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1  General Category / Balloon Instructions and Requests / Re: Albert Einstein-esque on: December 01, 2012, 12:00:55 PM
My problem wasn't the head, it is the 'lab coat' that I'm trying to work out.
2  General Category / Balloon Instructions and Requests / Re: Albert Einstein-esque on: November 28, 2012, 08:35:25 PM
Well the home and garden trade show is for a Roofing Company, so think less medical and more Professor Skippy Von Gutterman.  I was wondering about weaving something, but since it's gonna be up for 3 days.  Yeah, I'm gonna go with a Lootle type body and head.  I was just wondering if anyone had done anything similar or if someone knows of some pictures out there that I might get some ideas from? 
3  General Category / Balloon Instructions and Requests / Albert Einstein-esque on: November 27, 2012, 09:00:58 AM
I'm helping out a friend in January during a trade show.  The 'mascot' for the company is a guy who looks a little like Einstein.  I'm going to make a life-sized version of him.  But my dilemma is that he is wearing a lab coat. Does anyone have any suggestions?  My plan is to use 360's in white for the torso and legs. 
4  General Category / Balloon Photos / Re: Woof on: November 05, 2012, 08:31:17 PM
This is a helicopter that I found on a site somewhere.  Maybe Balloon HQ? 
5  General Category / Balloon Photos / Re: Post any of your Elmos and Cookie Monsters on: November 05, 2012, 08:27:28 PM
Here's a couple of my popular Elmo and Cookie options. Smiley 
6  General Category / Balloon Photos / Don't Forget to Vote on: November 05, 2012, 08:06:28 PM
Get out there and do yer thing!  VOTE VOTE VOTE!!! 
7  General Category / Balloon Artist Introductions / Re: 513/859 area on: November 03, 2012, 11:21:44 PM
Hi There Paddy! 

I'm Amy (Looney Ballooney).  It seems you and I learned to twist around the same time- and I have also only been twisting for restaurants and parties in the last couple of years!  I would love to jam with you sometime.  There's another twister (Dale the Balloon Guy) that is in Hebron and I am in the Monroe/Middletown area.  Feel free to send me a message if you'd like to get together sometime!

www.facebook.com/looneyballooney
8  General Category / Balloon Photos / Re: My number's up on: November 03, 2012, 11:03:39 PM
I did a Peppa Pig from earlier this year.  She is in the states but not as popular as Olivia, at least I don't think so.  I bought a PDF file from Twistina so that I'd know Peppa (and some other cool stuff I use in my line work).  Here's how mine turned out.  If I'm not mistaken, I actually ended up using the head from someone else's Peppa design. The girls from the party LOVED her. Smiley
9  General Category / Balloon Photos / Re: Penguin in glass on: November 03, 2012, 10:21:38 PM
for a 'snow globe' effect once I put a sugar packet inside a clear round... fell quickly, made a nice sound, but also made me very nervous and anxious until they were out of the restaurant. ;0)  I just kept imagining it popping and the sugar going everywhere.  It may have lasted for some time- I'm not sure.
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: My new clown Suit on: November 03, 2012, 01:03:31 PM
Where did you get the vest with the balloon dogs on it?  (or the fabric)  I LOVE it!
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Two Questions on: November 03, 2012, 12:52:32 PM
I also buy my balloons from The Balloon Room (www.balloonroomonline.com).  They have great customer service and lots of good fresh balloons to chose from. 

I have come across certain balloons that tend to pop more frequently than others.  For some reason I tend to have issues with the lime green from Qualatex.  And then it sometimes it seems it's just not meant to be somedays.  Smiley  I was once told that static electricity can cause some popping.  As dry winter weather approaches be more aware of this, run your hands down your shirt or pants and see if you can hear the 'popping' sounds that static causes.  Another thing to mention (but it may not apply to you) is that I tend to wear more sparkly or shiny shirts during the holidays- that has unknowingly caused me issues before. 

This is my unsolicited plug for Betallatex balloons (fashion or opaque colors- NOT JEWEL TONES).  I find that when inflated they are much longer than Qualatex ones, giving you more room to make twists and bubbles. Smiley 

Best of luck!
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Need Immediate Advice! on: July 29, 2012, 09:03:31 PM
Well I thought I should go ahead and update this post...  I spoke with the facepainter (by phone) on Tuesday night.  She explained that it was a misunderstanding and that her husband was calling clients to confirm their bookings.  She also said that she was only joking when she called me a balloon wrangler.  I explained that she didn't know me well enough to make a joke like that and that I didn't find it the least bit funny.  We talked it out and clearly we do not see eye to eye on the situation.  At this time I have decided that I will not need her services, I thanked her for the conversation, wished her the best of luck in the future and promptly removed her from my cell phone and my facebook account.  Good riddance.  First tough lesson learned I suppose. Sad

I actually did find someone to come into the restaurant and fill in for me (with glitter tattoos) on Tuesday.  The owner of the restaurant also called me and asked if I would come in to host Kids Night EVERY Tuesday, as opposed to every other Tuesday.  So Wooo Hooo for that! Smiley
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Need Immediate Advice! on: July 23, 2012, 09:34:06 PM
Maybe I'm out of line here, but it's midnight and I just received this email from 'Sue'... 
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Hey, I just got in, and figured it was way too late to call.
I was with my Mom today, who has Alzheimer's, at doctor's appointments.
I talked to my husband, Bill, and there was a mixup with who he was supposed to call (new contacts). But, I was also mixed up because I thought you meant $xx per hour, not $xx total.
Facepainters overhead is SO much that I really won't be making anything at all, considering gas and supplies. My labor will be almost free.
When you do parties, what's your rate? Mine's $ an hour, and I'm undercutting *everyone,* the usual is at least $ but can go as high as $! The reason I ask, is because $ an hour might be a good investment if I book parties out of it, but no one's going to want to book me if they can book a balloon wrangler for $/hr.
Is the traffic high at this restaurant? What's the flow?
Since you already set this up, and it was a communication snafu, there's no way I'm going to leave you hanging. I'll still do it, you can smooth your contact's ruffled feathers and tell him it was just a misunderstanding. If you would rather us call back, let me know.
But yeah, that's why Bill was so surprised--$/hour is what we'd charge a charity to just cover supplies and nothing else.
One pot of the paint I use is anywhere from 8.00-24.00 depending on the maker and type (metallic, regular, split cakes) and I have easily got 1500bucks in materials with me when I do a gig, always. That's why I'm sure to be insured--I can't afford not to.
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The rate that I gave her is an EXTREMELY fair rate for restaurant work in this area (North of Cincinnati).  It's NOT what I would charge to do a birthday party, but I wouldn't be accepting tips for a birthday party. I had begun to respond to the email, but became so angry with the 'balloon wrangler' comment and then the idea that she assumes balloons are FREE... well, let's just say that I was as angry and confused as Evander Holyfield when Mike Tyson bit his ear off.  Yeah, that bad...  So I'm going to be an adult- breathe - and wait until the morning or tomorrow evening to respond.   
14  General Category / General Discussion / Need Immediate Advice! on: July 23, 2012, 06:01:28 PM
Please take a moment to read this and leave any advice or opinions you might have. 
I'm new to balloon twisting (about 18 months, professionally) and it is my main source of income.  I happen to meet a facepainter online a few months ago.  I was called about a job, couldn't do it, suggested my new facepainter friend, "Sue", and the company hired her and told me that she was fantastic - so much so that the same company called me again and asked for us both once more.  She couldn't make the second event, but I did.  Technically we've never worked together but nothing seemed suspicious about her.  We're friends via Facebook and that's the extent of it.

Anyhow- here's my problem. I have a long running gig at a local pizza place and for the month of July I am scheduled there every Tuesday (as opposed to every other Tuesday normally).  I just realized that I have to be out of town on the last Tuesday of the month.  I've never cancelled on them, but wanted to offer an alternative.  So I texted 'Sue' with the details of the gig, my rate, and the average amount of tips I receive.  She asked for the name of the location and I gave it to her.  She agreed and said she was happy I thought of her and that she was excited to get work in that part of town.  The restaurant also prints out flyers for me and passes them out to customers the week before I arrive, they asked for her to send a flyer over so they could do the same for her.  A few moments ago I received a call from the manager of the restaurant and he tells me he just received a call from the facepainters husband stating that her rate is $30 more than what I receive.  The manager was a little miffed and honestly I was mortified.  I've called 'Sue' and she wouldn't answer.  I left a message but she hasn't called.  I don't know what to do at this point.  Should I just cancel the gig?  There aren't many other types of artists in this area (balloon twister or facepainter) and I have NEVER experienced anything like this.  I'm still new and naive and simply in shock!
15  General Category / Balloon Photos / Re: woven rose - 1 step further on: July 02, 2012, 06:38:44 PM
Where can I find GOOD instructions on this?  It's amazing and I'd love to know how to do it!! 
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