My Pretty Board, A Winner & A Scarf

I just finished another scarf (I’ll show it at the end of the post) which necessitated some picture taking upstairs. Letitia, my dress form, lives up in the upstairs studio. I’ll digress for a moment and let you know that I plan at least 2 more Decorating on Flea Market Budget posts that will cover the den and the studio/craft area – whatever you want to call it. The bedrooms are off limits right now until I DO something with them. I’ve ordered some chalk paint to attempt to bring all the various pieces of furniture into something other than happenstance. We’ll see how that works out. I’m not holding my breath.

You know how you suddenly see something that you pass 100 times during the course of a week? And you re-acquaint yourself with it? As I was taking scarf pictures this morning, I did just that with my Re-Imagined Bulletin Board. That’s what I called it at the time I made it and that is what it’s called in the DIY list at the top of the blog.


I had this old unused bulletin board in my closet and one day I just decided to play with it. I have lots of sheet music around here, so I found some that I didn’t need and glued it onto the cork. Painted the wood aqua, of course, with some antiquing glaze here and there. I bought the appliques when I was in California and figured, what the heck, why not use them?

This is my pretty board. As opposed to my bits and bobs board that’s next to the sewing machine or the bulletin board that’s next to the fridge in the kitchen.

The ‘C’ is from my pal Elyse, the bird is from The Vintage Rabbit, the ribbon on the right is from Andrea Singarella, the ribbon on the left is from Jeanne Oliver.


The Vowels print was given to me by Heidi. Perfect for my line of work, don’t you think? I really love and treasure this piece.


Jeanne designed this ribbon for me. Do I need to say how much I love it?


Forgive me, but I can’t remember where I got the bird nest – I think it came as an extra with something I won in a giveaway. If one of you sent it to me, please let me know! The antique buttons I found in a shop on the way home from a working trip to Providence, Rhode Island (where I got to meet Elyse in person, but that’s another story.) I love the color of the buttons and the amazing graphics on the button card.

It’s good to see something with fresh eyes.

By the way, I’m glad to know I’m not alone in disliking Gone Girl. Apparently a lot of you feel the same way! I’m still getting comments on that book. Perhaps we need to form some sort of group? Or make T-shirts with a logo or something?

Speaking of books, the winner of a copy of The Expats is Noelle. Noelle, I’m sending you an email – if you see this before you get the email, please send me your mailing address. Congratulations!

And here’s the scarf – in keeping with the color theme of this post, it’s in aqua!


It’s nice and long, by the way. Would I like to keep this? Yes. But, ever unselfish, I am offering it to you.

Happy (windy) Thursday.



  1. says

    Claudia what a great idea for a bulletin board! I love how you have added such special things to it! I’m making one with a Paris theme (of course) since this is my year to travel!! Another gorgeous scarf! hugs, Linda

  2. Donnamae says

    That’s a great Pretty Board! I wouldn’t even know where to put one. I’ve done something similar with a lampshade…like a memory board. Great scarf! 😉

  3. says

    Beautiful scarf, Claudia! I love the deep color! Your board is just lovely as well–I especially like the vintage card of buttons -)

  4. says

    Hi Claudia! I loved your comment you left that I should have a dollhouse — my wee hoosie is even smaller than your cottage, it’s only about 1050 sq feet and currently not a single bare surface for anything. WAH! I tackled a lot of old magazines yesterday, seems I have been hanging onto them since the dawn of time hahahhahaha.

    I love all your things you’ve shown us this morning, everything is so precious and divine.

    And I am so gladdened to hear I’m not alone in my dislike of Gone Girl. I thought I must have lost my mind. The excitement over GG reminded me of The Time Travelers Wife which I didn’t care for either and the whole world was in love with. But then I’m used to being the eternal weirdo …

    Congrats to your winner! Wishing them lots of reading pleasure!

    Hope things are better at the cottage for you and Don is over his illness.

    Sally xo

    • Claudia says

      What about on the floor, Sally? I had mine on the floor for quite a while. (Can you tell I’m pushing you to get a dollhouse?)

  5. says

    What a pretty, pretty board! I can see YOU in there-and I love how these boards speak of the person that creates them. Your scarf is gorgeous. I saw one on somebody in a blog the other day and recognized it immediately as on you made. Blessings- hope you have a great day– xo Diana

    • Claudia says

      Thank you, Diana! Have a wonderful day. Is it cold there? The temps dropped about 20 degrees today!

  6. says

    I love the cork board, it looks like it was fun to make and everything on it is precious. And I really like the vowel picture framed…something about it…

    Hurray for Noelle, but darn, now I have to buy the book! It really sounds good. Would you mind telling me the name of the author again? Do you think there were just too many hyped up reviews about Gone Girl or that it just might have appealed to a different group of people?

    The scarf is gorgeous…your signature color! I will get back to you on the scarf I was talking about recently, I had to pinch a few pennies after all the white sales! lol!


    • Claudia says

      I think it might have been both – a lot of hype and I’m thinking it might appeal to the 20-30 year old generation. Because it looks like most of us (and by that I mean older) didn’t like it.

      The author’s name is Chris Pavone. xoxo

  7. says

    I love the board and the things you have put on it!… and the color of that scarf is beautiful. Very cheery on these weird winter days.

  8. says

    That board is just so pretty, Claudia. And the items not only suit the board but they all complement one another so well. It’s so nice that you have a memory of a person or place when you look at them. The bulletin board next to my table/desk in the little den upstairs is very small and covered in “inspirations” but not nearly as lovely as yours. (And that scarf is lovely, too. I hope you’ve made one for yourself along the way??)

  9. Vanessa bower says

    Hi Claudia,
    I’m so happy that you’re going to continue your segment on decorating on a flea market budget. I feel like I’m taking a tour of a friend’s home and she’s telling me the story of her life.
    I can’t wait to see what kind of magic you’ll be performing on the bedroom furniture with the chalk paint. I just purchased a quart of chalk paint and it cost $40.00 !!!!!! My husband, the numbers guy, explained that equals $160.00 a gallon. He was also curious if the “stuff” had gold in it. (Ha, ha, he’s funny, too )
    Thank you again for the peek into your cozy little cottage.

    • Claudia says

      I know – it’s so expensive! But it’s supposed to go a very long way – we’ll see. I treated myself from my Etsy sales, otherwise, it would never have happened. Thanks for liking my little mini-series!

  10. says

    What a beautiful and creative bulletin board! I just emailed my mom and told her to take a look at yours, because she’s been wanting to create a board for her family room.

    Love the aqua color of your newest scarf, too. :-)

  11. says

    Love your board.. it’s a mixed media work of art! Say, how do you get your scarves so flat.. do you steam them with an iron? Mine are all curley cued. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

    • Claudia says

      I lay them out on a counter and spritz them with water, then I shape it by hand and let it dry overnight. That does the trick.

  12. says

    I just cleaned out my office this evening and have a board exactly like that sitting around. I am making a pretty board with it! You have some wonderfully pretty things on it!

  13. says

    Claudia, my husband and I are currently on a few days of vacation in San Diego. (from Canada). We spent today in Balboa Park and wandered by the Old Globe Theatre. I remembered you saying your husband is here just now, in a production, and looked at the cast list where I found his name. How fun to explain the connection to my husband. No, we’re not going to be able to take in a performance, although I wish we could.

    Your pretty board is “vraiment jolie” and it’s inspiring me to make something similar when I get home.

  14. says

    hi sweet pal!

    how fun to be sleepy, visiting one more blog before seinfeld-and-sleep and find this beautiful post which also includes your C and mentions our meeting! i’m smiling!

    your memory board is art. it’s beautiful. something from kaari meng’s ‘treasured notion’ — beautiful, and the vowel print – GASP!!!

    okay, i should get to bed.

    sweet dreams!


  15. Nola says

    That aqua scarf looks great on Letitia! Those scarves are great, I wear mine frequently. It adds just the right amount of warmth, even amid my menopausal hit flashes. Plus it’s a quick and pretty accessory for those of us who want a little something extra, but don’t do a lot of jewelry.

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