Celebrate Every Day

16 Apr

“Where did you get your face painted?” “What carnival did you go to?” “Where is the party?” Sadie gets these questions routinely as we stroll about town, through museums, and play at parks with her elaborately painted face.  She forgets that her face is painted most of the time and returns the questions with a quizzical look and going on about her business.  The other children stare in awe, asking their parents to take them to the place where Sadie has been so they, too, can have the special feeling that comes with being decorated.

Where has Sadie been?  At home.  It is something that she enjoys – to investigate new designs and pictures – and something that I enjoy – to try to recreate this art on her body and to her exact specifications.  There is no occasion special enough to hold off on things that we enjoy and are passionate about.  There is nothing that we cannot do ourselves given the time, energy, and determination. 

I was supremely awful at this in the beginning but, being so important to Sadie, was determined to continue trying – working up from simple, small designs to entire face creations.  We have several books that we work from and occasionally take new ones out from the library.  It takes time to complete each design as we are both perfectionists but we love to sit together and create.


Posted by on April 16, 2010 in Uncategorized


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5 responses to “Celebrate Every Day

  1. Laura Seymour

    April 16, 2010 at 9:40 am

    beautiful job! i will have to start doing this more with the boys…they love it when i draw on them and turn them into “monsters”. do you have special face paint that you buy?

  2. Heather

    April 16, 2010 at 10:03 am

    We LOVE face painting. Milo wants me to paint him like a tiger almost every time. 🙂 Sometimes, I wish I had girls that I could use to (or boys that would let me) perfect the butterfly. 🙂

  3. susanmburke

    April 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm


  4. Darcel

    April 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I can’t wait to get face paint for the girls. We do the washable tattoo’s right now.

  5. Alex

    April 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Us too! I’ve been sticking with washable, fine-point marker so we don’t have conflict about washing it off/it smearing all all over furniture & linens. It fades away, washes out & doesn’t have the scary warnings on most of the facepaints I see.


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