15th March

There was no blog last week as I was away attending the Blackpool Balloon Convention, it was slightly different to previous years as the venue was changed and I think they sold double the tickets. It did and didn’t have a different feel and vibe to the event. The main jam room always looked empty to me but the room was so much bigger than last year and people mingled in different areas of the hotel. I enjoyed meeting people and having a chat etc but those jamming seemed down on previous years although there were double attending. I did feel there needed to be more going on and there were some very long breaks between activities, I appreciate there was jamming time but as I said not that many were in the room jamming. They had three instructors, Juan, Jackie and Vadim, trying to cater for everyone. Next year there are four instructors booked with a multi sponsorship event, at the moment, Anagram with Sempertex and Gemar balloons……….as yet no Qualatex who have been the sponsor since the event started. So watch this space as they say to see what happens.

Congratulations to those that were placed in the competitions,
Ironman, Winner was Michael Abrahamson with Zoe Davis as runner up.
30 minute sculpture, Winner Danielle Burnige with Darren Mortiboy runner up.
5 minute sculpture, Winner Darren Mortiboy with Graham Lee runner up. Yes that was me 😉

Many thanks to my two partners in crime Danielle and Sally who I travelled up with and who
looked after me over the weekend and got upgraded by the delegates to being my carers.
If it kept them all happy I was happy to play along.
They did a grand job, it was appreciated and Sally sorry for being partly responsible
for breaking your top of the range wine glass……………..oops XXxx
I have started to post pictures from the weekend, Pictures.

We are sorting out the care & share days for this coming year with Qualatex, we are looking into going in a slightly different direction with the days and will let everyone know in the next couple of weeks once everything has been finalised.

The next star lecture days are booked with Rob Driscoll and Tope so if you would like to
attend either day or even both then all are most welcome, booking details are on the link,
Star Lecture Days.

We have the Premium Smart Twist Inflator designed for the balloon twister, it is on special offer with a £15 balloon voucher on pre order till the end of the month. Smart Twist Inflator.

We have added all the price increases to the website, this is slightly ambiguous as we actually did not increase any of the prices. We even held prices as per the last two years and even reduced prices on some of our retail stock. There are difficult times with everything going on in the world and we do like to help out where we can. So if you do need any product and can support the smaller wholesaler that would be very much appreciated. Balloon Art Wholesale.

Off to find the random balloon picture of the week,
I wonder what it will be?
I went with my 5 minute design I made at Blackpool last weekend.
This was going to be the model of the month for March but as
I decided to enter it into a competition we are holding it
back till next month. The design started off as a heart
and from the heart I saw an owl design.
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