A Magical Monster Adventure (With Cats)

Hello there everyone! I have a commission story to share with you all today… Yes, I’m still catching up with all those custom orders from last year!

So, this time our tale begins at the Dublin Cat Fair, in 2019. My customer adopted this Beastie, in a rather fetching feline-themed blue sweater…

Beasties at the Dublin Cat Fair - CrawCrafts Beasties

However, she had been hoping to pick up one of my Cat Owner Beasties, like this one:

Cat Owner Beastie by CrawCrafts Beasties

These take a lot longer to make, and I tend to bring fewer of them along to markets… So by the time she and her partner reached my stall that day, they were all gone.

But fast forward a year and a bit, and there was a birthday on the horizon! My customer wanted to celebrate in the Beastiest way possible, and asked me to combine two of her boyfriend’s great loves – cats and unicorns!

First, she selected a Unicorn Beastie who was already available in my online store

Unicorn Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties

… And then I added a feline twist!

Unicorn Beastie with Calico Cat - Commissions by CrawCrafts Beasties

And so that their original Beastie friend didn’t feel left out… They got a kitty too!

Calico Cat - Needlefelted miniatures by CrawCrafts Beasties

By the way, calico cats (with ginger, black and white patches) are the intended recipient’s favourite, so I made two… Each with slightly different markings.

Here you go, Unicorn Beastie. You’re in charge of making sure both cats arrive safely in their new home!

Unicorn Beastie and Cats - CrawCrafts Beasties


Unicorn Beastie with Needle-felted miniature cats, by CrawCrafts Beasties

But the story doesn’t end there.

When birthday time rolled around again, another email popped into my inbox. As it turns out, since we’d last spoken, some full-size, non-Beastie cats had joined this family – two calico cats, just like the ones I’d made, and one little fuzzy black kitty.

So, my mission was… Could I bring the Beastie family up to date with a miniature black cat? Sure I could!

Black Miniature Needle-Felted Cat by CrawCrafts Beasties

This teeny felted feline was super friendly, and loved prowling over my hand and getting chin scratchies!

Miniature Black Cat by CrawCrafts Beasties

And this little critter is all the more important today, because it’s National Black Cat Appreciation Day! Black cats get kind of a rough deal – the old superstition that they bring bad luck is hard to shake off, and it’s been reported that they’re less likely to be adopted from shelters than cats of any other colour. So, if you see a black cat today, or if you happen to be heading out to adopt a feline friend of your own, be sure to show them some love!

That’s all from us for this week – see you next time, when we’ll be catching up with Paddy and Plunkett!

A Magical, Mythical Monster!

Finally! I’ve stumbled on proof that unicorns are in fact real!

Except maybe they look a little different to what popular culture and centuries of mythologising might have led us to believe… Perhaps they look a little Beastie-er!
Full Length - Unicorn Beastie by CrawCrafts BeastiesHey there, Unicorn Beastie!

This sweet little monster maiden kinda knows that she’s special.
Unicorn Beastie Closeup - CrawCrafts BeastiesI mean, look at her magical multicoloured hair, for starters…
Unicorn Beastie Hair - CrawCrafts Beasties… And unlike most Beasties, she gets to have a TAIL!

Plus, she woudn’t be a real unicorn without…
Unicorn Beastie Horn - CrawCrafts BeastiesTaaa-daaaaah! There’s the evidence we needed.

And Unicorn Beasties have revealed themselves to be surprisingly similar to rhinos – which we know exist – in that their horn is made entirely from super-compacted hair (ie, carefully sculpted needle-felted wool). Even the most hardened uni-skeptic couldn’t argue with that logic.

Of course, being a Unicorn Beastie meant that this monster lady had a few very specific wardrobe requirements. But her tailor-made floral print dress was easily adapted to accommodate her long, flowing tail!
Unicorn Beastie Dress Collage - CrawCrafts Beasties, Beastie HQPerfectly stylish! Then I thought she’d also need a handy satchel to hold all her magical unicorn accessories…
Unicorn Beastie Bag - CrawCrafts BeastiesWhat’s inside, you ask? Well, since Unicorn Beasties primarily eat pink heart-shaped cookies…
Heart Shaped Cookie - A Unicorn Beastie Snack! CrawCrafts Beasties“I’m just going to tuck this away safely for later…”
Unicorn Beastie, Plus a Snack! CrawCrafts BeastiesHmmm… We’ll see how long that lasts!

Aaaaand if you feel like you need a little monster magic in your life, you might be interested to hear that this particular Beastie is currently in need of a home! Click below to be spirited away to the virtual shelves of the Beastie HQ Store!

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Are there any mythical creatures which you think deserve the Beastification treatment? Let us know in the comments! And we’ll be back on Friday to share some more adventures from the Beastie family, so be sure to join us then!