Sunday, February 28, 2021

9 Niche Businesses to Know

9 Niche Businesses to Know | Linzer Lane Blog

A few months ago I got to thinking about what really inspired me to start my brand Linzer Lane - and the answer has always been, aside from my love of animals, niche businesses. 

I grew up in the ecosystem of one while my parents ran a specialized gift shop and gallery, and I became drawn to them in college while running around the eclectic streets of the West Village in New York City.

When I moved abroad to Salzburg, Austria with my husband, niche businesses inspired me on another level. Small, adorable, specialized shops were everywhere! From storefronts that sold only buttons, to gingerbread stores, my mind’s creation of ‘Linzer Lane’ began to slowly emerge.

And so today, I’m thrilled to share with you some passionate business owners and individual artists that I have gotten to know throughout the years. Some I met through my Facebook group, and others are just good friends met at craft shows, art shows, and at work.

I asked each business owner to submit one photo that represents them, as well as how to find them online. Take some time to enjoy their stories, and visit their shops if you need a gift or two!

Shop Small & Shop Happy,

xo

THE OIL WELL SCENT CO. | Linzer Lane Blog

#1 THE OIL WELL SCENT CO.

I’ve been creating vegan perfumes and home goods since 2017.  I always use organic jojoba oil as my base and strictly plant based essential oils, concretes, and absolutes to scent with.  I’ll never use synthetics as fragrance will wreak havoc on your body.  And who doesn’t want to smell natural beauty? 

Why I do what I do.

My dear mom had developed cancer twice and we are so lucky to still have her. Although, I scolded her for using synthetic perfumes, I was able to steer her into vegan perfumery and, thankfully, she’s been a fan since.  


CRE8IVE CRAYONZ | Linzer Lane Blog

#2 CRE8IVE CRAYONZ

Personalized crayons- names, gift boxes and party favors

We are a mother - daughter (who is 6) duo inspiring tech-free fun and imaginary play with personalized crayons for the little cre8ives in your life.


WENDY TAYLOR-EARDLEY | Linzer Lane Blog

#3 WENDY TAYLOR-EARDLEY

is a fine artist from North Wales in the UK.


She paints landscapes and things of beauty in an impressionistic style, loving the texture, and appearance of oil as a medium. 


Wendy loves the world of nature in particular and feels it is so important for us all to  appreciate our surroundings and awe inspiring and quiet calming views.

 

A fan of early symbolist painters and impressionists, Wendy feels that we see visual metaphors all around us to help us make sense of our world or situation. Her artworks can simply celebrate  times and places special to us but are often painted with the intention of providing greater meaning.


Wendy is also a trained teacher and graphic artist and design elements come to bear on how work is composed/decided upon.


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Katie Pea Studio | Linzer Lane Blog

#4 KATIE PEA STUDIO

Cute illustrated goods.

This is my creative outlet! I work various freelance jobs but I love having a free space to create art and products that I feel passionate about.

You can check out my website for links to my shop and wholesale information.

Avenue Chic | Linzer Lane Blog

#5 AVENUE CHIC

Avenue Chic is a virtual showroom showcasing the work of various jewelry designers from around the world. Many of which are loved and worn by celebrities. 

Now you can accessorize like a celebrity.

Our designer jewelry collections are available at www.avenuechic.com.


Art by Diane Leon | Linzer Lane Blog


#6 DIANE LEON

I am an abstract and collage artist born in New York City 

Abstraction gives me the freedom to express my emotions and memories. When I begin a painting, I work with no preconceived idea. I start to lay in color on my paper or canvas. As paint and color build the work takes on a life of its own. It is finished only when it ‘feels’ right to me. It is an emotional rather than intellectual process. I prefer intimate size paper/canvas. It gives me the spontaneity to express how I feel in the moment. 


I have taught at NYU, School of Professional Studies since 1995 as an adjunct associate professor of arts in the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies. I also do mentoring at The Wasserman Center for Career Development and NYU, The Tisch School of the Arts. 


My work and brief exhibitions/awards can be seen at: www.saatchiart.com/dianeleon


GAYNOR MARSHALL DESIGNS | Linzer Lane Blog


#7 GAYNOR MARSHALL DESIGNS


Illustration and Surface Pattern Design

I've been drawing, sewing and creating my whole life and I believe in sharing my knowledge with others. It is vital that we pass on our collective skills and knowledge so they are not lost forever, especially skills such as sewing and crafting that were once passed down the generations.

I am currently getting ready to launch my first subscription box which will bring together all of my passions; illustration, surface design and sewing. They will include exclusively designed organic fabrics, projects, all the necessary haberdashery and a few surprises too. They will be perfect for anyone with little ones in the family or for gifting to a friend. 


Filomena Jack Studio | Linzer Lane Blog

#8 FILOMENA JACK STUDIO

Murals, Highly Inaccurate Pet Portraits, and Fun and Funky Painting Classes. 

I love helping people laugh and feel joyful. I paint bright and exciting art works that are inspired by love. My classes are accessible and easy for beginners and informative for seasoned painters.



Strawberry & Co. | Linzer Lane Blog

#9 STRAWBERRY & CO.


My favorite niche business of all... ;)


My parents' gift shop, Strawberry & Co., closed a few years ago after being in business for over 35 years in downtown Lancaster, PA. As owners Bern and Wayne Lucas continue their journey into retirement, many of their treasures can still be purchased.


If you're a sucker for beautiful hand blown glass ornaments, imported Easter decor, and beautiful antique figurines, they just might have that perfect item for your collection...


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BONUS BUSINESS!



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I'd also like to add my dear friend Lisa Best to this list. She makes vegan bags and accessories that are beautifully designed and sewn.


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Thank you so much for reading! Share this post with anyone who loves to find out more about the small businesses, and the wonderful people behind them.


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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Valentine's Day Ideas To Make & Love

Valentine's Day Ideas To Make & Love | Linzer Lane Blog

The combination of cold weather and quarantine life has pushed me and my little one into creativity overdrive this month! I noticed the more Leon gets excited about making things - the more I want to find different things for us to make. It's like a little cycle of happiness that keeps us going during this drab winter. 

So here are all the things we've been up to lately - and I hope you enjoy them and maybe try one or two on your own!

SPRAY HEART VALENTINES

We truly had a blast making these. I actually think I was more excited than him ;) All you need is watercolor paper, water based markers (like Crayola or OOLY washable markers) and a spray bottle!

Have your little one draw all over a sheet of watercolor paper with different colors, then spray the art with water and tilt it to get some cool variations!

Valentine's Day Ideas To Make & Love | Linzer Lane Blog

Once the art is dry, use a cookie cutter to trace hearts and cut them out. Then write cute sayings on them (as pictured at the top of this post). They make perfect valentines!

Valentine's Day Ideas To Make & Love | Linzer Lane Blog

TOILET ROLL HEART STAMPS

What could be easier then bending a toilet roll into a heart (as shown below). Then have your kids stamp it into different washable paint colors. A winner for toddlers!

Valentine's Day Ideas To Make & Love | Linzer Lane Blog

CANDY HEARTS DANCING

Add some conversation heart candies to clear seltzer water and watch them dance around!

Valentine's Day Ideas To Make & Love | Linzer Lane Blog

VALENTINE HOUSE

We bought a little house at the dollar store this Christmas and didn't know what to do with it... I figured it would make a very cute valentine's house - so Leon and I drew on it with markers and watercolors, and turned it into this little cute abode.

Michael's carries houses like this year round if you can't find any at your dollar store this time of year...

Valentine's Day Ideas To Make & Love | Linzer Lane Blog

VALENTINE TREE

It was hard for us to part with our Christmas tree and decoration this year, so we kept this small tree top tree up and added all the heart and red ornaments left over from the holidays on it - it's been a hit!

Valentine's Day Ideas To Make & Love | Linzer Lane Blog

RESI the RACCOON Paper Doll

Just listed in our online shop, this cutie has been a real hit with Leon this month. He loves putting her in all his cars too ;)

Valentine's Day Ideas To Make & Love | Linzer Lane Blog

VALENTINE COLORING BOOK

If you're looking for a super easy way to entertain children during these chilly days, our Valentine coloring book was designed with tired moms in mind! 

Simply download, print, and have the kids color the day away.

Valentine's Day Ideas To Make & Love | Linzer Lane Blog

If you try any of these ideas, please do leave a comment. We would love to hear about it!


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air | New Valentine Coloring Book & Paper Doll by Linzer Lane

On this wonderful historic day, I'm happy to be blogging about something love related - the innocence of Valentine's Day. I've been looking forward to it so much this year - and have spent a good deal of time designing some products that highlight Linzer Lane's adorable new character, 'Resi the Raccoon'.

Love is in the Air | New Valentine Coloring Book & Paper Doll by Linzer Lane

My son Leon for some reason has really taken to her, and talks about 'Resi' more than he does his truck toys, which of course gives me a big smile and a boost of confidence too! 

Love is in the Air | New Valentine Coloring Book & Paper Doll by Linzer Lane

As of today, you can now find all these sweet items in my online store. They are the perfect way to entertain little ones still in the throws of quarantine this winter.

Love is in the Air | New Valentine Coloring Book & Paper Doll by Linzer Lane

xo Ashley (aka Lady Lucas)





Friday, December 11, 2020

Join the Linzer Lane Doodle Challenge!

Join the Linzer Lane Advent Doodle Challenge!

Dear Blog Friends,

I’ve been hosting a little advent doodle event on my social media pages for children (and anyone who loves to draw!) this December.

Every day a new how to draw video is revealed... and it’s easy to go back and check out all the days you’ve missed too ;)

Join the Linzer Lane Advent Doodle Challenge!


There’s even a free template you can use to make your drawings looks extra cute and fancy here.

Follow #linzerlaneadvent now, on:


Happy Holidays!

XOX
Ashley

Monday, October 12, 2020

Linzer Lane's Newest Character Revealed!


 Our lives have changed dramatically this month - we left our one room loft apartment in Jersey City (a town my husband and I called home for over ten years), and moved into a winter house rental in Belmar, NJ. We now have access to nature, (and tranquility!), on a daily basis. Leon hasn't skipped a beat, and thinks that his new home is just peachy.

Instead of daily fire alarms, non-stop high-rise construction noise, and concrete plazas, he now has a garden to run in, and the beach two blocks away. The pandemic certainly pushed us into this situation with both of us working from home - but it's been a blessing in disguise!

The day we pulled up to our new home, there was a rabbit out front - and we all agreed that was a good sign!

As the weeks of progressed, one rabbit in particular comes to greet Leon and I every single day, and so we've given her the name of 'Pinecone'. 

Pinecones are a'plenty here in this quaint beach town, and her fur mimics their hues perfectly.


I find her so absolutely endearing, I knew I had to create a special character in her honor for my Linzer Lane series! Here is the first sketch of her below. 

'Pinecone the Cottontail' will be a seasonal character that runs a Christmas Tree stand during the holidays at the Linzer Lane Chriskindlmarkt. Pinecone loves gingham outfits and grabbing gingerbread to go from Iggie the Hedgehog. 


For more adorable art, don't forget to visit my web shop > Linzer Lane.

XO Ashley

PS - Know someone that could use a cute pick me up? Share this with them!

Monday, September 7, 2020

A Ladybug & Two Bees Walk Onto a Sunflower...

This labor day weekend Leon got to spend some time with his grandparents at a local farm in Lancaster, PA called Cherry Hill Orchards. It's a great family friendly spot that offers peach picking in the summer and apple picking in the fall...

Look at those feet! I think they're pretty adorable ;)

It was a lovely September day and we picked apples as well as enjoyed photographing sunflowers and picking zinnias. 

Just wanted to share some snaps from our trip and pass on some of that crisp, country air to you.


Notice the little bee flying where the silo is...

So many lovely zinnia colors to choose from.

The final bouquet as arranged by my mother (with Muffy the bear looking on).


Wishing you all a fruitful and happy start to the fall!

xo 


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The New Book is Here!

Animals of Linzer Lane Book

I'm really pleased to announce printed copies of 'The Animals of Linzer Lane' are now available for purchase! Printed by a wonderful local shop in Red Hook Brooklyn, these sweet books are the perfect size for a handbag or tote. Bring one to the beach or to your garden to read this summer!

Featuring 20 pages of cute facts about all of Linzer Lane's most popular animal residents. Think Audobon Field Guide meets Hello Kitty ;)

Each book is signed by the artist and ready for gifting or to keep as a little treat for yourself.

Enjoy!

xo
Ashley



 

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