Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DIY Miniature Ghosts


You may have wondered from my previous posts about the haunted dollhouse how to make these little guys. Well, they're actually quite simple to put together.


All you need are wooden peg dolls {about 2 to 3 inches high}, flowing fabric, hot glue and 
black puff paint.


Cut your fabric into squares about 8 x 8 inches and drape it on top of the wooden peg doll to create the illusion of a ghost. Add a dab of hot glue to the top of the peg dolls to secure the fabric. Make a facewith two dots of black puff paint and some makeup blush if you have it. Enjoy!

xo Ashley

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Proper Haunted Dollhouse

Haunted House DIY Lady Lucas

Ok, I am feeling like a child again right now as I reveal my haunted dollhouse to you this week. It took a little over a week to complete {about an hour or two a day}... but it was totally worth it! 

Haunted House DIY Lady Lucas

In my previous posts, I told you that I bought the dollhouse puzzle kit at Michael's, and the paint I used was from DecoArt.

Haunted House DIY Lady Lucas

As far as the interior and exterior decorations, I used stickers from Michael's and rubber stamps from my own line of 'Lady Lucas' designs carried by Craffiti Direct.

Haunted House DIY Lady Lucas

The miniatures were collected for many years by me from various stores. The cute little crystal ball I made myself from a marble and some polymer clay!

Haunted House DIY Lady Lucas

A.C. Moore, Michael's and Hobby Lobby all have great minis that would look fabulous in your own haunted dollhouse... small gift retailers also have awesome additions this time of year.

Haunted House DIY Lady Lucas

As far as the ghosts... I'll be posting a little 'how to' for you here next week!

Haunted House DIY Lady Lucas

Haunted House DIY Lady Lucas

I bought these tiny lights at a store in downtown Lancaster and they work perfectly to light my spooky space up at night.

Haunted House DIY Lady Lucas

I had a blast creating this Halloween house for my readers! If you enjoyed it, please consider following this blog by email {check out the box in the upper right column} and don't forget to like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter!

xo Ashley

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Haunted House | Part II

haunted dollhouse by lady lucas

A week ago I excitedly put together my haunted 'dollhouse' and now I'm happy to share the completed house painted. I used paints mainly from DecoArt and enjoyed how the neon colors came out. Mixed with grey accents, they really make the whole thing pop!

haunted dollhouse by lady lucas

The interior was lots of fun as well. Just comment below if you'd like to know the particular name of any of the colors...

Stay tuned for next week's post which will reveal the entire house decorated for Halloween!

xo Ashley

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Haunted House Project | Part I


I am on a quest this fall to make a really awesome haunted house. Not the kind you can buy in a pre-made kit with foam walls. Not even the kind you can buy already assembled at a retail store. I'm talking about the real deal! A wooden dollhouse painted with awesome creatures living inside!


Today I purchased this kit from Michael's craft store. Unbelievably, this dollhouse is only $8, which I think is a real deal relating to little kids ;) Of course my uses are a little more seasonally oriented, but I will no doubt have as much fun with this as a kid on Christmas!


Stay tuned for Part II which will be the painting!


xo Ashley

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Books for Sale!

Hanging out at my recent 'Angry Artist' book signing last Friday
Every week I get lots of questions as to how to purchase my books online and in stores. It's a bit complicated because they span a couple of different websites, so I've decided to add a post detailing information on each. Feel free to also visit this page on my website.

My newest book... a perfect gift for adult creatives as well.

 Two dozen crafting ideas tried and tested on my art students over the years.

Three Halloween outcasts prove being different can be cool. 
Great for ages 4-8 years.
A wonderful book written by Teresa Chi! The story is a song too ;)

Multiple coloring books including vegetarian and New York cuisine as well as holiday characters and animals.

Happy Reading!
xo Ashley

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fall is in the Air!!

Fall Photos Lady Lucas

Labor Day has passed, and fall is officially in the air. Here are some snapshots of my last week in Pennsylvania visiting my family. I know it's bad to want to the summer to be over... but my excitement for Halloween is ever present! Hope you enjoy these ;)

Fall Photos Lady Lucas

Fall Photos Lady Lucas
A sick little bumble bee from the garage. Just had to try and rescue him... he's too cute!
Fall Photos Lady Lucas
The gardens at 'Contestoga House' open 'til the end of September on Wednesdays.
Fall Photos Lady Lucas

Fall Photos Lady Lucas
Magical Pumpkin Wands - Full tutorial coming this week on JCFamilies.Com!
Please don't forget, if you are in Lancaster, PA tomorrow to stop by my book signing at Strawberry & Co.! I'll be signing copies of 'The Angry Artist' from 6-7pm. And if you can't make it, you can always find the book for sale on Amazon. xo Ashley

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Italian Inspiration

Italy Photos Lady Lucas

I'll let the pictures do all the talking this week... Photos from a five day trip to Italy - the occasion was the wedding of my husband's closest friend. What a beautiful country!

Italy Photos Lady Lucas



Italy Photos Lady Lucas

Italy Photos Lady Lucas

Italy Photos Lady Lucas

Italy Photos Lady Lucas

Italy Photos Lady Lucas

Italy Photos Lady Lucas

Ciao!! xo Ashley

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Joys of Hand Lettering


This past February I received a book from my honey called, 'The Little Book of Lettering' by Emily Gregory. It's been an inspiration to try something new ever since. Although the book features a variety of lettering ideas ranging from digital to letters that are embroidered, my favorite section features hand lettering. 


Since February, I've been trying 'my hand' ;) at creating this style of lettering and have been posting some art prints in my Society6 store online. Just wanted to share a few pieces with you here:



Do you have a favorite font? A favorite technique? I love using permanent markers and watercolor pencil for my pieces, but would love some other ideas or tips!
xo Ashley

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New York City's Secret Garden

New York City's Secret Garden / St. Luke's

One of my favorite 'secret' spots in New York City is St. Luke's Gardens on Hudson Street. This beautiful little city getaway is located around the corner from the Christopher Street PATH train and is a lovely place to sit and reflect.

New York City's Secret Garden / St. Luke's

The garden lies beyond a brick wall on Hudson Street and contains beautiful flowers, herbs, planters and tons of sparrows looking for a treat from visitors.

New York City's Secret Garden / St. Luke's

For the tourist looking for a truly quiet space when visiting NYC, I highly recommend stopping by. Also a great spot for locals to do some work in notebook or on your laptop.

New York City's Secret Garden / St. Luke's

My trip to the gardens inspired an idea for an illustration which I'll post below ;)

Flower Illustration by Lady Lucas

Happy August!
xo Ashley

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Limited Edition 'Puff & Peep' Sculptures

Puff & Peep Sculpture by Lady Lucas
Purchase Puff & Peep #1
I thought it might be fun to create the 'Puff & Peep' characters from my next picture book in 3-D, so I got out my box of paper clay and started to mold these cute little sculptures last week. Currently, four different sculptures are available for purchase!

Puff & Peep Sculpture by Lady Lucas
Purchase Puff & Peep #2
I am so excited to finally email a free digital copy of 'The Angry Artist' to my e-newsletter followers tomorrow. If you haven't already, please consider signing up here!

Puff & Peep Sculpture by Lady Lucas
Purchase Puff & Peep #3
I hope you enjoyed peeking at these little sculptures as much as I enjoyed making them!
xo