A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from LucyAnn at LucyAnn and Luna Craft. She told me that she’d finally had a chance to take her MiniBeastie for a trip to the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Wisley in Surrey, and the Beasties and I were so excited to see that she’d documented this micro-monster’s first day out in a post on her own blog! I thought it might be fun to share this with you all, so I’m going to take this opportunity to do my FIRST EVER REBLOG!
So, without further ado… Take it away, LucyAnn! And thanks again for taking the time and blog space to share your new little woolly buddy’s adventures with the world!
Finally! It’s here! The last day of January!
And, as promised, the Great January Begone Giveaway draw was done at noon today, with the help of random.org… the long-trusted maker of all my tricky decisions. So, who won?
For starters, the magic internet pixies chose three of my fellow bloggers – Lucy Ann (Lucyannluna), Noémie (Focalheart) and Tajana (Tatie’s World). Then we had a winner from Facebook (Rosemary Murphy) and one from Instagram (Eduardo Calvo). Congratulations! All of you will be receiving a Beastie calendar! And the randomisers have also selected one of you to adopt this sweet little fellow…
I know who they have picked, but you’ll have to wait and see whose parcel he stows away in!
Thanks to everybody who entered – it’s certainly made January go faster! And there are a couple of the winners (Tajana and Lucy Ann) whose addresses I will need if you’re to receive your prizes… drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get your parcels in the post ASAP!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
If it’s Tuesday, it must be new Beastie time! So, everybody say a big hello to Charlie Beastie!
Charlie Beastie was commissioned as a keepsake gift for a recently-arrived baby girl. I was asked to use as much pink as possible!
She also has her name embroidered on the front of her romper suit…
…Plus a couple of cheeky nods to her Irish/Australian origins, as suggested by the person who requested her!
Apparently this Beastie made it safely to her new home Down Under just in time for Christmas! I’m sure she’s enjoying sunnier days and higher temperatures than the rest of us here in Beastie Towers!
And that leads me on neatly to the other half of this post. It seems that morale is generally low here in the Blogiverse, especially amongst those of us “enjoying” a cold, rainy start to the year in the northern hemisphere. Add to that the fact that this January has already deprived us of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, AND that we had to face into 2016 having bid farewell to Lemmy from Motorhead, it’s a miracle we’re able to drag ourselves out of bed at all.
Now, I realise that there is no freebie on earth that could miraculously fix all this, but some freebies are definitely better than no freebies at all. So, let the Great January Begone Giveaway begin! I have 5 of my remaining Beastie calendars to give away to 5 lucky BeastieBuddies…
As you can see, Explorer Beastie is doing a great job of demonstrating how a Beastie calendar can be an important part of any thriving craft empire.
Oh, and one of the winners will also get a surprise MiniBeastie in their prize parcel!
MiniBeasties are incredibly rare, and there may be as few as ten of these teeny critters in the whole world! This one is made from cheerful blue sock yarn, and I used a small-batch merino wool yarn that I was given by some visiting knitters from Colorado to create his awesome technicolour dream-pants!
So, how do you get your mitts on these, and make your January instantly 150% better? Take your pick from:
- Blog Buddies – Follow the BeastieBlog (if you aren’t already!) and leave a comment on this post saying which month you’re most looking forward to this year and why
- Facebook Friends – Like the Beasties’ Facebook page and share it with your friends (and all those people you’re Facebook friends with, but have no idea how, or if, you even know them in real life)
- Instagram Addicts – Find the Beasties on Instagram (@crawcraftsbeasties), follow us and leave a comment on any picture so I know that you’re a real person and not a “Get more Instagram followers NOW” spambot!
Each of these barely-challenging challenges will earn you an extra entry in the draw, so by doing all three you’ll triple your chances of winning! I’ll be picking the winners at random at high noon (Irish time) on the 31st of January. Good luck!