Mame-Chan and Friends - CrawCrafts Beasties

Monster Market Day!

My Market Stall - CrawCrafts Beasties
Oh woweeeee! What a super weekend we all had at the Creative Collective Ireland Craft Fair! I’ve been working flat out since I came back from my holidays, and I think I assembled one of my best-ever teams of Beasties…
Beastie Group - CrawCrafts BeastiesBeer Drinkin' Barrog Beasties, by CrawCrafts Beasties

…With some super accessories!
Great Knits-pectations Book, by CrawCrafts Beasties

I also brought along some Beans (which are fast becoming a market day staple!) and an order form for my Beastie 2016 calendar!
Mame-Chan and Friends - CrawCrafts BeastiesBeastie Calendar, by CrawCrafts Beasties

And if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, my Beastiebuddy Eirin stopped by to take some photos of the stall for a project she’s working on!

Beasties on Parade - E Torgersen/CrawCrafts Beasties
She got some great shots of my monster Christmas tree, complete with Jingle Bean decorations…
Beast-mas Tree - E Torgersen/CrawCrafts Beasties
… Beasties playing hide and seek…
Santa Beastie Among the Beans - E Torgersen/CrawCrafts Beasties
…And even some of me.
Me hard at work (ahem!) - E Torgersen/CrawCrafts Beasties
You can see more photos on her Facebook page, or check out her website!

What I love most about markets is that it gives me a chance to leave Beastie Towers for the day and introduce my little monsters to the world! I still get such a kick out of seeing people’s reactions when they meet the Beasties for the first time, and I was especially chuffed to talk to people who remembered us from the last time we did this market, back in 2013! So thanks to everybody who stopped for a chat, or decided to bring a woolly friend home with them. I also lucked out with my neighbours – cheers to Kate and Andrew from Baressential soap and Aoife from Diplodocus Books for Beastie-sitting when I went on a caffiene run! Aoife even adopted a Beastie of her own…
Aoife and her Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties
Meanwhile, I think I showed admirable restraint… I only bought myself a couple of teeny treats! Explorer Beastie seems pleased with them too…
Explorer Beastie with our Market Goodies - CrawCrafts Beasties
Clockwise from top left: Hand-bound Crow notebook by Diplodocus Books, Ruth Turpin‘s homemade mince meat, chamomile and juniper natural soaps from Baressential, Ye Old Town CandlesWinter Time tin and felt bowl by Teri Collins.

I’m hoping to do a couple more markets before Christmas… hopefully I’ll get to see some of you there!

Smiley Bean Face! CrawCrafts Beasties

Ooooh, New… Beanies?!

Mame-Chan Plushie Bean, by CrawCrafts Beasties
It’s not just Beastiemaking that’s been keeping my hands busy these last few weeks! Regular hangers-out on the BeastieBlog may already have encountered my little plushie beans… if not, you can catch up here!

Normally, these beans are small enough to sit comfortably in your open hand. But then I got a request on Etsy for something bigger. A whole lot bigger! So I set about supersizing my regular beanie template…

The upscaling process meant I needed to stitch the features a little bolder…
Smiley Bean Face! CrawCrafts Beasties
And my customer asked if I could personalise the bean with the recipient’s name – great idea!
A Bean to Call Your Own, by CrawCrafts Beasties
And who will be getting to cuddle up to this soft, squishy beanie friend?
Giant Bean goes home - CrawCrafts Beasties
Why, this happy little lady of course! Here they are celebrating her 3-month birthday together… hope you had a great day, Clara! Also, thanks to your mum for sending me this lovely photo and allowing me to share it with the world!

As for me, I think I’ll definitely be growing more giant-size beans in the Beastie Towers garden this autumn!