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Posted by Lauren on August 19, 2002 at 15:28:37:

In reply to: I Survived the Art Fair - Long 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
: cool to start with, but it turned into a beautiful day eventually.
: I owe my perfect paste and through preparation to everyone on this
: Forum.
: 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,
: 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
: 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
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
: did nothing above the knees or elbows all day. Hooray!
: Then more people came. Henning almost nonstop for almost the rest
: 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
: 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
: 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
: action is a GREAT advertisement. To get things going again after
: 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
: 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
: 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
: out for people to see.
: Thanks again, so much to everyone here! Couldn't have done it
: without ya!!!
: Michele


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