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!
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 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.
Then I started looking for somewhere else I could emblazon with road signs. The backpack looks like a good candidate, don’t you think?
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!)
— CrawCrafts Beasties (@crawcrafts) January 17, 2018
Then, of course, I had to add some adventuring essentials to fill up that bag! What have you got in there, Beastie?
LOADS OF COOL STUFF!
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!
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!
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”!
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!
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!
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.
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!