Sunday, September 4, 2016

The fate of the ice cream truck and the school bus

It looks like the colorful ice cream truck (also known as an ice cream van in the UK) with music you can't seem to get out of your head, that stopped on our block this summer before moving to the next street, has been retired until next summer.

The summer

ice cream truck/van (that attracts children with its music and bright colors)

that circled our neighborhood street

has now been

replaced with

the big yellow school bus.

My individual pages are 8.5 X 11 inches (21,59 X 27,94 centimeters), so they don't fit side by side on my scanner.  However, you should get the gist of the story of how the ice cream truck/van has been replaced with the school bus.

One of the things I've noticed is how very different some of our specific memories are of school days, depending on what country we grew up in.  I'm learning a lot, too, because I had no idea heading back to school was so very different depending on where each of us grew up.  I'm really enjoying this, because it's a never ending lesson for me, too.

Materials I used for this spread were various acrylic paints for the background, two 3-D embellishments, a sharpie, and the school bus I was able to fit (tape) together from parts I found on the internet.  I painted the stop sign with a red marker.  Since I only have black ink in my printer,  I got the yellow school bus by using yellow copier/printer paper.

Bleubeard and I are so grateful you stopped by today, especially since we in the U.S. are in the middle of a three day Labor Day weekend.

If you have time, please join us at Art Journal Journey where we're celebrating the joy of heading Back to School.

17 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

This is a very fun journal spread. The ice cream vans still make their summer journeys around town, and before I moved here I often bought myself an ice, too. I remember the yellow school buses from my six months at school in Brooklyn back in the early sixties, we don't have them over here, at least no yellow ones! A fun page, and thanks for the nice memories for back to school, your lovely challenge. Hugs, Valerie

chrissie said...

A wonderful reminder for us as we don't get either these days. No longer the cheery sound of the ice cream truck as so many places sell ice cream just along the seafront. The school buses are with us no longer because of funding so everyone takes their kids to school in cars and the roads are packed with extra cars at school times. Progress?

Love Chrissie xx

hazel said...

A wonderful spread, sadly we don't get any ice cream vans driving round anymore but we do see the odd one parked outside a school at home time.
xxx Hazel.

Sandra Cox said...

Love it! I'm guessing most kids would prefer the ice cream truck:)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What a happy - funny - lovely - beautiful spread dear Elizabeth!
Yes you are right - we learn so much each month from the different artists in all the different countries!
So - AJJ is a learning study in many ways and cool is this ???
I am just happy that we have you with us and we are so proud to have you as a host! ♥♥♥

I am out and about this Sunday afternoon - we visit friends..we have a beautiful last summer day here- rain and colder temperatures are forecasted for the evening and the next week..
School starts tomorrow for my daughter
and I have at least prepared a spread for Tuesday ... I hope that I will get some pages prepared for this month during the next days..
since I fly to Val on Thursday and will stay with her for nearly a week in Duesseldorf - so not much time for Art Journal again this month - not so good! But I am so excited and look forward to the first meeting in personal with Valerie!

HAPPY SUNDAY my friend!

My name is Erika. said...

Loving this spread. I remember being a kid with the ice cream truck driving through the neighborhood. I live too rural now for them, but it was always such a huge treat. And yup, time for the buses. Back to school is upon us. This is a great theme-nice pick! Have a great rest of your weekend. Hugs-erika

Divers and Sundry said...

I never road a school bus, but I bought many an ice cream treat from the Merry Mobile. Those are gone, but we have trucks that look like vans now. I don't see them much in neighborhoods, but I see them at parks. I may have to buy something next time for old times sake :)

Jeanie said...

How fun! Very cheerful!

Halle said...

That's great!! Love this one!! We don;t have ice cream trucks around here. So sad.

Jo Murray said...

Wonderfully whimsical...just my cup of tea.

Meggymay said...

This is another memory reminder Elizabeth. I love your school bus and ice cream seller.
We very rarely got the ice cream van, we lived too remote for them to make the journey, but the ice cream cornet was always a holiday treat. There is a school bus that passes through the village to take children to the High School, they have to get up early, as you say most parents here take them by car these days.
Yvonne xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Elizabeth! I love your page and the yellow school bus, another part of US tradition! Of course there are school buses here in the UK but they are usually hired from the local bus companies! Ice cream vans don't seem so popular now unless they are parked outside schools or at County Shows. I remember when they started to come around by my Gran's house around Sunday tea time and we would take a bowl to be filled to go with our strawberries in the Summer. Thanks for bringing back this memory! Hugs, Chrisx

My name is Erika. said...

In response to your cow comments on my post I wanted to reply. So I asked about the cows being tethered which was only while they were in the barn. The field ones had chains around their necks like dog collars but were not tethered. They told me they brought them into the barn for milking and they needed to be "lined up" in the stalls before heading to be milked. That way they they can keep track of who had been milked. Since they are for cheese making they are guernseys which are the smallest cows. The stalls are for holsteins which are significantly bigger cows so they hook them up for a short time and then after milking they go back lose into the fields. They just wanted to be sure that none of them wandered in the barns with museum guests as some of the cows are not really friendly but still weight 800 pounds. And since the stalls were large it would be easy for a cow to turn and walk out of the stall. I was worried myself but they seem humanely treated and seemed very happy. When the dairyman came One even gave him big licks of joy. I guess cow likes are for joy. But she wanted to be near him and followed his movements closely. Just so you know. 😀 Erika

Darla said...

What a clever idea. Truly one vehicle swaps out for the other about this time of year.

Rita said...

The ice cream trucks used to come around regularly when I was a kid in the Minneapolis suburbs. I haven't seen one for decades. Yellow school buses--yup! I never rode one. Lived close enough to walk to school--all 12 grades and three different schools. Love this time of year. Was always exciting with the new school year ahead of you. :)

Gibby Frogett said...

What a wonderful idea - fabulous pages Elizabeth.
That's a great looking ice-cream van and although I live in a seaside town we still also have an ice-cream van that comes around the streets. Not sure what tune it is playing at present - Greensleeves often seems to be a popular choice.
Learning lots from this challenge thanks :)
Happy Labor day ( I hope that's the right thing to say)
Gill x

Pamela Gerard said...

VERY fun! Kinda sad the ice cream truck is being replaced by a school bus though....