Every week, I make a menu for the upcoming week’s meals.  I make my grocery list based on those meals and then post what the choices are for the week.  It’s a great way to stay on budget and be organized at the same time.  I’ve always used a chalkboard to post the menu for my family, but thought it would be really fun to make a board using some vintage plaster pin letters I found recently at an estate sale, rather than writing it out each week.  And, a bonus is that I moved the chalkboard to the front porch for messages and greetings.  I love how tidy the new menu board looks.


To make it, I purchased a new cork board and a tiny can of spray paint.  I also went to my fabric stash and selected a fabric that I liked for this project.

I spray painted the frame (covering the inner corkboard with newspaper first).  After the paint dried, I cut the fabric about 1/4″ bigger than the cork, all around, and pushed it under the painted frame.  I used my stovetop scraper to push the fabric under the frame, but a thin, dull knife would work well too.  I made sure all edges were snugly tucked under the frame.

And now, we’re all set!


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.