A Beastie-sized Pocket Knife - CrawCrafts Beasties

Flashback Friday – All In A Day’s Work!

Hey there everyone, and greetings from a slightly grey and showery Dublin! What a strange coincidence that, as life here starts to return to something like normality, the weather follows suit! And since Ireland is very slowly starting to head back to work, I thought I’d devote today’s Flashback Friday to some of the “tools of the trade” accessories I’ve provided Beasties with over the years.

So, how about we start with a literal toolkit?
What's in Spencer Beastie's Rucksack? CrawCrafts BeastiesThis set of hammer, torch and pocket knife headed off to Illinois with Spencer Beastie in late 2018. The torch even has a glass bead “bulb” inside…
A Beastie-Sized Torch, by CrawCrafts Beasties… And the pocket knife opens to reveal a sharp(ish) felt blade!
A Beastie-sized Pocket Knife - CrawCrafts BeastiesNext, some of the more unusual work related items I’ve created – a Beastie-sized micropipette and cell culture flask!
Beastie Size Coffee Cup, Cell Culture Flask and Micropipette by CrawCrafts BeastiesHonestly, these little monsters can (and do) turn their paws to just about anything! You can find out which Beastie left Beastie Towers with this lot here.

And seeing that reusable takeaway cup in with the lab equipment reminds me… This Beastie wasn’t the only one who liked to kick off their work day with a delicious hot coffee! Does anyone remember this, from September 2018?
Starbeasts Coffee - Beastie Coffee Cup by CrawCrafts BeastiesAs I said in the accompanying post, a Beastie could easily drown in a human-sized grande latte… That’s why they go to Starbeasts, where the beverages are scaled down to Beastie size. Now this monster lady is ready to start her day!
Everything for a Bridal Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties(I also kinda love her tiara… It’s probably not workplace-suitable attire, but let’s give it a mention anyway!)

And while we’re on the subject of workday routines… This comes to mind.
What's in Beastie Bruce's Backpack? CrawCrafts BeastiesThis Beastie-sized needle-felted croissant and hand-embroidered newspaper celebrate the way Bruce Beastie‘s human counterpart liked to start the day while he was working here in Ireland. And with good reason! Nothing beats a tasty breakfast…
A Beastie-Sized Croissant - CrawCrafts Beasties… And a scan through the news of the day!
Beastified Irish Times - Beastie Accessories by CrawCrafts BeastiesPhew! After that lot, you’d almost need to take the weekend off and put your feet up! Did I miss any favourite Beastie accessories out in my round-up? If I did, be sure to give me a nudge in the comments!


Speaking of weekend activities, you might want to take 20 minutes out to catch up with the latest episode of The Book Owl Podcast. Not only do the Beasties get a lovely shout out at the beginning (thanks Tammie!), it’s also a timely look at a very famous diary and the girl who wrote it. You can track it down on Podchaser, here.

And for dessert… A comment about the Beasties meeting up on Zoom on Tuesday’s post made me think of this. You’ll need to watch to the end to see why 😉

Enjoy! We’ll be back on Tuesday with more monster-shaped mayhem… See you then!

A Shy Baby Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties, Beastie HQ

Beastie Super Science!

Hello everybody! It’s a new week, and a new month… So I reckon we’d better have a new Beastie, too! Following my first experimental leap into the world of the Scientist Beastie
Scientist Beastie, Ready for Work! CrawCrafts Beasties…I got a request for another science-minded monster from the same customer, who wanted a special gift for a friend! And this one has even more of a twist, because…
A Scientist Beastie with a Superhero Twist, by CrawCrafts Beasties… She’s also a SUPERHERO!

Here, take a look! I made her some special accessories to keep her heroic alter-ego a secret… A hand-stitched felt mask and a silky cape to billow behind her as she flies off to fight evil.
Superhero Accessories for Scientist Supermum Beastie by CrawCrafts BeastiesI also created a personalised superhero logo to go on her jumpsuit, in colours that complement her outfit and her delicate rose-pink complexion. Brand identity is very important in the superhero universe, y’know.
Custom Superhero Logo, by CrawCrafts Beasties

But who’s this? Looks like there’s someone else here too… Although apparently they’re feeling a little bit shy. Can we maybe see that pretty face?
A Shy Baby Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties, Beastie HQYay! That’s much better.
Supermum Scientist Beastie and her Baby - CrawCrafts BeastiesSupermum Scientist Beastie’s human counterpart is also a proud mum… So it only seemed right that this monster lady had a little girl Beastie of her own to keep her company. Ready for your closeup, Baby Girl Beastie?
Baby Girl Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties

She’s inherited her mum’s lovely pink skin tone, and her rich chestnut-coloured hair too. But hers is still baby-fine, so she loves to wear it in a cute pineapple ponytail on top of her head. I’ve completed her outfit with stripey legs and a sweet botanical-print cotton skirt!

But hey, where does the scientist bit come in?

Right now, actually. It’s time to head off to the day job! On with the lab coat…Scientist Beastie, Ready for Work! Handmade Personalised Gift by CrawCrafts Beasties… And grab a coffee along the way!
Beastie-Size Coffee, by CrawCrafts Beasties

Once she arrives, she’s got everything she needs for her working day, too. Supermum Scientist Beastie’s human counterpart is a biologist, so I made Beastified versions of some of the equipment she uses – a cell culture flask and a micropipette!
Beastie Size Lab Equipment, Handmade by CrawCrafts BeastiesI used a combination of sewing and needle felting techniques on these accessories to get the shaping just right… I even ended up stitching the flask with fishing line to keep it as close to transparent as possible!
Beastie Size Coffee Cup, Cell Culture Flask and Micropipette by CrawCrafts BeastiesPhew! I reckon I just about captured all the facets of this busy Beastie’s life! What do you think?
Many Faces - Personalised Beastie Commission by CrawCrafts BeastiesDon’t forget to drop back in on Friday for more German shenanigans (or should that be Germanigans?) with Explorer Beastie! And if you missed part 1, you can catch up here. See you then!

Ballerina Scientist Beastie, Personalised Handmade Gifts by CrawCrafts Beasties

Arts? Science? Why Choose?

Hey there Beastie friends! I hope you all had a super weekend… Especially any of you who were celebrating St Patrick’s Day on Saturday!

Today on the BeastieBlog, we’re weighing in on an issue that has been troubling humans for centuries – the ongoing battle between the arts and the sciences. And is it really true that if you have an interest in one, you’ll have no aptitude for the other?

For Beasties, the answer is a big HECK NO! Why would you ever limit yourself to just one? Meet this little monster lady, who just headed off to her new home last week.
A Pretty Beastie Face - CrawCrafts Beasties
With her long, flowing blonde locks and winning smile, she’ll look every inch the ballerina when she’s in her dance studio… This Beastie loves her ballet! So I made her a pair of pumps with ribbon laces…
Beastie Ballet Pumps, by CrawCrafts Beasties
… And a very feminine pink net tutu as well.
Beastie in a Tutu! Ballerina Beastie by CrawCrafts Beasties
As you can see, the tutu actually fastens with snaps, to make sure it doesn’t fall off mid-pirouette!
Beastie Ballet Kit, by CrawCrafts BeastiesBut she’s not going to dance away the whole day! Time for a quick costume change…
Ready for the Lab! Beastie Scientist Outfit, by CrawCrafts Beasties
… And it’s off to the lab! Because like her new human friend, this Ballerina Beastie is also a scientist!
Scientist Beastie, Ready for Work! CrawCrafts Beasties
Hey, don’t forget your bag!
Scientist Beastie's Bag, with Hand-Embroidered Detail - CrawCrafts Beasties
Because Ballerina Scientist Beastie’s human counterpart is especially interested in DNA and associated fields of research, I thought a little personalised embellishment on her bag might be in order. And what’s that inside?
Beastie-Sized Laptop, by CrawCrafts Beasties
It’s a Beastie-sized laptop! This little felt computer has an embroidered keyboard, appliqué felt details and magnets inside to make sure it closes with a nice neat “click”.

So, with that safely packed away again…
Pack your Bag, Beastie! Ballerina Scientist Beastie by CrawCrafts Beasties
…It’s time to head off in search of adventure!
Ballerina Scientist Beastie, a Personalised Commission by CrawCrafts Beasties
Thanks to my lovely customer Arlyng for requesting this special Beastie as a gift for her friend! I enjoyed the challenge of capturing all her interests in one Beastie project.

As for you, where do you stand? Do you think of yourself as more of a scientist or an artist? Or, like this Beastie, do you make time for both? Let us know in the comments!

We’ll be back on Friday, with a look at the community crafting project we took part in recently… See you then!