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Wood Crystal Grid Review & Interview with Kelly Matthews from Zen and Meow

October, 2018

Wood Crystal Grid Review & Interview with Kelly Matthews from Zen and Meow

Kelly Matthews from Zen and Meow was so kind to send me one of her lovely wood grids made of birch in a pentacle design. It was the twelve inch size and I really enjoy the larger size grids. Lots of room to fit crystals! In her etsy shop there are tons of options for designs and all come in four sizes, 3 in, 6 in, 9 in, and 12 in. ranging in price from $7 to $33. Its great that you can personalize both the design and the size to your liking. The wood is simply top notch quality and the engraving of the design looks stunning. 

I actually purchased a grid from Zen and Meow about a year ago. The custom wood engraved astrology chart. You send her your natal chart information and she engraves your chart onto wood. There is also an option to include a report of your natal chart which I also ordered. The price ranges from $22 to $52 depending on size and if you also want a report. I was thrilled with my purchase and very highly recommend it. I keep mine propped up on my altar, but you could grid with it or even hang it on the wall if you’d like. Such a neat idea to personalize your natal chart on a grid!

I highly recommend Zen and Meow wood grids. She also sells small tumbles for gridding available in her shop at a good price. If you are looking for top quality wooden grids check out Zen and Meow! 

Kelly was so kind to answer some questions I had. Here are her responses.

Q: How did you get started making and using grids?

Kelly: I opened a metaphysical shop in Gettysburg about 4 yrs ago which really piqued my interest. I look at crystal gridding as another form of magic. Using nature, ritual and intention to manifest what we want.

Q: What are the different styles and materials you make your grids?

Kelly: I have quite a few grids that focus on sacred geometry, I have a line of animal totem grids, chakra related grids, as well as hand drawn mandala grids. I make all of my grids out of Birchwood. 

Q: What is your personal favorite grid you offer and why?

Kelly: I really dont have 1 favorite, but my most popular grids tend to be the honey bee, dragonfly, flower of life, chakra grid and most of the sacred geometry grids. I find people are really drawn to sacred geometry, it tends to go hand in hand with gridding.

Q: What do you use gridding for?

Kelly: Mostly as a way to manifest something specific into my life, similar to how I would use an altar. I look at it as magic.

Q: What are some of your favorite crystals to grid with?

Kelly: Once again i really don’t have a favorite. It really depends on what I’m trying to draw into my life. I do use clear quartz on most of them with other stones.

Q: Why is gridding an effective tool to add to one’s daily practice?

Kelly: I believe its as effective as you make it. If you just toss some stones on a grid it’s not going to be as effective as you taking the time to setting an intention, pick out stones that really resonate with your intention, making offerings etc. I practice all sorts of magic so gridding is just one avenue and not always a daily practice for me. I recommend combining it with other forms of magic in order to be as effective as possible.

Q: How long have you worked with grids?

Kelly: For about 4 yrs.

Q: What’s one thing you want to share that I haven’t asked?

Kelly: I make custom wood engraved astrology charts which make great gifts for friends, newborns, and yourself. You can even have one created for a couples wedding date. I make wood cut sacred geometry jewelry out of alder and walnut woods. They are super lightweight and I use sterling silver for all the findings and hooks. I do take custom requests for grids so if there is ever a design you want but I don’t carry just ask.

Q: For my readers to follow/contact you, what are your social media links?

Kelly:

Email: Kelly@zenandmeow.com

Website: https://www.zenandmeow.com

Etsy: https://zenandmeowetsy.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/zenandmeow/

Instagram: @shopzenandmeow

Twitter: @zenandmeow

Thank you to Kelly for sending me one of her stuning grids to try and also for taking the time to answer my questions!

Love and crystal blessings,  Xoxo Retha

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About the Author:

Retha N. Lent has been married for 17 years to her husband Mark & they have four cats that are their life. She lives in Norristown, Pa. Retha has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Counseling Sciences from Drexel University. She is the owner of “Retha’s Crystals” & sells sterling silver unique crystal jewelry & specimens on her FB business page. She has a FB group for her customers and those interested in learning more about crystals & all things magical called “Retha’s Crystal Circle“. She is also an advisor in the Sage Goddess Affiliate Program. She has her Holistic Healing Certificate and Pillars of Priestessing certificates from Sage Goddess. She is also an Ordained Pagan Minister from the Universal Life Church. Retha has a passion for crystals, nature, astrology, working with moon cycles, ritual practices, tarot and oracle cards, runes, essential oils, herbs, manifestation work, ancient cultures, magic & music. Her favorite place is New Orleans, La. Retha has an extensive personal crystal collection and loves sharing her love of crystals with the world. She has been a practicing pagan since she was 16 years old. 

You can reach her at rethalent@hotmail.com or on her business page on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or in her FB group:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1960619300929876

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Or follow her on Instagram at @spookygirl16

Featured Crafter Alexis Waite

June, 2009

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PaganPages(PP): Tell us a bit about yourself
Alexis Waite (AW): I’m a SoCal native who has been drawing ever since I could hold a crayon.  My dad worked as a graphic artist, painter and photographer to support his family before the computer revolution turned the entire art industry on its ear in the early 90’s.  I think he was my main influence in why I drew as much as I did, given his own paintings adorned the walls of each house we lived in.  I still carry a sketchpad and draw in my spare time as a hobby.

PP: Have you always wanted to design Tattoos?
AW: That’s something I kinda fell into on accident back when I was in high school..  I always carried a drawing pad with me everywhere and I would frequently be asked by my friends if they could just take a look.
Around 2002, I was asked by different friends and a few family members if I could draw a tattoo for them and I’d oblige, thinking “No big deal, it made them happy.”  When it really started to catch on that I designed tattoos, it became clear that maybe there was something more to my talent beyond a way to pass the time.
That really came to fruition with the commission of my first full-back piece.

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Outline of my first commissioned back piece

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PP: Do you have tattoos of your own?
AW: Yep, I have one of my designs on my lower back.  I haven’t decided yet if I want to get more or not, as the one I have took me a year to design.

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My own personal back piece
PP: Where do your ideas for your artwork come from?
AW: My ideas come from all over the place, but my main influences are the Celtic and Irish illuminated manuscripts from the 6th-8th centuries, such as the Lindisfarne gospels and the Book of Kells.  The scribes of that time carefully drew out the knotwork as a means of meditation and I find that drawing knotwork does indeed help as a form of meditation.

PP: What mediums do you use?  Pen, Pencil, Computer Graphics?
AW: I use predominately soft B-lead pencils, a rubber gum eraser, paper smudgers and Prismacolor colored pencils.  Sometimes I’ll make something a little bolder by using colored markers and fine-tip colored pens.  Occasionally I will use Photoshop to change the effect on an earlier drawing, but I do everything by hand first.

PP: Do you take requests?  Do you charge for your art?
AW: Yes I do.  When I am requested for a commission, I go over the idea with the potential client and go through several thumbnail sketches until the client is happy.  Then I can go to town with my tools and come up with both a black-and-white drawing and a full color drawing.
I usually charge based on the size and complexity of the design and I typically ask for half up front and the balance on completion, to be fair for everyone involved.  The client is happy and that makes me happy too.

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Commissioned back piece for a friend

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Finished piece
PP: Where can people see more of your work or how can they get in contact with you?
AW: My work can be seen at [www.ladyalastrina.deviantart..com] as well as on Myspace.  [myspace.com/lady_alastrina]   I have folders of my work on both those sites and I can also be reached through Facebook.  Just drop me a line on either of those; I check them every day!