Saturday, July 28, 2012

Go Check out "So I Married A Craft Blogger"

So I Married A Craft Blogger

I just stumbled upon this new-ish site, "So I Married a Craft Blogger". Written by the husband of Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts (aka Mr. Sugar Bee Crafts), it chronicles the life of being married to a crafty-blogging-type - our need for hoarding craft supplies, collecting the junk of others, and our need to share it with the world.

I will probably be keeping an eye on this one and NOT sharing it with my husband. I don't want him to know that there are more out there that think like him. Crafty blog husbands writing their own blogs? And on Pinterest? Before you know it they'll be organizing themselves and figuring out how much of the "misc" part of the household budget is actually spent on crafting supplies!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Ellipsis Overuse (Keyboard Stuttering)

I may be guilty of this... okay... I'm probably guilty of this. But any momma who is still up after midnight in order to get a chance to do a little blogging is by definition a little mentally unsound. Or just completely exhausted and therefore unable to make rational decisions.

 But, let's face it, that last diagnoses doesn't exactly roll off the tongue...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I Hate Glitter

I hate glitter. And flocking. And craft sand. But mostly, glitter.

Glitter is the herpes of craft supplies.
Once you get it on you, you can never get rid of it.
It spreads to everyone else who touches you.
If your husband comes home with it on him, you want to know where he's been.
And he's probably in some serious trouble.

Sure, there are some rare occasions where I pull out the glitter. Because it is pretty, and sparkly, and looks festive. But it has to be an extreme special occasion, and only about once a year. Which means that about the time I've gotten rid of all traces of glitter... I pull it out again.

Glitter. She is a vengeful mistress.

disclosure: I used glitter to make the above graphic. I regretted it immediately when my preschooler saw it, and so HE wanted to play with glitter. It got everywhere. I'm sure I did something to deserve this karma.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Will Craft for Black Felt-tipped Marker

The other day, I saw a man by the side of the road, holding a piece of cardboard on which he had written a typical homeless mantra. And a strange thought entered my mind.

"WHERE did he find a black felt tipped marker?" Whenever I need a black felt tipped marker, I can't find one. Ever. I end up turning my crafty room inside out... and then going to the store to buy one. Or make do scribbling furiously with a ballpoint pen.

How is it that the man on the corner can find a black felt tipped marker, but I never can?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Craft Wars - Episode 2 "Crafting's a Beach"

In this episode of Craft Wars, Tori Spelling along with judges Erica Domesek (P.S. I Made This), Stephen Brown (Glitterville Studios) and Jo Pearson (Michaels Crafts) watch three crafty contestants make the most out of surprise materials... and the Michaels Craft Closet. Which is downright amazing. You can see the whole craft closet on their website (scroll down to find the picture).

Mandi Gubler, Kevin Chartier, and Michaela Crex are the Craft Wars competitors for Episode 2. I was excited that in the introductions we got to hear that Mandi is a blogger - yay for craft bloggers!

 I really noticed the crafty "uniforms" that some of the teams put together. Though I love the crafty fun behind Michaela and her assistant's beaded shirts, I'm not sure that it is a route I would have gone. When running from one area to the next to work on my projects, I think I would have been stressed about one of those beaded strings hitting me in the boob!

The Craft Wars Pop Craft for this round required crafters to convert the contents of a junk drawer into a birdhouse, with one hour to do it. The only competitor that managed to convert the items from trash to treasure was Kevin. Though as a foam-core treasure, it wasn't built to last.
Surprisingly, the judges seemed very stuck on the birdhouses, built in just an hour, needing to be functional. I have made many birdhouses, and can't remember a single bird that ever called one home.
Despite their insistance on the functionality of the birdhouses, Mandi was dismissed after the first round. Her birdhouse was the only truly fuctional house of the three... but suffered from aesthetic issues.

After the 3 Craft Wars competitors where whittled down to two, it was time for the Main Event. The 5-hour challenge was to make patio furniture from beach items - boogie boards, surf boards, beach balls, swimshorts, wetsuits, beach toys and more. Both competitors knocked my socks off with their ideas, their designs, and their finished products. With the help of their crafty assistants, they whipped together bars, lounge furniture, tables, and more with a relaxing day at the beach in mind.

In the end, there could be only one winner. I was dissapointed that the judges felt Michaela's rope accents screamed "western", though I thought the rope was nautical. Judge Stephen clearly didn't agree:
Shows what he knows... I have neither a ship NOR a pony!

In the end, Kevin's creations were truly inspired crafting, and made him $10,000 richer. He has an idea of what he'll be spending it on, too!

Join me next Tuesday for more Craft Wars, and make sure to hop on twitter. Follow the hashtag #CraftWars, there was some laugh out loud tweeting going on during this episode, if you can get past the tweets of those who think they have what it takes... or feel inspired to comment on Tori's choice of lipstick.

On a side note, the tension between judges Stephen and Erica was a little less apparent in this episode than the last... but they may be having a true glitter-will-fly throwdown in the weeks to come...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Craft Wars - Season 1, Episode 1

I'm super excited about this new show! Hosted by Tori Spelling, judges Erica Domesek (P.S. I Made This), Stephen Brown (Glitterville Studios) and Jo Pearson (Michaels Crafts) decide through two challenges which crafter gets to take home $10,000 (that's a lot of glitter)!!

This first episode pitted Cheryl Burchett, Traci Remley, and Christy Tomlinson against eachother in two challenges.

The first challenge had them all making a duffel bag to carry sports equipment - out of sports equipment - in just one hour! Christy's bag was full of whimsy with fun trims and fabric, Traci's had an ingenious tennis racquet bottom, and Cheryl's large duffel had a bowling-bag theme.
The judges dismissed Traci after this round, saying that her tote wasn't constructed well. She had used hot glue to attach the racquet to the bottom of the tote. While I'd agree that putting a draw-string on the bottom to support the racquet, and allow removal for washing, would have been more inspired, I don't think that it was cause for her removal. The competitors had just an hour to design and create their bags, and of course that would result in some flaws. Which leads me to Cheryl. Her construction problems were limited to corner pieces that didn't catch in seams, but that was the least of her issues. She didn't finish. With an incomplete bag, she should have been sent home... but the judges let her stay on.

The second challenge, a head-to-head between Art Teacher Cheryl and Professional Crafter Christy was 5 hours to create a playhouse out of school supplies. They were each given 4 assistants, in addition to the one they had brought with them, shopping carts filled with rulers, pencils, backpacks, notebooks, and more... and access to an amazing array of craft supplies and building materials.
Each competitor stayed true to their roots. Cheryl delivered a little red schoolhouse with fun details like ruler shutters and pencil windowboxes... and a largely unfinished inside. Christy came up with a completely interactive schoolbus theme, full of her trademark whimsy. Cheryl's schoolhouse with fun details won her the big check.

Before watching the show, I was ready to deliver a completely snarky tirade about how crafters are being portrayed on TV (similar to the recent portrayal of "hoarding" and dishonest couponers), but TLC did an amazing job of showing how fun and inventive we crafters are. They came up with great challenges, and provided lots of great materials to create with.

I did have one big disappointment. They didn't recognize the online personas of any of these amazing crafters! Even Erica, as a judge, was introduced as the Author of PS I Made This... the book. With no reference to her blog of the same name.
How can a show that is internet-savvy enough to include the hashtag #CraftWars on the screen NOT give reference to their competitors' websites? Or at least a reference to their true crafty selves. Cheryl snuck in that she is an art teacher, but did you know that Traci has a shop where she sells vintage and refurbished items? (link in her name above) Really - the chance at 10K is a pretty nifty prize, but a little promotion for their sites and shops wouldn't have killed the network, would it?

Join me tonight, Tuesday July 3rd, 7pm in watching Episode 2... and back here tomorrow to check out my recap!