Saturday, July 26, 2008

Playa Gear and links

Are you looking for some more fun stuff to add to your playa wardrobe?

Well, I have a few suggestions, I collect links all through the year and keep 'em on my little wish list...
Here are a few of interest:
I have to put this one first because it's so great: these folks are just plain BRILLIANT!!! I just hope I can meet them some day.
I love this site because they obviously love Bettie Page as much as I do! Lots of fun stuff here:
I got some cool glowy hair clips from this site, and this gal makes incredible wings and beautiful and unique hats:
My favorite place to buy funky platforms is: these are the best prices I've found on the internet and holy moly what a selection!
They also carry some great goggles and sunglasses for cheap! And awesome costume wigs too (if you're partial to gigantic 18th century wigs, that is!) Man, I want that wig bad!! year
Do you like dread falls? I used this tutorial a few years ago to make some for myself:
You can get the wool roving at this link that is pre-dyed, there's a great selection and the prices are good and customer service is great.
I really like using the wool because the dreads look real and they're lightweight. It takes forever though! I made some for myself and then realized why people charge $150.00 for them! I wouldn't do it again for less than $250.00!!! The first year I made them I spent so much time on 'em that by the time I was packing for the playa I didn't even wanna look at them!! Heck, I didn't even bring 'em! But I did finally wear them for Halloween last year.
Oh, and of course I have to include another great hat link:
Now, if you've made it this far I'm going to shamelessly plug my other playa wear site which is only an Etsy store but it works!
I've got a few interesting things there.
Well, I know I got more links somewhere, but that'll do for now, I'm hungry.
Ciao for now!
-Ms Presto

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Dreams about Burning Man

For me they all have the same nightmarish theme... This morning I awoke with the most palpable dread, with my heart sinking in my chest as I realized (in my dream) that I arrived at the Reno Airport and I had forgotten to check my luggage and I wouldn't have anything to camp with, or worse even still, to wear at Burning Man!!!

Too funny. I'm so used to the dreams I now wake up and say to myself immediately, its only a didn't really happen. It's gonna be OK, there's still time.

This may sound extremely silly to some people, but if there is one thing that comes into play at Burning Man it's survival, if you're not prepared you could have a rotten time or worse yet, die. And if you don't have the proper fashions, well, my opinion is, why bother!?

Am I being mellow dramatic!? No, there is a reason the tickets say that the Burning Man Organization is not responsible for death or bodily injury.

Oh, that just made me think of one of my favorite art cars from 2003, it had swings on it and they would spin slowly (like a whirling dervish ride) and you had to run along side it and jump on a swing while it was moving. I guess you could wait 'til it stopped, but where's the fun in that!? My pal Jimmoi nearly tore his finger off on that one. Luckily he survived with no blood having been spilled, just pulled it badly. I gotta see if I got a pic of that somewhere.

Anyhoo, it is serious and I totally crack myself up with the crazy dreams I have of being unprepared. I've already had about 5 of them this year not including the one this morning. I would've thought that by now, in my 5th year of attending, this anxiety would decrease but it doesn't. I guess for me that's part of the fun; the challenge of the whole trip. The camping, the dealing with food and water and the whole survival aspect of it. Luckily, I have a killer tribe of people I camp with called Homeslice who have established a pretty darn cushy place to camp.

I also have a tremendously generous and wonderful friend named Reno Sassy who stores most of my gear in her shed! I couldn't do it without that. Thank you Sassy!

Well, that's it for now. If you got this far, thanks for stopping by.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Half price OLD STOCK sale!

I've changed my opinion . Now, don't start calling me a flip-flopper just because my thinking has evolved!

I used to be convinced that my hats had better lift and definition, and the lining stayed in place better by me sewing the fleece and the fur together in one seam. The downside is that the hat is not reversible because the top and side inside seams show. I used to be fine with it. I now make my hats with a hidden seam, the trade off is that the lining moves more...but now they are reversible. I guess life is full of trade-offs isn't it?

If you wanna see some of these sale hats go to my Etsy site:

Note: all the feedback from customers on the Etsy site is about hats that are done in the old way, people loved 'em even though they weren't reversible.

Also check out my other Etsy site for playa gear I wanted to make but don't necessarily need for my personal playa fashion arsenal:


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It's 4 a.m. again, and I'm awake but don't wanna be

OK. Can't sleep.
This happens often. I'm awakened usually by one of the various animals that lives in my house... And I can't get back to sleep.

The ole 'Monkey Mind' steps in and starts rattling and prattling on, sometimes its thoughts about the day, sometimes ideas for new things I want to make. There's never enough time to accomplish all I want to in the day.

I know I need to meditate more, and dance more, and exercise these are all things that can get that Monkey Mind under control. But, its so easy to let life get in the way.

When I got back from Burning Man last year I promised myself I was going to dance every day, even if it was just for a few minutes. Just to reconnect with my spirit, I find so much joy in dancing. I got so much great music last year as gifts. I danced so much at Burning Man last year that I was floating when I got home. But I haven't kept my promise, I haven't danced. I started out strong but even after a of weeks I wore down. There always seems to be something more pressing, a hat to be made, food to acquire and cook, (we can put a man on the moon, you mean to tell me that can't invent a pill you can eat once a day!!? c'mon!) a call to make, my sometimes grumpy and sometimes lovey little toddler Nathan needs a hug, or juice, or a clean diaper, or says 'sit mommy' and pats the couch like some 80 year old man. I can't resist that. Sometimes in his need to exercise some dominion over his life he commands that I cannot dance or sing around him. If you have been close to a toddler who is around the age of two and a half you will understand why I don't argue when he acts this way (nothing more futile than trying to reason with a toddler, distraction is always your best course of action!!) But I do sometimes dance or sing anyway and take a little pleasure in his heightened demand that I stop. It's just too funny, he looks like a little tyrant and he's so serious. Then of course I do stop so he won't get too worked up. He commits 100% to everything he does, including being contrary.

I decided when he was born that I would never decline his requests for cuddle time. Life is too short and I know when he grows up, he will likely go far and wide in the world and when I'm missing him I want to know in my heart I spent every minute I could getting to know him and letting him know he is the most important thing in the world to me.

But, I digress. Non sleep. That was the topic, and the calming of the Monkey Mind. I thought I would get up this time and write a little instead of laying in bed trying to sleep for the next couple of hours. Reading works too. I've got Andrew Harvey's The Way of Passion on hold at the library. I can't wait to read it. I was just listening to him the other day on a CD I have that is a rebroadcast from this radio show called 'New Dimensions' (which I love) we don't get it around here, but I sometimes catch it on my trips to Virginia. Anyhow, I ordered a wonderful 4 CD set with two interviews about Rumi by Coleman Barks and Andrew Harvey. They are brilliant. Rumi is brilliant. Love them.

I'm currently reading Your Immortal Soul by Gary Renard. It's OK so far, very much a rehash of his first book The Disappearance of the Universe. However, I'm only about 50 pages in. Of course I realize that authors always have to do that in case people didn't read the first one, and this information certainly can stand to be said and read multiple times. The Course in Miracles is a tough nut to crack, I know, I've been working on the text for almost a year and I haven't gotten very far. I'd like to begin the workbook when I get back from Burning Man where I'll be turning 40 (seems like a good time to begin something new!) but I really wanted to read the text first, and so far I got a ways to go. I find Gary's distillation of the message of the Course through his guides Arten and Pursah most helpful. I can still see however, that a mastery of this knowledge is a life time effort. Perhaps multiple life time effort!! Sheesh, I hope not!

Well, that's all I got right now. Perhaps getting these rambling thoughts out of my head will help me go back to sleep. I've got lots o' hats to make tomorrow. So thrilled about that, and the fact that my creations will be getting out into the world. My first order ever after my site went live was from LONDON!! I've never been to Europe (but that doesn't mean I'm not going!) but so far three hats I've made are living there and two more are on the way! Awesome. The web is an amazing thing.

Oh, I've been meaning to post the link to one of my Etsy stores that has some playa gear on it.
These are things I wanted to make but don't necessarily need for my playa wardrobe. It's I also have another Etsy store where I have discontinued styles of hats featured. Mostly discontinued because I had to narrow my line down to make it manageable on the site.

-MP out.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

music to sew by

Artist: Brazilian Girls --- Album 'Talk to La Bomb'

love it.


oh mannnnn. my email broke.

WoW! my site has been getting a lot of hits but I still got some bugs to work out.

Apparently my email address is down. phooey. Here's an alternate:
There's also a really strange glitch regarding me being able to view my site from my home computer...apparently it has to do with my cache and emptying it and the migration from a pointer site, etc. etc. blah, blah, computer speak...still haven't resolved it but working at it. Lemme know if you find any glitches please.

I've gotten lots of visits 500 or so since my site launched, and lots of orders. Thank you JRS team!!! Thank you Burning Man Community...My Peeps my tribe. I LOVE YOU!!

Neat thing about many of the orders I got yesterday, there was a theme... people with lovely exotic (well, exotic to me anyway), names like Kapila, Joachim, Asta, and Nicoa. cool.

more later.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

dreams and visions coming into reality

Today is an auspicious day for me. My first website ( has been launched and a dream that has been in my heart so long, that I can't remember how it got there, has come into being. That dream is to somehow use my artistic talents to create beautiful things that make people smile and support myself financially in the process.

The seed of the realization of this dream was planted in my heart in 2003 when I made my first trip to Burning Man. It was the first time in my life that I felt like I truly fit in, I felt like I had found my people, and that I actually did belong on this planet!! And through the journey of attending Burning Man over the past five years, I've found a community that wants what I have to offer, and would be delighted to have it. Thank you Burners!!

But before I go any further talking about all that, I have to Thank the people who helped me get to this wonderful day.

First and foremost, I have to thank my number one set of believing eyes, my beloved friend and father of my child, Wes Grasty, who has believed in me and encouraged me for so many years. I just simply could not have achieved any of this without his love and support. It also happens that he is an awesome Daddy and has mad Internet skills to boot! ( &

Secondly, there are the amazingly creative people in my life who have lent their talent to help me manifest my amazing site, and make my dream a reality. They are:
  • John Howard of who designed and built my site. He not only did it for free, but also made me feel like his best customer through the entire process, he's truly amazing and I really feel that angels sent him to me.
  • My dear friend of 20 years, and star photographer Jim McGuire ( who always inspires me in the way he lives his life.
  • My friend Jade Wills ( who possesses mad skills in bringing out the beauty of others, is a talented hooper and poi artist, and still has many, many unrealized talents...can't wait to see what is next for you Jade!
  • And then there's my long time friends Scott Cooper and Kristi Stanfill of ( who not only have represented me as an actor, but also happen to respectively own, and help run, the coolest talent agency around! (
  • And of course there are the group of beautiful models who worked for me for free and did it with grace, high spirits and a wonderful sense of play!! My beautiful model friends: Michael, Lissette, Amber, Heather, Chloe, Lilly and Jade. You guys make my hats look so good!!
  • And then there are my star PR consultants Chai Guy, Shutter and my dear friend Elizabeth Malcolm who is an amazing producer, writer, therapist, director and, and, Liz you have too many talents for me to name here!! I thank you all for your advice and support!!
  • And finally I thank my dear, dear friends, family and Homeslice tribe, who have been my believing eyes through this entire journey!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

O.K. Wow! Well I've got some orders to fill, so more blogging later!!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008