Let me paint you a little scene if you have a moment…
The forecast left no doubt that the imminent snowstorm was nothing to take lightly here in North Carolina. (Dramatic, right?) Being of the breed of Southerner that freaks out when a flake of snow sticks to the ground I felt a lot of pressure to fill my house with anything and everything that I might want or need for the next few days. I begged my Michigan-raised husband to drive me to Walmart as the snow began to fall for….wait for it…toothpicks. Yes. I had a vision of a toothpick chevron frame that I knew just couldn’t wait until the snow had melted.
So of course he obliged me and drove me through the snowstorm to grab myself a few boxes of toothpicks. Now here is where I started to feel that my DIY obsession was going to do me in…we left Walmart after being there all of twenty minutes and it was a straight up blizzard (or it seemed like it to me!) I have never seen snow coming down so fast in all my life, even the year the Army had us in Kansas and we got over a foot of snow. I kid you not, I started getting in a teary eyed panic on the way home. You couldn’t see the road anymore for all the snow and while my husband was quite amused at how I was freaking out, I was scared to death of all these people driving on the slippery roads who very obviously did not know what they were doing. Luckily Walmart was only a couple of miles from our house and we made it there safely and I refused to leave the house again for days. (Go ahead and laugh all you Northerners!!)
So all that was so I could make this little frame. Which I love and unfortunately the pictures totally don’t do it justice…for some reason all the little lines of the toothpick photograph weird on the camera. But, it was super easy to make, you just need some paste, toothpicks, a cheap frame, and a piece of cardstock.
I removed the glass from a $4 Walmart frame and trimmed a piece of cardstock to fill the space. I replaced the back and got to work creating my chevron. I worked in small sections smearing paste on the cardstock then laying my toothpicks about 15 at a time on the cardstock and moving them to the right shape. I had originally thought I would use hot glue but quickly realized I needed to have a little more dry time to be sure I positioned the toothpicks correctly. On the top row I trimmed the toothpicks with scissors before gluing them in place. Easy peasy!
So tell me…how does your area deal with snow? Do you freak out and shut yourself in the house like we do down here or is it life as usual?