Of Art and Icicles

When I was a kid growing up in Florida, I was completely enamored with icicles. I remember the first time my dad showed one to me. We were living in “the old house” (as we called it later when we were in “the new house”) and he came into the kitchen, excited about finding icicles outside. Yes, Florida occasionally gets cold enough for icicles.ย  We got snow once too but I was only about 4 and had no idea what you were supposed to do with it. Anyway, anytime there was going to be a cold snap in central Florida a few people would turn their sprinklers on and the next morning their entire yard would be covered in ice. I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever.

This is what my van looked like this morning.

A lot of the snow melted yesterday. The temperature wasn’t above freezing but the sun was out so it melted but since it was *really* cold last night, the melted stuff froze and I have icicles! I still think they’re pretty neat.

I’ve been working with Halle on the letter “I” this week and we’d finished her lesson because we’d started it in the middle of the week before. Rather than starting a new letter on Thursday, I decided to do art and such to reinforce the letter and we’ll start a new one on Monday. But I also couldn’t leave Chloe out. She loves painting. I’m a bit disappointed with her Global Art book overall because a lot of the projects require things that I don’t have at home (a box with a lid from a ream of paper? I didn’t have that lying around) or they’re complicated (felting? really?) I should have anticipated that if the art is “global” then I probably wouldn’t have the items on hand. I do have water color supplies on hand though and that’s what we did.

I drew a ladybug on a leaf for each of the girls on water color paper and let them paint away…

Here’s Halle’s…

And here’s Chloe’s…

I love them. The paintings and the kids. I want to frame them and hang them in their bedrooms. The only downside to the paper I have is that it’s *huge* and it’s hard to find a frame. I wish I’d thought of it beforehand so I could have taped it off to a more reasonable size. But no matter, I’ll figure it out.

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4 thoughts on “Of Art and Icicles

  1. The kids love seeing the icicles from all the sprinklers in the orange grove near our house! It is pretty fascinating for Floridians:)
    The ladybug paintings are so bright and vibrant~ they would look great framed!

  2. I like icicles too ๐Ÿ™‚ I remember how they looked outside my second-story bedroom window when I was a little girl – sparkly and beautiful.
    Love the ladybugs, of course. What about fashioning a “frame” out of trim from the lumber aisle @ home depot? I mean, you could hang the paintings with poster putty and just hang the glass-less (and really cheap) frames right over the top of ’em…does that even make any sense?

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