Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose, and Sometimes You Make A HORRIFIC Birdhouse On National Television: My Craft Wars Recap
I think the first sentence of this post should be something along the lines of…That was not my proudest moment.
So here is the story.
In December I got an email from a casting company, they were given my name from one of my BFFs Beckie and wanted to tell me about this new show. I had JUST gotten back from NYC and Nate had just been cancelled and I was really upset about it. His show had changed my life, I realized how much I loved being on television and I was sort of left with the feeling that all of it might end with his show. So while I was not excited that it was a “craft show” (I consider myself a DIY/Home Blogger) it was on a major network and it seemed like something I could do.
So I chatted with them about it and it sounded really fun. They told me that I would need an assistant and a video. So that is what I did.
What do you do when you need an assistant for a show on National TV? Well, you need someone that could do everything they could possibly throw at us, someone that I trusted and loved and would have a good time with. Immediately Jilly came to mind. I have told you guys for a year to get over and follow her blog because she is AMAZING. I am sure she thought I was crazy when I called and asked her (in fact I know she did) but I LOVE HER SO MUCH! And thankfully she said yes.
So I submitted my Casting Video.
And then I waited, and waited, and waited.
And then I changed my mind. I didn’t want to do it anymore. I didn’t want to be labeled a Crafter more than I already am. So I called to back out. And they told me that I had already been cast to shoot the first episode and they loved me and I couldn’t back out.
So that was that. We were doing the show and we were going win and we were going to have a BLAST!!
The actual day of shooting was really fun, its super high stress energy which I love.
Now, lets talk about the Birdhouse.
We were told when Tori explained the rules to us (this part didn’t air) that we were being judged based on durability and how well we used the challenge materials. So my mind thought, the more you use the better your chances are. Get it girl.
One hour goes by SO much faster than you could possibly imagine. And my BIGGEST downfall is that the first 1/2 hour I was in TV demo mode, explaining things and making sure that I was working so that the cameras could clearly see what I was doing. When Tori announced that we were at the 30 min mark I wanted to DIE. We used 3/4” ply to construct a REAL birdhouse that could actually be outside. When I realized that there was no way that I could paint my panels because of this I was super bummed because I KNEW how chaotic the design was looking.
Jill and I laughed the ENTIRE time at how horrendous it turned out. This is not the birdhouse in my mind, in fact I would probably describe it as the inbred 3rd cousin of the birdhouse I saw in my brain.
If you guys have read my blog for more than 5 posts you know that I don’t believe in Craft Fails. You just need to readjust your plan and keep going SO for fun (and to redeem myself a little) I am going to be redoing my birdhouse the way I WANTED it to be. And you guys are going to LOVE it!
All crappy crafting aside, doing Craft Wars was SO MUCH FUN! I am SO glad that I did it. I had a blast with Jilly and I loved learning how this type of tv worked.
But I did get robbed a little.
What do you think? Lets discuss.
Love Your Guts, Mandi
(The Craft Wars Party post will be going up ASAP! So stay tuned for that, and if you came and have pics I would LOVE if you could send me some!)