Paddy, Plunkett and a Blast From the Past

Hey there everybody! I’m mixing it up a bit this week, thanks to a recent round of blog updates… Which you can check out in Tuesday’s post here, if you haven’t already!

I figure since you got your behind-the-scenes news on Tuesday, it’s only fair to get you ready for your weekend with a monster mini-adventure! So let’s join Paddy and Plunkett, who have stumbled on something curious in their home…
A Curious Discovery - Paddy and Plunkett, Beastie HQPlunkett reckons that since it’s sitting on a pedestal, it’s probably art and he shouldn’t touch it. Paddy, however, has never been the type to let pedestals or velvet ropes stand between him and a good time, so…
Paddy Takes a Closer Look - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Plunkett, I think it’s some sort of hairy football! Here, I’ll bring it down…”
“Um, Paddy, I really, really
Don't Kick It! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“…Don’t think you should kick it!”
Paddy Kicks the Kiwi - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Oooooops!”

At least they’ve managed to establish that it’s a kiwi fruit. And this knowledge came in very handy later on, when they stumbled on one of my old craft projects!
This Looks Familiar... H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Hey Plunkett, this is just like the kiwi from earlier!”
“Yes, it does… But look, there’s a zip hidden in the middle!
Not Just a Kiwi - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesHahaha! They’ve found one of my old school art projects – a kiwi fruit dress!
Kiwi Fruit Style! H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesI had heaps of fun making this back in the day… So much so that I made a handbag and shoe covers to match! Unfortuntely, kiwi fruit style is yet to catch on in mainstream fashion circles – but it sure makes a good Hallowe’en costume!

Oh, and Paddy decided he just HAD to try it on himself!
Paddy Tries on the Kiwi Dress! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“What do you think – is this my colour?”

Looking good, Paddy!

What about you? Do you have any memorabilia from your school days, or old arts and crafts projects lurking around at home? If you find them this weekend, be sure to tell us all about them in the comments!

Aaaaand we’ll be back on Tuesday with a new Beastie to share! See you then…

33 thoughts on “Paddy, Plunkett and a Blast From the Past

  1. Oh what a find!!! I hope you find a reason to wear your Kiwi dress – everyone needs a Kiwi dress!
    I have cleaned out most strange memorabilia – a couple years ago I found old notes I had passed to a friend when we were in 8th grade about boys we liked. Hysterical to read how you thought back then πŸ™‚

    1. Hahaha! I love finding old notes, too… But alas, like you most of mine didn’t survive a major relocation about 5 years ago. It was fun to read them over one last time though! Cheers for stopping in, Tierney!

  2. A kiwi dress!!! That’s brilliant! I still have journals and some magazines and newspapers I made it into when I was in college, though I cringe now to read some of it, some of it is almost as cool as a kiwi dress.

    1. Hahaha! Thanks, Mandy… I’m sure it’s going to be fashionable any day now! πŸ˜‚ How cool that you got published in college – those are definitely mementos that are worth keeping. Have a fun weekend! πŸ˜€

    1. Sounds familiar… I think the reason I kept this for so long was that it was an anomalous high point! πŸ˜‚

  3. Hhahahaha THIS IS AMAZING!!! I love how from behind it’s like a fun surprise– ‘Is that girl dressed as a cavewoman?….. oh, she’s a …. kiwi????’ So good. I think you need to reprise with a whole fruits range. Next. Big. Thing.

    1. Hahaha! Yes, look out for it in the A/W collections this year! Actually, the kiwi look is great for the seemingly endless winter we’ve been having… Cosy on your back, sunny on the front! Jeez, these designs pretty much sell themselves! πŸ˜‚

    1. Heehee! I did try it on again a few years ago, and it still mostly fitted (hurrah!)… but I must have had a bit of a growth spurt after I made it, because it’s VERY short! It’s really a kiwi tunic these days! πŸ˜†

        1. Yes, a little bit! And you’ve reminded me of the caveman (or cavewoman) dress my mum made for me for a party many years before that… A black fun fur tunic accessorised with a necklace made from bone-shaped dog biscuits! Thanks! πŸ˜€

  4. OMG, this is adorbs and brilliant in so many ways, Helen! πŸ™‚ This makes my day. First, I adore that the dress is a *sliced* kiwi with a complete rendition of the pit and seeds! Also, I love that hairy back! (I’m laughing at how odd it sounds to say that). It gives the kiwi dress an element of surprise (and who doesn’t like surprise fruit!?). And, shoe covers and a purse, too? That would be an awesome statement ensemble for any day. If I were the art teach, this would be an A ++++++ drop-the-mic project. Glad to see P&P having fun with this treasure!

    1. Awwww, thanks Shirley! Yes, it’s not often we get the chance to praise hairy backs… πŸ˜† I do remember having so much fun making this, but I have a sneaking suspicion our art grades for the year were based on an in-class sketch of an assemblage of boring stuff, and an assignment set by a student teacher where we had to draw, paint and model cakes. That was great on week 1, but since we used the same cakes for the whole project, by week 4 I was preeetty glad I didn’t pick one that had cream on it! πŸ˜‚ I hope your school art classes were a more enriching experience! Cheers for your comment!

      1. Cakes! How interesting for a project (and basis for grading!). I have to admit to being sorely lacking in the cake rendering abilities! I’m wondering if this student teacher went on to become a pastry chef? πŸ˜€

        1. Ha! That makes two of us… My inexpertly rendered papier-mΓ’chΓ© mint and chocolate slice looked like an elephant had sat on it! I don’t know about you, but my abilities are definitely better suited to making soup! πŸ˜†

  5. This is hilarious! I think if you want to turn the fashion world in a more “kiwi” direction, you need to slowly work up from more familiar items like apples and oranges. Then, once everyone has accepted that fruit clothing is wonderful, BAM you wow them with the kiwi. I’m pretty sure that’s how Coco Chanel would have done it.

    1. Well, I can’t argue with that… Hey, with summer just around the corner, I could probably let strawberries and lemons get a look-in too! Plus all this fruit fashion talk on here over the last few days has me seriously thinking about doing something with watermelon – I just can’t resist those colours! You might well have created a fashion monster here, Tammie… πŸ˜‚

      1. You might be pushing it with the strawberries and lemons. And I don’t know about over there, but here we have watermelon-themed plates and cups and even bike helmets. With people already used to watermelon wear, you might have a perfect “in” for your dresses and handbags. Now that I think of it, I once saw a woman with watermelon-themed fingernails.

        1. ON IT! And watermelon is more of a novelty here – I suppose it never really gets hot enough for us to benefit from its lovely refreshing taste – so I’d be venturing into a relatively uncrowded market! Now all I need is an extra hour or two in every day to get something made… 😡

        2. I just ordered a Harry Potter-inspired Time Turner necklace off a totally legit looking website for €9.99. I think our problems are solved!

    1. Ah, I wish I could say that my own school time was wall-to-wall kiwi dresses! I actually went a bit off-piste with this project – I think we were supposed to be making clothes out of rubbish, but I figured dipping into my stash of fabric scraps a bit was close enough! 😁 Thanks for stopping in, Hannah!

    1. Hahaha! I think the dress is maybe a little big for him though, what do you reckon? 😜

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