That time I DIY-ed on TV!

DIY columnist Heather Laura Clarke guest-stars on AMI's Eyes for the Job

Back in June, I spent a couple of days filming in Halifax. I didn’t say much about it at the time because I was waiting until it was on the air, and now it is — eeeek!

DIY columnist Heather Laura Clarke guest-stars on AMI's Eyes for the Job

I was a guest on an episode of “Eyes for the Job.” It’s a cool DIY show on AMI starring Chris Judge — a kick-ass carpenter who is BLIND! — and Alex Haider, who’s new to DIY and used to do the weather on Global News so lots of people know her. They were both so kind and welcoming, and I had an awesome time with them.

DIY columnist Heather Laura Clarke guest-stars on AMI's Eyes for the Job
Yup, I sewed myself a tool belt the night before filming began!

We turned a dresser into a bench — right up my alley, since I love repurposing furniture — and I even taught Chris how to sew so we could make a cushion for the top!

DIY columnist Heather Laura Clarke guest-stars on AMI's Eyes for the Job
My now-famous sewing machine

The workshop was full of tools and I even got to use ones that were brand-new to me — like the band saw (yikes!) and the table saw (which we own, but I have never used on my own).

DIY columnist Heather Laura Clarke guest-stars on AMI's Eyes for the Job
Me thinking “Please don’t let me saw off my hand on national TV.”

I’ve been on sets of commercials and videos, but never a TV show so it was fun to see “how the magic happens.” It took two full days of filming just for the parts with me, and I wasn’t even in the whole 30-minute episode. It’s pretty crazy how much time and effort goes into a 30-minute show!

DIY columnist Heather Laura Clarke guest-stars on AMI's Eyes for the Job

I caught the episode on Thursday when it ran on AMI, and it’s airing again tonight at 9:30 p.m. Atlantic, and tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 18) at 9:30 a.m. Atlantic if you want to watch. AMI seems to be channel 65 throughout most of Nova Scotia. (Pls ignore my double chins during a few unfortunate angles!)

This actually wasn’t the end of my “Eyes for the Job” journey. I went back again in July for another episode, except I got to bring the kids with me! I’ll keep you posted when that episode airs — they’re VERY excited to see themselves on TV. Dexter took his “job” very seriously and I just know they got some amazing shots of his serious little face as he sanded away. Charlotte developed a full-on crush on Alex and never wanted to leave her side — it was adorable!

Andddddddddd I didn’t cut my hand off on national TV, so I’d consider that a huge win.

So what do you think?

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