-Everything burners needed to make their own jewelry. Tools, wire, hemp, cord, leather, findings, semi precious stones, beads, etc. (Many virgin burners were very happy to find a space where they could make gifts to give).
-A gifting center stocked with LED headlamps, sunglasses, lighters, jewelry as well as other useful items that burners left for peeps to find.
-Cigarette butt tins (made from recycled Eclipse gum tins---my best friend and our children, who have never been to Burning Man, paint them and I seal them with acrylic and add ribbon so they can be worn as a necklaces. We've been making them since '07 and they work really well, as shutting the lid extinguishes the cigarette and no MOOP---and they are pretty).
-A table laden with non-perishable snacks inside the jewelry tent. Burners really seemed happy to snack on pretzels, apple chips, etc.
-Pink Floyd and Dead Can Dance playing loud enough to hear within the jewelry tent.
-60 plus pillows and a hammock in our teepee-like shade structure (we hosted a sweet young man from Astonia after the burners he camped with left on Saturday---he graciously appreciated sleeping in the hammock under a tree of lights we make in there).
-A single and double bowl chair in our other chill structure, open 24/7---super comfy and been burning since '04; beautiful, appreciate burners slept in these spaces, leaving no trace when they wandered off, many nights. Including us on burn night.
-Extension cords, lotion, water, blankets, first aid, etc.
-Space; our neighbors, Camp NoseFish and ourselves, put up a trash fence walkway between our camps for the Cafe Village, so that they had a pathway back to their village, once the event opened. Christmas lights lit their way throughout the night. They were very gracious for this small gift of about 6' by 100'... And surprised.
-Hair washing, hair braiding and hair fall making, for those lovely ladies who left their hair natural for the week.
-Advice: Directions to many wanderers, as well as information regarding Safer Sex Camp for females that came in and needed it.
-Bacon; we did, we gifted bacon. And Toblerone.
-The most amazing and gracious group of burners ever to come through our camp. Our busiest year ever, we were complimented on being "the perfect camp, in the perfect place at the perfect time", which is about the greatest gift one can receive when a lot of work has been put in to bring a camp like ours. Thank you's were prevalent, return burners abounded and no outside burner drama. It was a great, if not exhausting, week.
-Water and coffee from our neighbors and neighbors from year's past when one of our campmates gave ours away throughout the week (read below). Long story, I learned a very good lesson in patience; and know who I would never invite to camp with us again.
-A ride on the Nautilus out the movie theatre---Priceless. Live music-amazing.
-Being on the open playa at sunrise for the first time and being gifted a gorgeous landscape. With my two favorite guys.
-Burners gifted myself and other campmates with jewelry they made in our camp; as well as left jewelry and handcrafted art in our gifting center for others to find.
-The melody of Playa Jazz Cafe all week. Enough said.
-The aroma and gift of coffee every morning from Camp Nosefish.
-Placement in Center Camp, which allowed us to watch the burn from our bowl chairs, with gifted snuggies that created a "cave" that we peeked out of during the whiteouts. We also had a rare vantage point of seeing much of Burning Man pass right in front of us. A lot of work, but an experience we will always remember.
-Watching the Lamplighters emerge every evening to light the city.
-Awesome Ranger Lady gave us patches.
-Awesome Mayor of Kidsville came by with her amazing daughter and husband; a true gift.
-Canadian burner wandered in one evening and gifted us with handmade purses and amazing company.
-Burner gifted a purse she constructed from t-shirts.
-Two couples from our local area came and shared space with us and brought supplies. And danced. And ate.
-Burners we've come to love and appreciate over the years visited often and made our week full and satisfying.
-A week long conversation with a Center Camp artist that pierced my soul and opened discussion about race, spirituality and love. I will be eternally grateful for her.
-A campmate that tested our patience, authenticity and nerves with their aggressive, offensive and bullying behavior. The gift? Said campmate was the relative of the most amazing, thoughtful, gracious and beautiful campmate we've had ever. Worth every single second.
Tabula Rasa Mistress "Lady D" married to her favorite person, "Roo"
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