Well, I was called for a job at Southern Adventist University for a party called Picnic in 1967.
I like to make a display whenever asked for an event and I always give the display to those who hired me as a thank you gift.
I decided to make giant ants with a picnic basket and my genius friend, sage, suggested I have people be like the ants getting into the food and the ants be like people, lol. So I made an ant couple and little people getting into the basket and food.
I tried to give the female a beehive like do and of course she had her pearls on.
Male ant had a bowtie and a mustache, lol.
The little people, I just didn’t know how to translate quite the way I envisioned in my head. The women came out as small princesses like, lol. I forgot to add faces before things started. Had too many pots cooking on the stove, too many dishes spinning. Was thinking of drawing hair on the little men but not sure how that would have come out.
One of the little people couples are stealing a hotdog from the basket and I like how that little people part came out. I did feel good that people understood immediately what the concept was.
I feel like this is good practice. Especially good practice trying to translate story like concepts with balloons and with short windows of time for extra pressure, lol.
I made bumblebees, roses, butterflies and hotdogs as well as misc things that were requested like penguins, dolphins, etc.
I wish I took pictures of when I had even more crappola out on the table, but what can you do? I was hard at work and once my display really was getting perfect, the show was on and it was time to perform.
Everyone loved the display and got the concept right away, everyone wanted the ants and the basket. I was surprised how popular the basket was. The ants I knew but not the basket.
They loved that it was a working basket, with flaps you could really lift up and put stuff inside, lol.
It was a really nice event. I never stopped for one second and grown college kids were squealing and excited about their balloons.
That felt really great. 🙂
I worked several hours beforehand premaking things, besides display, to accommodate a large crowd with more time consuming balloon designs.
It was a gymnasium full of college kids.
I had no idea what all was going on, as I was in my own little world, lol.
It seemed like a blast.
As for me, I am crashing. I feel really low. Yesterday I was feeling on top of the world and now I think I am just exhausted and coming off the emotional high, Launchpad from Ducktales like, where you crash horribly into the ground, lol.
I am just beating myself up inside mercilessly and nitpicking myself to death.
The dark side of perfectionism at work, oh the joy of being a melancholy, lol.
I have no logical reason to feel this way, lol. I have only been making balloons for what, 4 months now, lol. Give me a break, me! Lololololol.
People were oohing and ahhing and I was putting myself down and criticizing myself, quietly in my head, lol.
I pictured John Cleese dressed up in a French Knight costume taunting me about the balloons and threatening to fart in my general direction as they were an affront to his person, lol
Don’t worry, my passion for this art is bigger than my ego and that is really what this is a struggle about, when the ego is hurt, there is a temptation to give up or pop what you have made even though it makes other people happy, lol.
And that is the second thing, your customer comes first, and if they are happy and excited, then job well done.
I seek balance. On the one hand, be guided my critical eye to improve and drive me to be better. On the other hand, be able to rejoice in whatever stage I find myself and keep my ego in check so that I can enjoy the journey.
Below is what little pictures I did get if the event.