"Hey, Henna Lady" - Jenna had a GREAT weekend & was blessed by the Henna Fairy (long)


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Posted by Jenna on May 19, 2002 at 22:03:14:

I'm beyond exhausted, but I had to come and tell you guys what a
great weekend I had... the Henna Fairy blessed me! :-D

With the goal of doing free henna in the hopes of getting some more
practice in and more experience with different skin and body
types/body parts, I went to an SCA event this weekend and set up
around noon on Saturday - me, some patterns, j-bottles, two chairs, a
table, and a goofy, hopeful smile. And a sign that said "Free
Henna".

My first henna-ee was a lovely older woman who wanted a Celtic knot
on her hand. She loved all the history I told her, which I've
learned from here and from CCJ's site (I put in the plug for your
site several times, Rev. Bunny!). Seeing her there, I got my second
victim - a young teenage boy, which surprised me a little - he seemed
more the type to run around, but he reined himself in big-time to
choose a pattern and sit verrrry still.

By that time, I had a *line*!!! I hennaed three upper breasts (2
simple, 1 complex), a calf (big & complex), an arm (complex), the
back of a neck (simple), a palm (complex), the back of a hand
(complex), a full hand (wooooooooo complex), and a belly (complex-
ish) (they didn't want the simple stuff; serve me right for putting
out the swirly patterns!). The most henna I've ever done in one
day!

I had to turn away some because it was getting dark :-( I'm slow and
the j-bottles don't help - I kept getting clogs. I'm going to order
some carrot bags and use the month between now and the next event to
try and learn working with those.

My husband made a wonderful boothie. :-) I was in a henna trance
and he kept everyone and what they wanted straight. Even unclogged
my j-bottle tips!

And I forgot my camera! I could have cried when I realized that.

The funniest moment of the day came when I went to return a drinking
glass to someone I'd hennaed earlier (since I wouldn't accept pay,
she brought me some peach tea). She saw me and called out, "Hey,
Henna Lady!" then laughed and said, "No, I can't call you that.
What's your name again?" In the SCA, we use our persona names, so I
told her: "Luminitsa." She blinked, grinned, then said: "Like I
said, hey, Henna Lady!"

Word spread. People were disappointed they'd missed me! There are
folks looking forward to future events. Apparently no one's done
this before in my neck of the woods, especially not free.

I'm thrilled, exhausted, elated, and tired. What a weekend! Can't
wait for the next one!

Big big hugs and blessings to all!

Jenna

 


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