Bunnies Made by Boys

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I was cleaning out some photo files on my PC and came across this project that never got blogged. One bored day last summer the boys and I made some stuffed bunnies out of old socks. They were feeling bored I was feeling crafty …. drum roll please….

Bunnies !!

We took old socks, drew out some ears (I do believe I used a you tube tutorial to show the kids the idea of it but 6 mths later have no idea who to credit) I did the ear part for them on the machine.

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It was really cute watching them choose what sock would make the best bunnie for them. E chose a really fuzzy sock, it ended up being really stretchy too. K liked the maple leaf sock, he had learned all about our flag in kindergarten.

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They had a good time and stuffed more stuffing then I ever thought possible into the socks.

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Such busy little hands :)

The boys enjoyed making the choices of what buttons for eyes, and how big to make the arms and where to place them.

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They liked watching the bunnies come to life with they work of their  own hands. They did most of the sewing up at the bottom, I hardly had to help.

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looking like a bunnie now

After we were done the boys made homes for them out of shoe boxes. The bunnies still live in them, and E puts treasures that he finds in with his bunnie.

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Little Black Shirt

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I seem to have this on again off again flow to my sewing in the last while, and right now its on again. I have been puttering away at a few new shirts for myself. This one is another self drafted T-shirt, its a copy of a favorite of my wardrobe that is really looking worse for the wear.

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the original

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new lil’ black shirt

 

The material is made from a yummy knit I found in a remnant bin., It feels like a bamboo or cotton with spandex blend, or something oober soft and has a tun of stretch. I tell ya the Sundrop Studio in my town had got the best stuff in the discount bin, a lot of the fabrics are from really wide bolts too so there is a lot to work with.

The design is really basic a T-shirt with a cap sleeve and a bit of flair in the neckline. What I loved about the mother shirt is the neckline and colours. I tried to copy the cute neckline but it didn’t turn out :( so instead I tacked it up and made a keyhole neck line. The result is cute but not planned. I guess we call those things ‘happy acidents.’ And its part of my sewing adventure these things that go a bit wonky.

There is nothing to do about coping the colours though, black material was calling from the fabric stash, so its a black shirt lol. It needed a little something to add a bit of interest, enter contrasting thread.  I sort of have this thing with contrasting threads and the funny stitches all our machines have that no one uses. Using green thread I over stitched the shoulder seams. And then another stitch for the sleeve and hem.

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oooo contrast thread

 

As always since I’m long I added length so that the shirt hits where I like it, however I had a not so happy accident along the hemline. Serging the hem was a mess, the stretch of the fabric (i think?) made the stitching go all wonky, the tension was all wrong so the over-loops were all loose, I realigned the fabric and tried again…the result was no better. I mussed with it got frustrated, well when I looked at it it was all crooked and worse I had eaten up the nice long waistline. See I wanted this a little touch of contrasting thread in the hemline with the serger, and instead I ended up with a shirt that is few inches shorter than I like. In the attempt to salvage the shirt, I did a basic fold over hem, it is not strait at all, and really quite sad. Instead of a contrasting serged edge it is over stitched like the sleeve hem, and it looks fine done like that. Wished I had stopped my war with the serger sooner…sigh…then the hem would at least be strait.

the wiggly hem..at leadt it has cute green over-stitching

the wiggly hem..at leadt it has cute green over-stitching

So here is to honest sewing and learning as we go. I’ll still wear my imperfect creation, the hem can be camouflaged, the neckline is cute.

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New Shirts

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As Rainy January slipped in to rainy February I found a few days to sit and sew. I was able to finish 2 projects for myself, both of them are great every day shirts. It seems like a small feat but its has been tricky lately to carve out the time to sew. When I make the time for my crafty side it pays off on many levels, I’m more relaxed and can take things in stride a bit better and I have new stuff !

This was a new attempt for me, a reglan T that is my size. I have done the reglan thing with a super style hoodie for my boy, (check it out here) but never for me. I don’t even have one to copy :P what is a girl to do ? Well search blogs of course. I found a free one size reglan style T-shirt over at Dixie DIY (check it out here.) I have sewn one of her patterns before (click again … lots of clicking today) the perfect concert T and liked her easy to follow straight forward design.

sooper silly selfie, with an effect on the phone

sooper silly selfie, with an effect on the phone

The free pattern was not going to fit me, and was not really the fit I had in mind, so I frankenstiened up a pattern mix of Dixie DIY’s free pattern and a self drafted pattern I made up last year and loved (once more… you can see it here.) Starting with her original free reglan shirt, I placed my self draft pattern over top matching the armpits, I adjusted the length and shape of the pattern. Then I made adjustments for my smaller bust line and narrow build. I cut the pattern in half down the middle of the shoulder seam and overlapped it to take out about an inch. This step translates into about 2 inches since it comes off each side. Now that I’m trying to post and explain this I wish I had thought to take some quick snapshots. I was really worried that this step would muck up the way that the sleeves fit, but in the end it was ok.

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You can see here that there is a bit of an odd thing going on at this in between stage with out the neckline.The sleeves are higher and odd, I just trimmed it off rounding it all out. In hindsight I should’ve taken a wee bit out of the middle on the ‘fold’ say about a half-inch to help the neckline, it’s a bit too wide n’ scoopy. The oversight was easily camouflaged with a wide neckband.

bunchy armpit fit

bunchy armpit fit

And there is a weird fit thing going on in the armpits…its like the arm hole is a bit too long? So most of the photos the shirt wrinkles up in the chest all weird (the best shot was the bad effect selfie, my photgrapher today is only 3’8″) Again I put it up to the adjusting, next time I will possibly make the armpit shorter. With a few more tweaks I’ll have a good reglan pattern :) it is a great style to quickly whip up.

The other mistake is that I underestimated the length of my arms, the arms were too short. There was a moment of panic when I thought it would have to be a 3/4 length sleeve, not my favorite, instead I added longer cuffs. Looks alright almost like it was planned that way.  In the name of quick sewing I didn’t finish the bottom hem, here is a good shot of the long cuffs and raw serged hem.

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I think it is important to include all these imperfections, we put way to much pressure on ourselves. This shirt is not perfect, I already love how comfy it is. It has animal print and it fits long enough on my lanky frame, I know i will wear it imperfections and all. Its mostly why I don’t often finish the hem on jersey knit shirts…I can’t wait 10 more minutes to have them done!

see no one can tell its not perfect :)

see no one can tell its not perfect :)

 

halloween night photos

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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

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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)

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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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.

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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 !

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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 !!

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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.

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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

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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!”

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He will be having a Happy Halloween !

FirePower Mario

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Deadly Dollies

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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

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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 !