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?
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)…
… At Shakespeare’s Globe…
… And on the banks of the Thames!
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!
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!
The retro effect quite suits him, doesn’t it?
If colour’s more your thing, though, you can check out the original pictures here!
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!
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?
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…
… 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!
Oh, and I also made them some matching green felt aprons as a work uniform!
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!
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!
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…
…And the details on his totally handmade guitar – a miniature Gibson ES325, lovingly rendered in felt and thread!
I don’t often photograph Beasties from so many different angles, but I thought this guy was worth it!
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.”
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.”