A Festive Beastie Weekend!

Hey there Beastie friends! It’s just a quick “hello!” from me today, because (and I might have mentioned this once or twice lately) we’re going full tilt here in Beastie Towers right now! But I really wanted to share some photos of the lovely market we went to this past weekend – a fun, festive affair in one of the beautiful Georgian houses that surround Merrion Square park in central Dublin.

Take the Beastie Tour!

I caught up with Woolly Jumper Beastie in the entrance hall…
Festive Christmas Tree at the Irish Architectural Archive - CrawCrafts BeastiesOoooh, look at that Christmas tree!

This building is home to the Irish Architectural Archive, and our Beastie friend took full advantage of their miniature Dublin skyline sculpture to do his best Godzilla impression!
Godzilla Beastie! CrawCrafts BeastiesThen I lost him for a moment – I could have sworn he was right next to this leaf and berry arrangement a second ago!
Festive Beastie Berries! CrawCrafts BeastiesAha! Found him. That’s some pretty good camouflage, though.

Now, upstairs to join your friends at the market!
Stone Stairs at the Irish Architectural Archive - CrawCrafts BeastiesThat’s better!
Christmas on the Square Stall - CrawCrafts Beasties

We had a great time here, and many of the Beasties you see in the photo above headed off to new homes over the course of the day! We were also kept in good festive spirits by a kind gentleman who wandered the building for the duration of the market bearing a tray of complimentary mulled wine… How civilised!

I hope the Beasties behaved well enough for us to be invited back next year!

And speaking of markets…

I’ve a teeeeny favour to ask. A whole heap of Dublin markets have been made to close their doors this year, and the future of those that remain is looking a little wobbly.

The organisers of the Dublin Flea market are lobbying Dublin City Council to make some provision for market spaces in Dublin’s ongoing development plan. They want to ensure that markets and indie retailers aren’t squeezed out by the bigger players… And we want to support them! The Beasties and I love our markets, and we’d hate to see them become a thing of the past.

And even if you don’t live in Dublin, your signature still counts! Because you might want to visit at some stage, right? And wouldn’t it be nicer to travel to a city with its own unique identity?

So, please take a sec to click through and sign their online petition here.

Alrighty, back to my crafting table I go! We’ll be back next Tuesday with a quick reminder about our last market of the festive season. See you then, and have a great week!


29 thoughts on “A Festive Beastie Weekend!

  1. Who cares about successful sales and amazing architecture, did someone say “wine”?!! I honestly thought that was the new Beastie Towers when I saw it on your Instagram, but Godzilla Practice Structure also works. Glad to hear your marketing was another winning effort, now, I’m off to sign that form before Dublin is turned into Random City That Could Be Anywhere.

    1. I KNOW! Seeing Mr Mulled Wine circulating made me a very happy camper indeed, even though I was totally professional and only availed of his service once! And don’t discount Beasties in a fab Georgian pad just yet… We’re saving our pennies for one as we speak. 😁Also, cheers for supporting the Flea’s campaign! I’m glad at least one person agrees that when you travel, you don’t want to see the same stores and restaurants you can find at home! Thanks, Tammie! 😁

  2. That’s quite an array of Beasties (all behaving very well and obviously aware of their exquisite surroundings). Love the Beastie kittens on the tree!

    1. Thanks, Queen Bee! The tree kitties have been so popular already, and I’m trying to get more together in time for the Christmas Flea next week as we speak! And yes, I think the sophisticated surroundings of the Irish Architectural Archive did curb the Beasties’ natural tearaway impulses a little… I just hope they didn’t cut loose when they arrived in their new homes! πŸ˜‚ Cheers for popping in!

    1. Thanks, Simon! Every little bit helps… And as I already said, I think it’s important for non-Dubliners to have their say too! Cheers for stopping in and showing your support πŸ˜€

        1. Yeah, I think they get seduced by the idea of a glitzy “modern” city, where the streets are lined with flagship stores and this magically solves any existing social and infrastructure problems!

    1. Yes, I love indie London when I can find it, but it’s drowning in a sea of Pret-a-Mangers! Hopefully the tide will turn back soon. Thanks for your comment, and cheers for dropping in!

  3. Petition signed! I’m glad to hear that last weekend was a success. It does not sound/look like a bad place to spend the day… especially with the kindly wine dispenser on the scene! You’re in the home stretch now, not far to go!!!!!!!

    1. Phew! Thanks, Weekes! As you can see, blogging has kinda taken a back seat over the last while, but I promise to be back with bells on very soon. Cheers for signing the petition, too! It all helps 😁

      1. As the queen of backseat blogging (I haven’t touched mine for a month and a half despite urgently needing to pen my review of Netflix’s ‘The Princess Switch’), I understand! But also, you’ve managed to keep up very admirably! Ekkk tomorrow is the big Flea day–best of luck to you!!!!

        1. Hahaha! I’m glad I’m not the only one then! Fear not though, I’ll be back annoying people with my chatter in a couple of weeks. Hopefully you will be too, or I’ll have to watch “The Princess Switch” myself… 😳 Cheers, Weekes!

    1. Thanks, Mariss! And don’t worry… The joy that comes from seeing a Beastie paired up with a happy human is hard to beat! 😊

    1. Thanks, Catherine! Going to markets again these past few weeks has reminded me how much I love them… So your support is really appreciated! 😊

    1. Thank you! I do too… I just finished up at the Dublin Flea Christmas market yesterday, and what a weekend! Thanks for helping to make sure we can do it all again next year πŸ˜€

  4. A fabulous looking market (what a pretty Beastie-sized skyline). Also, I shudder to think of a Dublin without its markets – petition signed. Hope the fairs have been going well this season, Helen, and looking forward to properly catching up on the Beastie festiveness I’ve missed. πŸ‘

    1. Thanks Shirley! And especially for signing the petition… Very much appreciated! Market season has been brilliant, but I’m glad to be off for the holidays now 😁 Hope you enjoy the break, and I’m looking forward to catching up with you now things are a little calmer!

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