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

Sunday, 18 March 2012


Hi folks...Tuesday already, how ridiculous is that! I hardly took any pictures in Cleethorpes after all. My camera batteries ran out on Friday after I'd only taken a couple of photos and then it was just too busy on Saturday. Oh well. Anyway, this pic shows the railway station which, although you can hardly tell from this, is right next to the beach. Those benches are actually on the promenade! Now that's a station that I wouldn't mind having a long wait at...at least on a sunny day that is. Speaking of which, I set off in bright sunshine and by the time I arrived, four hours later, it was cloudy and chilly and, no, I didn't get my paddle! Maybe next time. Hope so, as it's a lovely clean beach as you can see. I did, however, walk for miles. I felt like unscrewing my feet when I got back to the guest house! I had to spend the compulsory £2.00 in 2p pieces in the arcade of course and I managed to make that last for an hour which was pretty good going. Great fun! I can recommend the Aristocats guest house where I stayed - very clean, really well decorated and one of the comfiest beds I've ever slept in. And, if this wallpaper had been in teal, as opposed to red, I would have been scraping it off the wall! Gorgeous and it even had a touch of very subtle glitter - how glam! Next day I was at M B Crafts where I was demonstrating alcohol inks and a range of my fairy and castle stamps. Mary, her staff and helpers kept the coffee and tea flowing and Rosie, the Jack Russell, kept everyone in order and greeted every customer like an old friend. After a buffet lunch it was time to clear the tables and set up for an afternoon workshop where the ladies made cards using my build a scene garden chair and Rose Galore stamps. I meant to take pictures of everyone with their cards but we were just too busy. I'll be back at M B Crafts on June 16th, so hope to see you all again ladies!
Meanwhile, back at home, the predicted cold weather didn't arrive and it's been sunny and mild. David has been painting fence panels at the back of the house and putting up some trellises, as well as clearing the weeds (and worse!) from the long, narrow bed ready for me to plant Sweet Peas and Nasturtiums. I'm itching to get some colour into the front garden now, and must get some bedding plants, more seeds and bulbs and maybe an odd shrub. How exciting! There are quite a few bees buzzing around and crowds of Ladybirds too...not sure what the collective noun for Ladybirds is, but "crowds" seems suitable!
Today though, I've been stuck inside, working on a Crafts Beautiful project and new stamp designs. I have a deadline for these of course, so I just want to get as much done by then as I can. I love starting new collections as it's mostly a surprise to me when the images appear! I generally start doodling with little idea what the end result will be - very different to when I'm designing to specific requests.
On Saturday I'll be at Burnside Garden Centre in Thornton, Lancashire and then at Houghton Hall Garden Centre in Carlisle on Sunday. Hope to see some of you at one or other venue!


pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Lindsay! The memories of day trips to Cleethorpes(not far from my home town of Lincoln)and getting straight off the train and onto the beach came flooding back! So glad you took at least that photo!
Sounds as though you had a great time!
BTW are you thinking of swapping inky fingers for green fingers?LOL
Hugs, Chrisxx

Redanne said...

Well, you have thrown down the challenge so I must respond! The collective noun for ladybird is (apparently) 'a loveliness of ladybirds'. Quite nice I think. I have never been to Cleethorpes but I think it needs to go on the list now. Sounds like you have a very good (if not busy) time. New design eh? Can't wait.

Lindsay Mason said...

Thank you for your comments ladies! Chris, I would love to have inky green fingers...it's just finding time to fit everything in - as usual. Redanne, thanks for the Ladybird info. I agree, it sounds just right. Bit of a long wait for these designs I'm afraid, but there may well be some being brought out along the way in the meantime. Lindsay x x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oooh inky and green! Perfect combination - hope you do find some time eventually although knowing you it will be on to the next set without much break!! Chrisxx