A Cheerful Start To The New Year…

Grim Reaper Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Yippeeeeee! It’s new Beastie time! And since I’m sure I’m not the only one who is still trying to get used to the transition from the old year to the new (anyone else out there steadfastly continuing to write 2015 dates on things? Because I am), who better to sweep away the clinging cobwebs of last year than…


Grim Reaper Beastie with Accessories, by CrawCrafts Beasties
With his sweet smile, woolly paws and little monster ears poking out through the hood of his robe, he is possibly the least grim Grim Reaper ever!Grim Reaper Beastie, Back View - CrawCrafts Beasties
He’ll use his felt scythe to clear away the clutter of the year that was, and make space for the new, better year that will be. Oh, and his felt hourglass will help him keep an eye on the time for us all, too.
Grim Reaper Beastie's Hourglass, by CrawCrafts Beasties
He can also embrace a more casual look, if it’s called for…
Grim Reaper Beastie's Casual Look - CrawCrafts Beasties
…But it’s getting colder outside, so he might be better off leaving his hood up, at least for the moment.

Before Grim Reaper Beastie headed off to his new home in Germany, I took him out for a walk in one of my favourite Dublin parks. Iveagh Gardens is right in the city centre, but with its high walls and hidden entrances, you really need to know where to look if you want to find it! The crumbling statues and stonework give it a real “Secret Garden” feel…
Grim Reaper Beastie in Iveagh Gardens - CrawCrafts BeastiesGrim Reaper Beastie's Secret Den - CrawCrafts Beasties

Grim Reaper Beastie with the Statues - CrawCrafts Beasties
…While the evergreen-shaded pathways make for some great spooky photos!
Grim Reaper Beastie Strikes a Spooky Pose - CrawCrafts Beasties
Grim Reaper Beastie on the Path - CrawCrafts Beasties
And what’s that down there?
Grim Reaper Beastie in the Maze - CrawCrafts Beasties
Yes, it’s a miniature hedge maze! The sundial at the centre is supposed to be very accurate – unfortunately a sundial in Ireland isn’t really the best way to keep time!
Grim Reaper Beastie Starts His Journey - CrawCrafts Beasties
As the winter daylight faded, it was time to head back to Beastie Towers, and ready Grim Reaper Beastie for his onward journey. Apparently he’s settling in well in his new home!

More new Beasties next week… until then I’m going to sit down and practice writing “2016” on everything. I’m sure I’ll get the message by February…

PS Drop in again on Friday for our first “Explorer Beastie’s Dublin” post! I’m not sure where we’re going yet, but he’s assured me he has a plan!

23 thoughts on “A Cheerful Start To The New Year…

  1. He looks fantastic! Beautiful photographs too ๐Ÿ™‚ I am still using last year’s diary because the new one looks too new and I don’t want to ruin it… Ahem.
    Today boy took pint Beastie to his Story and craft group and he made him clothes… I hope you won’t mind seeing Pint Beastie wearing blue pants and a cape…. Like a superhero…

    1. Not at all! Hahaha, I’m tempted to offer Boy a job here at Beastie Towers, he is showing signs of being a naturally gifted Beastie Keeper! And it’s funny you should mention diaries, I still have last year’s (a 2014-15 academic diary) on my desk too. My new one didn’t have space to copy over all of my useful information (packing lists for markets, addresses, all that stuff) so I really had no choice ๐Ÿ˜†

    1. Thanks! I’m definitely hoping to get out around Dublin more this year… Last year pretty much all my photoshoots were done indoors. Great for capturing details, but they got a bit samey!

    1. Thank you! The Beasties love human attention ๐Ÿ˜€ I have a few choice monsters in my Etsy shop (if you view the blog online, rather than in the WordPress reader, you’ll find a link to the shop in the orange drop-down menu on the right) or I can design and make your own personal Beastie if you prefer! I’ll be taking new commissions from the beginning of March onwards… I’m devoting next month to the discovery and introduction of some new Beastie species ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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