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Craft Wars Recap Episode #4: Altar or Falter

Fresh off watching the show, I thought I'd recap my favorite 3 moments from this episode of Craft Wars:

Moment #1: The Krafty Kathy T-shirt:

Last week I blogged about my fascination with what the contestants of Craft Wars chose to wear. As I've mentioned a thousand times, this was a big deal for me since I couldn't control much else until the timer started and the cameras rolled for "my" episode. Well this week, "Krafty Kathy" BROUGHT it in the creative outfit department. I. Am. Obsessed. With. Her. Shirt. Obsessed I tell you. Thinking about the awesomeness of this t-shirt will help me get over Coco the Chicken. Almost.

So here's the thing with the shirt. It must have some handmade kcrafty touches, right? I mean take those sleeves, for example. Don't you think they were added on? And the font used for "Krafty Kathy." It's so... so... retro...? Is this a tongue-in-cheek, humorous shirt? Or is it a serious fashion statement? I don't think we'll ever know. That's the genius of it. But you know what is worthy-of-obsession greatness about it? Krafty Kathy got her fellow "cheer mom" and assistant to wear a matching shirt. And by matching, I don't mean that her assistant (Stacy) had a "Krafty Stacy" shirt. She didn't even have a "Krafty Kstacy" shirt. Stacy had on a shirt that was an exact match that read "Krafty Kathy." How do you get your friend to agree to that? Whatever the answer, this is the moment from episode #4 that will keep on giving for me. Reality show wardrobe GOLD. Pure gold.

P.S. For the record, Krafty Kathy makes some pretty awesome dollar store crafts. It would have been fun to see what she could have brought to the Master Craft.

Moment #2: The Canned Voice-overs

Maybe I was just overly influenced by the many references to this phenomenon on Twitter but there did seem to be more voice-overs in this episode than in the previous 3. For example, a judge would be making a critique and then the camera would cut to a shot of their back so you could only see a brief bit of their wildly gesticulating hands. The judge would then voice over a very detailed and specific criticism leaving me to wonder if they had flubbed a line or just completely added in something that wasn't said on the spot. Not that I think this is a big issue as far as the competition goes. It was just distracting.

Moment #3: The Live Twitter Chat

I can't help it. The episode was fun and I was SUPER thrilled to see my friends Andrea and Lisa create something so fun and then WIN the whole thing. However, the most fun of this show, as in past episodes, is to participate in the live chat. This week, I learned that more than a couple of #CraftWars fans on Twitter are convinced that only white people win this show. Kind of a leap to judgement after 4 episodes, no? But the best part of the live chat? I caught the eye of Tori Spelling (she tweets as @ToriandDean) with a link to the Coco the Chicken Toy Box post (see my blog post below) and she retweeted the link. Holy cow- I got the Tori bump- my blog blew up for a few moments there. Cool beans!

Bonus Moment:
Andrea and Lisa hugging it out at the end of the episode. I don't want to get all mushy or anything but I swear to gravy that there is something about the nature of crafting that makes it unlike any other hobby I know of. It's can be so personal and life-encompassing. I have seen some extremely close friendships formed that started as two people who met and shared a passion for crafting. Lisa and Andrea are such great examples of this. They are different ages, live in different parts of the country and yet they are truly great friends and it all started with crafting. I think that's pretty cool.

Now I need help. What do I make for THIS week's Pop Craft Challenge? A keepsake box? Is that interesting enough? Should I make a "Krafty (K)Angela shirt in case I get invited back for some variation of a Craft Wars rematch show? I would have to make Pattye one too. I suppose.

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Reader Comments (3)

I'm fascinated by what everyone chooses to wear too. I really hope you were in a vintage ball gown, homemade apron, and orange go-go boots.

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy deRosier

I am really hoping your Moment #1 is a textbook example of your wacko sense of humor or too much experimentation with infused vodka.You are way better than that tacky shirt!.Now I know you can't do the ball gown-but the appropriately vintage/retro apron sounds fantastic.The boots would be great if you can run in them-if not I was thinking your boots from Burning Man would provide the perfect counterpoint to the apron.A hot slinky cocktail dress underneath and a pageant sash that says Team Angela-you would be phenomenal.

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNanaBeth

Pageant sash! Genius! Now I *REALLY * hope you're wearing a pageant sash.

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy deRosier

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