Megan O'Dea Jenkins

Wishing you smiles and laughter every day.

2013 In Review December 31, 2013

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I love how WordPress sends this to me every year and I particularly loved the design this year as well as the first example where they compared views to San Francisco street cars!  Be sure to click through so you can see the awesome design.  What I learned is people really want to know how to repurpose cabinet doors!


Smiles and happy new year!




The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Experience Junkstock 2013 October 27, 2013

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Want to know what Junkstock 2013 was like? Then check out my experience over on Her View From Home Omaha!

Junkstock 2013

Then go like Her View From Home Omaha on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’ll be posting monthly!




Introducing Poppy’s Garden November 9, 2012

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I finally did it! Poppy’s Garden is finally here!

I’ve always loved vintage artwork, from fruit crates to seed packets, they’ve always inspired me creatively.  So I put my idea on illustration board using watercolor and created a set of notecards. I’m calling this set The Veggie Collection! There are three designs – Carrots, Onions and Cucumbers, 12 total cards in each set. The cards are 4.25″ x 5.5″ and I’m pretty excited about it!

If you purchased some at the Holiday Splendor show this weekend in Kearney, leave me a comment and let me know how you like them! My brain is FULL of more creations just waiting to be put to paper!




Creative Day. . . Finally! July 29, 2012

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It’s finally coming back, slowly but surely the creative juices are flowing again!  Everybody celebrate!

I’ve had a lot of little things in my house that needed fixing and one really big thing and I finally found an awesome handyman, Mark, because they were all things that myself nor Brian wanted to tackle.  And I found these guys. . .

Ugh! My house was built in 1959, I’m not sure when the basement got finished but when it did, they plugged the basement drain and put carpet over it. So what that means is, the only way to scrape all the roots out from that 50 year old maple in the sewer line is to go through the vent all the way on the roof of the house. Unfortunately this doesn’t allow much leverage and this year the guys couldn’t get through all the roots so we had to put clean outs in.

Just another thing to add to that list we all keep. . . In My Next House. . . Rich and his team at Midwest Plumbing and Drain were incredible, they were very thorough, got everything cleaned out, used the camera to show us the clean line when they were done, and cleaned everything up as best they could. I recommend them to anyone.

Now I have a crap ton (ha!) of yard work to figure out! I didn’t like those bushes they had to take out any way!

So while we were supervising the progress all day I decided to go a little crazy with the spray paint and get some projects done. I’m SO THANKFUL the creative bug has hit me again!  I don’t even know what you call these, they are wood and I think they are used in baseboards or molding. Not sure.  But I made something pretty cool out of them!

And these are a couple of thrift store treasures I thought I would transform! I’m really digging the teal and orange that is so popular right now.

I just liked this photo, this is my work table and I love all the paint and scratches all over it!

So didn’t those boards turn out cute?  I did a little white wash over the spray paint. I’ve had these knobs forever, purchased at Hobby Lobby.

This will look great on the wall of a beach house, don’t you think?

I’ve also been doing some illustration, just for fun, these are my inspiration. I absolutely love vintage seed packets and vintage fruit crate art. I love the simplicity of the composition and bold colors and contrast in the illustration.

And I absolutely love drawing and painting again!  What do you think? I like how it turned out, may try something a little different with the background on my next vegetable.

What other vegetables do you think I should paint?

Hope your creative juices are flowing too!




Hiking at Neale Woods June 4, 2012

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With over 600 acres of conserved forest and prairie land as well as over 9 miles of dirt trails, Neale Woods has become one of our favorite places to hike.

Located just north of Omaha up in the hills, you would never guess you are just minutes from the city when hiking around Neale Woods.

It’s a beautiful mix of prairie and forest, this is by far my favorite photo from the hike.  What do you think? My photography skills are slowly improving, at least I think so!

Shout out to Team Cocktail!

You will see and hear Woodpeckers up high in the sky. . .

and dainty little Dutchman’s Breeches growing low on the forest floor.

If you’re in the area, Neale Woods is a must, even if you just go enjoy the sunset while perched on a bench!

Where’s your most favorite place to hike?




More Funky Frames November 21, 2011

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I’ve shared this beauty with you before.

But what I didn’t show you was HOW I turned it into this funky yellow frame.

This is my secret, ha! Hang it on the old clothesline and spray away!

I shared a bit about this little treasure from my Mom awhile back.

So I went to town with the blue spray paint.  Now, this method doesn’t work quite as well, the fibers in the towel always stick to the frame because I’m too impatient to wait until it’s 10000% dry.

And there ya go.  I love it mixed in with the funky red mirror.

I’m obviously obsessed with frames right now, are you? Where do you find them?




Yarn Is In & So Are Yarn Wreaths! November 13, 2011

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Yarn. . .from knitted scarves and hats to wreaths to window decorations, yarn is everywhere lately! While out shopping this weekend, I even saw it used at the GAP!

Big display wall at the gap. Love the colors. These photos don’t do it justice!

Orange yarn wrapped around screws.And REALLY close up! Now I know you’re all spending countless hours on Pinterest lately and cursing yourself after 2 hours fly by and you’ve filled your “Creative Ideas” board with even more to-do creative projects. Maybe some of those projects were even yarn wreaths like this:

Or all these beauties on Etsy!  I love all the colors so I attempted one on my own.

I was in such a hurry to get supplies so I could wrap this baby during a football game that I only had time to go to Hobby Lobby. Unfortunately, their foam bases were all squared so I found this hay based one for $3.99 and decided to use it and keep the plastic on otherwise it would have been a HUGE mess!

So i wrapped and wrapped and wrapped and wrapped and wrapped. . . it took about half a football game! I found the vintage hot plate at a junk vendor’s table, it was the inspiration for my creation!  I grabbed some holiday ribbon I had left from last year and loosely wrapped the hot plate to hang in the middle of the wreath.

Added a few vintage looking accent pieces I found 50% off at Hobby Lobby. . .

And voila! There it is. I think it turned out pretty cute. Will probably hang on my front door over the holidays!

I think a foam base would have been easier to wrap because the yarn probably would have stayed in place better. So my advice, try the foam, not the plastic covered hay!

Have you created a yarn wreath yet? What are your tips or tricks?