Oooooops!

Well, I might have promised a post for this Tuesday just gone… But a little bit of holidaying got in the way!

Sorry!

But hopefully this picture of Explorer Beastie enjoying some of the fine things Belgium has to offer will tide you over until normal service resumes next Tuesday.Cheers, and see you then!

A Nice Relaxing Day at Beastie Towers

Being out and about is all well and good, but sometimes you just want to enjoy the quiet life! And as someone who has always been a fan of more… um… sedentary activities – just ask anyone who has ever tried to get me to run anywhere, or play sports for “fun” – it was only a matter of time before I started sharing my favourite pastimes with my ever-growing Beastie family!

Here, let me introduce you to my latest batch of Hobby Beasties…
Knitter Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesFirst up – well, no surprises here! It’s always nice to have a Knitter Beastie around, even if they do dip into my yarn stash every once in a while.

What are you working on there, Knitter Beastie?
Knitter Beastie's Latest Project - CrawCrafts Beasties“Hmmmm… I think this might become a toasty winter sweater!”

Much as I love to knit, there is one other hobby that I really go out of my way to make time for…
A New Reader Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties…READING!

I’ve been a bookworm for as long as I can remember. I even loved books before I learned how to read them, a quirk which my parents used to make my earliest mealtimes go a little more smoothly. As I pawed through my book of animal pictures, wide-eyed and open-mouthed, I barely even noticed that I was surreptitiously being fed at the same time!

So of course, the first Beastie accessory I ever made was a little felt book…

Bookworm Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Not the first one, but definitely an early one!

…and you’ll usually find a Reader Beastie hanging out in the gang on my market stall!

I also have endless fun coming up with titles for their books… Regular visitors to the BeastieBlog will know that these titles have to be a pun that references monsters, yarn or craft, so this latest Beastie is reading “The Purl”!
Reader Beastie's Book - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd here are some other classics from the Beastie Towers Library!
Beastie Library, by CrawCrafts BeastiesHow do you like to spend your down time? Let us know in the comments!

Head West

Down at the Lake - CrawCrafts Beasties

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Happy Place.”

Anyone who checks in with the BeastieBlog regularly will know that my favourite place to spend some downtime is at Boyfriend’s family farm, in County Roscommon. Roscommon is one of the semi-forgotten counties in the centre-west of Ireland, which makes it a great place to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet away from the hubbub of central Dublin. And the changing seasons mean that there’s always something new to enjoy, from springtime blossom in the fields…
Roscommon Fields in Spring - CrawCrafts Beasties
… To new arrivals in the cattle shed!
Cosy Calves - CrawCrafts Beasties
Autumn here isn’t bad either! The hedgerows are loaded with free snacks…
There is such a thing as a free lunch! CrawCrafts Beasties
… And a misty morning walk can make you feel like you’ve entered some forgotten magical country.
Misty Mornings in Roscommon - CrawCrafts Beasties
Explorer Beastie likes it here too, of course…
Explorer Beastie in Roscommon - CrawCrafts Beasties
… But his favourite place to recharge his Beastie batteries is beside the fire at my parents’ house. Cosy!
Explorer Beastie Takes a Weight Off - CrawCrafts Beasties