Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Mistletoe Obsession

Mistletoe Salzburg Lady Lucas
From pretty much the first day I got to Salzburg... I immediately noticed all these round green things hanging in every tree. I remember my mom talking about how mistletoe is something of a parasite that grows on trees and I thought, "Could it be?". Well, it is - and I am obsessed. These perfectly round silvery bundles are everywhere here. They are way too high to reach though, so I guess I'll have to settle on buying some at a local market this winter!
Felting Lady Lucas
In other news, I finally got to craft the day away yesterday and will be releasing a really cute tutorial for JCFamilies this Friday.
Heart Pasta Lady Lucas
This pasta at the local Osteria was actually heart shaped! 
 Sticker Napkin Idea Lady Lucas
Our friend Christine made table settings special by adding stickers to each napkin when we had us for dinner. I kept mine of course ;)
 Depot Ad Lady Lucas
I love this catalog cover from the store I stop at called 'Depot'. Aren't these chicks precious?

xo Ashley
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Welcome to Salzburg

Tulips in Salzburg | Lady Lucas
Tulips from our friend Felix. What a sweetie!
Hi Everyone! Just wanted to report that my first week in Salzburg is officially coming to an end, so I wanted to share a few photos and such about my adventure so far...

Food from Uncle Van's | Lady Lucas
Lovely veggie udon noodles with curry. Thank goodness there are some veg options so close to home!
Uncle Van's | Lady Lucas
The artsy door of the restaurant ;)
To recap the week, I'd say that Salzburg is a very gentile and old fashioned place that enjoys keeping traditions alive. The attention to detail here is impressive... every nook and cranny seems to have either a gingham heart, mushroom or marzipan animal to celebrate the New Year placed somewhere within it.

Servus Magazine | Lady Lucas
My favorite magazine here in Austria - 'Servus'. My mother-in-law has hundreds of copies - I've been slowly looking at one or two a day!
Bussi {little kiss},
xo Ashley
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year Craft for the Birds ;)

Birdseed Craft for the New Year | Lady Lucas

Dear Readers, I thought you'd enjoy this cute craft to ring in the New Year. This is a very special handmade treat - because it's just for the birds{and squirrels of course}.

Pine Cone Snacks
You will need:
- sturdy pine cones
- heavy thread or yarn
- peanut butter
- assorted seeds and cereals

Birdseed Craft for the New Year | Lady Lucas
Select a grouping of sturdy pine cones.

Birdseed Craft for the New Year | Lady Lucas
 Tie some string around the top of each and knot again forming a loop for which the pine cone will hang.

Birdseed Craft for the New Year | Lady Lucas
Using a knife, generously cover the outside of each pine cone with peanut butter, then roll them in a tray of seeds and grains.

Birdseed Craft for the New Year | Lady Lucas
Hang your pine cone snacks outside and wait for animals to enjoy them ;)

Birdseed Craft for the New Year | Lady Lucas
All SEVEN of the pine cones we put outside were promptly pulled off the trees within an hour or two by squirrels. I was thrilled that at least someone was enjoying them...

Happy 2015 Everyone!

xo Ashley
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas! Day 25 - Snow Friends

Snow Friends by Lady Lucas | #25DaysofSnowmen
Title: Snow Friends
Medium: Watercolor Pencil, Marker
Inspiration: Something friendly & sweet for Christmas ;)

Sadly, today is the last illustration of #25DaysofSnowmen. Thank you all for following along on this blog advent event! If you enjoyed the illustrations, please share them with someone you love over Christmas break - I'd surely appreciate it! 

xo Ashley
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Day 24 - Snow King

Snow King by Lady Lucas | #25DaysofSnowmen
Title: Snow King
Medium: Gouache
Inspiration: Something 'royal' was required for this Christmas Eve illustration. I think the crown suits him nicely ;)

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xo Ashley
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Day 23 - Trimming the Tree Snowman

Trimming the Tree Snowman | #25DaysofSnowman
Title: Trimming the Tree Snowman
Medium: Watercolor
Inspiration: I can picture this snowman whistling and humming while trimming this fir tree. I'm not sure where the direct inspiration came for this one... but once he was done I was quite pleased because I think he's such a happy fellow ;)

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xo Ashley
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Day 22 - Snowcat

Snowcat by Lady Lucas | #25DaysofSnowmen
Title: Snowcat
Medium: Watercolor, Gouache
Inspiration: I have always loved cats very much, so I couldn't resist adding one into this snow creature collection. I wanted her to hold something, and a pet fish seemed like the way to go!

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xo Ashley
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SNOWY EXTRA
Doodle the Goldfish by Lady Lucas
 Here's a pic of my own pet 'Doodle' the fish hanging out with an adorable snowman from PetSmart.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Day 21 - Snowman Ornament

Title: Snowman Ornament
Medium: Watercolor, Marker
Inspiration: Last year I made these ornaments using stiff red and white felt and paper clay. They were a hit! So much so that my best friend's dog ate it off the tree - I suppose it looked like a tasty cookie ;) 

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xo Ashley
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SNOWY EXTRA
Check out today's 'Google Doodle' on www.google.com. I know you'll enjoy it!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Day 20 - Snow Owl

Snow Owl by Lady Lucas | #25DaysofSnowmen
Title: Snow Owl
Medium: Watercolor
Inspiration: I'm in love with drawing owls - hence the partial name of this blog! This owl's made of pink frosted snow and is quite cold as she shivers along... ;)

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xo Ashley
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SNOWY EXTRA
Felted Birds by Lady Lucas
In the theme of cute animals, check out these little cuties I just felted for the holiday season. They are available now at Strawberry & Co.!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Day 19 - Snow Gnome

Snow Gnome by Lady Lucas | #25DaysofSnowmen
Title: Snow Gnome
Medium: Watercolor
Inspiration: I love the simplicity of gnomes, and thought it would be cute to make the face of one a snowman's smile. The dots on the mushrooms are snowflakes of course ;)

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xo Ashley
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SNOWY EXTRA
My mom pointed out this adorable pastry chef's work in the Lancaster Paper. Her name is Jessica Santilli and she works at Stauffer's of Kissel here here in Lancaster, PA. Grab one of her adorable pieces this season for a steal! Thanks @LNPFoodGuy for the great article!