Meet The Family (Part 1)

One Big Beastie Family - CrawCrafts Beasties
The last quarter of 2015 saw me taking on my biggest Beastie challenge yet (in what had already been a pretty good year for big Beastie challenges) – an entire Beastie family! As always, each individual Beastie had to capture the look, personality and interests of their human counterparts… And we couldn’t leave out the family cat, of course!

Oh, and did I mention that they had to be ready in time to catch the last Christmas post to Italy? Never have knitting needles moved so swiftly! Anyway, now that the festive season is over, the presents have been unwrapped, and no surprises will be spoiled, I’m delighted to be able to introduce La Famiglia Beastie at last! First of all, let’s meet Antonello – creating a family of monsters was his idea, so it’s only right that we should start with him!
Antonello Beastie, An Honorary Irishman! CrawCrafts Beasties
He’s a fan of all things Irish, especially our ever-popular exports of Guinness and world-class rugby players! So he is proudly sporting a Munster rugby jersey, Ireland rugby ball and felt pint…
Antonello Beastie's Pint - CrawCrafts BeastiesAntonello Beastie's Munster Logo and Rugby Ball - CrawCrafts Beasties

…And as you can imagine, I had a great time styling his beard and hair!

Antonello Beastie, After a Visit to the Beastie Barber - CrawCrafts Beasties
Next up – Antonello’s wife Tiziana, who is an ER doctor. So get me a set of Beastie-sized scrubs and a stethoscope, STAT!
Tiziana Beastie Steals the Show - CrawCrafts Beasties
And here they are in extreme close-up!
Tiziana Beastie's Stethoscope - CrawCrafts BeastiesI was also able to indulge in a spot more Beastie hairdressing… I loved capturing the highlights in Tiziana Beastie’s hair!
Tiziana Beastie's Awesome Hair - CrawCrafts BeastiesTiziana Beastie's Hair, From the Back - CrawCrafts Beasties

And of course, no family home would be complete without a beloved pet!

Beastie Kitty! CrawCrafts Beasties
This is Tris, the family cat! She’s made of soft cuddly felt, with embroidered markings to match her feline big sister’s… oh, and a super-contented smile!
Beastie Kitty Tris's Stripes - CrawCrafts BeastiesTris's Happy Face - CrawCrafts Beasties

But what about the rest of the family? Well, that’s another story for another day – swing by next Tuesday lunchtime, when we’ll be meeting the boys! In the meantime, I’ll have another update from a Beastie abroad on Friday… and you still have time to put your name in the hat for the Great January Begone Giveaway if you haven’t already! I’ll be picking 5 lucky winners this coming Sunday at noon (Irish time) – check out the original post here to find out how to enter!

See you Friday!

PS It seems like the Beastie kitty has stolen the show! So, for all my fellow cat people out there, I thought I’d introduce you to the real life inspiration behind the felt feline – this is Tris!
Tris, the Inspiration for the BeastieKitty! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties
Isn’t she a sweetie? Thanks again to Antonello and family for your Beastie-tastic order πŸ™‚

24 thoughts on “Meet The Family (Part 1)

  1. Wow that’s such a high honour to be portrayed with our family!
    I look forward to spotting the 2nd part of the post!

    Thanks and SlΓ‘inte! from Antonello Tiziana Antonio and Ketto!

    1. Not usually… My order included a request for a felt cat to complete the family, so I just found a pattern and tweaked it a little! There’s been a lot of love for the cat though, maybe I SHOULD look in to making more… Thanks for your comment πŸ˜€

    1. And why not? Explorer Beastie usually hangs out on my desk while I’m working… We don’t get many passersby outside our window, but he does like keeping an eye out for urban foxes and unusual birds!

      1. Foxes sometimes lurk outside my house, as I live near a small forest so I am definitely going to need some extra protection. I look forward to the day. Have a great Wednesday. xo

        1. Ha! Good call… Although I can’t guarantee that Beasties won’t let the fox into your house and ride it around like a pony. Enjoy your Thursday… Weekend’s nearly here πŸ˜€

  2. Oh wow – the beard, the stethoscope, THE CAT – they are amazing! I always have a smile on my face when I read your posts as your Beasties are just the best. As a crazy cat lady I would be first in line if you decided to branch out into making kitty critters too πŸ™‚

    1. Woweeee, thank you for your lovely comment! πŸ˜€ The Beasties are delighted to have brought a little silly sunshine into your days! And there’s another vote for the cats… I may have to seriously look into this 😺

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