Yeeeeee-Haaaaa! New Beastie Time!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a new Beastie to meet… In all the heady whirl of making plans and enjoying a few trips away, I appear to have let the monster-making slide somewhat. But all that changes today! Fresh off the needles and ready to get to work on the ranch… It’s Cowboy Beastie!
Cowboy Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesCowboy Beastie was commissioned by my buddy Aoife from Diplodocus Books, as a birthday gift for her boyfriend. He’s a big fan of all things Wild West, and apparently he was quite taken with Aoife’s own Beastie friend, Crumb. They met at a market we did together a couple of years back!Aoife and her Beastie - CrawCrafts BeastiesThis was a bit of a last-minuter… But fortunately I was able to take a sneaky shortcut, by showing Aoife the sketches I did for CowGIRL Beastie, who I made back in November!
Cowgirl Beastie, Start to Finish - CrawCrafts BeastiesWith a few tweaks to make this Beastie his own man, we were ready to go! As you can see, he’s bought his checked shirt in the same store…
Cowboy Beastie's Checked Shirt - CrawCrafts Beasties… And of course, he has his trusty lariat – with authentic Honda knot…
Cowboy Beastie's Lariat - CrawCrafts Beasties… But I’ve given him a tousled mop of sandy hair, and he’s clearly going to a different dentist!
Cowboy Beastie Headshot - CrawCrafts BeastiesThat leaves just one more thing to complete his look…
Cowboy Beastie's Cowboy Hat, by CrawCrafts Beasties… That all-important cowboy hat! With this one, I shaped the brim to give it the characteristic curled sides.

And doesn’t he wear it well?
Cowboy Beastie, Ready to Go! CrawCrafts BeastiesNow all he needs are some Beastie-sized cattle to round up!
One Finished Cowboy Beastie! CrawCrafts BeastiesWe’ll be back next week with more monster fun and games… In the meantime, I heartily recommend going to check out Aoife’s beautiful hand-bound journals on Diplodocus Books’ Facebook page. Or find her on Instagram, where she shares new designs and some of her own illustrated journal pages! I wish my diary was as colourful and interesting as hers is!

Get Along, Lil’ Beastie!

Yeeeeee haaaaaa!

It’s been a while, but at last… It’s New Beastie Day again! I’m so happy that I’m FINALLY able to share my pre-Christmas commissions with you all. And we’re going to kick off 2017 in style, with Cowgirl Beastie!
Cowgirl Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesShe’s got everything she needs for a long day out on the ranch – first, a classic blue and white checked shirt…
Cowgirl Beastie's Checked Shirt - CrawCrafts Beasties… A toasty jacket…
Cowgirl Beastie's Jacket, by CrawCrafts Beasties… With real leather fringes on the front and back…
Beastie-Sized Leather Fringed Jacket, by CrawCrafts Beasties… And of course, a lariat tied with an authentic lasso knot!
Cowgirl Beastie's Lasso Rope - CrawCrafts BeastiesThis miniature cattle wrangler was requested for a real-life rancher, and she was already looking forward to helping her new friend out on her huge farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. She’s expecting to work hard, so I put her hair into a nice chunky braid to make sure it doesn’t get in her way!
Cowgirl Beastie's Hairdo - CrawCrafts BeastiesThen I added one last finishing touch…
Cowgirl Beastie's Hat, by CrawCrafts Beasties…A felt cowboy hat, complete with a star on the brim in tribute to sharp-shooting queen of the cowgirls Annie Oakley!
Cowgirl Beasties, Ready for Work! CrawCrafts BeastiesTa-daaaaah! Ready to go!

With a long journey to her new home ahead, I sent Cowgirl Beastie on her way good and early – and luckily, she arrived well in time for Christmas! Here she is – looks like she’s settling in nicely, don’t you think?
Cowgirl Beastie at Home - N Couture/CrawCrafts BeastiesThe new Beastie bonanza continues next week, so be sure to join us for the intriguing tale of a little woolly monster who got lost in space… See you then!

Reader Beastie… Or Cowboy Beastie?

Beastie in Boots - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
It’s widely assumed that bookworms tend to be stay-at-home types, who like nothing more than curling up on the sofa and losing themselves in a good story. Not so for Reader Beastie! Since moving to Canada earlier in the year, he’s really flung himself into the life of a ranch hand… although as you can see from the photo above, he’s yet to find a proper pair of cowboy boots in his size!

However, there are other ways for a Beastie to get about…
Reader Beastie, Travelling in Style! N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
…And it looks like he’s waaaaay better at horseriding than I ever was, too!
Saddle Up! N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
We’ve just caught him on his way out to the community pasture, where he’ll be checking up on the livestock. This huge stretch of land (around 6000 acres) is owned by the Saskatchewan government and is leased by a group of local farmers every summer. It’s a great opportunity for the cattle to stretch their legs and raise their calves in the great outdoors! Everything seems to be in order here, anyway…
Reader Beastie Checks the Herd - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
…And it’s also fun to catch up with all the gossip at the water cooler.
Water Cooler Chat - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
You never know who else you might meet out here… Hey there, baby hawks!
Baby Hawks in their Nest - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
Reader Beastie decided not to hang around until mum came back, though. He figured it was probably safer to take a break a little further down the road, where his buddy the cowdog could keep sketch…
Reader Beastie Takes a Break - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
…While he took a weight off in the sagebrush…
Reader Beastie Relaxes in the Sunshine - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
…And enjoyed the view!
View of Big Coulee Pasture - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
All in a day’s work for this intrepid little monster… at this rate, he’ll be able to write his own book!

Thanks to Nicole for sending me pictures from Reader Beastie’s latest adventure. I love to see what the Beasties get up to once they leave Beastie Towers, so keep those photos coming!

Have a great weekend, everybody!