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Our twisted balloons are really different but even we have to admit to an utter love of all things helium.
Do you know anyone who wouldn’t smile when they saw a helium balloon float out of a box? No we don’t either – we’ve tried and tried and can’t manage it. …
Wandering around the internet the other day we stumbled on this fantastic Buzz LIghtyear balloon costume.
It was an unattributed picture on Twitter so sadly we can’t give a name check to the super fab and groovy balloon twister who made it but we bow down to him.
Just goes to show that you really can make anything with balloons, a little imagination and a lot of patience.
You wouldn’t believe the number of balloon flowers we make in a week. It can easily be a field or two.
Because they are so popular we like to come up with a new way of displaying them every now and again, it keeps us on our toes if nothing else.
This week we decided it was time to create this floral bouquet of gorgeousness. Unlike our handheld bouquet it has it’s own weighted stand so it can sit and look pretty anywhere. We hope you like it as much as we do.
Balloons stand out wherever they are. Doesn’t matter if it’s been made for a child at a party or it’s outside a shop advertising a sale it won’t go unnoticed. So why not use them to your advantage and get your company or event noticed too.
That is exactly what we did. We had been leafleting door to door and not getting a great response so decided to try something a little new. Instead of putting our cards though the door so that the friendly doggie inside could eat it we made a load of our little Balloon Baboons and got them to hold our
We absolutely love helium foil balloons – we don’t use them very often but do love the designs and ‘fun’ that they offer. That’s why we decided a while ago to start experimenting with designs that meant we could use them and easily send them by post.
Here is one for a new Baby Boy. It can obviously also be done in pink for a little girl.
Most people haven’t seen the sort of balloons that we make so it’s not surprising that we often get asked how long one of our balloon sculptures will last for.
The picture above shows our balloon giraffe 3 weeks after he arrived at his new home. He still looks pretty good doesn’t he. Certainly still looks like a giraffe.
The length of time that a sculpture will remain ‘fresh’ depends on the thickness of the balloons in the design but also very importantly on the temperature of the room it lives in. The cooler the spot the better.
So whilst we can’t give a definitive answer the pictures above show that they will certainly last long after the occasion they were sent for.
It’s the London Marathon this weekend and thousands of runners will be raising millions of pounds for some incredible charities on Sunday.
If you know someone who is running you could spend the whole race trying to spot them so that they know you are cheering them on. Sarah contacted us via Twitter and asked if we could make something for her to wear so that her family and friends would be able to spot her easily.
A balloon hat can be really hot so we suggested a headband – and what did Sarah decide to have on her headband? A fish of course!
We’ll be keeping an eye out for her on Sunday. If you spot her let us know.
When someone asks what we do we tell them we are Balloon Sculptors but actually the pictures above show what it is we REALLY do.
We surprise people and make them smile.
What could be better?
This blogpost was brought to you in association with Jack, our inspiration for the Martial Arts character that is now on our website. Thanks Jack, you black belt superhero!
Over the years we have given a good few balloon lessons. The surprising thing is that most have been to kids in very long trousers – or to use the technical term ‘adults.’
It doesn’t matter what the setting is a balloon lesson is brilliant fun, an incredible ice breaker or the perfect warm up act to a business session. Not convinced? Well……..
These 20 men and women were expecting a serious businesslike start to their day at a 4N networking meeting. They actually found themselves twisting balloons! Hee hee! The ONLY way to start a Friday morning surely!
Playing with balloons is definitely not just for children :)
They loved their new fashion accessories so much they couldn’t wait to get a group photo. Glad to see that none of them have grown up too much!
Last month author of How to do Everything and Be Happy, Peter Jones, held his book launch at Waterstones in Southend and asked us to go along and make ‘something happy’ for his guests.
It didn’t take us long to come up with the perfect ‘happy hat’ and as you can see it certainly made people smile.
There isn’t an event that we’ve come across that doesn’t benefit from balloons :)
When you are asked to make a Balloon Hat that looks like Thunderbird 2 that’s one thing.
When you find out that the hat is going to be seen by the son of the Creator of the Thunderbirds series you get a bit nervous.
When you find out that Jamie Anderson, son of the late great Gerry Anderson, not only likes the hat that you made but wore it for some pictures the tendency is to faint.
This little chap has a mission and has chosen to accept it.
He is carrying with him a Birthday message to a someone special. I can’t say who it is incase it hasn’t been given to them yet but when his wife asked if we could create a little golfer for her husband we were quick to take on the challenge.
Smiles are guaranteed to break out in North Essex sometime today.
We are always looking for retailers who want to include one or more of our balloons in their shop.
If you would like to sell some ‘smiles in boxes’ then please get in touch. We would love to work with you.
If you know someone else who might be interested would you pass on our details? Thank you very much :)
What could be easier than filling 2 big silver foil balloon numbers with helium, attaching ribbon and tying them to pretty silver weights?
It should take minutes especially when you have already been to the wholesaler and bought everything. The trickiest bit should be making sure that both numbers are the same height.
So, helium bottle was out, balloon, ribbon and weights all ready. I got started with the huge ’0′ and it looked great. In the back of my mind I was already sitting down with a nice cuppa, job done.
Onto the giant ’3.’ Helium filling it nicely but it seemed to be taking much longer. No wonder there was a hole!
A round trip to the wholesaler is at least an hour so buying a replacement silver ’3′ locally at a friendly party shop at retail price would be cheaper in the long run. But they didn’t have one.
OK Plan B. Take the dog for a walk, go to the local card shop who do helium balloons and buy one there. They don’t do large foil number balloons.
No problem, there are 2 florists who sell balloons further down the road so will just walk to those – in the rain that has started to chuck it down. Nope, they don’t sell them either.
It looks like a trip to the wholesaler afterall FOR 1 BALLOON!! Grrrr
On the way I try one last stop off at another party shop ‘just incase’
They sell large silver foil number balloons! Woooohoooo!!
But only 34″ high and not the 40″ to match the ’0′ currently floating on my ceiling arrrghhhh!
I now have to buy 2 new balloon numbers that they only sell filled with helium and attached to a weight and all at full retail rate. (not that I blame them for that, we all have bills to pay)
Lesson learnt: For the sake of buying a spare balloon at the wholesaler I lost over 1 hour of time and a large chunk of profit on a job.
Note to self: Always have spares – that way you won’t need them
On Friday we were asked if we worked with ‘normal helium balloons’ for a party. Things like clusters of balloons, huge balloon numbers, that sort of thing.
We can only do this sort of thing locally – around the Essex area but we certainly can supply them and I admit that I LOVE working with them.
There is so much that you can do with them. A really simple cluster looks beautiful but it is only the beginning.
Working on some really simple but beautiful helium party balloons for a much loved Granny this weekend has reminded me how wonderful they can look.
So, this week sees helium balloon decorations added to our list of creations to work on and pictures to take for another section of the website. We are looking forward to it :)
Do you remember Ling from LingsCars? She went on Dragons Den to get investment for her car leasing business. The business itself may not ring any bells but we wouldn’t be surprised if her surprising roadside advertising did.
She was offered a deal by Duncan Bannatyne and Richard Farleigh but turned them both down.
Well last week we were asked if we could create a custom balloon to send her as a thank you from the guys at www.donkeyinternet.net
We were really happy with our balloon but it was nothing to the smile that this picture brought to our faces the day it arrived at Ling Cars HQ
We love Alan Carr and got all excited when we found out that he was going to be doing a gig near us……until we found out it was sold out. Hurumph!!
Not being able to go didn’t stop us from thanking him for making us laugh by delivering his very own Mini Me to the dressing room.
When we looked at Twitter and our inbox the next morning we saw this……….
a tweet and picture from the man himself. There couldn’t have been a better start to the day.
Alan Carr has 1.2 million followers on Twitter and during the first few hours of the tweet going out 67,000 of them had looked at the picture and emails and orders were starting to appear in the inbox. We were over the moon.
We had a quick look at the total before writing this post and the total has gone up to 90,088 so we think it must be time for a little celebratory glass of wine.
The thought of it possibly hitting 100,000 gives us butterflies.
update: have crept up to 122,253 views gulp!