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Posts Tagged ‘Henna Tattoos’

Henna – Again – At The Dancing Cat

Posted by terrepruitt on October 29, 2018

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Snow, he looks tiny here.

If you want to interact with the cats it might be a good idea to plan a visit before meal time. When you visit a cat after a meal they tend to be sleeping. Not all of them, but most cats like to nap after a meal. I went to The Dancing Cat for another Henna Tattoo Event and most of the cats were asleep. I couldn’t even identify all of the cats because some of them were just passed out. Some cats don’t mind being bothered while they are sleeping but some do . . . and either way it is not very nice to bother them. One was looking around and I tried to get a picture and she turned her head clearly not into it so I left her alone. I managed to get a quick picture of two of the other sleeping felines. There were about four that were walking around. Currently they have nine for adoption. When I visited there were at least 10 with the tenth one on schedule to be delivered to his forever home on Sunday. He was one of the ones walking around and he was a big ol’ sweetie.

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Snow, again, he has beautiful markings!

Here is a breakdown of the cats I was able to get pictures of; Snow – the boy off to his forever home (at the time of this posting), Ruby, a tiny little treasure of a black cat, Layla – who never opened her eyes, Monique, who was wandering around, and Penny, who was passed out in the Sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

I don’t even know the current exact count of how many cats The Dancing Cat has adopted out. I know it is over 300. That is a lot of cats for a thing that started out as a pop-up. It was only going to be opened for about six months.  And it closed down temporarily for a few months, but it re-opened and is going strong.

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Tiny Ruby.

They have all kinds of events; yoga, Mew-sic, cat photography, birthday parties, henna tattoos, cat education talks, even escape rooms!

The “I Knead My Mommy” book had “The Lap” poem in it.  I found both the title of the book and the poem to be very funny!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My henna is the flowery one, I hadn’t even thought about a “Halloween themed” one, but here is one that she did.

I do hope if you are ever in the area and feel the need to visit with cats you will check it out. If you are local and you like cats and want to help support the safe housing and adoption of cats, schedule a visit with the cats or attend one of the many events The Dancing Cat hosts.   With that you get the benefit of the event you decide to attend AND a visit with the cats.

Have you made it to The Dancing Cat? Do you have a cat cafe/lounge in your area?

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Layla, she has a beautiful face!

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Monique, she has great coloring!

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Penny was passed out!

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I tried to get Cary in the shot of my tattoo.

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Cool Halloween Themed Tattoo.

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Snow, in the egg.

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A couple of the yummy treats you can buy.

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Helps My Knee And My Feet

Posted by terrepruitt on May 5, 2015

My knee has been burning.  I don’t know what is the problem in my knee, but I do know why.  So I thought I would put some Arnica Allay on it.  I have mentioned arnica before.  I mentioned it in my post about the cream called Trauma.  I also mentioned it when I posted about my having henna tattoos on my legs and feet.  I used it then not for its healing properties, but because oil is said to help set henna.  Then I mentioned it in a post when I broke a blood vessel in my hand.  At that time I said I would use it.  The thing with the broken blood vessel is that it didn’t actually hurt.  I had attention called to it because I had that 400 bubble survey to do, but aside from that my hand didn’t hurt.  So putting the oil on was to help it heal, but I didn’t need any pain relief.  With my knee there is that uncomfortable burning sensation, so I am using the oil to make that go away.  And ya know what?  It does.  The second I put the oil on the burning goes away.

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With some oils I would not think to rub any left over into my hands, but since this oil absorbs so well, I just rub it in.

A quick Google search revealed there are many arnica products available.  There are creams, oils, ointments.  This particular oil is for external use only.  It is made by Flower Essence Services.  The ingredients are listed as:  “Olive Oil*B; with infusion of Arnica flowers*B, non-GMO tocopherols, essential oils of Sandalwood W, Cedarwood*, Vetiver*, Palmarosa*, Rose*, Cistus* and Helichrysum*; flower essences of Alpine AsterWB, ArnicaWB, Chrysanthemum*B, Indian PinkWB and Star of BethlehemWB

*certified organic, BBiodynamic®, Wwild-harvested

The bottle also states that it is an Herbal balm that provides “soothing and centering during times of trauma, injury and stress.”  It says it is good to be used with a massage or in a bath.  I have put it in my foot bath recently.  It makes my skin really soft.  I feel it helps bring a little relief to my tired feet.  The past few weeks I’ve had a least nine classes a week so little extra care for my feet goes a long way.

This particular oil also has a very nice flowery scent.

A quick Google search will also reveal that there is science has not documented that arnica works at reducing inflammation or pain.  So as with all things it is good to do the research and decide for yourself. My share is that I like it and it works for me. Even if it is just the moisturizing effects of the oil. 🙂

Do you ever use a cream(/oil/ointment) to reduce pain or swelling?  What is your preference?  Have you ever used a product with arnica in it?

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Henna’d Feet – Some Additional Information About Henna

Posted by terrepruitt on July 30, 2011

Henna artists work.  Henna tattoos on feet.Henna tattoos for the feet.  Henna art.YAY!  So happy I did it again.  I had henna tattoos done in time for the Nia Jam.  It had been way too long since my first henna tattoos.  I have wanted to do it again since then.  It just so happened that we were going to a party on Saturday night and the Nia Jam was on Sunday so it was the perfect time to get my feet done.  It has been suggested that I need to love my healing foot more.  Sometimes I don’t love it since it doesn’t work properly.  I thought if I had henna done it would at least make me think it was pretty.  I was right.  Henna and Beyond does beautiful work so I think my feet look very pretty.

I had the henna done on Thursday afternoon.  The henna can come off as soon as it is dried but the longer you leave it on the better the stain.  The henna is squeezed onto your skin via a cone, like a small icing bag.  As I mentioned in my post when I had henna done before, henna is applied and it rests on the skin like puffy paint would.  It is best to leave it on your skin until dried.  The longer you leave it on the darker the tattoo will be.

Rachna has printed information, but I didn’t want to take it and waste the paper because I pretty much knew what to expect.  I read the information to be sure, then asked if it was on her site because I knew I wouldn’t be able to remember it exaclty.  The lengths of time were a little different on the paper than that which are on the site, but they are just guidelines so you’ll have an idea of what to do.  Both the paper and the website state that it is best to leave the puffy-like henna on for at least 2 hours.  The paper said up to 12 hours.  I am not sure why not past 12 hours, but it worked out that it was exactly 12 hours after having it done that I was ready to take it off. I slept with socks on so I wouldn’t get henna all over the bed.  While not a lot of henna dropped off in the socks, I can’t say that it would not have in the bed.  It could be that the socks kept it secure.

Henna on feetWhen I got up I was able to brush most of it off with just my hand.  The rest I just scratched off with my nails, although she recommends using the smooth side of a butter knife.  The information says that 24 hours after it is applied it will be darkest.  Hmmm?  Here is a picture of mine about 26 hours after.  The information also said to apply oil because it will make it darker.  Really?  Ok.  It said any cooking oil would do, but I have some moisturizing olive oil, plus some Arnica Allay.  I used both.  I put the Arnica Ally on my toes and the olive oil on the rest of the art.  I have applied it a couple of times.  And here is what it looks like exactly a week later.

Henna tattoos.  Henna art.  Henna and BeyondI am happy.  I think Rachna does a beautiful job.  After looking at her books of samples I told her the designs I liked and the ones I didn’t and this is what she came up with.  Brilliant!  She free-handed all this and designed it as she went along.

I have also included a picture of what it looks like today.  Which is a week and two days after having it done.  You might notice that this time it is much darker than last time I had the henna tattoos.  There are several things that could be the reason for that.  One, I let it completely dry this time.  Last time I did something very silly (so silly I will not even mention it here) thinking it would help keep the flaking henna from getting all over the place.  What actually helps it from flaking all over is to let it dry and to not bump it off.  It stays on pretty secure.  Also, Rachna said that she now mixes the lemon and sugar* into the henna and so that could be another reason.  And the oil, I really think applying the olive oil helped make it darker.  In the pictures today I actually have a “coat” of olive oil them so they might even look shiny.

Yay!  I am so happy.  One of the reasons I had hesitated in doing henna tattoos again is I remember the henna flaking off and getting everywhere, but this time it didn’t.  I am sure that has to do with me following her tips.  I kept telling myself, “She’s been doing this for almost 30 years.  I really need to trust she knows what she is talking about with all of her little tricks and tips.”  And I did, and it is awesome!

*According to her website this is a mixture you make and apply that acts as a sealant.

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Henna Tattoos

Posted by terrepruitt on May 23, 2009

I had been thinking about getting some henna decoration around my ankles or on the lower legs.  I was thinking that would be cool since people tend to look at my feet a lot since I am a group exercise instructor teaching Nia.  I had been looking for an artisit in San jose.  But, then I saw pictures from a Yelp Event and there had been a Henna Artist there doing tattoos.  These were the first tattoos I had seen that had sparkles and glitter on them.  Ooooooo, now we are talking!

So I contacted her and started learning a bit about Henna and Henna Tattoos.  First of all when  the henna is applied and it is like puff paint, it is raised and thick and initially wet.  So the glitter is applied when it is wet and I imagine this is done when one is at an event or a party, because then it looks extra pretty.  As the Henna dries it starts to flake off and if you have glitter that will probably flake off too.

As I was looking at Henna and Beyond website I read that it is believed that putting henna on the skin started out as a way to cool people in the desert, “When the desert people of Rajasthan, Punjab, and Gujarat became aware of Henna’s cooling properties, they dipped their hands and feet in a mud or paste made with the crushed leaves of the plant. Even when the mud was scraped off, they noticed, as long as the color remained visible, their body temperatures stayed low.”  This really fascinated me.  I know so many women who, if this is true, might want to try Henna tattoos.  If this works for some people think of how we could save on electricity during heat waves.

I went to Rachna of Henna and Beyond and had some art work done.  One of the things you can do to help achieve a dark stain is to put oil or tiger balm on it.  Well, I tried both—sort of.  I put oil on it, but it was so light that I was afraid that wasn’t helping so I turned to some “hot sauce” that my hubby had made during his Jujitsu days.

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Now I don’t know if the Hot sauce or the henna is making me cold, but it is a perfect temperature in my house and I have socks on and I just drank  tea.  I have not yet washed the hot sauce off, although I am sure there is not much on after sleeping, because I am still in the 24-hours-without-water-period that you wait in order to assist the Henna color to last.  I am really thinking that the Henna does have cooling properties.  It could be that it does for me because I have that in my head, I don’t know, but it is fascinating.

I like my decorations.  I have learned a bit from this first time.  Next time I will get the decoration a little higher and not on the foot.  I want it on areas that move less so the flaking isn’t so bad with every movement.  But hopefully I have weeks before I need to think about that.  The tattoos will hopefully last two weeks.  I invite you to try it and let me know if it cools your body temperature down.  I would love to hear.

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