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, 15 July 2012

A serendipitous Sunday

Hello everyone. It's been an interesting day so far. The sun has been shining since early this morning so it's really warm here in Lancashire. I was up nice and early to feed the two scamps after some light pestering from Tara who is in the knowledge that there is some cooked chicken in the fridge...she has an unerring sense of smell where chicken is concerned so trying to open the fridge silently makes no difference at all!
Then I walked into the village to go to the morning service at St Chads. It's been a real help going to the Church these past few weeks whether to one of the services or just to sit in quiet contemplation for a while. After the service I went for coffee and toast at the nearby cafe as I couldn't face breakfast earlier on. A nice walk home through the park was just what the doctor ordered with the sounds of birds enjoying the warm day.
I had a look round the garden when I got back...here's the patch that I cleared at the end of last week. I should have taken a before and after shot as the whole area under the Cherry tree was completely covered in huge weeds, including a four foot high Thistle which was "hiding" beneath the netting we'd put up to protect the fruit from the birds. As you can see, there are lots of cherries but, unfortunately, they are almost all inedible because the ants and other insects got there first and nibbled away, causing all the fruit to split. So, I've taken down the nets so the birds can now have a feast instead. The pegs and canes aren't normally there, but were David's way of keeping the net in place - I forgot to move them before I took the photo!
Round the back of the house I was watering the Sweet Peas and tomatoes and spotted the first of my crop of garden peas..... I got unfeasibly excited by two pea pods! I'm sure David was looking down on me and smiling as I ate our first fresh veg straight from the garden. I had to record the moment on camera of course.
Next job was to get some backgrounds ready for samples for next Saturday's demonstration at Card-Io in Wigan. I was spritzing with Dylusions ink sprays and mopping up ink with paper towel which I'll be able to use for some ATC backgrounds too. I'll take some pics when I've made some finished samples.
I'm not doing very many demonstrations at the moment, just getting back into things slowly but surely, but hope to see some of you there on Saturday.
I now have lovely ink stained hands...so may get some odd looks when I go to Church this evening! There's a special combined congregation service at the other Church in the village, so it will be interesting to see how they do things there. Another lovely walk through the park too, so I'm getting some exercise as well which can only be good.
Not much exercise from the terrible twosome though. Thought you might like to see how they have spent most of this afternoon..........
........Tara, snuggled up in the spare bed and Thomas just curled up fast asleep on an old cushion on the chair........ .......it's a hard life being a puss cat.
Well, I had better go and feed those two now before I get myself ready to go out again. I find the evenings are the hardest time when thoughts and memories turn into wishes and longing, so I'm looking forward to singing some hymns and shaking hands with some friendly folk in an hour or so. Hoping you have all had a lovely weekend.


Redanne said...

Hi Lindsay, I loved your post today, very moving and also very uplifting too. Good to hear that you are getting some comfort from Church and your walks. Well done on the peas! Pity about the cherries though. Your cats do look blissfully happy and contented. Most of all, love those backgrounds, they are fabulous, I just love the Dylusions inks. Take care. Big crafty hugs, Anne x

Clare with paint in her hair said...

ohh you cant beat the first of your own fresh veg, mine unfortunately got destroyed by the weather so no veggis for me this year! Hope you have a good evening at church. HUGS

Joanne said...

More rain expected this week so I bet the garden takes on a mind of it's own again. I've lost lots of flowers and had some rather soggy potatoes. I see the fur balls don't care one way or the other!! see you tomorrow.
Hugs Joanne xx