Oh wow, what a week it’s been! Isn’t it funny how life can be so quiet for a while, and then a whole bunch of things happen all at once? So, although the original purpose of this post was just to share the results of my Beastie calendar poll, I’ll get around to that in a tick… Because I have some breaking news to share first!
Cow’s Lane Designer Studio in Temple Bar has very kindly offered the Beasties a spot in their prestigious Irish craft and design store! The Beasties are so chuffed to find themselves on the shelves and rubbing shoulders with some of our favourite local talents, including Guadalupe Creations, Niki Collier Design and Brookwood Pottery!
An elite squad of little knitted monsters already made their way down to the shop last week, but Explorer Beastie was keen to pop in and see his friends in their new pad. So we took a quick trip over there yesterday… Care to join us?
Explorer Beastie was tempted to freewheel down twisty Fishamble Street on this greenery-bedecked bicycle, but fortunately I was able to talk him out of it. Let’s just walk the rest of the way, perhaps?
And sure enough, it wasn’t long before we found ourselves in the narrow cobbled streets of Temple Bar!
Aha! This must be the place. Let’s go in!
And look… There they are!
The Beasties will be guests at Cow’s Lane Designer Studio for at least the next month, so if you’re in the area, please do pop in and say hello! All of them are eager to meet you, and maybe find their forever home!
Now, what about that calendar? First of all, thank you SO MUCH to everyone who voted, and especially those of you who shared further insights and ideas in the comments! More than once during the past week, I’ve been truly floored by what a generous, thoughtful and ingenious bunch of people you are… I consider myself incredibly lucky to have found you all! So, without further ado –
Ta-daaaaah! The people have spoken, and they’ve come out in favour of a calendar gap year. Although I reckon I’ll really have to deliver on my promise to get something bigger, brighter and better together for 2019! It’s also interesting that the idea of abandoning the calendar altogether was the least popular option – I’ve been happy to discover that I’m not the last person on earth who depends one of these primitive devices to stop my world from descending into chaos!
A couple of you even suggested other ways I can create a calendar, without having to go the whole hog and get a printer involved. I’m excited to give these a try over the next couple of weeks, so fellow calendar enthusiasts – watch this space!
Aaaaand finally – I couldn’t do a post about good things without mentioning the delightful parcel I received during the week from my long-term blogging buddy Tajana! In case you missed it on Instagram…
Oh wow, I feel so flippin’ #lucky today! Thank you @tajanarabar for the lovely gift… She told me she was sending the awesome #socks, but my parcel also contained a scented hanging (with real Lake Garda lavender 😍) and a keyring embroidered with my Beastie face logo! Oh, and a handwritten letter… Talk about happy mail! Make sure you swipe left to admire the cool cable detail that runs down the side of the socks, too 😁 . . . #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #surprise #present #gift #happymail #happy #handmade #knitter #Beasties #creativelife #creativehappylife #penpal #snailmail #flashesofdelight #photooftheday #onthetable
My beautiful handknitted socks arrived just as the weather took a turn for the chilly, and look at all the other goodies that found their way into the package as well! Tajana is probably sick of hearing me saying thank you at this point, but one more can’t hurt… THANK YOU, Tajana! You rock!
If you’d like to see more of Tajana’s incredible knits, bakes and other makes (plus some views of the glorious Italian countryside to boot), you can find her here…
You can tell it’s nearly lunchtime when I’m posting pictures of cakes!
So, between shop-stocking, surveying and sweet new socks, it’s been a pretty peachy week here at Beastie Towers! What’s been making you happy over the last 7 days?