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    New Member redlights's Avatar
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    What do I do with -this- wedding present? - My Intro post

    I received a Hennesey Hammock of some variety for a wedding present from two of my bridesmaids. We had a running inside joke that life would never suck again if I had a hammock that began while we were walking around a local outdoors store just a smidge tipsy (It was, after all, girls night out!)

    "Oh look at that!" I declared, pointing at the display hammock/tent "You don't have to sleep on the ground any more!!! It's all roses and butterflies!" I flop down on it, and BAM the display falls over, me inside this thing. Giggle fit ensues as we try to put it back up...

    Months later it is the day after my wedding, and the whole world is gathered in my parent's living room watching me open gifts and I unwrap one of these things.

    Many people marvel at it, wrapped in that tiny green bag, but most have no idea what it actually is.

    "oh, a hammock? You guys sure have enough porches to use one..." and they dismiss it.

    For our honey moon we decided a little back country hiking on our way down to the place we rented, and I casually toss the hammock into my backpack, not actually sure if it's something I'll use or not...but what better time to try some new gear when you have a brand new husband to pawn it off on if your pack gets too heavy?

    On a whim we start setting up camp early, I unwrap the darn thing and hang it from a couple of trees while the hubs rigs the bear lines. ...I get in, throw my waaaay to warm for KY in July sleeping bag (I come from the north woods...) and get in...

    And I LOVE it! So comfortable, the hammock swings gently, rocking me to sleep. I don't have to move a half a dozen dead trees like Hubs did (He refuses to hammock...so I guess we bring a tent and a hammock now...) and it keeps you cool in the summer swelter and humidity!

    I've used it once more after that, and it was great. I guess I have lots to learn about it...and I never even fathomed that you could -Make- your own hammock, which is great, since I'm an avid seamstress.

    What do you think I should make first? I don't want to mod the hammock itself, but I don't mind adding things like underquilts, etc, which I think we'll probably need for fall camping here. I don't do a lot of really cold weather camping (my sleeping bag is rated for +10) but I'm up for trying someday. I have several machines, including a 1952 singer that can sew just about anything you feed it - leather, nylon, multiple layers of canvass - and I'm excited to use it for something besides vintage looking dresses made out of cottons...

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    Redlights,

    Welcome to the hanging gang and the forum....

    Solve the most important issue first....Secure your bottom insulation.... Then Consider a larger more protective tarp.

    Pan
    Ounces to Grams.

    www.jacksrbetter.com ... Largest supplier of camping quilts and under quilts...Home of the Original Nest Under Quilt, and Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock. 800 595 0413

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    What a great gift - your bridesmaids had no idea what they got you into! Neat story to go along with it, too.

    Spend a little time looking through the forums and the gallery, and the question won't be "what should I make first?" it'll be "how do I create more time for gear-making?"

    Seriously though, I'd go for the underquilt.

    Have fun!

    Jerry
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    Nice wedding gift and a funny story! Welcome to the forum.
    Agreed, quilts first - tarp next.
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    Great story! Welcome to the forum.
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    Welcome, redlights! Who knew a wedding gift would become such a time sink? Sounds like one cool honeymoon!
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    Wow, a hammock, all I got was dishes and towels.

    Big 10 x 12 tarp, cat cut, and a under quilt with down or climashield. Since your already a master seamstress, makea winter version and a summer version.

    Welcome to the Forum, nice to see more Michigan folks here.http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...=michigan+hang
    Ambulo tua ambulo.

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    fantastic post!! Loved the honeymoon story & the girls night out. I bet your new hubby wasn't quite so trilled as you, for your honeymoon to be spent with him in a tent and you pleased as punch hanging in a hammock.
    Start your sewing with an under quilt, a down one. They are a bit imtimidating to try to make, but take your time, think things through and you'll be using it way more than you ever thought possible.
    Oh, almost forgot, welcome to the world of hanging!!

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    Welcome aboard!!

    You need to get your friends a really great thank you gift. OH, get them Hammocks.

    All we got were about a dozen crock pots & 5 fondu sets.

    When you have a backpack on, no matter where you are, you’re home.
    PAIN is INEVITABLE. MISERY is OPTIONAL.

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    Redlights.... future hammock hangin' DIY expert, I'm bettin'.

    She'll be doing her own #2 Bugnet mod within weeks, and wearing down booties and sleeves around the house this winter.

    - MacEntyre
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