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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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3 A.M. Thoughts

Photo by smoorenburg

Do you ever wake up in the wee hours, and you have fully formed thoughts about something? I woke up this morning thinking of a woman who commissioned me to do a portrait of her son. She commissioned me many years ago in the 80’s. I was doing portraits in various media. I have a knack for getting a likeness.


This woman came to me and handed me a few snapshots of a boy with a baseball cap on and his face was in shadow. She told me these were the only recent pictures she had of her son and now he was dead. He died in a car accident. She thought if I could do a portrait of him, she would like to have it to look at.


She came back to see how it was going. No she said,

it doesn’t look like him.

She carefully explained how he looked.  I redid it a few times. I would have given a lot to be able to satisfy her. My heart went out to her. But, I seemed unable to do so.


Finally, in desperation, one night I said,

Okay _____(Her son’s name), please help me. Your mother wants this and I’d like to oblige.


Next time she came by, she exclaimed,

That’s him! That’s his eyes and he’s looking at me.

We both cried.


I do believe I had help and I am grateful.

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© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.


Posted by on December 20, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Buddhist Prayer Flags

When my neighbor moved in next door, about a year ago, he put flags like these on his house. It gets very windy here.

I asked him about them. He said they are Buddhist prayer flags. Wherever you put them, the prayers are released. The flags gradually deteriorate. The prayers are offered to the universe until they are gone.

The fabric is delicate and has prayers written on it..

I was intrigued and looked for some while I was on the mainland. I found some at Disney in animal kingdom and passed on them. Then at World Market I found these ones in the picture.

I hung them in my yard and love the idea of more prayers going out in my neighborhood.

This is how the ones on my neighbor’s house look now. They have faded and mostly disintegrated.

A blessing on your house and your loving ones.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt


Posted by on October 6, 2010 in Abundance


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