The accident happened when I was nearly finished with a valance to hang over the patio doors and was drilling small holes through which I was threading gold cord. My old-age vision is rather poor so I had taken off my glasses and gotten my face really close to be able to see where I wanted to drill the hole. (Yes, I do know the importance of safety glasses, but what good are they if you can’t see what you’re doing?) Because I was drilling through fabric as well as poplar, I was being careful not to let the drill bit grip the threads and snag the material.
I had the drill right alongside my head and as I drilled, my long hair became entangled in the armature of the drill. I stopped the drill immediately and ran with the drill held tightly to my head through the rain to the house to enlist my husband’s assistance. I assured him I was not hurt; it was no worse than a tight hair permanent done by the students at the nearby School of Cosmetology. I had him remove the drill bit as I held the drill tightly to my head. We then proceeded to the bathroom for the haircut. Because it was so close to my head, the only scissors I had that was small enough was a tiny toenail scissors.
Once the drill was removed, he ran to the shop to get my glasses. Meanwhile, I began pulling the hair from the drill and I could feel the armature unwind, so I decided to plug in the drill and put it in reverse, and wouldn’t-you-know, the hair came right out. I ended up with an unnecessary haircut, but it was free. ;-) (My husband said he would never have risked reversing the drill with my head so tight to it.)
The blessing in all this is that I had forgotten my camera 100 miles away at my sister’s so I won’t have visual memories of this. (And as poor as my memory is, by the time I get the camera back I’ll forget to take a picture of the new hairdo!)
P.S. The valances are mixed media so I don’t know if I should show them in the projects.
-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.