I suppose I should have made the notches on the black cs on both sides, but I didn't really think of that until it was completed. I used my markers in a continuous striping motion to get even color. If you double back with markers, you get dark areas and uneven color. The "hello" is also from the $1 bin. I'm telling you, you need to stalk those craft store bins. I have a wonderful collection of words from the $1 bin, but I have been collecting them for a couple years. Just grab a couple when you go. They replenish every couple weeks!
Well, hats off to you. Hug your kids, love your hubby, mail a card to a friend, and be thankful for what you have!