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:
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:
And then chew on this:
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:
For any of you interested in the whole ‘Decopatch meets fussball’ story, you can read about it here, starting with the first mention:
- Decopatch and decorum, in which the crafter announces her completely barking project idea
- Game on!, in which it dawns upon the crafter that she is highly likely to have overstretched herself
- Kick off!, in which some early challenges are seen off with strokes of genius (and no small helping of dumb luck)
- Post-match showers, in which Angela Merkel makes a cameo appearance
- An early corner, in which some Decopatch papers are finally applied
- Half-time oranges!, in which new turf is laid and the crafter finds something in common with Adrian Mole
- Player stats, in which the dreaded making over of the players begins
- A new kit for a new season, in which the dreaded making over of the players continues
- Come on you reds!, in which the reds, in their new kit, lord it over the soon-to-be-blues
- Battling the blues, in which the blues finally start to catch up with the reds
- 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
- Injury time, in which the crafter does some last-minute patching up
- 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
- And this one, in which the crafter breathes a deep and satisfied (and slightly smug) sigh.
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.