Category Archive: Stories & Musings

Feb 09

WAVES OF RAPTURE MadeWithBalloons™

Balloon Flower by Graham Rouse #MadeWithBalloons™ #350, 260

. WAVES OF RAPTURE #MadeWithBalloons™ ..   RAPTURE Rapture suggests a feeling of ecstatic joy or delight. When we see someone apparently delighted and totally wrapped up in concentrated focus, we say that he or she is giving their “rapt attention”.  Hopefully, you are among the many who have enjoyed such feelings and focus when engaged with balloons. AMAZED Maybe, as a child, …

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Oct 20

ON A GOOD DAY MadeWithBalloons™

Photo of woman standing on a chair and soaring into the clouds with helium balloons toward birds flying above

This image calls to mind the feeling I get on a good day working with balloons and with customers delighted by what we create with those balloons.  The spirits of my customers SOAR and so do mine! On these good days, I recall with pleasure many of the reasons I chose to join with so many of …

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Aug 26

SOMEONE SAYS, “BOYCOTT BALLOONS!” — YOU SAY,”____________________”

  SOMEONE SAYS, “BOYCOTT BALLOONS!” YOU SAY “____________”  It is becoming less unusual for well meaning citizens to challenge the value of balloons compared to the potential harm to wildlife. There are many reasonable approaches to a response. Here is one more for your consideration. I hope you find it helpful. ____________________________________________________ “Thank you.” I commend …

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Jul 12

RED, WHITE & BLUE PUZZLE MadeWithBalloons™


  . It was a very hot summer some 20 to 25 years ago  when hundreds of balloon artists, entertainers and decorators, gathered in Athens, Georgia, USA. It was a time when “the South” (of the USA) was known for “Southern Hospitality” rather than for controversy over the Confederate Flag the way it is today.  …

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Sep 05

JOAN RIVERS MadeWithBalloons™

Design for portrait of Joan Rivers MadeWithBalloons™ & Rouse Matrix™ (Rosue-Expand-And-Load™) balloon frames

    Portrait Of JOAN RIVERS MadeWithBalloons™ . This design for a balloon portrait of Joan Rivers is my tribute to an amazing woman. .  She was often controversial, but always entertaining. . I have enjoyed many of her performances over the years and will miss her as will so many, many others.  ____________________________________________________  YOU MAY …

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Jun 26


Picture from the Dance Of The Balloon Fairy video

  DANCE OF THE BALLOON FAIRY  . I spent a good portion of my balloon life in earlier years entertaining with balloons that I twisted and stories that I told. It was a great experience for me and for the audience. However, I never did such elaborate lighting and choreography as we see here. For …

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Jun 24

ABSTRACT TOTEM MadeWithBalloons™

    ABSTRACT TOTEM MadeWithBalloons™  . I am not sure what tribe or clan this design might represent. It just “grabs” me as some sort of abstract representation of a people from the past. Yet, it leaves me wondering if, perhaps, they were more advanced than we.  The original balloon sculpture was a column by Jose Antonio Peztaña for …

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May 11

THANK YOU MOM! MadeWithBalloons™

"Thank You Mom For Giving Me Your Heart" text with young Nielly Bevis holding 18" RMS™ Puffed Heart

. —  ROUSEings — By Graham Rouse Thank You, Mom! Thank for carrying me, for bearing me, for loving me. Your love inspires me, nurtures me, sustains me, protects me. And, I love you too!   ________________________________________________ . You May Also Like: “CHEERFUL CHERRY CHUM” MadeWithBalloons™ FATHER’S DAY PLAY MadeWithBalloons™ VIDEO VALENTINE GREETING MadeWithBalloons™ ________________________________________________ . …

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May 10


  —  ROUSEings — By Graham Rouse A DAY TO REMEMBER It was a day that I like to remember. Mary and I were out with children and grandchildren picking blueberries in the  sun. There was teasing and chasing and laughter. There were spills and tumbles and a few tears. There were hugs and smiles …

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May 06

BUGS BUNNY MadeWithBalloons™

Bugs Bunny MadeWithBalloons™

Visit Nao Osaka’s original post of this photo. . —  ROUSEings — By Graham Rouse Nao Osaka’s bugs bunny tells a story. With just a glance I can imagine Bugs’s delight at his theft of his favorite carrot treat from Elmer Fudd’s garden. Bugs casually leans back with his arm propping up his head and …

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