About Me

I'm a freelance artist, designer and demonstrator and have been involved in arts and craft my whole life in one way or another. I design stamps for top British company Personal Impressions, under the "Lindsay Mason Designs" brand, as well as papers, templates and other crafting products. I'm a certified Ranger Educator and my first book,"Stamping", was published in 2009. I also design regular projects for Crafts Beautiful magazine and have made guest appearances from time to time on QVC. I've recently joined You Tube under the name of LindsayMason1000 where I'm posting short technique videos and you can buy my paintings and hand crafted pieces from my Etsy shop. My work takes me all around the country demonstrating stamping, papercrafts and general inkiness! When I'm not working, I love gardening, church & community activities, nature watching, journalling, music and theatre and just relaxing at home. Email me at: ljm.design1@virginmedia.com

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

"HAPPY" New Year

I thought, after all the sadness of the last few weeks, that I would add a cheerful post to redress the balance. Here are a few pictures from the last couple of weeks....
We have seen some beautiful sunsets from our new home. This one was particularly gorgeous, though my camera hasn't picked up the colours, or details too well. It was a very cold dusk and I was waiting to see the Starlings massing together for their nightly roost. This sight kept me from feeling too frozen until the birds appeared. I'd have shared the pics of the flocks too, but my camera isn't really quick enough to catch them! Wonderful sights and sounds right outside the door have made for some memorable moments this Christmas though.
Thomas was not too impressed when I bedecked him in these reindeer bobblers on Christmas morning! However, he soon cheered up once I'd taken them off him and he took a look at the stocking that Heather had sent to him and Tara from Mia! My typing is being interspersed by the loud sounds of Thomas snoring in the chair next to me, mouth open and dribbling (him, not me!) and Tara aka "Princess Tippy Grumpy Toes" is now staring at him in disgust from the windowsill. Think she may attack him any time now. She had a slightly more sedate headgear on Christmas day.... .....what a grump though!
We had a very quiet Christmas, mainly because I was in the kitchen for most of the day cooking the dinner....a bit of pressure when you are catering for a (once professional) chef! However, it was delicious and my roast potatoes were, apparently, the star of the show, which was a relief as I'd been sure they wouldn't turn out properly. David cooks most of the time, so I wanted to make a really special meal for him.
Here's a picture of the annual identical gift that Heather and I sent each other! We almost always copy each other with one thing. Obviously we both liked this magnetic fridge notepad regaled in rich colours and gems - there were several designs to choose from but we both bought the same one!
Heather also gave us the DVD of Les Miserables (the 25th Anniversary concert...I didn't know that the show itself isn't available on DVD) which we have still got to look forward to. I've never seen the show, so this will be a treat. We also have the final part of the Harry Potter series of films to watch - maybe we'll watch all of them in succession in one sitting....or maybe not!
The wind was howling last night, keeping us awake and blowing down one of the gates. I walked into the village today and got somewhat windswept to say the least! I've never been a scarf person really, but have been wearing several over the last few weeks. I think today's regalia was David's favourite.....
....as only my eyes were to be seen! Hope you can tell that I was smiling though. The marks on my hands are from the terrible twins who keep transferring their annoyance with each other onto me. My paws are quite small really, but this photo makes them look like "strangler's hands"!
Well, I am getting back into the swing of things now and will be posting details of upcoming events, demos etc as and when I get the dates. I'll be at Crafty Company, Fleetwood on Thursday 19th January, so if you are in the area I'd love to see you. Meanwhile, I'm starting work on new designs that I'll let you know more about as soon as I'm able. Some will be available very soon!
Once again, wishing everyone a year to remember, for all the right reasons.


Glennis said...

Thanks for your update, sounds like you have had a busy time, moving can be quite stressful

Joanne said...

Having succumbed to the wrath of Tara, I sympathise. You know what? I already sense happiness in your post and know for sure that we will see contentment in your new designs too. Can't wait for your 2012 diary of events.
Big Hugs Joanne xx

Artyjen said...

Looks like you now have a fabby view to enjoy the wildlife on your doorstep:)
Happy New Year
xoxo Sioux