Relaxing on Glencolmcille Beach - CrawCrafts Beasties

Flashback Friday – Beasties by the Seaside

Hello Beastie friends! Is it really Friday again already? And what’s with all this talk about the seaside?

Well, this week for Flashback Friday I wanted to revisit a little lady monster from back in 2016 – hey there, Mermaid Beastie!
Mermaid Beastie Makes her Escape - CrawCrafts BeastiesBut her fishy tail…
Mermaid Beastie's Tail, by CrawCrafts Beasties… And aquatic-themed accessories…
An Unconventional Use for Starfish - CrawCrafts Beasties… Made me realise that it’s a veeeery long time since I was last at the seaside. So, as well as a timely reminder that Beasties are found under the sea as well as on land, I thought I’d take a trip to the coast through some of my old photos.

Look, here’s Explorer Beastie enjoying the sun and sand in Lanzarote, from this adventure back in 2014!
Explorer Beastie on Black Sand BeachAnd while he was living it up overseas, I took Victorian Explorer Beastie to the seaside town of Bray, just south of Dublin!
Victorian Explorer Beastie on the Beach

Paddy and Plunkett enjoy the odd day at the beach too. Here they are at my favourite childhood haunt… Crawfordsburn Beach in County Down, Northern Ireland. I spent a lot of time clambering over these very rocks looking for rock pools!
Paddy and Plunkett Take the Scenic Route - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesThat said, not all of their seaside visits have gone so smoothly. In this post from 2016, the two of them ended up in a bit of a pickle after someone let Paddy take the wheel…
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And finally – one thing I’m really looking forward to when the travel restrictions are completely lifted here is getting back to Donegal. Spectacular scenery, great eating spots and, if you visit off-season like we do, miles of deserted beaches to enjoy! See for yourself!
Beastie Hide and Seek - CrawCrafts BeastiesHow about you lot? Are any of you still able to get to the beach, or are you longing to feel sand between your toes again? Let us know in the comments!

And we’ll be back on Tuesday with the last part of June Beastie’s travel diary… See you then!

Mermaid Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties

(Mer)Made Just for You!

After Explorer Beastie’s trip to the northwest coast last week, it seems like a good idea to carry on with this maritime theme for a little longer! How do you all feel about meeting a real, live Mermaid Beastie?Mermaid Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesLook, there she is… elegantly running her paws through her tresses, as mermaids are wont to do. Now, at the risk of running aground on some treacherous rocks, let’s take a closer look at this elusive Beastie… You may never see her like again!

First, you’ve probably noticed that she’s wearing a rather fetching seashell bikini top… A girl has to keep up with fashion, even if she does live underwater.
Mermaid Beastie's Pink Seashell Top - CrawCrafts BeastiesShe also has a friendly starfish in her hair, to keep her lustrous locks out of her eyes.
An Unconventional Use for Starfish - CrawCrafts BeastiesBut of course, you probably want proof that this isn’t just a regular girl Beastie in a costume. So, here you are – check out her beautiful, scaly, sparkly tail!
Mermaid Beastie's Tail, by CrawCrafts BeastiesSharp-eyed Beastie spotters will also notice that her tail is stitched in such a way that she can lounge coyly on rocky outcrops, rather than sitting bolt upright…
Mermaid Beastie Makes her Escape - CrawCrafts Beasties… Although this shot captured her just as she got tired of posing for the camera, and she prepared to swim off to new and exotic shores! Since she left just before Christmas, I’m sure she found the waters around Ireland pretty chilly, but fortunately it wasn’t long before I received confirmation that she had arrived safely in her new home!
Mermaid Beastie at Home - C Alexander/CrawCrafts BeastiesHeehee! It looks like she’s settling in well – and possibly challenging the Christmas fairy bear for her spot at the top of the tree!

Thanks for joining me for another New Beastie day – I’ll have the last of my Christmas commissions to share with you next week, so be sure to drop back in for that! And join us again on Friday for part 2 of Explorer Beastie’s trip to the very top of Ireland. See you then!