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Posted by Anne Beltestad on August 22, 2002 at 14:19:37:

Hi Everyone,

Just got back from a fairly relaxing westcoast visit (though being the
worker bee at my younger sister's wedding was far from relaxing) and
walked into my bedroom to see a shipment from Tlixar!
THANK YOU! I immediately mixed up some of the henna and its texture
was most pleasing...and thanks for the entire care package! Lovely!
I hope to get to Jackson Heights (little India) soon so I will send
you one in return! But please email me as I seem to have deleted
yours in all the chaos...
Well, I got to henna with Kree in Seattle, which was lovely, and meet
Jeannie (HI Jeannie!) who rocks, and did a bunch of nice henna work.
My sister's wedding henna night was weird. Some of her friends had
planned some cheezy games and we had all just come from a soak at a
hot tub place, so I was all in disarray but they had managed to have
smooth hair, pulled-together clothes and high I
masked my jealousy and discomfort at being the bride's awkward older
sister by doing some very nice work on her. Everyone was talking and
my sister tends to squirm, so I only got one hand, some
Catherine-inspired arabic-norse vinework on the palm and up onto the
back, then I did the other guests. It was very nice to have my own
niche so I felt less awkward but strange to not be the "hired help"!
;) This was the same at the "rehearsal dinner" where instead of
having to feel like an ugly stepsister I just whipped out the henna
and enjoyed the "ooos" and "aahs" I got.
Well, Kate (my sis) wanted the henna wrapped, and remembering that
some people wrap clients I carefully cotton-and-gauzed her and we went
off to bed. In the morning her hand was blackberry-dark, but had
smeared! Grrr! I forgot to tell her that if she felt sweaty she
should take off the wraps, CAREFULLY! Luckily the mother of the
groom, the groom, several guests, the brother of the groom and myself
all got much better results. It was interesting to see the groom and
his brother place their hennaed hands next to each other and Nick (the
bro) had MUCH darker stains the second day...I explained the stress
thing and they laughed, yep, that was the case.
Another cool thing was that quite by accident I had hennaed one hand
on the groom and one on the bride and it just happened to be the two
hands that would face the crowd during the ceremony. It was a lovely
ceremony, outside, very powerful and well-done and the sweet crazy gay
priest and I really hit it off and he did a great job as an Anglican
priest at a pagan wedding!
On the way back with the groom's family his mum remarked that since I
did this professionally I had certainly given a very valuable gift to
my sister and lots of the guests. I just wish my sister had been a
bit more careful - her color was lovely but the smears on the palms
quite the opposite. Ah well...can't have it all...I did manage to get
a couple of pics and hopefully, hopefully am solving the picture thing
soon so I can share.
Thanks for reading this whole rambling thing and thanks, everyone, for
being the great henna artists and wonderful supportive people you are!




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