Friday, January 16, 2015

MGR Original Six

I've been dying to share these customs, but had to wait until after the holidays, since one of them was a gift.  Although I've done several customs based on Hasbro ponies, I often make some kind of change or alteration to my customs so that I don't lose interest in the project.  I've been a great fan of MGR ponies for years, and also of the earliest G1 ponies, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before I did a mash up of the two.
 All six of these are Happy Meal ponies.  The manes, elements of the tails, and their MGR blankets are all sculpted with Apoxie Sculpt.
They have all had jewels added as well, that match either their colour scheme or their original ribbon colours.  The blanket designs are based on the later Hasbro MGR pony designs, utilizing the original six symbols.
All have been fully hand-painted and sealed, and had blush added.
Snuzzle is staying with me as part of my army, and Minty was a Solstice gift.  The others will be going to the Fair in June to hopefully find new homes.

Cotton Candy:
Blue Belle:

Friday, January 9, 2015

Arlece - commission for a ponysona

Arlece is a custom that I completed for an Arena member.  As this is her ponysona, the design was hers, I just brought her into 3 dimensions.
She was a full-body repaint.  Her hair is a blend of dollyhair Lemonade and Sunlight.
My favourite part of this custom is her eyes, which have a full rainbow in the irises.  I really like how they turned out.

Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 - A Look Back

Another year of collecting, customizing, and creativity is past.

Early on, the collecting portion was looking a little weak.  NY Toy Fair showcased over 40 Equestria Girl dolls, but only a very few ponies, and many collectors (myself included) wondered if Hasbro had forgotten what the "P" in MLP stood for.  However, things began to look up later in the year as more new brushable ponies were found.
On the customizing front I saw success in the Fair competition again this year, with a 2nd place medal.  I also did several sculpting projects (some of which I've yet to share) that I'm quite proud of.
I also made real strides in my project to catalogue and photograph my collection.  I've been working steadily on my excel sheet to track everyone, and I've started cleaning and photographing ponies.  I've also got a plan to keep going, and I think it's sustainable, which means this could actually happen.
2014 saw the start of my Snuzzle/Peachy army, and the addition of probably my favourite piece in my collection: my "factory sample" Peachy from Pony designer Liz Knight.  I'm so happy to have this one of a kind in my collection.

I hope you have all enjoyed sharing this journey with me, and I hope you'll keep checking in through 2015.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Building the Holiday Display

Glad you all enjoyed the displays again this year.  I've had a few questions that I'll share with you now.

Q: How long does it take to set up the display?

A: It usually takes me between 8 and 12 hours to fully set up the display, but this is after I've decided on a theme and made some initial plans.  Once that's decided I set up the playsets and larger pieces according to the plan.  Then I start adding the background items and accessories, starting with the innermost areas of the display.  The last step is to add the ponies, and make adjustments to get everything to fit.
Q: How do you decide which ponies will be in the display?

A: Initially, I was using the winter/Christmas ponies that I have in each display, but at a certain point there got to be an awful lot of holiday ponies and there wasn't room for anyone else.  Then I decided to start using other ponies, not necessarily only the holiday-specific ones.  Now I consider the scenario I have planned and which ponies I think will fit best in there.  If the part the pony is playing is fairly generic, then I may chose a pony who I feel is a little under appreciated.

Q: Where do the special (non-pony) accessories come from?

A: Although I try to use as many pony accessories as I can, there aren't that many that are specific to the Christmas season.  A few (like the gingerbread house, yule log, Christmas pudding, and cookies above) I have made of Fimo clay, but most of the holiday decorations come from craft and dollar stores.  There are many miniature decorations available at these places, although some are a bit pricey.  A few odds and ends I've picked up from Value Village as well.  I also have many custom made scarves and other outfits for the ponies, most of which were made by friends.

Friday, December 19, 2014

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Welcome to the Holidays at Elfpony's house, 2014 version:

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you "Be of good cheer"
It's the most wonderful time of the year
It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap-happiest season of all
There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
 And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories
Of Christmases long, long ago
It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When loved ones are near
It's the most wonderful time of the year
It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sleigh Ride

Welcome to the Holidays at Elfpony's house, 2014 version:

Sleigh Ride

Just hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing
Ring ting tingle-ing too
Come on, it's lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling
And friends are calling "Yoo Hoo"
Come on, it's lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you
Giddy-up giddy-up giddy-up
Let's go!
Let's look at the snow
We're riding in a wonderland of snow
Giddy-up giddy-up giddy-up it's grand
Just holding your hand
We're gliding along with the song
Of a wintry fairy land
There's a yuletide party at the home of Majesty
It'll be the perfect ending to a perfect day
We'll be singing the songs we love to sing without a single stop
At the fireplace while we watch the chestnuts pop
Pop! Pop! Pop!
There's a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy
When they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie
It'll nearly be like a picture print by Currier and Ives
These wonderful things are the things
We remember all through our lives!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Geek Tree

Welcome to the Holidays at Elfpony's house, 2014 version:

To start off the holidays, I want to share the new addition to our decorations: The Geek Tree.
Technically, the tree itself is our older, smaller tree.  But this year we got a huge tree for the main floor, which has all the "classic" ornaments on it.  The smaller tree is now living in the basement (between our creative and tv spaces) and it's housing all our geeky ornaments.
It's a bit Pinkie Pie intense.
Wysteria isn't quite sure about her new neighbour, but he does seem to be in the holiday spirit.

The Doctors are here to make sure everything turns out right in time for Christmas night.
But of course, Cotton Candy is best pony.  (Dear Hallmark: please make more classic MLP ornaments!!!!)


Over the next two weeks, I'll be posting the pictures and storylines for this year's Geek Cave display.  Please feel free to post any questions or comments, and I'll try to answer them as best I can (perhaps in a blog post if there are enough questions).   I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy building them.