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Entries in crafting obsessions (3)


Tonight I'm On Craft Wars!

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: I also participated in an online radio interview this morning with FaveCrafts Radio. You can listen to a recording of the show here: I gotta love the photo TLC released to Fave Crafts- sporting a crazy, exagerrated expression that is VERY me. HA HA HA. Love it.


Thank You Card Wreath (Craft Wars Pop Craft Episode #5)

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: 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?

Traci Remely (episode #1) Wreath

Nikki In Stitches' Wreath

Pattye (my Craft Wars partner) aka FooLaLa's Xmas baby ornament

Cheryl (she won Craft Wars with her fab school house) cutest baby announcement EVAH

Lisa's homage to Margot's Suessical Christmas tree

Margot Potter's Sweater Wreath

Andrea's Colorful Christmas Easter Wreath


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.