It's a Funny Old Game...

I don't suppose any of us can ignore the fact that the World Cup is nearly upon us - it's not a sport I profess to understand, but given that the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany had an estimated cumulative TV audience of 30 billion, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! And there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the good folks of Folksy have embraced the World Cup and are hitting the back of the net by coming up with some fabulous, fun, football fabrications!To celebrate the first World Cup tournament to be held in Africa, we kick off proceedings with these gorgeous polymer clay Africa Earrings from Deborah Franks.Next up we have these fun Hand Painted Wooden Red Football Bookends by olivedesigns. And if red's not your thang, they also come in blue!Don't you think the footballers are getting younger and younger these days? Well, perhaps not so young that they'll need these cute England supporter baby boots by Over the Rainbow.So who will be playing in this most illustrious of tournaments? It wouldn't be the same without some very talented mammals - World Cup Football Brazil Soccer Meerkats from NiftyKnits! (Meerkats representing England and Italy are also available.)The half-time whistle blows, and it's still 0-0. So while the players head off to the changing rooms for a bit of a rest, we can all enjoy this refreshing wet-felted Orange from Woolly Duck.While all the men are cheering their teams on, the girls are getting into the spirit too, but with a touch more elegance and panache. Jewellery by Bina has created these dainty England World Cup Hair Pins complete with red rose and white flower. And the folks at home are also finding their own way to support their team - Sneddonia Designs has created this beautiful English Heart suncatcher in beads and wire.It wouldn't be a proper British summer without some good old fashioned bunting! This colourful World Cup Bunting is by Made With Love X.And in the closing minutes of the match, excitement mounts - he shoots! he scores! Beautifully captured in these porcelain cufflinks by muchinalittle - the perfect way to celebrate!Hope this football round-up helps to get you into the mood for the World Cup - anyone for a game of keepy-uppy?!!Quernus Crafts

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