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! 

X O X

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!

X O X
Ashley 

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

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