Most paper artists either have or at least know what a deckle edged ruler is. They are wonderful metal straight edges used for tearing paper and creating a "deckled" edge.
Yesterday, I got to discover a new and different use for my 16" deckle ruler. This new use is not traditional, nor is it even artistic in nature. But, I must say I feel it was creative, and somewhat life saving.
As I walked out of my office into my family room, I spotted something on the floor across the room. I stopped as I knew something wasn't right. It took me a couple of seconds to realize it was a small(ish) snake. Yes, I said a snake.
I instantly went back down the hall to my art studio. With my adrenalin pumping, I stood there staring at all of the wonderful tools I have in my studio. I needed something to capture or kill my new little unwanted friend. You would think there would be plenty of choices in this room filled to the top with "stuff". I knew my choice of weapons had to be something that was strong, wouldn't make a mess, and was somewhat big so that my hand would not get near it. I don't know why, but I ended up with my deckle edged ruler. I thought it would be better than the regular metal ruler because of the little sharp spikes along the edge. This was my chosen weapon. I was now on a mission to dispose of my visitor...if he was still there.
When I returned to the family room, he was still laying in the exact spot where I left him. He was facing a piece of furniture that he could have easily squirmed under. I knew that I didn't want to come up behind him and scare him. I went around the room to confront him face to face.
When I reached him, I was freaking out...but knew I had to kill or catch him. I couldn't stand the thought of having a snake loose in the house!!! I wouldn't have been able to live here until it was caught. Well, I did the inevitable. I went right up to him, and started hacking away at this snake. It was a horrible thing to have to do. And, it took a lot of whacks to get him to concede. He still wasn't dead. He was squirming and flipping around, but he wasn't going to go anywhere.
I quickly went to the kitchen, got a big ziplock bag and my long tongs. I picked him up and put him in the bag and took him to the garage. I wanted to share my experience with my husband, so I was thoughtful enough to leave Mr. Snake in the garage as a present for my husband....lol (I think he is even more afraid of them than me).
My mission was accomplished. I was shaking like a leaf. I had to sit down to compose myself.
My dog had gone outside and missed the entire incident. But, if she had been inside, she probably would have scared Mr. Snake under the furniture. I have no idea where it came from. I have found a couple other small snakes swimming in the pool when I have been in it, and we have found others in the yard. I guess this is one of the "perks" of living near southern bayous. Thankfully, the poisonous ones stay in the bayou.
Todays advice to all stampers, is to get a deckle edged ruler if you don't already have one. They do a wonderful job of making a beautiful torn edge on your artwork, and they are a great weapon. Remember this tip...you just never know when this might happen to you (heaven forbid).