Monday, November 11, 2019

Big News!


Linzer Lane | Artwork for Little Ones by artist Lady Lucas
**Hi All! Just wanted to share with you all my current plan to re-brand my online shop - with the name of this blog! Stay tuned for the new website coming soon**

Dear Loyal Baby Lucas Followers, I have a big announcement to share with you! I've decided, after much thought and soul searching, that going forward the name of my online shop and kids art brand will (soon be!) Linzer Lane. I began Baby Lucas a little over a year ago, while pregnant with our son Leon. The goal was twofold - to offer adorable baby gifts and artwork to families, while working at home so I could care for our new little one full time. This past year I have used every single nap and hour of spare time to create, print, ship and market Baby Lucas. It has been a wonderful experience that has allowed me to continue my career as an artist, all while being assisted daily by my mini co-worker. My initial vision for Baby Lucas was to offer a wide array of gifts for baby (clothing, plush toys, books), but slowly I started in realize that you were mostly looking for something quite simple - darling art prints for your child's space. Not only that, but out of all the many things I was creating, you were most taken with the world of my of my Linzer Lane animal characters. 

*About Linzer Lane* In 2014 I moved abroad for two years with my husband to Salzburg, Austria. During that time I was enchanted with the lovely way of life there. The beautiful storefronts, immaculate cafes, alpine animals, and ornate holiday rituals. We lived on a street called 'die Linzergasse' - and I started to create characters that lived in an imaginary world inspired by our neighborhood. Ever since we moved back to the US in 2016, I have held and nurtured that experience within my artwork. I have grown to really love this little cast of animals, each with their own unique personality and story, and I hope their adventures will entertain and delight you throughout the year.

Can't wait for this new chapter to begin, and to continue offering you adorable artwork for little ones!

Much Much Love, Ashley (aka Lady Lucas ) & Leon (aka Moose)

The apple of my eye - 'Moose'

Monday, October 21, 2019

Halloween Season is Here!

Halloween Season is Here! | Linzer Lane Blog
Our Cute Jack-O-Lantern

As everyone that knows me understands - Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. I willed my son to arrive before his due date last year, just so he was here in time for October 31! ;)

Here are some of my favorite moments from this month that I wanted to share with you... Thank you so much for reading!

xo  Ashley

Halloween Season is Here! | Linzer Lane Blog
Having fun with chalk markers...

Halloween Season is Here! | Linzer Lane Blog
A super easy idea for babies and toddlers - guide them with a Q-Tips dipped in finger paints to make these cute pumpkins!

Halloween Season is Here! | Linzer Lane Blog
My little teething jack-o-lantern ;)

Halloween Season is Here! | Linzer Lane Blog
Toasted pumpkin seeds from our pumpkin.


Halloween Season is Here! | Linzer Lane Blog
The window where I work daily decorated for my favorite holiday.

Halloween Season is Here! | Linzer Lane Blog
Checking out Halloween decor in Hoboken, NJ.

Halloween Season is Here! | Linzer Lane Blog

Halloween Season is Here! | Linzer Lane Blog

Halloween Season is Here! | Linzer Lane Blog

PS -
**Use code CANDYCORN for 15% OFF your Baby Lucas Store total this month!**


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Jersey City Artist Studio Tour - NEXT WEEKEND!

Art by Lady Lucas - Jersey City Studio Tour

Dear Friends of the Blog,

Come visit our open studio during the Jersey City Artist Studio next weekend!

Oct 5 & 6 | 12 - 5pm
150 Bay Street, Jersey City (9th Floor)

I’ll be offering my Baby Lucas line of artwork for sale, as well as other goodies!

Hope to see you there!

xox
Ashley


Art by Lady Lucas - Jersey City Studio Tour



Wednesday, August 21, 2019

*New* Animal ABC Products for Back to School

Animal ABC Products for Back to School by Baby Lucas

A few months ago I started to imagine how cute it would be to organize all the 'Linzer Lane' characters I've drawn over the last few years from A - Z. I also thought it might be great timing to release a line of ABC products to coincide with back to school season!

Even though Leon is only 9 months old, his presence daily inspired me greatly as I embarked on this new range of products perfect for moms and teachers alike.

Animal ABC Products for Back to School by Baby Lucas

Purchase the 8" x 10" wall art print here

Animal ABC Products for Back to School by Baby Lucas

Purchase the printable flashcard deck here

Animal ABC Products for Back to School by Baby Lucas

Animal ABC Products for Back to School by Baby Lucas
About the Linzer Lane Animals:

Welcome to Linzer Lane - a charming, cobblestone city street where dozens of smartly dressed animals live and work. Celebrating all of life’s special occasions together as one big family, the Linzer Lane animals enjoy daily espresso chats at Sal the Guinea Pig’s cafe and crisp cookies from Iggie the Hedgehog’s gingerbread shop. If you enjoy bees that carry purses, cats that sell seashells, and rabbits that grow tulips, Linzer Lane’s residents would like to welcome you to their adorable world! 

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Please feel free to share this post with anyone you think might be in need of some adorable ABCs this September. I would truly appreciate it!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

No Mess Finger Painting

No Mess Finger Painting with Baby | Linzer Lane Blog

I couldn't wait for Leon to try finger painting out for the first time this summer, so I looked up some ideas online before we dove into the messiness of painting with little hands. 

Luckily a brilliant solution popped up on many mom blogs - putting a piece of paper in a ziplock bag, and then sealing it with the paint already inside!
This is a genius way to introduce little ones to painting - they get the feel and concept of it, before trying out the 'real' thing.

Materials you will need:

Non-Toxic Finger Paints (I used the 10 color set from Crayola)
Heavy White Paper
Ziploc Bags

No Mess Finger Painting with Baby | Linzer Lane Blog



No Mess Finger Painting with Baby | Linzer Lane Blog



No Mess Finger Painting with Baby | Linzer Lane Blog

For our particular project, we made a birthday card for Leon's grandfather, but the ideas are limitless!

No Mess Finger Painting with Baby | Linzer Lane Blog


As always, if you try this out, please let me know in the comments below. Would love to see what your little ones come up with!

xox




Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Seashell Exploration for Little Ones

Seashell Exploration for Little Ones | Baby Playtime Activity | Linzer Lane Blog
This activity came to me out of sheer desperation to find something that would entertain my 8 month old after dinner :) ! I had a large canister of seashells on our dining table as decoration for the summer months, and started to hand him one at a time to see what he would do...

Seashell Exploration for Little Ones | Baby Playtime Activity | Linzer Lane Blog

He sweetly touched the first one and inspected it...

Seashell Exploration for Little Ones | Baby Playtime Activity | Linzer Lane Blog

And did the same with the next one, and the next one too! 

Seashell Exploration for Little Ones | Baby Playtime Activity | Linzer Lane Blog

I showed him how to hold the shells gently and how to touch them to feel a texture. I even held them up to his ear to hear the ocean! 

Seashell Exploration for Little Ones | Baby Playtime Activity | Linzer Lane Blog

We started this activity about three weeks ago, and he still enjoys it almost daily. It's a great way to calm little hands and minds in the evening!

xox

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Baby's First Craft Project

Baby's First Craft Project | Salt Dough Hand and Foot Imprint | Linzer Lane Blog

Ever since our son Leon was born last October, I've been so excited to share my love of crafting and art with him. Since birth he's been interested in books and looking at artwork, but I've been dying for us to do something creative together!

In honor of his grandfather's birthday, I thought it would be sweet for us to make something for him out of salt dough. Leon is 8 months old now, so I thought it would be the perfect time to try a simple project at home...

Baby's First Craft Project | Salt Dough Hand and Foot Imprint | Linzer Lane Blog

To make your own salt dough, follow my sister in law's fool proof recipe here:

Salt Dough Recipe

1 Cup Sifted Flour
1/2 Cup Salt
1/2 Cup Room Temp. Water
Squeeze of Lemon Juice
1 TSP Veggie Oil
*optional – food coloring to color dough

Baby's First Craft Project | Salt Dough Hand and Foot Imprint | Linzer Lane Blog

Flour your preferred surface and roll the dough with a rolling pin or juice glass. Take your baby's foot and hand to make a cute imprint, and don't be nervous if it gets messy!

Baby's First Craft Project | Salt Dough Hand and Foot Imprint | Linzer Lane Blog

I allowed the salt dough to dry on its own - it took 48 hours, but if you're in a rush, you can also pop it in the oven on a really low temp for a few hours to dry it out completely.

Baby's First Craft Project | Salt Dough Hand and Foot Imprint | Linzer Lane Blog

Once the dough is completely dry, decorate it with acrylic paints to seal the surface.

I gifted these little imprints as they are, but you could also add a hole at the top of each one using a pencil before they dry to make cute ornaments.

Thanks so much for reading and please share below if you do try it at home with your own little one! I'd love to hear how it went!

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Ashley 

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