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301  Re: FoC Acrylic-Free Bead Soup Swap (Round 5) GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: September 23, 2011 07:06:00 PM
Here is my soup from Atsuko... It was a particularly chunky, and delicious recipe!


I am very intrigued by the tiles - ideas ideas...


Pretty blue rod beads, and spotted glass beads, and so many jewel toned glass beads



Love the rolled paper beads in the top, and have ideas of what I want to make with the pink beads


Adorable fish pendent and a cool glass pendent



and my new pretties - I love them, but especially love the acorn earrings - so adorable!
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302  Re: OTT Game of Thrones Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: September 23, 2011 06:57:16 PM
Here is my OTT from lorelei

A decorated wood box with Daeny on the lid


Clan Stark on the side


and their sigil - Winter is coming, as we all know


What treasure does this crate protect?  One of her precious dragon eggs of course!



Here are some more pics I found of my box, with the Stark, Baratheon, and Targaryen sigils.






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303  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 7 -- Summer 2011 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: September 09, 2011 04:09:29 PM
I got my package from what's_her_name earlier in the week - she made me a pair of scrubs and sent me the pattern to make my own, and a whole box load of papercrafting supplies - love the stamps and am eager to try the dies.

I wore the top already on Wednesday and got so many compliments from my coworkers - they love the pattern and fabric.

Thank you so much - it was totally worth the wait!

Sorry for the wrinkles, I took the picture after wearing it to work, and DH threw it in the hamper before I took pics.




The pattern pieces for the scrubs to make my own


Papercutting dies, and adorable Halloween stamps



More gorgeous stamps - I have some ideas for these and some new things I am trying



An elegant portable office/organizer set - so pretty!

Thank you so much - I had so much fun making and receiving from you.  This was a lovely swap, and I am looking to the Holiday Edition coming up!
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304  Re: Snoopy is my sweetheart! First item for my craft room wall... in Needlework: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: August 07, 2011 04:17:41 PM
Ooops - forgot there was a needlework section <blush>

Thanks everyone - I have always loved Snoopy.  So does DH actually; he had a beagle/mutt mix when he was a teenager and he named her Snoopy. 

Here are the pics of Toby and Ginger he will be gazing lovingly at - I took them one Fall on our last day of vacation at the cottage - Toby looks sad because he knows we're leaving his favourite place on Earth.





Or there are two great pieces of art work that another Craftster sent me in a swap last year that I could use too, but DH says I am hogging them by putting them in the craft room - he loves them too and wants them in a common area.


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305  Snoopy is my sweetheart! First item for my craft room wall... in Needlework: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: August 07, 2011 09:31:26 AM
I don't even have my craft room yet, but I have the paint colours chosen, and the furniture etc chosen.  I am loving all the hoops in the hoopla swaps and that has motivated me to try making some of my own, having not done any cross stitch or embroidery in years.  I whipped this up yesterday while DH was drywalling.  I love Snoopy and plan on having him look up (with love) to two of my favourite framed pics of my current canine loves, Toby and Ginger.

He's a little rough, but I love him anyways.



What do you think?
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306  Why buy it when you can DIY it? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: July 30, 2011 12:47:13 PM



We all do it don't we?  We see something, a necklace, curtains, a cute piece of wall art, decorative throw, decorated plate, earrings, a t-shirt, what have you, and we all think, "Hey, I like that."  Take one look at the price and go into sticker shock - heck sometimes pure sticker-circling-the-drain-COMA.  Then we think, "Heck, why the heck would I pay $$$$ for that - I can make that myself."

But let's face it - most if not all of us Craftsters already have a long list of projects we are doing, want to do, promised to do (not to mention the real world intruding with work, family, friends, new season of television, etc).  This ends up being one more item that, no matter how much we lust for it, ends up being put on the back burner.

Anyone interested in swapping?
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307  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 7 -- Summer 2011 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 29, 2011 08:27:00 AM
Here is my
package number 2 from whats_her_name.

It was delivered a few days ago, but I had no idea because it was dropped in one of the bedrooms that we are no longer using because of renovations - thank goodness one of my friends mentioned it to me afterwards that a package was delivered or goodness knows how long it would have been neglected!  

I love it all!!!!

First off, she sent me a great papercrafting package, including decorative frames.  It gives me an idea of what to do with the new blank wall we will have going up the staircase to our new second floor.  There is lots of papery goodness, glue, brads and other interesting little findings.



There is a coconut and almond chocolate bar too - teehee - too bad, DH loves chocolate and almonds, but he HATES coconut - so I DO NOT HAVE TO SHARE for once!!!!!

There is this fabric covered notebook that matches the little case she made me in round one - love this.  I can never have to many notebooks and journals because I am always making lists and jotting things down.



She also sent me some wisty stuff - a kit to knit a woolen sheep hot water cover - I LOVE this!!!!  I would have loved the sheep, but to have the kit to make my own makes me even more super happy!  Thank you so much Kerrie - this is so thoughtful, because now I can make some for my (always ever cold) sister's in law and neices!



See that on the left?  That is also a great felted hat she knit me.  I used to hate hats and wearing a hat in the winter, but I have come to realise as I get older that my head gets cold and have learned a new appreciation for hats.  The problem is that I am certain my head is oddly shaped because hats seem to always slide off.  Not this one - it is actually a perfect fit!  I love the colour too and that I can embellish it however I want.  Next time I am at my favourite bead store, I am picking up some hat pins and ribbons just so I can make some accessories for the hat!



Thank you so much Kerrie, this is a fantastic package and I love it all!

Off to do some more on #3 - especially as i realise now  I am running late on it!
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308  Wood burned cedar coasters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: July 03, 2011 05:24:27 AM
DH had some leftover cedar from this project we did together; Grandmom's box.  So I asked if he could cut it and rout the edges, making them into coasters for me.  He made about a dozen and I used some of them for a couple of swaps.

I turned 5 of them into Metalocalypse coasters based on the image from one of their posters, for the Spring is for Metal swap.







I also burned a single one for the MAF swap, with a quote from one of my favourite authors, Terry Pratchett.



I finished all the top and outer surfaces with 3 coats of clear coat, and the bottom with one or two.  Then added felt to the bottoms to protect the table surface.
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309  Grandmom's box in Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: July 03, 2011 05:12:26 AM
DH's grandmom passed away this Spring.  It was exceptionally sad because she was our generation's last grandparent, and it felt like losing all of my grandparents all over again, even though it has been years.  Especially as his grandfather and grandmother reminded me so much of my paternal grandparents.

Anyways, she did not want a flashy funeral, or coffin or the whole shebang her husband had.  They were very much opposites.  He had the big church ceremony, and a huge wood coffin, with viewings at the funeral home.  She wanted to be cremated and a quiet ceremony with family and friends.



Jim's dad asked him to build her a nice box and if I could decorate it with a Claddagh heart because she was Irish, and loved everything it stands for, letting love and friendship reign.  I think all the girls in the family have a ring, including myself, even though I am Chinese.

This is what we built for her - our final gift.  A lot of love went into this box.  DH built it out of the prettiest clear cedar he could find, which was bought by the SO of his sister, who also helped him.  They finished it to the smoothest finish I have ever felt, finishing with an emery paper of fine fine grit.  I found a Claddagh pattern I felt suited her personality the best, transferred and burned that on.  I left a bit of space at the bottom in case they decided that they wanted to add a message.  Jim's dad and his sister decided they wanted her name on it.  Not her formal name, but what everyone called her; Vilma (she is formally Wilhemina, but no one ever called her that).



After the burning, DH finished it with several coats of clear coat, so carefully that it was like satin when he was done.

The kids wanted her wedding ring to stay with her, and were just going to crazy glue it onto the box, which I felt was just wrong.  I had a Victorian style cameo setting, so with everyone's permission, I took the ring, and made it into a cameo with clear resin.



They were going to put the box into a marble box they bought from the funeral home, but in the end, her kids all decided they liked it so much, that they would not cover it.  We had a graveside service just last month, so she could be buried when the flowers are blooming.  What surprised me was how many people took pictures of the box, and so many people complimented us and cried about it.
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310  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 7 -- Summer 2011 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 01, 2011 06:55:27 PM
Package 2 sent!!!  Here is a teaser!



Ooooooh - awesome ice cubes! 
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