Face Painting and Henna Florida Keys Seafood Festival 2018

Key West THIS Weekend!!! January 13 and 14! Join us in Key West once again this year for the Florida Keys Seafood Festival​ taking place at Bayview Park in Key West with henna and face painting.The Seafood Festival is a fundraiser that supports vital sustainable fisheries management programs on both State and Federal levels and provides scholarship monies to Keys students pursuing a degree in maritime studies.

Face Painting Key West Seafood Festival Key West Fantasy Fest Body Painter Jennifer Montgomery 610.764.0853

Face Painting Key West Seafood Festival Key West Fantasy Fest Body Painter Jennifer Montgomery 610.764.0853

The event runs from 11am-8pm on Saturday and 11am 5pm on Sunday:) See you there in the Key West SUNSHINE!!!!!! Contact Jennifer Montgomery of CrazyFaces Face Painting and Body Art for face painting, henna and airbrush for parties and events in Philadelphia, Miami and Key West, FL! Call 610.764.0853 www.jennifermontgomery.net

Face Painting Key West Seafood Festival Key West Fantasy Fest Body Painter Jennifer Montgomery 610.764.0853

Face Painting Key West Seafood Festival Key West Fantasy Fest Body Painter Jennifer Montgomery 610.764.0853

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The gift of gratitude from Cuba to Key West

This and every holiday season brings me to a place of gratitude and intention setting for the new year. 2017 in particular has been very profound in regards to gratitude. ALOT has manifested , a lot has changed, I am so grateful for everything. I continue to appreciate this life and the moments we have and the amazing opportunities we are presented with each day. Experiencing the effects of Hurricane Irma, which I could have allowed to shatter my dreams, and also traveling to Cuba and experiencing life there, has brought a deeper sense of appreciation for the little things in this life … Love,family,loyalty,friendship,food,water, and freedom.

Cienfuegos Cuba Hotel Jennifer Montgomery Key West Artist Philadelphia Miami www.jennifermontgomery.net

Cienfuegos Cuba Hotel Jennifer Montgomery Key West Artist Philadelphia Miami www.jennifermontgomery.net

My trip to Cuba came upon me unexpectedly in the midst of what felt like absolute chaos in my life and a derailment from the plan I had. That seems to be the theme of the spiritual awakening journey I’ve found myself on over the past few years. I’ve learned to surrender, accept and roll along with it …. As a blank slate . I went out of love,curiosity and an opportunity to experience the reality of Cuban people . I appreciate different cultures and have traveled to several different countries and experiencing life as the locals do. I can honestly experience in Cuba was by far the deepest and most meaningful I’ve had so far.

Cienfuegos Cuba Castillo de Jagua

Cienfuegos Cuba Castillo de Jagua

I’ve wanted to travel to Cuba since the very first time I saw it on the travel channel about 15 yrs ago. I remember watching it on TV and really having a strong desire to visit the island… the beautifully colored water really resonated with me. I’ve felt curious and intrigued with Cuban people for awhile. I think about the courage it takes to want an escape from your homeland so deeply that one will get on a boat and take a chance at a better life not knowing what is on the other side besides a dream of what one thinks it is. As I’ve written before, my life is divinely guided by spirit and I believe in a divine plan. So a couple of years ago in Key West I meet this man… he’s Cuban…… I had no idea what was going to evolve but here’s a snippet of my first experience in Cuba.

Cienfuegos Cuba Castillo de Jagua Jennifer Montgomery Key West Artist Philadelphia Miami www.jennifermontgomery.net

Cienfuegos Cuba Castillo de Jagua Jennifer Montgomery Key West Artist Philadelphia Miami www.jennifermontgomery.net

This trip, October 2017, was probably one of the most organic experiences I’ve ever had. I was excited despite the news reports about so called sonic attacks and lack of US Embassy staff. A friend practically begged me NOT to go, but…. me being me, followed my heart and own intuition. Right away I noticed that visiting Cuba is like traveling back in time. I should add that this trip was not to a heavily tourist populated area. The landing spot was Santa Clara,Cuba. Upon landing,the evidence of the effects of Hurricane Irma were obvious. Aside from that,the energy felt ,slow,peaceful,polite and quiet . Again, It’s an absolute shift in reality which is noticeable right away. Initially, I noticed the cars,(which are awesome) are from the 1950’s,fashion is different than in the US… Looking good is a priority in Cuba it seemed. Also,Cuba operates with their own money system.Paper and coins, no electronic funds,make sure you have Cuban money to get what you need !Leave your cell phone ALONE, there is no international calling or data plan for Cuba, put it down, be present or pay a ridiculous bill ( I can attest to this, I did it) People are friendly and seem willing to help each other out which was nice an comforting. Another interesting thing I quickly learned … Have your own toilet paper on hand,each public restroom in Santa Clara and Cienfuegos that I visited didn’t offer any .πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Certainly ,little everyday things we take for granted in the US were not readily available in Cuba.

Cienfuegos Cuba Castillo de Jagua Jennifer Montgomery Key West Artist Philadelphia Miami www.jennifermontgomery.net

Cienfuegos Cuba Castillo de Jagua Jennifer Montgomery Key West Artist Philadelphia Miami www.jennifermontgomery.net

Cienfuegos Cuba Castillo de Jagua Jennifer Montgomery Key West Artist Philadelphia Miami www.jennifermontgomery.net

Cienfuegos Cuba Castillo de Jagua Jennifer Montgomery Key West Artist Philadelphia Miami www.jennifermontgomery.net

My time there was very eye opening. People are very happy despite the lack of luxuries we have in the US. I appreciated that very much. We have opportunities for more “stuff” and “things” in the US but also a strong disconnect from each other in many places as well. Experiencing and observing the people of Cuba, I felt a connection and deep compassion for the people of this country for some reason. As an American,there’s many things we take for granted. Something simple like an abundance of food choices,or job choices or living options. That’s simply not the case in Cuba as I noticed .The one word that speaks to me is- opportunity. We have so many opportunities in the US, the freedom to choose, to aspire, to set goals and to grow as human beings to our fullest potential. I felt a sense of suppression while I was there. For me, getting up and doing the same thing day after day would drain my spirit. Simple, basic everyday living requires efforts we know nothing about in mainstream USA. For example, you want to shower, you might have to get your water in a bucket and no it won’t be hot. Food, no supermarket or fast food drive through , acquire it and cook it. Travel, well you can walk, ride a horse, take a boat or bicycle. Reminder, appreciate everything.

I saw so much potential in the spirit of these people but nowhere for it to be nurtured. Somehow the people are happy and welcoming. It seems as though the focus is on being happy in the moment which is in direct correlation with my view of life – anything is possible and life, to me is about meaningful moments … We can choose to make the best or worst of our lives with our minds , perception and belief system . The sense of gratitude I felt upon returning to the US was immense . I’m a very present, peacoefilled, calm person but this really brought a deeper sense of that to me and for that I am grateful.

Happy Holidays and 2018 to everyone:) Peace, love, sunshine and sparkles:)
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Happy Holidays from CrazyFaces Face Painting and Body Art Philadelphia, Miami, Key West

I wish everyone a very happy, loving and warm Holiday season. I prefer to approach the holidays from an energetic perspective rather than materialistically. I hope the work we do brought smiles and joy to your face and those that you love. We will continue to spread face and body art, glitter and smiles in the Philadelphia PA area, Miami FL and Key West, FL … lots of smiles in 2018! Peace and love and thank you all for your support this past year πŸ™‚ xoxo Jennifer

Face Painting, Henna and Airbrush Philadelphia PA, Miami FL and Key West,FL CrazyFaces FacePainting call 610.764.0853 www.jennifermontgomery.net

Face Painting, Henna and Airbrush Philadelphia PA, Miami FL and Key West,FL CrazyFaces FacePainting call 610.764.0853 www.jennifermontgomery.net


Contact Jennifer Montgomery of CrazyFaces FacePainting and Body Art in Philadelphia PA, Miami and Key West FL for your next Birthday Party, Corporate Event, Festival, Bat Mitzvah or event of any kind!! Call 610.764.0853 www.jennifermontgomery.net

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Art Festival Miami Henna and Face Painting

Join us this weekend in Miami for Art Festival Miami Saturday December 9 and Sunday December 10 from 10am-6pm each day!

Art Festival Miami Henna and Face Painting CrazyFaces FacePainting and Body Art 610.764.0853

Art Festival Miami Henna and Face Painting CrazyFaces FacePainting and Body Art 610.764.0853

CrazyFaces will be participating with all natural Henna AND high quality professional Face Painting!! Stop by for holiday fun, festivities, art and more!!! To book CrazyFaces Face Painting and Body Art for your next party or event in Miami,Key West,FL or Philadelphia PA contact Jennifer Montgomery at 610.764.0853 www.jennifermontgomery.net

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Key West Handmade Holiday Market at Mallory Square

Shop LOCAL for Small Business Saturday in KEY WEST at Mallory Square on the waterfront !! Meet and buy gifts from amazing ,talented, local Key West artists selling unique handmade treasures at our Handmade Holiday Market!!! Starts at 11am on November 25,2017!!!! Break the chain, buy local .

I’ll be in the sunshine offering amazing Henna Body Art designs all day from 11am to 7pm!!! Call 610.764.0853 if you’d like to schedule an appointment or come see me at Mallory Square in Key West! www.jennifermontgomery.net

Key West Henna Sunset Celebration Henna Artist Jennifer Montgomery

Key West Henna Sunset Celebration Henna Artist Jennifer Montgomery

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Hurricane Irma Aftermath… The Florida Keys for Real

So its been about 2 months since Hurricane Irma whipped through Key West and The Florida Keys. The news coverage was minimal in comparison to some of the other storms, which has benefits in my opinion . But whats it REALLY like for the real live human people that have experienced this??? Yes, Key West fared well in consideration of the storm. But what about the other Keys? Most especially the Lower Keys.. Cudjoe Key, Big Pine Key, Marathon and others? I lost the place I lived. I consider myself lucky as I’ve been very lucky and fortunate with the help of perfect timing and excellent friends and protective energy always on my side. My first trip back was just 2.5 weeks ago. While a lot has been done since the disaster initially struck.. the drive down the Keys was much less exciting and breathtakingly beautiful than each and every previous drive. The energy is different for one and of course the destruction is obvious the closer to Marathon you get. After that, its really real as you enter Marathon, Big Pine and Cudjoe Key. The heaps of debris speak volumes. Then, its very sobering . It’s people whole lives as they knew it reduced to a pile of debris.

After Hurricane Irma Florida Keys Key West Artist

After Hurricane Irma Florida Keys Key West Artist

After Hurricane Irma Florida Keys Key West Artist

After Hurricane Irma Florida Keys Key West Artist


For me its been a very grounding experience in the sense that… its only stuff. I’m alive , well, happy and moving forward in positivity. Unfortunately , not everyone holds that same attitude. I recognize the challenge . It was easy for me to pick up and find another place to live. First, I was renting , I’m a minimalist, a gypsy soul and all my stuff was destroyed so there wasn’t much to do in that regard, LOL! But think for a moment…. What about the residents that have live here more stationary? The self employed residents that experienced huge income reduction? The psychological effects of this life altering experience? Its all real. We all process differently. Some people recover faster than others. These are the things that are important in this life. How are people managing all of this? Everything counts, its important. I love that the Florida Keys are a community of loving souls that really do help each other. I see love and camaraderie all around and thats one of the many things I love about Key West and The Florida Keys in general.

I will say ,fortunately for me, there is a huge benefit in having less than more and remaining unattached to stuff. In the past week at the events I’ve been doing henna in Key West, it seems that the energy is on the upswing. I realize people are tired, in fact exhausted, but still trucking along rebuilding their lives. I think it’s a big fat lesson in compassion, patience and loving each other. I choose to believe everyone is doing the best they can. I think the biggest blessing of the hurricane for me is focusing more on the present moment, loving people and moments and cherishing each day as the gift it really is. Have a beautiful day friends!

After Hurricane Irma Florida Keys Key West Artist Key West Sunset

For Face Painting and Body Art in Key West,Miami,and Philadelphia PA contact Jennifer at 610.764.0853 www.jennifermontgomery.net

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Key West Fantasy Fest After a Hurricane

So Fantasy Fest 2017 is complete, another fantastic event I am grateful to have participated in! I am impressed with the amount of people that made it to the event to join in the festivities this year after the horrendous hurricane swept through the Florida Keys! Certainly the boost to the morale and economy in Key West is much appreciated.

Kid Rock Body Paint Fantasy Fest Key West Body Painter Jennifer Montgomery of CrazyFaces FacePainting and Body Art 610.764.0853

Kid Rock Body Paint Fantasy Fest Key West Body Painter Jennifer Montgomery of CrazyFaces FacePainting and Body Art 610.764.0853


It was a good year for me as a body painter, a bit more low key than usual but good overall. The tone and energy was a bit quite and calmer than all the years past.
 Body Paint Fantasy Fest Key West Body Painter Jennifer Montgomery of CrazyFaces FacePainting and Body Art 610.764.0853

Body Paint Fantasy Fest Key West Body Painter Jennifer Montgomery of CrazyFaces FacePainting and Body Art 610.764.0853

I , personally, was mostly in a work flow energy more than the party and have fun energy. I typically attend some of the fun and dress up, paint myself and party, this year was different… partly because I didn’t have my stuff ( Irma took it, lol) and life changes after a hurricane are a bit exhausting!!! I was really happy to paint my annual , regular clients and make some new friends as well. It was nice helping them coordinate costumes and visions and chat about life and laugh. Honestly, it was the simplicity and little things that felt comforting this time. It was quite an experience driving back into the Keys as I had not been back since late August. I had nowhere to live since Irma destroyed everything. So the drive into my favorite place in the land was a bit depressing to say the very least.It takes some time to process those realities coupled with meeting with friends and seeing things in real time rather than online or the news. On the up side, I worked out the living situation and all is good. Its onward and upward from here! Thanks to everyone that participated in another amazing Fantasy Fest! See you all next year πŸ™‚ For face painting and body art in Philadelphia, Miami and Key West contact Jennifer of CrazyFaces FacePainting and Body Art www.jennifermontgomery.net 610.764.0853

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Key West Artist … After Hurricane Irma… Liability Insurance Coverage:)

So I’m feeling very fortunate and smart right now. As an artist in business, I have always carried liability insurance… just in case anything ever happened at an event, or if I accidentally dropped, spilled or damaged something during the creative process at an event or party. In 15 yrs, I’ve never had to use it, thank goodness. But, along comes Hurricane Irma… all my face and body art materials I use in Key West and the Florida Keys are gone .. along with my living space. So my rational, clear thinking mind asks ” What resources are available to you now?” ” Hmmmm, I wonder if any of my face and body paint material and equipment losses would be covered under my insurance policy?” So I went ahead and researched and asked, sure enough, a hurricane meets the criteria for me to be compensated!!! YES!!! Thank you Universe!! THAT is spectacular news in this situation… light at the end of the tunnel, I am so appreciative:) I would encourage anyone in the face and body art and or healing arts business to look into having liability insurance. For me, it was more about covering myself and protecting the client should anything unfortunate arise. I hadn’t expected it would be of benefit to me personally. I use BodyWorks Insurance with covers ALOT of modalities including face painting, all natural henna art, make-up application, spray tanning and massage therapy , just to name a few. Its been an easy process from the start, a lot can be done online but whenever I have made phone calls, I always speak with a live, friendly person whom has answered all of my questions. I especially appreciate that whenever I need to add an additional insured for an event, the process is always simple and fast. One thing I have learned is that life is sometimes very unpredictable, as you will see in the images I post,

Key West Artist Hurricane Irma Damage

Key West Artist Hurricane Irma Damage

I lost everything I had in The Florida Keys due to Hurricane Irma…The peace of mind and gratitude I am experiencing as a result of being assured that at least my face and body art materials can be replaced is amazing. Jennifer Montgomery CrazyFaces FacePainting & Body Art Philadelphia|Miami|Key West 610.764.0853 www.jennifermontgomery.net

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Key West Update.. Be Happy Now!!

I am going to start this week with some updates and wisdom… First the wisdom… every day is a GIFT, treat it as such. I’m writing this STILL in PA on the day I was scheduled to make my full time shift to the Florida Keys…. I am grateful I am safe and have another day to love and be happy. I discovered on Saturday that my cute, little island oasis in The Florida Keys is demolished.. gone… finito…. completely destroyed…..along with my clothes and art. Talk about a lesson in appreciating the present moment and rolling with the flow.. Just like that, in a moment, everything can be removed . I truly could care less about any “stuff” or material items, I’m very much a minimalist , so its all good. What matters most to me is love and those who share in that with me… its the only thing thats real. Soooooo, moving right along and figuring things out moment by moment is where I am at πŸ™‚ The good news is that Key West is strong and Fantasy Fest IS A YES!!!! I will be there as usual in Key West for Fantasy Fest….. anyone in the Keys know of a living space available in the upcoming months…. I’d love to be informed. Thank you so much in advance:) Peace , Love and Be Happy NOW:)

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Hurricane Irma Update Key West Artist

Hi Face and Body Art friends!! Just a note to say I’m so grateful for all the support and love I have been receiving during the Hurricane Irma situation . Fortunately, I was in PA for the actual happening… packing up to shift full time to my favorite place on Earth!!! The good news is, I am safe and so are all the people I love in the Keys. I’m asking for your patience with me over the next couple of weeks, I’m doing my best to figure everything out right now. Where I live down there, Cudjoe Key, took the eye of the storm … still unsure if I have a place to live .. or not. I’m rolling with it, keeping positive and rocking out wth paint in glitter in PA for the moment:)

Key West Artist Hurricane Irma

Key West fared very well during the storm so Fantasy Fest will be a blessing this year!!! I am so excited!!! See you all there:) Treasure each day, every moment, every second!!! xoxoxo

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