When I get home from work, I usually am ready for a change of pace. The last thing I want to do is sit down at a computer again.
I also can be pretty chatty after working (for the most part) silently all day, which can sometimes be a problem for Kenny.
You see, he’s a law student and has lots and lots of homework all the time. ALL THE TIME.
So last night, I had to amuse myself quietly while he studied.
For a while, I drew a picture.
Then when I realized I couldn’t blog about it because it is going to be a Christmas present, I channeled my silent craftiness in a different direction.
Little did I know that it would involve some very tricky geometry calculations. It’s probably a good thing that I didn’t know this project would involve measuring in the first place, or else I would have scrapped it entirely before I even began.
Yes, I am that bad at geometry. Why do you think I work with words? There’s a reason, folks. Math strikes fear into my heart.
First I had to cut out these triangles out of cardstock. The goal was to make it look like a 24-year-old did this project, and not a kindergartener.
To do that, I needed measurements. I couldn’t just eyeball this (if you have good eyeballing skills, I say “go for it”). The equal sides of the triangle were 6 inches long and the other side was about 3. And we all know that the definition of an isosceles triangle is “having two sides of equal length.”
Trust me when I say I had to dig deep for that definition.
Then I moved on to the fun part, the words. I just hand-lettered these, with a font I liked up on the computer in front of me.
Then I used my mad taping skills to attach some jute-like string. It took some thinking to tape the letters on in the right order while only looking at the back of them.
All of this concentration kept me quiet as a mouse. I think Kenny was pleased. Especially when I would take breaks to throw candy corn at him (silently, of course).
Then I hung it up in the spooky darkness that is 9pm in our apartment.
Kenny did make some smart-aleck-y comment about “being thankful for TV” but I still like the location I chose for our Thanksgiving banner.
In fact, I might just leave it up forever. It’s not a bad reminder for everyday, isn’t it? Not to mention that it fills that empty spot on the wall quite nicely.
And that’s how I amused myself while Ken was homeworking. I do not miss those days.
I’m sharing this at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the Dog, Maybe Matilda, Newly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One!
November 15, 2012 at 9:58 am
SUPER cute! You are at least 100 percent smarter than I am for using paper and avoiding the dreaded sewing machine. P.S.: I love your media cabinet. LOVE.
November 15, 2012 at 11:31 am
Thanks! I do love your burlap one for a little added texture! And durability. Mine will not live to see another Thanksgiving, I’m afraid. 🙂
November 19, 2012 at 9:10 am
I should mention, I made a paper banner 2 years ago and it’s still going strong! =)
November 19, 2012 at 10:28 am
That’s encouraging! Thanks for stopping by!
November 19, 2012 at 9:06 am
Adorable banner. I love your tv unit too! Found you through the DIY link up.
November 19, 2012 at 10:32 am
Thanks! My handy hubby made our TV stand, so I’ll pass along your comment! He’ll be thrilled. 🙂
November 19, 2012 at 9:10 am
Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to DIY! Being thankful is definitely a great reminder for any time of the year. As for geometry, I’m horrible at it, too. =)
November 19, 2012 at 9:18 am
This looks great! Such a great statement and reminder to be thankful 🙂
Stopping by from Dare to DIY.
November 19, 2012 at 10:29 am
Yup. These banners are all the rage this year, but it IS such a good reminder! I am blessed.
November 19, 2012 at 10:49 am
I hate math..
Not sure how I ever passed business calc when I was in school.
None-the-less your sign looks wonderful!
November 19, 2012 at 11:18 am
Business calc sounds very scary! Props to you for passing!
November 19, 2012 at 11:19 am
Cute banner! I did one very similar on burlap. Cheers to not over complicating things and keeping it simple by free-handing the “font” on with marker!
November 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm
What a nice banner. I really like the kraft color and that you used free-hand to draw the letters.
November 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm
Girl, you are hilarious. I started getting scared at the word ‘isosceles.’ I am seriously impressed with both your math skills and your ability to copy a font by hand–that looks so good! I would have butchered it. Completely. Trust me. It looks great!
November 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm
That looks great! I don’t know if everyone knows what an isosceles triangle is, so in my book you are pretty darn sharp! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
November 20, 2012 at 8:26 am
I’m also thankful for tv. I get that.
Cute banner. It’s like it was meant to live right above that television!
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