Tuesday, January 2, 2018

WANTED: A Publisher for this Book!

WANTED: A publisher for this book! Linzer Lane Blog #dollhousemakeover #dollhousebook #interiordesign

Well folks... it's done! 

Finally the sample book I've been working on telling the tale of my dollhouse makeover is complete!

WANTED: A publisher for this book! Linzer Lane Blog #dollhousemakeover #dollhousebook #interiordesign

Now all I need is a publisher! I have had various books published in the past, but I do not have connections with a DIY / craft pub world that would be interested in a book such as this. If you happen to know someone in that industry, please do share. I would be forever grateful!

WANTED: A publisher for this book! Linzer Lane Blog #dollhousemakeover #dollhousebook #interiordesign

The working title for the book is, "Zoe's Dreamhouse: A Dollhouse Inspiration Book". The sample book is approximately 50 pages detailing each room in my dollhouse. Regardless of whether the book is picked up, I intend to get into the hands of miniature lovers sometime this year, so stay tuned!

xo

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New Logo for a New Year

New Logo New Year for the Lady Lucas Art Company | Linzer Lane Blog

For the new year I thought my art brand logo could use a little freshening up! I created the little character of myself a few months back, but thought it was missing something.

I've been very inspired by old vintage signs this year. Ever since we moved into the warehouse district in Jersey City, I've been noticing old worn lettering on buildings pretty much everywhere I look. It's something I've never noticed before... but now I see them everywhere - those lovely hand lettered signs from a bygone era that announce stationary, produce, clothing or pretty much anything you can think of. I thought it would be fun to come up with my own lettering that has a little old fashioned twist to it...

While teaching an art class this fall, one of my students asked how my 'art company' was doing. At first I just thought it just a cute comment to remember. Then I realized, even though I'm a "one girl band", my business really is like a small company churning out new art, products, lessons and content daily. It just felt right to add those words to my artist name - so there you have it!

I also wanted to share that starting in January I'll be posting a new blog every other week, to devote more time to art making (and selling!)

If you enjoy my blog, please share it with a friend this season. It would mean the world to me!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS + A JOYOUS 2018!

xox

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Week in Pictures

A Week in Pictures | December Advent Snow Day | Linzer Lane Blog #artist #jerseycity #snowday
Handmade ornament greeting cards - because I ran out of my printed greetings!

After thinking about it this morning, I realized a lot of little things, yet very special things happened in just one tiny week... Here are some pictures & captions to accompany them below. I hope you enjoy! 

A Week in Pictures | December Advent Snow Day | Linzer Lane Blog #artist #jerseycity #snowday
The first snow day of the year. It was beautiful.

A Week in Pictures | December Advent Snow Day | Linzer Lane Blog #artist #jerseycity #snowday
Adding tinsel to the windows.

A Week in Pictures | December Advent Snow Day | Linzer Lane Blog #artist #jerseycity #snowday
I bought this magazine based solely on the cover!

A Week in Pictures | December Advent Snow Day | Linzer Lane Blog #artist #jerseycity #snowday
Beautiful and vintage decorations at South House in Jersey City. My husband and I visited here on the snow day.

A Week in Pictures | December Advent Snow Day | Linzer Lane Blog #artist #jerseycity #snowday
The Top 9 images people liked on my Instagram account during the year 2017.

A Week in Pictures | December Advent Snow Day | Linzer Lane Blog #artist #jerseycity #snowday
A handmade gift for my niece who turned six years old this week.

A Week in Pictures | December Advent Snow Day | Linzer Lane Blog #artist #jerseycity #snowday
Nature in the city.
A Week in Pictures | December Advent Snow Day | Linzer Lane Blog #artist #jerseycity #snowday
Beautiful artwork by one of my new private art lesson students.



A Week in Pictures | December Advent Snow Day | Linzer Lane Blog #artist #jerseycity #snowday
Our holiday meal at Hudson Hall - a giant pretzel, mushroom fries & a hummus platter. 

A Week in Pictures | December Advent Snow Day | Linzer Lane Blog #artist #jerseycity #snowday
My favorite advent gift (so far!)
I hope you all are having a very special week!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The 2017 Lady Lucas Best NYC Holiday Window Award Goes To...

The 2017 Lady Lucas Best NYC Holiday Window Award Goes To... | Linzer Lane Blog

Last year I had so much fun checking out all the holiday windows in NYC with my husband during the first week of December. In 2016, I officially awarded Lord & Taylor the best window winner! This year, nothing came close to the adorable and fantastic windows at...

The 2017 Lady Lucas Best NYC Holiday Window Award Goes To... | Linzer Lane Blog

...Macy's Herald Square!

The 2017 Lady Lucas Best NYC Holiday Window Award Goes To... | Linzer Lane Blog

On Thanksgiving eve, we took my parents into the city to look at the holiday decorations, and we were all so excited about the theme at Macy's this year. One of their window scenes features a dollhouse version of the classic department store with miniature mice sitting in the urban park outside.

The 2017 Lady Lucas Best NYC Holiday Window Award Goes To... | Linzer Lane Blog

Other Macy's windows highlight penguins, polar bears and Santa all running around and living in New York City. The charm and superb execution of these windows is why I think they are number 1!!

The 2017 Lady Lucas Best NYC Holiday Window Award Goes To... | Linzer Lane Blog

A close second was Bergdorf Goodman's displays. The fantastical windows are so spot on and glamorous, you'd be crazy not to fall in love with them.

The 2017 Lady Lucas Best NYC Holiday Window Award Goes To... | Linzer Lane Blog

The 2017 Lady Lucas Best NYC Holiday Window Award Goes To... | Linzer Lane Blog

The 2017 Lady Lucas Best NYC Holiday Window Award Goes To... | Linzer Lane Blog


The 2017 Lady Lucas Best NYC Holiday Window Award Goes To... | Linzer Lane Blog

All the big fashion labels had clean, rather minimalist displays along Fifth Ave. 

The 2017 Lady Lucas Best NYC Holiday Window Award Goes To... | Linzer Lane Blog

The 2017 Lady Lucas Best NYC Holiday Window Award Goes To... | Linzer Lane Blog

ABC Home (near the Flatiron) had some sweet woodland inspired windows like this mouse den. 

The 2017 Lady Lucas Best NYC Holiday Window Award Goes To... | Linzer Lane Blog

Tavern on the Green was decked out with nutcrackers and Saks Fifth Avenue had a Disney Snow White theme that was so popular I could not get one picture!

New York offers some of the best holiday displays in the entire world! If you get the chance... please stroll and take a look this month.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Picture Door Lady

The Picture Door Lady | My Monthly Door Decor | Linzer Lane Blog #papercut #papercutting #doordecor #holidaydecorating

Ever since we moved into our apartment this past March, I've added a new handmade wreath or watercolor to our door every four weeks. At first, I thought no one noticed, but then people in the building started referring to me as the 'the picture door lady'.

The Picture Door Lady | My Monthly Door Decor | Linzer Lane Blog #papercut #papercutting #doordecor #holidaydecorating

Therefore, now I really feel under the gun to create something cute each month... especially considering it's the holiday season!

The Picture Door Lady | My Monthly Door Decor | Linzer Lane Blog #papercut #papercutting #doordecor #holidaydecorating

So for December I've gone with a cut paper forest theme featuring a snowman, fox and owl. No other neighbors have decorations out yet, so I hope this inspires some other families to get out the glue, paper and scissors!

The Picture Door Lady | My Monthly Door Decor | Linzer Lane Blog #papercut #papercutting #doordecor #holidaydecorating

The Picture Door Lady | My Monthly Door Decor | Linzer Lane Blog #papercut #papercutting #doordecor #holidaydecorating

The Picture Door Lady | My Monthly Door Decor | Linzer Lane Blog #papercut #papercutting #doordecor #holidaydecorating

Have a holly, jolly week and stay tuned for more holiday crafts and cheer right here every Wednesday!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Linzer Lane!

Happy Thanksgiving from Linzer Lane | Macy's Day Parade Inspired Decor | Linzer Lane Blog

This is the first year ever my husband and I are hosting Thanksgiving. As usual, I'm most excited about the crafting!

Happy Thanksgiving from Linzer Lane | Macy's Day Parade Inspired Decor | Linzer Lane Blog

I noticed a blog post online featuring the Macy's Day Parade as inspiration for Thanksgiving decor, and couldn't wait to try the concept out my own way.

I cut out seasonal balloons using card stock and just had to feature Iggie the Hedgehog. One of my lifelong dreams would be to see his image floating above NYC one day!

Happy Thanksgiving from Linzer Lane | Macy's Day Parade Inspired Decor | Linzer Lane Blog

For the dining table I made mini 'balloons' fashioned after ones that will be in this year's parade.

Happy Thanksgiving from Linzer Lane | Macy's Day Parade Inspired Decor | Linzer Lane Blog

Happy Thanksgiving from Linzer Lane | Macy's Day Parade Inspired Decor | Linzer Lane Blog

I found this cutie at our local grocery store this week.

Happy Thanksgiving from Linzer Lane | Macy's Day Parade Inspired Decor | Linzer Lane Blog

Recycled Halloween pumpkins look great painted with regular acrylic paint...

Happy Thanksgiving from Linzer Lane | Macy's Day Parade Inspired Decor | Linzer Lane Blog

My cousin gave us this paint palette plate which is perfect for pumpkin display.

Now... let's see how mom and dad enjoy everything! Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fairy Winter Garden

Fairy Winter Garden | Craft Club with Ashley Lucas | Jersey City | Linzer Lane Blog

I wanted to share with you a special project I'll be making with my art students at this week. This 'fairy winter garden' is the perfect project to make this chilly November. 

If you have kids in the Jersey City area, find out more about my classes at the end of this post!

Fairy Winter Garden | Craft Club with Ashley Lucas | Jersey City | Linzer Lane Blog

What you need:

- A sturdy white paper plate
- Round dot stickers
-  Colored Paper
- Scissors, Markers, Glue, Clear Tape
- Faux Snow or Glitter
Optional: Pine Cones, Mini Trees, Moss

Fairy Winter Garden | Craft Club with Ashley Lucas | Jersey City | Linzer Lane Blog

Start by decorating some basic dot stickers with markers to make them look like hard candies. Permanent markers work best for drawing if you have them...

Fairy Winter Garden | Craft Club with Ashley Lucas | Jersey City | Linzer Lane Blog

 Add the stickers to the plate first to create a magical pathway. 

Next, draw some trees and snowmen. Be sure to leave a 'tab' at the bottom of each that can be folded and taped to the plate.

Fairy Winter Garden | Craft Club with Ashley Lucas | Jersey City | Linzer Lane Blog

Fairy Winter Garden | Craft Club with Ashley Lucas | Jersey City | Linzer Lane Blog

Add some moss and sprinkle faux snow on top. Glitter also works great! 

If you have pine cones handy, they make great instant trees. Just dip the top in white paint or glitter for a snowy look.

Fairy Winter Garden | Craft Club with Ashley Lucas | Jersey City | Linzer Lane Blog

Do your children live in Jersey City or Hoboken? Have them join my 'Fairy Winter Garden' workshop this week at three little birds! 

Scroll down the page here to enroll for Crafting Club with Ashley Lucas. 

This week through Christmas I'll be teaching a different holiday themed craft at three little birds in downtown Jersey City (a short walk from the Grove Street PATH station). Classes are held every Thursday from 3:45 - 4:30pm. They are perfect for children 4+. Hope to see you there!