Saturday, December 4, 2010

November Face Painting

We were very busy in November!  Beautiful weather for face painting :)

The first weekend of the month we were painting at the Picayune Fall Street Fair!  Rudi was busy that weekend, so I was the only painter, and Savannah did glitter tattoos.  We were swamped!  The first day was unusually windy and cold and people mostly waited til noon to come out when it was a little warmer.  I didn't stop from noon til 5pm to even take a sip of water!  Sunday was warmer and less windy and we were steady busy all day.

The second weekend of the month was the last weekend of the Bluejack Ridge Corn Maze.  We were so sad to see it end!  We absolutely love this place- so friendly and laid-back.  On the last day, we face painted the baby pot-bellied pigs, Pigahontas and John Smith, and dolled them up with feather boas and a pirate bandana.  They were so cute!  We even painted up Lilly, the goat :)  Can't wait for next year!

The third weekend we were at a birthday party in New Orleans at the playground in City Park and had a blast!  Extremely friendly crowd!  Then on Sunday, we volunteered at our church's annual Harvest Sunday celebration and painted everyone as a special treat during the afternoon festivites.  We even painted on the "grown-ups" who couldn't wait to get dolled up!

The last weekend of the month was, of course, Thanksgiving, and it was so nice to get away and visit family.  It was my first weekend off from painting in 10 weeks!  But now I can't wait for all of December's Christmas activities...

Hope to see ya'll at Christmas on the Ranch at the Rockin' R Ranch in Picayune with a country Santa, lighted carriage rides, face painting, etc.  It's gonna be a blast!  We'll also be at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Dec. 21 for a Children's Christmas Party.  Fun, fun fun!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

October Events

October was a very busy month for us!

Every weekend in October we were painting at the BlueJack Ridge Corn Maze in Poplarville, MS.  Rudi and I worked all day on Saturdays 10am-9pm and after church on Sundays from 2-7pm.  I love this place!  So relaxing and fun!  They even made a video so that you can see for yourself all of the activities...along with the face painting! See for yourself! BlueJack Ridge Corn Maze 
The staff is fantastic and friendly and the place is just amazing.  We created lots of special designs just for the corn maze:  a scarecrow, Indian designs, an Indian maiden with a feather headband, an Indian warrior's feather armband along with lots of farm animals:  bulls, cows, horses, pigs, etc.  We even created a 'scary' pumpkin so some of the staff could go into the maze and scare people at night ;)

On Fridays, Oct. 22 and 29, we worked at Rockin' R Ranch in Picayune with their Haunted Trails.  It was their first year and it really rocked! We did lots of scary skulls and lots of cute pumpkins, along with the usual batman, spiderman and beautiful butterflies. We'll be back there in December for their Christmas festivities!

A very busy and fun month!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lots of Face Painting in September

Sorry it's been a while since I posted!  August was so hot this year that we didn't do much with the face painting... everyone would've just sweated it right off. 

We got busier in September.  On Friday the 17th we drove to Gulfport to the Seabees base.  Savannah and I and face painted and glitter tattooed for a command picnic there.  It was still soooo hot but they set up a canopy for us which helped quite a bit. 

On Saturday, the 18th, I went (Savannah and Rudi were both busy) to a birthday party here in Picayune for a group of excited 3, 4 and 5 year olds!  What a fun event that was!  I had painted the twin boy and girl birthday kids at the Picayune Street Fair in April and they knew exactly what they wanted.  

On Sunday, the 19th, I drove to Poplarville and met with Kristi Harris of the BlueJack Ridge Corn Maze and painted her kids for some pictures for the signs we're going to have made.  We'll be painting there every weekend during the run of the corn maze from Oct. 2- Nov. 14.  Kristi loved the special designs we came up with for the theme of the corn maze and was kind enough to give me a fantastic tour of the "town" they've built there!  I can tell we're going to have lots of fun painting there!

On Saturday, the 25th, Rudi and I got up early, loaded up the van and drove to Biloxi to the Convention Center and set up the castle booth inside in the air conditioning... good thing, too, because it was extremely hot that day!  We painted for 5 hours for a fundraiser for kids there and had such a good time.  We painted just as many adults as kids! Everyone wanted fleur de lis because we're back in the middle of Saints fever here... felt like we painted 100 or more! I had found some new gold makeup and mixing powder and the gold looked like liquid gold.  Wow!  Didn't get home until after dark but it was some great practice for next week when we begin 11 hour days at the corn maze.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Family Reunion

   I'll be describing our face painting adventures in this blog.  Hopefully we'll entertain you!

   Yesterday we had a great event to paint at:  a family reunion!  We loaded the van and left Picayune around 8am and drove to a small town in Mississippi called Prentiss.  We arrived around 9:45.  After unloading and setting up we had plenty of time to paint each other's faces before the event began.  In fact, the event got started about 30 minutes late so we had plenty of time to relax before beginning work. The temps were around 100 with the heat index so it was great to be able to work inside in the air conditioning. 

   We finally got started around 11am and the kids came first, as usual.  They were so excited!  But they didn't push or shove or get upset.  They were all very courteous and patient.  We were only painting quick, easy designs so they weren't having to wait long.  We knew coming in that we were going to have a lot of people to paint so we didn't bring any complicated, time-consuming designs.  My apprentice painter, Rudi, got her wish and got plenty of practice in!  As the grown-ups saw how much fun the kids were having, they slowly wandered over and had as much fun as the kids! 

Our most popular design for the day was the swirly design... I think nearly every woman and teenage girl chose this design in different colors.  We also did quite a few neon butterflies for the younger girls and batman for the boys. 

We ended up painting for 3 hours, then packed up and drove home.  A good day!