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I survived the Bunny Apocalypse… I think. Ask me in the morning.

I am beat.  Painting bunnies is hard work.  They just won’t hold still and they bite when upset!   Oh wait… we were painting kids.  The rabbits were in the petting zoo.

I figured out a set-up for six painters and two brush washers using three standard rectangle convention tables which worked really well.  Made an H shape with them, sat mom on the top of the crossbar, Brandt her assistant was opposite her and worked his little butt off!  Then a painter at the top and bottom of each of the uprights, and one on each of the outer sides.

I set-up everyone with the same kit – paint (white, black, pink, brown and grey), squeeze bottle of water, some q-tips, metal hair clips, hand sanitizer, brushes, wipes.  Pretty minimal but we were only painting the one bunny design… over… and over… and over… There were white bunnies, grey bunnies, brown bunnies, black bunnies, brown bunnies with one grey ear, and many, many pink bunnies.

It worked well to have taped posters to the walls where they were lining up – the kids had had a chance to see and absorb that they could only get bunnies.  Also posted the “rules” – 3 years and older, no sick kids, have to be willing, etc.

The willing part was the biggest issue for the ones I got… there were about half a dozen that wanted nothing to do with me.  Might have been the bunny on my face, but… one kid who looked about 6 or so actually threw himself on the floor in front of me…?  Parents were a bit annoyed with the ones who decided they didn’t want to be painted… after waiting in line for an hour or so I would be too.

We only had to ask what colour bunny they wanted to be – and I think I had about five of them tell me “blue” which wasn’t an option.  Most then chose pink.

We all painted non-stop for five hours, park staff closed the doors to the room ten minutes before the end of the time which cut off the line, then we packed up.

The photographer that was there for the City made us all pose for a group shot which is cool – hopefully I get to see it.  He was around quite a bit taking photos of all of us painting, of the kids we were painting, making the brush washing crew pose, etc.  I’ll have to ask the event coordinator to make sure to let me see the photos.

It was cute watching the painted bunnies bouncing up and down in the bouncy house outside the window of the room we were in…


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The Bunny Apocalypse

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This is the design that my team of six painters will be doing all day tomorrow for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza.  They are expecting well over 1000 kids and specified ONE design only, all done the same way.  Everyone has been practicing.

I based this design on several that I’ve seen over the years… super easy, only brushes required, and no going over the eyes which is important on the little kids.  We need to be super fast with it and this should keep the lines moving.

One of the gals even let her 7-year-old son paint it on her (in exchange for practicing on him) and honestly, I would hire the kid if it was legal!  I’ll have to wait till he’s old enough but damn… he did a fantastic job.  When his mom showed me the photo of it this morning on her face I though she had done it.

Beside six painters I also have one dedicated brush washer and one brush washing assistant/go-fer.  So a total crew of eight.  And the weather has been nice and warm (well, here, to us, +5C is shorts and flip-flop weather) so people will come in droves for the egg hunt, face painting, cookie decorating, etc.  Kids under 12 are $5 each and get to do all the activities.  Oh, and the Easter Bunny will be there too.


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I am getting too old for this cr*p…

March is getting away on me.  I had all sorts of plans and good intentions of getting things done but today is the halfway point and I pretty much have most of my list still to get through.

I’ve also been made aware that I am a dinosaur.  That I need to get with the program – you know, that one where everything is done electronically/online/etc.?

I’ve had four clients/prospective clients in the last week or so that wanted to send their deposits to me via email.  I was clueless.  Had to ask my mom’s aide what that meant.  My limited understanding of it, now, is that is an email cheque that you then forward via YOUR internet banking to your account… I think.  Maybe?

I have always just accepted cheques (for deposits and from known clients) and cash from all others. I simply don’t trust the internet for financial or personal information.

I am a bit of a Luddite, I admit.  I like computers and have used them since PCs first hit the world of office administration (which was the early 1980s for those of you who don’t remember a time without them!) and I was/am an expert with several applications BUT the last 10 years things have seriously gone nuts.  Everything is done online… but I never jumped in.  I don’t bank online, I don’t give out personal information online, I don’t shop online, I refuse to use PayPal, etc… I only joined Facebook in 2011!

If I want to buy something mail order (that’s an old term – when you bought something that was mailed to you and you send payment to them by cheque or credit card) I use vendors that will accept a money order/cheque/international bank draft by mail, or accept my credit card over the phone, I will not input it online.  If they won’t I’ll shop somewhere else.

But… now that clients want to PAY me that way I guess I am going to have to look at setting up an account online to accept their money.

Another thing I’m too old for… physical work.  I started a new position at the day-job two weeks ago and I am a wreck.  It is all physical – only time I get to sit is on a break.  Lifting, carrying, leaning, stretching, bending, squatting, climbing, pulling, pushing, reaching… BUT… since I started working there in November I’ve lost a couple of sizes (had to buy new pants cause none of my old ones would stay up!) and am noticing a lot of tightening up and strength that I didn’t have before.  Which is a good thing, but my feet hurt horribly when I get home… I have to get new shoes every couple of months as they break down so fast.

After 9 hours at work I am exhausted and have no energy when I get home to tackle my list of things I NEED to get done!  I barely have the energy to make us dinner.  I really hope once I get “into shape” that I won’t be as tired every night.  On the plus side I am sleeping VERY soundly!

I have to deal with mom too when I am home which is also physically demanding.  And housework.  I am so grateful that  mom’s aide, Shelly, shovels the snow so I don’t have to try to deal with it when I get home!  She really is a great help.

Tonight mom and I are attending our first SCA event (Society for Creative Anachronism) I’ve always been interested and it turned out one of my local FB friends who was a client from last year, is involved and invited us to their monthly potluck.  So I’ve been seeing what we have that we can wear that will be appropriate and vaguely medieval.  And I’m making pork pasties to take – food is supposed to fit the medieval theme too.  Frozen tart shells filled with my own pulled pork – made them for us last week and they were really good.  I’m removing the pastry from the tins so they look handmade… a little cheat.


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Will you Vote for me?

I entered a couple of my works into Kryolan’s TALENT contests and they are now up for voting.  I have one in the Body Art Category – my Steampunk Stormtrooper (a different photo is entered)

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And my Blue Ice Fairy is in the Theatre Category – I had submitted it for Body Art but they put it in Theatre. (This is the photo that is entered.)

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The body painting had to be posted on Pinterest as Facebook deleted photos due to nudity, so the voting locations are different:

For the Body Art – Steampunk Stormtrooper vote HERE

For the Theatre – Blue Ice Fairy vote HERE

Thanks!!  The contest is worldwide so the competition level is HIGH!

UPDATE:  Thanks to everyone who voted/liked I appreciate your support.  The winners have been announced and they weren’t my entries.  Congrats to the winners in all the categories.