New Beastie Time? Sign Me Up!

I’ve really been spoiling you all with the new Beasties lately. And look, here’s another one… The first official Beastie commission of 2018!Another Very Special New Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
This fuzzy little fellow was specially created for Stephen, who recently celebrated his third birthday, and whose favourite thing is… Road signs! Turns out there’s a bit of a gap in the market for fun road-sign-themed toys for the under-5s, so I was happy to help out!
Road Sign Buddy Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Road signs make great embellishments for Beastie accessories – they have it all! Their bright colours and simple, striking shapes are designed to be noticed, and those bold, clean lines lend themselves well to being cut out of felt or embroidered in miniature.

So, my starting point was the road sign that Stephen likes the most – the one for railroad crossings! In the US, this has two variations… And much as I wanted to have a go at wiring up the version that features two flashing lights, I thought the static, un-lit yellow and black one might make for a more durable sweater.
The Railroad Sweater, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Then I started looking for somewhere else I could emblazon with road signs. The backpack looks like a good candidate, don’t you think?
Road Sign Backpack, Embroidery and AppliquΓ© on Felt by CrawCrafts Beasties
Oh, and here are some in-progress shots from Twitter of the badges before I attached them. (Please excuse the dire lighting – it was January!)

Then, of course, I had to add some adventuring essentials to fill up that bag! What have you got in there, Beastie?
What's in the Beastie's Backpack? CrawCrafts Beasties
Everything an Adventurous Beastie Needs - CrawCrafts Beasties
There are snacks… Although I can’t help but notice that this little monster dude skipped straight to dessert while I was busy taking photos!
A Visit From the Cookie Monster! CrawCrafts Beasties
I also provided him with a storybook – as a kid, I loved Dr Seuss, and he’s at least partially responsible for making me the monster enthusiast I am today. “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” seemed fitting reading for a Beastie heading out to see the world!
Oh, the Places You'll Go! Miniature felt book with embroidery, by CrawCrafts Beasties
And Beastie also gets a red pen. According to Stephen’s cool uncle, who contacted me about making this one-of-a-kind monster buddy for his nephew, Stephen wanted two things for Christmas last year… a red pen, and a grey Porsche. In the words of Uncle Charlie, “Yes, I’ll definitely get you one of those things”!
A Red Pen for Beastie! CrawCrafts Beasties
Oh, and last but not least… Since Laura Beastie’s ruby slippers caused an unexpected stir on social media last week, here’s a closer look at those lovely Beastie-sized yellow wellies!
Yellow Beastie Wellies -Miniature Felt Boots by CrawCrafts Beasties
Phew! That’s a lot of stuff! Fortunately, I was able to squeeeeeze everything into a highly specialised Beastie containment unit and send this little woolly critter off to his new home. He arrived just in time for the birthday celebrations!
Beastie with his new Friend!
Thanks so much to Charlie for all his suggestions along the way, and to Weekes for sending me the pictures of Beastie in his new home. It looks much more spring-like there than it does here!

Speaking of spring, don’t forget that a new month means a new calendar page! If you haven’t got yours yet, clicking on the image below will bring you directly to the listing in my shop.
March Calendar Page Preview - CrawCrafts Beasties
As usual, the page is free… And you only need to enter your name and email address for successful delivery!

Finally, with everything that’s going on in Beastie Towers (and beyond) lately, I’m thinking about posting more frequently… So I’m hoping you’ll join me again on Friday to catch up with all the latest gossip, and get your weekend off to a monster start! See you then!

39 thoughts on “New Beastie Time? Sign Me Up!

  1. Adorable! I just loveall the details, Helen. You are a master at felting up the most perfect accessories. I’m so into minis (as Spencer would happily tell you . . .) that I’m teased about it quite often–and in a loving way, of course. So every time I get to see one of your new creations, imagine my delight πŸ™‚

    1. Yaaaay, thanks Melissa! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who gets a kick out of teeny things. Aaaand there are more monster miniatures on the way over the next couple of weeks, too! πŸ˜€ Cheers for dropping in!

    1. Thanks, Simon! And from what I hear, Beastie and human are getting on famously πŸ˜€ It also looks like that shade of blue is the height of Beastie fashion these days… You must let Slartibartfast know! πŸ˜‚

      1. Well beastie and human do seem to get on very well.
        I told him about blue being in fashion and he got very excited and started admiring himself in the mirror… He’s a funny one

        1. Yeah, I think they’re all a bit like that πŸ˜† I guess being so much smaller than us means they have to compensate with big personalities! πŸ˜€

  2. I just love him and his cute new buddy Stephen! Hahaha re the red pen… easy gifting choice for Uncle Charlie! His jumper is so adorable, and I bet EB a little bit jealous of that fancy backpack (and its tasty contents!) and that utilitarian footwear. I also like your continued use of the new hair option. He is just perfect and I know will be much loved in his new home <3

    1. Yaaaay, I certainly hope so! And yes, I think it’s high time I treated Explorer Beastie to a new backpack… I redesigned the pattern a couple of years ago, and he’s still rocking the old (vintage?) style. I think he’s earned an update! Thanks for putting Uncle Charlie in touch with me, this has been a fun project! πŸ˜€

      1. Awwww I do like his vintage look, but it might be nice for him to have a selection of hiking gear. Meanwhile, Sinead is busy getting ready for Amsterdam, and of course she is insisting on bringing along her ‘Pocket Bible’ record. Thank goodness (and thank you) she has a hood to keep the rain off!

        I’m gonna let Uncle Charlie take all the blame if you go blind from that miniature work πŸ™‚

        1. Oooh yaaaaay! Lucky Sinead… I’m guessing her ticket can be written off as a business expense too, since she’s clearly just going to do promo work for you! Let’s hope she doesn’t need to use that hood, though. Surely Amsterdam in spring is going to be super-pleasant, dry and warmer than here? πŸ€”
          Oh, and if I go blind, I’m pretty sure it’s my own fault. I never learn that scheduling all my teeny sewing on black fabric for the last 3 months of the year is a BAD IDEA. πŸ˜†

        2. Ugh we all needed our hoods, unfortunately… and now it is SNOWING again in London!!! What is going on?! Awww your tiny sewing is amazing – maybe you could eventually invest in one of those fancy magnifying thingies like what dentists use? Do you have one?

        3. Yep, that snow showed up in Dublin after you were done with it! I walked through a veritable blizzard yesterday afternoon on my way into town. As for the fancy magnifier… I have a miniature one that I picked up from Lidl last year which is quite handy, but I need to either improvise a stand to hold it while I work or grow another arm! One of those dentist’s ones is the dream though…

        4. Oooooohhh good ol’ Lidl! Always reliable for…. random stuff! Yes, sounds like you need to build yourself a little stand. My crafty colleague has one all rigged up to her living room chair with special lights and the magnifier and stuff so she can see what she’s doing whilst watching TV. I think Beastie Towers needs some such similar throne!

        5. Nice! A craft throne does sound like something I need in my life immediately!

  3. Oh my word! This might be one of my favourite ever Beasties. I love that you were able to make a toy on a theme that was not being represented in the mass produced marketplace. That’s really special. And I am in awe of your eyesight and dexterity when it comes to those tiny badges/patches for the backpack. Adore the yellow boots too. Perfect!

    1. Thanks, Laura! I did have ALL the lights in the house on when I was working on those road sign patches… I’m so glad the days are getting a little brighter now! And yes, I get such a kick from pairing Beasties up with their perfect human companion – hopefully these two will be friends for life πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Okay is it completely freaky bizarre that I just read a blog post before this that had a quote from “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” or am I trapped in some sort of weird Matrix-esque portion of the blogosphere? Either way, what an amazing job on those details!!! Love that railroad sweater..and the cookie, mmmm…cookies. Okay, off to the next blog and if there’s a Dr. Suess reference in it, I am literally going to freak out.

    1. It’s a little weird alright… Oh no, if you’re getting dΓ©jΓ  vu there’s a glitch in the Matrix and that means they’ve changed something! 😱😱😱
      That aside, a little extra Dr Seuss in your day is hardly a bad thing. And thanks for checking out all the little bits… Looking at the railroad sweater, I’m kinda wondering how I’d look in a human-sized one! πŸ€” Cheers for dropping in, Tammie!

      1. That sweater is going to look so good with my sparkly red shoes…assuming the Matrix doesn’t completely collapse before I can become a fashion queen.

        1. In a world where high-heeled Crocs shoes in a pukey brown colour can sell out within minutes of hitting the shops, I think you might already be there! πŸ˜€ I fully expect to see you in the front row of all the big A-W shows… In that sweater! πŸ˜‚

        2. … Or at any other junction, which would confuse them even more! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    1. Thanks, Catherine! I’m hoping these two have some great adventures ahead of them! Cheers for your comment πŸ˜€

  5. Not sure there are words for me to express how adorable this Beastie and all his goodies are – wow! The little cookie has a bite out of it! The wellies! Oh my goodness. Okay just know I am blown away and can no longer make words πŸ™‚

    1. Hahaha! Oh dear, do I need to start putting disclaimers at the beginning of my posts? “May cause temporary loss of vocabulary” πŸ˜‚ Glad you like him, Tierney… Thanks for stopping in!

  6. Aw, so much wonderfulness here, Helen! I just love how personalized this little Beastie is and I can imagine the delight of the road-sign lover who received it this very special gift! Those Wellingtons are brilliantly done (love the blue soles) and the road-sign backpack is so special. You’ve got the Midas touch – everything here is pure gold. πŸ™‚

    1. Heehee! Thank you, Shirley! I hope these two have a whole heap of exciting adventures ahead… Plus it was really satisfying to make a gift that’s so far removed from the huge lumbering machine of mass-market toy production. I’d say you get the same feeling from your felties! Thanks for your comment πŸ˜€

      1. I hear you! Going to the usual stores to toy/gift-shop recently has been disappointing and sometimes downright puzzling (this calls for *how many* batteries?). It’s rare to find beautiful toys made from natural, comforting materials. Your work is so awesome!

        1. Why thank you! I’m quite the fan of yours, too! 😊 I have to admit to not getting the same kick out of toy stores as I used to either… All I see now is aisles of indestructible plastic 😲

  7. Stephen’s mom hereβ€”I can’t tell you how much we love our Beastie! It is precious to have such a beautiful toy that is truly a time capsule for who my little guy is right now. 😊

    1. Hi Lauren! Thanks so much for getting in touch 😊 I had heaps of fun making Beastie Stephen, and it always feels great to see one of my creations going to such a good home! Also, thank you for letting me use your pictures – that lovely sunshine really brightened up this post! Cheers for stopping by, and welcome to the Beastie family! πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks, Hannah! I actually had a great time stitching those – I love the challenge of teeny embroidery πŸ˜€ And from working with them, I totally get their appeal… Gotta love those bright colours and bold shapes! Cheers for commenting!

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