Oh. My. Glitter.
This show is just so good! The puns, the feel-good spirit, the camaraderie, the CRAFTS! I don’t know how I made it this far in life without it and I don’t know how six episodes a year is enough but we’ll make do with what we have.
Jumping right into the action: this past week’s crafts truly put me in an anxiety trance because if I had been on the show, I really feel like I would’ve struggled. I’m not great with food, sports or building big items out of materials I’m not familiar with…
Fast Starter: Snack Stadiums!
First of all, I’m sorry to Robert, but I really feel like Khiem’s Colosseum was grossly underappreciated. That thing was genius and incredibly well-executed. Was it lacking color? Maybe. But I think it was the most creative of all and my pick to win. My second place pick was Billy’s charcuterie soccer Foosball setup. Really cool concept and mostly well executed, except the wine bottle placement didn’t particularly wow me. The best name award though, goes to my girl Amber with her Rosé Bowl. Genius!
If you asked me what I would’ve made for this challenge, I really have had the hardest time focusing on one idea alone:
- Bowling Alley: I’m not sure how the makers go about creating their crafts or if they try to run their ideas by production to make sure no one is doing the same concept, but seeing what everyone else did and trying to be different, I think I would’ve gone for a bowling alley where the pins were made from marshmallows and some red fondant, using pierced gum balls for the bowling balls, fruit by the foot painted with food coloring for the bowling runway… and that’s where the creativity runs out with this one. But I think I have a good starting point.
- Dirt Bike Racing: I know Nicole tried a mountain that didn’t work all that well, but I would’ve loved to make some messy brownie mountains and add some bikers in motorcycles with wheels built from black licorice and other kinds of gummies. A brownie race track I can eat? I wouldn’t have minded being kicked off for this terrible idea if I could eat it later…
- Beach Volleyball: brown sugar “sand.” That’s all I have here and I’m going to say that’s enough!
Master Challenge: Backyard Bonanza
Again, I’m riding the struggle bus all the way to elimination here. The activity was to create backyard seating from recycled materials as well as a game to go with them. I think if I had been around the workroom and seen what was available I may have had an easier time coming up with ideas for what to do but without seeing what they had in stock, the only thing that comes to mind is making chairs out of shopping carts, based on a picture I saw once while doing research for something else. As per the game, I would make rackets with the remaining panels of the shopping carts that would enable people to play some sort of tennis/ping pong/badminton merge of a game. And maybe a ball from the rubber tires? It’s very easy to talk about “I would” in this imaginary scenario, but I really don’t know the first thing about working with metal, which is one of the reasons I didn’t apply to be on the show: lack of experience with many materials.
With all the self-doubt aside, what do you guys think of my ideas? Do you think they would’ve carried me through considering what everyone else made, or that would’ve been the end for me? Let me know in the comments below!