Friday, December 12, 2014

Newer Olfa

A lady at Betty's work wanted an Olfa for her Grandkids Frozen Birthday Party, so I made another one at home, but I used a 16" white I had left over from a deco gig for the main body and liked it much better.  I may have to buy a bag of 9" white rounds to add to my arsenal of balloons.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


This design is from Holly Hopper. She had a tutorial I purchased and just finished watching. I really like the design of the head and will be using it on other figures I make.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Worked on an Elsa balloon ... now on to Olaf

Friday, November 21, 2014

Last Football Friday

Not too many kids at todays VIP tent, so I worked on a Cornucopia arrangement.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

October ND Football Fridays

Kind of a wet cold afternoon, but still lots of balloons made. A couple of brothers wanted football hats and a famous red crab.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Football Fridays at the VIP tent

The Gold Team showed up for photos so I added another team member.

My first request was something for an Irish Texas Fan ... she got a Longhorn.

A family of Irish Fans !

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ND Opening Mass Picnic

Chris & I working in the North Dining Hall.  Ken and Cliff were working at the South Dining Hall.  After we had a late dinner at Legends with our Chicago entertainer friends. Good food and GREAT stories.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Here Piggy ... Piggy

We had a total of 4 twisters at our August meeting and I had a GREAT time.  Ken brought some new printed 5" rounds with faces on them, so I whipped up some quick bodies for them.  We then moved on to Pigs !  I purchased Eric Weinstein's PDF instructions for a cute pig and gave it a shot.  Like always I try to rethink the design into simpler figures that still retain the "cute" factor.  I'm still working on the pig but I am excited in the direction that it is going.

Friday, August 22, 2014

40 Swords

Delivered these swords to the Harris branch library for their showing of The Princess Bride. Lots of FUN !

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chris of ND Birthday Party

Chris is a regular in my building as well as around campus.  He is such a friendly young man and always has a hug for you.  Today I was honored to attend his birthday party at ND.  I made him a Notre Dame Birthday Cake Hat to celebrate.  They sometimes call him the "Mayor of Notre Dame".

Monday, August 4, 2014

Logan's Run Fun

I used different ideas to make this ninja turtle hat.

Then the Cat in the Hat crew showed up and wanted hats.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Growing Kid's Summer Picnic

4:00-6:00 today. Lots of kids, but a ton of fun !

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Return of Jason

When I first joined the Michiana Balloon Twisters there was a young man named Jason Zabo twisting with us. After awhile he moved to Florida seeking his fame and fortune ... seems he did pretty good ! He joined us tonight at our twisters meeting after visiting some friends in Chicago. He taught us his Yoda and Batman. THANKS Jason !

Monday, July 7, 2014

Independence Day Celebration

I was at my annual Independence Day Celebration with the Fun folks of the University Village on Friday (July 4th).  They have food, a bike parade and a bonfire ... and Twister Mike too.  It seems like some gigs get too busy for photos and this one is a steady stream of kids and adults.  Thanks for inviting me back again this year ! 

After I'm done I head to Jan & Doc's house for our family's celebrations.  We had a few more kids this year (only about 10), so after dinner I broke out the balloons.  My Grandson Kade was first in line and he asked for a Captain America Shield ... I thought it would be a great time to design one on the fly.  I did get to perfect it as there were a few more kids that wanted one too.  My son-in-law Chris McTwist got sucked into making one as well ... good practice !

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Chick-Fil-A 10th Birthday Party

July 1st (Tuesday) was a big 10 year celebration for Chick-Fil-A on Main street Mishawaka.  I was twisting there 12:00 - 2:00 and made lots of different balloons.
 A Seahorse of course !

 FUN Hats !

And Twisting with the COW !

Monday, June 23, 2014

Weekend Gigs

First gig was in Goshen at Ben's Soft Pretzel's Kids Day 11:00-12:30. It was indoors and it was a GREAT time !  Kids had face painting and a pretzel walk and of course Twister Mike Balloons !

The second gig was a return to Roseland Animal Hospital for their open house.  It was outside in the shade.  They had lots of games for the kids, cookies, pizza face painting and Balloons.  It was fun seeing all the different kinds of pets attending the open house.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Western Branch Library Program

June 4th was the Western Branch of the St Joe Library Fizz, Boom, Read program and we did a Balloon Twisting Workshop.  Fun and active bunch of kids and adults !  Thanks to the Librarian helpers too.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Race For The Cure

I had a FUN time last Saturday twisting in the Kid's pavilion at Potwatami Park. Miss Indiana Collegiate 2014 stopped by for a balloon corsage.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fizz, Boom, Read Summer Program

Started our large sculpture build for the downtown Mishawaka library. Don & Barry were waiting for me this morning. Chris joined us a bit later. So far so good.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mom & Sons at Chick-fil-A

Knights of the Round Table evening brought Dragons, Swords, Shields and Helmets. A fun time !

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mayfest at Shipshewana

I had a GREAT day twisting by The Blue Gate Restaurant Saturday 9:00 - 4:00. The sun finally came out and warmed up the day.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

2014 SMC Campus Bash

I have twisted at this event the last 4 years and always enjoy the imagination of the students !

Monday, April 21, 2014

Church Dance Deco

These are some photos of the dance decoration that Betty, Jared, and I built Friday.