#MakingIt Week 3 Fast Starter & Master Crafter Challenges – WCB Style

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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…
  3. 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!

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#MakingIt Week 2 Fast Starter & Master Crafter Challenges – WCB Style

I know what I said last week after the first episode of Making It, when I was excited and ready to craft my life away to feel like I was part of the show but… I definitely overestimated both my time and materials at hand, and underestimated the size of the challenges the crafters would be facing. I hate breaking promises but with my current workload leading to a huge event in Las Vegas next month, my days and nights are consumed with working for it around the clock, and I simply won’t be able to recreate the challenges as I’d like… 😦

Part of the commitment was that I wouldn’t buy anything new in order to craft for them, and between the terrarium fast starter and fort (YES, FORT) master challenge, I literally have nothing at hand that I can use to put them together. I mean, sure I could whip up some sheets and a stick but that’s not going to match Billy’s brilliant Food Truck fort level and I just don’t want to make something crappy either.

This long sob story to say: I’m still closely watching the show, and even though I may not be able to craft along with my adored cast, I will for sure share my vision of what I would’ve made had I been on Making It.

Also, can we take a moment to yet again praise the chemistry and TV magic brilliance that are Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman together? They make the show next level great.

Back to business: so for this week’s Fast Start challenge, the makers were asked to create a terrarium with elements of their childhood/home. My girl Amber won the challenge by whipping up a stunning Golden Gate Bridge with hand-glittered card stock and gorgeous cotton clouds, and I couldn’t be happier. I love all the makers on the show, but I’m always rooting for her deep down.

WCB Style Fast Start Challenge: If I had been on the show, my terrarium would of course have to reflect my home country of Venezuela in some way. In my 13 years of life there, I actually moved four times, so I don’t have a distinct home memory aesthetic I could recreate BUT, the national tree of Venezuela is the Araguaney, which is a stunning tree because all its leaves are yellow, and when I was born, my family lived in a neighborhood called Araguaney sooooo I’m having a strong feeling towards that. I’m picturing creating a tree out of tissue paper, chicken wire and floral tape with lots of foliage. I would probably most likely also have made a tiny rocking chair out of toothpicks/ice cream sticks, as most of my childhood memories include my grandma sitting on a rocking chair by a window either chopping veggies or waiting to see my mom driving up from our apartment. The last thing I’d add would be a kite of the Venezuelan flag, because I vividly remember crafting kites at school, so it would be a nice way of adding the touch of national pride + personal nostalgia story. It may have looked something like this:

But probably less perfect, ha! I just want to help get my vision across visually however I can 🙂

WCB Style Master Challenge: Listen guys, Billy’s food truck fort was like the most epic thing I’ve ever seen – brilliant concept, flawlessly executed, a total trend recognition… so let’s be honest and say whatever I would’ve come up with would not have been anywhere near that good, and move on. The only concept I can muster is a tree house craft room. I always wanted a tree house ever since seeing this scene in the movie Jack, and then I’ve been crafting since I gained motor skills, so that would be my ideal kid fort. It would be all wood, painted white with pastel pink and teal trim, and have kid safe crafting tools inside. Something like this, but much more kid-like.

And that’s it guys! Time to set my expectations at a realistic setting and buckle down because the W in WCB is really in charge right now until after September 14! Not much time to craft, but ALWAYS time to watch Making It!

Anyone crafting along? What are you making? Show me in the comments below!

 

#MakingIt Week 1 Fast Starter & Master Crafter Challenges – WCB Style

Hello friends! If you follow my crafty twitter handle @WCBCraftStudio, you know that last Tuesday I lived my best digital life during the premiere episode of NBC’s new hit show Making It, live-tweeting and commenting on the most memorable moments. From Amy and Nick’s pun-offs, the projects, the creativity, and the whole feel-good vibe of the show, I hereby submit my application for Full-Time #MakingIt Stan and Ambassador.

I can’t even begin to say how inspired I am by the show. So much so, that thanks to an idea from my dear fellow craft-obsessed friend Sandy, I’ve decided to take on the challenges from each episode and make them as if I were there myself. Is it a coincidence that I post blogs on Tuesdays, and the show airs on that day too? I think not! Now, I don’t want to go too crazy committing to this because 1. It can become a pocket hole if I go all in and 2. Ain’t nobody got time for this, literally. Ergo, I’m going to set some ground rules for myself:

  • I will only take on projects that I can realistically make. If there’s something like woodwork or crochet/embroidery involved, I will skip that challenge.
  • I will only use materials I already own to complete the challenges. I have way too many craft supplies that due to my workload I won’t be able to put to use any time soon, so what better way to get creative and spend less? This will probably restrict me in future challenges, but that’s for the best. I’m not allowed to spend ANY money on materials. We love a fiscally responsible crafty queen!
  • If there’s a challenge that is similar to a craft I’ve made in the past, I will simply refer back to those projects, and won’t make anything new for it.

Ok, I think that covers most bases. With that said, let’s get to last week’s challenges!

  • Fast Craft Week 1: for this challenge, the idea was to get to know a little bit about the crafters, their personalities and preferred mediums by asking them to make a 3D animal that represented them. I’m a big fan of unicorns and dolphins. Since Amber chose a unicorn for herself (because of course she did, since we’re soul sisters and all), I’ll go for the dolphin. I had the idea that because it’s a dolphin and I love water and I wanted to work with card stock, I could try to decorate the dolphin like those tiles in the pool with the white grout showing in between? Check out the journey!
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Here’s the step by step progression of the dolphin going from 2D flatness to 3D glory!

And here is the final result!

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Here’s my 3D paper mache dolphin! His name is Paolo, and he loves to be a statement dolphin! Doesn’t he look like he belongs in a pool fountain or something?! Obsessed! (But totally couldn’t have made it on the show because he definitely required more than 3 hours of crafting!) 

  • Master Craft Week 1: last week’s first big challenge involved the makers getting creative by pulling together an unconventional photo album and a quilt made out of any material except fabric – both crafts were meant to reflect their personal family heirloom/history. For the unconventional photo album, I’m going to tap into my repertoire and bring back the big number 80 I made out of photos for my grandma’s 80th birthday. I crafted that baby from scratch and I think it’s a nice show of family heirloom and my craftsmanship!
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For this unconventional album craft I drew and cut two eights and two zeroes out of black poster boards for front and back panels. Then, I cut white poster boards into thick strips and taped perpendicularly for 3D view. Thanks to Shutterfly for an offer of 101 free prints and VOILA! 80 years worth of memories for all to see ❤

For the quilt, I honestly would’ve probably chosen paper as my medium just like Amber did, so instead of going down a rabbit hole of endless paper-cutting, I will just link to her awesome post where she reveals some filming secrets and the super cool historical background that made way for her paper quilt!

My friends, I cannot express – truly – how happy this show makes me and how much I’m looking forward to the next episode. I even have some conspiracy theories brewing about what the next challenges will be based on the patches they use as weekly prizes and I just can’t wait to see it all unfold. How do we only have five episodes left?! My heart weeps.

Did any of you recreate any of the challenges from the first episode? Drop some links in the comments below!

 

Crafters Unite! ‘Making It’ Premieres Today!

If you’re anything like me, tonight has been blocked on your calendar, you’ve asked your family members not to bother you and you are more excited to watch TV than you’ve been in centuries because… the premiere of the crafting show Making It is finally airing TONIGHT on NBC! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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The broadcasting of this show is huge because:

  1. Crafters are about to be on a major network! There’s been reality shows about chefs, models, make-up artists, celebrities, families, etc. but this is the first show of its kind that is about to highlight the wonderful well-roundedness of crafters on such a huge national network like NBC. EEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKK
  2. Amy Poehler/Nick Offerman AHEM LESLIE KNOPE/RON SWANSON REUNION! For all of us Parks and Rec fans, seeing these two on screen together again is LIT-ER-ALLY the best thing ever! And the combination couldn’t be better. An established craftsman and woodworker like Nick + a non-crafter like Amy = the ultimate match made in heaven for TV to capture all kinds of audiences. Whether you craft or not, you are represented!
  3. THE MAKERS! Guys. I am SO EXCITED for this casting. You’d think I know the contestants… and that’s because I kinda sorta get to say I do! Amber Kemp-Gerstel and her gorgeous flower headband is one of the eight makers that were cast on the show. Even though she’s originally from the Bay Area, she’s been living in South Florida for years running her Damask Love crafting business and she is EVERYTHING. I got a chance to talk to her once, and she’s just the best human ever. I’ll be rooting for her and everyone from Miami should too!
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From top left: Jeffery Rudell (paper props), Amber Kemp-Gerstel (blogger), Billy Kheel (artist & art teacher), Robert Mahar (artist & designer), Joanna Gick (interior designer), Nicole Sweeney (woodworker), Khiem Nguyen (woodworker) & Jemma Olson (crafter)

4. The Press Junkets/Promos! If there’s one thing I enjoy about movie and TV shows are the press junkets that the actors do leading up to it to reach all possible audiences. From the Today Show crafting session to Amy’s appearances on late night shows with Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers (with hilarious stories about how she met Nick), to the pun-offs, and all the content on the Making It YouTube channel… I’m IN IT!

I must confess, another reason I’m so excited about this show is because when they were casting for it I actually considered entering… until I saw the application and felt my skill-set wasn’t as broad as I wanted it to be to put myself out there on TV. And now that I’ve seen the lineup, I’m so relieved I didn’t apply, or I might have been the first to go home lol!

I’m sure there are more reasons but as you can tell by my overuse of exclamation marks and capitalization, I’m not very coherent right now. Point is, I simply cannot wait to watch the premiere and whole series and I’m already praying for a Season 2 and this first one hasn’t even started.

I hope you all join me tonight as I’ll be live-tweeting the show from my @WCBCraftStudio twitter account. Let’s make #MakingIt trend! Y’all THREADY for this?!