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401  Re: Jar of Stars Gallery - send outs extended to 12/13/2011 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: January 12, 2012 10:37:56 AM
This is my package from dontdresslikeapril, my apologies for not posting the pics sooner - the new year has been a bit draining and chaotic with DH trying to make a push on the renos as he is starting a new job too.

Here is the whole lot

and my favourite of the bunch - a very sweet felted star

This has been a very fun swap, thanks to all my partners.
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402  Sugar skull crafting accessories in Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: January 04, 2012 11:00:32 PM
I made these for the recent MAF swap for a partner who liked sugar skulls and knitting.  I made a crochet hook roll, and complimentary sugar skull stitch markers (posted here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=400289.msg4710255#msg4710255 , and a fabric covered craft journal/sketchbook.

I am not really a huge sugar skull/dias des muertes fan (more guns and roses, tattoo style for me), but I really did like this fabric.

Hook case, roll up style with several slots for hooks, and for yarn needles/scissors

Blog link:

Journal cover:

Added a couple of extra pockets inside for slipping in pens, notes, patterns

Blog post for that:

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403  Sugar skull box in Needlework: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: January 04, 2012 10:41:32 PM
I made this up in September for the MAF holiday swap for a partner who indicated she liked sugar skulls - I found a sugar skull pattern I liked online and drew it onto a piece of unbleached cotton.  Then I stitched up the skull and hand stretched it as best I could, over the back of a wood photo box I had.  Then I decorated the frame around it with some freehand woodburning, and hand colouring before varnishing several times. I backed it with some felt.  It is supposed to be an organizer for gift lists and receipts, but could be used for pictures or trinkets.

It was a bit frustrating to work with because I bought floss from the local dollar store - they were nearby and I did not want to make a run to Michaels or a needlwork shop because they were out of my way.  Lesson learned - cheap floss = more knots, breaking threads, etc than is worth the trouble.  Go with the name brand next time.

Link to my blog posting on it.

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404  Frosty snowflakes falling over Chistmas - my annual ornament in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: January 04, 2012 10:01:23 PM
It was a dreary brown Christmas here, a bit of a disappointment.  But that's OK, I did not mind the warmer temperatures that came with it, and I made snowflakes for everyone so we could appreciate their beauty without all the shoveling and salting that goes with it.

Actually, I had started making woodburned ornaments earlier this year, but the problem was that when we packed away the stuff for renovations, the ornaments got packed away too so I could not finish them.

But I made these from some long bugle beads I had, with firepolished crystals and various sizes of seedbeads, and wire; after taking a brief workshop with the designer, Maria Rypan, earlier this year.

I made them in a variety of silvers, blues, and iridescent/clear bead, and added them to cards, and as add-ons to presents.  But I did not have enough to give away to everyone at our family Christmas party, so I may make more for next year.   Instead, I made bath bombs and handmade cards for the family party.

they ended up being about 3-4 inches in diameter - roughly palm sized.

Here is my blog posting about them
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405  My first bath bombs - a quick last minute family party hand out in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: January 04, 2012 09:45:58 PM
I admit to laziness and apathy this year for the holidays (exacerbated by the unholy mess the house is in right now from renovations).  But we had a family gathering on the 23rd and I was feeling some last minute guilt from not baking this year, and not having made enough ornaments to hand out to everyone.  I had the supplies to make bath bombs sitting around for the past couple of months, so I finally sat down and made a few dozen to hand out to the ladies at the party.  As in I literally woke up at 5 am on the 22nd and said to myself - OMG - I should make bath bombs so I have something at least for the party!  Then, with the sudden burst of energy I had, I made cards to go with the packages too.

I packaged 3 bombs per cello bag and tied them off each with a card - making about 15 packages or so.

Here they are drying on the trays - in my empty craft room which DH had three fans blowing in, because he just finished with the drywall compound, and needed everything dry so they could start painting after Christmas (squeal!!!!).  My dogs were very curious about those strange smelly things on the cookie trays.

I made heart shaped lavender ones which smelled like <guess what?>.  I decorated with a smidgeon of lavender flowers when pressing into the molds.

These were a citrus herbal scent which were particularly yummy.  

They were so easy to make, and I will definitely be making them again in the future.  With better planning, I will be making some for our non-family annual gathering next year.  I had a lot of fun making them too - except for the large cut I had on my one hand - OW!

I posted a few times about it on my blog:



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406  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 8 :: Holiday Edition! :: The Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 29, 2011 07:48:07 AM
Here is what I sent in package 2.  I am beyond po'd with the postal services.  I remade about half of package 1, resending some things like the candies, the jelly I made, some info about the charity, etc.  I luckily was able to send another jelly, and had my prototype of my Santa slide ornament, and was able to remake some of the others, like the magnet, the bookmark, the recipe book, etc.

For my actual package 2 -

Beaded snowflakes for her tree or to give away

A box to keep her gift lists, receipts, warranties organized - embroidered sugar skull image on cotton, with the box woodburned, hand coloured, and varnished. 

For her stash - a covered craft journal/sketchbook to keep track of patterns and projects, with pockets for pens or patterns, a crochet hook roll with extra yarn needles, a measuring tape, and scissors, and sugar skull stitch markers

I really enjoyed crafting for MAFs, but no thanks to the probable thief, and the postal services involved, this has been a terrible, depressing, anger-inducing experience for me that has coloured my entire holiday season, and I am still in a fight to get my money back - and if they do not reimburse me, then Canada Post is just as much a thief too. 
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407  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 8 :: Holiday Edition! :: The Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 29, 2011 06:03:07 AM
My partner received my combination package a couple of weeks ago.  I had to resend my package as package 1 was apparently "delivered" but not received by Shablina, and Canada Post/USPS are both being asses about it.  I am going to try to get reimbursed as it was very costly for me to send and contained a lot.  Here is what  I originally sent in my package 1

Lots of store bought to represent several of my favourites - candies such as Coffee Crisp, Sweet tarts, gummies, things representative of my favourite season - Autumn, and a tradition for us, vacationing in Muskoka in the Fall (and shopping in Huntsville which has a a great artist/artisan community - I always pick up things  I love there, and supplies - i also included a little inukshuk charm I bought in the package).  Things that keep me organized, like post its, and a favourite charity, our national blood service.  I love holiday patterns and always have holiday themed socks, so that is why I sent the peppermint swirl socks.  Also, I sent beads and supplies from my favourite store, and of my favourite craft- a beading store, go figure.

Here is one of my favourite family pictures, and a recipe book I made of favourite fall and holiday recipes including notes about them.  One of the microscope slide ornaments I made for everyone last year - my last good one actually.  A resin magnet of a leaf, one of the perfect teeny leaves I picked up on one of our fall walks at the cottage.  A wire worked bookmark to related to reading, and a beaded flower necklace, in a favourite colour.  Something warm was a fleece cowl I sewed, and there was a glass etched match holder/striker as our winter essential, and something edible was some hot pepper jelly I made.  Finally, the something local was a soldered charm with stamps with the skyline of Toronto, and the other side was a stamp of one of our historial forts, made into a chainmaille bracelet.

the match set as we always use our woodstove for warmth and ambience in the fall and winter

I put a lot of work into this package and am so upset that someone probably stole it.  I hope they rot for their thievery.

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408  Re: Fukubukuro 福袋 lucky bag Swap Gallery (Mail by 12/12/2011) in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 29, 2011 05:27:58 AM
I received from Krafty_Karasu a couple of days ago, but the holidays, as usual, are hectic hectic hectic, so I apologize for not posting until now - oh for two weeks off to play with someone else dealing with all the shopping and cooking, like when I was a child.... but to dream.

Anyways, I loved my package - thank you so much K_K. 

She sent me a variety of goodies including some AWESOME fabrics - which are in the background here.  I LOVE the blue dragon and pheonix fabric, and am thinking of what I can make for myself with that now.  Maybe a journal cover for my idea book?  There are also Sharpies - a Craftster can never have too many Sharpies IMO, and gel pens - which how did you know I love them???  There is also a lovely star shaped votive holder too - clear glass so it may be hard to see.

Anyone know what this is from???  A plate full of spam and baked beans for those of you who know....

It's is a mini hoopla from one of my favourite things in the world, and I love love love it - DH is working hard on finishing the craft room before he starts his new job in a week so hopefully I can hang this up with my other hoops in their new home soon!

In the back is two chocolate bars - and they are dark chocolate - PERFECT as that means DH will keep his nose out of them Wink  He hates dark chocolate, and I have always lost any milk or white chocolate to him!

Here is the bag, and it was heavy with stuff

A yummy yummy bead soup mix!!!!

Including wire - which is perfect because I am playing with more wirework now!!!

Two lovely beaded stars in my soup

Thank you and xxmyjelloxx so much for lovely packages to start my crafty new year with!
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409  Sugar skull goodies - stitch markers in Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: December 25, 2011 03:18:04 AM
not sure where to put these, as they did not seem to fit in the knit or crochet boards, or the jewelry board.

I made these for the recent MAF holiday swap as my partner indicated she crocheted and liked sugar skulls/Day of the Dead.  I made it as part of a kit for her stash/hobby, so there were stitchmarkers, a skull themed covered craft journal with pockets for patterns, and a hook roll with yarn needles, measuring tape, and scissors.

Made with shrink plastic, drawn on with marker, and coloured with pencil crayon, and veeeeeeeeeeeeeeery slooooooooooowly and patiently varnished with several layers of acrylic sealer.  Slowly to allow for proper drying so that they can be a bit more durable and thin layers, so they would not pit or show fingerprints so easily

I made two different ones that were made from skull beads I had, so that there was something a bit different to show the ends/beginnings of rows/patterns, on leverback earring hooks in case they need to be shifted around or removed in the middle of a row.

A couple of my favourites

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410  Star light, star bright.... in Beads: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: December 25, 2011 02:51:07 AM

I made these up as one of the stars for my Jar of Stars swap partners.  They are small little jewel toned, dimensional, brickstitched stars, with little crystals.  I kind of had an idea for how to make these, and came up with the prototype while watching TV one day.  There is some spacing between the front and the back, at the star arms, so they can have a jump ring, chain, cord, wire, etc threaded through to make them into a pendent/charm/earrings, or make a larger one for an ornament.  I can try to work out a pattern if anyone is interested.  I thought they were cute - what do you think?

This may show a bit better the placement of the crystals - they helped the stars to hold their shape better and gave the stars more stability.

The little black one on the right side was my smaller prototype, to see if my idea would work.  They were made with delicas and nymo thread.  They were a bit fussy to make because of the tiny beads and the repeated passing of the needle and through some of the beads, but once you got going, they worked up rather quick.
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