Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Zoë's Dreamhouse

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

I think it's finally the perfect time to reveal my dollhouse makeover to you. It's been months in the making, and many many hours of painting, gluing, cutting and creating!


After painting the walls of the house white, I needed some sort of inspiration regarding how I would decorate each room. I had this thought that Zoë, one of the characters I often draw, should live in the house. 

What would her bedroom look like? Where would she entertain guests? What food would be in her kitchen?Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog


Zoë is based on our family's pet cat that passed away a few years ago. She had a personality bigger than the room for such a little tabby cat. She was smart, beautiful, and always plotting something - usually something devious! 

She also had a love for crafting items - like tissue paper, paintbrushes and pens.

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

I created a mood board (pretty much in my head!) for Zoë's house first. I pictured soft, pastel colors and many pops of pink and purple throughout the house.

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Instead of a living room, I thought it fitting that Zoë have an Orangery to entertain guests in. Within it is a selection of beautiful plants, flowers, fish bowls and even a mini turtle aquarium!

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Her bedroom is one of my favorite rooms in the house. The wallpaper is a beautiful bold pattern I found in the scrapbook aisle of Michael's, and the floor is decoupaged flowers. There's also a gumball machine and a felted heart pillow that I made for her bed. And who can resist the fairy donuts on her breakfast in bed tray?

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

The vintage art on the wall is from the 'Graphics Fairy' website. I shrunk down the files and made them mini.

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Zoë's craft and sewing room comes equipped with a rad pink sewing machine, miniature buttons, a teeny tiny pincushion, bunny wallpaper, and a tea party nook for entertaining guests. I always imagine Zoë holding monthly 'button clubs' for ladies that sew in her neighborhood; so this is the perfect spot for them to meet!

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Zoë's kitchen is filled with sweets at all times. If it has sugar in it, it passes the test!

Everything below was made by me out of clay when I was a young girl. The only item purchased is the lemon meringue pie.

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

The wallpaper trim in the kitchen is cats of course! I used patterned washi tape from a NYC bookstore.

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Cute alert - a mouse!

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Of course the bathroom has to be stylish too. A Parisian theme fits this house's aesthetic perfectly.

Zoe's Dreamhouse | Adorable Dollhouse Makeover with artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

The journey to finish this dollhouse has been such a happy one for me. It brought back many memories of my family, my childhood and my beloved Zoe. Stay tuned for updates as I decorate the house for Halloween and Christmas!


PS - I am currently seeking a publisher for a book about this dollhouse makeover. If you know any editor or company that you think might be interested, please leave a comment - I would love to run it by them! xo

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review



Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

Yesterday, I stumbled upon what definitely has to be the cutest part of New York Fashion Week 2017! This simply awesome fashion show taking place now at Brookfield Place (lower Manhattan) features Snoopy and his sister Belle dressed up in famous designer attire.

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

As you can see by the fancy display cases, no expense was spared! Weave between the palm trees in Brookfield Place to take a look at every single style.

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

I arrived by chance at rush hour, and there was plenty of space, so anytime you go should be perfect for browsing.

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

How cute is this sweater? Think you can identify the designer?

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

This ensemble was my favorite. What a gorgeous dress!

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

The Chanel case had the most attention and photo snapping tourists...

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

Love this outfit by Tokidoki complete with pink eyelashes!

Snoopy & Belle NYC Fashion Week Review by Lady Lucas of Linzer Lane Blog

Although I can't find much online, I would guess this show is wrapping up very soon, so make sure to stop by today or tomorrow if you can! 

For more info, you can check out the Snoopy & Belle website.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Apple Face Wreath Craft

Apple Wreath Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog | September Craft, Classroom DIY, Teachers, Paper Craft

I made these sweet wreaths years ago while compiling ideas for my Character Crafting book. It's a favorite craft of mine this time of year - and so EASY to make!

Materials:
Colored Card Stock, Glue, Markers, Scissors, Sticker Dots, Paper Plates, String

1. Cut out apple and leaf shapes out of colored card stock.

2. Decorate each apple with a different face. *Ideas* Silly, Happy, Sad, Eyeglasses, Teeth, Surprised, Cute, Funny

3. Cut the inside of a paper plate out using scissors until you only have a ring or 'wreath' left. Glue the apple faces and leaves to to this wreath. Let the glue dry completely.

4. Add a loop of string to the top of the wreath for hanging.

*Stickers make excellent eye glasses and cheeks!*

Apple Wreath Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog | September Craft, Classroom DIY, Teachers, Paper Craft

If you try this out, please do share it below or let me know!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets DIY | Linzer Lane Blog

This past weekend, I hosted an arts & crafts table at the Jersey City Cultural Diversity Festival. I had to think of an activity that could entertain a few hundred children - and bracelets seemed like the obvious choice for a cultural celebration ;) 

To make your own 'End of Summer' bracelets at home, you will need:
Pipe Cleaners, Assorted Beads, Pasta, Straws, Scissors

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets DIY | Linzer Lane Blog

After googling the pasta dying process online, I found a great blog post by the Artful Parent. I must thank her greatly for the perfect recipe for this - which I tried below:

In order to color the raw ziti or penne, add a splash of rubbing alcohol to a plastic bag filled with pasta as shown. Swish the rubbing alcohol around in a closed bag of pasta, then open the bag and add a few drops of food coloring. Swish the contents once more until the pasta is coated in the color of your choice. A drop of blue and a drop of red makes a deep purple, etc. 

I let the bags sit for a few hours for the color to set properly - and then opened them up to dry the pasta on a plate covered in foil. 

**If you don't have rubbing alcohol at home, you can use white vinegar. I must say the beads seem to retain the smell - so rubbing alcohol is ideal.**

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets DIY | Linzer Lane Blog

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets DIY | Linzer Lane Blog

To make a bracelet with the pasta, form a little loop at the end of a pipe cleaner and add a cut straw bead so the beads don't fall off as the kids work. (A big thank you to my mom who helped me loop over one hundred of these for the event!)

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets DIY | Linzer Lane Blog

This craft went over really well with kids from 3.5 to 10 years of age. I hope your children enjoy it as well!

Endless Summer Rainbow Pasta Bracelets DIY | Linzer Lane Blog


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Art Classes for Kids in Jersey City

Bespoke Private Art Classes for Kids in Jersey City with Artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

This week has been a happy whirlwind of pom poms, paint, glue, wooden spoons and chenille chicks. I can hardly believe that September is right around the corner! Therefore, it's the perfect time to announce I am now enrolling students for private art lessons this fall. 

Bespoke Private Art Classes for Kids in Jersey City with Artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

If you're a parent in Jersey City, Hoboken or lower Manhattan seeking a fresh, fun, custom art experience for your child, enroll now by visiting Lady Lucas Art Classes on my website.

Bespoke Private Art Classes for Kids in Jersey City with Artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog


Children ages 4 - 12 years of age are invited to sign up individually or with a small group of friends. I'm happy to come to you, or host classes within my artist studio in Jersey City.

xo 
Lady Lucas

Bespoke Private Art Classes for Kids in Jersey City with Artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Bespoke Private Art Classes for Kids in Jersey City with Artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

PS - Want to do something creative with your kids without leaving the house? Check out my huge array of coloring books and printable activities on Etsy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Whimsy City Collection : New York City + Jersey City

New York City by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

They're finally here! My completed watercolor paintings of New York City and Jersey City

Ideally, I'd like to add many more cities to the list - but I thought I'd start with two places I know very well. See if you can spot Iggie, Zinnie & Zoe in both paintings ;)

Both 'Jersey City' and 'New York City' are available on Fine Art America as art prints, totes and more -  and as greeting cards at Card Isle kiosks.

Jersey City by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
xo

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Happy August

Happy August | Nautical Watercolor Wreath by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Happy August Everyone! I made a new wreath for my door this week - and thought I'd share the 'how to' in case you'd like to try one out too.

Happy August | Nautical Watercolor Wreath by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

First, I doodled some nautical beings with watercolor and pen on a watercolor pad.

Happy August | Nautical Watercolor Wreath by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

After they dried completely, I cut them out with a pair of small scissors.

Happy August | Nautical Watercolor Wreath by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Next, I made a loop with soft gold wire and covered the sharp parts with masking tape.

Happy August | Nautical Watercolor Wreath by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Lastly, I hot glued the nautical drawings to the bottom of the wire wreath (covering all the wrapped tape in the process). I also added some small seashells and a pearl for an added detail. At the top, I looped some bakers twine so I could hang it on the door.

Please let me know if you liked this - or try it out yourself. Your comments keep me going!


PS - If you dig nautical things, I think you will also love my Nautical Coloring Book.