Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Gigs with Santa


It's that time of year again...when Santa is making his rounds in the Twin Cities and calls on me to paint at events with him! I am very fortunate to have been able to be Santa's "official" face painter since last year, and always enjoy painting Christmas designs. This weekend I painted at events in Mendota Heights and Woodbury, while Santa got to hear wish lists from the kids!

Above is a photo of me with Santa from this weekend! With 7 weeks until baby #2 is due, my belly rivals Santa's this year!

Here's wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I am hoping there are a lot of happily painted faces out there today, as I know I've sent out several rushed overnight paint orders through my site this past week!



I enjoyed volunteering my face painting services again this year for my church's "pumpkin party" last night...here are a few pics!



I even got to paint a mustache and curly chest hairs on "Wesley" from the Princess Bride:


Here's a shot of my little 22 month old dinosaur, checking out Mommy's paints! He was the first painting of the day, with snoopy on his hand!




It's been a long 2 months since I ended my frenzy of summer face painting gigs, so I was surprised to be reminded how hard it is to paint while 6 months pregnant, especially when I set my paints on my rapidly disappearing lap! I am due in January...hopefully I'll make it through my upcoming December gigs! I did take advantage of my big belly today though, and painted it up like a jack-o-lantern! :-)

Hope you all had a great Halloween!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Paintertainment says Bye-bye to Paypal and Hello to Google!


For years we have been using Paypal as our exclusive payment processing method on Paintertainment.com. However, I have had so many problems with them over the past couple years, that I have finally decided to make the switch to Google Payments system instead. It has taken me a while to figure out how to integrate the new system, but Paintertainment.com is now up and running with Google Payment buttons!

As customers, you can still check out using any major credit card like you could in the past. You just won't be able to use a Paypal account balance. (Unless you have the Paypal credit card connected to it) I realize this may be a downside for some of you, however, I am now hoping to eliminate many other issues my customers have faced using Paypal in the past! I can also now offer coupon codes, which is a big plus for you!

As a fellow online merchant, if you're interested in WHY I'm making the switch, my biggest problems with Paypal have been (and this is only a partial list):
1) When they changed their button designs and as a result my website was un-shoppable for DAYS while I waited for them to fix their problems.
2) Every now and then someone will place an order and Paypal won't notify me...resulting in upset customers emailing me a month later wondering why their order is taking so long, really making me look bad when I pride myself on my customer service!
3) The shipping calculator kept allowing international orders to be entered with domestic shipping costs, resulting in extra work and payments for my international customers to correct and complete their orders.
4) They do not offer coupon codes...what's up with that?! You would think that they would have that figured out in their many years of business, but no luck. I would like the ability to reward my customers with coupons.

As a merchant, the only downside so far that I can see is that I do not receive payments instantly, they will take days to reach my bank account. With Paypal it would drop right into my Paypal account, connected with my Paypal debit card, which I could use like any major credit card to make my own purchases. Hopefully Google will come out with something like this. However, I felt it much more important to try a system that will WORK for my customers!

I hope to incorporate a better international shipping calculator soon (currently I ask international customers to email me first for their custom shipping costs and an invoice), as well as offer coupon codes.

Thank you for your patience and understanding through my past Paypal issues and during this transition to Google...I welcome your comments and suggestions if you've tried either method on my site!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Halloween Package Deal!


The Paintertainment Halloween Package Deal is back!!

Just $31.00 will get you:
(1) Orange 2.5 ounce Kryolan Aquacolor makeup,
(1) Black 2.5 ounce Kryolan Aquacolor makeup,
(1) Orange glitter,
(1) Black glitter, and
(1) Heavily laminated Halloween design sheet

You can save $5.70 by purchasing all of these Halloween essentials in the package. Check it out while supplies last!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

All Ready for Dakota County Fair 2009!

This afternoon I set up my booth at the Dakota County Fair, which will run tomorrow through Sunday, August 16th! This will be Paintertainment's 12th year at the fair. This is still the only fair that I do to date.

We recently traded in our Dodge Durango for a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was a bit smaller. I wasn't sure everything would fit but I miraculously was able to cram everything into the car, even with a spot open for our carseat! I had to take photos to remember how to fit everything in when the fair is done!


It took about 50% longer to set up this year since we had our 19 month old son with us! But, all went well. Here is the booth all set up:


This year I have a new banner that runs the length of my booth...you're sure to spot me when walking by the building! I also have many new designs to choose from this year, and a new and improved photo board of past fairgoers and their paintings. Be sure to check it out if I took your photo last year...you may be on it!

If you'd like to find me this year, I'm in my usual spot, just inside the entrance of "building 22," also known as "Exhibit Hall South," down on the south end of the fair, just south of the red building. My mom will be painting most weekdays from 10-4, and I will be there from 4-10 every night, and from 10-10 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Click here for directions. One thing to note if you are coming down I-35 to the fair...you can't get off on 70 this year due to construction, so you'll want to take 185th street to county road 50, into Farmington. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Face Painting for a Mayo Clinic Event

Today my mom and I painted together at an event held by the Mayo Clinic down in Rochester! It was the farthest I've traveled for a one-day event, about 2 hours away. Here is a shot of my mom by our tables, once we got set up (before the kids came in):


Here are a couple shots my mom took during the event:




It was a great time! They had tons of great entertainment for the kids and we kept pretty busy for the 4 hours we were there. Thanks much for the Mayo for inviting us to paint at your event!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Painting at Red Wing's River City Days 2009


I had a great time face painting at Red Wing's River City Days festival last weekend! The weather could not have been more gorgeous every day. I even ended up in the local paper! (above)

Here is my little sidekick, my 19 month old son, with his crab arm painting:


The crab was a popular one this year!


Here are a couple more painting shots...




I always love doing special requests, and enjoyed painting a couple people from the American Red Cross booth nearby:


I even painted some princesses!


It was a great time and I am looking forward to returning again next year if at all possible! This week I have a couple more painting gigs. Tuesday was a National Night Out event that I do every year in North St. Paul, and this weekend I'll be driving down to Rochester for an event for the Mayo Clinic along with my mom to paint. After that it's time to get set up for my 12th year at the Dakota County Fair! Stay tuned for more photos from this year's fair!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Maplewood 4th of July Event

I had a blast face painting for the city of Maplewood's July 4th celebration on Saturday! This year I added several new July 4th designs, including a patriotic butterfly, a red white and blue bomb pop, bald eagle, and US flag! Here are a few I painted on my arm:


I kept VERY busy throughout the time I was there, so didn't have much time to paint anything else on myself. But, I enjoyed making all the kids look extra festive!

My husband and 18 month old boy came along again this year as well. Little Sammy had a blast as this year they had a blow-up bouncy thing for little little kids!! For just $2 he got an unlimited wrist band, and from what I heard, he was in there about 5 times during the 3 hours or so we were there!


There was also a very entertaining lumberjack show, and they did the ice cream and jell-o eating contests again this year as well. It is always a blast and we were thankful for the great weather!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend as well! :-)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

I will be out painting this Saturday for my 2nd year in a row at the city of Maplewood's July 4th celebration! Come on over and check it out! I will be face painting from 5:00-7:30, but there will also be an All American Lumberjack Show, food vendors, beer tent, and a kids zone with inflatables to play on, not to mention fireworks at dusk! I know my husband and little boy will be there enjoying the festivities again this year...hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Non-stop Painting in Mendota Heights

The Village at Mendota Heights' "Park Celebration Kick Off Event" was a great success! The weather was gorgeous for sitting outside in the market square and enjoying the live music. TC Bear, the Twins mascot was there, and I was face painting non-stop for two hours at one painting per child! Many thanks to everyone who came out to get painted and enjoy the weather, which seems to have been the last nice day we've had since!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Face Painting Tonight in Mendota Heights



Tonight from 7:00-9:00, I will be out face painting at an event going on at the Village at Mendota Heights! I painted there back in December with Santa and really enjoyed it...they have a very nice outdoor mall and townhomes nearby as well. Come on by and check it out!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Now Available: 6-Color Interferenz Bright Palettes!

For quite a while now I have been carrying the Kryolan Aquacolor Interferenz palettes in the 6 and 12 color sets. However, the only 6 color palette I carried was the earth tones. But, as of today, I now offer the complete family of Interferenz palettes with the addition of the 6-color Interferenz "Brights" color palette! Check it out here!

This palette has the other 6 colors, which includes: Interf. Silver, Mozart Pink/RY, Strauss Wine/PV, GB, Verdi Gold/GY, and Interf. Gold. Depending on what color range you like to paint in, you can now purchase the earth tones, the bright colors, or all 12!

Never used Interferenz paint before? It's much like the metallic paint in it's sheen, but is more of a pearlescent paint, Click here to see what this paint looks like on skin. And don't forget, I also carry the refills!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Grand Opening of the NEW Paintertainment Virtual Store!


Today is the grand opening of Paintertainment's new virtual store! I have just completed the totally new design, construction, and merchandising of our store. When you go to my new shopping page, you will see a store (above), just like you had stepped into an actual retail location. However, unlike most retail locations, this store is open 24 hours a day, and you don't have to burn any gas driving here!

Glance around the store overview to get your bearings, and click once you decide which aisle you'd like a closer look at. You can choose from Glitter & Containers, Books & Design Sheets, Brushes & Sponges, and Face Paints. Or, click on the special promotional signage to see our Clearance Section and Package Deals!


Once you click on an aisle, you will see a closer view of the shelves (above), where you can peruse the different products available and click on them for more information and to add them to your shopping cart.

I plan to incorporate more intuitive features into my virtual store in the near future as I continue to fine-tune your shopping experience. Feel free to comment here or email me if you have any comments/suggestions, or if you come across any links that are not working properly!

Thanks for visiting...please come again soon!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Kryolan Paints and Glitter on Sale 10% off!



I am happy to say that I have just updated my website with a new CLEARANCE ITEM SECTION! I will be using this area of the site to sell items that I will no longer carry or would like to discount for other reasons. Be sure to check it out for the latest deals!

Right now I have some nice pastel purple paint up there for 10% off, simply because I accidentally ordered the wrong color. It is nice, new paint, but is not the purple that I regularly carry and just don't want to add it to my inventory. You can also find that I have all of my Kryolan glitters on sale for 10% off! I have decided only to carry the Stampendous glitters, so now is the time to get these at a discount. First come, first serve... get 'em before they are gone!!