Universe & Everything Else

A catch-all phrase to lump a lot of topics into one place.

Weather and Storm related images:

Symbols relating to weather have been carved into stone and painted on cave walls since the dawn of civilization. Indigenous peoples created communication symbols to tell stories or leave warnings or directions to others. Ancient symbols include suns, clouds, bolts of lightning and so on. Modern meterologists also use symbols to represent suns, clouds bolts of lightning in televised weather reports. Which proves the old adage; The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • Tornados
  • Blizzards
  • Rain Clouds
  • Icicles

What are Icicles?

Icicles are spikes of frozen water that form when dripping water freezes as it flows downward.   People who live in cold countries are very familiar with these ice daggers. Those who live in climates without snow can only guess...or make their own through refrigeration.
Each subsequent drop freezes over the other until icicles gradually form. Ice and icicles can be dangerous and destructive to people and buildings. If your house has icicles along the roof it means your home is not properly insulated. You are heating the great outdoors and wasting hard-earned dollars. Save your money and get your house insulated.

Water drips off from badly insulated roofs as heat from the house escaped through the roof. This forms dangerous icicles which can break off and fall like frozen daggers. Icicles also form on tree branches. If ice becomes heavy the weight can cause branches to break and fall. Visit Icicles for more detailed information about icicles.

Warmcicles or Drycicles:

Paper icicles or Warm/Drycicles won't melt or damage and are super easy to make.  Simply cut long triangles out of regular 8 1/2 x 11" paper. 
A sheet of paper should make 5 to 10 icicles depending upon thickness. 
Cut the icicle shapes with straight edges or with squiggled lines to mimic actual ice cycles.

Hang holiday ornaments anywhere and everywhere to imitate a warm winter freeze.  Drape icicle ornaments on Christmas trees, in windows, or anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired. Construct a large paper tree for a wall with various shades of green construction paper and decorate with icicles, or draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface.

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Materials To Keep On Hand

Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.

Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.

Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.

Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.

  • Types of Paper:
    • Construction - many colors
    • Copier - many colors
    • Tissue
    • Crepe
    • Cardboard
    • Cardstock - many colors
    • Tracing
    • Water-color
    • Drawing
    • Onionskin
    • Paper tubes - TP tissue, paper towel and gift-wrap
    • Foam craft sheets - many colors
    • Magnet sheets - Make refrigerator magnets
    • Stiff Stencil - Paint repeating patterns on items, embroidery, latch-hook rug patterns
    • Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
  • Some Mediums & Tools to keep handy for the creative process.
    • Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
    • Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
    • Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
    • Chalk - many colors
    • Colored pencils - many colors
    • Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
    • Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
    • Straws - paper not plastic
    • Tooth picks - age appropriate
    • Sponges - cut into shapes or purchase for blotting paint shapes
    • Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops
    • Puffy paint and glitter - to draw words, images and shapes on cloth
    • Wine corks
    • Celluclay - A handy pulverized paper product that resembles clay for paper mache'
    • Modeling clay - reusable, come in colors, good for making molds
    • Pottery clay - Only if you expect to use a kiln
    • Silicon molds and release spray
    • Wooden shapes - to paint for ornaments and gifts
    • Decal sheets for window decals
    • Cloth scrap pieces left overs from sewing
    • Clay modeling tools - ll sorts, combs, forks, dental picks, anything to make interesting cuts and patterns
    • Plain tee shirts