Friday, October 13, 2017

Open House This Weekend! JCAST 2017

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

My blog post is a few days late this week - because I've been busy as an autumn squirrel getting ready to participate with the Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017. 

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

I must admit, it's taken me two months to get my home studio prepped for this weekend! Not only has it been physically involved, but emotionally too. I have to give a special thank you to my husband and parents who really had my back this week as I pushed through the final last details.

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

David and I moved into our home only months ago, so it really was like working with a blank slate with lots of walls to cover and decorate, including this movable wall that I painted Iggie the hedgehog on ;)

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

Upon entering our space this weekend, you'll be greeted with lots of happy bats, a wall sized spider webs, happy ghosts, and a whole host of new artwork I've been furiously working on to get finished for the tour.

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

There's art and gifts available from $2 - $200 - so there's a little something for everyone's budget. PSST -  It's the perfect time to stock up on holiday gifts!

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

I can't believe the start of the tour starts in less than 24 hours! EEK!

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

If you have kids - bring them too! There's a fun Lady Lucas art table waiting for them to enjoy.
Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

If you live in Jersey City, Hoboken or NYC - I'd love to cordially invite you the first ever Lady Lucas Open House during the Jersey City Artist Studio Tour.

October 14 + 15, 2017 | 12pm-5pm
150 Bay Street Lofts (near the Grove Street PATH)


Lady Lucas Open Halloween House | Jersey City Artist Studio Tour 2017 | #jerseycity #jerseycityartist #ladylucas

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Mini Jack-O-Lantern Tutorial with Trader Joe's Pasta

Make an adorable mini jack-o-lantern using Trader Joe's butternut squash pasta | Linzer Lane Blog School of Cute

When I bought a bag of butternut squash pasta from Trader Joe's this week - I left it on our kitchen counter so I wouldn't forget to use it for dinner. When I went to open it after a few days a huge light bulb went off that these tiny pastas would make adorable jack-o-lanterns!!

Make an adorable mini jack-o-lantern using Trader Joe's butternut squash pasta | Linzer Lane Blog School of Cute

All you need to make these super cute mini jack-o-lanterns are:

Butternut Squash Pasta from Trader Joe's
A Fine Tipped Permanent Marker
Orange Pipecleaners
Scissors
Beads or Small Polymer Clay Candy

Make an adorable mini jack-o-lantern using Trader Joe's butternut squash pasta | Linzer Lane Blog School of Cute

Not only are these pastas cute and yummy - but they're great for crafting too!

Make an adorable mini jack-o-lantern using Trader Joe's butternut squash pasta | Linzer Lane Blog School of Cute

In order to make a handle for your jack-o-lantern, snip a piece of orange pipe cleaner and bend it to fit inside like a little handle. If you want it thinner, just trim the fuzzy part off with some sewing scissors. It will stick inside without glue.

Make an adorable mini jack-o-lantern using Trader Joe's butternut squash pasta | Linzer Lane Blog School of Cute

Add a cute face with a thin tipped permanent marker...

Make an adorable mini jack-o-lantern using Trader Joe's butternut squash pasta | Linzer Lane Blog School of Cute

Fill your mini jack-o-lantern with some colored mini beads or some polymer clay candy. 

Make an adorable mini jack-o-lantern using Trader Joe's butternut squash pasta | Linzer Lane Blog School of Cute

Display your adorable new pumpkins in a dollhouse, shadowbox, or even on the dining room table. Just make sure there are no cats or youngsters around that might be hurt by the pipe cleaner handles ;)

How are you getting ready for Halloween?


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bloggers Wanted!

Bloggers Wanted to Review Cute Coloring Books & Printables by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

**THIS OFFER IS NOW CLOSED ** Thank you to the dozens of bloggers that approached me about reviewing my Etsy store. Can't wait to see your reviews!

The holiday season is upon us, and I'm looking to spread the word about the adorable coloring books and other kawaii printables in my Etsy Shop!


If you are a mom, DIY or creative blogger, I'd love to send you one printable product of your choosing from my store in exchange for a shout out or feature on your blog or social media. Simply contact me here for more info or leave a comment below!

Bloggers Wanted to Review Cute Coloring Books & Printables by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Pick from dozens of coloring books, coloring pages, dollhouse printables and party downloads. There's a little something for everyone - so don't be shy! Get in touch today!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Zoë's Dreamhouse

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

I think it's finally the perfect time to reveal my dollhouse makeover to you. It's been months in the making, and many many hours of painting, gluing, cutting and creating!


After painting the walls of the house white, I needed some sort of inspiration regarding how I would decorate each room. I had this thought that Zoë, one of the characters I often draw, should live in the house. 

What would her bedroom look like? Where would she entertain guests? What food would be in her kitchen?Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog


Zoë is based on our family's pet cat that passed away a few years ago. She had a personality bigger than the room for such a little tabby cat. She was smart, beautiful, and always plotting something - usually something devious! 

She also had a love for crafting items - like tissue paper, paintbrushes and pens.

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

I created a mood board (pretty much in my head!) for Zoë's house first. I pictured soft, pastel colors and many pops of pink and purple throughout the house.

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Instead of a living room, I thought it fitting that Zoë have an Orangery to entertain guests in. Within it is a selection of beautiful plants, flowers, fish bowls and even a mini turtle aquarium!

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Her bedroom is one of my favorite rooms in the house. The wallpaper is a beautiful bold pattern I found in the scrapbook aisle of Michael's, and the floor is decoupaged flowers. There's also a gumball machine and a felted heart pillow that I made for her bed. And who can resist the fairy donuts on her breakfast in bed tray?

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

The vintage art on the wall is from the 'Graphics Fairy' website. I shrunk down the files and made them mini.

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Zoë's craft and sewing room comes equipped with a rad pink sewing machine, miniature buttons, a teeny tiny pincushion, bunny wallpaper, and a tea party nook for entertaining guests. I always imagine Zoë holding monthly 'button clubs' for ladies that sew in her neighborhood; so this is the perfect spot for them to meet!

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Zoë's kitchen is filled with sweets at all times. If it has sugar in it, it passes the test!

Everything below was made by me out of clay when I was a young girl. The only item purchased is the lemon meringue pie.

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

The wallpaper trim in the kitchen is cats of course! I used patterned washi tape from a NYC bookstore.

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Cute alert - a mouse!

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Of course the bathroom has to be stylish too. A Parisian theme fits this house's aesthetic perfectly.

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

The journey to finish this dollhouse has been such a happy one for me. It brought back many memories of my family, my childhood and my beloved Zoe. Stay tuned for updates as I decorate the house for Halloween and Christmas!


PS - I am currently seeking a publisher for a book about this dollhouse makeover. If you know any editor or company that you think might be interested, please leave a comment - I would love to run it by them! xo

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review



Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

Yesterday, I stumbled upon what definitely has to be the cutest part of New York Fashion Week 2017! This simply awesome fashion show taking place now at Brookfield Place (lower Manhattan) features Snoopy and his sister Belle dressed up in famous designer attire.

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

As you can see by the fancy display cases, no expense was spared! Weave between the palm trees in Brookfield Place to take a look at every single style.

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

I arrived by chance at rush hour, and there was plenty of space, so anytime you go should be perfect for browsing.

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

How cute is this sweater? Think you can identify the designer?

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

This ensemble was my favorite. What a gorgeous dress!

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

The Chanel case had the most attention and photo snapping tourists...

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

Love this outfit by Tokidoki complete with pink eyelashes!

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

Although I can't find much online, I would guess this show is wrapping up very soon, so make sure to stop by today or tomorrow if you can! 

For more info, you can check out the Snoopy & Belle website.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Apple Face Wreath Craft

Apple Wreath Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog | September Craft, Classroom DIY, Teachers, Paper Craft

I made these sweet wreaths years ago while compiling ideas for my Character Crafting book. It's a favorite craft of mine this time of year - and so EASY to make!

Materials:
Colored Card Stock, Glue, Markers, Scissors, Sticker Dots, Paper Plates, String

1. Cut out apple and leaf shapes out of colored card stock.

2. Decorate each apple with a different face. *Ideas* Silly, Happy, Sad, Eyeglasses, Teeth, Surprised, Cute, Funny

3. Cut the inside of a paper plate out using scissors until you only have a ring or 'wreath' left. Glue the apple faces and leaves to to this wreath. Let the glue dry completely.

4. Add a loop of string to the top of the wreath for hanging.

*Stickers make excellent eye glasses and cheeks!*

Apple Wreath Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog | September Craft, Classroom DIY, Teachers, Paper Craft

If you try this out, please do share it below or let me know!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets DIY | Linzer Lane Blog

This past weekend, I hosted an arts & crafts table at the Jersey City Cultural Diversity Festival. I had to think of an activity that could entertain a few hundred children - and bracelets seemed like the obvious choice for a cultural celebration ;) 

To make your own 'End of Summer' bracelets at home, you will need:
Pipe Cleaners, Assorted Beads, Pasta, Straws, Scissors

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets DIY | Linzer Lane Blog

After googling the pasta dying process online, I found a great blog post by the Artful Parent. I must thank her greatly for the perfect recipe for this - which I tried below:

In order to color the raw ziti or penne, add a splash of rubbing alcohol to a plastic bag filled with pasta as shown. Swish the rubbing alcohol around in a closed bag of pasta, then open the bag and add a few drops of food coloring. Swish the contents once more until the pasta is coated in the color of your choice. A drop of blue and a drop of red makes a deep purple, etc. 

I let the bags sit for a few hours for the color to set properly - and then opened them up to dry the pasta on a plate covered in foil. 

**If you don't have rubbing alcohol at home, you can use white vinegar. I must say the beads seem to retain the smell - so rubbing alcohol is ideal.**

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets DIY | Linzer Lane Blog

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets DIY | Linzer Lane Blog

To make a bracelet with the pasta, form a little loop at the end of a pipe cleaner and add a cut straw bead so the beads don't fall off as the kids work. (A big thank you to my mom who helped me loop over one hundred of these for the event!)

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets DIY | Linzer Lane Blog

This craft went over really well with kids from 3.5 to 10 years of age. I hope your children enjoy it as well!

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets DIY | Linzer Lane Blog