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!


In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!