America's Crafting Grandma On Making It

July 23, 2018
Well, it has been awhile since we have chatted hasn't it??

I miss hearing from you and I hope you have missed hearing from me... Did you know that Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman along with this fun loving cast is just about to premiere in just about a week! I am so excited for you all to meet the real live creative cast, judges and shop master too. There were so many things about this process that were life changing for me. Truthfully, I will never look at glue gun the same way! Today I am sharing with you all the day us Makers got a manicure.


So, in hindsight I think all of our nails must have looked pretty ragged. If you are a gardener, baker ,scrubber or maker you know what happens to hands that get overworked and overtired. UGLY!

I know that I had no earthly idea that cameras would take such close-ups of our hands. Those camera folks get angles of your body, face and hands that seem impossible to get, and they sort of sneak up on you while you are in the middle of deep thought and making sizzling crafts.( Seeing some of my photos are beginning to make me feel a little squeamish. I should have had gone on a diet and had some botox first!) Oh well, it was all just so fun, neat and enlightening that I am what I am and that's that.

Every single one of us got a manicure. Menfolk included and just look at how fine these fingertips look too.

I think having buffed and polished nails gave us all a boost of confidence and energy too. We are ready to get a little friendly crafting competition going on.

From the right is Robert, Khiem, Amber, Jeffrey, JoAnn, Billy, Nicole and me.

Soo many choices and so little time. Pink, red, blue or natural....decisions, decisions.

Nicole and Amber...made me smile all the time.

Get out of the way of Kheim and Billy when these two Makers set their mind to Making it!

This smile...pure joy combined with crafting calculations.

This guy Jeffrey has the most wonderful voice, wit and uncanny ability to make a 5:00 a.m. van ride laughable, even without a cup of coffee!

Happiness if fresh nails and fresh water!

Who can resist a smile like this!

Or this....

Or us four gals...just getting groomed and treated very well by Amy and Nick and NBC!

You see all of these smiles, they were all passionate and genuine. This has been one of the loveliest group of people to work with that I have ever encountered in my 60 years. There was just something so magical, kind, caring, truthful and of course hilarious about working together to make this show.

We all gathered together as strangers to share the joy of crafting and we all left as family. How awesome is that.

You are going to see such a variety of projects that are really going to inspire you. My hope is that this movement of Making It will spread like warm maple syrup over fresh chocolate chip pancakes and that everyone all across the world will try some craft. We live in strange times, so lets unite and make an afghan or something!

Just a small dose of crafting a day will most certainly keep the Doctor away!

If you'd like to read more on my journey of Making It on NBC just click right here for an exclusive interview with

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  1. Good morning Jemma! I’m smiling from ear to ear right now. :). See, I told you.

    I’m so excited for you! I see now that it’s airing in a week. Did I mention I got hubby to make sure we can get NBC yesterday? He bought a special antenna for it lol.

    When you mentioned you had to go to LA a few months ago I had a feeling something exciting was coming down the pike, but had no idea what. You are crushing it and I’m so proud and happy for you!

    Can’t wait!!!!

  2. Jemma I am so excited to watch this show and see you on it. I love that they picked you and all your sweet talents to show. I am already lining this up to DVR it incase of a life conflict I will not miss an episode. You are so deserving of this fun life adventure. Woooo Hoooo Now let the talents begin! I read your interview too and wow I learned a lot about you. I did not know you had 8 children and 16 grand children. Woooo how fabulous and blessed you are. Love reading the interview too. Have a great start to the new week. I am smiling both on my face and in my heart for you. I cannot wait for the first show to start.

  3. Good morning Jemma! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! You are making your dreams come true, if I'm correct in assuming that this is one of the many facets of sharing your creativity is about. HECK, I wanna be on TV TOO! I must say, that I was accepted as a writer and photographer for a magazine...we can chat about that later. But congratulations and I wonder, how can I see this? Is this going to be on NBC on television? We normally don't watch TV so I'm a bit behind on how TV shows work these days. I am so proud of you.

  4. I read the interview -- it's terrific! I'll be at art camp when this premieres. Do you know the time? I'll try to find a TV. And how many episodes? I don't have a DVR but it might be on demand when I get back. Can't wait to find out more!

  5. It is so much fun reading back stories of the contestants and your off camera time, Jemma! My calendar is marked but not sure of time yet? I guess you'll let us know later about that or programming will announce it. I'm so glad you had fun doing this. And you look so darn cute in the photos!

    I recently saw a Susanna Salk video with Marian McEvoy. Are you familiar with her? I think she might be the godmother of all crafters. Maybe she'll be tuning in to your show!

  6. So proud of you Jemma! I know this was a marvelous adventure! I hope you will let us in on all the details so we can tune in.

    Yes, I have missed you!

  7. Totally bummed that I just got around to opening this email. But rest assured, I'm finding it and watching! So excited for you. Looks like you had a great time. Big hugs Jemma.

  8. looks like you had a wonderful time, sweet friend! I can't wait to see your show!! This is SOOOO exciting!!!!

  9. Jemma, I loved your interview and am going now to set the DVR to record the show. I love that you're part of this! I did not know you have 8 children!!!

  10. Jemma, Your natural beauty and charm shines through the interview and Botox required! I'm looking forward to tuning in. You're my hero!

  11. It's so exciting that the show is finally coming! I can definitely imagine that you would all need manicures. You can't go on tv looking shabby. :)

    Can't wait to watch!!

  12. Can't wait to see this new show, especially since you're in it! :-)

  13. I cannot wait to see you on tv! This looks like such a fun show and I think you look fabulous with that big gorgeous smile! 💕

  14. This is all so very exciting! I watch these kinds of shows all the time so I am so looking forward to his one and to see what you make on it.

  15. You are beautiful inside & out! No tweeking required!! Can’t wait to see your show! It’s still so hard to believe but I’m so excited for you Super Star! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  16. How fun to have the manicures and everyone looks so happy. I can't wait to see you on tv for the crafting show. How exciting and I can't wait to see what you all make. :)

  17. I've got the date marked on my calendar. I can't wait to see the show. I've always thought there should be a show that showcased bloggers.. this is a start I guess. Congratulations! Very proud of you!

  18. I am so glad this was such a wonderful experience for you, Jemma! Sadly, I didn't get to see it, but I know you did great!

  19. […] I had the very best time on Making It with Amy and Nick! […]


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