halloween night photos


Here are the promised photos of our haunted home on Halloween. The photos are unedited strait off my pho2014-10-31 16.36.25ne. 2014-10-31 16.35.592014-10-31 16.35.412014-10-31 16.36.352014-10-31 16.37.372014-10-31 16.37.122014-10-31 16.37.07

These are taken as I was lighting the pumpkins, it was sort of dusk but not dark yet. Our fog machine was in the alcove by the door and added to the mood :) We had glow sticks around the dollies. Next year I will light the ghoul better.

Roof Ghoul


This year I decided to make a new ghoul for the yard. Its been a few years since I’ve added to my collection. I have often made a person to put under my car wheels out of old cloths, but wanted something more permanent.  Storage is always an issue so it needs to be collapsible, I also like the idea of placing it on a second story roof, so it needs to be light too. The solution plastic plumbing pipes and joints, from the hard wear store. It is light and can be easily disassembled.

The whole creature was created on around $10- $20. Starting with an alien dollar store mask (I forgot to take a start photo of the front but took one of the back post plastering)


 I liked the elongated proportions but did not want the big almond eyes or bright gold colour. I grabbed it thinking I could paint it or something. It was a good stareing point. When I got it home and started raiding the paint supplies I found plaster strips. perfect !  With the plaster strips I was able to build up the hollows of the eyes, making the mask look less like an alien and more like a ghoul.


Next I painted it, using a blue undertone to the grey instead of black to give it that specter like quality. The eyes needed to be accentuated since their size was changing. Egg carton was used for the pop out effect (i wish they were ping pong balls or at least rounded egg cartons, oh well its what i had around). The size of the mouth was also reworked a bit with the paint, by making the lips a bit wider and pulling them outside of the zones defined by the mask.  Lastly the entire face was covered by a shellack that is used to seal acrylic paintings, hoping to seal and protect my work from the inevitable Vancouver rain.


The body frame is the plastic piping from the hardware store, a wig mannequin head, and some plastic bags with crumpled paper in them to add shoulder bulk.  Old dish washing gloves are attached onto the end of the pipes using elastic, to create awful grabby hands. Once the frame was made, burlap was draped over and tied into place with string and elastic bands. Then the black cheese cloth was added. And finally the wigs. I cut one up to create the illusion of really long ghoul hair. I attached it with some zap straps to the burlap, and a thick piece is also glued to the mask itself. The second wig is worn by the mannequin head. the effect is massive amounts of ghoulish hair, that should be able to move in the breeze of Halloween night.


She is not out on my roof yet, because guess what …?  That’s right friends its raining ! I plan on puting her is a sort of sheltered spot under the eaves. I will up load a photo or two of the House on Halloween night, I promise.


So that is the last of the haunted craft storm posts. There is still all kinds of last minute touches going on here to the house and both Mr. Lemons and my own costume.  So Have a wonderful haunted Halloween. I’ll post some post holiday wrap ups soon (I hope)



I am a Robot ! Meep Beep Beep !


The craft storm continues here at our little house of lemons. With E’s costume, he wants to be a robot for Halloween. Not just any robot, “A big robot with missiles coming out of his chest!” Pretty tall order it seemed, until we realized he meant this guy from a family favorite Halloween themed video game Costume Quest.  I just love his idea, he’s dressing up as a kid in a robot costume. Too funny.


The missile part comes from when the characters enter battle mode their costumes morph, and the Robot changes into this. when his special power is charged up he shoots shoots missiles at the bad trolls.


If you’re a gamer this is a great title to share with your kids, or are looking for a nice fun game for you kids, totally recommend it. Its a simple turn taking battles with world exploring. The main character has to save their sibling from the trolls, with the help of their friends and costumes.

Ok back to costume building…..

The challenge with this costume is our weather. We live in the Greater Vancouver area in Canada, so we get rain. In the winter its either raining, or just stopped raining or is about to rain. How would we do a cardboard costume in our climate?

Duck Tape !


and lots of it !

The whole outside of the boxes are covered in duck  tape, even the inside of the helmet.  The wings on the back as well as the front panel – where the missiles are – all tape. It was tedious work taping it all up, but E could help and feel that accomplishment of making his own costume. And it is totally water proof. He is so cute walking around in it !!


The buttons on the front are mason jar rings covered with red tape, once again taped on. What I did to attach them all tidy like, was make a square of the silver duck tape, cut a hole in the middle about 1.5 mm smaller around than the mason ring. Insert the ring through the hole slightly stretching the tape around it, and press the square into place. It holds nicely both due to the stretching on the silver tape around the ring, and the little edge of the mason ring that catches ( so hard to describe and I didn’t take photos of the process.) Once in place I went around the side of the ring with a small strip of red tape, giving it a nice finished look and clean  line.


The antenna is some sort of dollar store toy with a blinking Rudolph nose ‘taped’ to it. A mason ring was used again for the base. Mr. Lemons did that part, as well as the taping of the details on the back, all while I was out so I don’t know all the details of how the antenna was attached. There was tape involved for sure :P


The arms are dryer venting from the local hardware store. It’s very flexible and shiny.  To attach the arms I only had to pop the venting into the arm holes and it stayed nicely. hallorobot4

The beat part is that E loves it! He has been playing with it non stop through the whole creation process, making all sorts of sound effects.  Beeps and Meeps and missile launching sounds. I’m starting to think that the tape not only makes it water proof but has added some strength to the costume.

Here is the detailing on the back. E got really excited when he showed me the work that he did with his Dad “It has wings and everything!”


He will be having a Happy Halloween !

FirePower Mario


Our boys want to be game characters this Halloween. K chose his favorite Mario. (E’s costume post can be found here) I was excited Mario wouldn’t be too hard to pull together, some overalls and a red shirt. I figured a trip to the thrift store, a box store for the hat and Ta-Da Mario. I was wrong. I combed the whole thrift store not 1 pair of overalls.

When I told K that I would be sewing his costume he was so excited because that meant he could be FirePower Mario.


The pants pattern is blank slate pants, it really is my go to pattern. I adapted it to make it fit big in the tummy, because our plumber friend is a bit tubby, and drafted the bib and pockets.  Some sneaky snaps were added at the sides to keep Mario’s tummy stuffing in. The fit turned out ok, it is a bit odd fitting on the sides and even with the snaps there is on odd Gap. But all in all I’m pleased with the way they turned out.


It was really fun it whip it all up, there was lots of short cut taking so it was fast and fun. The fabric is an old curtain so I could use existing hems for the top of the pockets. Pocket ironing and adjusting can be so tedious. The backs pockets are short cut city,  a close zig-zag stitch was all that was used, no ironing nothing.  lol it only has to last a day. The other great short cut was the straps, no ironing or folding there either. Its the top hem of the curtain where you would put a rod threw them. I trimmed it off zig-zagged the raw edge and voila straps. If you look close enough you can even see that the buttons don’t match lol.


The hat on the other hand … not so quick and fun. I found the idea intimidating. See I was concerned about the how Mario’s hat sort of stands up a bit, and its sort of  puffy. Having never made any hats really and thinking that interfacing or something would be needed to poof it up, I started racking my brain for a solution.  The idea was to cardboard and the glue gun and it would be easy. Like a construction paper crown but Mario-ized …WRONG :) …more like a demented chef had. So thanks to this nice YouTuber and her tutorial I sewed up a great little mario cap.


At the suggestion of a friend “Fire Power Mario ! cool ! what is he going to throw?” and since I am on a craft rampage at the moment, I decided why not make him a Fireball to toss. This time my glue gun was my friend. The fireball is simply felt and fluff and fun!

Also because kids in mustaches are fun, I want to share this crazed blurry photo. Little E is almost like a Wario in the back ground :D He randomly ran threw a few shots sporting his own mustache.


Deadly Dollies


So project #1 this Halloween is to creepify some dollies. They will go out on the lawn this year as a little group. I’m thinking of putting some tombstones or bones or something fun with them….but we will just have to see how it all evolves.

The inspiration comes from a pintrest image (here is the site it came from). It brought to mind all the Chucky movies of the 80’s and now there is some new doll movie out this year Anabelle. Dolls can just be so darn sinister.

I started with some dollies from the thrift store, and some acrylic paint.


Little K helped paint the dollies grey. My whole line of thought is if they help me haunt  the house they will be less afraid when its all done. The smoke and mirrors of it all will be evident to my sweet little men.

It was K who inspired this dolls dirty smudges, “she needs some dirt and black because she is a zombie.” So brilliant!


E sat and chilled with me while I did one of the faces. He also helped brush out hair.


It It was really fun to paint them up, one of the great things about Halloween crafts is they never have to be perfect. So the happy accidents all stay.


Two of the dolls were naked when I bought them. So I sewed their little outfits, it was seriously  the hardest part! I had no idea how tricky the proportions would be. The unbend-able arms ugg! I thought I could just whip up a little dress with ease….nope. I ended up scrapping  one whole dress, there was just no way to salvage it. Really it was that bad! Attempt two was still  a fail, the side seam ripped while I was shoving her unbend-able  arm into the dress. So I ended up sewing the dolly into her dresses. .  My hat is off to you mommas who sew doll cloths for your kids dollies.


On the second doll dress I wasted no time and just planned to sew the doll in. Its the biggest hack job in existence. Which is fine, it will only be seen in the dark as part of a spooky display :) Today I finished them off, adding some spiders and rats from my creepy craft bag. I continued K’s idea that they should be dirty and smeared up their cloths.


Now I have to tell you the whole family gets in the spirit of Halloween around the Little House of Lemons. On the first day working onthe dolls  our daughter  (she’s a teen) was out in the evening, guess what Mr. Lemons did! You bet… he set up the dolls to greet her ! One by the door …another at the top of the stairs…and finally sitting on her bed. tee hee ! And in return this is what I found when I went to make coffee the next morning.


So now its on :-D we will be terrorizing each other until All Hallows Eve with these beauties.


Halloween !!!! Oh How I love Halloween !!


Halloween  is my very favorite  holiday! I love the crazy spookiness and the creative flair it pulls out of me. You can see some past halloween projects here and here. It’s the perfect  time for me to get blogging again.

I haven’t  done a creative  thing in months I’ve been in a bit of a slump. So that is why there has been a huge gap in my posting. That is about to change, I have a bunch if Halloween endeavors planed and 16 days to do them. There’s going to be a creative storm here at the little house of lemons.

First up Creepy Baby Dolls from Hell! Closely followed by Demonic  Roof Ghoul. They will be new additions to my haunted home display.  I just love spooking up the house.

Then I have 2 costumes to construct. I thought K’s would be an easy trip to the thrift store. He wants to be Mario, but I could not find overalls. When I told him I would have to sew after all (yes I did try to get out of making all the costumes this year, remember  I’m experiencing crafters block) he was so excited  because this meant he could be Fireball Mario. See that costume here.

Lastly  I have E’s costume, it’s based off of the great video game Costume  Quest (play it with your kids its great ) he wants to be a kid dressed  up as a robot. Not a robot, the character from the game in a robot suit. It will probably  be the funnest one to construct. See that one here.

So stay tuned for a crazy tornado of creativity, Hallowe’en  style !

lemony good update


Well hello….I sewed up a storm threw may and enjoyed the creative process so much. Ordered some new patterns and stayed true to my ideas of sewing from the fabric stash. It was just too good to be true. Baseball seasons, school year end, the call of the beach, all brought my creative fit to a slow death, lol

It is funny actually (I truly am laughting audibly) cuz try as I might creativity seems to comes in tangents… not steady flows. Its a good thing that there is a blogishere full of amazment to keep me inspired. Without it the creative whirle winds would be few and far between gentle gusts of wind.

So instead of finishing my lady skater dress, I have been side tracked by trips to the beach, a camping weekend, teaching a bull dog to swim, summer library club, and reading books in the sunshine.

I actually sat dowwn to sew and finish up my cute dress other day,  so I could wear my new dress on our vacation next week. You know what I couldn’t find it in the pile of sewing :-D oh well.

Hopefully there will be posts soon, showing some nice sew garments, possibly inspire some one the was I am constantly inspired by others. Or i will just be having a water fight in the back yard. I love summer ! 

cute little turtle pants


These cute little pants were started as part of Kids cloths week, and were almost completed. All that was left was the pant leg hem and the front snap. And I procrastinated about a month. This pair is for my youngest E. I wanted to use up some of this great seersucker fabric I bought way back when both boys were smaller. Its so cute with stripes and little turtles. The fabric seems a bit too baby sweet for my big kindergarten boy. But little E can still pull it off. The seersucker is also nice and light, perfect to take him threw spring and and into summer.


The pattern was clean slate pants from blank slate patterns. Melly’s patterns are just great, I find it really easy to size both my kids with her patterns. I cannot remember what size I did these in…..oh well it matched his measurements what ever it was. There was some on the fly inspiration while sewing them up. Most likely due to all the KCW posts and shares going on. I decided to add a pull tie on the leg so the pants can become capri pants.

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In thought this was pretty simple, as I’ve done it to a shirt before. I did run into a few snaggs.

I did all the work for the gathering pulls before I sewed up the inseam to the pants. Good idea right, strait lines no fighting with pant leg, wiggling it onto the machine. You get the idea.

I made the ties out of scrap. And attached a rectangle scrap to the inside of the pant  leg as a casing for the tie.

ETgather3See nice strait easy sewing. What I didn’t consider was hemming. And that is why these cute little turtle pants sat on the sewing desk for a month or so. My cool idea made serging and hemming the cuff kinda yukky. the tie casing was right in the way.  What I ended up doing was just serging the pant legs and not hemming at all. It felt like way too much work to move the casing or even shortening it. So next time I do this I’ll move the casing up, so that it ends an inch or so above where the hem will be, instead of right at the hem line.

ETgather2And the truth is there are a few more sewing errors in these pants. Did you notice that the turtles are upside down, on the front and not on the back, yep I messed up when cutting out my pieces. I chose not to worry about it :D

The other alteration I did was to put in an adjustable waistband. If you have never tried this do it ! you can buy the button hole elastic everywhere. it makes flat front pants so easy to fit. I use my button hole foot on my machine for the hole in the waistband, and hand sew the button on.


So there they are the cutest little turtle pants, mishaps and all.


"mom is my face in there?"

“mom is my face in there?”






Concert in the park Tee


I tried out a new pattern the perfect concert Tee, and its perfect ;) the pattern is by dixie DYI. Its a nice flowy Tee with a high low hem. The high front is a crop length, drifting down to a nice butt covering  length at the back.


Honestly I’m a bit weary of the crop top trend, I am way more comfortable in the extra long T-shirts. The concert T is a great way to lean into the trend a bit. It is very flattering, falling just above my belt and nice and flowy so my soft little belly peeks out just a bit, and um yep that is a tank top underneath, its only spring on the coast. I made this up in a size small  but used the large length, being long threw the torso I adjust pretty much everything for length.


The fabric is jersey knit from my big sale binge last year. The weight is a just a tiny bit heavy for such a flowy shirt, a nice tissue knit or soft up-cycled fabric would drape a bit better. The pattern on this is just too great though,  it needed to be sewn into this shirt. I wanted to finish it nicely so that it looked store bought. Using a double needle I top stitched the neckline, sleeves and hemline. The extra effort is always worth it !


So there you have it, my Spring Top Sew Along.


A striped shirt for me


Once again I’m posting long after a project has been done, worn and washed. So its not really a spring top sew along project, but this is as good a time as any to blog it don’t ya think will all the shirts posts going on. Any way I guess the good thing is that I can talk honestly about weather or not the garment works as real wearable clothing. This time its a shirt for me. I drafted the pattern off a store bought T-shirt that I love the fit of.  And it turned out great (Yes the original is long sleeved too) I often alter or smoosh 2 patterns together so it was nice to see that I can do a straight copy and have it fit all yummy like the original.Its not too tight with a slight tapering in the waist area. This creates a easy fit that is still flattering to my curves.


I got this fabric during the knit sale this past summer at my local store. Click here here and here to see other projects that have come out of the same sale. I am also not letting myself buy any other knits until I’ve sew threw a bunch of my stash. Sew many plans sew little time. :-)


Anyway the fabric is great,  its a ribbed knit with lots of  stretch, so I used a zig-zag stitch and the serger.  The bottom hem is not hemmed at all, its a strait serge left raw. It looks finished and its fast. I do tend to cut a few corners in the name of ease and speed. And on this project I cut where ever I could. I’m kinda short on long sleeved shirts in the wardrobe this winter. (told ya it was a long gone sew, its spring already)

stripeT5I chose not to hem at all, it the name of ease and speed. Instead on the cuffs and neckline I used some leftover Fold Over Elastic (FOE.) I had it kicking around from when I had made some cloth diapers. I have used it before on the boys pant legs and what not. It’s like bias tape but stretchy, and can be a great way to make something look finished with little time.  Awesome right?

the circulation in my arm it cutting off aaaahhh

the circulation in my arm it cutting off aaaahhh

Wrong ! It was great for the neckline and solves some if the fussiness of broken stitches and ironing. However I made the wrists too tight, the elastic gets annoying when you push em’ up. And I do tend to push em’ up when I wash dishes, wipe up a mess…. um…. constantly. I may rip it out and hem up the sleeves regular style. In the mean time I’ve been stretching at them, hoping to relax the elastic a bit.

All in all I wear this shirt frequently, and still love it after a whole season. I plan on making a summer shirt project out of this fabric too.