Hello my name is Allana (aka Lainie) Mello. I have been living in Las Vegas now since 2005, before that I was a Midwest girl. Born and raised in St Louis but moved to Illinois before making our way to Vegas. I am a wife to a wonderful husband (my best friend) and I have 2 grown children and 1 daughter-n-law. We are fur parents to 3 furry dogs and 1 fluffy kitty.
In Missouri I was a medical assistant/crafter. During the week days I worked my 40 hours, girl scout leader, boy leader, room mom and on the weekends I traveled to local and statewide craft shows with the kids to sell my wares. I look back now and can't believe I had time for all that, whew!!! In 1998 I met my hubby Russ and boy did life change for the better for me and the kids. We married and moved to Illinois, Tayloville here we come.
In llinois we bought a house from 1882, it needed TLC (we called it the money pit) in Taylorville population around 10,000. Great place for the kids to grow and be teenagers. We had a small craft shop in our home at first and then ended up purchasing an old building (another money pit) in the town square and that is when "From the Heart Boutique" became a cute quaint craft/gift shop. I did that for a few years but when I went to a convention in Chicago I met a really neat lady and she was teaching how to create balloon decor to boost your sales. I was hooked.... The shop took on a new look I still created some crafts, soaps & candles..... but the balloons & singing telegrams were a prominent part of the business, we also made gift baskets. Off to college the kids went and opportunity knocked for us to move to Las Vegas and we took it. This is where we wanted to retire in the future so lucky us...
We packed and came to Vegas.
Las Vegas I wanted to do something different when we came here I still did the balloon twisting, balloon decor & singing telegrams but was missing something.... So Looney 4 Balloons, Inc was born and so was Zaney Lainie the clown then my world was filled with birthday parties, events and more. Fun times..... In 2010 I ended up getting very ill (2 strokes) and had to rethink my situation due to a few limitations so I decided to close the balloon decor portion of the business. And puppets came into play during my recovery and Las Vegas Puppets, Inc was born. I did that for a few years and then unfortunately in 2014 I ended up getting ill again and we decided to retire Zaney Lainie the clown, retired puppets in 2016 and we are here today.
Today we have moved more into retirement mode, so we moved to Sun City Summerlin retirement community with lots of fun stuff for us to do. Now just waiting for my hubby to retire. Our children are in Las Vegas as well. I still face paint and do balloon twisting on the weekends when a party is booked.
Now the crafting bug has bite me again and new adventures are budding. We have a company named Outlyer Body Essentials where we make beautiful artisan soaps/bath products and a home fragrance line. We can be found at local craft shows.
On the business side of things we now have made Mello Art Studios, LLC our umbrella name for our 2 other companies Looney 4 Balloons and Outlyer Body Essentials.
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