Goal!

Long time, no blog! But you know what? The crafting hiatus has actually done me good. It’s not that I haven’t done anything crafty at all while I’ve been offline, but it’s been good to sit back, breathe, consider my creations made and in the making, and smile a little. Not least because… YES, you guessed it… I’ve finished my Homeric fussball table makeover project at long, long last. E voilà:

The first goal of the season has finally been well and truly scored!

The first goal of the season has finally been well and truly scored!

Believe it or not – and I confess I gulped a bit when I looked this up – I first mentioned this project in a post in July 2014. Yes, this one has been more than a year in the making. But then, sometimes you have to reel these crafty things in slowly and gently.

And it’s usually worth it. Consider, for example, what I started with:

The club had hit hard times, and needed an injection of something or other positive.

The club had hit hard times, and needed an injection of something or other positive.

And then chew on this:

Post-makeover glory!

Post-makeover glory!

I’ll admit there were – quite a few – times when I did wonder whether I’d ever get to the end, but I’m so glad I persevered. It does look really spectacular, even if I do say so rather loudly – while also blowing a not insignificantly-sized trumpet – myself!

Even the rods and handles turned out well – although they were far more fiddly than I’d expected and very nearly did me in:

Down to the last detail.

Down to the last detail.

For any of you interested in the whole ‘Decopatch meets fussball’ story, you can read about it here, starting with the first mention:

  1. Decopatch and decorum, in which the crafter announces her completely barking project idea
  2. Game on!, in which it dawns upon the crafter that she is highly likely to have overstretched herself
  3. Kick off!, in which some early challenges are seen off with strokes of genius (and no small helping of dumb luck)
  4. Post-match showers, in which Angela Merkel makes a cameo appearance
  5. An early corner, in which some Decopatch papers are finally applied
  6. Half-time oranges!, in which new turf is laid and the crafter finds something in common with Adrian Mole
  7. Player stats, in which the dreaded making over of the players begins
  8. A new kit for a new season, in which the dreaded making over of the players continues
  9. Come on you reds!, in which the reds, in their new kit, lord it over the soon-to-be-blues
  10. Battling the blues, in which the blues finally start to catch up with the reds
  11. Come on the blues!, in which the crafter does not go to watch Chelsea play (nor does she want to) but does finish kitting out the remaining players
  12. Injury time, in which the crafter does some last-minute patching up
  13. Going to penalties, in which the crafter tackles the rods and handles and finds out that she underestimated how fiddly it would all get and has a slight meltdown
  14. And this one, in which the crafter breathes a deep and satisfied (and slightly smug) sigh.
Ta-daaa!

Ta-daaa!

You’ll notice that I’ve angled all the players in the same way. This is deliberate: the fussball table will hang on a wall, so it’s the best solution, visually. And for those of you who are wondering whether this will be actively used to play fussball games with, here’s the answer: over my dead body! This is no longer a game: (in the plum tones of Joanna Lumley as Patsy Stone in Ab Fab) this is art, sweetie, art.

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