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Face Painting from Cute Rabbits to Gory Zombies…

This could well be one of the faces that started it…
Bekah took on re-creating Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ character faces for her A-level work a year or so ago. See Here for Bekah’s Original Art Post She made us all up as character’s…even myself as the Queen of Hearts…no, don’t look! It turned into amazing exam work and took her off to art college.
Now art college wasn’t working…She was in college from 9am to 4pm, then working evenings from 5pm to 9pm and was struggling to complete homework etc. Things didn’t go well, and she had no time for her newly developed love of facepainting, so with our support she decided to leave college and concentrate on starting up her own business.
Work was financing the set up and she’s talented enough to pull it off! We’re so proud that she’s out there doing something she loves and attempting one of the hardest things…starting your own business.
She’s worked on advertising, business cards, and many, many faces…
Just recently she’s been working on special effect make up. Part of her A-Level had her make up her little sister as a zombie…and now the gory looks are expanding!
Bekah’s Facepainting Business page is: Masterpiece Face Painting Take a look… She’s had some strong interest is now planning faces for her first paying work…children’s parties…

Anyone want a tiger?
Or a little Monster?
There are cool sharks and spiders for the lads,
and unicorns and rainbows for the girls…
Gorgeous Swirls and Fairy Masks
Go extreme, be Darth Maul…
What about an evil clown…. *Shiver*
The Zombie…now we enter special effect make up…
So this is my youngest daughter after oldest daughter got hold of her…What can I say?
If you could be made up or painted what would you choose? Cute or pretty? Gory and disturbing? Traditional or something different?
What do you think?

So Here It Is…

Having just decorated the cake, it now feels like Christmas! It’s been the same over the last few years…my cakes used to be standard, just rough iced, but after watching Kirsty Allsopp a couple of years ago I became more adventurous!

The first year I put polar bears on my cake and I haven’t looked back since…this year I attempted penguins. Not all plain sailing…couldn’t buy black fondant icing anywhere, so had to make it with food colouring. Advice is to use gel paste colourings, but couldn’t find a black one, so it was liquid colours…and that didn’t help. You need a lot to make white fondant black, though I made it a day before and it darkened from steel-grey to black overnight. The icing became softer and stickier with each drop of black…which added to my frustration as I tried to mould penguins. It turned out to be easier to keep the icing in the fridge and only bring it out each time I moulded or added something (eyes, feet etc), was a long drawn out operation and several penguins were violently sacrificed during this process!
The iced-over pond was made by melting four glace mints in a tiny cake tin on grease-proof paper (at a low temperature for about 15 mins) then cooling in the fridge. The bubbles made as the mint heats makes the ‘ice’ you’re left with look pretty authentic! The pond sits on top of very stiff royal icing (I add as little water as I can get away with when making my royal icing, I like the peaks!) and I lightly coloured the icing below the pond with the palest blue (food colouring). Finished with a few snow-covered rocks of white fondant and the penguins surrounded by ‘snowballs’ (sugar decorations) and silver balls.
The rest of my cake is a standard rich fruit Christmas cake and traditional marzipan. My husband makes the cake with the children, I marzipan it…then make decisions about decorating it myself in secret and we all enjoy the big reveal when it’s finished!

So, yes, now it’s Christmas! We’ve decorated the tree…I love that my tree is covered with individual decorations, which I add to each year with anything unique I can find. I love homemade decorations too, the children’s school efforts…Bekah’s robin, Dan’s star and angel and Cait’s snowflake… Almost nothing is repeated, and this year I made my own Button Snowflake and Button icicle (similar to the snowflake, but buttons on one white lollipop stick, both sides, big buttons at the top and small at the bottom…)

I’ve had my face painted, cute snowflake on my cheek. Bekah is starting up a Face Painting business http://littlemasterpiecefp.blogspot.com/ and she painted faces at our local church Christmas party…some excited little tigers! See her Facebook Page for some more great pictures: http://www.facebook.com/LittleMasterpieceFacepainting

Along with the cake we’ve made our Christmas pudding, lovely recipe, which makes our main pudding and several mini ones too! Takes ten hours in the oven, but oh boy, the house smells good that day!
We’ve even been carol singing…granted, people find it strange that a large group can go carol singing and not expect payment, but being out in the dark singing carols and wandering down a street of twinkling Christmas lights is magic!
Since Caitlin moved to High School, I’ve missed the infants/junior school concerts and nativities…what’s not to love about little boys with gold cardboard crowns, tea-towel shepherds, grumpy inn-keepers who forget to open the door, reindeer with runny noses and angels with wonky halos..? I miss the innocence and enthusiasm!

So what’s left? I must finish the present wrapping (before school’s out!), Santa’s done all his! We’ve got our Santa hats, the holly and the ivy…what more?

Perhaps just the time to take a moment and remind myself of the reason for it all…

‘And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped himin swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger…’ (Luke 2:7)