Crossley Mill 20th birthday

I love my regulars and was pleased to return to Crossley Mill this year to be part of their 20th birthday celebration. #CrossleyMillNursey is a well respected local Nursery in Hebden Bridge with a fab local reputation. It’s easy to see why when you meet the warm, friendly staff and see the great relationships they foster with the parents.

One reason I like painting there is there are so many local kids and parents I know. I end up having lovely on the job chats and catching up with people.

A lot of little girls and sometimes boys are going for Unicorn designs at the moment so I was pleased that this little one went for something a bit different. Good on her.

Skulls are always a hit, Halloween or not. Luckily this skull is super quick so I can keep ’em coming. Little brother wanted something too and this Bat design is another quickie for little wrigglers.

So, another wonderful afternoon in the #Caldervalley sunshine.

 

T

 

Themed MLP board

This weekend I was thrilled to be asked to create a themed MLP board for a little one’s birthday party.

I admit, I had to Google the individual characters as back in the 1980’s when I was a fan, they were completely different. Does anyone remember Cotton Candy and Bubbles? I had a lilac one too but can’t remember it’s name.

So I can’t wait to try these fab designs out tomorrow on real people. Hope they love them as much as I do.

Garden Parties!

We have been having some fabulous weather recently (touch wood!) and yesterday I had the pleasure of painting in not one but two lovely gardens!

First of all, I was painting in Greetland. Its a stunning area of #Calderdale and it is always a pleasure to visit. I took my son camping there a couple of years ago and I adore the woodland and open spaces. It was an eight year old girl’s birthday party.

Eight year olds are sooooo sophisticated these days; apart from myself activities included getting their nails done and a very civilised looking picnic! Oh – and for anyone who missed the memo (like me!) “The Greatest Showman” is  THE movie of the moment!

Next up was Mytholmroyd – up by #ScoutRoadSchool. Again in the garden. Magnificent views once again.Younger children at this celebration and all but one, wanted to be a flower fairy.

No photos but they all looked so cute. Woke up this morning to two fantastic reviews from both customers.

It was wonderful to not have to forfeit the lovely weather in order to go to work. Love my job!

Mermaids and Unicorns

I was pleased to paint a a last minute (for me) birthday party at #Maxwellsfunhouse in Walsden last night. It was even nicer to see some familiar face when I got there.

The theme was Unicorns and I put afew Unicorn choices on my board including this one which birthday girl went for.- so cute!

Mermaids were the other popular design at the party. I belonged them up with some fab bespoke bling by #LGLondon. Don’t they look fabulous?

I didn’t paint any boys at this birthday party apart from a little one wanting a star his hand which I gladly did. It was a quite a girly party with lots of girls wearing rainbow tutus, hairband Unicorn horns and eating pink cupcakes. I am in my comfort zone with girly designs so that was fine by me!

 

 

 

 

 

The week I was famous in Face Painter land

What a strange old week it’s been! The weirdness began when a face painting buddy – Colette of #Funkyfaces in Huddersfield – told me i was on the cover of a Facebook face paint group. Not exactly Vogue but it is a group well known to Face Painters.  I had to have a look!

Yes, there I am larger than life in the top right hand corner! I think it’s gone now because they change the cover alot.

What happened next was not connected but things got a lot more surreal.

I am always trying to think of new ideas for my business posts on Facebook. After all, it can get boring looking at the same old stuff on a newsfeed. I had an idea to write a poem. I wasn’t sure if it was a bit twee but with nothing to lose, I gave it a shot. Here is a link to the original post on Facebook.

https://m.facebook.com/JulieFaceace/?__tn__=C-R

Well, I was soooooo unprepared for what happened next. It went viral, particularly amongst the Face painting community. My little poem had loads of comments, likes and 61 shares (as I write this).

Neatly 9,000 people saw my poem all over the world. How cool is that? 61 shares was the official share number but I saw it cut n pasted on other people’s pages too. Then a woman called Tammy Rosecrans put this artwork with it too.

I think it must have resonated with fellow face painters. I kept getting people telling me how much they liked it that in the end i made a video to say thank you

https://m.facebook.com/JulieFaceace/?ref=bookmarks#

I love the fact I was famous for five minutes in Face Painter land!

I love my repeat customers!

About a year ago, Face Ace received this awesome review from a local customer.

It is in my Facebook page, along with other reviews. If  you want to see them, they’re all here.

https://m.facebook.com/JulieFaceace/reviews/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=1

So, I was thrilled to be asked back yesterday to paint again for the same family.

I value all my customers but repeat customers are really special. If someone chooses you a second time, it means they really liked what you did first time and trust you to deliver.

I know there are lots of face painters around. Many of them offer fancy party packages and add-ons. I would rather keep to the basics and do them well.

I pride myself on attentive customer service, clear communication, being friendly, and flexible and of course great face painting. It’s nice to know my lovely customers value these things too.

Pay per face events

Often I get tagged on Facebook for birthday parties and stuff. Around this time of year though, it tends to be for “pay per face,” events. This are were the event organiser charges you a fee and you are free to make your own money at the event, sometimes with a donation. It sound so good doesn’t it? But in reality, often these events aren’t as busy as the promoter says they will be and the painter winds up out of pocket. I wrote a little post in Facebook about it here and my reasons for not accepting pay per face jobs, if you want to know more.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=603901559958808&id=268785783470389

The weather has been crazy snowy here recently. So much so, I have been pining for Spring. I got to creating this pretty butterfly to tempt the weather gods. What do you think #faceacers?

Iceland and an Icy party

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I started 2018 by taking a break from the face painting and travelling to magical Iceland. What a fabulous place full of magnificent scenery like this photo above.

This weekend it was back to work for me. The little birthday girl from Hebden Bridge, wanted something inspired by her favourite film. I bet you can guess what that was! I painted lots of icy, snowy type faces as well as the usual favourites

I love painting in Hebden Bridge where I live. I am always sure to see a familiar face or two.

Fun at the funhouse!

Last Saturday I painted at the Fun House in Halifax. It’s near the station and Baby Ballet. It the first time I had been there and it seems like a great choice for those of you with younger kids because there are lots of little play kitchens and those kind of things little ones enjoy.

The party was for a little girl. They were a friendly crowd and everyone got involved. Most the boys and a couple of girls went for skulls whilst the Unicorn was popular with girls.I enjoyed painting afew adults too. Got to do some flower faces as well as a nice mermaidy design on birthday girl’s mum.

I was flying out to Iceland on a little break the following day and it was a lovely job to end on before I went away.

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