Beastie Pugaliers - CrawCrafts Beasties

Flashback Friday – Beastie Pets Retrospective

… Or, as first floated in Tuesday’s post, it’s a Pet-rospective! Beasties love their pets, and at the suggestion of regular reader Queen Bee, I thought it was high time we revisited some of those fuzzy companions from previous commissions.

Let’s start with the very first one – a woolly old English sheepdog I made way back in 2015!
Neurosurgeon Beastie Relaxes with her Beastdog, by CrawCrafts BeastiesMy very first Beastie dogs were knitted. You know me, I love to knit! But although the technique and yarn worked well enough here, I soon found it quite limiting. It’s hard to capture the huge range of dog body shapes, colours and fur textures with yarn!

Fortunately, it wasn’t long before I discovered the magic of needle felting… And all kinds of possibilities opened up.

Enter Mikelet, the miniature miniature schnauzer, who now hangs out with Tierney of tierneycreates and her hard-working blogging Beastie. Here he is just before he left Beastie Towers…
Mikelet, the Super-Miniature Schnauzer, by CrawCrafts Beasties… And he makes a special guest appearance in Tierney’s latest blog post, here. Also, thank you Tierney for listening to the interview I did for From the Maker to the Made and taking the time to write such a lovely review… Or rather, for getting tierneycreates Beastie to write it 😉

Mikelet turned out to be a real trendsetter – that’s like a red setter, only cooler – and I started to get a lot more people looking for Beastified versions of their beloved pets.

So, here’s a pair of pugaliers from last summer…Beastie Pugaliers - CrawCrafts Beasties…And a Pekingese from a little later that same year.Beastie Pekingese Close-up - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd of course, because I err more on the side of “cat lady”, I also started making Beastie kitties along the way. My first ones were special editions for my first time selling at the Dublin Cat Fair…
Cat Owner Beastie by CrawCrafts Beasties… But I soon started making them to order as well! This Beastie with a black cat was made as a partner for the one in the photo above…
Beastie plus Kitty! CrawCrafts Beasties… And then there’s this handsome fellow, created as a gift for a lady who owns a beautiful polydactyl cat called Paddy.
Paddy the Beastie Cat - CrawCrafts Beasties

And finally, who could forget the best-dressed Beastie pet of them all – Marge the pug!
Beastie Marge the Mini Pug - CrawCrafts BeastiesI still love those glasses.

So, did your favourite make the cut? Let me know in the comments if I missed anyone out!

We’ll be back on Tuesday with more monster antics – have a great weekend and we’ll see you then!

Beastie plus Kitty! CrawCrafts Beasties

A New Beastie… And Kitty!

Greetings, Beastie friends! It’s Tuesday again, and what better way to kick off your week than to spend a little time getting to know a new Beastie? Hello there, little monster… Plus kitty!
Beastie plus Kitty! CrawCrafts Beasties

I’ve noticed a natural affinity between Beasties and cats over the years…
Beasties and Kitties - CrawCrafts BeastiesIs it because of their shared curiosity about the world around them? Or just because they both have pointy ears? Either way, my first Beasties with their own feline friends proved popular at the markets we went to last Christmas.
Christmas on the Square Stall - CrawCrafts Beasties

Skip forward a few months, and I was delighted to receive a picture of this kitty owner Beastie…
Cat Owner Beastie by CrawCrafts Beasties… Enjoying some cosy feline cuddles in their new home!

However, it seems that this Beastie was also craving more monstrous company. And, under the pretext of creating a special gift for my customer’s girlfriend, I set about making a complementary cat-loving Beastie to make this one’s life complete!

Let’s start with the colours – the same as before, but I switched the main colour and the stripes for a nice yin-and-yang effect.
Blue and Orange Stripey Beastie with Kitty by CrawCrafts BeastiesThen, a black cat this time… With bright green eyes!
Black Cat - Needle Felted Kitty - CrawCrafts BeastiesEagle-eyed readers will also notice that the cat is sitting the other way around in the Beastie’s paws… So Orange Beastie and Blue Beastie will make a lovely matching pair when they’re together!

Now, one more picture before I send this woolly duo off to their new home. Big smiles, everybo… GAAAAAAH!
Ophelia Joins the Party - CrawCrafts BeastiesOh, hello Ophelia! No, don’t worry… I wouldn’t dream of doing a photoshoot without including you too.
Beastie Cat, Meet Ophelia - CrawCrafts BeastiesThanks so much to Rosa for this Beastie request… And for giving Ophelia an excuse to drop into the BeastieBlog for the first time in a while!

And to any non-cat-people in the audience – fear not, I’ll have a less feline new Beastie for you next week.

See you then!

Beastie Backpack - CrawCrafts Beasties

Feline the Beastie Love!

Hello everybody! I’m a little later on my blogging than usual this week… But I promised you a new Beastie, and here she is!
JuliaMusings Beastie with Kitty - CrawCrafts BeastiesMeet Julia Beastie! This particular monster lady was made as a very special “Yay, you finished your MA thesis” gift… And as you can see, she’s not travelling alone. She’s being kept company by her feline felt friend, Paddy the cat!

Let’s take a closer look at him, shall we?
Paddy the Beastie Cat - CrawCrafts BeastiesNow, Beasties with pet cats aren’t new – you may remember that I made a few for the Dublin Cat Fair, back in November.
Cat Owner Beastie by CrawCrafts BeastiesHowever, this was the first time I had attempted to copy a particular cat’s markings. Since this Beastie’s human counterpart is the proud owner of a devilishly handsome polydactyl cat, it only seemed right that Felt Paddy paid proper tribute to Real Paddy.

Fortunately, the wonders of needle felting allowed me to add tiger stripes to his coat, and give him a white nose, bib and paws!

Now, on to the Beastie herself! I love her lustrous alpaca locks…
Julia Beastie's Hair - Commission by CrawCrafts Beasties… And the combination of delicate green skin with rich dusky rose stripes!

Next, I believe I promised you a few accessories? I thought a book might keep her entertained as she travelled to her new home…
Penguin Classics, Beastie Style - CrawCrafts BeastiesAaah, you can’t beat those classics! Although I adjusted this Anne Brontë novel (a favourite of Human Julia’s, I hear) sliiiightly to make it suitable for a Beastie audience.

Then, since Human Julia has already made a name for herself as a theatre reviewer, Julia Beastie had to have a notebook and pen for her own note-taking and reviewing activities.
Theatre Notebook and Pen - Beastie Accessories by CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd how about a ticket to a show, to complete the set?
Carousel Theatre Ticket - CrawCrafts Beasties“Carousel” is one of Human Julia’s favourites, so it’s fairly safe to assume that her new Beastie companion will enjoy it too. Just one thing, though…

“My paws are a bit full at the minute – maybe you could take all that cool stuff…”
Everything a theatre-loving Beastie needs! CrawCrafts Beasties“… And pop it in my backpack for me?”
Packing the Beastie Backpack - CrawCrafts Beasties
“Cheers!”

And the good news for Beastie Paddy (who looks so comfortable cuddled up in Julia Beastie’s arms) is that he can stay exactly where he is while the backpack goes on!
Beastie Backpack - CrawCrafts BeastiesAs you can see, the straps clip into place at the base of the bag. That means they can simply be slipped around a Beastie arm and attached!
Beastie Backpack in Place - CrawCrafts BeastiesPerfect!

And better still… Here’s the pair of them meeting Paddy for the first time!
Julia Beastie at Home - CrawCrafts BeastiesHere’s wishing them all kinds of monster adventures together!

So, thanks for joining us for this latest Beastification… I should have a monster adventure of my own to share with you next week, so be sure to swing by! Catch you then!

A Beastie Postcard from Italy!

Its a rainy old day here in Dublin… and that makes it even nicer to get an update from some Beasties abroad! I’m sure many of you will remember Antonello and Tiziana Beastie and their cat Beas-Tris from previous monster adventures… But if you’re new here, why not take a second to catch up with their first trip to their local Irish pub and their (B)Easter weekend away in Perugia?
Beastie Beverages! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesToday, they’re on the road again – this time, they’re visiting the Abruzzo region in central Italy, home to the country’s oldest National Park. The park’s headquarters are located in the picturesque town of Pescasseroli, a place with plenty to keep two curious little Beasties entertained!

First stop was the beautiful church of St Peter and St Paul, which dates back to the 14th century. Never satisfied with the view from the ground, our adventurous friends climbed a nearby tree to get a better look!
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Pescasseroli - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesThe church also has this colourful floral wall on its left side… Spot the Beasties!
The Floral Wall at Pescasseroli - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesBut being surrounded by all this natural greenery had an unexpected effect on Beas-Tris – could it be that she felt the call of the wild?
Beas-Tris Hears the Call of the Wild - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd no sooner had her Beastie minders managed to extract her from her hiding place in the herbaceous border, she was off again – this time, scaling the elaborate metal vine sculpture that was entwined around this staircase!
Rescuing Beas-Tris from the Vine - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesIt’s lucky that Antonello Beastie and Tiziana Beastie are both excellent climbers… And generous pet owners. Figuring that Beas-Tris was in need of some four-legged company, they decided to spend the rest of the day in the park’s zoo. Here, sick and injured animals from the park are taken in and cared for until they’re ready to be released back into the wild. The local wildlife certainly makes for some interesting viewing – did you know that this part of Italy is still home to wild boar, lynx, deer and bears?

Yes, bears!
A Poorly Bear at the Park Zoo, Pescasseroli - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesThe Beasties met this one, who is currently feeling a little under the weather. Hopefully he’ll soon be well enough to be left back in the woods where he was found. As you can see, Beas-Tris decided to stay close to her parents here!

And now, time for one more group photo before we head back home!
Beasties at Pescasseroli Park Zoo - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesThanks to Antonello and Tiziana Beastie (and their human counterparts) for sending us these photos! They’ve certainly brought a bit of sunshine to my day.

Has anyone else encountered some interesting wildlife recently? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to drop back in on Tuesday, when I hope to have some new Beasties for you all to meet…

One Big Beastie Family - CrawCrafts Beasties

Meet The Family (Part 1)

One Big Beastie Family - CrawCrafts Beasties
The last quarter of 2015 saw me taking on my biggest Beastie challenge yet (in what had already been a pretty good year for big Beastie challenges) – an entire Beastie family! As always, each individual Beastie had to capture the look, personality and interests of their human counterparts… And we couldn’t leave out the family cat, of course!

Oh, and did I mention that they had to be ready in time to catch the last Christmas post to Italy? Never have knitting needles moved so swiftly! Anyway, now that the festive season is over, the presents have been unwrapped, and no surprises will be spoiled, I’m delighted to be able to introduce La Famiglia Beastie at last! First of all, let’s meet Antonello – creating a family of monsters was his idea, so it’s only right that we should start with him!
Antonello Beastie, An Honorary Irishman! CrawCrafts Beasties
He’s a fan of all things Irish, especially our ever-popular exports of Guinness and world-class rugby players! So he is proudly sporting a Munster rugby jersey, Ireland rugby ball and felt pint…
Antonello Beastie's Pint - CrawCrafts BeastiesAntonello Beastie's Munster Logo and Rugby Ball - CrawCrafts Beasties

…And as you can imagine, I had a great time styling his beard and hair!

Antonello Beastie, After a Visit to the Beastie Barber - CrawCrafts Beasties
Next up – Antonello’s wife Tiziana, who is an ER doctor. So get me a set of Beastie-sized scrubs and a stethoscope, STAT!
Tiziana Beastie Steals the Show - CrawCrafts Beasties
And here they are in extreme close-up!
Tiziana Beastie's Stethoscope - CrawCrafts BeastiesI was also able to indulge in a spot more Beastie hairdressing… I loved capturing the highlights in Tiziana Beastie’s hair!
Tiziana Beastie's Awesome Hair - CrawCrafts BeastiesTiziana Beastie's Hair, From the Back - CrawCrafts Beasties

And of course, no family home would be complete without a beloved pet!

Beastie Kitty! CrawCrafts Beasties
This is Tris, the family cat! She’s made of soft cuddly felt, with embroidered markings to match her feline big sister’s… oh, and a super-contented smile!
Beastie Kitty Tris's Stripes - CrawCrafts BeastiesTris's Happy Face - CrawCrafts Beasties

But what about the rest of the family? Well, that’s another story for another day – swing by next Tuesday lunchtime, when we’ll be meeting the boys! In the meantime, I’ll have another update from a Beastie abroad on Friday… and you still have time to put your name in the hat for the Great January Begone Giveaway if you haven’t already! I’ll be picking 5 lucky winners this coming Sunday at noon (Irish time) – check out the original post here to find out how to enter!

See you Friday!

PS It seems like the Beastie kitty has stolen the show! So, for all my fellow cat people out there, I thought I’d introduce you to the real life inspiration behind the felt feline – this is Tris!
Tris, the Inspiration for the BeastieKitty! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties
Isn’t she a sweetie? Thanks again to Antonello and family for your Beastie-tastic order 🙂

The Post-Holidays Post

Explorer Beastie gets his 5 a Day - CrawCrafts Beasties
Hello everybody! After a couple of weeks away (which seemed to vanish in the blink of an eye, by the way), we’re back in Beastie Towers and ready for more woolly monster fun! Our “holidays” actually ended up being pretty action-packed, so I’ll have lots to share with you over the next few posts.

First of all, let’s do the shameless plug… My first craft fair of the Christmas season is coming up this weekend! I’ve been busy assembling an elite squad of Beasties to bring along, and there will be some other new characters joining them at my stall as well. So if you should happen to be in Dublin, we’d love to see you… be sure to drop in and say hi!
Ranelagh Craft Fair Poster - Creative Collective IrelandAnd of course, the Beasties and I couldn’t let Hallowe’en pass without celebrating a little…
Beasties at Hallowe'en - CrawCrafts Beasties
And with spookily apt timing, look who came to join the party…
Gizmo the Gatecrasher - CrawCrafts BeastiesGizmo Strikes a Pose - CrawCrafts Beasties

Hey there, Gizmo! He was happy to strike a pose for the camera, as long as I made him an honorary Beastie for the day.

Later on, Explorer Beastie and I were looking for somewhere interesting to take a few seasonal photos. So Boyfriend suggested we take a trip to Lissonuffy Cemetery – perfect!
Explorer Beastie at the Gate - CrawCrafts Beasties
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Beasties and I spend all our time hanging out in graveyards, but Lissonuffy is really worth a look.
Explorer Beastie in Lissonuffy - CrawCrafts BeastiesExplorer Beastie in the Arched Doorway - CrawCrafts Beasties

It’s small, and you could almost say it’s a close-knit community in its own right. You’ll see the same family names cropping up time and again on the headstones, and some of the grave markers are really, really old. I wonder what this one used to say?
Explorer Beastie Among the Headstones - CrawCrafts Beasties
It’s also incredibly peaceful out here, since the graveyard is surrounded on all sides by farmland.
Explorer Beastie Admires the View from Lissonuffy - CrawCrafts Beasties
There’s also a ruined church in the centre of Lissonuffy, which has some interesting tombs in its walls…
Explorer Beastie Inside the Old Church - CrawCrafts BeastiesInside the Church - CrawCrafts Beasties

…Some of them perfectly suited to this time of year!
Explorer Beastie Finds the Spookiest Headstone - CrawCrafts Beasties
Then there was time for a quick break under the yew tree before we headed home to carve the pumpkin!
Explorer Beastie Under the Yew Tree - CrawCrafts Beasties
Hope you all had a super Hallowe’en! We’ll be back on Friday with news from Pirate Beastie, who set sail from Beastie Towers a couple of weeks ago in search of adventure. See you then!

Climber Beastie Gets a Little Bo(U)lder!

Climber Beastie Rocks! J Donaldson/CrawCrafts Beasties
Climber Beastie is at it again! Last week I was sent a few pictures of his rock-based fun and games in France over Easter. He was really looking forward to tackling these big boulders at Fontainebleau (a paradise for climbers just 60km outside Paris) and even the slightly soggy weather that day wasn’t going to slow him down!

Ready, set… CLIMB!
Climber Beastie in Fontainebleau - J Donaldson/CrawCrafts Beasties
…Nearly there!
Climber Beastie goes Bouldering - J Donaldson/CrawCrafts Beasties
However, scaling these dizzying heights was just training for something far more extreme…
Climber Beastie's Next Challenge - J Donaldson/CrawCrafts Beasties
…Playtime with Amelie the kitten!
Climber Beastie with his new friend Amelie - J Donaldson/CrawCrafts Beasties
ADRENALINE RUSH!

Who knows where Climber Beastie’s thrillseeking will take him next?

Has anyone else any similiarly exciting weekend plans? Share your dangerous exploits in the comments… Happy Friday, everyone!