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Henna is FUN: hobby becomes income

Sunday, February 07, 2010

So, I've finally decided to get over my fear of charging friends and family for my henna skills. I designed and ordered business cards and a vinyl sign. And I've already gotten my 1st paying customer. This weekend I've done two henna sessions, and have a 3rd scheduled for next week. When my business cards arrive, I'll hand out a dozen or so out to these recent client w/ an incentive promise of free henna/re-touch for every paying client they refer to me.

After all, my clients are walking billboards, right?

Now I'm putting together a business plan and gathering supplies and necessities. My next goal is to get my design pix printed so that I can create "festival--fast designs" poster boards...

Huge thanks to SP henna friends, Elaine and Monica, for their priceless advice for getting started. Hope someday to receive henna form their capable hands & hearts. luv ya!!!

BTW, you can see my designs on facebook, search for: HandZenFeetHenna

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TOKYOTESS 2/8/2010 2:17PM

    Thanks for all the good wishes! I'm excited to finally be doing something that I can schedule around my life, and something that makes me happy, too. I love seeing the henna reveal in the after-pix.

Now I gotta get the lead out and find some festivals. There's ALWAYS something going on in Hawaii, LOL!

Heaping Henna Blessings and huge MAHALO to my Spark Ohana!

luv, Tess

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FLAMENM 2/8/2010 1:16PM

    Lots of luck in you new venture!

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DENI47 2/8/2010 7:22AM

    Too cool - love henna, but too busy to learn. Glad you are doing something you love! Will be checking out your FB.

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ELAINEVDW 2/7/2010 11:03PM

    Way to rock it Tess!!! You're going to have so much fun. Doing henna is incredibly rewarding, not to mention FUN!

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MONIBELLY 2/7/2010 10:29PM

    OOOOOO... color me completely green (henna green) with envy. You've inspired me to move forward too!!!
Lots of luck my henna friend!!!

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G.I.JANE 2/7/2010 9:09PM

    Good luck! Good for you for starting a Business from something you love!

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I burned 1100 calories by dancing for 2&1/2 hours!!!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Plus, It's a cheap date for me and my DH. He learns how to lead @ Salsa, and I get to dance w/ him and 10 other strange men during class. THen we get to dance w/ each other@ the social dance after class.

an Hour-long class @ Salsa NoKaOi, then and hour &1/2 dancing at the salsa/bachata social! Guess what? One of our instructors told us that we get to advance from beginner class to intermediate class--woohoo!

I gotta upload the pix from my memory card to the desktop... might take a while, don't hold your breath... we've had a hard drive tragedy this weekend... had to buy a new external hard drive to recover the files accidently "lost" from the old one....
oh well, that's how the gigabytes crumble... ;oD

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FLAMENM 2/1/2010 3:47PM

    What a fun way to burn those calories!

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Uninvited guests stink worse than bad fish

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My mother invited herself and my new step-father to our house for Christmas week, on their honeymoon, of all things. As a thank you for letting them invade our home and not spend $1000+ on hotels/meals, they bought us tickets to a luau, and we got some interesting gifts from Grandma "crazy."

I got stained and oversized used clothing (I wear a 12--everything she gave me was @ least a 20W), and a whole 7 yds of ugly pailette/beads for "decorating purposes". Steve got flower seeds and shaving cream (he uses an electric shaver, BTW). The kids got some Nativity books and creepy muppet-like religious DVD's, and Sarah got a jr. costume jewelry set (the only nice gift of the bunch).

We had finally bought the kids a Wii, but couldn't let them play w/ it because Grandma Crazy insisted on constantly napping in the family room sofa (instead of her own bedroom w/ a door), and fussing @ the kids for being noisy. sheesh!

For Christmas, I got them really nice ($$) fresh leis, silk luau shirts($$), and hand-dyed silk muumuus ($$) for the luau, as well as embroidered hawaiian-quilted Christmas stockings ($$), a Macadamia Chocolate and CD gift set for her, and his favorite bottle of Rum.

I guess I shoulda seen it coming, this is the woman who would wrap up "rubbish" from the trash bin and send it to us when we lived in Japan.... yeah, still trying to figure that one out, ROFL!!!

I spent so much time and $$ fixing up the house, and buying new mattress suite, towels, etc. when I found out they were coming. Why did I even try? I knew it was going to be a nightmare, but I hoped she would behave herself in someone else's house.... since that is one of her damning points for my Father's side of the family. Mother complains that my Aunt comes in and takes over.... HA! she does the exact same thing in my house.

We ended up spending the majority of my husband's precious leave time as goddamn tour guides, entertainers, and "toddler" herders. I swear that handling two senior crackpots is more than my psyche can handle. I really can't handle her trying to bad mouth my Dad or trying to wheedle info out of me about him and his new wife. I was done having my "guests" here during the 2nd day of the week-long visit.

Wanna know the kicker? I showed my Mother the Zumba DVD (LOVE IT!!!) that I use when I can't get to live zumba class on any given week (since she had invaded my home and I couldn't get out for fitness class). She took one look at the latin style, hip-hop exercise set and turned to me w/ a horrified expression, "In MY mother's day, THAT would have been considered VULGAR!!!!!"

I angrily replied that this was an exercise class for women and we didn't dance like this in front of men. That we work on total fitness and strengthening our core muscles, and that I didn't think her attitude was appropriate, as a guest in my house! She just shook her head and pursed her lips and waddled upstairs to my son's room (they had displaced him so that they could have a whole room next to the bathroom at night).

This, and much more, happened @ Christmas 2009, and I am still talking about it 3 weeks later.... I can't seem to let it go, the insults go too deep, because she knows exactly how to hurt me! Imagine what she'd say if she knew my husband and I were learning how to dance Salsa and Bachata, both extremely sensual Latin dance styles.

hummphf! perhaps blogging about this will have a cathartic effect...? i dunno? this xact situation is why we moved to Alaska in 2002, and Japan in 2006. I shoulda known that she'd pull a fast one on me as soon as she found out that we were in Hawaii.

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MONIBELLY 1/26/2010 8:48AM

    Oh Tess, I'm sorry. I'm glad you chose to vent here... I think you should tell your mom that you won't have room next year because all your "spark" friends are coming for a visit!!! I'll bring my henna!!! emoticon

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G.I.JANE 1/25/2010 7:59PM

    Oh, Tess! Not exactly, "The Brady Bunch Hawaii Special." Next, Xmas, you will NOT be Home. Even if you have to leave it on the Voicemail & close the Blinds. emoticon

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TOKYOTESS 1/25/2010 5:59PM

    Don't let the smiles fool you--they were "beverage" induced. Plus that, look @ the 1/2 naked guy right next to me!!!! wheeeeee!!!!!!! emoticon

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ROCKINFOX 1/23/2010 10:19AM

    I'm sorry to hear what you go through with your family. emoticon

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FRAN0426 1/21/2010 2:15AM

    It is difficult to hear the problems some people have with their families. I am so thankful that both my DH parents and mine were respectful and loving and we miss them very much now that they all have passed.

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LODESTONE 1/20/2010 3:48PM

    The bright side is that you can pick your friends. Dysfunctional families are time consuming and wear you out. After years of living away, we moved close enough to get there (200 miles) but not close enough to drop in for lunch. My mother has since passed,and my brothers don't know where I live. Works out great!


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TOKYOTESS 1/20/2010 3:24PM

    HI Daisy,

yeah, my side of the family is worse than a terrible sit-com, or a soap opera. That's why we moved away for so long. I can't handle the constant stress level.

my mother has struggled w/ psychological issues such as bi-polar, and paranoia/schizophrenic (sp?) since I can remember, so we try not to spend a whole lot of time w/ her, because she refuses to take meds. Total denial of her medical situation. But she's still my mom, and I still try honor her like the 10 commandments say, even though I really don't see the benefit. I actually believe that my kids are better off with a long distance relationship w/ her, because being up-close and personal with her is confusing and hurtful. I'm not sure if she realizes how destructive her off-hand comments can be to a child?

On the other hand, my in-Laws are excellent people. Down-to-earth, caring, and sane. So we look forward to our visits w/ them. ;o)

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SKINNYDAISY 1/20/2010 3:12PM

    Wow! your family are even worse and even more puritanical than mine! A bag of rubbish - now that's weird! emoticon

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Finally back in the swing... two birds, one stone... see?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Moved in May, left Tokyo. arrived @ new house in Hawaii in mid-july.

It is not nice being temporarily homeless due to an overseas transfer, I can only imagine the HELL that some people have had to endure due to recession.

I gained back a few lbs, due to the stress of it all: haphazard "visit friend and family" schedule. Constant"parties and receptions" we were expected to attend w/ family. Flying back n forth across country for different family events and reunions, living outta 2 USO lounges(long story), and 8 hotels for 30 days--I needed a respite from our so-called "vacation."

Hubby and I both vowed to each other to NEVER AGAIN allow other people to plan our vacation time, no, not even beloved family members we hadn't seen for three years.

Hawaii is BEAUTIFUL, but I am not used to a constant temperature. I am used to a varied season... so the endless summer is beginning to wear out it's welcome. I miss rainy nights in Japan, and snowy days in Alaska, and four seasons on the mid-atlantic East coast. (sigh)

Someone told me the first 6 mos in a new town are the worst, and I should do my best to find outlets for restless energy and bring positive, creative energy in.

Hawaii may be a dream vacation for a lot of people, but living here hasn't been very exciting... except for a short trip the whole family took to the big Island. That was fun, but we were technically tourists.

I'm trying to fit in and assimilate, but I still haven't found any deep lasting friendships yet. and I'm getting bored of constant housework, and zero socializing. I'm thinking of ways to get my hubby to take Salsa dance lessons w/ me... cardio & meet other people.

two birds one stone, see?

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DENI47 9/24/2009 5:31PM

    I would LOVE to be in Hawaii, but the constant moving of the military would be very rough and not a good trade off. But, while you are there - Learn to hula! Take a Tahitian class!


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Girl's day out @ IKEA

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Yesterday I went to girl friends to the Ikea in Yokohama Japan.

I found sooooo many good deals and even an easel and roll of paper for my 5 yr old, and a few hanging "condo" nets for my 10 yr old's stuffed animalia, etc. We're going back to price bunkbeds and desks. we gotta get'em before the packers and movers come, that way their included in our household goods.

No IKEA in Hawaii, therefore shop now to ship later! ;o) about 9 weeks from now. I'm having "tiny" panic attacks (similar to the "nesting instinct from pregnancy"and the urge to de-clutter and reduce the mess of junk we've accumulated.

BTW, I popped in my Meera bollywood DVD--did the warm up and the advanced dance, then the cool down. It was the most productive 25 minutes I've had fitness-wise in a month. ** grins**

k, gotta run back to IKEA w/ the family to preview and price, etc.
:O) L8R


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