Rock Girl Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties

Beasties Rock!

Hey there everyone! It’s a sunny spring Tuesday in Dublin, and I’ve a fresh new Beastie to share with you all! Now, from the title, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this one has a geological theme… But in fact it’s more of a rock ‘n’ roll vibe we’re going for! Hey there, Beastie lady!
Rock Girl Beastie - Commissions by CrawCrafts BeastiesThis Beastie was requested as a very special birthday gift and she needed to match her new buddy’s look as closely as possible. So, that boiled down to a pairing of flashes of bright colour with a few nods to gothic/heavy metal style. No problemo!

I started out with the black hoodie. The hood can be worn up or down…
Beastie Hoodie - CrawCrafts Beasties… And is removable, too. However, after several instances of Beastie nudity on this blog, I’ve decided this little monster is going to stay dressed. We don’t want to be getting a reputation.

The hoodie also features an embroidered zip, just because zip manufacturers haven’t caught on yet to the need for non-human-sized clothing fastenings. Now, it’s normal for me to have at least one “go overboard” moment with every Beastification I take on, and this time around it manifested itself as the quest for fake zip perfection. In the end, I used short stitches with a slight overlap to create the effect of interlocking zip teeth… What do you think?
Embroidered Zip Detail - Rock Girl Beastie - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd now that the hoodie hood is down, you will have noticed that this Beastie is rocking some rather spiffy piercings and a cute bob and fringe!
Beastie Jewellery and Hairstyle - CrawCrafts BeastiesI made sure to keep the individual strands of hair quite fine, though – just to make sure her hair wasn’t too big to fit inside her hoodie hood.

Then, I completed her styling with some winged eyeliner and eyelashes. Just tuck your hair behind your ears there, so we can see…
Beastie Makeup - CrawCrafts BeastiesVery nice!

And while her beautiful mustard yellow complexion and turquoise stripes mostly ticked the “splash of colour” box, we decided that a bright pink backpack would complete the look.
Beastie Backpack - Rock Girl Beastie - CrawCrafts BeastiesAs you can see, it tucks in neatly underneath the hoodie hood, so she can bring it with her come rain or shine!

Then, she’ll definitely need something to go inside that backpack, right? Here you go!
Cookie Time! CrawCrafts BeastiesBeastification complete… Rock on!
Rock Girl Beastie, Ready to Go! CrawCrafts BeastiesMany thanks to Caspar for this awesome Beastie project… And to all of you for dropping in to visit! Paddy and Plunkett will be back next Tuesday, so be sure to join us then.

Enjoy your week!

Goth Beastie in Glasnevin Cemetery, by CrawCrafts Beasties

Glasnevin Cemetery, With Goth Beastie

Goth Beastie in Glasnevin Cemetery, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Call me macabre, but there’s nothing I like better than wandering around cemeteries. They’re peaceful, interesting and a little creepy at the same time. And Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery is one of my favourites! Luckily it’s just across the river and up the road, in the inner suburbs on the north side of the city. Opened in 1832, it now covers an area of around 124 acres, and is the final resting place of 1.5 million of Dublin’s departed. On my most recent visit, I was accompanied by Goth Beastie. She looked strangely at home among the gravestones…
Goth Beastie Among the Gravestones - CrawCrafts Beasties
If you’re interested in Irish history, Glasnevin is a must-see. Many of the significant figures from our recent past are buried here, including Daniel O’Connell, whose campaign to allow Catholics to be offered the same right to a dignified funeral as Protestants led to the establishment of this very graveyard! An early-mediaeval style round tower stands on his tomb, and it can be seen from pretty much anywhere in the cemetery – it’s in the background of this photo…
Goth Beastie with the Glasnevin Round Tower - CrawCrafts Beasties
Glasnevin is also home to some beautiful old trees, which line the pathways between the graves…
Goth Beastie Walking Through Glasnevin Cemetery - CrawCrafts Beasties
Goth Beastie in the Trees (1) - CrawCrafts BeastiesGoth Beastie in the Trees (2) - CrawCrafts Beasties
Goth Beastie in the Trees (3) - CrawCrafts Beasties
And there’s such a huge variety of styles in the monuments here, too! There are underground crypts…
Goth Beastie at the Underground Crypts - CrawCrafts BeastiesMore Underground Graves at Glasnevin Cemetery - CrawCrafts Beasties…Traditional crosses…
Monuments at Glasnevin - CrawCrafts Beasties
…And some more understated ones. Goth Beastie was particularly taken with this one.
Goth Beastie's Favourite Grave - CrawCrafts Beasties
But it wasn’t long before the sun got too high in the sky for certain pale-faced Beastie ladies! There was just time for Goth Beastie to seek out a little cool shade before we headed for home…
Goth Beastie Seeks Some Shade - CrawCrafts Beasties
How do you feel about graveyards? An interesting place to spend an afternoon, or too spooky for words?

Goth Beastie

Goth Beastie

Meet the first of my new Beasties – Goth Beastie!

Black hair, black dress, black makeup – and just to add a little colour, a bunch of black roses.  I also had a heap of fun putting an appropriate amount of metalwork in her ears… you can just about see the earrings in this closeup!

Goth Beastie Closeup

My local area provided me with the perfect backdrop for these photos – St Kevin’s Park, which was originally the site of St Kevin’s Church.  The church’s graveyard was cleared in the 1960s, and many of the headstones were moved and propped up against the walls.  The ruined shell of the old church still stands in the middle of the park, making it an incredibly sinister place to enjoy an alfresco lunch, but an ideal hangout for Goth Beastie.