So, I just thought I'd fill you in on what's been going on in September. I've did some very interesting events and also had some visitors staying with us from Wales, UK for a couple of weeks so things have been a bit busy. I'm on my own in the house though now so I will take this chance to write while it's quiet!
At the start of the month I was asked to do my first Little Lady Spa Party! Four 12 year old girls, nails, make-up and feather boas! Lots of fun! I had a ball as I am surrounded 24/7 by trucks, pokemon and soccer boots usually! It was a great group of girls and they had fun getting dolled up - some wearing make-up for the first time. I'm a firm believer in natural products and value for money so I invested in the new line of make-up by Joe Fresh, available at Canadian Superstore. I have been blown away by it's quality. I first heard about it from John Hennessy, NOBASURA's Creative Director and International Make Up Artist from Vancouver whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the IMATS in Vancouver in April this year. He raved about it and I had to try it for myself as I couldn't believe that cheap make-up would be worthy of acclaim. WOW - I now wear the light foundation everyday and the cream blush too! Fantastic also for young girls wanting to experiment with make-up in an inexpensive way. I will write a Joe Fresh haul blog soon. Anyway, we were all happy with the results and I made some new friends too!
I then was booked to paint for Western Stevedoring at the Party at the Pier on Roch Pier by Lonsdale Quay on the North Shore. The weather was bad but we thought it would brighten up. It did for a bit but then the wind picked up something terrible. We ended up holding on for dear life as the wind whipped around us threatening to blow away the tents! The sky was black and it was decided that we would finish painting 3 hours early. I was painting alongside a talented fellow painter called Dana. I lost some sponges but it was all good fun. Cold, wet fun!
This past weekend I was booked to paint at my boy's school Carnival. Sherwood Park Elementary, Dollarton. I was really nervous! It was the first time since moving to Canada that I had painted on a large scale in front of people that know me. But it went very smoothly, I set up my table, chairs and umbrella and was charging two tickets per face (pre-paid tickets organised by the school) and there was also a huge bouncy house, airbrush tattooing and the usual carnival fare. I have no idea how many children I painted but it was solid painting for 3 hours, each face taking 3 to 5 minutes! I was told the face painting and the tattooing were the most popular attractions that night. At the end the night as the light was fading I had parents using the light from their cell phones to illuminate the faces of their children so that I could see! I'm sure it was very funny to watch. It was all a great success and I've been unofficially booked for every event the school ever has I think! As a result of that one gig I have been "the talk of the town" so says the owner of Honey Doughnuts And Goodies in Deep Cove! My poster will be up on display there this week.
That was Friday, on Saturday I was painting at the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre 10th Anniversary Celebration. That was a really nice job. I painted for 4 hours whilst families and volunteers came and enjoyed the day with food and an amazing jazz band. There were stickers, badges and whistles for the kids too. I painted some staff members of the centre and even a couple of very lovely bikers - Mary and Phil were off to Stanley Park and the Aquarium for a birthday treat as it had been Mary's birthday. They (Mary) wanted matching butterflies! Such a nice couple and so enthusiastic - even Phil liked his design once I had finished! I hope you had a great day. I had a fab time even if it was very windy and a bit chilly - thanks for the use of the fleece!
Phew! sorry for rambling on...I'll try and post more regularly from now on. Things are going really well as a result of my Summer activities and I hope to have more news for you soon. Thanks for your continued support!