Frankie has been talking about My Little Pony a lot, and she keeps posting all of these pictures about how she restores damaged and bedraggled ponies. Honestly, I’ve had toys like that that have gotten worn out and sad, and her work has truly impressed me. Because of that, I keep showing off her pictures. To my friends, my sister, my coworkers…like, “Look at that! Isn’t it amazing?!”
Recently I showed this to my coworker, and she showed it to her daughter. Her daughter is an artist, too. I remember my coworker telling me she does custom toys, but it wasn’t until last night when my coworker recommended I show her work to Frankie that I really went, “Oh.”
Because Alysha has a page called Truly Customs, and she has been making one-of-a-kind custom toys, especially for My Little Pony, since 2009. She shines them up, much like Frankie does, but also transforms them into unique ponies that especially make great gifts!
This was her first one, done in 2009:
And I love this one, Ulana Sea-Jewel (2016). I especially love the detail and colors in her hair, and the detail in the paint is beautiful!
Fans of Harry Potter will love Hufflepuff (2011). Look at how perfect that Hufflepuff crest is! I love the bow, and her sweet face is definitely appropriate for the house.
This is Athena and Nike (2012). I think the choices for the ponies used are perfect, and I love the armor!
Here’s a custom made in 2009 for one of Alysha’s family members, a fan of Coca-Cola collectibles:
Peace (2012). I just love how her hair is styled, and all of the adorable charms on her head.
This next one, Snowdrift (2012), even has a handmade coat!
This is her most recent, a commission done for a little girl. Inessa (2016):
She also does this for other toys, including Pokemon and Littlest Pet Shop!
Truly Customs accepts commission work and enjoys new projects, so if you’re looking for a great gift idea for the holidays and you know a nut like Frankie who needs even more ponies, check out Alysha’s Facebook page.
Check out the #WeCreate category every Saturday for a little art appreciation from Frankie and Sam!
As you will be aware from my earlier blog I was at a Passenger concert last night. As a result, I am very hoarse, tried and sore and really not wanting to be on camera today! So, instead, enjoy a slideshow of almost my entire collection of My Little Ponies through the years. You can see how they’ve changed as the video goes on! (At bottom of post! )
Why do I collect ponies? Well, that’s actually hard to explain. I’m not a girly girl, more a tomboy and always have been. I played with action men and toy cars as a kid…but there was always My Little Pony there to remind everyone I was a girl.
I had a modest collection as a child, and when I became a teenager it quickly became uncool to have toys. I was loathed to get rid of my ponies though, and kept them anyway, secreted away in my cupboard. Then one day my friend’s kid sister said she wanted a My Little Pony. I told her I had some she could play with, but she took it I meant she could keep them. I wasn’t really too bothered as I knew they were going to a place they would be loved. So I gave my little collection away to a little girl who wanted a pony. Then I grew up and realised…I still loved My Little Ponies!!
In a bid to get my collection back I hit thrift shops and car boot sales in search of a Moonstone; my all time favourite pony. I finally found her one day down at a car boot sale at the Clyde Side. She was sat beside another two ponies and I grabbed them up and took them home. I’m now 42 years old and have been collecting My Little Ponies ever since!!
I’m not an overly fussy collector. I’m not in it for the resale value and certainly not in the habit of paying big money for any. I just love them–even the ones in need of some TLC. I take them in, do them up and add them to my collection. I’ve restored old toys for years and now most of the old and broken ponies look just as nice as the newer and well cared for ones in my collection.
How many can I cram into the spaces of my home? Well, I am in the middle of trying to find out as the collection grows almost every week. I had to sell some a few years ago as there was no room! 😀 Anyway, enjoy the video, and I will be back next week! Have a great weekend!! Peace and Om x
F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE
Just a quick doodle I drew while taking a break from writing. I asked a My Little Pony group I’m part of who they would like me to draw, and they chose Gingerbread and Minty. This is the result 🙂