Friday, July 12, 2013

Great Expectations - our Temple project

Through the dust:  Sanding the wall.
So my remodeling project of my temple space continues.  In June I tore down old linoleum (read circa 1945), and pulled cork boards and mirror tile off the wall circa 1967.  Starting in July I have started sanding the walls to remove and smooth the adhesive from the cork board.  This weekend I'll be cleaning, priming, and painting the two small walls.

I also need to prime a portion of the floor which will have the floor boards painted dark brown, and finally order the carpet tiles.

Craig and I are renting this place and I've found some responses from friends that don't understand why we are sinking money into a house we don't own.  I am really going to get a lot of enjoyment out of the space once we finish the work.  All of the work will take less than $500 to complete.  We will not be in the position to buy for many years.  Is it all that odd that we will spend a little money for something that will give us lots of enjoyment?
the color I'm planning to pain the accent walls.

I have spent a lot of time day dreaming and planning out this space.  This space was one of the main reasons we wanted this house since we do so much group ritual and ritual work.  I have been collecting photos for my ideas on my Pinterest, which you can find here:  Ravencroft Temple Room Pin Board.

I've been doing a lot of reading, thinking, and meditating on mindfulness this year.  One of the key proponents of Buddist mindfulness meditation is that you have to invite the stillness into your home.  Many do this with a spot, or dedicated room if you are so luck to have an altar for honoring listening, stillness, and peace.  This will be my peaceful retreat, my haven.  I'm getting antsy to go ahead and get it done with so it can stop being so dirty and dusty and start being wonderful!

Blessed be.


  1. There is something cathartic in this process. This room renovation is a reflection of the renovation within yourself. The road to enlightenment is in this moment, right now, in this breath. Congratulations on giving yourself permission to dare.

  2. I LOVE decorating and doing this sort of thing. My home and personal space is really important to me. One of my favorite books is called Spiritual Housecleaning by Kathryn Robyn and speaks to exactly what you are talking about.