Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How to Draw a Hedgehog : Lady Lucas Style


How to Draw a Hedgehog : Lady Lucas Style | Linzer Lane Blog

Every Thursday I teach a book club in Manhattan called, 'The Book Blossoms (to find out more about different club locations just click on the link!)'. The children always make me smile when it comes to their willingness to embrace new books and get creative - either by writing original poems and stories or by creating  their own artwork. Last week, I threw my own book into the mix during a character art session. I was tickled beyond belief that the children took a shot at drawing Iggie - and they did such a beautiful job!

How to Draw a Hedgehog : Lady Lucas Style | Linzer Lane Blog

I was inspired so much by their artwork, I wanted to offer a free 'How to Draw Iggie the Hedgehog' printable graphic to my readers, which can find below. This page appears in the book itself, but for those that just like the drawing part - this one is for you!

How to Draw a Hedgehog : Lady Lucas Style | Linzer Lane Blog

Iggie's body starts with a simple egg shape, and then the fun continues from there ;) Start with light pencil outline, and then trace with a thin tipped sharpie, removing the pencil lines with an eraser after.

How to Draw a Hedgehog : Lady Lucas Style | Linzer Lane Blog

How to Draw a Hedgehog : Lady Lucas Style | Linzer Lane Blog
Right click on the image to save to your desktop. If you would like the original PDF just email me and I'm happy to send it your way! xo
Happy Drawing Everyone!

PS - Iggie's Gingerbread is available on Amazon and makes the perfect gift for kiddos ages 4 - 8 years of age!



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll | Linzer Lane Blog

I had a little idea about a year ago to produce my ideal 'dollhouse doll'. I have never liked the generic ones of a four person family with bland clothing and expressionless faces. Of course, my ideal doll needed to be an animal, and since my dollhouse will be a home for Zoë - what better animal than a skeptical tabby cat!

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll | Linzer Lane Blog

The first step on my quest to create a the perfect doll was to sketch out the idea. I wanted something simple, Scandinavian looking, and cute ;)

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll | Linzer Lane Blog

After I got my drawing exactly as I wanted it, I ordered a laser cut Zoë from Skill Mill NYC. They did a lovely job of producing her exactly the way I wanted! 

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll | Linzer Lane Blog

Then using pens and acrylics, I added some color and details...

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll | Linzer Lane Blog

Ta-da! Here Zoë stands in the first room I've completed in the dollhouse makeover - The Orangery. (I can't wait to decorate this room with plants and furniture!!!)

A Dream Comes True ❤ Zoë Dollhouse Doll | Linzer Lane Blog

So, what do you think of little Zoë? ;) Could you imagine her in your dollhouse?


PS - Did you know the Linzer Lane blog has a new Instagram account? Follow along here!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial

Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

My dollhouse renovation continues, and probably will for a few more months, but I've been itching to get to the fun part - which is getting all the miniatures ready to fill each room! I've had this tiny, metal sewing machine for many years. It's manufactured by Darice and I would guess you can find the same one in any craft store such as A.C. Moore or Michael's. 

Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog


Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

To take your own mini sewing machine from drab to fab - follow these simple instructions:

- Make sure the sewing machine is free from any dirt or dust. Remove any dirt with a Q-Tip.

- Coat the entire item with a thin layer of nail polish. I used light pink, but lavender would look great too!

- Allow the sewing machine to dry completely before adding another thick coat of nail polish. 

- Once your mini machine is completely dry, you can add details with acrylic paint such as a heart, or little knobs. A toothpick or skewer dipped in paint is perfect for this part.

Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog


Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog

Thank you for reading & for stopping by!


This tutorial was inspired by the pink sewing machine accessory that Zoe uses on this cute paper doll sheet that can be found in my Etsy shop:

Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial | Linzer Lane Blog




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dollhouse Update

Dollhouse Makeover Update | Linzer Lane Blog

Just wanted to update you on my dollhouse renovation this week. I've finished the exterior painting and started repainting the shutters today. Also, here are some furniture pieces I hope to refinish as well and some accessories that I CANNOT wait to add inside! 

The colors for the outside are magenta, dusty rose, mint green and soft grey. I'm hoping to continue the pastel palate inside as well for all of the rooms.

Dollhouse Makeover Update | Linzer Lane Blog

Dollhouse Makeover Update | Linzer Lane Blog

Dollhouse Makeover Update | Linzer Lane Blog

Dollhouse Makeover Update | Linzer Lane Blog

Hope you are all having a lovely start to May!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Iggie's Gingerbread is Hedgehog Approved

Iggie's Gingerbread is Hedgehog Approved | Mr. Bates the Hedgie enjoys a good read ;) | Photo Credit - @MrBatestheHedgie
About a month ago I came across a simply adorable Instagram account featuring a hedgehog reading a book. I instantly fell in love with this little fellow who goes by the name of 'Mr. Bates'. I reached out to his rep to see if he might give Iggie's Gingerbread a chance. 

Iggie's Gingerbread is Hedgehog Approved | Mr. Bates the Hedgie enjoys a good read ;) | Photo Credit - @MrBatestheHedgie
Luckily, he gave the book a whirl, and these are the photos to prove it! ;) 

If you're falling in love like I am, visit Mr. Bates on Instagram and follow his adorable account!

Iggie's Gingerbread is Hedgehog Approved | Mr. Bates the Hedgie enjoys a good read ;) | Photo Credit - @MrBatestheHedgie

Iggie's Gingerbread is Hedgehog Approved | Mr. Bates the Hedgie enjoys a good read ;) | Photo Credit - @MrBatestheHedgie
Iggie's Gingerbread is the tale of a jolly hedgehog baker who opens his own gingerbread shop on Linzer Lane. It's super cute and perfect for kids 4 - 8 years old or adults who love cute things. 


Iggie's Gingerbread is Hedgehog Approved | Mr. Bates the Hedgie enjoys a good read ;) | Photo Credit - @MrBatestheHedgie

Iggie's Gingerbread is Hedgehog Approved | Mr. Bates the Hedgie enjoys a good read ;) | Photo Credit - @MrBatestheHedgie

** All photos courtesy of Mr. Bates the Hedgie**

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Japan Day Poster Artwork

Japan Day Poster Contest Submission by Lady Lucas

A few months ago I entered a poster contest for Japan Day in Central Park. I wanted to share my entry with you because I honestly had a lot of fun coming up with a concept and painting the little sailor squirrel on the boat. I think he might make a cute nursery wall print or something of the like... hmmm ;) Anywho - the poster design was supposed to incorporate New York, Central Park and Japanese culture. I figured it should also highlight cherry blossoms.

If  you're curious to see who won the poster contest, you can check out Japan Day's website here!





Thursday, April 13, 2017

I've Got Big Dollhouse Plans

I've Got Big Dollhouse Plans | Linzer Lane Blog

After watching back to back episodes of 'Fixer Upper' with my husband this week on HGTV, I realized my own tiny home renovation needs a 'blueprint' as well.

Here's a sketch I completed with some ideas for my dollhouse. I was thinking it would be cute to have my Linzer Lane character Zoë inhabit the house and have a big craft room on the top floor where she can sew and scrapbook!

I've Got Big Dollhouse Plans | Linzer Lane Blog


So far, I'm only on the first coat of white paint for the interior rooms.

So much more to do!


PS - Need some last minute Easter basket stuffers? Check out my Etsy shop for some cute coloring books and instant paper play items ;)