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Balloony News, Issue #006 - Hot Air Balloon Models
January 31, 2007

All Things Balloon - Fresh Ideas for Young & Old

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Issue #006, January 2007

Table of Contents
  1. What's new on our Web-Site: How to Build a Hot Air Balloon Model
  2. Weird & Wonderful News from the 'World of Balloons'
  3. Tip of the Month
  4. Must Remember Dates


Welcome back to our first issue in the year 2007. We hope you had a great start into the New Year - may it be a healthy, happy and successful year for you!

Please enjoy ... and, as always, your feedback is most welcome. Just reply to this e-zine and let us know your comments, suggestions or requests. We'd love to hear from you!

1. What's new on our Web-Site: How to Make a Hot Air Balloon Model

Hot air balloon models can be a spectacular "wrapping" for a balloon ride gift voucher, but they also make an impressive gift on their own, especially if they are self made. We show you how to build your own hot air balloon model. It's really quite simple and you'll be surprised by its effect. It certainly whets the appetite for hopping into the basket and taking off ...

2. Weird & Wonderful News from the 'World of Balloons'

Christmas is over, so the following might be a bit out of date, but we found the pictures so amazing that we wanted to share them with you.

This December & January, Madrid hosted the biggest Bethlehem or Manger Scene ("Nativity") made of balloons in the world - 200,000 balloons represented how life and work was 2000 years ago, using more than 60 life sized figures of animals, shepherds, and other nativitiy characters. For example, the 3 wise men with their camels are done with more than 12,000 balloons each!

You can have a look at some stunning pictures of this event here: Balloon Nativity Pictures

More information about the "Balloon Nativity" can be found in these two posts in the Yahoo balloondecorating group:

Balloon Nativity Information, Part I

Balloon Nativity Information, Part II

3. Tip of the Month

Our tip of the month comes from one of our readers. Nancy asked: "If you are only inflating 11" balloons can you use a flower pot for a sizer?"

Yes, definitely. What a brillant idea for a simple way to blow up balloons to the same size. Just make sure to use a flower pot with a "straight" shape rather than a conical one.

Thanks Nancy for sharing this tip with us.

4. Must Remember Dates

VALENTINE'S DAY on 14th of February - how about surprising your loved one with a self made gift this year? The Valentine's Balloon Bouquet isn't difficult to make, and offers a unique alternative to the traditional bunch of roses.

In our last e-zine we mentioned ebay as a good place to look for themed party balloons - their selection of Valentine Balloons is worth checking out.

all the best,

Margit & John

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