Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shore Birds of Miami

Shore Birds Photography
A seagull striking a pose
My new obsession this month is shore birds, so I wanted to share some pics I snapped this week with you. What's your favorite? Personally I think the little plovers are absolutely adorable!

Shore Birds Photography
Gulls resting by the sea
Shore Birds Photography
A little plover looking for breakfast
Shore Birds Photography
Still looking ;)
Mark your calendars... the #25DaysofSnowmen is coming in less than a week to the blog! Stay tuned for 25 adorable illustrations revealed day by day until Christmas.

Can't wait to see them all? You can purchase the printable art prints now in my Etsy store :)

See you back here on December 1st! xo Ashley

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Open Call for Snowman Themed Art & Crafts

Loving my early morning sketch sessions amid the seagulls here in Miami.
I'm SO excited for the upcoming 25 Days of Snowmen blog art tour starting Dec 1st! 

I thought it might be fun to add another artist's drawing, craft or product to the end of each post, so if you have a snow-themed item or work of art that you'd love to share, please submit a link to it with a pic to my email address here

A big thank you to my mom who has been giving me so many great ideas for snowman themes, and to Alison over at Art-Of-Crafts for helping to get the word out ;)

xo Ashley

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Photos of Fall


Before embarking on a trip to Florida, I got the chance to savor fall this week. My favorite thing about this November has been- the squirrels! They are absolutely everywhere this month. In trees, on the street, on the roof and on the lawn furniture. 

I kind of love it, because they are all so plump and cute. 


Fall Photo by Lady Lucas

Here's some other fall pics to enjoy...

Fall Photo by Lady Lucas

Fall Photo by Lady Lucas

Fall Photo by Lady Lucas

Don't forget, in two weeks the '25 Days of Snowmen' will begin on this blog! One adorable snowman pic will appear daily until Christmas, so don't forget to follow by email or on Twitter for all the snowy action.

xo Ashley

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Little Owl Lane - Adorable Animals to ❤ & Cherish

Little Owl Lane Lady Lucas

Little Owl Lane is the name of my first collection of original wall art and dolls that I offer online and in select retail stores. Hand sewn, painted and felted, all of Little Owl Lane's residents are one of a kind, keepsake creations for little and big collectors alike.

Little Owl Lane Lady Lucas

Affordably priced between $12 - $40, Little Owl Lane originals are the perfect gift this holiday! 

Little Owl Lane Lady Lucas

Love frogs that wear hats or bats that look like cats? Custom creatures are also available! 
Shop Little Owl Lane today at Strawberry & Co. in downtown Lancaster or by emailing Ashley. New creations will be landing shortly at Pig & Pepper in Jersey City, NJ!

xo Ashley

Friday, October 24, 2014

Announcing... 25 Days of Snowmen ;)

Snowman Coloring Kit

I have an exciting announcement to share! Starting December 1, 2014 I will be posting a different snowman illustration on this blog every single day until Christmas. If you're not following Cupcakes + Owls by email, please do so now, so you don't miss a post. Also any sharing on social media would be super, super appreciated! I'm sure you're as excited about the coming holidays as am, so don't forget to look for this series of adorable drawings that will make you smile. xo Ashley

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