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A Special Beastie for a Special Birthday!

Well hello there, Beastie friends! After Paddy’s totally genuine high-speed adventure last week, we’re shifting down a gear to a more sedate pace, and meeting a new Beastie. Hey, Birthday Girl Beastie!
A Special Birthday Beastie - CrawCrafts BeastiesThis Beastie was requested by a thoughtful mum, who wanted to help her daughter to celebrate a very special birthday in the Beastie-est way possible. I mean, you don’t turn 10 every day, do you?

So, this was the design brief – a Beastie with long, dark brown hair just like her new human buddy’s…
Beastie Hair - Special Birthday Commission - CrawCrafts BeastiesDone! And we needed to include her favourite colours, too – blue, mint green, white and peach.

I managed to tick most of those boxes with this stripey handknitted sweater…
Beastie Sweater - Special Birthday Commission by CrawCrafts Beasties
… Complete with an appliquĂ©d felt “O” for the birthday girl’s initial!

Now, how can we get some peach in there? I know… What about a little felt bag, so she can gather up souvenirs (and, more importantly, birthday cake) on her adventures?
Beastie Bag - Special Birthday Commission - CrawCrafts BeastiesPerfect! I even picked up some rose-gold-coloured jewellery findings to better match the warm peachy tones of the bag and its ribbon strap. Here you go, little Beastie lady!

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That looks great! Your outfit is complete.
Beastie with Bag - Special Birthday Commission by CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd now I reckon you’d better get going… You wouldn’t want to miss the party, would you?

So, thanks to Dee for requesting this sweet little girl monster! And if you know someone who’s about to celebrate a special birthday too, why not send a personalised Beastie to help with the festivities?

You can check out past Beastifications in my Gallery, or if you’re ready to start now, drop us a line from the Contact page!

We’ll be back next Tuesday with more Beastie shenanigans, so be sure to join us then!

See you next week!

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A Very Beastie Birthday in Portland, Oregon

Hooray! It’s finally Friday! So I thought we’d get the weekend off to a great (and slightly earlier than usual) start by visiting another Beastie abroad. This time, we’re skipping across the pond to Portland, Oregon, where a book-loving Beastie has made a new home for himself with writer and artist Tammie Painter – talk about a match made in heaven! He arrived just in time to join her for her birthday celebrations… Let’s see what they got up to! Oh, and I’d also recommend sticking around on Tammie’s blog to check out her incredibly finely-detailed artwork, or stop into her Etsy shop for some Father’s Day themed gift ideas 🙂

Tammie Painter

As promised many moons ago when I revamped my blog, although I no longer have a regular travel feature, I will occasionally share any travel adventures I do have. Last week was my birthday and to celebrate I decided I’d take a tour of Portland’s Japanese Garden.

While I do love gardens, there were a few ulterior motives behind this choice. First, it was free thanks to the Cultural Pass from my local library; second, it was only a short hop away from where I wanted to have a birthday pint; and third, I was hoping to get a few reference photos for future art projects.

Oh, and last but not least, I had a new friend who had recently moved to Portland from Ireland and wanted to see a few sites in his new home.

Meet Finn McSpool Beastie


Look at that face. how could anyone resist him? Finn…

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A Very Beastie Birthday!

I celebrated a birthday over the weekend, and I got some very special greetings from a pair of adventurous little monsters! It seems they are still speaking, despite the hiccup at the end of their last holiday… What a relief!

Anyway, I wanted to share their birthday greetings with you… and experiment with a new format. Let me know what you think in the comments!
Paddy And Plunkett Frame 1 - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

Paddy And Plunkett Frame 2 - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

Paddy and Plunkett Frame 3 - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

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Paddy And Plunkett Frame 5 - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

Awwww, you guys!

Hope you all had a great weekend, too! We’ll be back on Friday to share another Dublin treasure with you… Provided Explorer Beastie doesn’t party too hard on St Patrick’s Day, of course!