I have been busy with that "work" thing so not much time to spend in the forum but I really want to say thank you to everyone who shares their DIY ideas so I could cheat on my test! I have to admit is was great fun designing and yes even using the thread injector to make a hammock, rain fly, stuff sacks, etc,. And of course the self gratification of knowing I actually created something like this is a great feeling. I know a lot of people say this, but if can do it, I am CERTAIN anyone can. I think the hardest things were making Whoopies (it got easier after making several) and finding a big enough space to measure and cut the fly.
Next it's onto a "doors for the fly, a bug net and an under quilt. But before that it seems "she" liked my setup so much that now I get to make her one! What have I done!
Here are a couple of rather crappy cell phone photos as I was packing up from a recent excursion. I know it's not the prettiest and I definitely still need to tweak a bit here and there, but believe me when I say, I had the most wonderful time hanging in the woods with my very own DIY gear. Thanks again to everyone who helped make this possible.