in me and hemp oil soap just seemed like the right choice. I can't wait to get some more money in order to make some more of this soap in different scents.
So now I have all these great primitive items (with more ideas coming at me) not to mention all the vintage things I had gathered and the question arises. What do I do with all this stuff?
Someone told me about this great website called ETSY. Thank You Someone! Etsy is a place where you can sell your handcrafted items. Better than just looking at them all the time and trying to figure out how in the world you are going to put it all in your house!
I now present to all of you primitive, rustic, western, antique, smell good, feel good people my shop. Drum roll. Horns Blowing. American flag waving in the breeze..Ta DA! http://www.plowandpony.etsy.com/ Come visit me there and tomorrow I will tell you how I came about the name.