Despicable Me 3 & Wearable Costumes

One joy of being a grandma is getting to occasionally take my granddaughter to the movies.  This time, we went to see “Despicable Me3.” There were enough humorous moments to keep it somewhat entertaining for me.  My granddaughter rated it as a 3 out of 5 (she’s 8 years old) While it wasn’t at the […]

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Back to School Excitement

Going back in my memory from my teaching days in Knoxville, I know that Monday, August 8, was a day filled with excitement and stress for parents, children, bus drivers, principals, and yes, teachers!  I remember the excitement of that first “Back to School” day–getting to meet the smiling new faces and introducing myself to the children […]

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How Do You Get 40,000 balloons inflated?

How Do You Get 40,000 balloons inflated? You get 40 balloon professionals from around the U.S. to gather together to work!  This week, I’m in Chicago working as part of a 40-person team to create Chicago’s largest, joyful, and most fun-filled balloon entry for this week’s Chicago Pride Parade, which happens to be their largest […]

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Tis the Season to Celebrate

One area tradition that kicks off the Christmas season, is held at Pinnacle Shopping Center in Turkey Creek. This special event kicks off the Mission of Hope’s (MOH) “blue barrel” drive in which citizens drop off toys that volunteers deliver to children who live in the poverty stricken areas of Appalachia. They furnish toys, clothing, […]

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Knoxville Balloon Artist Wins International Award

Attending the World Balloon Convention (WBC) is exciting, but competing and then winning is exhilarating!   I am very proud of Rachel on her recent Medium Sculpture 2nd place award!   Not only was this her first sculpture competition, but by winning, she was the ONLY American balloon artist to win an award out of […]

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Santa Greeted with Balloon Workshop, Knoxville

Above the Rest Welcome for Santa! Santa made his annual arrival at West Town Mall to the delight of about 300 youngsters. His grand entrance was brightened with Santa’s Workshop arch and spire and a busy elf wrapping up new toys.  We LOVE creating the decor for this annual event because we get to design […]

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Double Decker Balloon Cheeseburger Sculpture Wins Top Award

It all happened in sunny California at the 2011 West Coast Balloon Convention Large Sculpture Competition.  A giant 7′ tall double decker cheeseburger was created by a top-notch All American team of professional balloon artists!  The burger designer, Steven Jones, of Balloon Designers in Seattle, Washington, gathered Rachel and I along with 7 other amazing […]

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Balloons Help Frontier Airlines Take Flight

Today, June 7, 2011, was an exciting day in Knoxville!  Frontier Airlines began flying from here to Denver offering a “low-cost” fare for the flight.  This is a big boost for our area in numerous ways. For me, it was great for two reasons–First, my daughter lives in Denver. So now I can fly  to Denver without […]

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Monkeying Around with Balloons

It’s so much fun when a client gives me an invitation to their special event so we can design decor to match. That’s especially true with baby shower invitations. The most recent one we got had the cutest drawings of baby monkeys I’ve seen. Using the invitation as my inspiration, I designed balloon monkeys to […]

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Dogwood Balloon Blossoms–Come on Spring!

Today, Rachel and I worked non-stop to create an exciting trade show booth display for our client, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Federal Credit Union (ORNL FCU). They are one of the major sponsors for this year’s Dogwood Art’s Festival Home & Garden Show. It was an honor to create the decor for them again this […]

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