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301  Re: Bead Soup Swap - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: September 13, 2009 05:35:53 AM
Oh not weird at all!  It is that little bit of order in chaos.  Beads are also hyp...no... tiz....ing.... 

I could probably spend hours just going through my beads.  I think I did for this swap!  Pulled them all out, went through them all, got the stuff I wanted to send.  Reorganized them all.... went to bed happy.  Dreamt of beads.  Woke up, went to bead store.  Bought more beads.  Reorganized, incorporating new beads, with old stash..... happy.....  Got swap package.... went through new beads again.... added to stash...... happy.

I swear, if someone did research, they may find that beaders get an endorphin rush from handling their beads - especially if there are new beads involved..... happy......

Here are some different shots of the necklace and earrings I made.  I really love those purple beads because of that deep colour and combining it with the jade stones.  This was actually an updated recreation of a necklace I made for myself and gave away also in the past.  I loved the deep purples and greens together.  I wanted to recreate it for myself, but made it and gave it away again.  I went back to get more jade donuts and the little rose decorated glass beads to make another for myself, and they did not have any :C  I am just not meant to have this necklace for myself.

The earrings I made from stones I bought from a bead show, which is why they don't match, but I felt that the necklace needed something to accompany it and I had nice donuts and the double holed square stones too.  I had originally bought about 7-9 of the lighter donuts to make a bracelet with.

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302  Re: Dishalicious Dishcloth/Washcloth Swap Rd. 9 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: September 09, 2009 08:28:13 PM
Darn, I thought I was the first picture poster  Roll Eyes  Oh well.....

I just got home a short while ago and saw my package from itchyfingers in the mailbox!  What a great surprise to come home to after a long frustrating day at work.

Forgive my picture taking, I'm a bit tired, so I suspect I did not do her work justice, but I wanted to make sure I posted asap.

She sent me two dishcloths.  One is a very pretty basketweave pattern in white cotton.  It feels so soft!  The second is a LOVELY leaf pattern in sage green (hmmmm - a familiar green, I think I made one of hers in that same colour!), that she embroidered the veining on.  So very pretty!  I know the pictures can't pick up the leaf pattern, but I love it.  It seems almost a shame to use them to wash dishes with!  She also said she made mistakes on the leaf one, but trust me, barely noticeable, and I probably only noticed because you mentioned it.  You're too hard on yourself!  I love them both.

Below the cloths is a picture of the little scrubber she made me.  It is adorable, and I think it would actually make a cute little facial scrubber too, since the cotton feels so soft and gentle.  I love the little flower shape and look of it.

Then, she sent me something she invented herself.  It is a knit little envelope to hold a scrubby - she calls it a scrubvelope - very cute.  Or, as she suggested, it could be used as a soap saver too, which I think I am tempted to do with it.  I love the colour and shape of it - and the matching scrubby.

Thank you itchyfingers! 

My package will hopefully be there soon, and I hope you like it as much as I like yours!

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303  Re: Fill a Box Canadian Style Round 3 signups CLOSED sendout 10/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: September 07, 2009 11:40:08 AM
Just because I can......

A teaser pic.  A teeny weeny weeny teaser pic.
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304  Floral tote - my first acetate stencil and a few lessons learned in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: September 06, 2009 11:07:27 AM
So I started out earlier this summer making a stencilled Ozzy apron very simply with cardstock, and I have moved on to freezer paper stencils since (not posting here because some of it is for a swap I am in and want to keep them a surprise).  I decided I would try to make something that was reusable, and made some stencils from acetate/transparency film.  This is my first attempt using them.  Lessons learned - when one has a can of stencil glue for more than a few years, the nozzle may be a bit gunky.  There is a reason the instructions say to blot some of the glue before applying it to the surface.  Also, read instructions on how to clean the stencil and make sure to have cleaning agent on hand before using said stencil.  Hopefully I can salvage the stencil after I get some baby oil to clean it :C

Anyways, the adhesive came out a bit gloppy and the adhesion was not great in some spots so I had some bleeding, but overall, not bad for my first try.  I will do another with a freezer paper stencil and see how I like it.  I am pleased with how the colours blended for the flower - hard to see, but the white centre is actually a pearlized paint, so there is subtle glitter.

I will be doing a variety of designs for bags for Christmas, now that they have banned free plastic bags for shopping in our city.

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305  Re: Random Swap Round 2 - Signups 08/30/09 - 09/13/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: September 05, 2009 06:34:03 PM
Here's another little random bit of trivia.  Seeing as how the send out date is November 1st, everyone should know that is also Hello Kitty's official birthday.  Also, for that matter, my DH's birthday.  The fact that the two are one and the same drives him nuts.

I think I may make a Hello Kitty cake for him this year....

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306  Re: Random Swap Round 2 - Signups 08/30/09 - 09/13/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: September 05, 2009 08:06:27 AM
It's not quite pancakes on the head, but here is a pic I took of my dog Ginger, when I thought that half the beaded ornament I had been working on looked like a crown.

Here she is.... Princess Gingerella!!!!

I tried to crown Toby too, but he wouldn't have any of that nonsense!
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307  Re: Bead Soup Swap - Round 2 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: August 31, 2009 01:38:47 PM
I don;t remember how to post pictures!  Can anyone help?

Upload the pics to your computer, then upload to either the Crafter photo hosting, or to whatever other photo hosting site you use (I tend to use my photobucket account).  Then copy the link, highlight it, and press the button on the second row, far left - the one with the little picture.  Just copy and paste the link that has this code (I know that Photobucket has that option, but not sure about the other sites [img ]  (link address for pic)  [ /img]
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308  Re: Bead Soup Swap - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: August 27, 2009 10:25:17 AM
OK, here are pics from the package I got from Sarahbug.  Lots of pics......

First off, the necklace and earring set she made me.  I really like this - it's various beads wrapped on wire.  Unusual, eclectic, and quite delicate looking.  I may steal this idea Cheesy  So very pretty!  A great way to use odd or small amounts of beads that would not be enough to make a bigger project too. 

And my soup:

Lots of really neat little bits and bobs in there caught my eye right away:

I love that little leather birdy - I saw part of that sticking out of the soup and wondered what the hect that was.  He's adorable!  Love the little metal filigree pieces, and that cute little Buddha.  The paint embellished glass beads are really pretty too.

Am loving the little charms, and other goodies.  LOVE that big silver floral pendent, and the copper leaf/flower, and those cute cafe charms too!

Thank you so much sarahbug, and to jennieingram for organizing this swap.  It was a nice, quick, fun one to make and receive for.  My only regret was that I limited myself to one partner.  Now I really wish I signed up for two!
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309  A super quicky etched project - owl votives in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: August 21, 2009 04:04:22 AM
Usually I wait for the paint to dry fully in case I want to cut away or make any adjustments, and to make sure that it has adhered fully to the glass.  This time I waited only until it was touch dry.  Just because I was impatient.  What I SHOULD have done was make sure the taped sides adhered fully before applying the compound, otherwise, I am pleased with it.  I thought the owls look cute.

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310  mini beaded irises in Beads: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: August 21, 2009 03:57:39 AM
I was fiddling around with these recently, just for the sake of making them.  I haven't fully decided what I am going to do with them yet.  If I get ambitious, it would be neat to make a picture of irises in flat peyote and have a few of these sticking out for some dimension.  Especially as a good friend of mine loves irises too.

They are only about an inch high.

Please ignore any dog fur that may appear in the picture.
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