What Are You Made Of?

If you've been tuning in this season to NBC's crafting show Making It, then you probably already have a good idea of what's been going down. But I figured I would give a little recap of what's been going down in the episodes.

The first episode was probably by far the most exciting one, because it was the beginning to this crazy journey. It was also the first time we got to tour the barn and meet Nick and Amy.

Making it Season 2 - Nick and Amy PoehlerI think it's safe to say that we all had been waiting on this moment and it was just as great as I thought it would be. The most asked question I get is, How where Nick and Amy in real life? and I gladly answer that they are just as great in person as they are on tv. They were super fun and always encouraging us. Meeting them was a great experience, they definitely brought a fun element to the show.

Making it Season 2 - Episode 1 RecapTouring the barn was also pretty cool, I mean have you seen it. If any maker had a dream space, this barn would definitely be it. We each had a big 4x8 worktable dressed up with a cool string art name tag. It was fun being able to make alongside my fellow makers.

Making it Season 2 - Episode 1 Recap

Faster Craft

For the faster craft challenge, we were tasked to create a 3D presentation of a food that reflects who we are.

Making it Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

I decided to make freeze pops to show off my fun and bubbly personality. If you were tuned in, you know that time was not on my side in this challenge and the judges dinged me for my craftsmanship. Luckily, I was still able to finish on time.

Making It Season 2 - Episode 1 Recap

One of the highlights of my time on the show was hands down getting to meet Jimmy DiResta. As a maker, he has always been someone I've looked up to, so getting to work with him was super exciting and he definitely knows his stuff. I was able to learn a lot from him; they don't call him shop master for nothing.

Making It Season 2 - Episode 1 RecapThis was the first time I was able to see the incredible talents of my fellow maker and man was I blown away! Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself.

Making it Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

Master Craft

For the master craft, we were tasked to recreate a favorite craft from our youth. Because I started making later in life, I kind of joined the to together. I used to do mosaics as a kid, which was the inspiration for the door design and I decided to make the door double as a table because that was the first thing I ever made. 

Making It Season 2 - Episode 1 Recap

With this being the master craft challenge, I was definitely happy with how it turned out but I was still pressed for time, so unfortunately I got dinged for a last minute mess-up. But nonetheless, I built a credenza in under 10 hours, so I would say that's a job well done.

This was the first time I used walnut plywood and I absolutely loved it. I also really loved using these fun leather straps and golden caps as drawer pulls.

Making It Season 2 - Episode 1 Recap

The other nine makers wowed again with some of their pieces. I was really impressed with Floyd's shoe bench! Check out their work below.

Making It Season 2 Episode 1 Recap - What Are You Made Of NBC

Lets check out the judging portion of the master craft below.


The judging portion was probably a little nerve wracking for all of us. It's our first challenge and our work is being critiqued by judges Dayna Johnson and Simon Doonan.

Making it Season 2 Episode 1 RecapFor the faster craft, Eagan was able to win the first patch of the competition. The judges really loved his noodle puppet, I must admit, it was pretty cool.

Making it Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

For the master craft, Justine wowed the judges with her stitched room divider. I really liked that Justine made something practical that most people would want in their homes. 

Making it Season 2 Episode 1 RecapUnfortunately, each episode a maker has to go home and this by far was the roughest part for all of us. We all grew extremely close very quickly and it was always hard to see people go. We had to say goodbye to Aspen in the first episode and the first one seemed like the hardest elimination. Making it Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

Even though Aspen left us on the first night, she is still an incredible artist and calligrapher. Be sure to follow along on her journey here on Instagram.

Welp, that wraps up the details for Episode 1, click here to see what happens next in Episode 2!.

Thanks for reading guys, XOXO Ashley.

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December 08, 2019 — Ashley Basnight