Megan O'Dea Jenkins

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Reclaimed Wood Sign September 2, 2014

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I found this old wood at Junkstock. . . not the recent Junkstock this summer, but Junkstock in the fall of 2013! So I’ve had it for quite some time. 


Reclaimed Wood Sign




The wood was in really good shape, had some character, and was super inexpensive, which is rare for reclaimed wood these days.


Reclaimed Wood Sign




I started with a coat of white paint, then added some olive green paint as I was planning ahead to create that “weathered” look.


Reclaimed Wood Sign


This next part was a bit challenging because I freehand lettered “be awesome” on to the sign.  Next time, I’ll either use stencils or print out the letters and trace them on the sign.


Reclaimed Wood Sign


I then lightly sanded the entire sign to give it that weathered and worn look, then attached a fastener for easy hanging. 


Reclaimed Wood Sign


This now hangs above our coat closet (in a very awkward space to photograph) on our way out to the garage.


Reclaimed Wood Sign



Every morning I get a nice little reminder to take on the day and be awesome!



Reclaimed Wood Sign



I have another reclaimed wood project in the works right now, a whole half of a barn door!  So many possibilities, but I’ve got something up my sleeve and can’t wait to share it with you next month.





Perfectable Spectacle February 13, 2012

What a title, huh?  My sister, who is so creative herself, messaged me on Facebook a week or so ago and said she’s looking for a print of glasses but couldn’t find one. Of course I said, I can make you one! Easiest project ever and it turned out just perfect. Here’s a little step by step.

I told her to send me a few photos off the inter webs of styles that she likes.  This one happened to come from Warby Parker, which my sister just purchased from, are you familiar with them? Warby Parker sells vintage inspired glasses, very good prices, and for every pair purchased, they donate a pair of glasses to one of their non-profit partners.   The other cool thing is they send you glasses to try on at home in a fancy box, then you send them all back and let them know which one you chose! Very good experience.

Anyway, I took the image into Photoshop, simplified it, sized it to final painting size  and printed it out.

I had a 9×12 canvas board in my closet so I measured it off to 8×10 as that’s the size of frame my sister had.

Got out my tub of paints even though I only needed black and white!

I wanted the white background to be warm so I mixed in a little yellow and brown paint.

You can see the difference here between the original gesso canvas board and the warmer white that I painted.

I centered the print out on the canvas and taped it down.

Next step was tracing the image using graphite paper.

Graphite paper worked pretty good!

Because the painting was so small and I had to be precise, the paint needed to be really easy to work with so I mixed it with matte medium. It just makes the paint a little thinner and not as sticky so therefore easier to work with in small spaces.

And there you go!

Not exactly precise but looks pretty good.

Kate loved it!  Easiest project ever for me!

It looks good above her desk. See that chalkboard? That was an old cabinet door, and a Christmas present from me last year!  (can you tell I upgraded my camera? Now i just need to be better about lighting, I should have turned off that desk lamp!)

Her apartment is super cute, she’s a really good decorator.  See that “Work hard and Be Nice” sign? She found that at one of our favorite stores, Voila!

This is a painting in her apartment that only took me 3 years to complete :). Well, I started it about 3 years ago as it was going to be a birthday present for her, then I got tired of it when I was 75% of the way through and it just sat on my easel in my art room for 3 years before I finally picked up my paintbrushes again and finished it up!  Merry Christmas to Kate this year!

I’m lucky to have Kate as my sister because she loves decorating with my artwork!  This is one of my favorite paintings from my art school days at Iowa State.  We had to take  a painting we like, this is a Georgia O’Keefe and paint it in a different style than the original artist. I can’t for the life of me remember what style I was trying to attempt!  But I think it turned out super cool.

Back to the glasses, what do you think? I love them and so does Kate which is all that matters!




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?




Mailbox Makeover & Styling Up Those House Numbers June 12, 2011

Look at my cute little house (well, I know I may be the only one that thinks it’s cute) with those teeny tiny stick-on house numbers that no one can see from the street and a very very very sad mailbox.  So sad.

It’s cracked and pealing and covered with bird poo not to mention it’s basically being held up by stoned around the base of it because the whole in the ground is too big!  Ewww. . . have to cuten this up ASAP!

So, I headed to my stash of stuff to see what I could come up with and found this board, I have no idea what it’s from but almost looks like the bottom of a drawer. . . not sure.  It was about a quarter inch thick or so.

And I headed over to Lowes to find a low-cost mailbox. . . $15.00. . . perfect!

I was pretty excited because I hadn’t used my new Skil sander yet!  It was so fun, I had on the mask and goggles and everything. So I sanded the board down nice and smooth, no bumps or snags but maybe a little rough around the edges which was okay, it’s what I was going for.

Awhile ago I bought a huge box of sample Martha Stewart paints for $4.99 off of Home Depot’s Facebook page. They have some great offers.  My house is white with black accents and I needed a color that would also pop the house numbers so people can see them from the street – so I went with Barn Red.  The color looks horrible in this photo – need to work on my color correcting skills.

I’m loving that Purdy paint brush too. The paint brushes on so well and you can get a really clean line too.  After it was well and painted, I worked on the layout.  I knew I wanted numbers that were large and san serif and have a little style.  So I worked in Illustrator and found a great font and printed them out as a template. The layout was just what I pictured in my head, yay!

To transfer the numbers I just used some old graphite paper and traced the photos. Easy peasy.

Here you can see how nice the transfer worked.

I then painted the numbers on with black acrylic paint and forgot to take some photos of the before.  I always do that!  From there I took the board back outside and used my new sander again to rough it up a bit. It didn’t quit work how I thought it would. . . I think I should have either used acrylic paint or let the laytex paint dry more because it was more peeling then it was being sanded.   But. . . doesn’t it look so cool?  After sanding I sprayed several coats of a moisture resistant clear paint on it to provide some protection against the weather. So far it’s holding up well.

I have vinyl siding and didn’t want to have to put any holes in it so I did a bunch of research online to find an alternative. I came across these vinyl hooks on Amazon.  So I thought I would give them a try.

I figured the best way to hang it on the S-hooks would be to use picture hangars.  To ensure they were secured, I put a little Gorilla Super Glue down before I nailed them on.

I didn’t want the hooks to show so I lined them up with the top of the board, marked the middle hole and attached the picture hangars accordingly.  And of course didn’t take a photo!

So, I flipped it over and went to work attaching the mailbox according to the instructions that came with it.

I always love when I get to use my little power drill too!  Instead of attaching the mailbox to the house (avoiding holes in the vinyl siding), I just attached it to the board using a nut and bolt which you see here.  It allowed me to attach it nice and snug so it doesn’t blow around in the  wind or anything.

Finally, I stuck the hooks up into the notch in the siding. It was a little more difficult than I thought but they are surprisingly sturdy!

And there she is! I love it!  The hooks are working out really good, so much more secure than I ever expected.  The crazy wind we’ve had here hasn’t moved it at all – did I mention I also put a couple small strips of 3M double sided tape on the back?  That’s probably helping too.

Ahhh, much better now! And with the red geraniums and yellow irises in bloom and hydrangeas soon to bloom, I think it looks even better.  Next up. . .maybe a new screen door and painting my front door black!

This is one finished project I’m really in love with. . . I wonder what my mailman thinks!

What creative ways have you updated a mailbox or house numbers?






Polka Dot Flowers & Purple Butterflies November 20, 2010

How could anyone resist doing a special project for this cute little blond hair-pig-tailed girl?

In addition to that precious little smile, she also has a precious pink and yellow bedroom, a little girl’s dream, right?

So her mom didn’t have to twist my arm to create some cute artwork for these gynormously tall walls!  I sketched out a design using her bedspread and pillows as inspiration.  We are starting on one wall for now but will add another soon, I just couldn’t wait to share the progress!

First step was sketching the art on the walls with white chalk (thanks Rosie for the recommendation!)

If you look very very very close you can see the faint white lines.



And I mixed up a beautiful light fluffy purply violet color.



And started with that cute little butterfly in the corner.



Then the periwinkle colored flower with polka dots in the middle.



Then the bright pink flower!



To finish it off I added some white polka dots and green stems and leaves.  SO CUTE!! And I heard the little one loved it too!


Hope your day is filled with polka dot flowers and purple butterflies!




My First Belly Cast October 23, 2010


Being a Cyclone (and celebrating our HUGE WIN over Texas today!) in Nebraska is tough, this big red N is EVERYWHERE!!  But I didn’t mind doing a Husker themed project for a good friend of mine because this particular project was something I had never done, decorating a belly cast!!




We started with a few different ideas that I sketched out.



And after trimming up the loose ends of the belly cast to give it a nice, clean shape I then sanded it and applied gesso just like you would on a newly stretched canvas. I used a 4B pencil to freehand sketch the chosen design on the gessoed surface.

A little blurry but there it is after applying many layers of acrylic paint.

And a side view shows the double red stripes, just like the Huskers have on their game day pants!

I used a black Sharpie marker to do the lettering (blurred here for privacy reasons) which worked out really well. Then coated the entire piece with a matte spray finish.   I glued the ribbon to the back with fabric glue and it feels like it will hold up really well.

This is going to look so cute in Dylan’s Husker themed nursery!





Frosting Flowers October 4, 2010

I visited Justin Gaffrey‘s incredible gallery in Seaside, FL this summer.

It was the amazing painting sitting in the sun outside of his gallery of colorful flowers and the words  to the song You Are My Sunshine that peaked my interest. That was the song my Mom sang to us when we were little tykes, I love it.

But the most intriguing thing I learned about this artist is that he used to be a chef, so the fact that he paints with a palette knife and his flower paintings look like thick, bright, delicious frosting covering an enormous and beautiful canvas full of color was not surprising.  Some of his flowers can be 2 inches thick and his paintings can take up to one week to completely dry. Incredible!

Justin’s work is inspiring me to be more abstract and free in my acrylic paintings, it’s difficult,  but a little painting I’m working on is coming together nicely, I’ll be sure to share it when it’s complete.  For now, I will browse Justin’s site daily for inspiration.

What is your creative inspiration?