Saturday, October 3, 2015

Restoration - BBE Sleepy Pie

I've had this BBE Sleepy Pie in my collection for several years now.  She's in near perfect condition with one exception: her symbols were nearly gone.  I've tried twice to upgrade her, but in both instances the new pony's condition was less than perfect.  Finally, I decided to repaint the symbols on my original Sleepy Pie instead.
There was enough of her original symbol left to use as an outline for the new symbols (in this case, the symbol was not so much faded as it had bled away into the plastic, leaving a pale pink aura around the original paint).  I aimed for a close colour match to the original, although mine is a bit darker.
Both symbols were repainted and sealed.  She seems a much happier pony now.



Commissions: 7 done, 1 to go
Rehair in progress: 1
Rehair in the queue: 3
Other customs: 1 in progress
Collection pictures uploaded: 31
Collection ponies cleaned: 9

Friday, September 25, 2015

The New and Improved Geek Cave Part 2

Here's an updated look at the Cave now.  Not pictures is Roomy's section, where all the MOTU people have fallen over (I'm told they've had a little too much to drink).
 On the (mostly) vintage side of the room, the ponies have some more room to breathe now.  This is good both because I have less worry of colour transfer between ponies, but also because now I can see everyone better. 
 I've stared arranging the G1s into family units rather than store sets.   I like displaying them this way.  It makes the whole thing more interactive in my mind because it's like having little stories laid out on the shelf. 
 On the modern side of the room, the G3s are slowly getting more spaced out as well.  I'm also matching up the families here.

I gained some extra display space above, for a few things that don't really fit elsewhere.
 The G3s and G4s are sharing space in a slightly more organized way now.
And finally, the main G4 space, in the closet.  The G1 Plushies are hanging out near Twilight's castle until the next giant castle arrives.

Hope you enjoyed the tour.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The New and Improved Geek Cave Part 1

I call my Labour Day, pony-related staycation a great success!
Cute little German baby
First off, I send a thank you note through the blogosphere to my Roomy, for building all the new shelves.  We're very happy to have all the shelves white now, it both brightens up the room and shows off the ponies.
New CD rack shelving and 2 new shelves for the closet
I spent the better part of two days on the weekend re-arranging ponies and and pony-related things.  It was great.  Just the kind of break I needed after a busy summer.
Summer Berry
Partway through re-arranging things I decided I'd better do some cleaning as well.  The first part of the weekend wasn't too humid, so it was an excellent time for some pony bathing.
One of my favourite sets
I cleaned about 20 G1s and 20 G3s this weekend, and then photographed and cataloged them (and spent the better part of Monday waiting for pictures to upload to my Flickr account - damn our paltry upload speed!)
Playing with hairstyles
It was nice to get back into the swing of cataloging.  It's been one of my favourite collection-based activities in the past year, and it's fun to spend some time with each piece.
New wings
More next week!


Friday, September 11, 2015

Addicted to Collecting?

I'm putting off the 'big reveal' of the newly improved Geek Cave for a week due to another excellent article that appeared in IO9 last week, "Help, My Partner is Addicted to Collecting Toys and it's Freaking Me Out."
I do agree wholeheartedly with Rob Bricken's take on toy collecting, although I would also have liked to see more of a differentiation between collecting and hoarding (if, as I do, you consider there to be a wide difference between collecting and addiction).  But the general idea behind the article is more than sound.

I would also point out that the letter writer (naturally) gives us only one side of the story.  Much is implied: that the toy collection in question is cause for financial difficulties (is it really, or is it that the girlfriend doesn't like spending money on toys?), that there isn't space for the collection (how much space is it taking up and what percentage of the living space?), and that the collector can't stop buying (has he been asked to curtail his purchasing, and has he realized that this is an issue in the relationship?)
I won't go on again about my thoughts on collecting vs hoarding, living with a non-collector, and so forth (you're more than welcome to visit some older posts on the blog if you're interested) but I do encourage other collectors to check out Rob's post, and to share your own thoughts and ideas on the matter.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Playing in the Pony Room

I'm taking a little mini vacation over the long weekend to play in the Geek Cave.  By "play" I naturally mean move stuff around, install more shelves, and generally make a mess while having a great time.
First stop on Thursday is the Giant Ikea (home of the perfect pony shelving) for additional shelving.  I know, I know, I'm sure I've said before that we've added the last shelving piece to the Cave.  I lied.  There's totally more room in there for the using.  :P
Thursday night, Roomy will build the shelves for me (because she's better at it, and actually enjoys doing it) and we'll fit them into their proper places.  On Friday the real fun begins as I'll be re-arranging ponies all day.
I really have no plans for the long weekend other than to play in the Cave, although I'll probably also take time to work on some of my commissions and art for Roomy's books too.  Probably also clean some ponies for my collection, as the super humid days of summer are passing us by.  I'm looking forward to getting back into the habit of collection cleaning and photographing.  I've been a bit remiss on updating my catalogue with the last few waves of ponies added, so I'll have some catching up to do.  I find this kind of playing with my collection to be some of the most fun.
Updated pictures from the Pony Vacation coming next week!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Nigh 5 Cover

Finally found time to post the 5th cover for the Nigh series.

I enjoyed working on these so much.  The hardcover editions will have additional art inside as well, which I'm still working on.  As usual, you can find all the details on the books on Roomy's blog.


Friday, August 21, 2015

More on curating a collection

There was a wonderful article on IO9 this week about the Joys of Purging Your Collection by Esther Inglis-Arkell. As the title suggests, it deals with the pleasure that can be found from cleaning out, downsizing, and generally thinning out.  Essentially, this is curating a collection and the flip side of the coin of being a collector.
Getting rid of parts of your collection can be haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard!  But it can also be necessary.  Few of us are gifted with unlimited space for our collections, and therefore sooner or later we're going to run out of space.  And running out of space is a bad thing because, as Esther says in her article, "only building a collection too big to enjoy is bad".
Let's dwell on that thought for a minute.  When does a collection become too big to be enjoyed?  That's a question only the collector can truly answer, and there's not one right answer.  I know some people who have Pony collections with 20 or less figures, they think that's enough and they think that's fine.  I know others with 1000s of figures across several fandoms, they're adding to them all the time and they think that's fine too.
But sometimes it all becomes a bit much, doesn't it?  So many things.  So much space.  So much dust!  So many lists.  So much upkeep.  So much stuff!  I think most collectors probably have days when they think "why do I have all this stuff?  It doesn't do anything.  It just sits here taking up space."  Most of us probably also find an answer to that question pretty quickly too, some variation on "because I love it, that's why".  That answers for a whole collection, but what about the individual parts?
My project to catalogue the collection is helping me to (slowly) review each item in my collection and decide whether or not I want to keep it.  I also try to go through (parts of) my collection every so often to do the same thing (for example, reviewing the G2 collection to see if I still want all the ponies that are there, or to see if anyone has developed any damage issues recently).  Even removing a few pieces from a collection can change the makeup of the whole.  Curating like this helps me to keep the joy in my collection and prevent it from becoming a burden.  Because what's the point of owning a collection if you don't enjoy it?

Current Customs:
Commissions: 10
Swaps: 0
Gifts: 0
Personal: 1 (rehair)

Current Catalogue:
Ponies Cleaned: 0
Sets Photographed: 3
Photos Posted: 74