In April of 2014 at just one year old, my little cousin, Myla Grace Lambert, was found to have an aggressive tumor on her brain stem. Now two years old, she has lost her hair, her appetite and tires easily, but is a true fighter.
My mom, Rose, who has an incredibly big heart, started baking and selling muffins to raise money for little Myla. She started the Muffins for Myla campaign and held a fundraiser last weekend at O'Connor Dance Studio in Parma. We offered Zumba classes for adults and kids, homemade muffins, a fifty-fifty raffle and face painting. We had a wonderful turn-out and everyone was so generous! My mom raised a total of $2500 to send to Duke University's Cancer Fund. I'm so proud of her!
f you are interested in donating to Muffins for Myla please check out our Go Fund Me page
We will be back this weekend at the KidShow at Great Lakes Mall for the fourth year in a row! We look forward to this show every year because of all the families that come out and the fabulous event organization provided by ProMark Enterprises. Join us for a weekend of all things KIDS!
Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12- 5 - Great Lakes Mall
St. Patricks Day. The beloved holiday of Irish and Faux Irish alike. A day of celebrating a culture chock full of green, beer, and green beer. Boston plays host to 600,000 visitors on St. Pats and in Chicago the river is dyed green. Here in Cleveland, we create a sea of green and send it down Superior Avenue. It is a day of absolute fun and frivolity, especially for a face painter.
I will be at The Barley House Cleveland on St. Patrick's Day somewhere amidst the Leprechaun ice luge and the Pipes and Drums band. Look for me painting shamrocks, rainbows and beer steins across the faces of adults playing hooky from work!
Last year I celebrated Mardi Gras by trying out some elaborate designs on my own face. I was pretty pleased with how it came out and I loved playing with the traditional colors of Mardi Gras.
This year, I got the chance to experience how Mardi Gras is celebrated in a unexpected culture. I painted at The Hofbrauhaus Cleveland's Fasching celebration. Fasching is Germany's version of Mardi Gras and is celebrated in a similar way including parties, parades and naming a mock king and queen. The Hofbrauhaus puts on a great party, and Fasching Sunday was no different. I had a ball!
And of course I still painted my own face.
I usually don’t claim to be a super “girly” girl. For the most part, I rock t-shirts and yoga pants, and carry purses from TJ Max. My favorite colors are green and blue and I prefer beer over wine. I enjoy getting my hands dirty. However, I do believe that there is a princess in every girl. Perhaps the princess is unconventional when compared to the typical Disney princess, but she’s in there nevertheless. When I went shopping for my wedding dress, I walked in stating I wanted something simple, even minimalistic. I walked out with a Cinderella gown, complete with Swarovski crystals. Those sparkling beads, lace and ruffles drew me in like a kid in a candy store! There was no turning back.
I find my favorite face painting designs to be very similar. I LOVE frilly, floral, princess, fancy-pants masks with rainbows, glitter and gems. The more decadent the better. Here are some of my favorites from the past.
Oh Frozen, you have forever changed the world of face painting. You have beat out butterflies and spiderman. You have changed little girls' favorite color from pink to blue. You are easily my most popular design. I have done Frozen princesses, snowflakes, Annas, Elsas and of course Olafs more than any other design on my option board. I have learned to paint swirling blue snowflakes and ice in more ways than I ever imagined possible. I replace my Bluebird, Ocean, and Ziva Blue more than any other color cakes in my kit.
Yet, despite the frenzy surrounding the two sisters from Arendelle, no matter how many frosty designs I have done, I still like painting them. I love how the blue colors sparkle with glitter and I love how excited the kids are to become ice queens. I have to admit, I still even like the music. I do a lot of Frozen parties, and I find myself singing along with "Let it Go" every stinking time it comes on. Perhaps I, too, have bought into the magic.
I have loved teaming up with Simply Deneen Photography for her Frozen Portrait Parties. The kids come in costume, they get their faces painted, work on a craft, and get their photos taken with beautiful Anna and Elsa. I personally love the snowflake cupcakes, but that's besides the point! The collection of photos below were taken at various Frozen Portrait Parties.