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

DIY Art Shelf

Art Shelf “Hardware”: Anthropologie mint tins and REI tent-grommet-kit for improvisational shelf-L-brackets…(And yes, the Anthropologie salesperson gave me a weird look when I told her I wasn’t buying the mints to eat the mints but to create shelving…maybe she was too busy to see the tin’s minimalist design potential…)

 

Art Shelf Hardware With Leftover Mints: I emptied the tins (gave away the mints), and used the grommet kit’s phillips screws to hand-bore — using a phillips screwdriver —  a hole into the back on the tin’s inside (In both tins, I measured first…and as I bore, I placed cardboard panel behind the tins to protect any surfaces) and used an awl to increase the hole’s size…yes, an electric drill would’ve been awesome, but I improvised with what I had: my human arm and ear (…listening to Sabrina Carpenter’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”; her voice and the words “muddle through somehow” was a complete inspirational salve…a wonderful purchase…)…an awesome Saturday night…

 

Using the phillips screwdriver, I attached the tins to the wall (measuring the wall to get the tins and wood level) and closed the tin covers. I placed the East-Austin-found wood atop the mint tins and it promptly fell off. I — er, my hands — then placed the wood on its other more narrower side…and it stayed. (Thank you angels…)

 

Art Shelf complete! I placed the Helenbobelen art work on top of the wood. And truth be told, I washed all the walls before starting this diy project…(well, all that I could reach — it’s a Saturday night and I don’t have a ladder…I stood barefoot on my dumbbells…and yes, I have to eventually make some salvaged-wood chairs…or just a bench so my visiting friends don’t have to sit on the floor anymore. I digress…)

 

Art Shelf complete! La, la, la!

 

Art Shelf installation well-celebrated…thank you…thank you…thank you…xoxo…

Hummingbirds 98 & 99

Hummingbirds 98 & 99

 

Hummingbirds 98 & 99…and one unused match — can you find it?

 

Hummingbirds 98 & 99

 

Hummingbirds 98 & 99

 

Hummingbirds 98 & 99

 

Hummingbirds 98 & 99

 

Hummingbirds 98 & 99

Hummingbirds 98 & 99
5.25W x 2.75H x .33D Inches
Graphite, Tempera, Matchboxes, Matches, Glue, Sharpie, and Love

Not For Sale

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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 November 27th, 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.

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helenbobelen.com blog celebration

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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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