The Curious Shop: Bonbon Balloons

Balloons! We love them! Colourful, floaty, dreamy, in all sizes and even shapes: Helium-filled spheres that bob along overhead, weighted foil ones in the shape of dogs, ducks, sheep to walk beside you, oversized cherry-coloured balls of fun to decorate weddings with…

Imagine how smug we felt when we chanced upon Bonbon Balloons up in North London – purveyors of helium goodness, provider of balloon couture…

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In Aug 2011, Rebecca Moyster left her full-time job as an Interior Product Developer armed with her background in textile design, and a desire to run a creative business. Before long, she found inspiration in Tim Walker images featuring very large round balloons – and Bonbon Balloons was born.

“I just thought it was funny how when you usually see or think of balloons you think old fashion egg shaped balloons in a traditional arch style,” Rebecca muses.

“I then thought about the concept of adding something beautifully decorative to the usually neglected balloon string. I immediately thought this could be customised to every clients theme or colour palette.”

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Rebecca then spent months playing and designed lots of different garlands to use with the balloons. It was trial and error getting the weight of each string so it worked with the size of the balloon and helium pull.

It wasn’t easy, Rebecca recalls. “I had never inflated a balloon prior to starting Bonbon Balloons so I have a lot of learning and practising to do!”

Like all good creations, the confetti balloon came about by accident…

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“The confetti balloon only came about the day before my first photo shoot for the website. I had been cutting up confetti to sprinkle on the floor in the images, and knocked a big bag of it off the desk by mistake. As I was picking it up, I thought “this would look good inside the balloon”.

“Three years on this is our best selling balloon type!” Rebecca reveals.

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Since then, Bonbon Balloons have gone on to provide all kinds of joy and make all kinds of dreams come true. Apparently, a customer requested a proposal note to be added within his confetti mix (his girlfriend accepted the proposal!), and another has used the balloon strings to tie an engagement ring for his proposal.

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“When we have worked on an event concept and design for months it’s the best feeling in the world seeing them in action,” Rebecca shares. “For our customers and fans, it’s great sharing these images on social media because it often inspires customers to find ways of using our balloons if they have an event coming up.”

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“Balloons make everyone smile and feel happy,” Rebecca says, “and that’s such a great world to be in.”

We couldn’t agree more!

For more ideas of balloons and ideas of how to use them in your next soirée, visit Bonbon Balloons at http://bonbonballoons.com/.

 

Images: All Bonbon Balloons (Rebecca Moyster) apart from first and last pictures: first from Laura McCluskey, last from Nikos Gogas.

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Real Studios: Colourful studio down in Hunter Valley! Fizzy Lime

Is everyone surviving this tropical weather we are having in London?? So lovely outside, but so grim on the tube! We are absolutely enjoying the thunderstorms, however. Feels like a treat to have proper lightning and thunder in England, all the while being cuddled up under the duvet. Bliss!

We’ve got our first studio visit lined up today, in Australia’s stunning Hunter Valley region to visit Mel Boyd of Fizzy Lime Creative. We discovered Mel on Instagram, and couldn’t help but want to see more of her colourful designs…

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Mel is an artist, designer, and maker with a background in painting, sculpture, mixed media art & ceramics. Her colourful, woven homewares, featuring wall-hung banners and lampshades are a feature of her work at the moment.

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“I am currently obsessed with all things colourful, geometric & woven!” Mel says. “Fizzy Lime is all about living your life in full colour. From sweet pastels to vibrant brights, you’ll find a whole range of colours & products here to delight you.”

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Mel works from her home studio in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia (it’s not far from Sydney, one of our all time favourite cities!). In between running Fizzy Lime and helping her husband run his painting & decorating business, Mel is also a mother of 3 (2 boys, one girl)… Talk about having a full life!

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The lampshades by Fizzy Lime were what first caught our eyes. The patterns combine modern tones and tribal influences, and bring cheery splashes of colour into your home. We love simple ways to include bright features into rooms, as colour can sometimes be intimidating!

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Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring and cheery workspace with us, Mel! Did you enjoy that tour? We really enjoyed all the mood-lifting shades and inspiration wall. Definitely be awesome today!

For more Fizzy Lime goodness, visit http://www.fizzylime.com.au.

 

Images: Mel Boyd

Fantastic Friday: Makegood Festival

Ok. If you weren’t at the Makegood Festival on the Saturday just gone, WHERE WERE YOU?? You’d better have been doing something wildly exciting to justify missing out. It was SO. GOOD.

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Makegood Festival is the platform for students of the School for Creative Startups to put into practise all they’ve learned about managing their creative business and selling their products. It’s a normal retail fair, but held in the cool old Selfridges hotel site (which has been gutted and lined up for demolition, so a very cool venue), and showcasing the newest and latest creative ventures. The reason we love it so, at the risk of overhyping it, is because the festival had such a range of high quality stalls. Plus it had the buzz of a university freshman week fair (can anyone remember what those felt like? We got quite nostalgic).

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Some more established fairs risk feeling samey and predictable after time, but not the Makegood Festival, simply because by definition every Makegood is a display if new creative start ups, i.e. cutting edge, novel businesses.

We were so glad we went and met with such lovely designer-maker-entrepreneurs. It was tough to pick our favourites as there were so many at you would have loved, but we tried, so here are top finds.

1) Ink Bandit (where have you been all my life??)

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2) Pomp Pomp (children’s party supplies – look at the yummy cupcakes)

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3) Fanciful Pages (beautiful stationery, beautiful packaging, beautiful everything…)

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4) Betty Etiquette (purveyor of cards, text, paper… quick fix of stationery goodness, I could go on…)

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5) Suitcase Susie (global travel inspired porcelain range; delicate and stylish)

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6) Salt and Buoy (Cornwall/coastal-living inspired soft furnishings; look at those colours!)

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Sorry to stop at a bit of a non-rounded number, but we couldn’t choose! So here are our top 6. Some of them will be making a reappearance on Courage & Dash, so stay tuned…

Also, well done all of you at the Makegood, we were SO IMPRESSED!!!

Images by Josie (Courage & Dash)