Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Pins Are Here!

The Pins are Here! Limited Edition Wooden Animal Character Brooches by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

I'm tickled pink to announce that my first batch of limited edition pins are finished and available for purchase! These pins are a collaboration with Skill Mill NYC - a great place for artists to go when they wish to order laser cutting or 3D printing services.

Here's a peek at the sketches I completed while designing the pins:
The Pins are Here! Limited Edition Wooden Animal Character Brooches by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

The Pins are Here! Limited Edition Wooden Animal Character Brooches by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Each brooch was designed with love, and then carefully cut from wood at Skill Mill NYC. The card each pin is presented on was painted and lettered by me - an added bonus for anyone that enjoys truly handmade goods.

The Pins are Here! Limited Edition Wooden Animal Character Brooches by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Zinnie the Rabbit Limited Edition Pin
$20 + Shipping

The Pins are Here! Limited Edition Wooden Animal Character Brooches by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Treat the Owl Limited Edition Pin
$20 + Shipping

Snatch one of these cuties early before they appear in my Etsy shop next week and save some $!!



The Pins Are Here! Linzer Lane Blog

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Winter Walk

Winter Walk | Nature in New York City : Photos by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

This week has been snowy, windy, cold and sometimes sunny here in NYC. During one of the sunny spurts, I took a walk down the street to the local college campus with my husband. I've featured this little colony of squirrels before, but they inspire me so much, I just had to share a few more pics with you again! Above is my rendition of a sour bunny. I hope you get a kick out of him.

Winter Walk | Nature in New York City : Photos by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Winter Walk | Nature in New York City : Photos by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Winter Walk | Nature in New York City : Photos by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Winter Walk | Nature in New York City : Photos by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Winter Walk | Nature in New York City : Photos by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Only one month left of winter! Spring is ahead...

Do you have a favorite outdoor spot in your neighborhood? A special park or garden? Please share with us below! 


PS - Need a great way to pass the time on a winter day? Try out these adorable paper dolls that I have designed featuring Linzer Lane's resident tabby cat. Available now on Etsy

Tabby Cat Paper Doll Printable by Lady Lucas

PPS - City Dwellers - if you're looking for the perfect spot to skate with the kids near NYC this winter, a blog that I contribute to called JCFamilies has come up with an excellent list of ideas! Check out Ice Skating Rinks In And Around Jersey City here!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY | Make Adorable Dollhouse Food Cakes The Size of a Coin! | Linzer Lane Blog

I tend to get really crazy ideas when it comes to crafting. Just like the day I looked at my cereal and saw fairy donuts ;) Well, I'm an avid ear plug user since I'm a very light sleeper. The other night I realized if I cut a set of new foam ear plugs up - they might look exactly like miniature sponge cake!

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY | Make Adorable Dollhouse Food Cakes The Size of a Coin! | Linzer Lane Blog

My experiment worked! All you need to make these adorable dime cakes, is a pair of beige colored foam earplugs. Cut them into sections as shown above.

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY | Make Adorable Dollhouse Food Cakes The Size of a Coin! | Linzer Lane Blog

Trace something small and round to make the plates for your cakes. I used watercolor paper for this. 

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY | Make Adorable Dollhouse Food Cakes The Size of a Coin! | Linzer Lane Blog

Add some acrylic paint for icing and add some mini berries to complete your cake. I made my berries out of red crepe paper, but you could use clay or even red seed beads.

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY | Make Adorable Dollhouse Food Cakes The Size of a Coin! | Linzer Lane Blog

These dime cakes would be perfect for any fairy garden, dollhouse or miniature setting. 

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!


P.S. - Need a last minute gift for you sweetie? Check out my online shop and snag something special! Your support means so much to me and helps me keep this blog rollin'!

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY | Make Adorable Dollhouse Food Cakes The Size of a Coin! | Linzer Lane Blog


P.S.S - What are your plans for Valentine's Day this year? Anything special? ;)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Cutest Paper Doll Ever

The Cutest Paper Doll Ever | Zoë the Tabby Cat | Linzer Lane Blog

I've been wanting to design a cute paper doll for quite some time. After developing the Linzer Lane character series this year, I thought Zoë would make the perfect candidate for getting dressed up!

The Cutest Paper Doll Ever | Zoë the Tabby Cat | Linzer Lane Blog

I drew her (with her night dress of course), and then sketched around her body to create three outfits. There is a brunch dress equipped with a strawberry handbag, a polka dot party frock (below) and a sewing outfit that features her sewing basket.

The Cutest Paper Doll Ever | Zoë the Tabby Cat | Linzer Lane Blog

Not only can you dress Zoë up, but you can cut out all sorts of cute accessories to go with her outfits like a custom sewing machine, a cat mug and a heart handbag.

The Cutest Paper Doll Ever | Zoë the Tabby Cat | Linzer Lane Blog


xox

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Trip to Tender Buttons NYC

A Trip to Tender Buttons NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

I can't believe it's taken me so many years to visit Tender Buttons in New York City. Tender Buttons is the only store in America exclusively dedicated to the sale of buttons (I found this out via their website). 

Because I'm planning to write my next picture book about some very avid button collectors (the book's working title is 'Zoe's Button Club') - I thought a visit to this store could be written off as important research.

A Trip to Tender Buttons NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

You can't get any more direct than this sign outside. No words needed!

A Trip to Tender Buttons NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

The window display features antique buttons and assorted vintage pieces showcasing men's fashion.

A Trip to Tender Buttons NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

I was a little nervous snapping photos inside, because I always had the impression that this store would be very pretentious. I know it's a favorite of Martha Stewart's - and I always get a little intimidated shopping on the Upper East Side. I can tell you - it wasn't. The owners were very sweet and patient as I tried to decide which novelty pieces I couldn't live without. I was pleasantly surprised by just about everything concerning this store. It's a must see for any creative passing through NYC.

A Trip to Tender Buttons NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

Here are the buttons I chose. I absolutely love the egg cups and the little dressed rabbit! My bill came to a little over $12.00 - which I think was fair for five rare and adorable keepsakes.

Have you ever been to a button store? Or something like it? Let me know in the comments!


PS - Here's the future star of 'Zoe's Button Club'. This design will soon be available as a limited edition brooch. *note the little heart buttons*

A Trip to Tender Buttons NYC | Linzer Lane Blog


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Adorable Squirrels of NYC

Squirrels of New York City | Linzer Lane Blog
He (or she?) literally was snacking on a tiny piece of cake. I guess this little one has good taste.
I've been very enamored by a particular group of squirrels that live near our apartment in New York. They are a little daintier and more colorful than your typical city squirrel. There are grey ones, black ones, and cinnamon colored ones living in this colony - and I couldn't tell you my favorite color. They are all pretty cute!

Squirrels of New York City | Linzer Lane Blog
I love the silhouette of a squirrel. It's so lovely.

Squirrels of New York City | Linzer Lane Blog
This time it's just a regular acorn.

Squirrels of New York City | Linzer Lane Blog
This little one really wanted his picture taken. He walked right up to the lens to say hi.

Squirrels of New York City | Linzer Lane Blog
Squirrel in the Snow

Squirrels of New York City | Linzer Lane Blog
I recently had to come up a design for a poster contest - so this character was a natural choice after this week.

Squirrels of New York City | Linzer Lane Blog
Amid all the squirrely excitement, we have a gang of robins that have been hanging out in our courtyard. I love them ;)

Squirrels of New York City | Linzer Lane Blog

What wildlife is in your backyard this time of year? 


PS - You can find my drawings and little animal characters all sorts of lovely coloring books & printable goods in my etsy shop. Stop by today!

Valentine Coloring Pages | Linzer Lane Blog

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

How to Make Fairy Donuts

How to Make Fairy Donuts | Linzer Lane | Miniature Food Tutorial

I posted a little video about a month ago on my Instagram feed sharing how to make these adorable fairy donuts - perfect for the tiniest tea party you can imagine. I thought I'd re-post them here to share with you all. If you love cute things, I know you will love this!
How to Make Fairy Donuts | Linzer Lane | Miniature Food Tutorial

All you need to make these adorable miniature donuts are some round cereal pieces (Cheerios work best!), acrylic paint and glitter. That's it!

How to Make Fairy Donuts | Linzer Lane | Miniature Food Tutorial

How to Make Fairy Donuts | Linzer Lane | Miniature Food Tutorial

Using a small paintbrush, carefully decorate each Cheerio with some bright, acrylic paint. For donut frosting pink, blue, peach and lavender work best.

How to Make Fairy Donuts | Linzer Lane | Miniature Food Tutorial
Pinch a little bit of glitter with your fingers and add to the top of each donut for sprinkles while the paint is still wet. That way, no glue is needed! 


How to Make Fairy Donuts | Linzer Lane | Miniature Food Tutorial

How to Make Fairy Donuts | Linzer Lane | Miniature Food Tutorial

How to Make Fairy Donuts | Linzer Lane | Miniature Food Tutorial

Display your 'fairy donuts' on a tiny plate and display in your dollhouse, a fairy garden, or as a centerpiece on your table with a tiny tea set. 

Love this craft idea? Leave a comment below! I'd love to hear from you...

How to Make Fairy Donuts | Linzer Lane | Miniature Food Tutorial