Norman resident set to compete  on 'Making It'

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Norman resident Ashley Basnight was one of eight

contestants who competed on the TV show 'Making It'

this past summer.

In October of 2016, Norman resident Ashley Basnight was looking to buy a kitchen table.

She looked around at several of her local stores and couldn't find any in her price range. She decided to build her own table.

After finding success with her DIY project, she decided to start her own DIY woodworking blog entitled "Handmade Haven." The blog features home improvement projects she has created, tutorials on how to create them and reviews for different tools she has used.

Her need to create a kitchen table turned into a side passion and a blog. From there, she turned it into a chance to display her creativity on NBC's show "Making It", which airs today.

Earlier this year, she saw an advertisement on Instagram for "Making It," encouraging people to apply to be a contestant on the show. "Making It" is a crafting competition, hosted by TV stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, where eight of the most talented makers from across the country take on a variety of handmade projects with the hopes of impressing Poehler, Offerman and two expert judges.

With the success of her blog, and the encouragement of friends and family, Basnight decided to fill out the application. The application asks applicants to submit a two-minute video discussing themselves and detailing their experience with crafting projects.

"I was definitely excited all throughout the application process," she said. "I was a little anxious wondering if I was going to make it, but mostly I was excited and it was a good experience."

A few weeks later, Basnight found out she was one of the eight contestants selected to compete on the show.

She travelled to the set of the show this summer to compete for the top prize of $100,000. To win the show, contestants must compete in several timed competitions, which center around contestants using their creativity and imaginations to complete projects that fit with the theme of the projects.

Basnight said the filming of the show was a whole new experience for her.

"I definitely got to see my limits with the challenges being timed and seeing how far I could push myself," she said. "I learned about my creativity to make decisions on the fly and I learned about what things I could do within a specific time frame. It was such a new experience. Even the preconceived notions I had about TV were all wrong."

Contestants on the show have many opportunities to interact with Poehler and Offerman as they help judge the projects. Offerman has a background in woodworking and often uses his own expertise to help contestants through their projects.

Basnight said it was an enjoyable experience being on the show with them.

"They were super fun. I feel like the way they are on TV is the way there on person. They were relatable and willing to be open with us and they encouraged us. You can definitely tell [Nick Offerman] knows what he's talking about."

Along with meeting the hosts, Basnight said she enjoyed the friendly competition between the contestants.

"Meeting the other contestants was one of the best experiences on the show. Even though it was kind of competitive and we were pushing each other, it ended up being a friendship between all of us. We were willing to help each other and we were rooting each other on. I liked that aspect of the show."

The season two premiere of the show airs at 9 p.m. today, and new episodes will air each day Thursday. The last three episodes of the season will air Dec. 9-11, with the two-hour finale set for 9 p.m. Dec. 11.

Basnight said she has a watch party scheduled with her friends and family for tonight's premiere. She said she has advice for anyone who is interested in being a contestant on a TV show.

"My advice would be to be yourself and be willing to take risks."

For more information on Ashley Basnight's blog, visit www.handmade-haven.com. To learn more about "Making It", visit www.nbc.com/making-it.

Jesse Crittenden366-3540Follow me @jcritt31jcrittenden@normantranscript.com

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