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!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Zoe's Holiday Preview

Zoe's Holiday Preview | Christmas in the Dollhouse | Linzer Lane Blog #dollhousedecor #dollhouseminiatures #holidays

I've been busy getting 'Zoe's Dreamhouse' ready for the holidays this week. I'm not finished yet, but thought you might like to see my progress thus far...

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It's been really fun going through all my Christmas decor. I literally haven't taken these items out since childhood, so it's like going back in time!

Zoe's Holiday Preview | Christmas in the Dollhouse | Linzer Lane Blog #dollhousedecor #dollhouseminiatures #holidays

Every time I get a chance to blog about this hobby of mine, it gives me great pleasure and a bit of needed relaxation.

Zoe's Holiday Preview | Christmas in the Dollhouse | Linzer Lane Blog #dollhousedecor #dollhouseminiatures #holidays

Zoe's Holiday Preview | Christmas in the Dollhouse | Linzer Lane Blog #dollhousedecor #dollhouseminiatures #holidays

Zoe's Holiday Preview | Christmas in the Dollhouse | Linzer Lane Blog #dollhousedecor #dollhouseminiatures #holidays

Thank you so much for spending each Wednesday with me here on Linzer Lane.

xo

PS - I just listed 'printable' holiday decor for your dollhouse in my Etsy shop. Take a look!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Newest Whimsy City Revealed!

Newest Whimsy City Revealed! | Hoboken NJ Skyline by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
I had such a fun time creating whimsical artwork for two of my favorite cities - Jersey City & New York this fall, I was super happy to get the opportunity to recently create another skyline illustration. 

During the Jersey City studio tour I met a fellow picture book artist named Patricia Keeler, who offered to display some of my work during her Open House this coming weekend. Since Patricia's studio is in Hoboken, I thought it would be the perfect time to continue creating artwork for a city I've always loved: Hoboken, NJ.

Just like in my past 'Whimsy City Illustrations', every building and character has some sort of significance to my life.

Newest Whimsy City Revealed! | Hoboken NJ Skyline by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
This brownstone building is a rendition of one of my favorite homes on Hudson Street. I pass it every time I walk down that street to teach private art lessons.
Newest Whimsy City Revealed! | Hoboken NJ Skyline by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
Nothing says 'Hoboken' to me more than the clock tower, and my husband and I stayed at the W hotel after our engagement in 2012. It is a beautiful hotel and adds so much to the skyline.
Newest Whimsy City Revealed! | Hoboken NJ Skyline by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
My favorite new store in Hoboken is 'Little City Books'. They offer books for kids and adults and sell lots of cute things like cards and gifts as well.

Newest Whimsy City Revealed! | Hoboken NJ Skyline by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
Zinnie holding a cake from Carlo's Bakery - it is based on the one my husband ordered when I turned 30.

'Hoboken' and character art prints will be available for sale at Patricia's Open House on November 5. The 4" x 6" size is only $10 for a framed print- so stock up for Christmas! 

Additionally, you can purchase the art online here.
 

Newest Whimsy City Revealed! | Hoboken NJ Skyline by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
Can you spot Iggie Sinatra? ;)

Newest Whimsy City Revealed! | Hoboken NJ Skyline by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Newest Whimsy City Revealed! | Hoboken NJ Skyline by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Here's the info for Patricia's Open House this weekend - come on out and see her great books and art!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Halloween in Hoboken | Linzer Lane Guide 2017

Halloween in Hoboken Guide 2017 | Amazing Halloween Homes to See | Linzer Lane Blog #halloween #hoboken

One of things I pined for while living abroad, were the Halloween decorations in Hoboken. About five years ago, I started teaching art classes to kids in the '14th Street' area of Hoboken, NJ. I was walking back to the train one night, and realized almost every single home on Garden Street was decorated with amazing, over the top, Halloween decor. Luckily the tradition lives on today...

Halloween in Hoboken Guide 2017 | Amazing Halloween Homes to See | Linzer Lane Blog #halloween #hoboken

So, if you have time this week and want to really get in the spooky spirit, start your tour on 14th Street and Garden, then wander all the way down to First Street. You won't regret it!

Halloween in Hoboken Guide 2017 | Amazing Halloween Homes to See | Linzer Lane Blog #halloween #hoboken
Over-sized fangs are always a good idea.

Halloween in Hoboken Guide 2017 | Amazing Halloween Homes to See | Linzer Lane Blog #halloween #hoboken
Cast your vote for your fav pumpkin at Hoboken Trader Joe's.

Halloween in Hoboken Guide 2017 | Amazing Halloween Homes to See | Linzer Lane Blog #halloween #hoboken
The theme for this year was definitely skeletons. Everybody had them!!!!!!

Halloween in Hoboken Guide 2017 | Amazing Halloween Homes to See | Linzer Lane Blog #halloween #hoboken
I wish he was sitting outside of my window.

Halloween in Hoboken Guide 2017 | Amazing Halloween Homes to See | Linzer Lane Blog #halloween #hoboken
Beauty instead of Spook.

Halloween in Hoboken Guide 2017 | Amazing Halloween Homes to See | Linzer Lane Blog #halloween #hoboken
Don't even know how they did this - but it looks cool!

Halloween in Hoboken Guide 2017 | Amazing Halloween Homes to See | Linzer Lane Blog #halloween #hoboken
Where else can you find a street covered in spiderwebs?

Halloween in Hoboken Guide 2017 | Amazing Halloween Homes to See | Linzer Lane Blog #halloween #hoboken
I think this is my favorite scene of all time. Just love it.

Halloween in Hoboken Guide 2017 | Amazing Halloween Homes to See | Linzer Lane Blog #halloween #hoboken

Halloween in Hoboken Guide 2017 | Amazing Halloween Homes to See | Linzer Lane Blog #halloween #hoboken
There's something so sweet about this scene from a local elementary school. Reminds me of childhood.

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into one of my favorite neighborhoods. Please do leave a comment if you have your own fabulous neighborhood to nominate that we can all check out!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tiny Doll House - A New York City Gem

Tiny Doll House | A New York City Gem | Review by Linzer Lane Blog
My favorite find of the day! How cute!!
Since rekindling my miniature obsession this March with my own dollhouse makeover, I've been wanting to venture up the the Upper East Side to visit a place called, 'Tiny Doll House' on 78th Street.

I vaguely remember visiting (and loving!) this store when I was just a teenager attending NYU.

Tiny Doll House | A New York City Gem | Review by Linzer Lane Blog
Wish I got a snap without a truck in front - but it is New York after all...
Tiny Doll House | A New York City Gem | Review by Linzer Lane Blog
Cute window display - love the greenhouse.
The store is quite narrow and small as you might imagine, but it's arranged very nicely, so that every inch is maximized.

Tiny Doll House | A New York City Gem | Review by Linzer Lane Blog

Upon entering the store I was greeted by this awesome Halloween display which got me super excited - since as most people know - this is my favorite time of year! There were amazing Halloween cookies, cakes, decorations and libations to pick from. I ended up selecting a mini pumpkin carving scene pictured at the top of this post.

Tiny Doll House | A New York City Gem | Review by Linzer Lane Blog

Tiny Doll House offers something for everyone. There are plenty of expensive collector pieces, as well as adorable mini foods and decor starting at just 3 or 4 dollars. Young kids with an allowance can indulge just as easily as an adult.

Tiny Doll House | A New York City Gem | Review by Linzer Lane Blog

What I enjoyed most in this store, is that there is an air of whimsy and happiness. I didn't feel rushed or awkward, which I tend to feel in New York shops that expect visitors to spend a certain amount of money. I can see why this space lends it self to admirers of any age.

Tiny Doll House | A New York City Gem | Review by Linzer Lane Blog

Not only can you purchase anything under the sun for a dollhouse here, but you can also find dollhouses in any style you can imagine!

Tiny Doll House | A New York City Gem | Review by Linzer Lane Blog

Tiny Doll House | A New York City Gem | Review by Linzer Lane Blog

Here is my other treasured purchase - a clown ice cream sundae. Are you seeing this Friendly's? LOL. It is so cute!

If you're ever on the Upper East Side in NYC, be sure to drop into this gem of a store and buy a little something, so they stick around for 25 more years!

Tiny Doll House
314 East 78th Street
New York, NY 10075
212-744-3719

xo Lady Lucas

Tiny Doll House | A New York City Gem | Review by Linzer Lane Blog
My new treasures displayed in my dollhouse.

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. 

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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.

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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 ;)

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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)


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