Yes. That was me on Craft Wars last night. And yes, I was robbed. Okay, okay. Not really. My competitor Ashley made an absolutely ADORABLE Halloween candy monster. LOVED it. I really did. I just decided to take on the idea Tori presented with our challenge that crafters are always stereotyped as "too cutesy" and that we should try and make a lawn decoration that would "scare our neighbors away." Quite honestly, I usually DO do cutesy (or funny) so I was kind of excited that the project I made really did look kind of spooky. If you haven't seen my video reaction to watching the show, please scroll down to the blog post just under this one- no REALLY. WATCH IT. My kids think we are HILARIOUS and my daughter has a cameo telling off Mr. Glitterville. (Oh and, for the record, Pattye says we were 100% robbed. LOL).
So let me address some of my favorite moments of the show:
My "I Win the Silver" Party
After insisting that my kids compete in swim meets all summer even when they're freaked out when they don't win, how could I NOT have all my friends join me at a viewing party... even though I knew it meant standing there while they watched me NOT win. I always lecture my kids that in our family, winning is secondary to putting yourself out there and trying new things so I realized I should practice what I preach. I'm so glad my friends helped push me toward doing it. Check out the AMAZING trophy they made me. I am scared of it AND I love it. If you haven't been reading my blog recaps, you might not get the references but there is a cut up teddy bear inside, a fluffy bird representing Tori's chicken Coco (complete with pink bow) and the doll heads that terrify/fascinate me in crafting, lots of glitter. I died. They even gave me an extra "k" in case I want the trophy to read "Krafty Kangela." It's the best thing EVER. (Thank you Marion and kids!). Anyway, we all boo'ed the judges and other competitors and cheered when I came on screen. All in good fun.
Although, I must admit, this whole time, I keep thinking about what Jerry Seinfeld has to say about people who come in second. So don't let me kid you, I wanted to WIN. Now I'm the winner of the losers ;):
Those judges are BLIND
Actually, no. I'm not going to lie, I was a little shocked at how REAL the critique part of the show was. Usually crafters are all warm and fuzzy ("awww. Love those googly eyes!") but these judges? They JUDGED. Oof. But this is a totally subjective show. And come ON. If it was always TOTALLY obvious who would win on these reality shows, who would watch? How boring. As an avid consumer of bad reality TV and the kind who is sometimes gleeful when someone gets voted off, karma was probably looking forward to my turn. And besides, a little birdie I know was actually WITH judge Jo Pearson yesterday in a bar filled with people whom I admire. They allegedly/maybe/possibly boo'ed Jo in person for her decision on this episode (hee hee) and she was funny and gracious about it. AND Mr. Glitterville- I tweeted him my recap video and he graciously retweeted it and was funny about it too. How can I not continue to love his glittery dimpled self? I'm just shocked that it was Miss P.S. I Made This who was in my corner. I would have never guessed!
I High-Five Tori Spelling!
This was the best surprise of the show for me. Ha ha! I don't even REMEMBER doing this. At. All. (And let's not discuss my many weird expressions and the double chin look I am sporting- if I had won the 10k, I'd be considering a chin-tuck right about now- watching yourself in HD is BRUTAL). Everyone keeps asking me what Tori Spelling was like and here's my best story about "meeting" her. When we first came on set, camera's rolling, there she was and, I have to admit, I kind of geeked out a little. Right away, she starts telling us about the Pop Challenge and I swear to you, she was looking RIGHT at ME the whole time. And smiling and giving me eye contact. In short, I had some kind of creative vibe that was speaking to my soon-to-be BFF Tori Spelling. She was kind of into me and I could feel it. Maybe she liked the DIY flowers on my shirt? Until she very, very politely waved for me to move over a tiny bit. I was standing right in front of the guy giving her cues. Hence the apparent focus on my side of the room. Oh. Sad horns. Dreams of being invited to Stella's and Hattie's next birthday, dashed on the spot.
That's it for favorite moments although I had a million. I wish you could have heard ANY of the incredibly funny and inappropriate comments Pattye made all day as she toiled away under the tyranny of my crafting dictatorship. But please feel free to ask, I could answer questions about the weirdness of being on a reality crafting show all day long.
If you still absolutely HATE the show and think it's putting crafting in a terrible light, I do hope you'll read my response to that idea here: Let's Talk Craft Wars, Shall We? If you like the show and hope to be a contestant on it some day, you can read my audition do's and don'ts here: How to Get on Craft Wars
Thank you EVERYONE for all the amazing emails, Tweets, Facebook messages and posts that you have posted in support of me this week. It never ceases to amaze me what a strong force of nature online crafters are and how comforting it is to find people who share your same crazy, passion for glitter and glue. If we continue to direct some of that energy and passion to TLC about this show, I think we can absolutely help shape future seasons and, more importantly, send the message to networks that crafting needs to find it's way back on to television.
P.S. I still don't think I know what a "trowel" is...