After Explorer Beastie’s trip to the northwest coast last week, it seems like a good idea to carry on with this maritime theme for a little longer! How do you all feel about meeting a real, live Mermaid Beastie?Look, there she is… elegantly running her paws through her tresses, as mermaids are wont to do. Now, at the risk of running aground on some treacherous rocks, let’s take a closer look at this elusive Beastie… You may never see her like again!
First, you’ve probably noticed that she’s wearing a rather fetching seashell bikini top… A girl has to keep up with fashion, even if she does live underwater.
She also has a friendly starfish in her hair, to keep her lustrous locks out of her eyes.
But of course, you probably want proof that this isn’t just a regular girl Beastie in a costume. So, here you are – check out her beautiful, scaly, sparkly tail!
Sharp-eyed Beastie spotters will also notice that her tail is stitched in such a way that she can lounge coyly on rocky outcrops, rather than sitting bolt upright…
… Although this shot captured her just as she got tired of posing for the camera, and she prepared to swim off to new and exotic shores! Since she left just before Christmas, I’m sure she found the waters around Ireland pretty chilly, but fortunately it wasn’t long before I received confirmation that she had arrived safely in her new home!
Heehee! It looks like she’s settling in well – and possibly challenging the Christmas fairy bear for her spot at the top of the tree!
Thanks for joining me for another New Beastie day – I’ll have the last of my Christmas commissions to share with you next week, so be sure to drop back in for that! And join us again on Friday for part 2 of Explorer Beastie’s trip to the very top of Ireland. See you then!
27 thoughts on “(Mer)Made Just for You!”
Love that bikini top! When she dries out, does her tail turn into legs?
Hmmm, I don’t think so… I observed her on dry land the whole time she was here, and she always had a tail. Hopefully she’s not a reverse mermaid whose tail turns into legs in the water – that’s no good at all!
Mermaid Beastie is absolutely wonderful!
Thank you, Laura! It was fun to break out of the usual Beastie mould for this project too! 😀
Speechless at Mermaid Beastie’s splendidness. The starfish is such a wonderful touch, and I like how the tail-stitching makes lounging on rocks easier for her. 🙂 I so enjoy the mermaid shells, too, and the twinkle on her scales. (Is all the stitching hand done?). Just… wowee!
Thank you! And yes, all those stitches are done by hand… Most Beastie-sized seams are so short that it’s not worth threading up the machine. Plus I just enjoy the directness of hand-sewing so much more 😀
Thanks. The incredible precision of the stitches had me curious. 🙂 Gorgeous handiwork, Helen!
*blush* Thank you, Shirley 😊 Compliments from other craftspeople are the best of all!
Loving her bikini top!
Thank you! I did think that a woolly jumper might have been more appropriate in the middle of winter, but she seemed happy enough 😀
No va beh ma dai è pazzesca!!!!!! This is one of the most beautiful gorgeous lovely crazy Beastie you have ever made! She’s perfect!!
Thank you, Tajana! I’d actually toyed with the idea of making a Mermaid Beastie, but I’d never had time to figure out a pattern until someone requested one! It seems like she’s really making waves! (Also, excuse my ignorance, but what does your first sentence mean? 😆)
Oh, com’on, she’s madness!!! That’s the meaning… better that was my reaction as I saw your little lady!
I’ll have to remember that one! 😀 Your reaction was absolutely spot-on though… 85% of monster making IS madness!
Hi Helen, yes, I am happy to report that she survived the swim and was a wonderful Christmas surprise. As you could see in the photos, she wasted no time in exploring the house, she even found another mermaid to chat to! Our little grandaughter now thinks that mermaids are purple monsters with sharp teeth, so she has certainly made a big impression!
Hahaha! 😂 Oh wow, she’s going to get such a shock the first time she sees Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”! It was nice to see Mermaid Beastie head off to such a good home, and thanks again for sharing your pictures with the rest of the Beastie family! 💚
Wow – another triumph!
Thank you! I really did get some excellent commission ideas from people in the run up to Christmas last year… 😀
She is soooo lovely and I really like that you haven’t given her red hair. Nowadays every mermaid seems to look like Disney’s Ariel. But yours is definitely one of a kind!
Hahaha, I actually can’t take credit for this – the person who requested this Beastie asked for a brunette 😀 But I was happy to oblige, being one myself… Brunettes have more fun, right?
Oh this is fantastic! Mermaid + beastie = why not! Love the creativity.
Thanks Lisa! And yes, Beasties really can turn their paws to just about anything 😉
Another fab beastie! I love her flowing hair, and making it so she can sit properly is super smart!
Thank you! I wanted to make it so that she could lounge elegantly on the rocks and do her mermaid thing!