Thursday, January 26, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Dead Ticket

Hey yall!  Do you have a pile of concert tickets paperclipped together and stuck in a drawer somewhere?  Are they maybe pinned to a bulletin board or shoved away in a memory box?  Here is a neat way to honor some of your great concert experiences.  Easy and cheap!

You'll need a 5x7 photo frame, scissors, tape, a background image and your ticket stub.  I framed my Grateful Dead ticket from the St. Louis show in 1994, a year before Jerry kicked it, so I found a super colorful Grateful Dead dancing bear wallpaper on the internet.  I placed the image in a program that allowed me to adjust the size.  Once sized (and it does not have to be perfect), I printed, and trimmed the edges so that it fit inside the glass

Next cut a piece of paper (white or a color of your choice), about a 1/4" bigger than the ticket on each side.  Tape the ticket to your rectangle, then tape your rectangle to your wallpaper image.  Put the whole creation inside the frame and wal-la!  You have instant decoration and a fond memory to display.

Give it a shot, and show me what you've created!


Infinitely Yours,
Lenora ∞

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sophia - Goddess of Wisdom

This is the first in a series of posts discussing specific deities that are playing a role on my spiritual path. I will begin with my spirit guide, and the goddess I most connect with.

In ancient Greece Sophia was known as the Goddess of Wisdom and Knowledge, and in Gnostic teachings she is the bride of God.  Sophia can be found in almost every religion, though she is called by different names.  She is considered by many the mother of the universe, wisdom incarnate, and the feminine aspect of life.  She is often times depicted with a halo of stars representing her divinity, and the dove is a symbol of Sophia representing spirit.

Copyright - Pamela Matthews
Sophia first came to me, or rather I first acknowledged her, three years ago, when I was on a personal journey of recovery.  I wrote an autobiographical novel during this time, which played a huge role in my healing, recovery of spirit and development of soul.  Many of the conversations and experiences we shared are in the book.  What I know to be true about Sophia, is that she is infinitely patient, gentle, tender and above all the wisest of wise.

I know when I am acknowledging Sophia, because I make better judgement, I listen closer instead of running my mouth incessantly, I walk taller and I feel grace within me.  She melds what is human and divine.

Sophia is a motherly Goddess, but the kind of mother that allows her children to learn from their own mistakes so that they might discover the lesson, allowing them to grow.  She is a wild mother, whose nature is instinct and intuition.  She knows and she teaches us what she knows.

You might have noticed that my daughter's name is also Sophia.  This is not a family name, and I am not the one who came up with the name for her.  It was my ex-husband's choice, and as controlling as I have been in the past, it was very unlike me to let go of creative control of my child's name.  In fact I already had several picked out, among them were: Alora Dannon (the baby princess in the movie Willow) or Raven Lenore (I'm a big fan of Edgar and my name is Lenora), but I loved the name Sophia from the moment it was suggested.  It just felt right.  It felt holy and true.  Now I am beginning to know why.

One more thing I might also add about Sophia.  She will never, ever let you down.  As long as you open yourself to her wisdom all you need do is utter her name and she will be there with you.  Keep in mind that she may call upon you as well.

The following link will take you to a beautiful channelling of Sophia done by Gillian Macbeth-Louthan.  It brings chills nearly every time I read it.  I love the last line "I am Sophia as are you."  I hope this post finds you in her divine company.

What are your experiences with Sophia Goddess of Wisdom?  Which Goddess do you most relate to?
http://sananda.netii.net/1_30_Message-from-Sophia.html

Infinitely Yours,
Lenora ∞

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Two-Faced

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~ T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”


Out with the old and in with the new.  Another year has finally arrived, full of new possibilities, and fresh energy.  This is a time to try a new approach to an aging issue, or to begin something entirely new.

As for myself, I am starting the new year off with emotional and physical health.  Next week I begin an online course with Pixie Campbell called SouLodge which takes participants around the medicine wheel for inner healing.  Wednesday I begin a yoga class.  And then there is the Etsy store I am developing with my mother.  I am so stoked about all of the awesomeness that is coming my way.

I am enthused about what lies ahead, and at the same time the wisdom gained from the last 365 stays with me.  As I shed the heaviness of the past year and pick up the pieces of wisdom left behind, I am reminded of Janus, the Roman deity after which January was named.  This deity was often depicted with two faces, one looking forward and the other backward.  January is the perfect time for a last bit of the soul’s reflection of the past year, mixed with a healthy dose of the spirit’s vision for the new.

With this in mind I let the soul take care of its business, and allow spirit to reach for the potential and possibility in the present.

Contemplate the wisdom you’ve gained in 2011.  What changes or projects are you fostering for early 2012?

Infinitely Yours,
Lenora ∞

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Well Hello Kitty

Here are some fun images from Sophia's Hello Kitty Birthday Bash.  Most of the decor was DIY.  The amazing cake was from Wally World.  (I am many things, but a baker is not one of them.)  This party was so fun to decorate for.



Tissue balls took the place of balloons this year.  Eight sheets of tissue paper, folded accordion style, staple a ribbon in the middle, round off the edges, then pull each sheet gently toward the center and shape until jussssst right.
The heart shaped ice floater was made with a cake mold.  We used Hawaiian Punch, and real strawberries, froze them overnight, and dipped the mold in hot water the next day to remove.
My beautiful Sophia.
Pin the Bow on Hello Kitty!  This project was so easy.  I used Tacky Glue to adhere zebra printed steamers to the board, creating a border.  I used a shiny, magenta colored ribbon to accent the border.  Freehanded the Hello Kitty with markers.  At the party we had a bucket of markers, and let the girls decorate the precut bows and add their name.  Scotch tape was added to the back of the bows to attach to the posterboard.  This project turned out fantastic.
Love, love, love tulle & lights!
This was easy, peasy lemon squeezy too.  We used just a regular white bag.  Freehand the eyes, nose and whiskers with markers.  The bows I cut out from the wrapping paper I used to wrap Sophia's presents.  (Found the pink cheetah print at Hobby Lobby).  Attached the bow with a glue stick.  The center is black tissue paper, also attached with a glue stick.