Thursday, April 09, 2015

Rad Winner + Courage Banner

Wake me when there's ham.
Thank you so much for entering the contest so enthusiastically! And for your fantastic book recommendations. I have already requested This Is Where I Leave You and The Miniaturist from the library (yay!). Meanwhile, the winners of this awesome book

are Hanna (the first commenter), Doña (who is building a feminist library), and Karen T, who wants it for her sons. Please send me your address via email, and I will send you the book! Rad.

Just a small offering today, and it's this:

I had occasion to make this banner recently for some friends in need of courage, and I loved it so much. It turned out that the very act of making it gave me exactly the courage I needed myself.

1. To make one, print this out full-size (8 1/2 by 11) on the color paper or card-stock you want your letters to be.
2. Use a combination of scissors and x-acto knife to cut out the letters (the printed side will be on the back once you glue them down).
3. Cut out the triangle and trace it onto colored cardstock 7 times (you can line it up so that they alternate up and down, like jack-o-lantern teeth, to get more triangles from the paper). Cut out the triangles.
4. Stick the letters to the triangles. (I used an extra-strong glue stick.)
5. Sew the triangles to a nice, long piece of ribbon, bias tape, or, like I did here, old sweat-pants string. I actually just lined up each triangle on the string, arranged so that the string was on the front side of the triangle, and sewed them on one at a time, going nice and slow. If you are already having a panic attack about bobbin and presser foot and you've already poured yourself 4 glasses of wine, just hole-punch the triangles and thread a nice piece of cord or twine through them. Or tape them to the fucking wall, who cares? Easy peasy!

Sending love. And courage if you need it.


  1. Love your courage! xoxo

  2. "Or tape them to the fucking wall, who cares? "

    And this is one of the many reasons I've been reading you for so many years. You're just the best!

    1. I second Delta Juliet's comment. this sentence cracked me up.....and I'm at work, not supposed to be having fun! Love your sense of humor, Catherine and I think you have great courage! Cheers!

  3. Also my favorite. It's like when you go to aerobics and they show you the "low impact" version. I like that your crafts offer levels, depending on your ability, patience, or sanity. Tape them to the fucking wall, indeed.

  4. Anonymous10:07 AM

    Tell Craney there is still leftover Easter ham at our house. Will be using it up today, added to the beans that are currently gently simmering on the stove.

  5. Who doesn't need courage? There's always the patriarchy, for one thing. This looks doable. Thanks!

  6. Paula7:31 AM

    Cats and ham. It's a thing.

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