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My Happy Place



I went down to my studio for the first time since I dumped the last load of stuff before we moved into the condo. It is the end of the month and I needed to get a print done for the Printed Fabric Bee.  The theme is art nouveau.

This is what my studio looked like when I walked in.


Nothing has been put away. I grabbed the stuff off my work table and put my print board up and went to work. First, I found my Bose radio and turned to my favorite rock music station!

I had cut a couple of freezer paper stencils. I wanted to do an art nouveau stylized flower. I decided to do some wavy lines of dots first. Here is my stencil.




I used the skinny end of a chopstick to add yellow dots to the brown dots.


Here is my stylized flower stencil.


This is the 6 inch piece that is going to the winner of the printed fabric pack. The piece for Jackie is up at the top.


I went to my studio in a great deal of pain. My lower back has been killing me again. All the shuffling and packing and unpacking has taken a toll.

The thing is, I was so happy and stress free working in my studio after all this time that I suddenly realized I was not in pain. And, I was so happy. So happy that I started to cry. I am really looking forward to getting my studio organized and getting back some creative time.



6 Responses to “My Happy Place”

  1. Anita Lay says:

    So glad you’re getting settled and able to get back to the creativity. There is just nothing worse than moving. My back has NEVER recovered from the move out of the house. We told the kids that the next move is to the nursing home (or the urn), and that they will have to take care of that one. We’re done.

  2. Kristin Freeman says:

    The stencil work is wonderful….love the free flowing movement with the dots and the flower has me hoping that soon some will appear in my garden. That confusion of supplies will soon enough find “homes” and I smile as I see your creativity bringing relaxed and happy body back to you after the relocation journey’s work. Looking forward to seeing more of your surface design work…..much love and appreciation for what you shared today.

  3. Eileen says:

    I think we downplay the stress and emotional toll selling and replacing a home has on us. After a year of getting my house ready to sell, going through the steps of selling, and finding and purchasing replacement property, I felt like I hit a wall emotionally. My studio was my salvation. So glad the move is behind you and you are able to nourish your soul in the studio once again.

  4. Karoda says:

    I’m so happy for you Gerrie! I thoroughly know the feeling of being moved to tears just to return to the studio. I think you’re one amazing woman and I’m looking forward to seeing you organize your new space and getting your creative groove on! hangeth in!

  5. Sounds as if your studio and creative work was just the antidote! I’ve been out of my studio for 7 months and intend to re-evaluate my creative work once our move is complete and I’m settled in the new house. I’m organizing for a studio sale this weekend, inspired by your studio sale of a few months ago.

  6. Sheila Barnes says:

    Can’t believe you did this more or less on the fly. This turned out so great. No wonder you cried. Welcome back to your happy place.