Dang, I always said I’d never be one of those bloggers who start every post with “Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, but….” Clearly, it’s going to take me some time to be able to juggle CRAFT and CraftyPod. I really appreciate your patience.
So… I won the SCRAP Rebel Craft Rumble last week, and had a phonemonal good time! Let’s talk about that! Up above there are the four crafty gladiators who competed in the event: Chelsea, Aurora, Shawn and Bridget. (Good lord, take a close look at Bridget’s shoes!)
Competition was fierce this year, with much harder challenges. In the first battle of the evening, Bridget and Shawn had 15 minutes to customize a wooden chair with random bits of interesting stuff from SCRAP. Then, Chelsea and Aurora faced off, with 15 minutes to make three hand-puppets. (Man, I’m glad I wasn’t in that competition!)
Our projects were judged on creativity and utility by this illustrious panel of judges: Jen Neitzel and Richard Fox, Lindsay Newkirk, and Julie Sabatier. They gave us scores from 1-10, with the biggest point total getting the win.
These judges were bribed frequently throughout the competition. Not least by me. It’s the best way to win a Rumble, is all I’m saying.
With the first round of competition done, Aurora and Bridget (winners of Round One) faced off to make a custom skirt – also in just 15 minutes. By this point in the competition, I was pretty sure Aurora had a lock on the whole night. She’s crafty and hilarious and let me tell you, knows something about making use of cleavage. (That’s her above, with our ringmaster, Alyssa Kail.)
But ultimately, Bridget took Round Two, partly on the strength of her finished skirt and partly because she knows something about working the large hind end of a bee costume. There are good reasons this is a 21-and-over event.
Finally, it was time for me to make my big “Craft Master” entrance and face off against Bridget. First, I bribed the judges with handmade gifts, and I bribed the audience with a shower of these pins. Only I had written on them the 21-and-over versions of the phrases “Dang Crafty” and “Crafty as Heck”
A kind soul in the audience also showed up and presented the judges with cups of booze that had Vote for Sister Diane and Give Sister Diane a 10 written on them. Everything happened so fast, I don’t even know who that good samaritan was! Thank you, Crafty Booze Fairy!
Bridget and I were then given non-working chandeliers and strings of Christmas lights, along with lots of random crafty bits. We had 15 minutes to make a lighted masterpiece.
I actually recall very little of the competition, as evidenced by my fierce concentration above. Poor Bridget – at one point her glue gun conked out and she had to use mine. And then, her light string didn’t work.
I would like to go on record as saying I did not bribe any of the stagehands or prep crew. Perhaps it was the work of the Crafty Booze Fairy, again. But I will say this: I had it easy. I got to hang out and show up for the last competition. By this point, Bridget had been through two other battles. Maybe they should make me run laps while the others are competing, or something.
So here I am presenting my finished chandy to the judges. (I promise, I did smile at many points during the evening.)
When the points were tallied, I had won! So now I’ll defend my title against all comers at next year’s Rumble. And I can’t wait!
…But I can’t write a post about Rebel Craft Rumble without giving special hugs to Isaac, who made the whole evening fun. He made signs for each of the competitors (and this is probably the only one I can safely show you). He also got arrested four times for boisterous conduct.
(I should mention, the Rumble has a Craft Cop, who punishes those who get out of line by putting them in this jail here. Then they have to get bailed out.)
In the final competition, Isaac also slipped me some self-adhesive googly eyes (which somehow ended up on everyone’s, um, chestal areas, but that’s another story).