Friday Social #1

Ooooh, it’s been a while since I posted on a Friday! But after my lazy sick day post a couple of weeks ago, I thought I might give you all a more regular behind-the-scenes look at life in Beastie Towers, and share some of the antics that the rest of the global Beastie family have been getting up to as well. I’m so chuffed that some of the little monsters who’ve left home recently have started to take over their humans’ blogs from time to time, and I want to make sure that those good people get the recognition they so richly deserve!

So, here are some of the Beastie-related fun and games which have been making me smile lately. Enjoy… and if you’re letting your own monster friend loose on your blog or social media, give me a heads-up to be featured in a future Friday Social!

Without further ado, then… Regular readers of my blog will certainly recognise the cheery purple chappie on the left of this photo. It’s Finn McSpool, who moved over to Portland, Oregon a couple of years ago to distract and torment help fiction writer Tammie Painter while she works on her fantasy series The Osteria Chronicles.BarrΓ³g Beasties, by CrawCrafts Beasties
When Tammie takes a break, Finn often accompanies her as she explores her hometown and its surroundings… but last weekend, the trip didn’t exactly go according to plan. You can find the whole story on Tammie’s blog – as well as learning what happened when Mortimer Stump went to work for Danford Balch (gotta love those names)!

And speaking of interesting names, why not swing by and see what Slartibartfast has been up to?
All-New Explorer Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
This adventurous Explorer Beastie headed off to the UK just before Christmas, and now he’s hanging out on Planet Simon‘s new blog, Escribble. Before last week’s INSANE snowfall, Slartibartfast headed out into the countryside to enjoy the first signs of spring. See how he got on here!

And finally – check out Laura Beastie’s first appearance on her human’s blog, A Pict in PA!
Laura Beastie - Personalised Handmade Monster by CrawCrafts Beasties
There’s a picture of the two of them together at the end of the post… Let me know if you think I captured the likeness!

Oh, and there’s also been some fun on Instagram! Ivonne from Aurian’s Blog just joined up recently, and I was over the moon to see her own original monster buddy Katsching tackling the colouring challenge of my March calendar page!


I’ve been trying to do more on Instagram myself lately, and I thought that Joanne Hawker’s March Meet the Maker challenge might help light a fire under me! I’ll be posting daily, and following the prompts… mostly. I might have twisted yesterday’s suggestion of “Flatlay” just a smidgen…

It also seems like a really good way to share some of the day-to-day activities of my monster-making… and to have a nosey around some other crafters’ workspaces without getting arrested!

Speaking of which… I think I owe them a post! Enjoy the weekend, and hopefully I’ll see you all again on Tuesday, when I reckon Paddy and Plunkett might be stopping in for a visit!

27 thoughts on “Friday Social #1

  1. I love this idea! I’m always curious to know how the Beasties settle into their new homes and this is the perfect way to find out. Today I have had three trips abroad with them without leaving my sitting room…’s that for eco-travelling?

    1. Hahaha! That’s a great way of putting it… Plus I can now add “travel agent” to the bottom of my CV! πŸ˜‰ Glad you enjoyed the trip, Queen Bee!

    1. Haha! I won’t argue with that! πŸ˜€ It’s been a while since I last counted, but there are at least 250 out there. Have you spotted any on your travels? Cheers for stopping by!

        1. Yes, I’m sure it won’t be long before one finds their way to Newfoundland… It looks so beautiful there!

    1. Thanks, Tierney! πŸ˜€ And now that I’ve got the pattern figured out, there may be more photographer Beasties in my future! πŸ˜€

      1. I was showing Terry (TTQH) your blog last night and showing him a tour of the Beasties – he asked if the tierneycreates beastie will have a quilt and a schnauzer ha! I said I have to leave it up to the designer πŸ˜€

        1. Well, you can tell him that preliminary sketches are under way… And the Beastie DOES have at least one of those things! I’ll be neatening the drawings up over the next couple of days, so they should be with you soon! πŸ˜€

  2. I would have commented on this earlier, but Finn’s ego blast off at seeing himself mentioned on here has meant I’ve spent the weekend trying to convince him your entire blog and all the other terrific blogs mentioned ARE NOT all about him. Nonetheless, thanks for the shout out!!

    1. Erk… Sorry about that! Next time I want to thank you for your tireless Beastie-wrangling efforts, I’ll post you a Finn-sized, soundproof “time out” box! πŸ˜† I really should have thought that through before I hit “publish”. I hope he’s calmed down a bit by now…

  3. A really fun round-up, Helen. I love how much worldwide creativity and fun the Beasties are inspiring worldwide. You’ve unleashed a monster! (err, many monsters, that are making the world a funner place!). I lol’ed at your take on the ‘flat lay.’ Brilliant. πŸ˜€

    1. Heehee, thanks Shirley! I do appreciate a good flatlay, but the Beasties really don’t feel it shows them in their best light πŸ˜† Thanks for stopping by… And for being part of this big ol’ BeastieBlog community!

  4. How interesting … and I checked out a few of the blogs. So now I’ve learned how to code my keys with nail polish and how to find the end of my tape. I’m feeling very smart now.

    BTW: Katsching was delighted to find her picture here. She feels like a celebrity now and wants a personal assistant.

    1. Heehee! This seems to be a common thread with all monsters… They see their pictures on the internet, think they’re famous and believe they should be treated accordingly! I’m going to have to set up a support group for those of us who have to deal with their diva-ish behaviour πŸ˜† Sounds like you were reading Simon’s blog, then – he’s always got plenty of useful tips and tricks to share! Thanks for joining in the fun! πŸ˜€

      1. ‘terrorized by monsters anonymous’ – count me in.
        And yes, it was Simon’s blog. He’ll probably join our support group in the near future. Let me know well in advance when our first meeting will take place. I’ll have to file an application with Katsching so I’ll be able to leave the house. πŸ˜€

        1. It’s so true! πŸ˜‚ Maybe you could just tell her you’re off out to pick up some more treats?

        2. Sounds like a plan. I’ll put her to sleep with a ball of Angora yarn and when I get back I’ll have some chocolate handy.

  5. Hahaha uh oh, I bet Finn is still bragging about this big feature! I love the Friday Social idea – more Beasties in my week? Yes, please! Okay, off to get caught up on all the rest I’ve missed this week….

    1. Well I suppooooose I can keep doing them, then! πŸ˜‚ It’s actually been quite nice to have one place where I can share everyone’s great pictures, too. And yes, from what I hear, Finn has been EVEN MORE diva-like than usual in the wake of this post. Ooooops! πŸ˜†

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