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Picture Gallery / Re: GEO blossom display bases
« on: May 23, 2011, 06:54:40 AM »
This owl display piece was made for a graduation party.  I posed the owl on the triple GEO base because of the stability the base offers without additional weights being needed.  The owl's feet were connected to the center of the base and not to one of the GEOs.  The display piece stood over 2' tall (I think closer to 2.5').

Happy twisting,
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Balloon Chit Chat / Re: Blessed and concerned
« on: April 04, 2011, 06:46:48 AM »
Good morning Professor Play,
Living in a small town as I do the opportunities for increasing my income is limited but balloon twisting has been supporting me for nearly 7 years now - barely. :)  I have to live frugally but I count myself lucky to be able to keep doing what I do.  

From what I can see your part time job is just barely enough to keep body and soul together but at least it's a dependable income.  I would find it very hard to give that up.  I also couldn't give up the chance to double my income by twisting balloons even at the risk of losing the "dependable income".  To me it sounds like you need to find a new day job first thing.  I know - easier said than done.  Even if it's only another part time job perhaps the new employer will be more understanding when it comes to your weekends and your need for more income.

I wish you the best of luck!
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Balloon Chit Chat / Re: Event for senior citizens
« on: March 30, 2011, 07:59:10 AM »
Good morning Professor Play,
In my experience the only difference between twisting for "seniors" and anyone else is that they are usually more open to having fun.  ;)

As for your list how about: a frog (ladies of all ages love frogs), an elephant, a hula girl (for the gentlemen), a lion, a monkey, and/or tiger?

Good luck with your gig!
Happy twisting,
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Balloon Chit Chat / Re: Balloon Chat 3 years old
« on: March 15, 2011, 12:57:37 AM »
Happy Birthday Balloon Chat!  Thank you Graham!

Happy twisting,
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Picture Gallery / Re: GEO blossom display bases
« on: March 09, 2011, 10:34:45 PM »
Thank you all for the compliments! :)  

Yvonne, these particular display pieces did not need any added weights.  

When I do need a weight, I add it to the interior of the GEO before inflating the GEO.  Usually I use two or three "giant gems", each stuffed into a 5" un-inflated round: http://http://www.gelstuff.com/clear-glass-jumbo-gems.html  I found that if I don't encase the gems before stuffing them into the GEO, they pop the GEO when they bang into each other.  On the rare occasion that I didn't add enough weight before tying off the GEO, I still use the gems only I encase them in a round to match the balloons being used.  Then I can wedge them anywhere I need that little bit extra for balance.

Happy twisting,
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Picture Gallery / GEO blossom display bases
« on: March 09, 2011, 09:26:14 AM »
I've been playing around with some bases for displays.  These 2 bases use GEO blossoms.  The first one (momma duck and duckling) uses 2 - 6" GEO blossoms connected with a 260.   The second one (Momma Goose) uses 3 - 6" GEO blossoms connected with 3 - 260 pinch twists.  

I'm really liking the additional attachment points and the ease in which the bases go together.   Hope ya'll like them too.
Happy twisting,
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Picture Gallery / Re: "Princess Leia"
« on: February 19, 2011, 06:49:07 AM »
This is just awesome!  

Happy twisting,
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Picture Gallery / Re: David Brenions Mouse
« on: February 19, 2011, 06:48:16 AM »
Cute mouse!

Happy twisting,
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Picture Gallery / Re: My first top hat
« on: February 19, 2011, 06:47:22 AM »
I really like the top hat Heather.  Very nicely done!

Happy twisting,
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Balloon Chit Chat / Re: Mouth Inflation Advice - Ladies please chime in!
« on: February 19, 2011, 06:45:16 AM »
The only times I wish I could mouth inflate are the times when I'm NOT working and run across one of my "fans" (like when out grocery shopping).  Carrying a hand pump around with me for such occasions just isn't practical.

From time to time I get kidded about not mouth inflating and my reply is always a version of this:  "Well my boss told me I had to stop mouthing inflating - that me passing out and falling down all the time just didn't look good." The reply never fails to get a chuckle. :)

The speed I lose by not mouth inflating I make up for by using practiced, practical designs suitable for the event I'm working.  

Happy twisting,
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Picture Gallery / Re: Been busy . . .
« on: February 16, 2011, 10:29:05 AM »
I can see why they were all well received. Nice job!

Thanks for sharing!
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Picture Gallery / Re: "Willem Tell"
« on: February 16, 2011, 10:27:20 AM »
I think this is my favorite headband to date.  Love it!

Thanks for sharing!
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Picture Gallery / Re: Bicycle for Valentine's Day
« on: February 11, 2011, 06:59:23 PM »
Very nice bicycle built for two Leslie. :)

Here's a bike I made years ago.  It's a modified version of one made by Ralph Dewey.
Happy twisting,
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Picture Gallery / Re: Reef fish line work.
« on: February 11, 2011, 06:42:38 PM »
Love the fish Percival!
Very cute dolphin Dillinger!

Thanks for sharing!
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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Picture Gallery / Re: Racing Car attempt
« on: February 06, 2011, 05:43:21 AM »
Nicely done!  

I had wanted to make one of those David Grist cars for years.  Finally last year I got my chance.  I'm not a great weaver but the design hid my mistakes quite well and the Bday boy loved the car.  Can't ask for more than that. :)

Happy twisting,
Bonnie, The Balloon Lady

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