Monday, April 5, 2010

I never thought I would be the exotic one…

I love the art of henna. It’s just so striking. This was the only thing I asked for on this trip. I decided to have it done the day before we left, so I could have it at home for a week or so.

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This picture was taken the day after I had it done. It took 2 girls about a half hour to draw it on. Then I sat in front of a heat lamp for another half hour or so, to get it good and soaked in. Heating it for a while deepens the overall color. Then she flaked off the paste and I was left with a bright orange design, which darkens to a dark brownish red over a couple of days.

If we had ended up staying there, I could see this as one of my regular pampering perks, along with pedicures.

It’s funny, I was just thinking how exotic I’m becoming in my old age, and the thought occurred to me that my kids may be thinking “eccentric” instead.

Oh well, pa-tay-toes, pah-tah-toes, – same difference! I’m really digging it!

14 comments:

  1. I'm diggin it too! That is something I'd love to try. You have such lovely hands and nails, lucky you. I think I have man hands :(
    Welcome home.

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  2. I've been contemplating a little hidden tattoo, but the henna sounds like a much better idea!

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  3. Yea! I was first, what do I win?

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  4. That's a first for me. Never seen that before.

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  5. oooh, it looks good! I like it! And your hands look very exotic and pretty with the design. Embrace your eccentric/exoticness!

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  6. Wow - go on with your exotic self!

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  7. I think we become a little more fearless as we age. We realize if we don't do it now we may never get another chance, unlike youth who have time stretching eternally in front of them. You do have beautiful hands and made a good decision in having this done.

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  8. I totally love it! P.S. You have the hands to rock that look, too!

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  9. Ohhhhh,beautiful! I've always loved the look of henna.

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  10. That is beautiful.

    My oldest girl has done henna tattooing a couple of times. It really is artwork.

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  11. That is really beautiful. I've been toying with the idea of a tattoo. Maybe that's a better place to start. :)

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  12. I think your "eccentric" touches are very pretty... especially that dainty stud on the side of your nose. I'm sure the henna looks great with that. :)

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