Category: Random Observations and Interpretations

The 2017 Winner

And…(…thanks for your patience…)…and…(…and…)

the winner is…

K.L. from Illinois!

Congratulations and salutations! And thank you to everyone who purchased, supported, and observed!

xo,
Helen

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As most of you already know from previous years, I’m a one-woman-band (at Hummingbird 100! After 7 years!) so I’m letting you know now that I accept domestic jewelry and art requests by December 14th and international jewelry and art requests by December 7th midnight CST. All requests for these items after December 15th 12noon PST, will be sent after January 8th, 2018…thank you for your support and purchases!

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From now until December 31st, for every Helenbobelen.com purchase a pair of Sterling Silver Thinnest And Strongest Thin Hoop Earrings (Special Edition) will be donated to a 501c(3) benefitting children, animals, and/or the environment.

If/when a 6th Annual Helenbobelen.com December Blog Celebration is announced, all Helenbobelen.com purchasers will be automatically entered!

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Feed your mind of good happenings

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A recent interview with this helenbobelen

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Creative Minimalist Health And Wellness

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Announcing our 5th Annual Helenbobelen.com December Blog Celebration!

This is our annual event, and next month going into our 7th blog year, you’ll have the opportunity to win artisanal, eco-friendly, not to mention beautiful jewelry and art for yourself and also for a reputable 501c3!

How to enter?

Simply provide your name and email address (which will remain private, as always) to helen@helenbobelen.com by Wednesday, November 15th. Art and/or jewelry art clients who purchase online from January 1st 2017 until November 15th will be automatically entered!

This year’s winnings?

Helenbobelen.com/H.M. Lee’s Hummingbird 80

Hummingbird 80
4H x 4W x 1/16 to 1/8D Inches
Earth-friendly Mixed Media on Minimal Wood
$325.00

and

H.M. Lee’s 10K Gold Freedom (I) Hoop Earrings Components and 18K White Gold/Palladium Thinnest And Strongest Hoop Earrings

Set 1:

1) 10K Freedom (I) Hoop Earring Components, (.75H x .38W Inches, a $100.00 Value) with…

2) 18K Thinnest And Strongest Thin White Gold/Palladium Hoop Earrings in “Dainty” (.50 Inch Diameter, a $315.00 Value).

or

H.M. Lee’s Sterling Silver Freedom (I) Hoop Earrings Components and 14K Thinnest And Strongest Gold Hoop Earrings

Set 2:

3) Sterling Silver Freedom (I) Hoop Earring Components, (.75H x .38W Inches, a $44.00 Value) with…

4) 14K Thinnest And Strongest Thin Gold Hoop Earrings in “Dainty” (.50 Inch Diameter, a $109.00 Value).

These sustainably-created prize winnings make great one-of-a-kind holiday and hostess gifts and are created by one artist/artisan here in the U.S.

Total Prize Winnings Value of $893.00 (excluding complimentary shipping) of which the winner keeps $740.00 and gives $153.00…or keeps $478.00 and gives away $415.00

The lucky winner of the random drawing will select which set they’ll keep and which set they’ll give donate as an in-kind-gift amongst a designated group of 501c3 charities.

The lucky winner will be announced here on December 1st, Noon, CST!

H.M. Lee’s Hummingbird 80 and Freedom Hoop Earrings Components and Thinnest And Strongest Thin Hoop Earrings in “Dainty”

Thank you for your kind feedback, support, and your purchases!

xo,
Helen

Around Here XIII

A gift from 7-year-old A.

 

A View From A Bridge: Austin

 

Trees, Birds and More Birds (And T-Rexes) — First graders doing art…

 

A Christmas ornament once rejected by it’s 6-year-old maker, taken by me, redone, to be given to his classmate, a 7-year-old birthday girl (upon her request), this Friday…

 

Downtown Austin

My artist friend Leah has a Kickstarter for her girl-empowered comic book series,”Couri Vine”. Below is a blurb. You can check out this project at this link.

“We decided early on that we wanted to make an action-packed adventure story about a young person who is hiding from her disability, who then discovers that her difference can become her superpower.”

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xo,
Helen

What I Know About Death:

It’s silence. Blissful silence. An upwards floating.

Me being my soul and the ceiling fast approaching my “open eyes” as “I” floated up towards the heavens and my human body remained below.

For me, this was the case.

There was no gnashing of anything. There was no language. There was no religion.

There was purity, comfort, and recognition.

There was only the brief, somewhat-responsible Earthly search of unconditional love that would need my Earthly help (no other search occurred to me) which is why I came back (my 19-year-old cat)…not for fam, nor for friends, not for fame, money, not for anything material or even “spiritual”, or even this website and its undescribe-able helenbobelen-nesses.

And there was the recognition of the ridiculousness of the situation that had unfolded the night of the 3rd Presidential Debate: emotions and TV noise around the Presidential elections and me just wanting us to all get along, not to mention, the ridiculousness that I, Helenbobelen-Helen, found death while in a bathtub after grinding myself along 3 miles (after going a previous 5 miles) and turning down help from a kind stranger.

Clearly, if I’d gotten this far, I wasn’t supposed to remain dead…

So, I came back to that calico now sitting next to me, next to that ridiculous bathtub-would-be-coffin; I came back to that gorgeous Bronx-born cat who was waiting patiently to finally rescue me back, not making a sound.

Within one day, I gave up the crutches, was doing yoga (modified), lifting weights (modified), and eating a pound of kale and drinking gallons of filtered water. Within seven days, I gave up the leg prosthetic (it no longer fit), switched to a smaller brace (using safety pins to keep its shape) and was driving a car solo and running errands. Within 14 days, I was using my kickscooter. All the while, I was donating to childrens’ charities and making good on any hospital/x-ray bills.

Swelling-free: there was extra velcro, so I just trimmed it as I drank water and became more swelling-free.

 

Ditto on the swelling-free as time passed by…

 

Ditto…once I got passed the prosthetic’s velcro-ed part I knew I had to have a “Plan B” as my leg’s gait with the full-leg prosthetic was a bit unnatural — not engaging the hip and glutteal (butt) muscles — and might cause unnecessary postural dis-alignments. Due to my 20+ years of post-rehab knowledges/experiences with fitness consulting clients (this and having the emergency doctor okay my surgery-free/calcification-free plans about working out the healthy quadriceps and hamstrings for my broken patella), I’d already deemed physical therapy unnecessary. I prayed about it and then on the internet — yes, the internet — came across a University medical research/white paper confirming a case where the knee/entire leg was naturally-healed by engaging the surrounding hip muscles…

 

Eventually, as the patella fused itself back together, I became able to bend my knee normally (I had landed on it…and the prolonged pain from a broken patella…and three plus miles of walking on it…led to shock…which led to well, death…and as you know…life again…).

 

Walking normal…engaging the hip and ankle muscles with the new knee brace…(I’m including gory-free photos…no one likes to see them…besides, at the time of the incident, from the outside everything appeared okay until x-rays showed the injury.)

 

The body wants to heal itself…

I (drug-free and well-hydrated) was already thanking God that early morning we pulled out of that hospital parking lot, but music, art, and well-honed health and wellness habits, along with being around kind clients and young’uns pulled off any darkness.

I know where that excessive darkness loves to live. I provide it sweet silence.

I have a body, but I’m not this body-mind complex. This I’ve known for decades.

I suppose The Creator wanted me to tell you this story. It’s been over a year so the timing’s reasonable. The photos serve as documentation and attest to how the body naturally wants to heal itself. I got out of my own way and allowed it to happen. Perhaps natural healing is in your path, too. Either way, I remain judgement-free.

I’m most grateful.

xo,
Helen

P.S. I’m also grateful to be alive at a time where Hollywood’s/TV Media’s shiny veneer is being peeled back and the underlying sticky tar revealed…to bring about more equality and respect for all the earnest genders and to be recognized as humans who have souls. May the younger female generations have sovereignty/freedom in art, love, time, bodily-privacy, and in any business venture that allows the former for themselves and others, along with charitable-giving to better the planet and future generations, including the evolving male gender. This Helenbobelen’s not a millionaire, but was early-endowed with the wisdom to turn down multiple tar-laden millions and whenever necessary, continue to do so as a female (charitable!) indie-artist. May we all go deeper and let go…to create better emotional and therefore, material creativity…