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

Friday, 11 July 2014

Pre supper post

Hello all, just a quick post this evening whist I wait for my supper to finish cooking. I'm having fish tonight and one side dish is some of my freshly picked cherry tomatoes that are roasting in some olive oil and Balsamic vinegar. All the tomatoes are coming along nicely now...
...although I'm more excited about the sweetcorn!
As you can see, there is definitely something yellow going on in there at last! They are all at different heights but most of them are showing signs of fruiting.
Tomorrow I'm off to Church to assist at my first wedding - that sounds very grand but, of course, I'll just be helping out with guests, service sheets etc...not too sure what to expect yet but it should be lovely. I've helped at quite a lot of funerals now so it will be good to be at a happy occasion for once. I know what to wear at the funerals of course, but I wasn't sure about tomorrow. I was told that anything was fine and I could wear something summery and cheerful. So, my new bargain basement Quacker Factory jacket fits the bill (no pun intended!) and I'm teaming it with a dress...something I never usually wear! What do you think?
 The jacket has lovely embroidery and applique that's also on the back....
...shame that my hair will cover most of it! And no, I'm not going to wear my hair up....not with my ears! I'll have to wear the sleeves turned up - being such a shortie, sleeves are always too long on me. And can you believe it cost me under a fiver?!? Yes really!
I wanted to wear my lilac shoes, the ones I showed piccies of two years ago...how scary is that?! However, a couple of months ago one of the heels got a split in it which meant that not only was I a bit lop sided but every step was accompanied by a loud squeak! I didn't really think it would go down well if I was squeaking around Church tomorrow during the wedding so I decided to try and fix the problem today. I used a pointed metal tool to poke cotton wool into the collapsed heel - lots of it! Then I piped glossy accents into the split and left it to set in the sunshine. I'm happy to say that it's worked and I no longer squeak! Is there anything that glossy accents can't do?!
So that this post isn't completely bereft of anything crafty - although cobbling might come under that heading! - here's a picture of what arrived via courier today....
....six boxes filled with assorted bottles of Irresistible sprays from Tsukineko! I had a bit of a play with these sprays at the Stitches trade show back in February but I haven't had any to use since then. Well, plenty in there to work with now - about thirty colours, including white and metallics. They are a little like the Goosebumps sprays that I love using except with great colour as opposed to clear. The spray creates a bumpy texture that will also resist any inking over the top, so there will be some great backgrounds for my Christmas samples I can see. I'll share some pictures once I get going with them.
Well, I'd better sign off before my dinner is burned to a cinder. Then it's an evening of telly for me - Masterchef is the highlight tonight...but will they cook anything as tasty as my Balsamic roasted tomatoes?


pearshapedcrafting said...

Lovely outfit and nothing like a bargain buy to give an inward glow too - and now you've added something else to your cv - well done to you(and glossy accents!) The inks look good - lovely and bright! I'm sure you enjoyed your tomatoes - the afternoon teas are looking a bit iffy!!! Chrisx

Lindsay Mason said...

Thanks Chris - the tomatoes were the best bit of my dinner! Not saying anything about Masterchef in case anyone reading this hasn't watched the semi finals yet, but you're right, the afternoon teas looked a bit dodgy! Don'y you just want to pick up Wayne Sleep and put him in your pocket?! And, being vertically challenged as I am, there aren't many people that I can say that about!!!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Definitely, warming to Biggins too! There was a time when he REALLY annoyed me! Mellowing in me old age ha! ha! X

Artyjen said...

Balsamic toms sound perfect....did not watch last nights! What a bargain jacket....fab
xoxo Sioux