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, 13 January 2014

Rain, ribbon, cake, cards and chicken!

Hello all, it's been like the sunniest of Spring days here....quite cold but bright and uplifting. Hard to think it was Christmas a few weeks ago and it does make one look forward to lighter evenings and more clement weather. A little different to last week's torrential downpours....
.....goodness, that was a wet day!
The next day I was in Scunthorpe at Trent Valley Crafts where I had the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the shop......
.....if you look closely you'll see that most of the customers were inside the shop - keeping warm! Theresa and Linda have done a great job of getting the shop ship shape and have lots of demos and workshops planned. Judging by this beautiful cake that was given to them by their customers (and made and decorated by one of them) I think they will be getting a lot of support in their venture....
....stunning isn't it? It was a shame to cut into it! And I must say that I haven't ever sat at my demonstration table and seen this sight in front of me....
.....there was quite a lot of sparkling wine flowing!
I wasn't doing my usual inky, messy stuff  - a cleaner look was the order of the day, with lots of dies and a few stamps. I used a couple of my old favourites plus some gorgeous flower silhouettes from Inkadinkadoo.
I haven't used my Swirly Birds Owl for a while! Aren't those wildflowers great - really useful designs.
And I really like these Spellbinders curved edge dies that created just the right shape to sit my fairy silhouette oval stamp into.
I'm now working with a whole host of things to create lots of samples for forthcoming events. February is going to be ultra busy! It's Stitches time again of course - my favourite work event of the year - but I'm also going to be at two three day retail shows. Gosh, there's a lot to get done in the next few weeks! I'll be posting details of lots of forthcoming events very soon, once everything is finalised. 
Tara is driving me nuts at the moment! I roasted a chicken at the weekend and, being like a bloodhound where that particular item is concerned, she will not cease pestering me until every last morsel has gone. How she knows that there is still some in the fridge I have no idea, but she does! I've had a roast dinner (I have discovered that I'm very good at roast potatoes!), a chicken salad, a sandwich and, tonight, I made my version of special fried rice with the addition of a little chopped bacon and a few prawns. T & T have had two meals from it so far and tomorrow will see the remnants used in a final sandwich for me and supper time treats for those two! Pretty good going and I reckon I could have probably stretched it to make a soup as well if I'd really tried!
It's an early start for me in the morning. I don't have to go anywhere, but I need to be "up and at it" to get all these show samples made! TTFN

4 comments:

pearshapedcrafting said...

Skinds like a good start forTrent Valley Crafts! I see you have used my favourite owl of all time for your lovely card-one of the first sets I bought! Love the die cutting on your fairy card too! Good Luck with the samples-hope that means you'll be at Event City! Hugs (and a stroke for the cuddlies) Chrisx

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Diane said...

Opening shops !! Whatever next sweetie !! I'll have to ask for an autograph next time I see you !!:)

Flooding has been really bad in Bucks, the drains can't take any more. Noahs ark comes to mind....

hugs Diane

Kisses for the terrors xx

Paul Browning said...

Can't wait to see your samples for Stitches. And I can completely relate to your cats and chicken. We roast a chicken most weekends and our cat has to be locked out of the kitchen whilst preparing it as well as when stripping it. Every time I open the fridge door, he's there, just like yours lol. And now we've introduced him to those chicken chew treats too. Hope you're having a sunny and productive day. I'm typing this whilst being blinded by the sun lol. Pxx