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11  Re: Show Off Your Hair--Dyed, Cut, or Styled by Yourself! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: May 06, 2011 10:35:27 AM
Here's a few hairstyles I have done on my hair recently.  My hair is mid-back length and in the ones where my hair is actually red (i.e. not with my roots showing  Wink ) I use Natural Insincts Spiced Tea.

Seperate down the middle and do a spiral on each side.  Put both in a pony and then twirl ends around pony and keep in place with 3" pins.

2011-04-08_5413 by Stacy CK Photography, on Flickr

This is done the same way only with french braids along the side

2011-03-21_5335 by Stacy CK Photography, on Flickr

This is just about 5 chunks twisted up and secured with 3 inch pins.  I do it wet in the morning, and then at night when I take it down it is all dried and curly.

2011-01-21_3611 by Stacy CK Photography, on Flickr

This one I do a french twist and leave the ends up at the top instead of tucking them under.  Then I twist them up and secure with pins.

2011-01-25_3606 by Stacy CK Photography, on Flickr

This is a fresh dye job, straightened and then with spirals along the side.  I could seriously do those in my sleep...I need to be doing something at all times and I do them when I'm just sitting there.

Untitled by Stacy CK Photography, on Flickr

That's about all I have pictures for.  I do my hair in a different style just about every day.  Do you know how much it pains me that my daughter doesn't let me do more than brush her hair??  Maybe someday she will let me do it.
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12  Cool weather clothes for my boy and girl in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: October 19, 2010 06:27:25 AM
I make most of my kids' wardrobes (the cool stuff anyways!), so here is what they are wearing now that the weather is turning cooler.  My DD's clothes are mostly my own designs (pattern for the leggings, though) and my DS' clothes are pretty much the Ottobre curved raglan, a turtleneck shirt pattern and an Ottobre Bert shorts pattern that I have converted to pants and made the pockets interior on the front.

DS is pretty set on clothes right now and DD still fits into some of her clothes I made her last winter.  I know I will make more dresses, though.  She's already got some fabric picked out. Wink

Cool boy stuff:

The dragon on this shirt is an iron-on.

Girl stuff:

I just made the underdress on this one - it is her Halloween costume

Thanks for looking and I'd love to hear your comments. Smiley
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13  Summer clothes for my girl [img heavy] in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: May 11, 2010 06:56:48 AM
Hey there!  Well, here is what I have thus far for my DD's summer wardrobe.  I need to focus on my DS now, but I might sneak in a few more things for her.  The only thing here I didn't draft myself was the t-shirts, which I just appliqued.  I was getting lazy.

DD's birthday dress.  She chose the tulle and the fabric.  I made it very twirly.

Close up of the bodice and skirt

Blue twirly outfit - the artwork of the applique I drew myself.

Close up of the details

Pink twirly outfit

Easter oufit

Twirly skirt - made to match a RTW shirt

Now onto the rompers - I have these zipped up the front so it is easier during potty time.  The cream one is shirred in the back so it is easy to get off, too.  

Thanks for looking and I'd love to hear your comments! Smiley
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14  Spring/summer clothes for me {img heavy} in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by StacyCK on: April 27, 2010 11:13:12 AM
I decided to sew clothes for me in the past month or so and have been having lots of fun!  I usually sew for my kids, so needless to say...they are feeling neglected.  Most of the the stuff has either been sorta drafted off of rtw I own or just mocked up as I go along.

Short-sleeved cross front top and skirt (made the skirt a few summers ago, though).  Once I got this pattern figured out, I made a bunch of them, as you will see.  They only take me about an hour from cutting to making to get them done. Smiley

Another top

Another top, only with a ruffle added

A few more

Another style, with the same basic pattern block.  I just did a scoopneck on the front and added ruffles

Ruffley skirt with a corset back, and a peasant top with a sash and pintucking on the sleeves:

Close up of the skirt:

Here's another top - the white one.  I've shown the skirt here before.

More ruffles

Fun pants in a lovely soft velour

First version of the pants...a bit tight so not sure they are going out of the house

Skirt with a pink satin kickpleat on the back (pretty similar to the black patchwork one above)  The dragonfly is on the front side panel. 

I've made a few more things, but that is probably enough for now.   

Thanks for looking and any comments. Smiley
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15  My kids' clothes <img heavy> in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: March 03, 2010 09:45:34 AM
Well, it's been awhile, so I thought I would post some stuff I've made for my kids.  Some from patterns, some are my own designs.

Made the dress and the leggings

DD's Halloween outfit

DS' Halloween outfit - made the shirt and vest

Hmmm...well, that's not quite everything I've made since I've posted last, but I don't have all of the pictures in my Flickr account.

Thanks for looking and any comments. Smiley
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16  My fairy craft room in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: February 12, 2010 07:37:34 AM
This past fall/winter we finished our basement, since some of our construction friends were laid off their jobs.  We went through mass quantities of Miller High Life during the process. Wink

Out of the deal, I got a craftroom, but it needed to also be a guestroom. I found a murphy bed I could paint that was one solid piece, and then I painted the rest of the stuff on that wall to match.  The sewing machine table was a table that was on clearance since it had a big crack down the middle.  I had them cut off one end and then attach it to the wall.  The upper cabinet was just a cheap unfinished one at the Home Depot.

I originally envisioned a big wall-length counter with storage for my crafting.  Well, that didnt pan out, so it needed to be on the same wall as the bed.  It has enough room for my sewing machine and serger almost 5 feet of space.  A lot of the storage is now in the closet.  I had a lot of fabric to store.   Grin

The closet just has some kit shelves by Closetmaid.  I have plenty of storage for fabrics, and have somehow managed to fill it up! 

The dresser is a temporary fix right now.  It is an antique in the sense that it has been well used.  Weve had it for a while and its missing a few of the handles, the drawers stick, the stain is quite worn in places and the mirror has age spots on it (which is why it isnt being used!).  Apparently it is worth a whopping $200, because I saw one in an antique store in Jamestown, CA a few years back.  Only that one apparently was never used and in good condition.  Ah well, nothing that some decorative runners and well placed accessories cant dress up a bit.

The artwork in the space were prints taken from an expired Amy Brown calendar.  I simply cut them out and put them into matted frames I bought at Michaels.  Very budget conscious artwork.

Some of my storage.  The snap storage jars was an old spice rack that I had.  It was a stained wood, so I primed and painted it cream.  It needs another coat, but its fine for now.  The hardest part was getting the spice labels off the caps.  It does its job very well!

I really enjoy this room.  It is right off the entertaining area in the basement, so I have to keep it somewhat clean.  That is easier to do now that I have a space dedicated to my sewing.  Everything has a place to go when I'm done with it!

This was my sewing area in the basement before:

A vast improvement!

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
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17  A few experiments in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by StacyCK on: February 10, 2010 07:51:37 PM
I tend to shy away from patterns.  However, you generally need the basic shape to sew things, so I do have patterns.  I take the patterns and modify them for what I want to sew.

This skirt is sorta inspired by the steampunky-gothy-culture and just something fun.  The patchwork denim is pretty stretchy and the black has no stretch.  I used a pattern I had for a knit skirt, with some modifications.  I was going to add a zipper to the back, but the denim had enough stretch that I didn't need it.  I can just pull it up.  I added a kick pleat to the back for ease of walking.  The front is decorated with the fringe selvage and the ends of some purse handles I got on clearance.  I'm not quite sure where I'm going to wear it.  It might be a bit much for casual Fridays at work.   Wink 

This shirt is from a wrap top pattern, where I modified it quite a bit.  I like how it turned out.  It is a really light black knit, so a fun little "jacket" over a short sleeved shirt.  Here I am actually wearing it over a cross front long sleeved top...it is still winter.  I need to figure out a good pin to keep the front closed when I want to wear it that way.

The inspiration for this came from an $80 sweater knit shirt I saw while walking through a department store.  I figured I could make it myself.

Thanks for looking!  Grin
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18  Simple KK projects...I believe I'm addicted in Knitting: Completed Projects by StacyCK on: November 29, 2009 08:27:09 AM
I wanted to make some little newborn hats for my photography, so I bought the Knifty Knitter.  Well, now I have all the round looms and the rectangular loom set LOL!  It's fun to be able to quick do a project and have something nice and warm.  Winter is a comin' so I've been busy!

This is just a simple short scarf.  It's short because I ran out of the fuzzy yarn, so I sewed together two matching buttons and I can put it a few different ways around my neck.

Arm warmers


I have a few more hats that I made but I don't have pictures of them.  Thanks for looking!
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19  Velvet is perfectly fine for daytime... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by StacyCK on: November 24, 2009 02:25:39 PM
I love velvet...stretch velvet to be exact.  It's comfy and warm in the cool North where I live.  Skirts are so easy to make, so I picked up a few yards of this brown crushed stretch velvet for a work skirt for me. 

I actually only made the skirt this week, and the top and wrap are from past stuff Ive done but never photographed.  Its really hard to photograph stuff for me since I generally have barely enough time to get ready in the morning, much less take a photograph.  I went home over lunch from work to get these.

The brown stretch velvet skirt is just a simple tiered skirt with an elastic waist.  The hem is a rolled edge.  I got it done one night while watching Resident Evil.  Nothing like a good zombie movie to pass the time while sewing.   Wink


The black top is a peasant top with shirring at the wrists and elastic at the waist and neck.  I made three fabric roses I sewed on at the neckline.  Its hard to see because its black, but they are cute, trust me!

The wrap was suuuuuuper simple.  I made this when I was pregnant with DD as something to dress up my boring maternity wardrobe.  I just took a long length of fabric, folded it and sewed up part of one of the long edges, leaving a hole for my head near the folded edge.  I cut it along the selvage, so I only needed to hem one side.

Thanks for lookin'!  Cheesy
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20  New purse with fabric I designed in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by StacyCK on: November 24, 2009 02:14:17 PM
I ordered some of my fabric artwork from Spoonflower and made a bag with it.  It was a fat quarter of their upholstery weight material.  Theres lots of interfacing and pockets in the construction.  I used an upholstery weight fabric for the black and the interior is green satin.  I put some beaded trim along the pocket.  I really love it!  I just made it a little too tall, but that is okay.  I fit my laptop in it if I had to take home it from work.  My other purse was always overfloweth, so this is so nice.

I also made a pouch for all my sundries that were all over the place in my other purse.  It is the green satin with a flocked ribbon trim I had that matched pretty well.   Now everything is all nicely contained.  I can also use it for my wallet and phone if I just want to bring that with, so I made it large enough for that. 

The purse handles were just ones that I bought on sale at one time.  I attached them to the purse with highly-interfaced-and-lots-of-stitched-satin.  Its important to make sure they are sturdy since it might have a laptop or other heavy things in it at some point.

Thanks for lookin'! Smiley
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