Beasties in the kitchen - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

Happy New Home, June Beastie!

Hey there everybody! Today we’re catching up with June Beastie again as she continues her journey to her new home. It’s been quite the adventure, starting way back here! And, in case you missed it, there was a more recent update last week… Which attracted a few interested non-human readers.

“Hey Plunkett, what are you… Oh, look! It’s that Beastie who showed up here a few months back! What’s she been up to?”
Keeping up with the BeastieBlog - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Exploring some interesting places, by the look of it!”
P&P catching up with June Beastie - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Wow! You’re right, we should go and visit her… I wonder where she is now?”

Well, funny you should ask that, Paddy. Because here she is!
June Beastie reaches her new home - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“This place looks nice. I wonder if anyone’s in?”

Exploring the New Home - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Oh, look! Is that… The kitchen?”
Kitchen at her new home - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Yes! I think I’m going to like it here.”
Beasties in the kitchen - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesNow, I know that June Beastie’s ever-present rolling pin has raised a few eyebrows throughout her travels. Did she have trouble getting it through airport security? And why would she need it on a visit to a National Park?

Given that it has never once left her paw, I’m sure you’ll all appreciate her glee when she spotted this…
June Beastie and the Rolling Pins - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesSo… Many… Rolling… Pins! And look at all those recipe books, too.

June Beastie’s mind is made up.

“That’s it, I’m staying here! And to say thank you to my new human friends…”
June Beastie raids the fridge - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“…I’ll whisk them up a tasty snack!”

Yum! I wouldn’t mind exploring that well-stocked refrigerator myself!

And after a delicious meal, there was only one more thing June Beastie needed to check out.
“Look! A blue apron, just like mine! And this pocket is the perfect place for a travel-weary Beastie to settle down and…”
June Beastie Settles into her New Home - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“…Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…”

Happy new home, June Beastie! Hopefully she’s still helping her human family to cook up a storm in that lovely kitchen.

As for the rest of us at Beastie Towers, we’ll be back on Friday with another round of unusual Beastie accessories… So be sure to join us then!

June Beastie – Baking the Most of It!

Hey there Beastie friends! And what’s this – could it be the first new Beastie of the new decade? I think so! Hey there, June Beastie!
June Beastie, a special commission by CrawCrafts BeastiesThat said, the most attentive BeastieBlog readers will surely remember her chance arrival on Paddy and Plunkett’s doorstep last year… And her subsequent departure to foreign parts in a convenient backpack!

But her visit was so fleeting that we didn’t really get a chance to check out all her cool stuff! So, let’s set 2020 off to a good start and get to know June Beastie a little better. She certainly loves to smile for the camera!
Smiley June Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties

She also loves to cook, so I was sure to make her a neatly-embroidered felt apron to cover her hand-sewn lilac t-shirt.
June Beastie's Apron - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd I’m hoping she’s as happy with her hairstyle as I am – check out those cute wool and mohair curls!
Woolly Beastie Hair - Commissions by CrawCrafts Beasties

Then, how about we add a little sparkle? Hello, matching gold glasses and earrings! Very stylish.
The Glint of Gold! June Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties

And finally… The item that has been raising the most questions – not least from Paddy and Plunkett! It’s a… Rolling pin?!
June Beastie's Essential Rolling Pin - CrawCrafts BeastiesWell, the way I see it, you never know when you might be faced with a baking emergency. And I’d hate to send any Beastie out into the world without their favourite piece of kit. But if you can think of any other eventualities where a rolling pin might be useful, or if you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where you thought “I really wish I’d had a rolling pin with me”, be sure to share them in the comments!

We’ll be back next week with the first of Explorer Beastie’s postcards from London… See you then!

Plunkett Joins In - Travelling Beasties - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

Travelling the World – The Beastie Way!

Hello there Beastie friends! Please excuse us for being a little late this week… more on that later in the post. First of all, I believe we have a travelling lady Beastie to catch up with!
June Beastie at the Door - Visitor - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesIf you’re not entirely sure who this is, you can find out in last week’s post! We’ll wait for you here.

Ready? Good, because Paddy and Plunkett are about to reveal the secret of their globetrotting success!

“The best way to get anywhere is to hitch a lift in human luggage. Right, Paddy?”
“Right! And it’s your lucky day, because this bag here…”
Travelling, Beastie-Style! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“… Belongs to a guy who’s travelling to Washington DC tomorrow!”

What perfect timing! But our guest has some reservations.
“Sounds great – but how do I get in?”
“Don’t worry, we’ll help. One, two, three… UP!”
Paddy Lends a Hand - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Not quite there…”
“Plunkett! A little help, please?”
Plunkett Joins In - Travelling Beasties - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Sorry! Is that any better?”

Let’s hope this is worth it… Oh, look! She seems to have found a safe foothold!
Nearly there! Travelling Beasties - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd after a slightly inelegant scramble…
Pitfalls of Beastie Travelling - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Eeek! My rolling pin has got stuck!”
“Why does she have a rolling pin, Paddy?”
“Well, Plunkett, you never know when you might need to make a pie on the go. I might start carrying one myself… Should we help her out?”

“No need, boys! Success! USA, here I come!”
One Beastie, Ready for Departure! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
“Bon voyage! Now, Paddy, I think you said something about dessert?”

Well, look at that! I think the lads might have found their true calling in life… As travel agents!

And now, some news – yes, it’s that time of year again when things start to get CRAZY. I’m seeing glittery Santa Clauses in shop windows, and here in Dublin we seemed to have jumped very abruptly into winter! So I’ll be putting the BeastieBlog on hold for a couple of weeks while I frantically make market stock, get some custom Beasties together and, for the first time, organise my own market!

In the meantime, I’ll still be dropping in to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so please come on over and hang out with me and the Beasties there!

See you again soon, with tales of Beastie travels far and wide, plus some new monster friends to meet!