Saturday, November 22, 2014

Restoration for Roomy

Roomy has been patiently waiting for me to start doing some restorations on her vintage POP figures for awhile now.  Well, she's still waiting, but I've done one finally.

Glimmer's normally curly hair was looking a bit flat and frizzy, (that's what 30 years of bed head looks like).  So in my last wave of pony cleaning I also brought Glimmer along.
Conditioning, combing, wrapping hair in q-tips, boiling, drying, unwrapping, separating curls...and Glimmer is looking much better.  And Roomy is happy too.

Elf

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Further progress in the Geek Cave

We all knew it would come to this.  More space was wanted, so the closet doors came off.
I say that like it was easy, but it was a bit of a challenge for Roomy, who was inside the closet in the relative dark, trying to unscrew the runners and lift the doors off.  The runners proved to be stubborn, but Roomy proved to be more stubborn, and in the end the doors came off.
We began re-arranging things.  Much of what was stored in the closet (backcards and packaging mainly) was shifted under Roomy's large display table.  Then smaller bookcases were shifted into the closet so that it could become an extended display space for me.  Along with my small LPS collection, I've moved some of the G4 ponies in there.  The G4s will have two small displays (Ponyville and Canterlot) and the G3s will gain some shelf space in this way, as well.
The Cave will always be a work in progress, so long as our collections continue to grow.  We may look at ways of adding shelving in the closet at a later date.  In the meantime, we've got a bit more room to move now.

Elf


Friday, November 7, 2014

Living with a collection - Taking up Space Part 2

Previously when discussing living with a collection I talked about the physical space that a collection takes up.  This time I want to talk about another way a collection takes up space - mental space.
As a collector, it's only natural that you spend a good deal of time thinking about your collection.  Perhaps you're thinking about how to adjust your display space to accommodate new pieces.  Perhaps you're thinking about the latest piece you've acquired.  Perhaps you're just sitting there admiring your favourite piece.
There's nothing wrong with spending time thinking about your collection, talking about your collection, enjoying your collection - it would be stranger if you didn't.  But although you love your collection...sometimes your love for it might be a little overwhelming to those around you, especially when they're not collectors themselves.
When we love something, whether it's a book, a game, a show, or a toy, we want to share it with our friends.  Usually, our friends are happy to share our joy - up to a point.  Your enthusiasm can wear a bit thin, however, if you keep going on, and on, and on about something that those around you don't really share.  Even the best of friends don't always want to hear about your latest find.
Maybe this is why collectors seek each other out - online, at conventions, at shops.  There is a certain satisfaction in sharing your love for something with someone else who understands completely just how exciting it was when you finally added that hard to find accessory to your collection.

Elf

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Collection ponies cleaned: 25
Collection ponies photographed: 25

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nigh

On rare occasions, I do still do some artwork that's not pony-related.  Recently, I did some pen and ink cover art for Roomy's upcoming serialized novel, Nigh.

Seeing as Roomy is plugging this on her blog, I figured I'd better do the same.  ;)


The finished cover design, and more details on the novel, are available on Roomy's blog.

Elf

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hidden Haunt - a Halloween Pony

With Halloween only a week away, here is my contribution to the Arena's Halloween custom swap for this year.
Hidden Haunt loves Halloween more than anything, except maybe a stroll through the graveyard at midnight.
Her skirt and bow (with a little pony skull attached) are made of Apoxiesculpt.  She's been fully repainted.  Her skirt has a graveyard theme, complete with spooky trees and mist.  The mist, skull, and her eyes all glow in the dark.  Her hair is GITD, Hematite, Raincloud, Black Magick, Daiquari Ice, and Arctic Frost.
Happy Halloween!

Elf

Friday, October 17, 2014

Second hand luck

When we're out and about sometimes we like to look in on thrift stores and flea markets to check for MLP and MOTU.  Occasionally we get lucky and find a piece or two.  I have a pretty strong "no pony left behind" motto.

One day, Roomy and I were particularly lucky and each found a vintage piece at Value Village.  We got excited and hit nearly every other Value Village in the city that day, and many more ponies were recovered.  Then a friend found her childhood collection and gave them to me.  Then another a friend contacted me saying his wife had some childhood ponies she wanted to sell me.  Then we went to Montreal Comic Con and found a whole bin of ponies, cheap.  And that's how this happened.
These ponies represent my second hand finds for the last two months.  Needless to say, I'm not usually this successful in this short a time.

I've got a LOT of cleaning ahead of me.

Elf

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Personal customs: 6
Other artwork pieces: 8

Collection ponies cleaned: 0
Collection ponies photographed: 0

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

It's turkey time in Canada!  (Also, NHL hockey has returned!  My Saturday nights are spoken for from now 'til April!)  To celebrate here's a fun little custom outfit I made several years ago for a swap.  Seems appropriate for the season.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Elf