Thursday, March 20, 2014

Food and Fun - A Recommendation

On Wednesday nights in Champaign, Illinois there is an exceptional place that specializes in serving up excellent quality food and great times for kids.  Atlanta Bread Company is their name and every Kid’s Night they offer buy one adult meal and get a kid’s meal for free.  In addition, on select kid’s nights Atlanta Bread Company (ABC) provides extra activities to liven up the atmosphere and increase the fun.  I am so happy to say that The Joy of Face Painting has been chosen several times to come and provide free face painting.

To be quite honest, after having painted for them for several months now, I am so amazed to be a part of such a wonderful group of people.  These are some of the friendliest, most genuine and all-out kind folks that I have ever run across.  Their professional yet loving demeanors never cease to amaze and make me proud to work for this great local company.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Color In the Grey Days of Winter

Welcome to The Joy of Facepainting website!

Full Face Butterfly Face Painting
 We are now officially within the season of Winter, and although it is not my favorite season of the year it is a welcome one.  It is a renewing one.  It is a time when the natural world goes into a time of sleeping to replenish the splendor that it has shown us during spring, summer and fall.  I love my own dear sleep so I guess I will have to give fine old Mother Nature hers too. ;)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Urbana Sweet Corn Festival 2012

I am so excited to say that since moving to the Champaign Urbana area I was privileged to be a part of the Urbana Sweet Corn Festival 2012!  This was the first large, carnival type event The Joy of Facepainting had ever done and it was a great success.  It was such an amazing event.  Together, with help from my husband, Jesse, we kept our line flowing and brought lots of smiles to the famous Sweet Corn Festival.  What a pleasure for a fresh from the plains of Colorado girl to be a part of this long-standing and classic festival! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Joy of Facepainting Premieres in Central Illinois

Face Painting in Normal IL at Meatheads
How exciting!

So my family and I have been in Champaign for a little over 3 weeks now and I've already had the privilege to face paint some of my local Illinois neighbors.  The very tasty Meatheads burger joint in Normal, IL hired me to come out and paint some of their customers.  What a great place to have a burger with some friends - and on Saturday, July 14th, you were also able to get your face painted for FREE!  

The restaurant is a very welcoming place - clean, bright and filled with really nice employees.  They took care of me every step of the way, and I noticed that they did the same for the folks dining with them too.  Customer service seemed like their specialty.  What a wonderful first experience for me painting in Illinois!!!  

I was so happy to be able to paint one of their hostesses.  Her name was Annie and her brilliant smile and enthusiasm were as beautiful as the sweet little rainbow she wanted on her cheek.

I also had a couple leopards show up!!!  What do you think?  I think they look like pretty friendly felines don't you!? ;)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentine's Greetings

February 14th, 2012

This last Saturday and Sunday I was privileged to do some face painting in downtown Denver.  I was hired by Fresh Coat Painting (  just in case you ever need your house painted) to be at the Home & Garden show down at the Colorado Convention Center.  I face painted on Saturday and Sunday, the 11th and 12th, and I must say that it was an absolute blast.  I loved seeing all the amazing landscaping and vendors, but it was just extra special because I met some of the sweetest kids this weekend. 
It’s always fun to hear those little “please” and “thank you’s” but often children forget when they look in the mirror.  That’s quite alright because I know that it’s just all too exciting to remember little things like that!!! J  It’s always all about creating happiness and nothing really else matters.  However, it just seemed like so many of the kids were so kind and remembered to say thanks in the midst of their amazing smiles – so heart warming.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Welcome Alexandria Joy!

Our first child, Alexandria Joy wanted to say hi!  She is now about a month old and is still sporting a full head of black hair.  Mommy (Joy) is doing well and we are enjoying having this wonderful miracle in our lives.  We are loving to learn more about just who our little girl is and what kind of things she will love to do as she grows older.  Alexandria has been an amazing adventure so far and I am so happy to have two healthy and happy women in my life!

As Alexandria keeps growing we will post more pictures and some day she might even be learning to face paint alongside her mommy!  Thanks to everyone in our Denver community for all the fun and support over the years and we can't wait to share more of our joy with you!

A Proud Papa - Jesse  

Monday, July 25, 2011

Joy's Birthday Party

Colorado tends to dish out its share of unpredictable weather.  You know this if you have lived here for even a few weeks.  One of our oft-quoted jokes is, “You don’t like the weather?  Well, just wait five minutes.”  Even this past January, when the rest of the nation was in the throes of winter, we had a few days of temperatures in the 70’s. 

Usually though, one can expect lots and lots of sun – especially from May through September.  However, this May has not seen lots and lots of sun, and it has indeed been a rollercoaster of unpredictable weather.  From 40’s to 80’s we’ve had quite the range and this past Saturday was no different.  A few days before Saturday it was in the 80’s and then it started raining a cold spring rain, which continued through the weekend.

Meanwhile a little doll of a girl named Joy (what a great name!!!) was turning 4 and her parents had decided they would book a facepainter for her birthday party on Saturday.  They, being veteran Coloradans, planned that if it was sunny we would all have a ton of fun in the park.  But if it rained then the party would remain at the house.  Suffice it to say Saturday came and it was another day of rain so we stayed at home and had an absolute blast! 

Down I trekked with my facepainting gear to the basement where I discovered a brilliant father who had bought a delightful bouncehouse for his two kids.  “It’s paid for itself several times over,” he announced with a smile upon his face.  And with the way little children love to run, jump, roll, slide etc etc to burn off energy I was filled with admiration for this savy father’s idea.  There was no doubt – having a bouncehouse in your basement is pure genius.  It’s a child’s dream come true! 

So next to a charming bouncing house of fun, and children, I set up my gear and began dishing out even more colorful fun!!!  I painted pink flowers and red spidermen and lots of wonderful designs.  One lovely little girl climbed into my chair and promptly asked, “Do you know my name is Evelyn?”  “Well hello Evelyn,” I smiled.  She then asked very specifically to become a “yellow and blue puppy dog.”  As you can see, she made an amazing puppy dog!

Little Joy at first declined to be painted.  As her Daddy said, “She likes to hold off and check things out first before she dives in.”  Of course he was right.  Towards the end Joy decided it was time and climbed up in my chair smiling and saying, “Princess.” 

Thus it came to be that on her 4th birthday Joy became a little princess with a lovely metallic pink & white design and glitter and a jewel to set it all off.  She was beautiful as she grinned and ran away to play! 

It is amazing to paint beautiful colors on a child’s face and add some glitter and see giggling smiles erupt.  I have to say, though, that what is even more amazing is that I have the privilege of helping to celebrate the reality that each and every little child is a little prince or princess already.  I know that from before little Joy was ever born she was already destined to be a princess and no matter where she goes, who she meets, or what she becomes she will always be a princess to her mommy and daddy and to those who have eyes to see.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day little Princess Joy!!! J