I cook poorly, I craft obsessively and I love the look of a retro cocktail. When I am feeling guilty about taking time away from my family with my obsessions, I make videos about my guilt as "The Guilty Crafter" or I blog here. Thanks for stopping by!
I cook poorly, I craft obsessively and I love the look of a retro cocktail. When I am feeling guilty about taking time away from my family with my obsessions, I make videos about my guilt as "The Guilty Crafter" or I blog here. Thanks for stopping by!
OH MY JELLY BEANS. I'm scared. Hold me. Tonight is "my" episode of Craft Wars!
I'll be posting a very mini recap tonight after the show airs and a more full-blown recap tomorrow so please check back. In the meantime, you can read the interview I gave to FaveCrafts here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/craft-wars-angela-daniels/. I also participated in an online radio interview this morning with FaveCrafts Radio. You can listen to a recording of the show here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/august-radio/. I gotta love the photo TLC released to Fave Crafts- sporting a crazy, exagerrated expression that is VERY me. HA HA HA. Love it.
I am interrupting my usual Craft Wars coverage for an important update: retro Jello molds are awesome.
I have one from Tupperware which I bought mainly because I was able to score a retro pale blue one which looks super vintage and cute. Yesterday, I decided to actually use it. It's tough making fun lunches every day for the kiddos in the summer, amirite? One box of orange jello and a can of mandrin oranges later and they were singing my praises. Add a few cupcake ballerinas that dance and jiggle on to the top of the Jello and you too can achieve the coveted "Mom of the Day" award. The ballerinas really are hilarious- don't skimp. You can find them on Etsy by searching "Cupcake Ballerinas." For example I love these because I don't have some of these colors (the seller handpainted these- cute idea!).
On last week's craft wars, the contestants had to make a lamp out of a bunch of sunglasses. Everyone was on the road to making something interesting but of course time, the enemy of most craft projects, interceded and that cute Brooke had to go home early even though I bet she would have made a killer master craft. For my pop challenge this week, I'm going to be a bit lazy and post a my very own DIY lamp I made last year to decorate my table at Maker Faire:
The supplies were easy- a super cheap lamp from Walmart. It was well under $10 if I remember correctly and a thrift store skirt that I picked up because the material and lining were fabulous. I'm no stranger to short skirts and dresses but this skirt was RIDICULOUSLY short. I have no idea who could get away with something like that but it works just great for my lamp.
The lining, as I mentioned, was super nice. Silky and then some nice lace, bias tape kind of stuff. My goal was to construct the entire lamp using ONLY the skirt fabric and lining. I had to make an exception for a few fabulous "raspberry" beads which are currently my favorite beads ever. They're so delicious.
A little fabric glue and a LOT of hand sewing to get the lining into crazy big roses and, viola! I was done. Thrift store skirt, meet lamp.
I need to straighten the skirt out a bit for a better photo but you get the idea. That's it.
As for Craft Wars for August 14th, all I can tell you is that I have a BIG old martini shaker chilling in the freezer and I'm planning crafty snacks for my friends who will be watching the show with me. If you watch the show, be sure to cheer on your favorite Guilty blogger. I would LOVE to post a series of photos of you watching the show with your favorite cocktail (non-alchoholic is perfect, as long as it's pretty!). Please DO think about cheering on my episode and taking a photo to send me. You can send them to GuiltyCrafter@g mail.com
"How do I get on Craft Wars?" This has become the number one question emailed to me via this blog. And the answer is- I don't really know how you (specifically) can get on Craft Wars but I do have a few tips for you based on how I got on the show (my episode is coming up shortly). Here's what I can tell you:
Do create a Google search for "Craft Wars Auditions." This will ensure you find out as soon as a call goes out. This also means you will potentially get alerted every time any blogger on Earth so much as wonders in writing about Craft Wars auditions. To hedge your bets, I will be posting immediately if I see a call go out for Season #2 so keep your eye out here and/or follow me on Facebook (I'm The Guilty Crafter there).
Don't Tweet Michaels, Tori Spelling or the judges telling them how fabulous you and your mom/sister/best friend are and how they should put you on the show, like, yesterday. Well, on second thought, go for it. But they aren't going to be able to help you. The production company does the casting. So tweet away with the cast of the show if you're having fun sharing but just know that you'll get more action waiting for an actual call to go out from the production company.
Do start building a great crafting portfolio. Making great crafts is one thing. You've got to have fabulous photos of your work to sell yourself. Make what you make best and do make a variety of things. Now, spend time taking magazine-worthy photos of your work. The production company is going to want to see your work and they'll ask you to send in photos. To paraphrase the Greek philosopher So-and-sophicles, "Sell thy self."
Don't work too small. Learn from the show. Those crafters are making HUGE things for the most part. A little ATC card is great for your swaps and your personal collection but its not what is going to read well on television. Practice making a few larger scale things. Crafting is crafting- whether it's big or small but practice is a good idea. And remember- if you make something awesome- photograph it!
Do keep watching the show and encourage your fellow crafting friends to do the same. Low ratings equals no season #2. So if you think you are AMAZING and you could do WAY better than the contestants on season #1, first you should read my post "Let's Talk About Craft Wars, Shall We?" and then realize that love the show or love to hate the show, you can only audition for the show if there IS a show. Watch Craft Wars. Support Craft Wars.
Do start thinking now about what you and your assistant will wear if you get on the show. As a Craft Wars recap blogger looking for humor, may I suggest something super crafty and very self-promotional? I didn't think of it when they filmed the episode I was in and I am kicking myself. Please wear something bright, funny and just this side of tacky. For me. I promise I'll love it and I'll go easy on you in my recap of your episode if I love your outfit. Just remember that the camera doesn't like clothing in black, white, red or patterns. You also need to consider an outfit that you can have 2 identical sets of. Craftastrophes happen so a one-of-a- kind vintage prom dress is out of the question. Believe me, I thought about it.
Don't think you have to be some crazy, high-profile/"famous" crafter to get on the show. I have been talking to quite a few of my fellow "Craft Wars Vets" and ALL of us, without exception (to my knowledge) jumped through the same hoops to be on the show. I have heard that some fancy crafters were personally asked to be on the show but it is my guess that it would be more precise to say it was suggested they audition for the show. Not the same as a shoe-in. Reality TV needs diversity. If you have personality and you can craft, go for it!
Do think about who your assistant will be in advance. Make sure you're very, very nice to them while you wait for a call to go out for Craft Wars. Don't tell them about the call until the last minute for fear they will apply for the show themselves thus becoming your competition. In the meantime, consider enrolling them in a welding, woodworking and sewing class for their birthday. Give them crafty gifts. Just tell them you thought they would like to take up a new hobby.
Do be prepared to make a submission video. If you are too shy to be on camera, uh, why would you want to be on TV? You might as well get over this hurdle now. Making a good video isn't about all the bells and whistles of fancy video and editing equipment, it's about showcasing a personality that registers on camera. Make some videos just for fun and practice. Be yourself but be the "big" yourself- show that personality whether it's fun, kooky, weird or ultra professional. Show what ya gots.
Don't ignore what the judges are saying in season #1. Watch the show and pay attention to the critiques. You can see there are some clear no-no's already. Master the art of stringless glue gun projects. When in doubt, glitter the H-E-double-glue-sticks out of anything you make. Check your local community college for Jo Pearson's favorite class: "Crafting 101." Mostly you need to have your crafting be all YOU but keeping the judges in mind won't hurt either.
That's all I can think of for this installment of "How Do I Get on Craft Wars?". Any specific questions? Ask away! I'll be happy to answer in the comment section for everyone's benefit. And please do browse my blog. I am currently Craft Wars obsessed. You'll see the Pop Craft challenges for each week as well as my recaps of each episode. I plan to return to my regularly scheduled blog topics soon but my motto is, as always, "embrace the obsession."
What could possibly be more wholesome than crafting. Am I right? WRONG. Last night's episode of Craft Wars was laced with sexual innuendo. Really. And before you accuse me of having a dirty mind (guilty), I'm not the only one who thought so. Twitter was filled with Craft War fans snickering over the many references to balls and magic in the bedroom.
Tori Spelling's didn't seem to pick up on the innuendo... or DID she? I've watched her reality show. I KNOW her husband was laughing at this:
Anyway, on to my favorite 3 moments of the show but first, let's meet our contestants:
Andrea. OMG. ANOTHER hand crafted shirt that a contestant convinced a friend to wear as twinsies. This one has a beauty pageant sash appeal but it's only sewn on the front. I can't believe how little influence I had over my assistant Pattye in the clothing department. With the craft gods as my witnesses, if we get invited back to Craft Wars in one of those re-match kind of shows(you know- the winners v. winners, the redemption episodes and the no-one-wanted-to-come-back-and-humilate-themselves-again-but-these-3 kinda shows- they do those for Cupcake Wars all the time) , Pattye WILL bend to my will and be my twinsie. Disparities in our height, weight, coloring and fashion sense be damned. Andrea and Krafty Kathy, I bow to you and your superior charisma.
Raymond was representing the male crafting contingency. But really, he clearly was an artist. I know that a lot of crafters consider themselves artists but, to my mind, these are two different things. Artists can be crafters, crafters can be artists- sure. But Raymond struck me as more artist than crafter. Also of note- he was of the Asian persuasion. This was important to many (re: 1 or 2) people on Twitter for some reason that I don't really understand but there you go.
P.S. I think Raymond was also regretting that he couldn't get his girlfriend on board with a more crafty tshirt. I feel ya, Ray!
And last but not least, Brooke from St. George, Utah. Wait a second- isn't that exactly where Mandi from a few episodes ago was from? What's in the water in St. George and, more importantly, they both blog on similar topics. Do they know each other? Why weren't they on together? Is there a juicy rivalry in St. George between these two? Where's Bravo Andy when I need him? Or was Mandi from somewhere else? Anyone? I need to know!
TOP THREE CRAFT WARS MOMENTS:
#1 Brooke Goes Home
You just KNOW this was her episode to win. She does home decor and, let's face it, this was a home decor challenge more than a crafting challenge. Her lamp was sooooo close to being pretty fabulous but she way underestimated her time. I am always bummed when a good contestant goes home and we can't see what they could have done with more time.
#2 Tori Spelling's Dress
I am assuming that she has been wearing vintage dresses on every show so far. I love vintage but I don't think all her outfits have hit it out of the park. Last night's dress was the best one so far. Some of the others were too "That 70's show" for me. You're welcome, Tori.
#3 Smoke and Mirrors in the Bedroom
I wasn't really wowed by either room. I mean, there were clever ideas here and there (loved that zipper vase) but all in all, I wouldn't want either room for my own. But the theme of "smoke and mirrors" made me laugh and again- sexual innuendos abounded. For that, Craft Wars, I thank you.
Bonus moment: contestant accents:
I'm telling you, this show a dream come true for any linguists out there who craft. Andrea spent the whole show driving everyone on Twitter crazy by saying "FLOW-ers" as opposed to "fl-OW-ers." I love different accents, no matter what they are so I was delighted. I think I might start saying "flow-ers" and "buh-uns" from now on. Here are my favorite tweets from last night regarding this Craft Wars phenomenon:
Don't apologize! Let the haters hate. I think your accent is fun!
Last week on Craft Wars, the contestants had to make a wreath from old Christmas sweaters for the Pop Craft. For the master challenge, they had to make a Christmas tree from shipping supplies. For my take on this on episode #5's challenge, I combined the 2 challenges and made a wreath from shipping supplies. Sort of. More importantly, I resisted the urge to craft for Tori's chicken Coco (for this week, at least).
Check out my DIY video. I'm thinking the wreath is still a little plain. Maybe I should do watermark stamped images on the middle of the cards or add in some big die cuts that can go on the cards inside the envelopes? At any rate, I'm on a roll! What do you think?
My episode is quickly approaching but we're still more than a week out so, according to my contract with the production company, I can't tell you the exact date yet. Stay tuned! And don't forget, the show time has changed to 8/7c! Join me for the west coast showing live on Twitter at @GuiltyCrafter #CraftWarsVets.
P.S. The lovely letterpress cards on the outside of the wreath were from the art retreat I attended this spring called The Makerie. If you're budgeting for a retreat to attend next year, you should go to that one. It was awesome. The card you can see in the photo was actually made by Bird Dog press. The studio owner was an instructor at The Makerie. Without her, I wouldn't have all these cards to make into a wreath. Letterpressing is definitely beautful. If you don't lose a limb ;). If you're a safety first crafter, just order cards directly from the studio rather than make your own: http://cargocollective.com/birddogpress. Me? The cards I made are in the photo to the right. I like living on the crafting edge.
Don't forget to check out the other Craft Wars contestants who have made Pop Craft challenges this week too. And leave 'em a little comment love, would'ya?
Craft Wars has hit prime time which means that it now shows at 8 pm EST. Great news for those of us rooting for Craft Wars since this must mean ratings gave the show a time slot bump but bummer for some people who miscalculated when to watch tonight. Never fear, there will be repeats. A lot of repeats. I actually watched twice last night so I could live tweet with the west coast showing while still catching a sneak peek earlier in the evening. Here are the 3 things I am obsessed with from this episode:
Craft Wars is in HDTV
That's how I've been recording and watching. It's great picture quality but here's the thing- HDTV is not kind to humans. I know this from seeing my hands in high definition back when we filmed Scrapbook LifeStyle. YIKES. You just don't want to get that up close. HDTV was clearly conceived of by plastic surgeons to drum up more business in Hollywood. Everyone on Craft Wars looks great, don't get me wrong but since I know some of the contestants, I know they look much better in person. They just do. So now I'm thinking of all the countless times I caked on more and more MAC Studio Fix between takes while we were on set for Craft Wars. OMG. I am going to look like the Bride of Frankenstein. So please, do me and yourselves a favor, forget about watching Craft Wars in HD. At least for my episode. Please?
We've had 2 dude crafters on now. And I mean the kind with the surfer-like cadence that is so fun to listen to. Ivan got bumped off the show early but what I know from going through the audition process is that they are looking for people who really can do art or can craft well. I bet Ivan had a lot more up his sleeve if he had made it to the master craft challenge. In fact, I found some of his great work here: http://shop-artillery.com/. I'm just glad he was around long enough for me to hear him pronounce "button" in my favorite way. I don't know why but it always tickles me when people say "buh-un." I took lots of linguistic classes in college and I'm sure this is a tip-off to a particular regional dialect. Remind me to look that up. In the meantime, let's all write in (re: tweet) TLC and see if we can't get a re-match show that features Ivan and Kevin from episode #2. That would be perfect gnarly.
I think this episode ends my biggest bias when it comes to Craft Wars- knowing the contestants. I've known Margot for awhile. A few crafting conventions ago (oh yes, there is such a thing), I wore different jewelry created by Margot every day and carried her business cards around so I could give them out to the many people who complimented what I was wearing. Outside of that, she has been a very outspoken champion of the importance of the crafting community (oh yes, there is such a thing) embracing Craft Wars.
I love that, even though she's known all along she would not win her episode but couldn't tell us, she has promoted the show and, in doing so, helped breathe a little enthusiasm on to the embers of what could be the resurgence of crafting on TV. Plus her Christmas tree was totally up my alley- non conformist, retro and, most important to all things crafting in my mind- whimsical and fun. The point is not that she didn't win (and I'm sure you know that many, many things are factors behind the scenes that she'll never be able to share) but that she put herself out there, made some fun stuff and helped promote a hobby that many of us love. Go Margot! While you're writing TLC about Ivan and Kevin, make sure to add in there that we need Margot back for a redemption episode for sure!
So now all I have left to do before next week is create a pop challenge craft inspired by this show. For everyone on Twitter who was freaking out that they were featuring Christmas crafts in July, you're clearly not a crafter in the same way many of us are. I know people who are working on their Christmas cards already. If you are in the publishing game, I think the calls right now are past Christmas and onto New Years and Valentine's day. So I'm not opposed to getting a jump start on my Christmas crafting but who knows what I'll come up with. But we'll see, my mind tends to wander on this pop crafts. Any suggestions? I loved the ones you sent me last week that inspired my Kraft Coco shirt!
Last week it was so fun to watch my friends Andrea and Lisa on the show and this week I get to see the ever-fabulous Margot Potter. When Pattye and I were filming our episode, we decided to torture the PA assigned to us. He had to stay with us non-stop and was at our mercy (poor guy) He had warned us he wasn't allowed to tell us the names of any contestants who had already filmed episodes so when he'd ask us for our lunch order, we'd say, "What did MARGOT POTTER have for lunch when SHE was here?!" Then we'd watched his expression to see if he'd give anything away (he just look exasperated). If he asked us if we needed something to drink, we'd say, "We'll take what ANDREA CURRIE had while she was here" and so on. For HOURS. Funny thing is, those were the main two crafters we guessed had been cast. And we were RIGHT! Cool beans!
But you're here for my Pop Craft Challenge of the week. So on episode #4, the contestants had to make a little keepsake box for their Pop Challenge. Since the box I made for Coco the Chicken LAST week is so similar, I decided to listen to all my Facebook friend's suggestions about what I should make this week. So, I'm taking my 2 current Craft Wars obsessions and combining them for this week's Pop Challenge...
Yep. That's right, I was inspired by last week's contestant's "Krafty Kathy" shirt to make a little t-shirt for Tori Spelling's pet chicken (have I mentioned she has a pet chicken?). Staying true to my crafting style, I made this out of recycled materials and with little bits of crafting supplies left over from other projects. This little t-shirt was free to make and took me all of 10 minutes. It looks that way? Well, I vote for humor over beauty in crafting almost all the time. Here are some steps you can follow to outfit your own pet chicken at home:
Gather up your supplies. The main thing you'll need is an old t-shirt. I used a logo'd t-shirt someone gave me at a convention a few years ago. I'm not even sure what the company does or why I've keep it that long but I was happy to have it on hand for this project. Second rule of Craft Club- never throw anything away. Anything.
Next, very neatly, cut one sleeve off the t-shirt. Cutting close to the seam (but not through it) let's you take advantage of a hem of sorts so you don't have to do any sewing for your chicken t-shirt.
Next, you'll want to add your "Krafty" words on to the t-shirt. If you're going for permanence, by all means use iron-on letters. I didn't have any on hand so I used some scrapbook letter stickers.
Once you have your letters on, go crazy with fun trim. I had lots of lace leftover from Coco's toy box from last week so I thought it would be nice to have her little t-shirt match her toy box. Do all scrapbookers dress their pets and kids to coordinate in photos? I do. And since I don't (currently) have a pet chicken to model this little t-shirt for me, I used the next best thing- my little girl's parrot stuffed animal. It is approximately the same size as Coco which helped me verify that the t-shirt was snug without being too restricting. Perfect!
What do you think? I may have strayed a bit from the Pop Craft on the show but I can't imagine any chicken without their own custom t-shirt, can you? And so inexpensive and easy, too. So here's YOUR challenge for the week, watch Craft Wars tomorrow night and think of ideas to suggest for my Pop Craft challenge for NEXT week. It will air at a new time (8pm-7pm Central), by the way.Until then, do stop by and check out my fellow Craft Wars Vets- they have made their own variations of this week's challenge too:
Fresh off watching the show, I thought I'd recap my favorite 3 moments from this episode of Craft Wars:
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!
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.