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Missing, But Not in Action

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015


My life was rudely interrupted this past week-end when I started having excruciating pain in my left knee to the point that I could barely walk.  I finally had Mr C take me to urgent care on Sunday when he got home from church. The Dr. I saw thought it was a lateral collateral ligament sprain. I had xrays done and they fitted me with a neoprene knee stabilizer.


The worst problem I had over the past two days was sleeping. I could not get comfortable and would sleep for 2 or 3 hours and then wake up in pain that made me cry. I would get up and walk up and down the hall and go back to bed and sleep for another short spurt etc. I was wearing the knee stabilizer as prescribed.

Today, I saw the Orthopedic doctor who looked at my xrays from 2 years ago and compared them with the new ones and declared that I have an “enraged” arthritic knee. You could see a big difference. I was relieved that it was not a ligament problem, but sad to know that my knee is wearing out. He said that I am a candidate for a knee replacement at some point.

I stopped wearing the knee stabilizer and feel better already. The pressure points that help to stabilize a torn ligament wear pressing on the arthritic bone spurs and making me feel worse!!

I am a couple of days behind schedule but I can catch up!! As you can see, I got the purple painting done. I also finished the yellows.


I got the final cuts and prints made for my reduction printing class.


reductprintfinalThat last layer was not registered very well, but I did it on Saturday when I was in pain from the knee!!

I am taking a Photoshop elements online workshop with the Pixel Ladies. Here is an example of something I did in the first week. I altered the tulip photo.



You can see that I cleaned up the background and altered the color. I am learning a lot. I am basically self-taught and this is really helping me.


Painting Update and a Winner

Monday, February 9th, 2015


I love how my drop cloth is looking. I think I will need to turn this into something really cool when I am done. Since my last post, I have painted blues and orange/earth tones.



I love the blues, but I really love the earth tones. I am so happy with it. I hope when it dries, it looks as good. I have gotten into a rhythm of painting 6 ft of silk, letting it dry over night, painting a small test piece for the next color way and then going back the next day and painting another large piece. I just have yellows and purples to go.

I am making progress on Clay’s cowl. I have about 20 rows to go and they get shorter as I go as I am knitting the wedge and every other row gets reduced by 5 stitches. I love the texture that comes from the garter stitch cables.



Now, for the winner:

Screenshot 2015-02-09 21.38.12


Thanks to all of you who left me such nice comments. The random number generator selected 13 which means Kay Taylor is the winner of my little Aspen piece. E-mail me your snail mail address at gerrie@gericondesigns.com.

Some Stitching Peeks

Friday, February 5th, 2010

I am doing very simple straight line quilting on this, using variegated thread in the colors of the quilt. I think it is looking good.

When I have time, I have been hand stitching the silk circles. Here are a couple of peeks.

It is interesting to see these together. They both use the same pattern, but very different styles. The shibori piece is crisp and graphic. The silk piece is soft and ethereal.

Tonight, Mr C and I went to see Avatar in 3D. It was a visual feast. So amazing to think how that movie was created. Really beautiful. More violent than I like, but the beauty was worth sitting through the violence.

Thermofax Day

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I was up and out of the house early today. I had to have a fasting blood draw. Four hours later, I got a message from the lab. All my tests were normal. My cholesterol is now down to 160 and the HDL was 54 so my ratio is 2.96 – not bad!

Yesterday, I had a great time doing another gallery talk to about 12 people. The group that arranged the talk took me out to lunch afterwards. When I got home, I had a message from one of them and they had decided to buy the Dome of the Rock piece for their church. Woohoo! I have now sold 5 pieces out of the 13. Just feel so blessed, that is all I can say. I have been somewhat overwhelmed by the lovely comments about my art.

Today, my goal was to get caught up on conference registrations and make some thermofax screens. I accomplished both. I had a bit of a melt down when I couldn’t find the thermofax screen fabric. My studio and office are still and disorganized mess from the renovation and the frenzy of work in December. We finally found it.

I made a heart for the class on Saturday. Judy sent me this design from some freezer paper stencils that she had made. I love this.


I also made a screen of this fancy bird.I thought it would be cute to put a heart in its beak.


I also did this screen. You are only seeing a portion of it. What is it?


A Mixed Blessing

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Yesterday should have been a lovely and joyous affair. I sold 4 pieces before the opening reception. But, then, there was that crappy virus that hit me some time in the early morning. I couldn’t eat breakfast. I muddled through my gallery walk/talk in a purple haze. I tried to eat a little chicken soup to get me through the rest of the day. Couldn’t do it. By the time we arrived home at 3:30, my temperature was 102° and every joint in my body was aching. This morning, the fever is down; I ate some breakfast; I am slowly coming back to life.

I want to thank all of you who sent me such positive comments and good thoughts for the show. The members of Trinity who came to the walk and those who were there for the coffee hour after church gave me such positive feed back. It was a little overwhelming.

We did not have a huge turnout for the reception, but several folks from the guild and other friends showed up. I was feeling so lousy by then, that I can hardly remember who was there. I didn’t take many photos. Here is one of Miles “running” the Labyrinth.


Here I am with red dot number 1, taken by Reva.


And red dot number 2.


The other 2 that sold were these 2 small pieces:

westbankshelter batshannoncanvas

The houses had 2 people who wanted it. The Bet She’an piece had a spray painted dowel for hanging.

Serendipitously, Bill, the dean of the cathedral, preached about the plight of the Palestinians yesterday, and so my show seemed to really touch people.