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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

Phase 2 - CrawCrafts Beasties

Beasties Grow Up

The First Beasties, by CrawCrafts Beasties

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

Sometimes, you only notice how much something has changed when you take the time to look back at how it used to be. To me, it feels like I’m making Beasties the same way I always have… But the end result has changed a bit! Click through the gallery to witness BeastiEvolution happening before your very eyes…

See what I mean? And who knows what will happen to them next?

Statue in the Temperate House, Kew Gardens - CrawCrafts Beasties

Weekly Photo Challenge – “Grid”

Explorer Beastie scaling the fence

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

Turns out that I didn’t need to look too far for pictures for this week’s Photo Challenge! Going through the holiday snaps from the trip Explorer Beastie and I took to London last year, I found a surprising number of grids – in Kew Gardens (above and below)…
Statue in the Temperate House, Kew Gardens - CrawCrafts Beasties
… At Shakespeare’s Globe…
Explorer Beastie at The Globe - CrawCrafts Beasties
… And on the banks of the Thames!
Explorer Beastie on the Millenium Bridge - CrawCrafts Beasties
Lucky we decided to take a city break, isn’t it? Grids are a lot harder to come by in the country!

See you next time!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Monochromatic

Victorian Explorer Beastie on Bray Beach - CrawCrafts Beasties

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

Beasties tend to be quite colourful little creatures, so a monochrome Photo Challenge really is a tricky one! However, I thought it might be a good opportunity to fiddle around with some effects… so I sepia-tinted some photos of Victorian Explorer Beastie’s day out in the old seaside resort of Bray, which is just over half an hour south of Dublin city centre by train!
Victorian Explorer Beastie on the Promenade - CrawCrafts Beasties
The retro effect quite suits him, doesn’t it?
Victorian Explorer Beastie on Bray Head, by CrawCrafts Beasties
If colour’s more your thing, though, you can check out the original pictures here!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Connected

Beasties at Work - CrawCrafts Beasties

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

I’m a bit slow off the mark with the Photo Challenge this week, since I couldn’t turn up anything to fit the theme in my vast reserve of monster photographs! I know, I was shocked too!

The prompt got me thinking about how, since I started making Beasties, I’ve had the opportunity to revisit a lot of the crafting skills I thought I’d never get a chance to use again. Although Beasties began as a way for me to feed my knitting addiction, in recent times I’ve also found myself sewing, making clothes, drawing and embroidering! So I set up these photos to show the “Beastie Connection” that has brought all my favourite activities together. Enjoy!
Beasties at Work Collage - CrawCrafts Beasties

A Pair of Piemaker Beasties, by CrawCrafts Beasties

High Time for Pie Time!

Piemaker Beasties, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Anyone who knows me AT ALL will be familiar with my long-term love affair with pies, both sweet and savoury. In fact, so enamoured am I of the humble pie that when I first started to sell my knitwear (in those distant pre-Beastie days), I labelled my pieces “Good Pie Handknits”!

So as you can probably imagine, I was delighted to be asked to make some Piemaker Beasties to grace the counter of Farmhouse Direct‘s mobile pie shop… Although I will admit to craving tasty pastry treats throughout the manufacturing process!

Anyway, let’s meet these lovely pie-toting ladies, shall we?
A Pair of Piemaker Beasties, by CrawCrafts Beasties
I wanted these Beasties to be recognisably a pair, without being identical… so I made one crimson with yellow stripes, and the other yellow with crimson stripes. Plus, as you can see, they have different hairstyles, smiles and pies!

So while Red Piemaker Beastie has one big felt pork pie…
Red Piemaker Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties
Red Piemaker Beastie's Pie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesOne Big Pie, by CrawCrafts Beasties

… Yellow Piemaker Beastie is carrying a tray of smaller pies, based on Farmhouse Direct’s own Brandsby Pies! Needless to say, I really enjoyed looking up reference photos for this project… YUM!
Yellow Piemaker Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Miniature Felt Pork Pies, by CrawCrafts BeastiesYellow Piemaker Beastie with her tray of pies - CrawCrafts BeastiesOh, and I also made them some matching green felt aprons as a work uniform!

Piemaker Beastie Apron, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Let’s hope their first outing as pie sellers is a successful one!

Aaaand in other news, I’d like to say a massive thank you to Cheri at The Daily Post for including my entry for last week’s Weekly Photo Challenge in her list of “Photos We Loved” from that prompt! Look, the Beasties even got a shout-out in the intro!
Beasties in the Daily Post! (Image taken from dailypost.wordpress.com)
Do go and check it out if you get a chance – there are some truly awesome photo galleries in there, and I’m proud to have my work shown alongside such amazing photography! And if you’d like to put together a Mesh gallery like the ones used in the post, you can get started here!

Have a monster week!

Indie Rock Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties

Weekly Photo Challenge – From Every Angle

Indie Rock Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “From Every Angle.”

For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, I thought I would revisit a Beastie I made at around this time last year… Indie Rock Beastie!

Once he was ready, I took photos of him from a couple of different perspectives, to showcase his handsome smile…
Indie Rock Beastie closeup, by CrawCrafts Beasties
…And the details on his totally handmade guitar – a miniature Gibson ES325, lovingly rendered in felt and thread!
Beastie Guitar, by CrawCrafts Beasties
I don’t often photograph Beasties from so many different angles, but I thought this guy was worth it!


Beasties Climbing Olive Trees - CrawCrafts Beasties

Explorer Beastie’s Day Out at Kew Gardens


OK, so I had a go at making a Mesh Gallery for this week’s challenge… let me know if it works for you all! I decided to use photos from Explorer Beastie’s trip to Kew Gardens last year – he had a great time hanging out with his buddy Garcia Beastie, as you can see!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Today Was a Good Day.”

Goth Beastie Closeup - CrawCrafts Beasties

Weekly Photo Challenge – Creepy

Goth Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties

Oh wow, I’ve actually been looking for an excuse to get on board with the Weekly Photo Challenge for months… So today’s task on Blogging 101 couldn’t have come at a better time! Here’s my first ever entry… My original Goth Beastie, hanging out in a local graveyard. Don’t have nightmares, now!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Creepy.”