[Northkeep] Summer Afternoon in the Seraglio*

Zenobia Mira Vallis VivatTheDream at cox.net
Sat Jul 6 16:15:24 PDT 2002

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A Summer Afternoon in the Seraglio*

A Middle Eastern Frolic
Featuring Music, Dance, Food, Frivolity, and Mehndi ~

After hearing Lady Ismet's ideas for a Middle Eastern day in Northkeep, Lady Susan the Curious arranged for Lady Ciaran Littlefox (the late Blackfox's former apprentice) to come to Northkeep to practice the exotic art of Mehndi (henna tattoos) on our fair populace (see Ciaran's email and tips below).  To provide an appropriate setting for her endeavours, plan to bring exotic rugs and cushions (if you have them), a covered dish to share (at least vaguely Middle Eastern, if possible - we can give you a list of Middle Eastern delis in Tulsa), beverages (alcohol is allowed), and pool things (if you wish to swim).  If you'd like to prepare food on-site, there is a fully-equipped kitchen (but no kitchen slave).

Bring your drum, or other instrument.  There will be dancers.

  a.. When:  Saturday, July 27, 3:00 pm until ????
  b.. Where:  Oakbrook Village Clubhouse, 1140 S. 111th E. Ave., Tulsa.  Coming East on 11th, the entrance to Oakbrook Village Condominiums will be the last street on the right before you get to Garnett.  After turning right on this street (111th E. Ave.), go to the second street on the right (I think it's 12th).  Turn right, and the office/clubhouse and swimming pool will be on your right.  Call 852-5594 if you get lost.

For more info:  Lady Ismet - BurgBorrendohl at earthlink.net
 Lady Susan the Curious - catmafia at swbell.net
 Zenobia Mira Vallis - VivatTheDream at cox.net

*s-rly - Sultan's Palace

   Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 11:32:57 -0500
  From: "Lady Littlefox" <jinx at cowboy.net>
  Subject: Mehndi Party?
  Hey all, I'm sorta here, those who don't remember me, I'm Alrich's little
  sis of sorts, Ciaran Littlefox (Regina), the late Blackfox's apprentice and
  random loon that unfortunately is stuck out in Cushing.
  Just a wild bit of curiosity I thought I'd turn out there but I just came
  back from a convention and I have a large amount of Mehndi paste that will
  likely just go to waste before my next merchant engagement at Conastoga.
  Would anyone be interested in being a model for some Indian Henna Designs (or
  other sorts of henna designs) for free? Okay, not completely for free, you
  have to sit still and let me take pictures of whatever I paint but hey,
  that's close to free ;) I'm expanding my gallery.
  I think that I can make it to the next meeting if Blaidd doesn't mind
  playing herd the small wolf-fox child ;) Or if someone wants to host a
  henna party (also known as an excuse for all the matrons and girls of the
  shire to get together and tell tales about the men folk) I'd be available.
  Seems a shame to let this stuff go to waste.
  It's incredibly period for any persona that would have contact with anything
  from China to lower Egypt and some of Africa....and anything in between. and
  I can even give you some of the history if you would like, though I'd need
  to remember my books since I don't have all of it committed to memory..
  Let me know if anyone is game. It's not permanent, it's all natural,
  consisting of my own blend of Tea Tree Oil, Ravensara Oil, Cajeput Oil,
  Lemon, Cloves, Safflower, Turmeric, Madder Root, Sugar, Black Walnut Hulls,
  English Breakfast Tea and of course Henna ;) Doesn't penetrate the skin so
  the most it will ever do is give a rash if you are allergic or sensitive to
  any of the above. All it does is dyes the top layers of dead skin that
  protect the under layers. Lasts for anywhere between 3 days and 3 weeks
  depending on how well you take care of it and where you have me put it....
  high callous low sweating areas last the longest, so on the palms of your
  hands will last for weeks, on your forehead, back, thighs and such it may
  only last a few days. Also depends on the pH balance of your skin ;)
  ESPECIALLY looking for anyone with darker skin who would like to try it!!
  Just give me a ping and let me know ;)

  Oh, one quick question for you all, what sort of designs will I be doing so
  I'll be sure to have some examples on hand for you?  Persian? Arabic?
  Islamic? North African? Indian? Generic Middle Eastern? Asian? Celtic or
  Tribal (not period but some people really like them)? Have lots of just
  about everything including Egyptian, and various different current Arabic
  bridal/hand & feet designs that are incredibly intricate and lacy or very
  bold and flowery.   Just give me an idea incase I only have a couple of
  something so that I can get some designs researched.
   Lets see, definitely avoiding moisturizers, sunscreen and so forth prior to the henna on the area you want to get doodled on ;) And it's always good to give it a good scrubbing so that the henna can get a nice deep stain.  It stains the dead skin cells on the top most layers, so if you get rid of the ones that are ready to come off, that leaves a nice clean pallet to work with.   Shaving just prior to it is preferred by some artists but I work with tiny metal tips that can move the hair out of the way as I work so for me, it doesn't really matter unless you're wanting really really tiny designs... then you'll probably want to shave around the area being dyed.
  Mothers being Hennaed with children around are often very difficult if other mothers aren't running herd because kids just love to make themselves a nuisance when they know they're not the full center of mom's attention..... and fidgety moms who have to get up and chase down kids mid-hennaing smear and generally are more stressed than relaxed..... maybe a way to keep the kid's interest strong enough that they don't even notice mom's gone?  Also a big hit, something that Dad and Kid can do together so the dad's don't get bored if they're being drug along as opposed to coming willingly....just warn the parents and let them decide on their own if they want to risk the stress or come on down and have the totally stress free day of utter pampering which is a Mehndi party ;)
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