Shel­ley shares sum­mer se­crets

Pop­u­lar pre­sen­ter and go- to girl Shel­ley Craft shares some sum­mer se­crets with Anooska Tucker- Evans

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE -

SHEL­LEY Craft clearly does not know how to slow down.

The sunny Chan­nel Nine pre­sen­ter is fi lm­ing her third se­ries of The Block for the year, has hosted Big Brother Satur­day Show­down, kept her gig as the face of Fun­ni­est Home Videos and will present two spe­cials for the Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly, start­ing tonight.

And she’s done it all while jug­gling her two daugh­ters, Milla, 3, and Eadie, 18 months, and ren­o­vat­ing a new fam­ily home.

“I’m glad it looks like I’m busy,” Craft, 37, laughs.

“Ul­ti­mately, I’ve got a great sched­ule and it does al­low me a lot of free time at home with the girls.”

She might play down her full di­ary, but ad­mits there have been some busy mo­ments this year.

“( The Block) Sky High was an enor­mous se­ries and we also had the ( Block) All- Stars run­ning along­side that for a cou­ple of months over­lap­ping, so that was fairly hec­tic, with Fun­ni­est Home Videos thrown into that as well,” she says.

“I had a cou­ple of months off be­tween the end of Sky High and the start of this new ( The Block) se­ries so I was sit­ting around twid­dling my thumbs and thought, ‘ Why not start a new project’, which was buy a new house and do a ren­o­va­tion.”

So Craft and cam­era­man hus­band Chris­tian Ser­gia­comi traded in their ex­ist­ing home in By­ron Bay, on the NSW coast, for a nearby prop­erty on 40ha and started turn­ing it into their dream home.

“We moved in here about two- and- a- half months ago. We painted the whole in­side and tore up all car­pets and floor­ing and pol­ished the con­crete and moved a few walls around,” Craft says.

“We haven’t re­done the kitchens or bath­rooms or any­thing yet, that’s still to come.”

Clearly, be­ing a host on a re­al­ity ren­o­va­tion show is rub­bing off. “It’s fun ( ren­o­vat­ing). When you see it hap­pen ev­ery day on The

Block in a week, then I’m like, ‘ Why can’t I do a house in a few weeks’,” she laughs.

I was sit­ting around twid­dling my thumbs and thought, ‘ Why not start a new project’, which was buy a new house and do a ren­o­va­tion

With The Block’s ex­pert de­signer judges on call when­ever she needs help, ren­o­vat­ing is more of a plea­sure than a pain.

“I’ve got some very good friends,” Craft laughs.

“I sent a few pho­tos to ( The Block judge and in­te­rior de­signer) Dar­ren Palmer the other day and was just like, ‘ Can you tell me what I should do here?’

“And I checked my paint colours with ( fel­low judge and in­te­rior de­sign wizard) Shaynna ( Blaze) be­fore I did any­thing. They’re very handy peo­ple to know.”

Craft re­cently downed tools and stepped away from the con­struc­tion zone to host two Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly spe­cials, which will run over the next fort­night.

It’s her fi rst time pre­sent­ing the an­nual se­ries, and she de­scribes it as an “hon­our”.

“Last year, to be on the cover of the Christ­mas Women’s Weekly mag­a­zine, was some­thing I never imag­ined would hap­pen, and then to fol­low that on this year and be able to host this, I’m re­ally thrilled,” she says.

The fi rst of the spe­cials, screen­ing tonight, fo­cuses on things to do dur­ing sum­mer – recipes, fash­ion, travel and a back­yard makeover.

Jamie Durie and gang are back to makeover a back­yard and the cute pet fac­tor is ramped up thanks to vet Ka­t­rina War­ren and her Wonderdogs, and as­sorted celebs show­ing off their canine bud­dies.

Next week’s sec­ond episode will be ded­i­cated to Christ­mas ideas, gar­den­ing tips and DIY projects.

Craft’s in­volve­ment also sees her spend a day with food char­ity Oz Har­vest to show how view­ers can give back at Christ­mas time.

“It was awe­some and that’s some­thing my fam­ily are do­ing this Christ­mas Day here in By­ron,” she says.

“Some of the lo­cal chefs are putting on a big lunch for some of the home­less and dis­ad­van­taged around our town and in­stead of hav­ing our own Christ­mas lunch we’ll be help­ing out with that. My hus­band and I know how lucky we are and Christ­mas Day just seems like a good day to be able to do some­thing good.”

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