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Laugh at the clouds

By MARY JANE PARK

© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 16, 2001


How welcome the summer rains have been. If your old umbrella has seen better days, why not spring for a new one? There's still plenty of time left in the rainy season.

-- MARY JANE PARK, Times staff writer

SPLASH & SPARKLE UMBRELLA PAINTING KIT

This umbrella entertains little ones on a rainy day and prepares them to venture forth. Kit contains child-size umbrella, 6 glitter paints, paintbrush and simple instructions. Splash 'n' Sparkle Umbrella Painting Kit. $9.99. TJ Maxx.

PLAID UMBRELLA

Plaid looks glad under gloomy skies; collapsible umbrella fits into purse or backpack. Totes automatic umbrella. $20. JCPenney, other department stores; on the Web, www.totes.com.

ART UMBRELLA

Auguste Renoir's famous Flower Pot unfurls into stylish shelter from the elements. Shaw Creations umbrella. $14.95. St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts gift shop, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 896-2667; other museum stores; on the Web www.shawcreations.com.

GOLF UMBRELLA

No need to make par to use this roomy umbrella. Color mixes can signify school loyalties; celebrities prefer basic black. Weather Station golf umbrella. $9.99. Eckerd Drugs. Look for others in a range of designs and prices at discount and department stores, sporting goods shops everywhere.

PAISLEY UMBRELLA

An umbrella in pink paisley gives a rosy glow to a gray day. Windstorm umbrella. $9.99. Target stores.

ART UMBRELLA

Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night gives an artistic feel to this umbrella. Shaw Creations umbrella. $14.95. St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts gift shop, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 896-2667; other museum stores; on the Web, www.shawcreations.com.

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