Packing for Burning Man

I have barely started packing for Burning Man.

This is unusual in that I typically am packed and playa-ready MONTHS ahead of time.

Not so this trip.

Although, under the encouragement of Tejas, I did put on all the new shoes I bought JUST TO BE SURE THEY FIT.

It’s a good thing Tejas reminded me to test out my shoes because TWO PAIRS did not fit.

The pink quinceañera sneakers and the black orthopedic flip flops did not fit.

So I’m tossing them and replacing them with different shoes, which I will not only test to make sure they fit, but also wear around a little bit at home to make sure they’re comfortable.

These are the lessons you learn after a few failures on playa.

I’ve also tested my costumes to make sure they fit.

Nothing worse than getting to the playa only to discover that the jean shorts you selected to wear with three different outfits is too tight to button.

True story.

My gift to the playa this year is a recycled gift.

I have leftovers of my custom engraved, Burning Man credit-card size bottle opener which I will be giving away to my campmates.

We work in a bar camp, so a bottle opener is an appropriate gift to give (and I had leftovers from 2017).

I can’t believe it’s just a little over a week away until I leave for the playa!

I’m so not ready!

Attempting graphic design

I worked on a little logo for the 2019 Burning Man:  Metamorphosis.

I took the man logo and gave him butterfly wings.

Because what says transformation more than butterflies?

Frogs, perhaps?

Now THERE’S a transformation – from water-dwelling polywog to air breathing amphibian!

But for me, I chose butterflies instead of frogs because, let’s face it, butterflies are lovely, ethereal and, most importantly, easy to draw.

I created this design:

I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to use it.

Engraved dog tag?

Custom pendant?

Custom cup?


I’m not really sure what I want to do with it or even IF I’m going to do something with it, but for now, at least I have a design.


P.S. Tejas doesn’t like my design.  He says it’s not very “unique.”


At least it’s appropriate.


What can I give away on the playa that’s symbolic of Burning Man and me?

That’s a very good question.

I’m looking into sewing a zippered MOOP bag (aka a “pouch”) for my gift.

For a 6” x 9” pouch, I can sew 12 pouches per yard of fabric.

I’d probably only need to sew 3 yards worth of fabric to make 36 pouches to give away.

I love this Asian-themed butterfly fabric:

And then some beautiful light blue lining fabric:

And finished off with a lovely contrasting pink zipper:

No, it’s not the MOST MASCULINE thing I’ve ever made, but what the hell – it’s a FREE gift to my friends and campmates.

They can use it for MOOP, a dop kit, a jewelry kit, or even a small makeup bag.