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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I was able to be a part of the Young Reader's Conference in Blount County, Alabama this year. I presented Storied Expressions to about 400 3rd and 4th graders at Hayden Elementary School with the story of Anansi the Spider. The next day I told the same story to three different groups of 1st graders for the day of the conference. I had a fabulous time.

This was an unbelievable conference that not only encouraged the abilities and imaginations of the children that participated, but brought together a group of educators who were able to do amazing things from the decorations (which were fabulous) to the programming and guests (who were also fabulous). Read on to see who I met :)

Although we didn't have time to talk for long, I was excited to meet Lisa McCourt (author of The Stinky Face Series and more), Sneed B. Collard III (author of over 50 award-winning children's non-fiction books), and Jim Aycock (a performing songwriter/actor). - My children love the book I Love You, Stinky Face and I was excited to be able to meet the imaginative lady behind this and over 32 other books. Her books have sold over 4 Million copies! Her website is fun and informative, so take a look. - Mr. Collard has written award winning non fiction books that show children the world that is all around them. His books include: A Platypus, Probably; Beaks!; Animal Dads; and many more. For a list of more books and links to his blog and other sites, check out his website. - His voice can be heard on national tv/radio commercials (like Subway) and he has had speaking parts in several movies. You may have seen him as the defense lawyer in Walt Disney's "Tom and Huck". At the conference, Mr. Aycock was performing as Mark Twain in his one-man show as part of Alabama's Big Read.

Although I didn't get photos of the faces I painted, I have posted a few photos of the decorations, etc. on the face book fan site. Link to it from or Fan Site on Facebook

Talladega Superspeedway Easter Egg Hunt

Talladega Superspeedway Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday April 2, 2010

Starshine Faces is super-excited to have four artists at the Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday in Talladega. The event officially starts at 10:00 AM, but we will be set up and ready to paint starting at 9:00 AM. The weather is supposed to be fabulous, so they are expecting a record number of participants at this year's event. Be sure to get there early to get painted before the rest of the festivities begin.

Here are some past photos from when we were part of the Kids Zone on race days at Talladega

Friday Night Fun!! April 2

Be sure to come find us at First Friday in Gadsden, AL on April 2, 2010. The weather looks like it will be nice and so expect crowds of people this Friday. We will be inside Little Faces Doll Shop on Broad Street. Just look for the giant movie screen that will be set up in front of the store. There may be other painters at the event, so make sure you ask for Starshine Faces!! If you have trouble finding us in the crowds, give us a call at 256-504-5977. Remember, we will be inside the shop and not on the street.

We will have a special Easter Egg Cheek Art design for $1 while offering other fabulous designs at our regular First Friday rate of $5.00.

Here is a list of other events going on at First Friday in April:

First Friday
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Classic Cars: See a variety of cars along Broad Street

Live Music, Dancing & Entertainment By:
Drake White
New Delusions
Damascus Road
Fly By Night
Ed Howard

Special Events:
Coosa Outfitters presents: Outdoor Expo
Gadsden Public Library presents: Big Read Finale Picnic on City Hall lawn
Etowah County Sheriff's Department Educational Unit

Downtown Stores:

Little Faces Doll Shop - Big Sam the Balloon Man will be outside the shop! Starshine Faces will be inside and Moonlight Silver Screen Productions will be doing a presentation outside!

Gadsden Christian Bookstore - Book signing with local author, Terry Workman, teen and twenties pastor at The Tabernacle Church. His works include: "The Making of a Leader" and "The Inside Awakened."

The Stone Market - Wine tasting from 6:30 to 8:30pm, tasting wines for Spring! $5 tasting fee applied to any wine purchase!

Blackstone Pub & Eatery - Beer tasting begins at 5:00pm. Cost is $8 per person. The Blackstone Band will perform at 9:15pm!

Caiston Elle - Open until 9pm. All dresses and jewelry will be on SALE! Also, all winter merchandise will be 50% off the marked price.

Coosa Outfitters - Outdoor Expo with boat dealers & more!

Remona's LaDiva Boutique - Check out Remona's new arrivals for Easter and shop early for your Mother's Day attire. *Make a purchase from Remona's April 1st - May 1st and register for a chance to win a unique Mother's Day gift to be given away on May 8th.* Also take advantage of selected sale items while you enjoy "old school music" played by our DJ. Remona's Spring fashion is SUPER SWEET!

Hardin Center for Cultural Arts - Indoor Art/Craft Bazaar: Booths will be open from 3-8pm. For more info, call 543-2787. "Robot Carnival" exhibit. The exhibit lasts through June 30th and will be open Monday through Saturday, 10am - 6pm, and Sunday, 1 - 5pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for children, and free for Hardin Center members.

Gadsden Metro - live webcast from First Friday

Gadsden Museum of Art - Open late

Flowers by Rita/Custom Framing - All major college sports framed prints. Also, don't forget Flowers by Rita for all your floral needs.

Hicks Family Shoes - Get ready for Spring with our great selection of flip flops! See them for yourself as they are modeled in our store windows on First Friday.

Imagination Place

Paint the Town - Click here to register.

The Alabama Gift Company - Come check out our great Easter goodies from Priester's Pecan Company and Chrissie Schubert. Now selling beautiful and delicious "Cookie Bouquets"- a great gift for birthdays, anniversaries, Easter, Get Well Soon and just because! Remember we are open EVERY Friday until 10pm!

Great Eats:
The Perfect Pucker - Fresh squeezed lemonade & homemade fried pies, caramel apples, hot coffee & hot apple cider
Mater's Pizza - Serving crawfish bisque and white chocolate bread pudding
Courtyard Cafe
Connie's Coneys
The Coffee Well
Lookout Mountain Kettle Corn
The Rib House

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Family Night at Wizard of Oz

Starshine Faces and Painted Personalities were on hand to add some fun to the Family Night at the Broadway Across America production of Wizard of Oz in Birmingham, AL. Rainbow swirls and Glenda the Good Witch were popular designs for the girls and the Tin Man and Lion were popular for the boys. The designs were fast faces and we did our best to paint as many kids as we could in the hour before the show.

If you are looking for a fun show to take the kids to, I suggest this one. We had a great time and appreciate Alabama Baby and Child Magazine for inviting us to be a part of their Family and Kid's Night on Broadway events.