Monday, December 3, 2018

Puff Paint Gingerbread House

DIY Puff Paint Gingerbread House Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

Now that I'm officially a mom, I want to make this holiday season extra magical for Leon - our newborn son. I know he can't exactly take part in the festivities, or he may not even remember this year, but hopefully it will lay the foundation for him to love and enjoy the magic of Christmas.

I really wanted to make a gingerbread house for him, but knew that it would have to be super simple, since I'm so short on time between all the feedings and the burpings!. While shopping at Flying Tiger this week, I noticed a gingerbread kit for $5, so I quickly added to my basket. I didn't realize until after I was home, that the kit is only gingerbread, and doesn't come with icing or candy.

Last year I did a little 'hack' and used hot glue instead of royal icing, so I thought - why not do the same this year? All you need to make a quick, whimsical gingerbread house are some bottles of puff paint, hot glue, and old candy from the pantry. It's easy! Here's how I made this one:


DIY Puff Paint Gingerbread House Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

Start with a simple gingerbread house kit such as this on from Flying Tiger.

DIY Puff Paint Gingerbread House Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

Assemble some puff paints (I love these from OOLY), a hot glue gun, and some leftover candy or craft accents that you have laying around. I had some old heart candies from Valentine's day that worked perfectly!

DIY Puff Paint Gingerbread House Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

Pipe the puff paint like icing around the windows, doors and roof. Allow all the sides of the gingerbread to dry while lying flat. Hot glue any candy on during this stage as well.

DIY Puff Paint Gingerbread House Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

DIY Puff Paint Gingerbread House Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

Hot glue the bottom of each gingerbread wall to a piece of cardboard or other sturdy material. Add the roof last.

*I was unable to fit the chimney pieces - they just didn't line up! - so I hot glued some candy to the roof instead*



DIY Puff Paint Gingerbread House Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

DIY Puff Paint Gingerbread House Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

DIY Puff Paint Gingerbread House Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

Display your gingerbread house on a pretty cake stand or elevated tray.

It might not be edible, but it sure is pretty!

Enjoy everyone and please do leave a comment if you try this one out!

xox
Ashley aka Lady Lucas

Monday, September 24, 2018

DIY 2 Step Confetti


DIY 2 Step Confetti | Linzer Lane Blog


This little diy project couldn’t be any easier. All you need are two items to create it, and you’re good to go!

Many people have commented over the years that they enjoy my receiving mail from me, because I usually add some sort of 'surprise' confetti inside of the note cards I send.

To make your own, all you need are some small paper punches, and paper. That’s it! Multi colored card stock works best, and making confetti is a great way to use up uneven pieces of scrap paper. 


DIY 2 Step Confetti | Linzer Lane Blog

DIY 2 Step Confetti | Linzer Lane Blog

Small children might need a little help with the punching part, and you might want to try out paper punches prior to buying them at the craft store to make sure they aren’t too difficult to use. 


Have fun making confetti for every season and holiday - it’s so easy with so many cute punches available.


DIY 2 Step Confetti | Linzer Lane Blog

Happy crafting everyone, and don’t forget to check out my new online store Baby Lucas launched this week! I do hope you enjoy it, and pass it along to anyone seeking an adorable baby or kids gift!


xo

Monday, August 20, 2018

Bunny on Board!

Bunny on Board | The Lady Lucas Pregnancy Announcement! | Linzer Lane Blog

I haven't posted on this blog for a very long time - for a very good reason! My husband and I have been busy getting ready for the arrival of our first child this November. It's going to be a little boy, and we are so excited!

For almost a decade I've been creating art projects and craft ideas for moms and children. Now my life is about to change in a major way - and I'll be the mom seeking cute and fun activities to entertain my little one.  

This September I'll be launching a new online store filled with adorable baby and kids goods called 'Baby Lucas'. I was looking for a way to continue working from home, so that I can spend as much time as possible with my little bunny after he arrives... and the online store seemed like the logical choice. 

As part of the new website, I'll be posting weekly craft and DIY ideas right here especially for families that have wee ones. So please continue to follow along as I continue to share how to live a cuter life!

xo
Ashley (aka Lady Lucas)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Watermelon Flower Pot Craft

Watermelon Flower Pot Craft with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog


I made these watermelon flower pots as examples for my art students this week, and enjoyed it so much - I wanted to blog about it! The best part about these adorable flower pots, is that you can design a whole set of them as different fruits a veggies (spotted mushroom, strawberry, lemon slice, etc.)


To make your own watermelon flower pots you will need;


- Terracotta Clay Pots (your choice of size)
- Acrylic Paints
- Paint Brushes

Watermelon Flower Pot Craft with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Start with clean, dry clay pot and grip it from the inside. Paint the larger part of the surface bright pink as shown. I added two coats - one after the other - to make sure the color was vibrant.

Watermelon Flower Pot Craft with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Next, paint the rim of the flower pot light green. Once dry, add some squiggly lines of dark green paint to mimic the rind of a watermelon.

Watermelon Flower Pot Craft with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Lastly, add some seeds using a small brush and black paint.

Watermelon Flower Pot Craft with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog


Use your painted flower pot as a display piece (perfect for art supplies!) or a lovely little plant.

xo

Watermelon Flower Pot Craft with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog





Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hoboken Secret Gardens Tour 2018

Hoboken Secret Gardens Tour 2018 | Linzer Lane Blog

I have always wanted to attend the 'Hoboken Secret Gardens Tour', ever since I moved to Jersey City many years ago. I thought it was kind of magical to think that all of these hidden gardens were hiding behind brick and stone brownstone building facades.

Hoboken Secret Gardens Tour 2018 | Linzer Lane Blog

This past Saturday my husband and I ventured out in the cold and sprinkles to visit 10 gardens situated all over Hoboken. I was surprised to find him almost more engaged than me! He treated the whole day like a scavenger hunt.

Hoboken Secret Gardens Tour 2018 | Linzer Lane Blog
A clever idea to use stones instead of mulch

Hoboken Secret Gardens Tour 2018 | Linzer Lane Blog
I love the church in the background. It looks so 'city'!!
 The gardens presented were very interesting because some were wild and some were meticulous. Some were modern, and others more old fashioned. It was really an interesting mix of hidden places to enjoy. 

Hoboken Secret Gardens Tour 2018 | Linzer Lane Blog

Hoboken Secret Gardens Tour 2018 | Linzer Lane Blog

This was my favorite garden - I loved everything about it. The pond, the swan stained glass windows outside and the Italian style balcony looking over the courtyard. So cool!

Hoboken Secret Gardens Tour 2018 | Linzer Lane Blog

Hoboken Secret Gardens Tour 2018 | Linzer Lane Blog



Hoboken Secret Gardens Tour 2018 | Linzer Lane Blog

The tour was $25 per person - which benefits the Hoboken Historical Museum. I would definitely do it again, and hope there are even more gardens to see next year. Although it did take us a good 2 hours just to explore the 10 included.

Hoboken by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

If you live or love Hoboken, don't forget to purchase one of my Hoboken art prints - which is featured above in Sugar Suckle's new baking studio! Photo credit: Nadia Mian Photography.


Monday, May 14, 2018

ART 150 Jersey City, NJ

ART 150 Art Event Jersey City | Linzer Lane Blog | Featuring Lady Lucas Art

I haven't posted on the blog in quite awhile because I was engaged in a big local art event last weekend called, ART 150 that took up the greater part of my last few months. ART 150 was a super unique happening, similar to an art fair, that incorporated over 20 artists that live and work in my Jersey City warehouse building. 

ART 150 Art Event Jersey City | Linzer Lane Blog | Featuring Lady Lucas Art

Each of us had a designated space that we were responsible for decorating with our artwork. I opted for two triangular free-standing walls to display my art prints on,  as well as some fun vinyl wall cut outs of Iggie the Hedgehog and Zoe the Cat.

ART 150 Art Event Jersey City | Linzer Lane Blog | Featuring Lady Lucas Art

As you an imagine, my dollhouse aka Zoe's Dreamhouse (which is often featured on this blog) - was the highlight of the weekend! Kids and adults alike loved taking 10 or 20 minutes each to explore all of the rooms.

ART 150 Art Event Jersey City | Linzer Lane Blog | Featuring Lady Lucas Art

The best part of the weekend was seeing family and friends, and having my niece from Austria available before the show to help hang art. Isn't she cute? ;)

ART 150 Art Event Jersey City | Linzer Lane Blog | Featuring Lady Lucas Art

Hopefully all 23 of us will be able to use the space again for another show this summer or fall. Stay tuned to the blog for more info!

ART 150 Art Event Jersey City | Linzer Lane Blog | Featuring Lady Lucas Art

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xo

Monday, April 9, 2018

How to Draw Sweet & Sour Cherries

How to Draw Sweet & Sour Cherries with Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog #howtodraw #chibifood #kawaiifood

I took a poll this week online to get a pulse on what you'd like to see more of on the Linzer Lane Blog. A number of readers said more easy 'how to draw' tutorials, so I thought this easy step by step graphic might come in handy for those that would love to draw some cute cherries!

All you need to do is draw one step at a time - and don't forget the 'sweet' and 'sour' face at the end!

In addition, I can teach you how to draw four more cute fruits in my brand new video below:




If you watch it, you'll learn how to draw a lime, orange, peach and one smart apple ;)

Is there anything you'd love to learn how to draw? Leave a comment below and I'll consider if for my next video!