Category Archives: balloons!

dream elephant

I’m excited to finally share this recent project with you. It was a labor of love designed for a baby’s room. It’s approximately 14″ x 17″ with canvas and frame. For the elephant, clouds, balloons & stars – paper mache clay creates a 3-D effect. Painted with acrylic paints.Dream Elephant by OliveLoaf Design

I first sketched out the concept so I had a clear vision to follow as I created the piece.

For fun I added semi-hidden words that were made from alphabet pasta! So cute. The elephant holds balloons attached to shiny paper string.

Contact me at if you are interested in a custom paper mache painting. I would love to work with you to create an origianl personal keepsake for you or your loved ones.



balloons of bhutan

SEE & READ:  newly posted work by artist jonathan harris


Balloons of Bhutan

Balloons of Bhutan is a portrait of happiness in the last Himalayan kingdom.

Bhutan uses “Gross National Happiness” instead of “Gross National Product

to measure its socio-economic prosperity,

essentially organizing its national agenda around the basic tenets of Buddhism.

Harris spent two weeks in Bhutan, interviewing 117 different people about different aspects of happiness.

He asked people to rate their level of happiness between 1 and 10, and then inflated that number of balloons,

so very happy people would be given 10 balloons, and very sad people would be given only one.

He also asked each person to make a wish, and then wrote that wish on a balloon of their favorite color.

On the final night, all 117 wish balloons were re-inflated and strung up at Dochula,

a sacred mountain pass at 10,000 feet,

and left to bob up and down in the wind, mingling with thousands of strands of prayer flags.



you can find it here:

odds & ends three

happy friday dearies!

isn’t it a strange phenomenon whereby…

even though you had a short week {due to a holiday}

the week feels just as long?

i hope you have some fun planned for the weekend*•-:¦:-•:*”*

here are some odds&ends & tidbits

that made me smile this week

i hope you dig…


{balloon party!}


{message to self}


{kiddie organ}


{panda boy}


{butterfly bouquet}


{party banners}


{paper straws}

swanky balloons

Shanghai Tang

is the super~swanky chinese lifestyle brand store

that showcases really modern & distinctive items

from clothing to home decoration

{you MUST see their NYC store if you’ve never been}


for the holiday season ~ they have teamed up with

Chandelier Creative {a cutting edge design firm ~ think the modern Mad Men}

to produce a holiday catalogue inspired by the whimsical world of balloon art!


down with models! UP with balloons!

look how fabulous…












{thank you Chalin for the heads UP}