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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