524th Balloon Sculpture, Bunny Out For A Ski Bouquet

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A friend of mine loves skiing more than anything and he inspired me to make a skiing themed piece.

I decided to tweak a Dylan Gelinas, Patches the Bunny, design which is geared towards Easter and made it bigger and altered it in a few other ways.

I also made it some ski equipment and put it on a simple bouquet to make it look like it was in action on snow.

Hope you think it’s “cool” man.

I gave it to a lady today in hopes it would cheer her day up. I like randomly giving bouquets away. It makes me happy. I like to give things to people who aren’t expecting it.

Happy Twisting!

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523rd Balloon Sculpture, Seal and Penguin Bouquet

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523rd Balloon Sculpture, Seal and Penguin Bouquet

I came up with and made this Seal and Penguin bouquet yesterday. The penguin is modeled after a Tatyana DjeTa Lyashko penguin design, though I altered it.

The flower is not my design. I learned how to make it via YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/MrFingersman.

The overall design is mine as well as the seal.

I am going to just give it away to someone today and am trying to figure out how to go about it.

Hope you like it, it is over 3 ft tall!

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522nd Balloon Sculpture, Butterfly Flower Dress

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So over this weekend I designed this dress and gave it to a friend of mine, Sondra, who owns a clothing store called Collective Clothing.

It is in her window display right now.

This was a labor of love. We were able to procure the lovely Angel to model the dress as I really wanted to see if I could make a real deal wearable balloon dress and see how it performs.

When I made a flowery looking skirt in previous post to this, I thought to myself that it looked an awful lot like a flower. That got me thinking, huh, wouldn’t it be cool to make a dress that looks like a flower like this only a full dress and have a butterfly on the back to look like a butterfly landed on it? I came up with the design for this dress in my head and was lucky enough to make it realized!

So that was the idea and this is what I came up with. The belt design was totally an accident and is really cool. I was just trying different things out and came up with it.

We went around town and found some really cool locals and these were the photos that I took. Angel did a great job posing and modeling and was a delight.

Sondra loved it and put it on a mannequin in her window display at her store.

I am happy to report that there were no poppings at all! It was an awesome day!

Angel said the dress was comfortable and it was soooo amazing to see it is action. It fit her perfectly. This is a Patricia Balloona original design.

Here are some pics of Angel modeling it below.

Happy Twisting!

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520th and 521st Balloon Sculptures, Spanish Shawl and Skirt

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I came up with these designs with the goal of making wearable easy to put on and off balloon apparel.

I made shawl and skirt both with Spanish Flair that can be easily put on over shirt and pants. I added feathers for a nice multi media effect.

These resulted from playing around and experimenting with balloons here at my house.

This has spawned even more ideas and concepts that I hope to apply in the future.

Hope you find these interesting.

Happy Twisting!

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519nth Balloon Sculpture, First Dress

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Well a friend of mine gave me a mannequin and I decided to try out making my first balloon dress.

I did a star weave for the skirt and I meant for the skirt to come out way poofier but I have an idea of how to fix that for next time. I actually learned something really cool by experimenting with this and if I can pull of what I have in my head, it will be amazing!

I also learned that neons are not the best for this as the color fades after a few twists. They start losing the sheen as you can see towards the middle of the dress.

I wanted to try something different with the top and experimented with this brick look that also gives it a tube top feel. I like exploring what if. I like that this is totally different than any other dress I have seen.

I came up with this style of butterfly that I used in my 516th Balloon Sculpture, Another Flower In The Wall piece and applied it here.

Making this gave me ideas for things I want to try out for the next dress piece.

I am pretty pleased with my first try. I learned a lot and while it isn’t what I had originally envisioned, it ain’t bad for a first go. It is actually way prettier in person.

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4th Balloon Sculpting Anniversary

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Hello folks!

Well Sept 27th 2016 made for my 4th year balloon sculpting anniversary.

I am finally at a point where I can get back to normal life and I feel ready to get back into balloon art. Yes there will be a 5th year!

A lot has happened this past year. I got to go to Belgium and attend my first ever balloon convention at The Millenium Jam. I got to meet and hangout with Addi Somekh for a little bit. I actually flew on a plane across an ocean which was a huge deal for me! I discovered that I had been severely and dangerously sleep deprived for several years and have sleep apnea and got a cpap machine. I was at the point where my body was freaking out and I was having uncontrollable anxiety attacks that felt like heart attacks that caused me to faint.

In the summer my mother died and I found out she was NPD, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and had used her daughters for money and pitted us against each other and that basically everything she ever told me and them was a lie. That was pretty damn hard to process let me tell you. I saw a lot of messed up stuff in the end of her life unfold, stuff right out of a most bizarre Lifetime movie. I have been studying about the sickness and reading books on how to process and cope with being a survivor of an NPD parent and how to not pass on NDP damages to your child.

My husband and I celebrated our 14th anniversary, he is the love of my life. He and my daughter are my world. I turned 34 and I also got a hospitality pass to my city and got to go to all my city’s attractions for free with friends and family. We did just about every single thing on the list. Talk about eventful!

I dabbled and discovered some other arts and found that I took to them like water as well.

Here is some jewelry I made recently. I made the ocean wave pendant that was a total awesome fluke with how great it turned out and came up with the snail pendant, an original Patricia Gordon design, and turned them into necklaces as well and I made beaded bracelets. Design of the bracelet is Jill Wiseman, the bracelets below are my replications of her design and the colors I chose. I also made a clay sculpture of my original balloon fox.

“Life is a buffet and most poor suckers are starving to death! Live live live!” Auntie Mame

There is a whole world of wonder all around us! So many things to try, appreciate, share and experience.

I suck at tons of things and barely qualify to be an adult,lol. but I can be creative and I can make things that are beautiful. God has given us all gifts and abilities and they were meant to make each other lives more beautiful and help each other.

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And now here is a video of my 4th year balloon twisting anniversary. I only made 14 pieces but they were original pieces, some with accents of other’s designs but overall original pieces.

Happy Twisting!