Megan O'Dea Jenkins

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Cupcake Inspired Art January 4, 2011

I wanted to make my Aunt something special this Christmas, something cute and creative and fun, but what can you possibly make for a lady that bakes and decorates amazingly beautiful treats such as these?

 


 

Or these?

 

 

Or these?

 

Well, a Cupcake inspired memory box of course!!

 


She is also a HUGE Nebraska Cornhuskers fan so just had to use a Red and White color scheme.

 

 

I knew I wanted to do something around her mad baking and decorating skills so I browsed the baking aisle at hobby lobby for some inspiration and out popped these fun white doilies, the perfect place setting for a cupcake, right?

 

And what person doesn’t love those big silver sugar sprinkles?

 

 

More cupcakes on the inside of the box too, featuring a special message. I used an image transfer technique to take an old love letter and incorporate it into this design.

 

 

Vintage buttons of all styles made for fun decorations.

 

 

And sealed with a bow.  Now she has a special place to keep all of her sweet memories.

 

Smiles!

Megan

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My Martha Stewart December 11, 2010

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Every Christmas since I can remember my Aunt Jody has done some sort of decorating project with my sister and I (check out last year’s), and they ALWAYS resemble something I expect Martha Stewart to create!

She even kind of looks like her with great hair and the most festive little apron and oh my you should see her house around the holidays! Beautiful!!

Cake balls are all the rage this year so it didn’t surprise me to learn she had perfected the art of cake ball making and we would be too! This is the book she learned from.

And this is what we were going to make, Santa Hats (and Christmas Trees, not pictured) Who wouldn’t love chocolate cake mixed with chocolate frosting covered with colored chocolate frosting, sprinkled with sugar and topped with a gum ball?

Her table full of supplies.

 

With a lot of patience and careful steady hands, this chocolate cake mixed with chocolate frosting becomes. . .

 

Colorful Christmas Trees and,

 

Scrumptious Santa hats!

 

I love how creative my Aunt is and how she encourages that creativity in us.  Who is your “Martha Stewart” and how does that person encourage creativity in your life?

Thanks for another beautiful holiday experience Aunt Jody!!

Smiles,
Megan

 

Who Would Have Thought – a Memory Box For First Communion April 18, 2010


A few months ago my Aunt Jody came to me with a great idea, her little nephew J.T. was about to participate in his First Communion and she wanted to get him something meaningful, fun and something he would keep forever. Now, you may remember me mentioning my Aunt Jody here, she is an artist herself creating beautiful cookies, cakes and other amazing desserts!  She even surprised me with these beautiful cupcakes for my birthday!

And as you can see I was so surprised and appreciative, she is always doing these special things for my sister and myself.

So I wasn’t surprised when she had the excellent idea to give J.T. a memory box to celebrate his first communion and keep those memories for life.  I scoured the internet for ideas – she gave me free range on what it would look like, did I mention Aunt Jody is not only an amazing aunt but the best customer too, FREE RANGE to do WHATEVER I WANT to do!  I knew I wanted something with color even though when you think of first communion you think fluffy white dresses, well, I do anyway!  And I wanted to make it light-hearted with a touch of “kid”.

I created a really simple water color illustration of the chalice and host for the cover of the memory box – I wanted the process to go quick so I dried the paper with a hair dryer allowing me to create the entire piece in one night!  Here’s a little sample of the “kid” part of the box – blue rick rack. I love using rick rack and buttons on these memory boxes.

The one request Aunt Jody did make was that she didn’t want the event information to be the focal point of the piece.  So I had a little fun with it and put it on the inside of the box along with a space for a 4×6 photo.  The photo corners stick to the paper real easy and are a nice detail on the piece.  I found the fun letters at Hobby Lobby and have been using them a lot lately.

The gold paper is such a beautifully rich color, my camera doesn’t do it justice, but I fell in love with it as soon as I opened that paper drawer at Dick Blick!

And another touch of rick rack to cover the seam where the paper joined.

And here it is tied with a beautiful black bow.

The best part of this project was the excitement and delight on Aunt Jody’s face when she saw it for the first time. I’m so happy she was so happy with the end result, I can’t wait to hear what J.T. thinks about it.  What types of gifts did you receive for your First Communion and do you still have them tucked away somewhere special?

Smiles!

Megan