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This Week in the Oodlearium

It struck me last week when I was having a conversation with a friend a few days ago that I have been spending most of my creative energy lately on painting. Nothing at all wrong with that, but I am trying to push myself to explore new creative paths. That being said, my husband paid me the best compliment this week. He told me that he got lost on the 52 Frames website looking through all of my images from my 52 Frames journey over the last 3.5 years. As if that were not enough, he said he got there while catching up on reading my blog. He was really enjoying the content! Yay!


It took me quite a long time to break my brain from being stuck on the idea of using my Cricut Maker for things it was not designed to do. I’ve started playing around with cutting paper, but this week I picked up some vinyl from Michael’s and set myself the goal of trying something out. I popped into the Restore to pick up some tiles. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did pick up a few 3×12 inch tiles in a variety of colors. They were the perfect canvas for me to play around with some vinyl cutting. I found a few different free SVGs on Pinterest and was super excited how they turned out.  Just goes to show that you have no idea what might make a good blank for a project!

Imago Events Bricks

Yesterday I dropped of the last of my bricks from the Imago Events building collapse. They are asking local artists to paint the bricks and they will auction them off this summer at the local farmer’s market. I was really happy with how these two bricks came out. I love the imperfection of the bricks and how the paint played into the imperfections. I hope that they help to raise funds for this local vendor. Their misfortune has inspired me to explore a “canvas” I never would have considered in the past. 

Tile Pour

Last week Tom and I stopped into the Restore to see what they had in terms of globes and also tiles. I found a really unique thin brick-like tile that looked like it would be a fun pour canvas. I am absolutely kicking myself that I did not buy the entire box of tiles because my first pour turned out so unique that I want to make a whole series of them. I returned yesterday and snagged the last one they had. I pour it this morning, but the colors did not turn out at all how I was hoping it would.

After doing this tile, I decided I wanted to paint the easel. Tom suggested I try pouring on the easel. I won’t lie— I waste a TON of paint when I am pouring. I was sure this was going to turn out like a mucky mess, but I controlled myself and poured from a little take-out condiment cup and I slowly poured just a bit of paint and let it flow. It was not enough of a contrast to use it with the tile, but I will be a fun easel for another project.


Last spring during the shelter in place, I bought a spirograph from our district marketplace on Facebook. It was $10 for a trip down memory lane. I am sure I overpaid, but it’s a fun “tool” to have in my arsenal. Not sure what made me think of it this week, but I thought it would be fun to “draw” a flower design and then watercolor it. This was an exercise in patience as I have a very hard time seeing such intricate details without my contacts in. It was very meditative and I was happy with how my first effort turned out. It’s something I can keep as an idea for a card when an Oodle Doodle doesn’t quite fit the bill.

52 Frames

I try hard not to repeat subjects, but sometimes the themes lend themselves to a repeat and that was the case this week for sure. A spontaneous trip to walk around downtown yielded some of the most beautiful tulips I have seen this spring. I couldn’t resist them!

Last week the theme was fabric and I was struggling for an idea of how to show a piece of fabric in some sort of context. Some family health issues made me think of fabric tearing and I was excited that Tom still had his “frankenpants” to serve as my subject.

Only a few more weeks until my 17th year of teaching comes to an end. I’ve already started my list of projects for my time off. One of the biggest things I want to work on is getting all of my prints out of albums and into photo books that will take up significantly less space. Other than that, I hope to explore more with my CreativeBug membership and hosting some pop-up art classes. Stay tuned for the details!

Until then, oodle on!


This Week in The Oodlearium

I am bit behind with my This Week in The Oodlearium, but that is the way things go these days. So here’s a bit of a catch up.

A local event space called Imago lost their building when the roof collapsed this past winter. They are currently distributing bricks from their building to local artists to paint. The bricks will then be auctioned off at local farmer’s markets this summer. I started with two bricks to see how they take to pour painting. They just further confirmed how very much I love 3D pouring. I dropped off the first two on Saturday and picked up two more bricks. This necessitated a trip to Michael’s for new paints and I am stoked with how the oranges, golds and coppers turned out. I have one more to do this weekend. Here is an article about the roof collapse.

Graduation prizes

I finally finished my special gift for my seniors. Only four more weeks until we bid farewell to this awesome group of students that I have had for four years. No spoilers since a few of them follow me here. Everything turned out awesome and I’ll share pictures after our farewell event.

Another globe.

I’m kicking myself for not buying every single glass globe at the Restore that day because I am crazy over the moon in love with pouring on them. This picture does not even come close to doing it justice. Tom says something about this one every single time he comes into The Oodlearium. I’m planning to pour one for him soon. I went back to TheRestore assuming they would have tons of globes and they had NONE. Not surprised, they were only charging $.25 a piece. So I picked up one rounded piece and am going to try it out. I have an idea for how to finish it off (and deal with the big whole where the bulb would normally go), but spoilers…

A Huskie Pour.

I finally picked up some more black paint and was excited to do a pour in my school colors of orange/black. I had some extra paint in my cup so I decided to try and eek out every last drop on one of my left over Easter bunnies. It’s quite remarkable what you can do when you are patient…did I really just type that!

Over Spring Break I reorganized The Oodlearium and had to do something to get control over the fact that I had pours everywhere. We repurposed some shelves from another room and I’m super excited to have a display area for some art. We’re also looking for a display for the living room, which is exciting. Do you know when you have a vision in your head and you try to express it to someone…and you end up saying never mind I’ll know it when I see it? That is where I am right now.


I’ve been exploring more with the Cricut and trying to learn and experiment more. I need to learn how to use Inkscape, but at this point, I am putting that off until summer. I can’t add another thing to my plate right now.

Ladies Creativity Chat

After weeks of chaos in my life, I finally have rescheduled a chat with my creatives. I cannot wait until I am retired and I can just do this on a regular basis instead of having to “schedule it in.”

Creativity in the kitchen

Tom’s birthday was on the 15th and while he doesn’t love his birthday, he did have simple requests this year. He wanted chocolate cake and something fun to eat. I know that he loves trying new flavors and I love making new recipes. So I invested a bunch of time searching for just the right menu and the perfect chocolate cake recipe. This whole experience was a huge hit. We had Greek meatballs over toasted orzo along with spinach/artichoke puffs and the best chocolate cake I have ever had. He is still going on about how much he loved the cake. Experimenting in the kitchen is one of my greatest joys. Stay tuned for more fun from another oodle room!

52 Frames

This past week’s theme was nature and I was thrilled to get out and shoot the beautiful tulips in downtown Elgin. After the mess that was last spring, I have a newfound appreciation for nature and being outside.

Mental Health Shoutout

Yesterday we had a school improvement day at my school. Normally that means torturous meetings that are stressful and mind numbing. Yesterday was different. The district brought in Marli Williams, who engaged us for three and a half hours on the topic of resilience and she was nothing short of amazing! I need to clean up the notes I took, but I will share them along with the links for things she mentioned. In the meantime, check out Marli Williams

Only six weeks until the end of my 17th year of teaching and the one that required the most creativity and flexibility. I’m very much looking forward to long days and nights spent right here in The Oodlearium.

Until next time, Oodle on.



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