Hello everybody, and welcome to the first proper BeastieBlog post of 2018! I hope you all got a bit of a break over the holidays – I know I certainly took advantage of the end-of-year lull to catch up on some sleep! But it’s great to be back, and right now is actually one of my favourite times of year. Yes, really! Because NOW I can finally start sharing my Christmas commissions with you all!

It was tricky to choose which of my latest Beasties I’d introduce you to first… But in the end, the honour has gone to this little monster lady!
Translator Beastie, with her Accessories - CrawCrafts Beasties
At a time of year when many of us are resolving to make changes in our lives or try new things, I thought that this multitalented Beastie might provide a little inspiration. She was created as a special companion for a lady who works as a translator, so she speaks a couple of languages…
Translator Beastie's French and German Dictionaries - CrawCrafts Beasties
…And she’s also interested in art history, so she never leaves home without a handy sketchpad and pen! You just don’t know when inspiration will strike.
Beastie-Size Sketchbook and Pen - CrawCrafts Beasties
Of course, she’d never get anything done if she had to carry all this stuff around in her paws. So I made her a cool satchel-style bag to put everything into!
Beastie Satchel Bag, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Perfect! She certainly looks happy… But what’s that I hear?
A Contented Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties
Aha! Beastie’s best friend… A sweet little felt pooch to keep her company while she works.
A Canine Companion for our Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties
Because this Beastie was going to live in Germany, I modelled her four-legged friend on traditional German breeds, like the German pinscher and Jagterrier. Hello there, pup!
Beastie Dog Closeup - CrawCrafts Beasties
I think it might be time for walkies… What do you reckon?
Beastie Walkies! CrawCrafts Beasties
And of course, there’s always time for hugs and treats!
Hugs From Beastiedog - CrawCrafts Beasties
This year certainly is off to a good start! How about you – any big plans for 2018? Let us know in the comments… and if one of your new year’s resolutions is to be more organised, don’t forget to download your FREE Beastie calendar pages from the store!
Calendar Page January - Paddy and Plunkett - Printable - CrawCrafts BeastiesJanuary is there now, and February will be added shortly!

We’ll be back next week, when I’ll be sharing snaps of my biggest ever custom order! See you then!

42 thoughts on “A Busy Beastie… And Her Best Friend!

  1. The Beastie is fantastic…but the Pup absolutely takes the biscuit (probably literally) for me! How do you create such lifelike creatures out of FELT?? I imagine whoever found these two in her Christmas stocking was as stunned as I am!

    1. Thanks Queen Bee! And I’m happy to confirm that this Beastie is getting along swimmingly in her new home πŸ˜€ I also had a great time needle-felting her Beastie-sized pet, so there may be more of those coming up in 2018… Cheers for stopping in!

  2. That pup is just absolutely marvelous with his little tongue and his leash (and I am now wildly fantasising about a cat for Sinead)!!!!! I’m also really digging her stylish outfit and satchel…so very very good and impressive. Gosh, can hardly wait to see your biggest custom order ever next week… eeekkkkkkk!

    1. Hahaha! I’m trying to picture the look on Edward’s face when Sinead rocks up with her own Beastie-sized kitty! πŸ˜‚ Dogs are fun though, because they need so much more stuff… I still get a kick out of clipping a Beastie dog’s lead onto their collar for walkies! Thanks Weekes! πŸ˜€

      1. Edward would be super grateful of the new snack, have no doubt! I mean, the leash and collar are just too perfectly real. You also managed to (somehow) really capture walkies motion in your photo…. well done you! Really can’t wait to see all the other upcoming commissions πŸ™‚

        1. Yes, it’s kind of a shame that cats are so very NOT down with the whole culture of lead-based walks, or they’d get cool leash and collar combos too! πŸ˜€ And I’m actually impressed that I got any useable photos from that shoot at all, it was a pretty hasty one! More commissions on the way…

        2. I did try to put J&E in harnesses for a wee bit of exercise … Edward’s was too small (though intended for a medium sized dog) and Jane…. well, she thrashed around on her back while I dragged her across the kitchen floor so…. we never quite made it outside for my dream cat-walk. Well, I’m super impressed with the photos–hasty perhaps but catalogue-ready!

        3. Catalogue? Hmmmm… πŸ€” As for the cat walk – well, your experience must quite neatly sum up the reasons why I have never seen anyone try! πŸ˜†

  3. I was fascinated by that itty bitty pen and sketchbook until I scrolled down a bit more and saw the dog! And the collar! And the leash! Now I have to spend a week wondering if “biggest” order refers to an order with many bits and pieces, an order with a troop of Beasties, or a life-size Beastie. And I’m dying to learn more about the workspace pic you had on instagram. So much suspense!

    1. Oooh, sounds like I owe you all a newsy post sometime in the not-too-distant future, then! And all will be revealed about the ambiguous Big Order next week and not before πŸ˜€
      In the meantime, Beastie pup really is stealing the spotlight! I’m thinking I might need to do some more Beastie pets… πŸ€” Thanks for dropping in, Tammie!

    1. Thanks, Laura! The Beastie dog seems to be running away with the public vote… But the sketching kit is coming a close second! Cheers for stopping by πŸ˜€

    1. Oooh, yes… Now you mention it, you certainly might have a lot in common! Plus Beastie dogs make great travel companions – small, well-behaved and no need for quarantine when you arrive at your destination πŸ˜€
      Cheers for stopping in, Maggie!

  4. I’m in a library, but my mind is squealing at the adorable magnificence that is this multilingual Beastie and her puppy pal. Aw, this is so cute, and I love all of the felt accessories that this Beastie is equipped with. She looks very prepared and up to all and any translational tasks! Is this the first time you’ve done a canine Beastie friend? Just brilliant. <3

    1. Hahaha! I hope I didn’t nearly get you barred from your favourite reading nook! Thanks, Shirley… I’m actually so enjoying revisiting all these accessories now that the madness of December is over πŸ˜€ And to answer your question, I have made canine friends before (oooh, I might pop one of them up for Flashback Friday on social media this week – good thinking!) but this was my first time using needle felting to do it. I think I’ll stick with this for pets… It gives you so much more control over the shape and colour than knitting does! Cheers for your comment πŸ˜€

  5. Oh man, I squeed so many times I must have attracted every dog in a 5-mile radius! I love the tiny little books (I love all things tiny really), and the pen is so perfect, and the doggo!!! With a lead and everything. What a fantabulous present that must have been

    1. Heehee, thanks Hannah! I kinda love tiny things myself, so Beastifying somebody’s work equipment is always a fun challenge… And from what I hear, Beastie and her human counterpart are getting along swimmingly! Cheers for your comment! πŸ˜€

  6. I’m hoping for a few beastie adventure myself this year. I hope you’re continuing your organised streak and I look forward to seeing more beasties passing through these pages. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes indeedy! I’ve a few other projects bubbling away in the background as well, so keep an eye out for news on those too! Happy adventuring! πŸ˜€

        1. In a couple of weeks time, most probably… When I actually have a few minutes spare to write about them! πŸ˜†

    1. Thanks Ivonne! I will bow to your superior knowledge of all things German, too… I’m glad you think the Beastie dog looks the part πŸ˜€ Cheers for stopping by!

        1. Yes, when I looked at a list of traditional German breeds about half of them had these colour markings, so that seemed like a logical place to start! I’d actually never seen a Jagterrier before, but the picture I found kind of appealed to me and that’s what I went with! πŸ˜€

        2. I just googled it and found out ‘used for hunting quarry both above and underground’. They are underground dogs … πŸ˜€ Oh, how funny.

    1. Heehee, thanks Tierney! You’re not alone there… Turns out a lot of Beastie people are very much dog people too! Perhaps there need to be more needle-felted Beastie pets in the pipeline this year? πŸ€” Cheers for popping in! πŸ˜€

        1. And whyever not? Should be an interesting make! I’ll jot that down now, and I’ll have some sketches for you once I’ve cleared my current batch of Beastie orders! πŸ˜€

  7. A gorgeous make–all of those accessories make me think I need to add some flair to my own outfits πŸ™‚ Love, love, love the smallest most cutest fetled pup in the world. Keep up the magic, Helen!

    1. Awww, thanks Melissa! And I know what you mean… These Beasties often leave Beastie Towers better turned out than I am! πŸ˜† And I’m sure the Beastiedog must have a special appeal for you, after you recently acquired your own canine companion! 🐢 Cheers for your lovely comment!

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