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401  Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) in Craftalongs by Onyxnox on: January 14, 2011 07:25:08 PM
I made my purse today!!!!!  It is just a little evening one, but so cute (if I do say so myself)!

I posted in purses forum.

I love it - it is a great little size, and I think I may make a few for gifts/gift bags for Christmas too for some friends.
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402  My first purse - for me :D (pic intense) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: January 14, 2011 07:18:43 PM
It was my new years resolution to improve my sewing skills, and to craft more for myself.  I even joined the Fake Swapping Craftalong, with my fake swap being the Make A Purse swap.

I saw the Noriko purse pattern from Lazy Girl's Designs (http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/?p=1920) and just loved it.  I made it with some fabric I had left over from making a bagsket and hook roll for DH's mom for Christmas, and I am pretty happy with it.  It makes a cute little evening purse, and I may make a few more for gift bags/gifts for Christmas/birthdays.  It is a cute size for a small gift.

I may try making a few more bags/totes, before trying to tackle clothing.  I picked up a pattern for scrub tops for myself.

Instead of a button, I used a resin brooch I made recently.  I am super proud that ALL MY SEAMS ARE ALIGNED!!!!  Woohoo!!!

Now what to fill it with.....
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403  A combined effort - Woodburned signage for a Dad's new business in Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: January 04, 2011 03:38:00 PM
I am particularly proud of this project because DH and worked on it together.  We seldom work on a project together because he is a contractor so sometimes he just wants to relax on his free time.  But his dad recently got licensed as a paralegal and started his own business.  He wanted a sign for the house, since that is where his office is.  I started woodburning last year, and suggested to DH that we could make him a sign together.  I think it turned out pretty good.

DH had some gorgeous clear cedar that he laminated together to make a decent size, and routed the edges for me.  I took FIL's business card and made up the lettering and burned it.  I added some decorative maple leaves to the corners.  I found his professional society's logo and added that to the lower right corner.  We weren't sure if he wanted his number on the front of the house or not, or an e-mail, or whatever, so we made a separate shingle for the number.  After the burning, DH verathaned everything, about 4 layers so it is super glossy.  Everything is attached by brass chains and eye hooks, and DH made a cedar hanger so that it can be attached to a post on their porch and hung under the porch overhang in the front of the house.  It is large enough to be seen from the sidewalk.

It was part of his Christmas present and I do think he liked it, and was surprised.  I got permission from him to post the information; both he and DH agreed that it would defeat the purpose if I blurred out the information.

I can't express how much DH and I enjoyed working on something together - other than menial household tasks - it really became great bonding time for us too.  He was so proud of it, he was showing everyone who came by the house.  He's talking about us making a sign for his contracting business too now, and I planning the layout for that now.

What do you think?
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404  Re: Craft along for ME- ongoing in Craftalongs by Onyxnox on: December 18, 2010 06:34:30 PM
Sheepblue - Where were you when I did the Monty Python swap?!  

When I made these hair ornaments, I loved how they looked like peonies.  I am going to make a wreath with two different sizes of these.  I am not sure if I am going to make one with just this colour of red, or mix up colours.  I may add some deep purple/burgundy, because I love the deep purple tree peonies, and the duo coloured reds with the deeper coloured centres.  I may use the same green feathers in the back as leaves, and mix some peacock feathers in too.  It would be very luxe, but I still want to keep the centres with freshwater pearls.

My list is getting bigger.  I was just talking to DH about doing a new wood burned sign for our house, and some decorated wood burned panels to fill in some inset panels on our butt ugly front door.
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405  Re: Canadian Envelope Swap Winter Edition! Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 17, 2010 04:07:28 PM
I guess I am posting the first  pics.  I received today from flygrl88.  My envelope hasw an adorable coffee sleeve in that cute cloud fabric, a sweet bird stamp, some pretty ribbon, and leaf confetti, and some really nice button ornament gift tags

Thank you very much Leah.  Hope you get your package soon too!
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406  Merry Christmas MoL in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: December 08, 2010 01:09:08 AM
my guy's mom recently retired (OK, she hated her job and quit), and she has decided to crochet again after having not done so for over a decade.  She actually called me for advice, because she forgot some of the basics.  So for Christmas, I decided it may be nice to make her a kit of crochet goodies.  I bought her new hooks, scissors, measuring tape, some other doodads, a pattern book, and a technique/help book.  I decided to make her a hook roll and a work bag.  I loved the bagsket design from foofanagle (and which I originally saw here in a swap) and made a pencil roll from  you go girl for a swap myself recently.  I adapted the pencil roll to use for hooks, with a cover flap to prevent the hooks falling out, and with a ribbon tie closure, and made the bagsket in the same fabric.  I am a pretty novice sewer, but am pretty proud of how they turned out.  I think I may make one for another crocheting friend, and a set for myself too.

My bagsket - she likes purply colours and the greens will coordinate well with her living room.  It should be big enough to hold the roll, a small project and a couple of skeins of yarn.

The inside is lined with pockets for notions and crochet doodads

The hook roll

Do you think she will like it?

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407  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 6!!!! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 03, 2010 06:21:08 AM
Loving the shape of that apron.  Agreed, great gallery for this swap.  I am adding some more goodness too.  I received earlier in the week from theballandskein, and we both decided not to wait until Christmas to open.  It was a great pick me up to open it up after work.

Here is the whole shebang - and there were more wrapped goodies in the stocking too.

Isn't this cool?  I think it was made with ties, and I love the colours and sheen of it.

The first group of goodies, some really great black and white paper crafted ornaments; my favourite is the one with santa and the reindeer.  A bag with santa on a motorbike - I guess even Rudolph needs a break once in a while Cheesy, a sparkly reindeer tie (going to have to convince him to wear that for Christmas dinner!!), and an adorable reusable bag that is stuffed into the penguin pouch - love it.

Next group - a fantastic silky scarf with a blue bird applique.  I love how it drapes on me and the colours are fab!  Two very pretty green tree ornaments, they are stamped with a swirly pattern in the middle.  A green scrubbie.  Edible goodies (yay!  tea and cookies!!!) for me, and for the furred ones.  A great book of homemade spa recipes - can't wait to try some of those!  Patterned tissues - something I always carry around, and which I also sent her Cheesy

More ornamenty goodness - some puffy bird hearts that are too cute.  Bird and snowflake buttoned ornaments - love the birds especially, especially the one in the centre with the blue buttons.  And a cross stitched ornament, so pretty, and look at that great bird ornament - so adorable.  I am conflicted on that one - I love it and want to keep it, but I also know that I have a friend who would absolutely adore that, who is an avid bird watcher, and collector and that totally would suit her.  I will have to think on it.  If I am generous of heart and sharing, I may decide to give it to her (even though I really really want to keep it).

Thank you very much!!!
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408  More organza flower ornaments - tutorial link also in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: November 27, 2010 05:05:07 AM
I first made these earlier in the year as a request from a bride to be for her wedding hair do, or part of her reception outfit next year.

I made a couple of more of these for a swap recently, so I took some pics of the process and made up a tutorial.

I made a smaller one to decorate a mini tophat that I hand knit and fulled.  I decorated it with an iridescent teal ribbon, a peacock feather, and the flower, with a freshwater pearl centre.  I made a full sized one into another hair ornament, with the green feather feathers again.

I do love these flowers, and I think I will be making a bunch of them with feather leaves for a wreath in the spring.  I also found some nice silver bobby pins with bases for adding decor too and maybe will make some of these for those too.

Anyways, here is the link to the tutorial.  I hope others find it useful.  Some other sites don't use the flower shaping, but I found that it made for nicer petals and a nicer texture overall.

Organza flower tutorial on my blog
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409  My owls have balls..... in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: November 21, 2010 09:31:17 PM
or would that be my balls have owls?

Still a novice with woodburning but I thought these turned out cute.  I even added a bit of stippling for some texture to the wings and heads.

Bought 1 and 3/4 inch pine balls from Lee Valley Tools and buttons too.  Some girls love Tiffanys, and Dior.  I love Lee Valley.

Burned one of two different owl images onto one side of 6 balls.  DH drilled a hole for the ribbon and button for me, and I stained the balls a light golden colour, and the button a bright red before attaching the button and ribbon to the balls. 

I am going to make a set of snowflake balls stained blue for my own tree, and maybe some for family.  If I get the time.

I love the smell and rustic appearance of wood ornaments - they add a nice old fashioned charm.
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410  Santa Claus is coming to town... {Tutorial link added} in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: November 21, 2010 09:18:48 PM

I am pretty happy with these.  This is the first time I soldered, so the edges are a bit rough, but maybe I will improve with practice.

These are made with 1"x3" glass microscope slides.  I got a pack of 72 or so for a nice price at a local surplus store, so that made over 30 slides.  I cut out vintage Santa/Christmas images, printed and trimmed to size, adhered one per slide and used two slides to make each ornament.  Soldered the edges together and bent wire and soldered them to the frames to be hangers, and used a charm for each at the bottom.  

I plan on making a few more, and will probably post a tutorial on my blog at some point.  

Comments and criticism always welcome.

I made a second batch yesterday and took pictures of the process and wrote it out.  For some of these, I added jump rings to the frame so other hangers, like chain or ribbon could be used.  I love the vintage Santa's, but also brainstormed some other ideas for them too, so I may actually reconfigure these for ornaments for a future Christmas too. 

Anyways, click here for the link to the tutorial on how I made these; I posted it on my blog yesterday

Please let me know if anything needs clarification
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