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Linda, Ninja, cake

Finally! We have photographs proving that Linda Bruce’s 59th birthday gift is for real — the transformation of her back yard into a relaxing garden, made possible by your financial support and your horsepower – both human and motorized. At first glance it may look like a furniture garden, but plants will soon make their way into the scene as the current collection grows and new hanging plants are added once the danger of frost has passed. At CV Linens they are delighted to offer an array of opulent materials and linen tablecloths for sale you may select from to create the event of your dreams, we decided to use the best tablecloths  for her birthday.

Linda was overwhelmed, and deeply moved by everyone’s efforts and thoughtfulness. Special recognition must be given to Dawn Kubler, who had the chutzpah to take over Linda’s backyard and spearhead this makeover.

Contributions have arrived from around the world, and are still arriving. In fact, we’re still paying the bills, so if you pledged but failed to get the check off, it’s not too late to a get your name on a rock in the Zen Garden. Dawn will be returning in the near future to add a few final touches.

Checks should be sent to:

  • Dawn Kubler
  • 36 N Booth Dr
  • New Castle, Delaware 19720

The roster of contributors in labor and finance is posted below. Thank you!

Welcome to the garden

Birdhouse wall

Linda discovers the makeover

Linda and Ninja

Beneath the pergola

Night scene

Raising the pergola

Eryn rehabing furniture

Frank assembling

Where\'s the drill?

Louie

Ninja\'s home

Ninja

CONTRIBUTORS, LISTED ALPHABETICALLY

  • Aguillon, Sandra – Hacienda Heights, CA
  • Alexander, C Paige, Balloon World, Andover, KS
  • Alvarez, Jose Maria – Globofiesta, Spain
  • Balloonville Productions, Troy Apprill & Diane – St Louis, MO
  • Barnard, Rozane – Pioneer Europe
  • Barnett, Debbie – Enchanted Moments, Darwin, NT, Australia
  • Bennett, Lisa – Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS
  • Bertrand, Luc – WAW Balloon Co, Belgium
  • Bernstein, Christine & Michael – Balloon City of Boston, Winthrop, MA
  • Bina, Kalyn – Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS
  • Bloom, Gunter – Balloons Galore, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Bolzoni, Fabrizio – France
  • Bowler, Sue & John – Conwin, Europe
  • Bremgartner, Bambi & Danny – Aah Inspiring Balloons, Long Beach, CA
  • Brody, MK – Brody’s, Chicago, IL
  • Brown-Rosner, Sheree – The Great Wandini, Baldwin, NY
  • Bruce, Eryn – San Francisco
  • Bruce Family on Peggy Lane (Frank & Louie), Petaluma, CA
  • Bruce, John & Terri – Petaluma, CA
  • Bubnova, Anna – Pioneer Europe
  • Bunnell, Dennis & Patricia, Pockets and Friend, Vancouver, WA
  • Burchette Family – HiFloat, Louisville, KY
  • Burton, Maxine & Bob – Burton & Burton, Bogart, GA
  • Carling, Linda – Pioneer Europe
  • Carroll, Colleen – Air Dancer Productions, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Central OK QBN Chapter – OK City, OK
  • Chubb, Carol – Balloons For All Reasons, Braintree, MA
  • Clark, Sharon – DAPA Balloons, New Castle, DE
  • Comerford, Michelle – Pioneer Europe
  • Connor, Julie – Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS
  • Corda, Janice – Petaluma, CA
  • Currier, Frank & Debbie, and their friend Terry – Sacramento, CA
  • Cutrona, Rosa – Il Pallone Balloons & Stuff, Carlstadt, NJ
  • Davis, Tricia and Brian – Davis Design & Décor, Vidalia, GA
  • De Klerk, Christo – BalloonPlanet.com, Seattle, WA
  • Del Castille, Adam – San Francisco, CA
  • Denegris, Dimitris – Lion Balloons, Greece
  • Devlin, Lois & Alastair – Pioneer Europe
  • Dorsey, Jill – Northern NJ QBN Chapter, Cedar Grove, NJ
  • Drury, Mark – Pioneer Europe
  • Duckett, Val – Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS
  • Eddy, Jean & Nick – Pioneer Balloon Company, Modesto, CA
  • Eubanks, Kristie & Glenn – Wichita, KS
  • Falcone, Alberto & Paola – Balloon Express, Italy
  • Fisher, Rodney & Fiona – Balloons in Tuscany, Italy
  • Flynn, Dan & Kathy – Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS
  • Forray, Nikolette – Balloonworld, Hungary
  • Furman, Robbie – Balloons by Robbie, Fairfield, NJ
  • Gallant, John – The Red Balloon Company, Seattle, WA
  • Gervais, Lynda – Ann’s Secret Garden, Bethany, OK
  • Goethel, Nancy – Party Productions, Rochester, NY
  • Gray-Nelson, Camilla – Dairydell Canine, Petaluma, CA
  • Hanna, Michelle – Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS
  • Heining, Treb and Tanya -Balloonart, Newport Beach, CA
  • Helman, Elisa Beth – Elisa in Balloonland, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Helman, Ruth – Creative Celebrations, Danvers, MA
  • Holt, Lisa – Paperworks, Hyattsville, MD
  • Johnson, Scott – Balloon Emporium, Pasadena, CA
  • Kot Family – Toms River, NJ
  • Kronowitz, Arlene – A Whimsical Expression, Bufalo Grove, IL
  • Kubler, Dawn – DAPA Balloons, New Castle, DE
  • Kubler, Raven & Zoe – DAPA Balloons, New Castle, DE
  • Lever, Roberta & Jack – Balloon Express, Florence, Italy
  • Levine, Ron & Melissa – Your Event Specialists, Wappingers Falls, NY
  • Martech, Helen- Ann’s Secret Garden, Bethany, OK
  • Masters, Diane – Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS
  • McKinnon, Janis – Petaluma, CA
  • Miles, Colin – Partytime, Dundee, Scotland
  • Meja, Sandra – Balloon Emporium, Pasadena, CA
  • Monds, Connie Iden – Party Animals, Antioch, TN
  • Naggar, Jane – Pioneer Balloon Company, Peabody, MA
  • Nelson, David – Premium Balloon Accessories, Sharon Center, OH
  • Nelson, Jennifer – New York, NY
  • Nicastro, Robin & Mark – Balloon Emporium, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Nobmann, Lee & Melodee, Petaluma, CA
  • Northern Illinois Balloon Network – Northbrook, IL
  • Northern NJ QBN Chapter – Cedar Grove, NJ
  • Ono, Tamami – Pioneer Balloon, Issaquah, WA
  • Osborne, Mark & Biggi – DM Balloon Co, Germany
  • Ott-Gaspard, Chelsea – Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS
  • Pachankis, Johanna – Pioneer Balloon Company, Kechi, KS
  • Parker, Jim – BalloonPlanet.com, Seattle, WA
  • Parmel, Jane – NY Balloon & Basket, Brooklyn, NY
  • Peters-Smith, Adrian – Party Town, Perth, WA, Australia
  • Pioneer Balloon Company – Wichita, KS
  • Roberts, Wayne & Norma – Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS
  • Roche, Colleen – Balloons by Robbie, Fairfield, NJ
  • Roine, Karen – Balloon Emporium, Nanaimo, BC
  • Rose, Jim – Loftus International, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Rosner, Herschel – The Great Wandini, Baldwin, NY
  • Russo, Rae – NY Balloon & Basket, Brooklyn, NY
  • Santaularia, Tena – Balloonarts, Lawrence, KS
  • Sciascia, Richard & Maureen – East Northport, NY
  • Smith, Duane – Wichita, KS
  • Sopko, Jacquie – Balloon Crew, Garfield Heights, OH
  • Sorrell, Royal and Patti – Balloon Designs, Peabody, MA
  • Spahia, Mike – The Red Balloon Company, Seattle, WA
  • Spina, John – DAPA, New Castle, DE
  • Stanbridge, Dave & Chrissy – Tiptop Balloons, Great Britain
  • Steadman, Bonnie – Princeton, MA
  • Stephanos, Stephani – SS Panoramic, Cyprus
  • Stern, Joy – And Why Not Balloons, Duncan, SC
  • Stilwell, Carman – Pioneer Europe
  • Todorovich, Darlene – West Covina, CA
  • Tuthill, Meg & Family – Minneapolis, MN
  • Vail, Cameron – The Red Balloon Company, Seattle, WA
  • Verlinden, Leo – IBS, Belgium
  • Vlamis, Ted & Betty – Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS
  • Werling, Jo – Big Balloon Bash, Merrimac, MA
  • Wijna, Johan – IBS, Belgium
  • Williams, Betty – Creative Balloons, Midlothian, VA
  • Williams, Peggy – Balloon Specialist, Huron, TN
  • Williams, Roddy & Ellen, Massapequa Park, NY
  • Woody, Cam – Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS
  • Zeller, Linda – Party Blitz, Simi Valley, CA