Do It Yourself: Woman Cave
Let's Roar Sisters!
Who says men are the only ones to like sports, action films or video games? Besides which, guys just stole the idea of decorating from us anyhow and inverted it. Well, it is time to roar back, my lady lionesses, and make your very own woman cave.
Be like the tough Pittsurgh Passion players. Women play football for free. Because we want it more. We also laugh hysterically when the defense picks up an offensive player and drills her helmet first into the ground.
For my sisters with no room for a woman cave of their own, I'll be adding videos, online gaming, RSS feeds and more so you can hang out and chill. Please make sure that you use the text links to do a little research before you take on a project. Example: paint. With the price going up all the time you really don't want to waste any. You even have to pay for a sample can now, so choose wisely.
Yes, I suppose we can let menfolk nose around here. But mind your manners as there are ladies present. Like the intro photo? I took it myself. It, all writing and photography herein are my original work. Enjoy!
Enter and be known.
Why a Woman Cave?
The cave has been a symbol of the Goddess since before modern man. For millions of years women shaman have retreated to caves to regroup and repower. All women, no matter the relationship to our birth mothers, need this recharge. For in the cave is the strength and secrets of womanhood.
Caves are also the symbol of a woman's reproductive wellspring. Yes, wells too. From the womb to the passage of birth, a cave represents all of this. Some caves even have heavy iron deposits, reminding us that there is pain to be endured to bring forth the new generation. But as women, we can draw on inner strength and endure this.
All too often women's roles in society are only as mindless sex objects or the servants of family, friends, and bosses. While there is nothing wrong with caring for our family or friends, we must remember to honor ourselves first. And while sexuality is essential to survial of the species, no woman should be seen as a mere object.
I want women visitors to take the time to create a place to strengthen themselves. We all deserve it, no matter how rich, poor, young or old we are. The world may not honor all that you do, but you can honor and respect yourself. You don't have to be pagan, but I do use pagan examples, as they honor women more in general as powerful, complete beings in our own right.
You may also wish to honor the wonderful women in your life in your woman cave. Yes, we can drive one another to tears, but honey, we need one another. Only women can recharge women. Only a woman can understand everything you are thinking without you saying a word. And only a woman would laugh at the idea of a man enduring childbirth.
Make It Your Dream Room
Women enjoy the tough stuff as much as the guys. So ladies here's how to make a womanly yet fierce cave of your own. You're going to need theme, use, and budget to think of. With the room I'm describing the budget may well be zero if you have things laying about.
Oh yes, there will be tools used. And much heavy lifting. To be a real woman cave you can't let the menfolk help. They just tend to get in the way anyhow.
NOTE: For truly important stuff like wiring a room for electric, putting in pipes or other specialist stuff, hit one of our sisters in the pros up. I don't want fatalities here.
Every woman cave needs something on the walls. I pick paint in my local team's colors as it can be fairly cheap and is a no-brainer. If you are painting a basement room make sure the paint will stand up to dampness.
I have the minimum carpet needed to house my desk and work area. Here and there wires are taped down for surround-sound. The floor is good honest cement, not painted. Perfect for wood-burning or the use of caustic chemicals. Yes, my woman cave/office doubles as a crafting area, stay with me.
Make sure there are enough outlets at the proper voltage for your needs. Lights can be as simple as a lone bulb. I prefer using double strips as the light is bright, and when they start to go the errie flickering will deter most guests.
I love this pic, it would look lovely on the wall of any woman cave.
Work With What You Have
I didn't have any money for a nicety like a ceiling so lots of odd stuff hangs down from the exposed beams. Some team stuff, crafted items, a few horror props and so forth. This is also a lovely place to dry magical herbs. But you can also use a microwave and just jar them when dry.
The altar/bookshelf/storage unit used to house video game systems, and I still store separate systems underneath. I don't play as much anymore, so just getting a system out now and then is easier. Keep in mind that if you are using a basment room metal rusts and game systems can get cranky if poorly stored.
For my computer my first pride and joy speakers went where they fit. Yes surround sound for a computer is a necessity. The lovely Westinghouse set I had was years old and still delivered crisp clear sound. I also had the main speaker nearby to shut the system off when just idly surfing. Sadly, the tech train just keeps on chugging. I had to order a new speaker set as the old ones just don't have the right jack for this new fangled computer (Dell Inspiron One with touch screen, sweet!) so, I'll have to let you know how they work out.
Plus you just have to hear the roar when the ladies make a touchdown. With the old ones, you just take the speaker plug out of the computer and jack it into the tv, of course. That would work if my new speakers and old tv didn't have over a, erm, a lot of years to cross.
Think posters, mugs, banners and Terrible Towels. I used lots of black and gold of course and have plenty of Super Bowl stuff about. There is also a lot of Penguins stuff too, equipment and more. My theory being that a hockey stick to the groin will fend off any intruders quite nicely.
If you can have some area to throw passes, shoot pucks, or slam dunk. Heck, mini works just fine. Being that we are female, we can stow the girly stuff like purses and clothes here too, in team colors of course. Like an autographed Mike Lange sweatshirt. Yes, he was awesome to meet in person and signed the shirt for free. For you puffballs that like anything that looks like it was dyed in Pepto Bismol: I'm sorry but unless your team color is pink you need hit in the head for wearing it.
If you have your office think team wallpaper. (For the computer hon.) Mugs are great for pen storage and so forth. Did you know goalie masks are lovely for holding loose pucks in? Not that I want you doing slap shots around delicate machines, mind you.
Work It Out
Intro photo, reversed
I love free lifting so I have some weight sets tucked under the bookshelves. There's a weight belt and lifting gloves stored too. I can just pop a CD into the computer and lift to Metallica or Marilyn Manson. Yes, I lift to Steelers and Pens songs too.
If you have those mini walking ones you might get a walking workout in here too. Safety is the key. Don't leave a weight where it can fall and hurt you, or can be tripped over. Make sure weigth shelves are stable, and that small children or pets can't topple them over. If this is a basement, you will need something between cement and metal to prevent rust. Rugs work, but be aware that all shelves on rugs tend to tip over more easily.
If you can, secure a shelf to a wall. I'd love to have a little fridge for juices, water or whatnot, but maybe someday, right ladies? You can still put a few post workout snacks here though in a small basket or cubby. Also a towel to wipe off any equipment you might have, and any spills to prevent falls.
Oh, be very careful of the powders they sell to put on muscle mass. We women tend to put on fat not muscle tone. Sorry, but we are geared for childbirth. And on the oppisite side, diet pills can be deadly. So be careful. I'm not all gloom and doom, I'd be a sad woman without my daily protein powder shake which is a lot leaner and healthier than some canned ones.
If you have a TV, you can do your workout videos here for some privacy. Just make sure you have plenty of room to move around. Even walking video hosts seem to think you have a dance studio to move about it. At least the series I like reminds you to modify movements for lack of space.
To save myself legal trouble and you heartache, always check with a doctor before starting any new program. I know most shrug and tell you to go right ahead, but a good check up never hurts and may find out problems you could miss otherwise.
Weapons of Choice
Isn't she lovely?
Some ladies may want to store or display weapons in this room along with the sports stuff, or make them the main theme. Please just observe the following rules.
Keep gun cabinets locked at all times. Kids, drunks, and just plain idiots have a terrible way of harming themselves and others by playing around with guns and ammo. Don't store any firearm loaded, or if you do remove the firing pin. Also, your local law enforcment most likely has gun locks to give you for free. They fit all types of firearms. Yes, I said free. You are doing the police a favor by locking things up tight.
There's a safety on guns for a reason. Use it when carrying, displaying or storing any firearm. Yes, even 'empty' ones.
Knives, daggers, switchblades and swords that come pre-honed are very dangerous in the wrong hands. Again, if you friends are jerks who like to pick up everything you may want to store these in a locked or hard to reach area.
OK now that the basics are covered think of ways to display your babies. Many fantasy knives come with their own mounting equipment, but you can make your own. Homemade gun racks can be bought at craft fairs or made on your own.
If these are weapons for home safety think of displays that allow you quick and safe access. A locking cabinet may be pricey, but they come for both firearms and bladed weapons, plus most good ones lock securely. If these are ceremonial swords you will need, the racks that are for single swords and knives work well. Do not store uncovered blades on cement as they will rust up.
If you have an altar featuring blades, just keep in mind safety issues. Also, please store ammo far away from heat sources. You don't want it damp or wet either. Aim for (pardon the pun) a safe dry storage area. Another good idea would be to store all the cloths, honing straps, whet stones, gun cleaning kits, and whatnot nearby in a small cabinet or on a shelf. Please follow your owner's manual as to how often to clean a firearm and what items are best for doing so.
Also, just about every major team on the planet has at least one knife set if not more than that. Lastly, remember to keep a sharp eye out at fairs for your community. Some sherrif's deparments give out gun locks for free. These work on both rifles and handguns, and prevent the firing of the weapon unless removed.
Yes I'm aware that if the attacker bursts into your room an unloaded and locked firearm isn't much use. If you want a weapon close at hand teach all family members to respet it, and young ones to never touch it. I keep knives, swords, and a billy club in handy areas, and guns are easy to stash away in the darndest places. Just think safety. You don't want people getting hurt if your perfect go-to weapon is too easy for kids or drunks to find.
I took this photo as well. Busy, busy.
Think of this as an excellent place for symbols and pictures of inspiring sportswomen, major female icons of your choice, or female warriors. I have some lovely owls, lady cougars and so forth. In busts and plates of course.
You can be your own she-ro. If it is your office/woman cave anyhow show off those degrees, belts, awards, and proud mementoes.
Here is one of my many statues honoring St. Death. Yup she is a lady saint. In her white aspect she is all about healing and helping foks. So think an altar area to that wonderful lady saint, Goddess, or female lwa. Example, my Dantor likes to be across from both my Baron and Ogu to keep an eye on them. She, Mary, and Oshun balance out the male energies quite nicely. There is also a small area for Bastet, and Mama Bridgette, so there is plenty of fierce female energy to commune with.
If you have things on hand hopefully nothing, but if you don't find out what you need for your dream woman cave and achieve it one step at a time.
In other words, first attend to the walls, the add pieces and storage as you can afford to. Be on the lookout for abandoned items at curb sides that can be painted or fit in with your theme easily. I'm also a shameless dumpster diver and yard sale diva.
See the Terrible Tiki duo? I had them for years in my garden. They looked very sad indeeed with all the original finish gone. So I got some black and gold spray paint and made myself a team totem. It helps to go back in and do detail work with nail polish or another brush and paint. Since I needed the paint for black and gold lawn furniture, it didn't cost me a thing.
You can also nag, er ask nicely at major stores for abandoned storage or lift pallets for free wood. They also tend to throw out shelving from time to time. Just be nice and offer to pony up a small amount of cash if they ask for it. Hey, it is store property and they could sell it for scrap money.
Do you want a sports cave? Maybe you crave your own indoor playing field, or just want a tv and chair. Think team colors and comfort. Yes all major teams sell furniture, but it is costly. I have a lovely reject 'pleather' chair that came in black. It is worn and certainly not even remotely connected to any team, but it has room for a remote and tv guide. Sweet!
Or maybe you are a horror gal after my own heart. Wouldn't you just love a life-size prop of your favorite monster or a nice storage coffin? I'm not kidding. Those smaller ones sold as props are perfect for storing all your gal stuff like hairbrushes and makeup from prying eyes.
You can also get gothic or pagan jewelry boxes, and think Halloween for help in the décor. Which would you rather do? Hang set-a scene plastic or install faux stone? I thought so. Black, blood red, or gray are lovely for furnishing and draperies.
Techno gals can set up a computer wonderland. I fully recommend the surround sound speaker sets that run around thirty bucks. Trust me, they are worth it. Think of Abby's crib on NCIS.
These Speakers Rock!!!!!
Like my new babies? These speakers are loud, and by loud I mean wake the dead. They also have crystal clarity and work great with THX. The surround sound is wonderful, though I have my woofer so close I'll likely be stone deaf like Beethoven soon. The good news is the packaging the come in is stury enouugh that I mounted my woofer right behind my screen, and a cute itty bitty speaker on top of that.
Combined with the in screen one, which they work well with, I have plenty of power and performance for gaming, movies, or whatever.
OK, here's one of the best projects I ever did. Since it saved me a ton of money and covered up some fire damaged walls. I was a bit tired of my kitchen walls. So I spent a whole bunch of money online to get metal tiles shipped to me. Hung them over several days, using the sticky pads. I even had my level out, used a tile cutter, the works.
Kitchen looked AWESOME. Copper backsplash to my sink, black and white tiling to match the farm theme (don't judge) on two walls. Well truck and cars zooming past must've shook those walls, 'cause tiles started to come down. Only six or seven, but even the replacements with extra stickum from the store refuse to stay up.
Always after midnight for some reason. There is nothing like hearing the metallic ping as a tile falls behind the counter some fool man installed wrong, lost forever. Now I could have used Locktite, but I was thinking long term, and worried if buyers down the road would like them. Plus I change my mind often so... now I have walls with that sort of fresco look you see in Italian eateries.
So ladies, use a level, use the locktite, or another griping gel like Liquid Nails, and tile away. It honestly will look awesome, trust me. Yes, that's a photo of my own wall, cool huh?
75-Year-Old Woman Fights Off Two Cougars - Oh yes, she did!
Who says little old ladies are all baking and knitting? Even though she didn't want to kick an animal (even an attacking cougar) this woman fought back. Be proud of yourselves ladies, we all have a warrior within.
One Woman's Excellent Cave
See? My Inspiron One is right here so I can make updates. That is a TV to the right, with VHS and a DVD player on top. You can see my gaming control, coffee maker, and my new 5.1 speakers. That little round dail controls the speaker volume. That silver disc you can barely see is a coffee cup heater that plugs into my USB port.