Feature Article: My Precious Helium – A Requiem to Helium


Seeing Political balloons handed out at the farmer’s market this morning, made me cringe, my helium, my life’s blood, squandered on a political campaign. It’s like the character in the Lord of the rings, Gollum, saying “my precious” My precious helium, slipping away from my grasp.

It scares me, surely we can decorate parties with air-filled balloons, we’re a talented, innovative, creative bunch of balloon artists….but it’s just not the same production proficiency as free flowing helium art.   The tanks of helium flowing with our creations coming to life in moments…… transforming a blasé hotel ballroom, or corporate conference room within minutes to a memorable event.  That’s what we do, and it’s an awesome talent and treasured gift.  To take a box of latex balloons and leave a space full of joy and color!

My latex, my awesome latex transforming a space within minutes, the flow of the canvas, the flow of an artist, threatened to end from the lack of a basic element of design. HELIUM, my wondrous helium.

I am so grateful for my talent and my gifts of which I have been blessed.  I often wonder if my fellow balloon artists feel the passion and the satisfaction of a finished event.  A vision in the mind’s eye,  that comes to life and more awesome when complete than when imagined and designed?

I still thrive on that satisfaction, closing the tank, and going WOW!  I do it for my clients,

I do it with spirit, and get into the flow of life, delivering my  art form to the world.

This is my purpose, and this is my passion, and it is so miraculous to have that be a part of one’s life.  So few ever know the joy of delivering your art form to the world around us. It is a blessing beyond my words.

I love to blow ‘me away………. These are balloons!  The pictures never quite capture my expressions, designs, and I’m so grateful for my clients, that trust me with their budgets, and pay me to do my art form. 

Helium, so much a part of my life’s blood, my passion, and my purpose. “My precious” Helium.


Colleen Carroll, Balloon Designs & Airdancer Productions



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