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

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Lingfield weekend

Hello again everyone, and especially to new followers and the lovely people that I met at the Extravaganza at the Craft Barn last weekend. Going on the long trip to Lingfield for my first demonstration event since David died was very daunting but I was okay once the first people came in and I got started.
My journey down was disrupted because of the extraordinary weather the previous day, so trains were delayed and overcrowded. Once I got to Lingfield it was much calmer though. It's a very quiet and pretty area. This is the library.....
......isn't it lovely? I took a couple of nice walks round the surrounding lanes each evening, so that was very calming.
Saturday and Sunday were incredibly busy with people coming from all over the World to the event. Hello to Glennis, from New Zealand, who I met last year as well...hope you do manage to be with us again next time. I also caught up with my lovely friend Paula Pascual, though we didn't manage a photo. I haven't seen her for a while, so it was lovely to spend some time with her. Here's someone you'll recognise.....
.....my good friend Andy Skinner who was on the table next to mine. I know I have said it before, but he is such a talented artist, as well as being a really lovely man.If you haven't had a look at his blog already, do check it out.
I had been "messing about" with a book that I cut a recess out of, covered in papers, gesso, inks and some Idealogy items. It didn't really turn out how I wanted it to, but it was fun to do and gave me some ideas for next time I make one.
This one housed the robot from my stamp set "Overhaul Needed". Here's a shot of me working at my messy table. Some of the other designers have lovely displays with neat working areas, but I can never seem to manage that. The weekend just went by in a blur really. I was staying at the local Inn again, which has a very good chef. It was good to eat some well prepared food again as I seem to have been living on ready meals and sandwiches these last few months. The worst part of the weekend was coming home to an empty house (bar Thomas and Tara of course, but you know what I mean). Still, I've done the first trip away now, so that was a really positive step.
The garden is growing really well - unfortunately, the thing that's growing is Mare's Tail along with other weeds. So, what with the onslaught of what seems like millions of slugs, I have been getting a bit behind with it all, especially in the wet weather. This morning's been really sunny though, so I have filled the green recycling bin with weeds and at least part of the garden looks tidier. I have to be careful with weedkillers around the pusscats, so I decided my best offensive was to pull things up and then just try and keep on top of them when they grow back.
This beautiful Poppy was growing out of the kerb at the side of the house so I have been hoping that nobody runs over it until it has set seeds that I can collect. It's a stunner, so I'd like to grow some if I can. Looks like it's going to rain again soon, so I think my gardening is done for the day.
Apologies to those of you who I still haven't got back to yet. I am trying to catch up with everyone and everything, but it's taking me a while I'm afraid. Again, please accept my thanks for all your good wishes.

12 comments:

Clare said...

Hi Lindsay. I am so glad the weekend went well hun. I always say that the first of everything is always the hardest when you have lost someone. You have been so brave to even have gone as many would not have had the courage and strength to do it so well done. Glad you managed to catch up with many friends too. I love your altered book. Looks like a fun project. I think that the messier the craft desk shows the more fun you have made making it messy lol!!!. Must have been hard going back home to just the pusscats. You are doing so well though Lindsay. Just make sure that you look after yourself especially with eating as you do not want to make yourself poorly. You need to stay fit and strong for all of your fans!!!. Your garden must be looking amazing after your stint today. That poppy is absolutely gorgeous. Will have to let us know if you manage to get seeds to plant in your garden. You take care hun and hugs to you, Thomas and Tara. Love from Clare, Bert & Simone xxx

Kimbo said...

Thanks you so much for going to the Craft Barn. I sat for ages watching you work on Saturday and leant so much. Kim x

Redanne said...

Hi Lindsay, you have taken the first step now and it must have been so nice to meet up with old friends too. You are a very courageous lady.......love the poppy in the drive, have not seen one like that before, it is beautiful. Big crafty hugs, Anne x

Gez said...

Hi Lindsay, great to hear and see your pics from last weekend, your table looks full of gorgeous artwork.. love the little poppy.. hope you can collect some seeds.. a sure sign if ever I saw one.. a flower in a strange place and it's managing to bloom beautifully.. sending you all my love, Gez xxxx

Paul Browning - The Artsider said...

Good to hear your trip to the Craft Barn was a success. A brave step and my heart is bursting with pride for you. Good to hear you were eating properly for a few days. I'm away for a couple of weeks but when I return & if you're up to it, I'd love to catch up soon. Take care my friend. Pxx

Hazel (Didos) said...

Oh WOW I love that library it looks amazing. Your creations are brilliant too. Its so nice to see you back creation again. Mess shows that you are busy!!! Its good (Well thats what I say!!!)
Hope you get some poppy seeds although My folks did that a few years back and now they have them everywhere!
Love Hx

mark gould said...

hi, it was great to see you over the weekend and thank you so much for the atc swap. my daughter loved the one you let her choose. Im so sorry for your loss. there is not much that can be said other than it will slowly get easier. the pain turns into the fond memories you had. mark

Lynnda said...

Glad you had a great time at the Craft Barn, I know Elaine was going to try and make it, not sure if she did. You have my sympathies with the garden. Lynnda x

Francesca said...

It was lovely to meet you on Saturday, and see your technique with the Glue & seal, i have tried it at home for a friends birthday card, worked well. First step is always the hardest, but you will get there. XXX Francesca

Anonymous said...

Well done Lindsay, life must be very hard for you at the moment, but your positive attitude really shows. Keep strong and good luck with the poppy growing. Katy.

sallysbitz said...

Hello Lindsay,
I am a new follower. I attended the Saturday of The Craft Barn demos. You were brilliant & very inspirational x

hugs sally x
sallysbitz.blogspot.co.uk

Glennis said...

It was so lovely to see you again at the Craft Barn, we are still not home in New Zealand yet, but I am looking forward to playing with the stamp set I bought.
Big hugs
Glennis