My name is Jenna

I am an artist, designer, daughter, sister, mother, mother-in-law, sister-in-law,  grandmother, friend and general sounding board.

I try to live an artful life, as in an art filled life, being creative everyday and grateful for every moment.

The Painted Apron was born from a recipe collection I put together for my children, tried and true favorites that they grew up eating.  I wanted them to have these recipes to refer to and to bring back family memories.  And to update and change!

I am a little creative crazy, jumping from one project to the next.  Boundaries tend to get in my way so for this blog, The Painted Apron, I want to include my favorite creative areas, cooking, party planning, styling, gifts, crafts & painting, and  It is my sincere wish to inspire creativity in you, give you some jumping off points, and help you enjoy some new creations of your own.

I have lived in Connecticut, Southern and Northern California and I now live in Birmingham, Alabama. We have a coastal home in Orange Beach, Alabama and I divide my time between the two places.   I  am so lucky to live in such a beautiful and graceful place as the state of Alabama, where people are friendly, the foliage is beautiful, football is a religion,  and hospitality is an art.

My family is the center of my world and you will get to know them as you read my blog; I recently lost Hungry Husband, the most supportive guy ever and love of my life, so now I am beginning a new chapter of my life as a widow.  My children live close by, Hungry Husband Jr. my son and the greatest guy on the planet, and my daughter and best friend, Darling Daughter.

Hungry Husband Jr., is single and an incredible dad to his 2 boys, Super Boy and Big E.   Darling Daughter is married to Nicest Guy and they have an adorable daughter, CC, a sweet son, W, and one GIANT dog, Big Ben.

Please have fun here at “the Painted Apron” and get creative!  Visit my Gallery page to see a variety of my artwork.  After more than a decade of painting glassware and accessories for gift shops, I have retired to focus on this blog and more serious painting.  I still accept commissioned orders, feel free to contact me by email for more information at jfmdesigns@bellsouth.net

Join me as I have fun in my kitchen,  in my studio,  and in life in general and get inspired for your own creations!

Happy Creating!



52 Responses to “About”
  1. Patsy Allen says:

    Jenna, what an inspiration you are! I have spent the last hour looking at your blog. It is amazing. You have to be the “SUPERWOMAN” of time management. I wish I had 1/10th of your energy!

    • hi Patsy, Thanks for your visit to the Painted Apron! I appreciate the kind words, but don’t worry, I find plenty of time to relax!! So great to hear from you! Thanks for leaving a comment, means a lot!

  2. Pam Alling says:

    Jenna, I am in such awe of all you do! You are the most creative and innovative person I know! I love looking at all your new ideas and want to copy some of your Holiday decorative ideas. The cookie ice cream pops look yummy. I know my Grandkids would love them. I still love all the plates and glassware I have bought from you through the years. Best wishes on all your future endeavors! Pam Alling

    • Thanks Pam for being so supportive always! I loved being able to catch up with you and hear about your grandchildren. I am so glad I have brought you some inspirations, and stop by the Painted Apron again soon, I have lots more tips and ideas coming up!

  3. Linda says:

    Love your creativity Jenna. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  4. Jenna, what a lovely website and blog — and your JMDesignsGallery is super as well! I loved all the color and the ideas — your personal warmth charms each page! Aloha!

  5. Judy Hubbard says:

    I just found your blog today….LOVE it….the decorating tips & the recipes sound fabulous! I will be trying them soon…

  6. Barbara F. says:

    Hi Jenna, I have recently started following your blog and I enjoy your posts. I want to make the chicken spaghetti, did you use a pound of thin spaghetti?

  7. Kadee says:

    Thanks so much for becoming my newest follower and leaving a comment on my blog! At the time, my horse experience wasn’t funny but now I sure do see the humor in it! Glad it made you giggle! When I tried to responded to your email to me, it came up “no reply..” Is there a way I can correspond with you by email? And I’m not sure how to follow your blog. I am so wordpress illiterate… LOL! Thanks again!!!

  8. Emily says:

    Hello neighbor, I am just down the street from you, in Tuscaloosa. You have a lovely blog and I am your latest follower at Pinterest. You share so much creativity and it gives so much inspiration.
    I am going to visit your webpage now. Happy Day………..

    • Hi Emily, I had no idea you were in Tuscaloosa, I look at your blog posts all the time! Thank you for the lovely comments, I need to follow you too! Jenna

      Jenna Meon thepaintedapron.com JMdesignsGallery.com

  9. Michelle says:

    Hi Jenna, I’m a new follower on Pinterest and Bloglovin. I want to send you a message in response to your comment on my Hair Strengthener post. If you have a moment, email me at goldwinger2 at azwingnuts.com. Thanks and looking forward to seeing more of your posts!

  10. Christine says:

    Hi Jenna, thanks so much for your sweet comment you left on my blog Little Brags on the passing of our Newfoundland Bruce. I tried to reply directly via email but seems you are a non reply blogger. I follow you now !!!! xoxoxox Christine

  11. Luv, luv , luv everything on your blog!! I’m super impressed by all your talent! Looking forward to getting to know you better. See you in April!


  12. I love the pictures of your bunny-themed tables over at your other website! Just wonderful I see you are right, we do have a lot in common! I look forward to chatting with you more soon! I shared your blackberry scones on Google+! Have a great Independence Day!

  13. Deb says:

    where did you find the aqua river rock for your shower?

  14. Delightful blog, and wonderful to find another one similar to mine – about a lot of things creative and foodie. Following you now on Bloglovin. I found you on Rattlebridge Farm’s Foodie Friday.

  15. Linda says:

    Hi Jenna, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’d love to email you back. could you send it to me.

  16. Benita says:

    Jenna, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my “Kerosene Cucumbers” post. I’m originally from Birmingham, now living in the Nashville area! Would love to chat with you more and will be exploring your blog as well! Have a great 4th and weekend!! My email address is: benitagroberts@gmail.com

  17. April says:

    Would you be willing to share your Muffaletta Pasta Salad recipe with me? Thanks!

  18. Hi Jenna! You have a beautiful blog with so much variety!!
    I have nominated you for Premio Dardos Bloggers Award. You will find all the details here ~ http://anartsyappetite.com/2015/08/13/two-awards-premio-dardos-and-dragons-loyalty-award/

  19. Nice to meet you! Sounds very interesting!

  20. William Davis says:

    Would love to know where you found the faux candy for the ginger bread houses. Would love to try some myself.

  21. lorigreer says:

    Wow! What a great blog. I could spend days reading it. Looking forward to learning lots of good things!!

  22. Karen Musser says:

    Love all the way info

    Love all the creative ideas.

  23. Charlotte Hall says:

    So glad to have found this site! I am a wife, mother, grandmother, some-times quilter and avid “foodie”. Also, retired! Like you, I am pulled in all creative directions. And in my spare time, we travel all over in our class A motorhome. Isn’t life grand?

    • hi Charlotte, so nice to meet you!! Yes, my husband retired several years ago and we are loving life and my days are filled with doing the things I love! My granddaughter is named Charlotte and she is a very sprecial little girl!

  24. Kippi O'Hern says:

    OMG, I live in Pensacola! It is Mardi Gras crazy here. Love to meet you if you ever come this way. Blogger @kippiathome
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  25. bernlag says:

    Beautiful blog. I can’t wait to explore more.

  26. I have been reading your blog for years and love everything about it! However, I am at a loss as to how to access your various Free Printables in order to print them out. Could you offer some help as to how I find them so I can print them? Thank you SO MUCH!

    • Click on the highlighted words “free printable here” and it should open a new tab with the image to print. If that doesn’t work try opening the post in a different browser, like Google chrome. Thank you and I hope this helps!

  27. Hi, Jenna. Boy do these look nummy, the skewers! And of course all your artwork, I need to visit my wordpress list more to see you. Hugs, Sandi

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