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Icicles and Ornaments

There are some spectacular icicles on all of the houses in my neighborhood. Very pretty, and also a little scary (I worry when Brandon goes out to shovel).

Icicles and Ornaments

I made those paper ornaments a couple of years ago (based on the instructions from design*sponge), but I don’t think they’ve shown up in any of my photographs before. I love the way they look with the icicles behind them.

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  • callie grayson
    January 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Yes, your ornaments look stunning with the icicles behind them. I will need to make some of these ornaments. They are so pretty.

    I know what you mean about the icicles looking pretty but scary. I live on the top floor of my building and I have a sheet of icicles over my back door to my deck about 20 inches wide but approx 4 feet long. They are slowly melting in the sunshine today.
    I am not sure how to knock it down without hurting myself or someone else.

  • Allyn
    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Those ornaments are beautiful! Do you leave them up year round or just put them up for the holidays? They certainly could be displayed during all seasons. PS – I love your blog! We’ll be buying a home soon and I’m sure I’ll be visiting a lot to get great ideas!

  • Kerry
    January 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    You might want to take a peek up in your attic to make sure that you have enough insulation up there — that sometimes causes large icicles to form on the side of the roof. (Although they are pretty!) :)

  • Alex.
    January 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Oooh! Icicles! They do make a very good bckdrop for your gorgeous decorations (might have to make some of those).

    I’m so jealous of all these lovely winter pics on blogs everywhere. Here in Australia it’s summer, and gross! I can’t wait for winter, even though there still won’t be any snow for us here in Queensland.

  • Making it Lovely
    January 19, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Allyn, I leave them up year round.

    And Kerry, I thought the same thing – but they’re on ALL of the houses here. We’ve just had some strange weather this winter… a foot of snow on everyone’s roof to block the gutters, followed by sleety rain to form the icicles.

  • Taylor
    January 19, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I love how the sunlight is still coming in despite the snow.

  • sarah
    January 19, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    oh, nice! i’ve got to make some of those! i’ve been looking for something to hang from the ceiling in my living room.

  • Megan
    January 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    oh my, those icicle are humongous! but they frame those beautiful paper ornaments quite nicely, don’t they?

  • Danielle
    January 19, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    wowweee we don’t get anything like that in Australia. Love your ornaments, I want some.

  • mint
    January 19, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    your ornaments are beautiful! i love them in a collection like that. and the icicles… well i can’t even believe how big they are!

  • Amy
    January 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    we have icicles bigger than that on the roof at my work (it’s a 100 year old building with a horrible roof/gutters/insulation) and my boss is so freaked out that they’re gonna fall on us when we walk out the door he takes a broom to them lol. kinda cute that he’s concerned for our safety, but i like looking at them (although they do look sharp!)

    and love the ornaments, that would be a great “i’m bored” project for me!

  • Michelle
    January 19, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Very cool! I think baby would enjoy them as a baby mobile too.

  • alivicwil
    January 19, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Add me to the number of jealous Aussies who’s never had icicles of her own! It’s cooling down this arvo, but we were in the high 30s (over 90F) today. I’ve got a damp tea towel over my shoulders trying to cool down right now!

    Is that another part of your roof outside the window?

  • Bethany
    January 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    sigh… i love visiting your house…

    We had some crazy icicles too – it made from some fun snacking with the kid-let. You’ll have to try it with your little one :)

    (in canada we heat pure maple syrup and pour it on snow or icicles to make candies… the more you heat it the harder the candy turns out… But heck – you may know this already!)

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  • Tanya
    January 20, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I made these ornaments for Christmas when they posted that tutorial. Mine are in Christmas colors and go in my kitchen. I love them and always get compliments. Of course yours fit your house perfectly :)

  • Camilla
    January 20, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Hi Nicole, I just wanted to comment to say how pleased I am to find your corner of the web. It’s so pretty and your house makeover looks gorgeous. I find you and your blog very inspiring!

  • Mary
    January 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I love these! I need some for my office and my home office too. Thanks for posting this link.

    I swear, I salivate over your home decor. It’s so fun and unique. I would so love to devote more time for that sort of thing, but it just isn’t as viable when you rent.

  • bungalowbliss
    January 21, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Those are really cool. They are totally worthy of year-round use!

  • Nichole Moraila
    January 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I looove them! They make me feel giddy:)

  • Nancy
    January 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    How cute! May have to go home & play with paper tonight… ;o)
    I’ve just discovered your blog & will have to visit more later, when I’ve got more time … but, you live IN Oak Park? So, you can see FLW’s home/studio ANY time??? I’m so envious!!! :o)

  • Kay Gregory-Clark
    January 23, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Hi Nicole! Reading your blog for the first time thanks to Ali Edwards. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the flowered wallpaper (originally for your dining room, you said)! Way back in the 70s (yes, I’m old) I papered my entire bathroom, walls AND ceiling, with it! My husband said he felt like he was sitting in a boutique Kleenex box! So fun to see it again. Still reading….

  • Kay Gregory-Clark
    January 23, 2009 at 9:14 am

    p.s. to above: I too lived in Chicago area at the time–South Suburbs.

  • eliza
    February 6, 2009 at 11:07 am

    i love your ornaments. i made some this year and have them hanging in my office space. question though – how did you get some of them to be spade shaped?

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