You were hanging, and you got out, even if it was your own back yard, you got out and just did it. Things are expensive and I just go with what Shug told me when I first started out on this venture, "just get out and do it". I've never looked back. My son and I make do with what we have, and acquire things as we go along. A crap load of DIY and learning how to sew, (just because I'm a female doesn't mean I know how to sew). But I've learned a lot right here on the forums and I'm no longer afraid of a "thread injector".
You may be able to MOD your stand a bit to work better for you. Let your imagination flow and see what else you can come up with.
By the way, good job!!