Beastie Group - CrawCrafts BeastiesHello everybody!

Today I’ve decided to launch a new regular feature on the BeastieBlog, inspired by one of the more recent arrivals to our ever-growing gang of monster enthusiasts – hey there, Lives in Stone! Take a bow!

A couple of days ago, Liv (sorry if this isn’t your real name! I’m just going by how you sign off your posts!) took a trip through some of my really, really early posts, and was good enough to comment on a few. And oh, the fun I had revisiting these past Beastie creations! So I thought I might make it easy for the rest of you – especially if you only just got here – to catch up on a slice of monster history. Plus it would be nice to take some time to revisit an old friend every once in a while!

I’ll be doing this once a month on Fridays, and as soon as I come up with a catchier name than “Throwback Friday”, I’ll set up a separate category on the blog so the posts are searchable.

Alrighty, let’s get started! Today’s Throwback Friday Beastie is… Ninja Beastie!
Ninja Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesI’m actually a little disturbed by how far back I had to travel in my archives to find this guy! I made Ninja Beastie in early 2014… I was still buzzing from doing my first market, and I’d also survived my initial round of Christmas commissions. I had so many ideas, and I wanted to make ALL of them! It was such a fun time, and it’s strange to think that back then my craft stash occupied a single plastic IKEA storage box, and my accessory templates could all fit into a small sandwich bag – now I have to have them in themed, labelled file pockets, or I’d spend all day hunting for the one I needed!

Ninja Beastie was also one of the first Beastie projects where I took pleasure in going overboard with the details. I made sure he was positively bristling with weapons, and I researched them online to make sure they were as authentic as possible…
Ninja Weapons by Crawcrafts BeastiesOf course, it wasn’t long before Ninja Beastie stealthily stole out of Beastie Towers to make his own way in the world! Have any of you seen him in your travels? Let me know in the comments!

Oh, and we’ll be back with NEW Beasties as usual on Tuesday, so stay tuned! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you! Ninja Beasties do seem to appeal to the 7-9 age bracket, which I wasn’t expecting when I made this one! If memory serves, he went home with a girl who was about the same age as your youngest at the time. Maybe it’s the ongoing influence of the Turtles?

        1. I just about know what that is! I remember seeing tie-in books in the kids’ section back in my bookseller days. I suppose an interest in ninjas is no less bizarre than my childhood vampire obsession, inspired by Count Duckula!

    1. Oooh, good one! I like it… Into the pile it goes! I was hoping to get a nice bit of alliteration going on, and this fits the bill! More early Beasties coming your way next month… Or the next time rain prevents me and Explorer Beastie from heading out somewhere!

        1. In theory, yes. That’s why you never see an Irish person wearing a proper raincoat. But if I’m looking for an excuse to stay holed up in the house with my knitting, our climate is usually happy to provide!

    1. Yes, I’m looking forward to picking out some choice past pupils too! You’ll probably see a few familiar faces, since you’ve been here from the beginning πŸ˜€ And another vote for Flashback Friday means it pulls into the lead!

  1. Love this time travel – and the amazing fact that I have been working on a similar “retrospective” as I prepare to publish my 100th post! I look forward to seeing more of your earlier creations.

  2. Yay! It’s started!! I’m so happy! I love, love, love the ninja beastie!!! He’s so perfect with his little weapons and mask! I can’t wait for more Flashback Friday’s! Thank you so much for the shout out! I’m currently blogging incognito (because I’m strange) but calling me Liv is perfect!

  3. Hi Helen! Hope you’re doing well. πŸ™‚
    It’s a good idea to visit old friends from time to time πŸ˜‰
    And yo, Ninja Beastie! Haven’t seen you but you look cool πŸ˜€ this is Zahra from Pakistan. Hope your travels have taken you to amazing places, do visit me when you come to Lahore πŸ˜€

    1. Hey Zahra!
      I’m great thanks, hope you had a fun summer! Unfortunately Explorer Beastie and I didn’t make it off the island of Ireland this year, but we live in hope of getting away somewhere soon… If our travels lead us to Lahore, we’ll be sure to look you up! And should you ever find yourself in Dublin and in need of tour guides, give us a shout πŸ˜€
      Thanks for stopping by… Glad you liked meeting Ninja Beastie!

      1. I sincerely look forward to meeting you someday, Helen. We are far from being called friends as of today but who knows our visits to each other might foster a good bond one day. πŸ™‚
        Say Hi to EB from myself. πŸ˜€

        1. I hope so! One of the best parts of making Beasties and writing the BeastieBlog is the fact that I’ve got to meet people from all over the world… People I’d never have bumped into otherwise! And blogging is such a great way to gain an insight into life in faraway places, don’t you think? Thanks for your lovely comment, and keep in touch! A big monster “hello” to you from Explorer Beastie and friends, too!

    1. Hahaha! Yes, that’s the problem with ninjas! And it doesn’t help that Ninja Beasties are only about 6 inches tall! πŸ˜† Flashback Friday seems to be a real crowd-pleaser… I might start doing it twice a month!

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