Thursday, August 7, 2014

Balloon Hats for Literacy

I have an amazing new project.

It's been taking up what little time I have left over during the busy season, but it's something that really brings satisfaction from the work.  Next summer we will be attempting to set a world record while supporting and spotlighting literacy.  4500 people in balloon hats!  Over 30,000 balloons and at least 100 people making hats.  It's going to be a blast!!

Check it out at www.balloonhatsforliteracy.com 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Fun with leftovers

After we practice I don't like to keep the balloons around.  I usually give them to a friend's kids.  This is what happens when you give a creative kid some leftover balloons.  :-)


Friday, June 27, 2014

Maker Faire Kansas City - Come see us this weekend!


This is our sculpture this year!  Started with a GIANT round balloon, uninflated it was close to 5 feet long!  If I fully inflated it, the thing would be 8ft,b ut I wanted to downsize a little to allow for the people who insist on poking and touching.

This one is dedicated to the 30 years of fun Ghostbusters has brought the world!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Maker's Faire this weekend!!!

Looking for something amazing to do this weekend?  Come visit us at the KC Maker's Faire in Union Station.  We have a fantastic sculpture planned to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters.

Amazing doesn't stop with the balloons - there are robots and spinners.  People who make cars and even some guys from the physics department who shrink quarters.  So much to see.  This is our 4th year here and it's still my favorite event of the year!




Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In praise of good face painters

I have a lot of friends who do face and body painting.  I am always in awe of their work.  Becuase I know so many, I always find myself a little startled when I see people doing it improperly  Not talking about skill levels, but the materials and professionalism of the painter.




Twice this summer I have seen people who have no business being face painters.  Both were using acryic paint and neither had proper sanitation.  Acrylic is "non toxic" but that's not the same as "safe for skin"  I've met over a dozen people who have had children with very bad reactions to acrylic craft paint used as face paint.  Also only cosmetic glitter should be used, not craft glitter or glue.


although the friend who commented probably won't mind if I left her name visible, but I have not checked with her, so I blurred it out.

One of the two I saw recently took it a step further than just bad paint and no sanitation.  She let her own kids run wild through other people's booths, let the baby eat discarded food off the asphalt and breastfed while painting someone's face.  I'm as militant a person as you'll ever meet about a woman's right to nurse in public.  I did with all 4 of my kids, but there is a time and place and while you are actually working is not.  Especially if you are supposed to be interacting with someone else's child.

But so many people get it right and they are not hard to find.

Click this link to a gallery of an excellent face painter in Chicago.  She only uses quality FACE PAINT and has fantastic sanitation and safety standards.  http://theclassyclown.com/FACE%20PAINTING/FacePainting1.htm  

There are several good ones here in Kansas City.   Sister Act for example.  

If you're thinking of starting out in facepainting, check out this article and then google many others to get an idea of what you should and should not be doing.

http://painting.about.com/od/faceandbodypainting/a/FacePaintCindy.htm

Need supplies?  There are tons of places, but Mirae is a good place to start.  She's been doing this for awhile and knows her stuff.
http://theclassyclown.com/store.htm