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A Handwork Meditation.

Have you ever gotten the handwork bug? If you do handwork, are there times when you just can’t do enough of it?

I have been bitten big time. It started before the holidays which seemed normal enough. I love to give a little handmade something to people at Christmas. Last year I gave everyone dishcloths that I crochet.

This year I started making dude hats. I love them and made all colors. It’s great for using up small amounts of leftover yarn. I let the grandkids pick what colors they wanted. I kept trying them on, hoping I looked ‘cool.’ My husband kept shaking his head, no it’s not working.

My granddaughter put one on and looked so cute. I see her in pictures back home and she is still wearing them.

My sister sent photos and I see she wore one at the back of her head and looked excellent. I tried it and I think I look better, but it is not the dudette look, you get when you wear it down to your eyebrows.

The bug continues. I started thinking I would give everyone homemade gifts from now on. So I went to the store and got some fabric to make a kimono. It is gorgeous – hand painted. Then I realized this cost more than if I just sent a check and that way it wouldn’t be the wrong size or color. 😦

I am working on baby blankets – two new babies coming that I know of. I don’t know what sex they are so I’d like to make two pink and two blue and be ahead.

Throw blankets for a bride and groom. Can you tell I love this knit on the diagonal pattern –  tres easy.

A crochet blanket for a grandson, to match his room colors.

crochet blanket

And a granddaughter.

Another granddaughter got a new bigger bed.

And a grandson asked for this Harry Potter panel to be made into a quilt with silver and gold. His room has a space theme. I don’t do quilts because I can easily make them cattywompus. To make them neat and match up is a challenge to me. But I am working it for him.

The mediation part comes in because I work in a zen like state and send good vibes to the person who will receive the gift. (Must avoid the crazies over quilting!) I think it gives me a sense of purpose. I pray for my loved ones anyway. This way I am accomplishing something while I pray.

What is your favorite handmade gift?

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.


Posted by on January 3, 2011 in Abundance, Uncategorized


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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY — Christmas Creche

The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!


When my mother was alive, she asked me what I wanted of hers. I asked for the Christmas creche. It belonged to my grandmother.

When I was a child I spent many happy hours playing with baby Jesus and the Holy family and the other figures.


When I got married and didn’t have a nativity scene, I made one out of fabric. The good news was my children could play with it and not break it.


About 15 years ago, my mother mailed me the creche and the statues. They were so beat up and chipped. There were about 5 or 6 wise men, because over the years we had gotten replacement sets.


I laughed when I saw the figures and I bought a new set made out of resin. I still have a wise man with a broken hand, but the rest are intact.

Over the years I collected a nativity scenes. Once, I brought a set to a workshop as decoration. A school age girl was there. She was drawn to the nativity scene. Like me at that age, she had a real baby brother. I asked her if she had a nativity scene at home. She said no, so I gave the one she admired to her and her family. I imagined her having fun playing with them like I did.


Last year, I met a lady who collects nativity scenes, and she had the same creche. She said it was from 1905 or 1910. That’s about when my grandmother got married.


It’s the only one I have now. When I moved I didn’t bring the others with me. I treasure it and my memories of my family.

Have your best Christmas ever!

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

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Posted by on December 23, 2010 in Abundance, Uncategorized


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Travel to Honolulu – Review – The Embassy Suites Hotel at Waikiki Beach

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of staying at the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach.

It was a pleasure, very clean, beautifully Hawaiian themed and breakfast and evening snacks were available on the fourth floor – grand lanai, (patio). The evening snacks were all carb, but the breakfast as cooked to your order omelets, and a very wide array of breakfast foods, even miso soup and rice for our Japanese friends.

They bill it as the only all suites resort. Our suite was nicely decorated. I love the palm tree motifs. It was very solidifying to have a suite. We only watched TV in the sitting room. (good feng shui)

And the hula artwork.

And the hibiscus bed cover.

The people were unusually friendly every where, hotel staff and hotel guests. Was this a reflection of my inner reality?

One of our beds needed replacing. It made it so you were sleeping with your head downhill. Otherwise it was a sublime weekend. I highly recommend it.


Posted by on January 20, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Merry Christmas To All

Have your best Christmas ever. Alll good things to all of you this coming year.


Posted by on December 25, 2009 in Uncategorized


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First Guest Post: My Authentic Self Speaks by Jeanne Litt

I love all of mankind. I wish you all a very happy Christmas.

What I love about us humans is that we keep going. We keep on living, (for the most part), we keep on having children and raising them the best we can.

We work hard and have our family’s needs at heart. We help others, give to the poor, volunteer, and write gazillions of blogs every day offering advice and the benefit of our wisdom. We share. We party together and eat together. Even the hermits among us are connected by the internet. We unite, we connect. We are social beings. We can say no to all the invitations to events we don’t want to attend. We can connect with just one other person and it can be electronically even, but we are still all one in our deepest core. We are the same dreams and cares and needs.

We love our heroes and we are all their virtues. We love to hate our villains and we are them too. We can love it all. Life goes on either way. We can love it all and be happy. Let’s each start being happy with who we are. After all, who else could be us?

Thank you Jeanne for your submission. We hope to have you back again.

Would you like to be a guest post writer? I invite you to submit a post. Write 1000 words or less on the topic – My Authentic Self Speaks. Posts will be selected by a panel of one, me. selected posts will be posted here. Be sure to include a link to your blog if you have one. Send submissions to ceriusdesignsATgmailDOTcom. (Change the AT and DOT to symbols.)

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.


Posted by on December 17, 2009 in Uncategorized


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The One Most Surprising Way Ever, To Deal With Problem Relatives Over The Holidays. By J.B. Vadeboncoeur

Do you have to face people this holiday season that you would rather not? I invite you to take a new look at a relationship that is difficult.

Take a few deep breaths and exhale longer than you inhale. Push the air out with a big sigh, unless your boss is right there and will hear you.

I offered this exercise to nurses. After the nurses did this regarding a difficult patient, the patient was not healed of her condition, but she did become continent again. It was because she sensed the change in the nurses. They became more empathetic toward her.

Empathy is not sympathy. I’ve heard it defined as:

Sympathy – someone has dug themselves into a deep pit and you jump in there with them.

Empathy – you stay out of the pit and throw them a rope.

We’re going for the empathy toward the other person, the person you have the problem with.

1.  Take a piece of paper and draw a picture of yourself with the other person. (Stick figures work.) Draw the two of you in whatever situation comes to mind.

2.  Write out the problem as you see it., in your own words and as much detail as you like.

3.  Now write out the scenario as if you were the other person. This requires that you put yourself in their place. Take a minute to focus here. It might help to say to yourself – I am (insert name of problem person here) and I say……..

4.  Next, pick an inanimate object in the scene you drew. It can be anything, the floor, an object in the scene or anything you know would be there. Now write from the point of view of the object. Write as if it were a neutral person and write what it sees or thinks about the whole situation.

If you would like, please share how this went for you and any awareness gained.

While doing this exercise keep these in mind:

  1. Don’t hurt yourself and don’t hurt others.
  2. Take care of yourself so you can help take care of others.
  3. Use everything for your upliftment.
  4. Share your process if you want.

This blog is for sharing and upliftment purposes only. The approaches and methods in this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or form of illness. This blog is not designed nor intended to replace any form of therapy or medical care.

EDIT: If you enjoyed this post you might also like –

The One Most Ordinary Survival Tactic For An Easy Christmas by J. B. Vadeboncoeur

How To Make Life More Exciting – 3 Top Tips by excitedbylife

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Posted by on December 10, 2009 in How to


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