I’m not really sure where I originally heard about having a belly blessing done, but I saw some pictures and thought, what a beautiful way to celebrate being pregnant by decorating your belly. Now there’s a part of me that really wants to show off this beautiful pattern on my stomach that is typically covered all the time!
Here are some of the photos of the process of the mehndi being applied:
The henna artist that did this is Anju Garg, of Mehndi Time, here in Austin. I could not get over her skill level – she does incredible intricate work with the highest quality henna and great instructions on how to get the best application of the henna. Did you know that if you apply lemon juice mixed with sugar to the paste after it dries, it will re-wet and continue to stain for a longer amount of time so you get better, longer lasting color? Yeah, me either. I was always anxious to pull the paste off as soon as it was dry to see what the stain ended up looking like!
This is what the finished product looked like once the henna paste was applied:
And this is what the finished product looks like now that the paste is removed and 48 hours had gone by to allow for the darkest color:
And my friend Krista went with me and got this amazing peacock on her left foot (picture shows the paste still applied):
Pretty amazing what you can do with a little bit of henna paste!