SALUTE TO SUMMER
Tireless go-to girl Shelley Craft ditches renovation for celebration with two sunny seasonal specials
SHELLEY Craft clearly does not know how to slow down.
The sunny Channel Nine presenter is filming her third series of The Block for the year, has hosted Big Brother Saturday Showdown, kept her gig as the face of
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.
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 first 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 first 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.”