Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Recap

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It's the last day of 2012, and WOW what a year this has been! I just wanted to do a little "2012 in review" post to go over the many things that went on this year.

1. I hosted a fun giveaway, created some video tutorials, and added more printables (1, 2) to the blog!

2. Participated in National Craft Month.

3. Taught a Derby Hat workshop with D.I.Y. Louisville.

4. Had an awesome show at the Buy Local First Fair at The Louisville Watertower.

5. Traveled to Las Vegas and Chicago (twice).

6. Represented at the Kentucky State Fair with D.I.Y. Louisville.

7. Went to the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago.

8. Left my job of three and a half years at a non-profit service organization in Louisville and started working for a fantastic local theater company!

9. Made several sales in my etsy shop.

10. Started a TV crafting adventure on WDRB in the Morning with Julee.

11. And today I celebrate the two-year anniversary of this blog and will soon mark two years in business as Craft E Magee!

Thank you for following me on this incredible journey. Through Craft E Magee I have made some incredible friends, tested my crafting capabilities and learned new skills, and been given some wonderful opportunities! Here's hoping that 2013 is even better!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Live on WDRB in the Morning

Whew! I hope you made it through the Holidays! I love this time of year, but it sure is jam packed with people to see and things to do!

Leading up to Christmas this year, I had the amazing opportunity to be on the local show "WDRB in the Morning." It was such great fun, and I am so glad that I got to do it with my friend Julee from D.I.Y. Louisville!

In case you missed it, I've uploaded all the videos to my YouTube channel and placed them here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Last Minute Gift: Fleece Scarf


Last-minute gifts can be stressful, but not these fleece scarves! They are simple and sure to please any recipient! All you need is some fleece fabric and scissors for fringed scarves, or fleece, scissors, and thread and needle for scarves with pockets.

For the fringed scarf:
Cut out a long rectangle from your fleece fabric (Fleece can be found in numerous patterns or solid colors at local craft stores).
The scarf I made is 76 inches long (I measured this based on my desired length) and 9 inches wide.
After you have the scarf size you want, simply make vertical cuts every few inches to add fringe.

Holly the doll is a fan of this hounds-tooth fleece fringe scarf.

The other option aside from the fringe scarf is the pocket scarf (pictured at right below).
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To make the pocket scarf, repeat the above steps minus cutting the vertical fringe pieces.

Take a coordinating piece of fleece fabric (like this solid black) and cut two pockets. My pockets measured 6.75 inches tall and 5.25 inches wide. Again this was based on my personal hand size.

Pin these squares about 5 inches from the bottom of each end of the scarf, and sew along the bottom and right and left sides, leaving an opening on the top for your hands.

I can actually fit my whole hand in each pocket (although with my thumbs out in the picture it looks deceptively small).

These pockets are perfect to keep your hands safe from the cold and chill as you walk outside this Winter. The fleece is super warm and so versatile, which is an ideal quality for these scarves.

I'd love to see yours if you make them. Comment here or post a photo to my facebook page!

Last Minute Gift: Marker Mugs

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Christmas is exactly one week away! It is hard to believe, but don't worry--it's not too late to make an awesome handmade gift for a friend!

These marker mugs are so easy and can be customized for each person! All you need is a plain ceramic mug (be sure it is oven and food safe), a pencil, and permanent markers!

First, clean your mug and then pencil sketch your idea. The pencil marks can be erased or cleaned with soap and water if you mess up. When you are ready, use a permanent marker to draw directly onto the cup. Last, heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake your mug for 30 minutes to set the ink. This gift would be perfect with a bag of coffee to the caffeine fanatic that you know and love. Maybe you will make one for yourself!

If hand washed, these mugs will last a long time. The possibilities are endless!


It's fun to use metallic markers too!

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What is the best last-minute gift that you've ever made? Share your Handmade Holiday experiences in the comments.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Glitter Snowman Ornament Tutorial


It's the season for Winter crafts! Over the weekend, Julee from D.I.Y. Louisville and I worked on this fun craft where you make glitter glass ornaments with floor cleaner finishing liquid! It's so easy and fun. This craft is great for kids and kids at heart. I mean, who doesn't love glitter?!!

I am going to show you how to make this ornament, and then how to turn it into a cute snowperson!

For the Glitter ornament, you will need:
Glass Ornament bulb(s)
Glitter (white for the snowperson, although I demonstrate with red)
Floor cleaner finishing liquid for tile and vinyl floors


First you need to coat the clear glass bulb with the floor cleaner. Remove the cap from the bottle of floor finish and remove the metal hanger from the glass ornament. Pour a little of the liquid into the bulb.

Swirl the liquid around in the bulb, coating all sides of the glass. Then dump the excess liquid back into the bottle.


Next, pour a generous amount of glitter into the ornament.



You can swirl the glitter around the inside, or just cover the opening with your thumb (use a paper towel between your thumb and the ornament to prevent a glittered thumb) and shake, shake, shake!


Whether your swirl or shake, be sure the glitter coats the glass bulb. Re-insert the metal ornament hanger.


This makes a very pretty ornament by itself, but I like to give my ornaments some personality.


Take your white glitter ornament and gather some other supplies:
Paint pens (or permanent markers) in orange and black
A baby (or kid-size) sock
Glue (I prefer hot, glue)

Cut the sock in half at the heel mark.


Pull the sock down over the glass ornament about mid-way. Secure with hot glue.


Tie a piece of ribbon around the top of the hat (around the metal ornament hanger).


Add the carrot nose...


...and coal eyes and mouth...


...and you've got the cutest snowperson ornament around!

Add some ribbon to the ornament hanger and place on your tree. Admire your handy work, or wrap it up and gift it to someone else. They will be sure to admire your cute creation!


See that Santa belly ornament peaking out in that photo? Julee shows you how to make that, and some other fun ornaments over at D.I.Y. Louisville!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

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I am very excited every year at this time. Although, 2nd to Halloween as my favorite holiday, Christmas is in the best month: December! Why is December the best month, you ask? Because it is my birth month!

Maybe it's silly, but it feels extra special to spend my birthday in the month filled with beautiful lights, decorations, and an abundance of happiness and goodwill from those around me. Now, if we could just have a magical snow fall, it would be perfect.

We have been decorating the house, and the tree looks great!

We have been baking, and the treats are yummy!

We have also been crafting... which leads me to some terrific news!




Julee of D.I.Y. Louisville and I are going to be on television! WDRB in the Morning is going to have us on air this week!

Set your DVRs to WDRB on Wednesday, December 12. We are doing two segments, one at 7:45am EST and one at 8:15am EST.

Big shout out and thank you to Sterling, Candyce, and Cara for bringing us on!

We have an awesome craft to share, just in time for Christmas, so be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

DIY Louisville: Handmade Ornament meet-up

Tonight I got together with the wonderful crafters of D.I.Y. Louisville to make handmade ornaments for the Holidays.

Julee created a snow person template which we used to cut out the shapes. Then we crafted away using felt, seed beads, and embroidery thread.

One of the things I love about our craft-a-longs is seeing how unique each person's finished project is. Even though we all started with the same materials, each ornament ended up with its own personality and flair.

Join us next Wednesday night for our annual Handmade Ornament swap! Find the details on the D.I.Y. Louisville page. Hope to see you there! We'll have some sweet treats and lots of fun!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Non-Traditional Holiday Decorations

Modern Christmas Wreath by E. Magee
Modern Christmas Wreath, a photo by E. Magee on Flickr.
This time of year the stores are filled with red and green or blue and white to mark the winter Holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah. My favorite thing to do for my own decorations is to think outside of the (crayon) box.

That is how I came up with this wreath for my front door. With purples, magenta, and lime green, there is nothing traditional about this decoration!

The wreath was created with a foam circle base. I bought magenta and purple tree garland and wrapped those around the foam base in alternating stripes. I secured the garland with hot glue.

Next I used sparkly foam snowflakes and pine cones to decorate the wreath.

Last I topped it off with a big, glittery, purple & silver bow (instructions on bow making can be found here).

It definitely brightens up our porch during the dark December days.

What are some of your favorite non-traditional Holiday decorations or color palettes?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Small Business Saturday 2012

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In honor of Small Business Saturday, I thought I would post some of my favorite businesses to support, like I did last year.

Last year I focused on Louisville businesses only, but this year I thought I would share some of my favorite online shops, too.

If you've never heard of Etsy, you're missing out on a vibrant community of crafters and artists who are able to launch their own small businesses with Etsy's easy to use store front platform. I have found a number of amazing small businesses to support through this website.

Some of my favorite etsy small businesses include:

Kin Ship Press: A Louisville owned and operated business specializing in screenprinted home goods and apparel. They have some of the cutest stuff, but I especially love the Custom Name mugs.

Imagination Kids: a shop offering handmade, eco-friendly wooden toys, is one of the best finds on Etsy. Although I haven't had a chance to buy any of their toys yet, I am saving up for the time when the people around me start to have kids! This will be the first shop I buy from! Less than 2 hours from Louisville, in Greenwood, Indiana, I would consider this a local gem too! I know J would love the shark toy if we had a little one!

Ryan Conner's Originial Cat Folk Art: A funny, whimsical shop full of hilarious cat art. I bought the skeleton cat for J last Halloween, and love the glitter Santa cats Ryan is offering this year.

My Paper Crane: One of the most successful small businesses I know of, Heidi Kenney's shop My Paper Crane is filled with colorful handmade plush with personality. From her signature pizza slices and donuts, to cute seasonal gifts, her handmade items are delightful. I love her whimsical Snow White and the Seven Dwarves cross-stitching pattern.

The Black Apple: Another Cinderella story of the handmade world, The Black Apple offers beautiful illustrations and unique dolls. Emily Martin, the shop owner, is an amazingly talented artist, and she has become more successful each year with an appearance on Martha Stewart and published children's book. I love the recipe cards she illustrated and listed in her shop! I have some, but can't bear the thought of actually writing on them and messing them up!

What are your favorite independent and small businesses? Leave a comment on this post. I'd love to check out your favorites!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas Countdown

It seems weird to be posting about Christmas right after my last post, which was about Halloween, but I did a photo shoot today with the handmade Christmas stockings that I created to sell in my Etsy shop!
My good friend loaned me the use of her beautiful home and mantelpiece for the photos. She is so sweet. You can check out all the stockings that I created at Craft E Magee on Etsy!

Monday, November 5, 2012


Hoot hoot Owl cupcakes! Witch legs Topsy turvy witch cupcakes

I hope everyone had a super fun Halloween holiday! The inspiration for our sweet treats came from pinterest. We made little (Oreo) owl and topsy-turvy witch cupcakes. They were as yummy as they were cute! 

Monday, October 29, 2012


Do you use Instagram? I love this photo app and use it a lot. You can find me @craftemagee! Here are some of the winners from October.
Autumn morning #nofilter Sunset #nofilter Hallowreath Untitled upload Boo! I <3 art by kids! I want this as fabric! :) #kidart Untitled Untitled Keeping Louisville Crafty with @diylouisville! Sign in the hallway underneath the ATL theater. Untitled Untitled