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401  Been in a flower making mood for Spring in Beads: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: April 26, 2009 07:52:46 PM
Saw these in a beading mag recently and I have been in a frenzy making dozens of these.  I thought they would be nice to add to hair pins/barrettes, jewelry, and I could incorporate them into my Christmas ornaments this year too.  I like their sparkle.

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402  Re: Twilight Replica ::Bella's Mittens:: With Pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: March 04, 2009 10:32:23 AM
Here are the two pairs I made - posted the link to your blog on mine too.  Can't say enough about how much I loved your pattern, it was so easy.  I will be making more - a pair each for my nieces, and maybe for other SIL, and a friend at work.  I think I want another pair in sage green too....

I will spare you the gratuitous pics I took posing the mittens on the dogs.... posted those on my blog Cheesy
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403  Sharing another bread recipe - homemade pumpernickel in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Onyxnox on: February 08, 2009 10:18:45 AM
I just made a few loaves of these and it was quite easy to make.  Far easier than I expected.

I will admit to cheating and using my breadmaker to mix the dough, and let it go to two rises.  Also, to give the bread better structure and lightness, I added about 2 tbsp gluten flour.  I have found that it makes a big difference in things like my pizza dough, etc, so I am resolved to add an extra tbsp or two of gluten to all my bread dough projects from now on.  If you don't have instant coffee, you can always replace the water with an equivalent amount of brewed coffee too.

Also, do NOT make the mistake I did - it is a rather wet and sticky dough - DON'T cover the rising dough, when in the loaf pan, with a tea towel :C  I just wanted some moisture in the oven when I let it sit for the last rise, and did not think :C

Just don't.  Before I did that, they had beautiful full, rounded, domed tops.  After.  Well, let's not speak of after.  Let's just say they were not even half as pretty after - tasty, but not pretty :C  You can see the difference in the middle - it's the pathetic dwarfed middle loaf.

They are for DH's sandwiches for the week (trying to sneak more fibre into him).  But next time I will make it in a round pan, or freeform on my pizza stone so I can do the traditional spinach dip bread bowl thing - yum!

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404  OK this makes me ridiculously happy in Dessert by Onyxnox on: January 21, 2009 04:04:53 PM
I made a b-day cake for a friend and I managed to write on the cake relatively successfully, and legibly and it did not look horrible!!!!!!  Not bad for a cake-letter virgin!!!

It's a lemon cake with lemony butter icing, decorated with silver dragees (which literally I stood back a few feet from and threw on the cake one at a time, to stick them on - hey it was a fun few minutes).  I wanted it to look more birthday-y and I had some leftover blue tinted royal icing so I added the lettering on top.  My BFF was suitably impressed - and she loves that particular cake too.  Very zippy!

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405  More Star Spheres in Beads: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: January 21, 2009 03:46:04 PM
I made a couple more actually using Delicas.  It's amazing how much better they look using those more precise beads.  They look more solid and the beads fit together so much more nicely, and the entire sphere maintains it's shape better.  These are smaller 12 sided ones, as opposed to the bigger one I made with regular seed beads.  They are quite labour intensive with all the sewing of the beads, and I only made two and kept them for myself.  At some point, I would like to make more for Christmas presents, but we'll see if that happens.  Or just make more for me Cheesy

I am going to add a ribbon at one of the corners where three of the stars come together, and may add a jingle bell to the centre so that they tinkle when moved.

And here is me crowning Ginger (aka Princess Gingerella) with one half of the sphere because it looked like a princess crown.  Toby would have nothing to do with it, so no crown for him.  Hey - so that does make it an accessory!

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406  Totally twisted favours; must share (warning: violent imagery & pic obese) in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: December 14, 2008 06:15:43 AM
First off, let me say that these are not mine, but they are so wonderfully, awesomely twisted, I have to share. 

We have an annual Christmas party with friends every year for the past 17-18 years, some of us have know each other since high school, some since babyhood.  We all share a rather morbid, perverse, and twisted sense of humour, even the owner of the house we gather at - who is the mom of two of our friends (and therefore mom to all of us).  This is the same group I crocheted the boob pillows for a few years ago; that we had a contest going on for a few years on who had the worse gift wrapping job (not worse as in ugly, but as in most difficult/gross to open, and most likely to draw blood/cause pain - I encased earrings in a block of plaster, he gave me a tape in a sealed wood casket with a crowbar, etc). 

Anyways - last night, as each person came through the door, we each had to grab a "ticket" out of a box, and each one had a phrase on it.  We were told that it would all be revealed to us when we exchanged gifts.  Mine had "reservoir dogs", another had "Ninja warrior", DH had "Swingers", etc.  We could exchange, steal each others, give them away, etc.

Here are what each of us got, with our tickets, when it came time to exchange gifts - handmade snowmen ornaments with a twist.

Tag on ticket: Uraguayan soccer team (refernce to the movie ALIVE!)

Tag on ticket: baseball bat (I think)

Tag on ticket: glass bottle shoved in your neck (that made some of us worry about what he had planned)

Tag on ticket: Swinger

Tag on ticket: the Shiv

Tag on ticket: Ninja warrior

Tag on ticket: Reservoir Dogs, this was mine, and I still haven't seen the movie yet, but this is a favourite amongst the group (movie that is), so there were a few people trying to steal it from me

Tag on ticket: Lincoln

Tag on ticket: Jason

They were incredibly detailed - each carrot nose hand carved, each twig arm carefully chosen, and then there were the other details - the glass shards, the hunting knife in the Reservoir Dogs, the hand carved baseball bat, and hat.  There were some others too that I did not post pics of - there was one with police brutality, with the tiny policeman's badge and baton, tire treads over one who got run over.

We laughed til tears ran down our faces.

Here is the creator - he passed out at 11:00 because he was up until 6 in the morning finishing off the snowmen, then still had to wrap everything, and then finish his shopping for the gifts. 

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407  My version of the loofah soaps in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: December 13, 2008 09:57:10 AM
I don't remember who posted them last year or so, but I thank you because it was a great idea.  I found a Canadian supplier for the items I needed that I was happy with, since I can't find soap making products in the local craft stores, and Michaels is not close enough - www.canwax.com (they carry lots of items for soap/lotions, and candlemaking if you need a supplier in Canada).

I made them by wrapping and taping plastic wrap around the loofah, as opposed to placing the loofah into a mold and pouring soap around it.  I was very happy with the results.  I was out of blue dye, so had to make due with red and yellow - but that is OK, because I used scents with a bit of citrus undertone, and they came out looking like lemon and grapefruit slices.

They are now wrapped in cellophane and resting nicely inside some glass vases I etched, for gifts for some girlfriends.  Some are in stockings for others too.

I had some leftover soap too and made mini soaps with some leaf molds I had from Crate and Barrel.

Here they are packed - I wanted to make some bath bombs, and fizzies, but just did not have time (get together is tonight for our gift exchange), so I used tissue paper as filler.  I actually repackaged it, with coloured paper, as you can't see the etching with the white paper.

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408  TUTORIAL - Etched vases in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: December 13, 2008 09:15:27 AM
I saw these vases at Ikea in the summer and thought they would make great containers for gifts at Christmas.  I wish I picked up more, as they were a good size, nice heavy glass, and the price was fantastic.  I was thinking they would make a great container for candles, or spa stuff, or cookies, that I could wrap up and give to others.  I only picked up three at the time, and decided to use them to hold soaps, etc, for three girlfriends of mine.

I etched them on two of the four sides, using the same technique I used for the unicorn canisters I made last year, using fabric paint to make the stencils.  Unfortunately I did not have the time to make the bath bombs, scrubs, and fizzies I wanted too - so they only have the soaps I made, with tissue paper as filler.  Stupid me, I have to rewrap them with a coloured tissue so the etching can be seen :C

The kitties - for my best friend who is obsessed with her cat

The unicorn, for the same friend who got the canisters last year - I was not as happy with this one, my hand was shaking a lot because it was the last one I did, and the tube of paint was getting a bit hard to squeeze near the end.

The pansies - for a friend who loves flowers -pansies, irises, and poppies are her fave.  She collects cat stuff too, but we have all given her so much cat stuff that she is drowning in it.

Here is what they looked like with the stencils.  This year, to prevent a "bloom" from the etching medium as it is washed off and touches clean glass briefly, I taped off large sections of the glass around the image, then used the paint to block off smaller areas between the image and the tape.

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409  A legion of Frosties - all beheaded.... in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: December 13, 2008 09:02:28 AM
Sounds gruesome doesn't it?  Nothing of the sort, they are just crocheted snowmen heads as ornaments.  I was tempted to add X's for the eyes, and yarny blood drips, but I knew some of the recipients (Sis and MIL) would not appreciate it - will have to keep it in mind for my tree, and a few others though.  I have something like two dozen of these made as gift toppers:

I love the novelty buttons I found to decorate the sides of the hats - holly leaves and snowflakes.

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410  Stocking Mittens - Mittings? Smittens? Mockings? in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: December 13, 2008 08:56:57 AM
I made a couple of these a few years ago for DH and myself, and had been meaning to make more for gifts since.  They are so easy to work up with super bulky yarn.  For the colours I wanted that did not have the super bulky, I just used two strands of worsted together.  So I made a half dozen, for a few of the ILs and a couple of friends.  I would like to have some more done for some more friends for next year.  These are actually nicer than ours, because I added some holly leaves and then I added their names in metal tile brads.  We could use them as traditional stockings, or as a reusable gift bag too.

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