I Survived the Art Fair - Long

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Posted by Ms Michele on August 19, 2002 at 14:42:25:

Good day all!
It's me and I survived the Art Fair! Actually it went very well.
Nothing went wrong, I didn't forget anything or have any henna
problems. Even the weather cooperated, for the most part. Windy and
cool to start with, but it turned into a beautiful day eventually.
I owe my perfect paste and through preparation to everyone on this
As I expected, I was nervous at the start. Then my first customer
was a wonderful woman with an beautiful 7 year old adopted Indian
daughter. She was teaching her daughter about her heritage and was
thrilled to see me there. I was so happy that these people were my
first customers that I wasn't nervous at all. Looking back on it, I
probably should have been being they actually had some knowledge if
Henna. But my design turned out great and they were both happy.
Karma Rocks!
After that I literarily forgot about being nervous. I did remember
the other advice from everyone here. There was more then once that I
had to actually remember to breath.
I only had about a half an hour when I didn't have someone in front
of me and that was at lunch time luckily. So enter more advice from
Forum members.... Eat, Drink!!
My booth pimp was wonderful too. He had made sandwiches the night
before and didn't mind answering the same three questions all day. I
think he even had fun. He also did an excellent job of steering
people toward hand and foot designs and away from any place else. I
did a tribal design on his upper arm the same time I did my feet so
people could compare the difference in color. That did the trick. I
did nothing above the knees or elbows all day. Hooray!
Then more people came. Henning almost nonstop for almost the rest of
the day.
I did get a most wonderful complement. Two women stopped by and
looked at my photos and the work I was doing on a customer. They
said that they were just in India and saw a lot of Henna while they
were there. "You do beautiful work". <big grin>
Most of the comments I got were, "You're from around here?? This is
so cool!! I had no idea we had something like this in our small
town!" I didn't burst they're bubble by telling them that I've only
recently moved there from the cities.
One thing I did find interesting was that people were far more
interested in the booth when I was actually hennaing someone. Art in
action is a GREAT advertisement. To get things going again after the
break at lunch I did a quick hand design on my booth pimp and back
the customers came. Definitely going to use that trick again.
By the end of the day my hand was getting pretty sore and my last
customer had to pick one of the bigger designs. By the end of the
design my hand was shaking, but not from nerves. When I finished
with her we started tearing down. No sooner did we get most of the
stuff put away then she came back with half the design smeared all
down her other leg. <groan!!> I did my best to fix it, but my hand
was REALLY shaking by then. It was the worst design of the day and
she still insisted on giving me another $5 for my trouble.
We got home and I fell over exhausted. My husband came through one
more time with pizza and beer. Hooray again for him!!
All and all, a good time was had by everyone. I wish I could have
shared more of the history and they "whys" of it all. But I did make
some good contacts. One woman asked me about birthday parties and
some girls asked me about some future dates for school events.
Perhaps I'll get to the "whys" when the appointment is on a more
personal basis.
I took photos too. So as soon as I get them developed I'll have them
out for people to see.
Thanks again, so much to everyone here! Couldn't have done it
without ya!!!


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