Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer Stop Motion Animated Video from Linzer Lane Blog

Happy Summer from Linzer Lane!


I hope you can view the cute little message above from your favorite hedgehog, tabby cat and bunny.

If not, you can watch Lemonade Break on YouTube.

Hope everyone is having a great June!


Happy Summer Stop Motion Animated Video from Linzer Lane Blog

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New Watercolor Collection

New Watercolor Collection by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

I've been starting a new practice of creating artwork before 'computer work' and 'teaching work' every day. I know it sounds like a no-brainer for an artist - but this is new for me!
New Watercolor Collection by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
 All of my new work is inspired by my Linzer Lane characters. Of course I can visualize Zoe as a sassy fashionista - and Zinnie as a calm and happy gardener.
New Watercolor Collection by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
I was inspired this month after visiting New York City gift and card stores, to create something new, colorful and fresh. All of these designs are available as 'print on demand' items and I hope to add them to my greeting card range too.
New Watercolor Collection by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog


Is there a certain subject you'd love to see me paint? Comment below! I'm happy to give it a go during my next painting session...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

MiWorld Miniature Sprinkles Bake Shop Review

MiWorld Miniature Sprinkles Bake Shop Review | Linzer Lane Blog

I was pretty much giddy after my husband gifted me this miniature version of the Sprinkles bake shop as my anniversary gift last week. I had been stalking this item for months after my friend pointed it in the cupcake case at our local Sprinkle's shop...

MiWorld Miniature Sprinkles Bake Shop Review | Linzer Lane Blog

Isn't it cute that they gift wrap the item like a box of cupcakes after you buy it... ;)

MiWorld Miniature Sprinkles Bake Shop Review | Linzer Lane Blog

Here's the box - pretty much showing you everything that's inside. 

MiWorld Miniature Sprinkles Bake Shop Review | Linzer Lane Blog

Inside of the box you will find a miniature Sprinkles Bake Shop to assemble. There are two walls and a floor, a counter top, a table and chair, as well as adorable accessories such as cupcakes, coffee, cupcake batter and branded T-shirt. Everything is supposed to snap together easily, and there are stickers to add to just about everything.

MiWorld Miniature Sprinkles Bake Shop Review | Linzer Lane Blog

This toy is intended for kids 7 and above, and I would highly recommend an adult's help putting it together, since there are quite a few intricate items to assemble before your bakery is complete.

MiWorld Miniature Sprinkles Bake Shop Review | Linzer Lane Blog

Additional accessories are available for purchase like this blue cake display and cupcakes.

MiWorld Miniature Sprinkles Bake Shop Review | Linzer Lane Blog

It took me about two hours to get everything perfect - such as folding the little boxes, and getting the stickers just right. 

MiWorld Miniature Sprinkles Bake Shop Review | Linzer Lane Blog

The only thing that didn't work out too well were the stickers for the coffee cups (I ended up just taking them off since they didn't stick) and the chair legs, which I ended up hot gluing because they didn't click into place.

MiWorld Miniature Sprinkles Bake Shop Review | Linzer Lane Blog

Altogether, you can't beat this amazing deal. For around $15, you too can own this simply adorable mini bake shop. It's kind of ironic that I'm displaying it next to Iggie's Gingerbread, since the cupcake shop mentioned in the book is what almost ruined Iggie's business! :)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How to Draw a Hedgehog : Lady Lucas Style


How to Draw a Hedgehog : Lady Lucas Style | Linzer Lane Blog

Every Thursday I teach a book club in Manhattan called, 'The Book Blossoms (to find out more about different club locations just click on the link!)'. The children always make me smile when it comes to their willingness to embrace new books and get creative - either by writing original poems and stories or by creating  their own artwork. Last week, I threw my own book into the mix during a character art session. I was tickled beyond belief that the children took a shot at drawing Iggie - and they did such a beautiful job!

How to Draw a Hedgehog : Lady Lucas Style | Linzer Lane Blog

I was inspired so much by their artwork, I wanted to offer a free 'How to Draw Iggie the Hedgehog' printable graphic to my readers, which can find below. This page appears in the book itself, but for those that just like the drawing part - this one is for you!

How to Draw a Hedgehog : Lady Lucas Style | Linzer Lane Blog

Iggie's body starts with a simple egg shape, and then the fun continues from there ;) Start with light pencil outline, and then trace with a thin tipped sharpie, removing the pencil lines with an eraser after.

How to Draw a Hedgehog : Lady Lucas Style | Linzer Lane Blog

How to Draw a Hedgehog : Lady Lucas Style | Linzer Lane Blog
Right click on the image to save to your desktop. If you would like the original PDF just email me and I'm happy to send it your way! xo
Happy Drawing Everyone!

PS - Iggie's Gingerbread is available on Amazon and makes the perfect gift for kiddos ages 4 - 8 years of age!



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll | Linzer Lane Blog

I had a little idea about a year ago to produce my ideal 'dollhouse doll'. I have never liked the generic ones of a four person family with bland clothing and expressionless faces. Of course, my ideal doll needed to be an animal, and since my dollhouse will be a home for Zoë - what better animal than a skeptical tabby cat!

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll | Linzer Lane Blog

The first step on my quest to create a the perfect doll was to sketch out the idea. I wanted something simple, Scandinavian looking, and cute ;)

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll | Linzer Lane Blog

After I got my drawing exactly as I wanted it, I ordered a laser cut Zoë from Skill Mill NYC. They did a lovely job of producing her exactly the way I wanted! 

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll | Linzer Lane Blog

Then using pens and acrylics, I added some color and details...

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll | Linzer Lane Blog

Ta-da! Here Zoë stands in the first room I've completed in the dollhouse makeover - The Orangery. (I can't wait to decorate this room with plants and furniture!!!)

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll | Linzer Lane Blog

So, what do you think of little Zoë? ;) Could you imagine her in your dollhouse?


PS - Did you know the Linzer Lane blog has a new Instagram account? Follow along here!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial

Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

My dollhouse renovation continues, and probably will for a few more months, but I've been itching to get to the fun part - which is getting all the miniatures ready to fill each room! I've had this tiny, metal sewing machine for many years. It's manufactured by Darice and I would guess you can find the same one in any craft store such as A.C. Moore or Michael's. 

Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog


Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

To take your own mini sewing machine from drab to fab - follow these simple instructions:

- Make sure the sewing machine is free from any dirt or dust. Remove any dirt with a Q-Tip.

- Coat the entire item with a thin layer of nail polish. I used light pink, but lavender would look great too!

- Allow the sewing machine to dry completely before adding another thick coat of nail polish. 

- Once your mini machine is completely dry, you can add details with acrylic paint such as a heart, or little knobs. A toothpick or skewer dipped in paint is perfect for this part.

Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog


Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

Thank you for reading & for stopping by!


This tutorial was inspired by the pink sewing machine accessory that Zoe uses on this cute paper doll sheet that can be found in my Etsy shop:

Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog