Megan O'Dea Jenkins

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DIY Pumpkins from 4x4s September 23, 2014

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Fall is my most favorite time of year, the weather gets cooler, the leaves change colors, it’s football season, so many things to enjoy as the season changes. This fall has been really productive and creative for me.  I’m not sure why but I’m thinking it could be because I have so much I want to get done before this little baby boy growing inside of me arrives in December! Yes, you read that right, we’re expecting, it’s a boy and we couldn’t be more thrilled!!

I got to spend a Saturday afternoon with some creative women, well, being creative!  My neighbor found this idea on Pinterest to create pumpkins out of 4x4s and because she has a HUGE SAW she wanted to give it a try. So of course I was up for it!

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

See, look at that saw!  We cut the 4x4s into three different sizes according to the directions on the project – 21″, 16″ and 12″. And the good news is you can get two sets out of one 4×4!

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Then we got out the chisels and just kind of experimented with how to create ruts in the 4×4 to emanate the ridges in a pumpkin.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

I found it easiest to use the pointy chisel and just kind of dig ruts along the soft spots in the wood. Another gal preferred the flat chisel and hit it with a hammer to help create the ruts.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Then we sanded down each piece making all the edges nice and smooth.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

The Valspar spray paint is so wonderful, it took about thirty seconds to completely spray the entire block and it was dry within minutes!  Be sure it’s coated well, especially in the ruts.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Then we used my most favorite product, the Valspar Antiquing Glaze, to add some depth to the ruts as well as the entire “pumpkin”.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Next we went on a little adventure in the field next to our house and chopped down some branches that had interesting texture to create the stem of the pumpkin.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

After cutting them down to different sizes, we just hot glued them on to the top of the pumpkin. Looks at those ruts, don’t they look so cute?!

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

To curly cue the black wire, we just wrapped it around a metal rod.
DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Then we cut out some leaf shapes from green canvas, added a jute bow and a black button and hot glued it on to the pumpkin.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

So incredibly adorable!! And so many possibilities for adorning your pumpkins.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

I seriously stare at them everyday!DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Of course I went right home and got out my fall decor to update the mantle for the season.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Oh so adorable!

I do have to warn you, this is not a quick project, it probably took 2-3 hours and 75% of that time was spent digging out those ruts, they were tough!

Happy Fall!




Repurposed Door Frame March 12, 2014

Filed under: decorating,Handmade Artists,Omaha,Repurposed,Wall Art — meganodea @ 6:54 pm
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Repurposed Door Frame

I’ve repurposed a door frame before and it was so fun and so beautiful I wanted to do more!

Repurposed Door Frame

Although this is super cute as is (thank you Karla!), it was screaming for some color!

Repurposed Door Frame

I call it an old door frame but I think it’s really the molding across the top of old doors. This was in really good shape!

Repurposed door frame

Aren’t these paper designs cute? They were perfect to add some texture to this rather flat board.

Repurposed Door Frame

Measuring carefully, I centered the paper cut outs across the board and glued them down.  Then gave the door frame a good sanding which also chipped it up a little. I love chipiness!

Repurposed Door Frame

And of course I painted it turquoise!  I am in LOVE with this color.  After a few coats of paint, I roughed it up with sandpaper then got out my secret weapon, Valspar Antiquing Glaze, to give it that old antiqued look that always adds nice texture. But of course I forgot to document those steps!

Repurposed door frame

Next step was drilling holes in the center of the paper cut outs for the knobs.

Repurposed Door Frame

My idea worked out perfectly! I loved the added texture!

Repurposed door frame

The knobs are longer than the board is thick but it’s nothing a Dremel can’t handle!  I just snapped on my metal cutting wheel and basically sanded off the ends of the knobs.

Repurposed door frame

I’m in love.

Repurposed Door Frame

I stare at it everyday hanging in my office.

Repurposed door frame

It turned out so awesome!

Repurposed Door Frame

Especially this cute little guy!

What have you repurposed lately?




Holiday Wreath How-To December 8, 2013

We’ll get to the wreath in a second, first I want to show you how I turned the Thanksgiving tray into a Christmas tray!

Frame to tray Christmas

I already had most of this in my house including the paper. The candlestick holders and bowl were beautiful wedding gifts!  And the shiny holiday bulbs. . . well, I bought them for the wreath and luckily had a few left over.

Holiday tray from frame

Simple but cute, right?  Okay, now on to the fun stuff!

Sparkly wreath upgrade

Store-bought wreaths are so expensive! And I never find one where I love every single thing about it so it never feels like it’s worth the cost.  That’s why this year, I wanted to make my own wreath, and it had to be colorful and it had to be sparkly!!

Holiday wreath upgrade

I found this fantastic mess of sparkles and texture at Garden Ridge for $19.99.  What a crazy store!

Holiday Wreath Upgrade

Garden Ridge also had bulbs in all sorts of sizes, colors and textures. I chose orange, turquoise, red and green all sparkly, shiny and a little matte too. Total cost for bulbs was $10.00.

holiday wreath upgrade

First I simply placed the bulbs on the wreath to make sure my vision would work.

holiday wreath upgrade

It seemed  a little plain and needed something to tie it all together so I grabbed this ornament off the tree (thanks Mom)!  Just what it needed!

holiday wreath upgrade

Then I started with the hot glue! I think I used 3 sticks of glue!

holiday wreath upgrade

Can you see all the glue on that bulb? I didn’t even burn myself!

Holiday wreath upgrade

Oh so pretty. I used red tulle to hang the ornament in the middle.

Holiday wreath upgrade

I love how it turned out and that I was able to incorporate the colors orange and turquoise in my Christmas decor!

Holiday wreath upgrade

I tried to clean up all the glitter but I think I will be finding it for years to come.  Good thing I believe the world needs more glitter!




Repurposed Frame & Screen October 6, 2013

Filed under: decorating,Holidays,Inspiration,Omaha — meganodea @ 9:09 pm
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My creative juices are overflowing, finally!! I started and finished two projects today AND I’m blogging about them both!

Ornate gold frame

I bought this frame as a set. You may remember this sign I made for my then boyfriend and now husband!! woohoo!!


Yes, I’ve had this in my closet for over three years and it even moved to our new house with me. I knew I’d find a brilliant project to use it for!


I took the back off and pulled out the print, it’s mounted on a board so I just set them aside. . . you’ll see why in a bit.


I sanded the frame very lightly to give the paint something to stick to.


Then I started painting.


I love these Valspar samples and lately I’ve been obsessed with the color Tropical Oasis. So obsessed that when I showed my Hubs the two projects I was working on today he called me Marie. (Those of you Breaking Bad fans know how much Marie loved her purple. . . well I love turquoise!)


I’m also obsessed with the Valspar Antiquing Glaze!  It’s like adding a fun scarf to your outfit, it just ties it all together and finishes the outfit perfectly!


Remember the print and board I set aside? Yep, I wrapped it with some fun paper.


Then inserted the piece of glass I had cut at the local hardware store.  . . can you see it?


I couldn’t even wait for the glaze to dry, I had to finish it tonight because I knew it was going to be so cute!


TADAAA!!!   All of these items I had around the house.  The glass cylinder on the left is just filled with green lentils and wrapped with jute. So simple but super cute!


The frame-turned-tray turned out just how I wanted! For Christmas I will switch out the paper and the decor. . . I’m going for a turquoise, green and red theme this year, can not wait until Christmas!


I also painted up this little screen since I wanted to paint it. . . . you guessed it. . . .turquoise, Valspar Tropical Oasis to be exact!

There is a screen there, can you see it?



I’ve had this screen about three years as well so it was a bit dirty, gave it a good wipe down with a damp cloth.


Then got to painting!  It only took a couple of coats.


Eventually I’ll hang a holiday themed wreath on this screen but for now it added another layer to our mantle.  I’ve been Pinning mantles like crazy on Pinterest! Come follow me!


That sign right there was painted by Susie Harris,

one of my most favorite bloggers.  I love her work.


I’m loving today’s projects! My old house had every wall painted a color!  Now, all my walls are “Latte” so I’m using color in other ways. It’s definitely been a challenge, but I’m slowly figuring out.  Next challenge is what to do with those windows!

If you have any ideas, let me know!













They Did What? August 8, 2013

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I just had the most incredible customer service experience, it was so good I had to share!

On June 8th, I ordered a beautiful angelo:HOME teal tufted ottoman from the Nebraska Furniture Mart. I ordered it online and was informed it would be delivered by July 8th, just in time for our upcoming rehearsal dinner party at our beautiful new home. I was so excited!!

July 8th came around and the Nebraska Furniture Mart (the Mart) called to tell me that the ottoman wouldn’t be arriving that day and that they didn’t know when it would arrived. So every few days I gave the Mart a call and they kept telling me the same story – the manufacturer is not returning our call, probably as a result of delays due to the July 4th holiday.

On July 17th I’d had enough, I reached out to angelo:HOME via Facebook and email, and kindly explained the situation. The very next day, I received a very nice email from Ed in customer service, congratulating me on our wedding and then delivering this news, “please send Michelle (copied on this email) your address as Angelo would like to send you one out ASAP free of charge – as an early wedding present!”

What? You’ve got to be kidding me, right?  They are doing what? I couldn’t believe it. I expected they would at the very least have a reason for the delay or resolve the issue with the Mart and provide a new delivery date. But nope, they went above and beyond!  And, I corresponded back and forth several times with Michelle, she was so helpful and kind!


Because of this incredible generosity and experience, we wanted to support Angelo and his business so we found the perfect an accent chair and ordered it from angelo:HOME online. The Harlow armchair is perfect, it’s good quality for a reasonable price, they have free shipping and I received the chair within a week! WOW!


So please friends, check out angelo:HOME for any of your home decor! Here are direct links to Angelo’s main websiteonline shop and a fabulous blog. He will inspire you with color and style!


Thanks Angelo for the wedding gift and for providing amazing customer service. You rock!



Introducing the Headoord! May 21, 2012

Filed under: decorating,Wall Art — meganodea @ 9:19 pm
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My sister has been coming up with a lot of projects for me lately and I’m loving it! We were out junking the other weekend and she said she wanted a headboard and I said I have a door you can use and she was instantly sold!! So we created this Saturday and hung it on Sunday!

Clean it up Kate!

I got this door and an old screen door for $10 at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore so one of them was free, I just can’t remember which! This one was marked $1.00 on the tag but also had $10 written on it, so we’re going to say it was $10.

She wanted gray, but we couldn’t find gray spray paint but we could find gray spray paint PRIMER so we used that and it worked great. One can was about $5.00.

Usually I wipe on a stain and work it so the piece looks antiqued but we found this Valspar glaze for $8 at Lowe’s and decided to give it a try hoping the dry-time would be a lot less than when using stain.

It didn’t take much, and it was so easy to just wipe on, let it dry a little for just a couple minutes, then work it and wipe off as you like! The bottle says you have about 15 minutes until it dries and you can’t work it anymore and I would say that’s very accurate!

I didn’t notice that “C” until we antiqued it up! C is for CUTE!

Brian was so kind to help us hang this beast!

We purchased these picture hangers, $12 for 2 (links to 18″ but we got the 6″). They hold a lot of weight! And they worked awesome! As you can see here, we didn’t paint the back of the door, we were too anxious to see how it would turn out!

Brian measured perfectly, it’s level!

And there’s the headoord!

Pretty cute, huh? I like that she picked a softer neutral color and not black.

Looks old and dirty, huh? Just how we like our creations!

Super cute, can’t wait to see what she does with the space above the headboard.

Kate’s a good decorator, she always picks really fun fabrics and knows how to use color without putting it everywhere like I do! Her lime green duvet is from Target and my Mom made the pillow. My Mom also made the wall hanging with the different fabrics. Cute, huh?

Kate was VERY EXCITED!! And she only spent $35 on a headoord!!

When I do this again, I will probably buy a wider door, this one was only 2 feet and I think 4 feet would be perfect. I would also use a door with a symmetrical design, but that’s just my neurosis! I also don’t mind that it is longer than the bed is wide, I think if you had side tables and nice lamps or something tall it would be easy to blend the ends in.

Thanks for asking me to help you with this Kate! Can’t wait to make another one!

What new technique or project have you created lately?




Seeing Green – More Repurposed Wall Art May 13, 2012

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And now a little break from the nature hikes!

My very good friend Nicole found this gem while she was out “junkin”!

Beautiful gold and chippy frame.

And this beautiful gem I picked up at Shabby Chic Picker Chick but sadly she has closed her storefront but still sells online.

Another beautiful gold beauty!

(oops, I forgot to round the corners on this photo! Oh well.) I chose the Martha Stewart paint samples I got from Home Depot in Okra.

And I had a spill. . .. oops!!

It took about 4 coats to cover that nasty goldness!  You can see it shining through here.

I’ve had that green paintbrush since college. . . 14 years. . . yikes!!

I roughed up the frame after I painted it to look worn. But you can see here, the gold really showed through.

I like the white showing through, but not the gold.

So I tried to paint it with watered down white acrylic.

It looks pretty good. . . from a distance 🙂

Isn’t she lovely? I picked up  a few botanical prints at The Humble Home for only $2 each! I love botanicals but only when they are in a bright funky frame!

You may remember this beautiful shelf I made from this post. I propped my new artwork up on it, looks lovely.

But a little sparse.

So I added a couple other pieces of repurposed art! Now it makes me smile every time I walk by.

Doesn’t the shelf look so sweet?

I’m in love with this repurposed project too!  Green and pretty.  The white vase is also from The Humble Home. The doily is from a junk store in Eureka Springs, AK. And the yellow iris’, well, their from my garden!

What have you repurposed lately?