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

Monday, 2 April 2012

Craft, a cab and a cat!

Well, I meant to add this post yesterday but my day off got in the way! It was a really lazy day of sitting on the sofa and having a few ambles round the garden to see what, if anything, was coming up.
A big hello to everyone who came to The Paper Warehouse in Kendal and High Legh garden centre. Here's my table at Kendal, complete with the stand of the first batch of new stamps - this was the first time they had been on show, complete with the new packaging for the "Off the Wall" collection. You can just see my boards of tags in the background and look at all that lovely Glue n Seal on the table! There were lots of demonstrations going on so there was lots to see - though shortly after I took this picture I was rooted to the spot so to speak, and didn't get to see much of anything myself!
I must mention Sandra, who I saw at a demo in Lancaster before Christmas and mentioned that one of my cards was in Crafts Beautiful magazine with instructions if she wanted to make it. Well, not only did she do that but she entered the prize giveaway competition - and won! Absolutely loads of goodies. Well done Sandra! I did ask where my bit of the prize was but........only joking! Always great to know that somebody really does win these things.
In the afternoon the lovely Chris came to see us all - here she is with our mutual pal, Esther, who was on the table near me, die cutting like mad all day. It's always great to see familiar and friendly faces at these events. I did take a pic of Sarah at her table too, but, as she was in front of a window, all that came out was a silhouette!
Here's Esther with me...we keep meeting up on trains on the way to events as we are both dedicated rail travellers, lugging our kit around the country! On Sunday I went to High Legh, which is only a few miles from Knutsford station...though the taxi driver who took me there evidently thought it was much further and charged me £20!!! I was furious but very little I could do as my bags were in the boot of the cab so I had to pay up. What a rip off! I have since rung the firm and complained but spoke to a very rude man who eventually put the phone down on me. Nice customer service. It became a talking point for the day, with everyone agreeing that it was a disgrace. Just to show that most people are kind, thoughtful and caring though, I was offered a lift back to station - thank you Lynne, it really was appreciated. I mean "thank you Pauline", not Lynne! Don't know where that came from! Apologies Pauline - and after you helped me out too - how rude of me!!! Sorry! And Mo, who runs the craft department, bought me some seeds and seed trays to make up for my rip off ride - so thank you Mo, and I will be sure to post piccies when the flowers bloom!
A warm welcome to the newest blog followers and those who haven't figured out following but who tell me they regularly read my ramblings! Thanks for all the positive feedback I got over the weekend which makes all the work worthwhile.
Finally, here's a snap of Thomas for the cat watchers out there. He had been a dirty stop out and decided to take advantage of the warm night, refusing to come in. Next morning he looked bleary eyed and I later found him on his special blanket at the end of the bed having somehow pulled my nightdress over himself! Talk about making yourself comfy!
As promised this weekend, I will be posting a couple of step by step ideas as soon as possible - one will be my "no ruler, no craft knife" frame and the other will be spiders! So, do check back as I will try and get them on here very soon.


Sandra said...

I was so excited to get all the craft goodies from Crafts Beautiful - about £500 worth - thought the postman was never going to stop ringing the doorbell. Loved your demo at Kendal on Saturday and cant wait to try the glue and seal product. Ironing has to come first though!!!

Redanne said...

Mo at High Legh is so lovely, isn't she? Wish I could have come but still racked with virus. Bad news about the taxi driver though. Shame too that you did not get much chance to look around at Kendal but just think of all the money you saved! Love Thomas, he definitely knows all the right moves.

Est xxx said...

Great pictures Lindsay :-) ooh I hate a rip off taxi driver, don't forget about the number I gave you ;-) hoping to see Saturday have a great week xx

Mo said...

Thanks Lindsay for your brilliant demo day at High Legh last sunday. I hope those seeds grow well for you, and looking forward to welcoming you back in October.

Joanne said...

Doing catch up here. I knew Chris was going to Kendal but we couldn't make it this time, sob. You seem to have had a ball which makes me happy.
Big Hugs Joanne xxxx