NBC's "Making It"- Jemma is my Mom!

Did you watch "Making It" on NBC? It was the first season of the 'craft challenge' reality show hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.  The light-hearted show featured a group of 8 crafters who completed weekly craft challenges in the hopes of earning the status of "Master Crafter". And guess what? My mom was one of the 'crafters'!

Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC
The show "Making It" was such a whirlwind adventure for my mom (on her blog she goes by the name Jemma). Who would have thought my very own mom, who grew up on a little farm in Idaho, who is the Grammy to my girls, would end up on a prime-time NBC show?! As my mom says, you never know when something amazing thing is about to happen. And that couldn't be more true!

The entire story of how Jemma ended up on the show is nothing short of incredible. My mom has a blog called "At Home with Jemma" it is a creative blog- featuring crafts, gardening, cooking, home decor and style tutorials.

Jemma first heard about the opportunity to be on "Making It" via a facebook group she belongs to. An opportunity was posted in the group that simply said a producer was looking for a 'grandma crafter' to appear on a tv show. My mom had no idea that it responding to that post would lead to her appearing on a prime time show on with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman on NBC!

Grammy (aka Jemma), my daughter Afton,  and me! 

After months of Skype interviews, emails, phone calls, and lots of crafting- she flew to California to meet with producers. At this time, she was still a 'maybe' for the show. The producers were interviewing lots of creative people and there was no guarantee that she would be selected. But after they met her in person, they loved her! (Of course!) And shortly after that, the filming of the show began.

Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

During her time filming the show, she was on the set in the 'crafting cottage' all day. The makers did all kinds of projects- everything from working with wood... to sewing. My mom and the other cast members had so much fun together and became such good friends. And in true 'reality show' fashion-- she would not reveal anything about the show to me. After she got back home, and I asked her about "Making It". All she would tell me is... "You will just have to watch the show!"

Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC
As NBC began promoting the show, we saw my mom/Jemma everywhere! Online in news articles.

There were commercials and ads! My husband even spotted my mom on a tv in his taxi cab in Chicago.

The New York times featured the show and my mom in an article.

And on our flight to Idaho in August, we looked up on the 'in flight entertainment' and were delighted to see Grammy's face on the plane!

 The day of premier, we met in Plano for a "Making It" premiere party at Kendra Scott. We had so much fun getting creative with the colors at Kendra Scott. We lunched, celebrated and toasted the amazing adventure of "Making It".

 That night, the first show aired and the response from viewers was amazing! Everyone loved the humor, the creativity, and the heart of the show. 

Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Although my mom did not end up as the winner at the end, she left the show with a new sense of confidence, more creative inspiration, and lots of new friends.

Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Life is such an interesting adventure. I am so proud of my mom for jumping outside of her comfort zone and taking a risk. You never know when something amazing thing is about to happen! 

Update! "Making It" will be back again, NMC will be filming Season 2 soon! Get all the inside scoop on "Making It" and watch all the episodes from Season 1 by clicking here.

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