Good question......I am interested in the answer also....n/t

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Posted by MuseDolci on May 28, 2002 at 19:32:49:

In reply to: Less than ideal conditions (long post and a question) posted by Lauren on May 28, 2002 at 17:42:15:

: We had a very interesting weekend of henna and coffee.
: My husband and the baby and I went to Half Moon Sober Fest, an
: alcohol and drug free weekend of music and workshops. So far as we
: can tell, it was started by some people who liked Rainbow
: but wanted the fun, community, and spiritual aspects without the
: chemicals. Lots of people in recovery and 12-step programs, lots
: families, lots of teens.
: We got there on Friday to find two other coffee vendors and a stick-
: on fake tattoo booth. After we got set up, I went over to the
: folks to make friends and see what they were doing. One of the
: running the shop got ALL excited about my hand design, so I invited
: her back to out booth to learn more about henna. She came back
: NINETEEN times over the weekend, each time bringing a new person or
: two with her. This was especially appreciated as the next booth to
: set up was a Temptu handpainted fake tattoo place. Although we did
: to some extent take business away from each other, I thought it was
: nice to see a spectrum from art (me) to paint-by-numbers art
: to not-art-but-cheap. I had been concerned that since I was so
: more expensive than the others, I wouldn't get customers, but this
: turned out not to be the case. When I went to make friends with
: Temptu people, one guy said he'd heard that henna was dangerous. I
: told him about black versus natural henna and I hope I solved that
: problem.
: I did a lot of nice work from CCJ's book, which I expected, but
: Spellstone Tribal was way more popular than I expected, and I was
: expecting a lot! If you don't have this book, you HAVE to get it!
: It's incredible.
: Here's my question- what do you do when things beyond your control
: make for less than ideal conditions? It was nice during the day
: got cold quickly once the sun went behind clouds or trees. I was
: using tested terped paste, and I asked about sunscreen and lotion
: and I gave everyone an aftercare sheet, so I was doing my best.
: lady came back and said her design didn't take and as an example
: showed me the very dark-design hand of her friend, then her own
: of the shoulder design. I had told her that hands are best, and
: it would get darker over time, and that it would work better when
: was warmer out. I think she was expecting her money back, but as
: was told all this, I don't feel particularly responsible. I had
: people come by after dark when it was right around 50 degrees
: henna. I told them it was too cold and they should come back
: tomorrow but they insisted, so I did them. The upper back design
: really pale the next day, so I told her to give it another day to
: darken fully and if wasn't better I'd redo it. A couple of people
: never came back, so I hope their bellies and armbands tunred out
: okay, even though I'm fairly sure they didn't. Do you pack up when
: it turns cold, even if people still want designs after being told
: they won't come out well?
: Lauren


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