Gingham Love

Gingham Love

I am totally into gingham lately, who is with me? That look goes so will with so many things. I made some Father's Day gift art prints, greeting cards and also gift tags that you can download and print right away. You can have the kids sign an art print and make it so very special for dad, please visit my Gingham collection to see what I keep adding to it every week.

Today I have a sale of 75% OFF on all instant downloads, that way you can keep that file forever and enjoy, the link is below.

https://digalinda.com/collections/gingham-collection/GINGHAM

 

June 20, 2020 — A K
WHOO WHOO, IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!!

WHOO WHOO, IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!!

❤️GIVEAWAY! ❤️ I am teaming up with my sweet friends, amazing small businesses owners for a Giveaway to share as much joy as possible!💕
One lucky winner will receive $75 to @dogwoodsmockingco, $150 to @thepinkreef, a collection of fine art prints and cards from @diga_linda, a darling key chain from @darlingclutchco and a fine art painting from artist @hannahlowecorman. 
❤️ TO ENTER:
1️⃣ Like this Post
2️⃣ Follow all 5 Accounts:
@diga_linda
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3️⃣ Tag a Friend in the comments below
4️⃣ 10 Extra Entries for Sharing this Post on your Instagram page & tagging all accounts. ❤️ Giveaway Ends 6/15. 
One Lucky winner picked at random will receive ALL of the prizes & will be announced that night. GOOD LUCK.
This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram. This giveaway is open to US residents ages 21 and up.
GO on my Instagram HERE to ENTER - Good luck!
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June 11, 2020 — Ceci Mason
I just updated my humble little online store! Have you seen it?

I just updated my humble little online store! Have you seen it?

Hi friends, I just updated my site with pretty designs and beach pictures, please take a look! My name is Ceci Mason, I currently live in Maryland but grew up by the beach in the south of Portugal called "Algarve" where there's good food and 365 days of sun! ☀️

I love anything to do with the ocean and I am obsessed with flowers! I hand paint uplifting designs to bring every woman joy and inspiration. The name Diga Linda which means "Say Beautiful" is inspired by my moms name Clarinda (she is flower obsessed too, lol). Clarinda means (Clara + Linda), bright and beautiful and I infuse that light into all my designs. So grab your drink and take a look at some beauties.

My "Statement" fashion graphic tee designs, are stylish, uplifting and fun. Be ready for some compliments!

If you know anyone who likes hand painted art, the beach or flowers, send them my way or surprise them with a chic hand painted tee that they can wear. 

Another thing I love doing is partnering with other small businesses, by either talking about them or doing giveaways with them. 


You can follow me Facebook @Diga Linda and Instagram @diga_linda for more

I share a lot of painting videos there, so go be part of the fun and join me!

Thank you!

PS: Click HERE to see my hand painted graphic tees!

Also I just found the link for a live camera of Rehoboth beach so I can see the ocean moving and people walking along the beach and board walk! Click HERE to see that!

Thank you so much for visiting.

xoxo Ceci

May 30, 2020 — Ceci Mason
Many Ways to Bust your Mood in minutes

Many Ways to Bust your Mood in minutes

We all have those days where things do go as planned and being stuck at home during quarantine does not help either. 

Here are some ideas that can help the situation: 

- Eat some chocolate or have some ice cream

- Light a candle - flickering flames (contained) can help us feel better and burn stress. Also the fragrance can have an uplifting both on the body and mind.

- Exercise, jump around, dance, do a kickboxing class online - when you exercise you feel rejuvenated, refreshed and more energetic. Find out about endorphins, serotonin - a mood-boosting neurotransmitter also known as "happy chemical".

- Buy some flowers (or one of my floral print product)  Find out why Flowers make us so happy and more energetic - Studies find that they provide an instant and lasting mood boost.  

- Count your blessings. Think and write down what you're grateful for. When you express gratitude, it creates an immediate mood boost.

- Cuddle with a dog. just hanging out, playing or teaching a new trick, can help us feel happier, healthy, fit, less stressed, more loved. 

- Listen to a favorite song. You have loved that song forever and it makes you want to dance, it's easy and quick, an instant mood-lifter. 

- Go to a quiet place for a few minutes - When you take a few minutes for yourself, it can do wonders for your mood. 

Get some FREE FLORAL fine art prints and more, I sell these on my site but since you came to visit, they can be yours as a gift to you. just sign up when you click the picture.

Free printables

PS: One way that I boost my mood in minutes is by painting. I share those moments in Facebook and Instagram stories.

I just finished this design today and it just feels so fresh with all the lemons. The flowers are small and cute and the color pink is the color of happiness, so I gave this statement graphic tee the name "Hello Sunshine". It was just released today and it comes in several colors with crew neck and white triblend super soft in white. To find out more click the picture.

Hello Sunshine statement graphic tee by Diga Linda

 

May 14, 2020 — Ceci Mason
Maryland State Statement Hand Painted Graphic T-Shirt by Diga Linda

Maryland State Statement Hand Painted Graphic T-Shirt by Diga Linda

🦀Here it is fresh new design that I just finished today! I wish I had this kind of time everyday! 
One of the advantages of having a small biz is that I can create design quick with no ones approval but mine!😂
 
However at the same time it’s hard having to make ALL the decisions. What font will I use, how many fonts, what size, what color and where do they go? There’s a million questions to answer and I did not even get technical yet!😄
 
What elements will be on the design? Create dozens and dozens of layers then when you put it together you check for mistakes! Like yesterday I changed the colors of the words Faith over Fear ( from lite pink to hot pink) on that Tee after I made it public and it took a long time to fix! Learned my lesson (well I keep learning), but need to look at the design a million times to make sure it's ok before it goes public!
So many decisions that have to be made before I publish! Enjoy this one and see me painting it on the video post below with watercolor this morning. By the way the 4 designs behind the "Maryland" words, I did those while I was on vacation in Portugal. I am so glad that I finally got to use them. People say my desings warm the heart, bring joy and make them smile, I love that! So take at this one, can you tell that I love details?🎨
Maryland State Statement Hand Painted T-Shirt by DIga Linda
 
May 14, 2020 — Ceci Mason
Diga Linda Group on Facebook!🌸

Diga Linda Group on Facebook!🌸

🌟Please join the DIGA LINDA GROUP  VIP on Facebook, HERE  I am inviting you to join this group because I will be posting tons of content from the past Azalea Festival (and Green Sale) pictures, videos of clients, vendors and the school from previous festivals the school has done in the past. People love to connect and since this year we are staying at home, this is one essential way to see what's offered in our community!

One thing that I learned from being on TV so much last year, is that you interview others (vendors), give them as much exposure as possible and the customers will appreciate that.

They love when I go with the camera around talking  to vendors asking what their best seller is and see who is selling what so parents can plan their trip to the school! Vendors will also be posting on that group as well, giving interviews etc, so please join us and help us build our community there. 

So join the group and invite people who are part of the Landon/Holton communityAlumni, friends and family who live near or far.  Can you imagine not having to worry about the weather? When it rains, vendors like me know that people won't come visit the booth, but this way it's on rain or shine, how awesome! Imagine inviting someone who lives in another state to participate! Ahhh what a delight that is! Share the good news with your friends and family and I will see you on our VIP group! This is one way we can all help each other and most of all help the school, their programs and the community that we love.❤️

Congratulations to all the seniors at Landon and Holton

 

April 27, 2020 — Ceci Mason
Landon Azalea virtual 🖥 festival is coming ⏰🎡🛍

Landon Azalea virtual 🖥 festival is coming ⏰🎡🛍

Read the latest and the greatest about the Azalea Festival coming and how to be connected with the Festival and the Bethesda Community here on my blog.Mama Bear Sunset color by Diga Linda
April 14, 2020 — Ceci Mason
Azalea Festival coming to you Online in late May!

Azalea Festival coming to you Online in late May!

Dear friends,

The last few weeks have been so different from anything we have ever seen before. it's hard to imagine such quick changes we have to do to our daily lives and the worry and anxiety that we are all going though just thinking about how cautious we all have to be to stay healthy and safe! We hope and pray that our family and friends here and far away will stay safe too. 

Many things are changing and being on the internet -online is new challenge right now for school distance learning and for other events as well. We know that although it's not possible to have the Azalea Festival at school, the good news is that Landon will still be having it but online this time. 

To see a list of all the vendors that will be participating look HERE

This festival will be different from the previous 65 festivals and what we need to keep in mind is that because it's online, we have an opportunity to make it very special and meaningful for the community. We will not have to worry about the weather conditions and if people can go shopping in a day where the rain does not stop. Also vendors do not have to worry about sett up and take down, although that part I really enjoy for some reason. I love making it all pretty so you can come visit! 

We are so thankful to the Landon faculty and staff for all the work that is being done in order to support our school kids. Landon opened it's doors to 22 students in the fall of 1929 just months before the beginning of the Great Depression. It was with a great commitment, dedication and courage that the school persevered back then and it's with that same spirit of strength that the school will persevere again this time. This year is specially hard for our Seniors. I know for I have one and he will be missing a lot of fun events, but memories will be taking shape in a different way. There will be social events taking place but online this time and when this is all done, he will remember all those moments. People have the opportunity to connect so much online with Facebook, Instagram and with so many other social media platforms.

We hope that you will be excited about this festival coming up just as much as I am. See you here in another blog, talking more about our festival coming up.

  

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April 12, 2020 — Ceci Mason
Portuguese Country Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Portuguese Country Cinnamon Swirl Bread

This bread makes the house smell so good. This is my fast version of "Folar" a traditional cake we have in Portugal for Easter. You can make extra and give as gifts. Everyone will love it. Mix everything and Voilá!

Ingredients

2 cups of flour

1 cup of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

2 small eggs

1 cup of sour cream 

8 Tablespoons of butter melted warm not hot

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/3 of sugar

Combine the first 5 dry ingredients, mix well then add eggs, sour cream and butter and mix until its all blended.

In a small bowl mix together the last two ingredients (cinnamon and sugar).

Spray a 8"x4" inch loaf pan ( I use glass). Pour a third of the batter into the pan then sprinkle a third of the cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Repeat that two more times and put the rest of the cinnamon/sugar mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes at 350 or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 8 minutes before flipping. Enjoy.

 

Layer the mixture

 

Sprinkle with the rest of the cinnamon and sugar mixture

 

Final result, enjoy!

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(fun fact, I was a baker when I was single in Portugal)

Happy cooking and Baking!!😄

April 11, 2020 — Ceci Mason
Connecting us with food, home made Portuguese bread recipe is here. Your family will thank you!

Connecting us with food, home made Portuguese bread recipe is here. Your family will thank you!

It's about time that I share my Portuguese Bread Recipe. I love making this for our family and it also makes a great gift. My daughter loved bringing home made Portuguese bread to school for her birthday or if there was something to celebrate. It's nice to bake a few loaves at the time, use one and freeze or give away the rest. There is a Portuguese saying that goes like this: A Portuguese home always has bread ready for every meal or is not a Portuguese home! I never had a recipe to share, I always baked that by sight, but now I finally do and I am delighted to share with you all. So here it goes:

Total Time: 5-10 minutes to mix all the ingredients, then rise until double about 1 hour and bake for about one hour.

Makes 2 loaves (about 12 slices each) if you bake in in pans or one larger loaf like in the picture (my preferred way).

Ingredients:

1 Package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast

2 cups warm water (110 to 115 F)

2 teaspoons of salt

5-1/2 cups of bread flour if you don't have it then all purpose flour works too.

Mix it all together with your hands until the dough is soft and all connected.

Place it on a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. I put a blanket around it to keep it warm. Punch dough down, turn onto a floured surface and divide in half. Shape each portion into a loaf. Place each loaf seam side down on a greased baking sheet, or pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Turn oven on to 380 degrees. With the back of a knife make four shallow slashes across the top of each loaf. Bake for about 50 minutes or until golden brown. I use a kabob skewer to see if it's cooked. When you insert it, if nothing sticks to it when you pull it out then it's cooked. Remove from pans and let it cool. Or if just one bread remove from flat cooking sheet and let it cool.

PS: If making pizza dough then put one tablespoon of sugar and one tablespoon of olive oil when you mix everything. 

When I make pizza, (add 2 cups of pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni on top). I make the same recipe (add the sugar and olive oil) split the dough and make two pizzas or one pizza and one bread, just bake 400 degrees and take out after 20-25 minutes. 

Enjoy,

 xoxo

Ceci Mason

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(fun fact, I was a baker when I was single in Portugal)

Happy cooking and Baking!!😄

April 02, 2020 — Ceci Mason