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!




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

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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!













Who Needs Bakerella. . . January 3, 2012

Filed under: Holidays,Omaha — meganodea @ 8:44 pm
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When you have Aunt Jody?  (and my wonderfully creative sister, Kate)

Okay. . . maybe we needed Bakerella for the idea. . .snowman cookies.

But you have to admit, we’ve got some mad decorating skills! Remember this adventure? Or our adorable cake  pops?

This year Aunt Jody went to Bakerella for inspiration again. . .

We had regular sprinkles, snowflake sprinkles, christmas tree sprinkles, circle sprinkles, candy cane sprinkles, chocolate covered sunflower seed sprinkles and we even had Tic Tacs!

How adorable are these?  Snowmen with stocking hats and ear muffs and big smiles. They were too cute to eat.

Aunt Jody had trays and trays and trays for us to decorate!

I got  a little creative, can you see Rudolf and Santa’s elves?

Thank you for another great holiday cookie decorating night Aunt Jody!




Handmade Holiday Banners December 18, 2011

I’ve always been intrigued by how Miss Lynn from Create Breathe designs with so many layers and textures and colors.

Like this banner for her home.

Or this happy birthday banner full of lace, paper, jewels, buttons, yarn and probably 10 other things I’m not seeing!

Or these gorgeous planers.  I always like how free she is with her stitching and the texture that adds to her designs.

My holiday banners were inspired by Miss Lynn’s work. . . I think I could have added a few more layers of texture but am really really loving how they turned out!  And they go so well with the yarn wreath I posted about recently.  The big frame used to be an old screen door I got for free at the Habitat For Humanity Re-Store. I cut out all the old screen and painted/stained it.  It now hangs above my couch, fun to decorate with wreaths and banners.

I cut out triangles from thick watercolor paper I had in my stash, I actually had all the supplies in my stash!

A little mock-up design.

Then I used the paper triangles as templates, cut out red canvas triangles and glued one on top of the paper.

Then I took to my sewing machine! I chose white thread so it would contrast against the green rick rack and red canvas and lace.

Next I sewed on the white pom trim which secured the red lace as well.

I mocked up the banner in InDesign so I could pick a fun font and get the size right.

I printed out all the necessary letters and cut them out.

Placing them exactly where I want them.

I ended up having to cut them out and trace around the letters with a soft pencil because transfer paper didn’t work well on the canvas.

And then I painted in the outline with white acrylic, and I forgot to take a photo!

Such a beautiful mess of paint and trim and lace and coffee and pencils and tape, I love my old drafting table! I lined the banner pieces up, ready to string them together.

I used a little hole punch typically used in book making and strung some yarn through.

As you can see, I glued a second canvas triangle to the back of the banner after I had everything stitched.  I also used one continuous piece of yarn so that as I use decorate with this in different places I can adjust the width of it.

Always have to add buttons!

I used hot glue to attach the buttons. I love the different button designs.

And there you have it!

Here’s a mock-up for the second one. Again, all items I had in my stash. This time I just used green Canson paper.  It has a little texture to it.

Cut them out and stitched them up. I thought the lighting was kind of cool coming through the mini-blinds.

I picked out a font and printed them out again from InDesign but because this was paper I was able to use transfer paper to trace the letter on the banner.

I used prisma colors to fill in the letters.

Hot-glued the buttons on and strung it with yarn.

And there you go!

Such a fun project that didn’t take a lot of time or pre-prep.

What hand-made decorations have you created this season?  Leave a link below, I’d love to see!




Local Artists at Hot Shops December 4, 2011

We wandered over to Hot Shops’ holiday open house today, I think this is the 3rd year in a row we’ve attended this, we have our favorite artists now like Crystal Forge, the glass blowing studio; or DarZart, the puzzle piece lady; the paper-marbeling corner (which they didn’t have this year, sad) and the Prisma Color smudger guy (he wasn’t there either!).  But we met some new artists this year and now have a couple of new favorites.

This is by Brian from Very Vector. His Etsy shop is closed right now and unfortunately he doesn’t have a website but you MUST keep looking for his shop to open.  His design is clean and simple and a bit retro. He screen prints on wood panels amongst other mixed media designs.

Aren’t these tea towels just gorgeous?  We watched Kitt Hamersky in The Fiber Studio work the huge looms.  I just can’t even imagine preparing a loom to even weave the simplest of designs.  Such preparation and patience. The red and white pinwheel design was my favorite.

Here’s a huge loom midway through a project which was an easy one, only 8 pedals and 2 different colors of thread. Would you have the patience to thread each of those strings, prepping the loom?  I loved the colorful spools of thread in the background. Would be cool to decorate with an entire wall of wooden shelves and huge spools of colorful thread.

This is the pattern she was using, watching her work the loom with her feet pushing the pedals and hands weaving the spools back and forth was like watching someone play the organ.  There was almost something very zen about it.


DarZart, aka (by us) as the puzzle piece lady, was working on a whole lot of baseballs. I think she had about 20 canvases in progress of painting, perfect for a little boys room, don’t you think?

Look really close where the seams of the baseball are, can you see the puzzle pieces she’s painted over? They add so much texture to her art. If you visit her studio at Hot Shops she has a giant turtle painted beautiful shades of green and textured with puzzle pieces, it’s SO COOL!

Happened upon a gorgeous photograph of a Princess Lasertron design on the runway during Omaha Fashion Week from G Thompson Higgins Photography.

I fell in love with these little guys from Crystal Forge, the glass blowing studio.  Glass artists have SO MUCH patience, I could never do it. They just keep heating and rolling the glass, swirling, heating, blow through the little tube, heat again and roll again, repeat repeat repeat. Wow, such an appreciation for the labor and vision involved in these creations.

If you’ve never been to Hot Shops you must go! They have an open house in the spring too. Check it out.

What local art shows do you like to attend?




Amazing! Thank You Postcards January 19, 2011

Filed under: Gifts,Holidays,Paper Arts — meganodea @ 9:25 pm
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I was just thinking today that I needed new thank you notes but I wanted to make my own, not purchase any.  So I think it was meant to be when this post showed up on my most favorite blog, Design Sponge.  Bring on the cardboard!

My friend Lucy always sends the CUTEST notecards and I always look to see where it’s from. Most of the time it’s Papyrus, and then that explains it, they have some great cards!  Where do you find your notecards?