Plunkett Discovers Some Greenery in Sligo - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

Happy St Patrick’s Day, Everyone!

Hey there Beastie friends! Yes, it’s that time again… Can you believe that it’s St Patrick’s Day already?

This year, it’s going to be a pretty quiet Paddy’s Day in Dublin. But the Beasties have had me look out some old photos of past festivities, to give you all a feel for what would normally be going on in the city. Aren’t they thoughtful?

First of all, the big St Patrick’s Day parade! Many years ago, I lived in an apartment that overlooked part of the parade route… And that meant we got a privileged view of the performers in the closing stages of their journey from the other side of the river Liffey.

In my first year of Beastie-making, a little green monster joined me to watch the fun!
St Patrick's Day ParadeYou can see more pictures from this parade in the original post, here.

And if parades aren’t really your thing, how about a quiet stroll around St Patrick’s Park instead?
Explorer Beastie at the Fountain - CrawCrafts BeastiesThis pretty city centre park is the perfect place for a springtime stroll… And you can admire St Patrick’s Cathedral as you wander! It’s right next door.
Explorer Beastie Goes for a Closer Look - CrawCrafts BeastiesOf course, a St Patrick’s Day party is probably on the cards for a lot of people. Paddy Beastie will certainly be celebrating…
Paddy Samples some Buckfast - CrawCrafts Beasties(Please enjoy your Paddy’s Day drinkies responsibly)

And look, Plunkett has found some nice seasonal shamrocks for us all to enjoy!
Plunkett's Moss Photo - Sligo Staycation - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesYou’re also all invited to the annual monster celebration at Beastie Towers – remember last year’s festivities?

That party started out fairly sedately…
St Patrick's Day Beastie Takeover - CrawCrafts Beasties… But went off the rails shortly afterwards.
Beastie Party - CrawCrafts BeastiesSo, will you be raising a glass to St Patrick today too? Be sure to share your party plans with us in the comments!

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Cheers! St Patrick's Day 2020 - CrawCrafts Beasties

Beastie St Patrick’s Day!

Well, it’s a bit of a weird St Patrick’s Day in Dublin this year. Because of the ongoing Covid-19 containment measures, there’s no parade or St Patrick’s Festival, and the guidelines are to stay in and work from home if we possibly can. So, over the weekend, I brought some stuff home from my studio, and set up a nice work station for myself beside the window. I was quite looking forward to getting stuck in this morning!

However, I forgot that the dreaded virus doesn’t affect Beasties at all. And it turns out that they had other ideas about what we’d be doing today, as you can see.St Patrick's Day Beastie Takeover - CrawCrafts BeastiesBake Off Beastie had prepared treats…
Beastie Treats - CrawCrafts Beasties

And in case there wasn’t enough cake to go around, some of the others had thoughtfully liberated my stash of Easter eggs.
Beaster Eggs on St Patrick's Day - CrawCrafts BeastiesAny chance I can use my scissors, lads?
Cheers! St Patrick's Day 2020 - CrawCrafts Beasties“No, sorry. This is the bar now. Sláinte!”

Then DJ Winter Beastie took to the decks… And cranked the volume up to 11.
St Patrick's Day Tunes - CrawCrafts BeastiesTurns out my cutting mat makes a pretty nifty dancefloor… And oh great, they’re dancing on the tables now too.
St Patrick's Day Dance Party - CrawCrafts BeastiesWhat’s this? MORE BEASTIES?!
Party Reinforcements - CrawCrafts BeastiesOh, come on! Some of you are aren’t even finished yet! And hey, get down from there!
Party Hard, Beasties! CrawCrafts BeastiesUh-oh. This can only go one way.

Beastie St Patrick's Day Mayhem - CrawCrafts Beasties

Right, that’s enough! How am I ever going to get anything done today? What do you have to say for yourselves?

Gift Beastie nudges a path through to the front of the assembled Beastie crowd.A St Patrick's Day Gift - CrawCrafts Beasties“Um, we got you a present?”

Awww, you just can’t stay mad at them, can you?

Happy St Patrick’s Day, everybody!

Also, I should mention that some of these Beasties are on the lookout for a new home. Please don’t let this post put you off! They’re usually very well behaved. You can find their profiles here if you fancy your chances as a Beastie wrangler.