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Post by Rosenberg-Cox on Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:35 am

I use a string of led lights that are powered by a solar panel. Got them at Big Lots for $18 this summer.

Can't wait to see the tent set up!
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Post by melisadill on Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:04 am

Thanks again ya'll! If anyone else does it, we gotta see!!

The tip on the lights is GREAT! Gonna search the web for those! And also liked the tip about folding/rolling it. Didn't think bout that, great heads up! Thanks ladies!!

So, good news, informational news and bad news! Good news first, got the tent set up, attached the walls and all was good with the velcro, YAY!! Informational news, the velcro I used at the top was 2 inch industrial strength and stayed GREAT! The velcro on the sides was 3/4 inch(ps perfect size)regular strength and kept wanting to come off. My hubby suggested ironing the fabric on the back side of where the velcro was to kinda heat the glue up to help it stick. Haven't done that yet, because of the bad news! Bad news, as I was taking my tent down it BROKE! Huge bummer, but new it was coming. The first use of the tent was for a garage sale, after the sale, it took flight! It got bent up but was still useable. Sence then I've used it a few times, but it finally did give up the ghost! SO, now I gotta go get another tent, NOT CHEAP!, and buy more velcro, cuz I need to attach my walls to that tent. So, I'll get industrial strenth 3/4 inch velcro when I go get more. Another tip is that when I went to close the tent, the velcro made the legs "thicker" so it didn't close as smooth, but still was fine. I put the "hook" part of the velcro on the legs and what I call the messy part of the velcro on the fabric.

Man I do talk a lot, lol!! Here are the pics. Hopefully it helps a little more.

This pic shows the top of the wall or my canvas piece and how it velcros to the tent roof velcro.


This one is how the side of the wall attatches to the tent legs.


This one you see that the walls attach to the "back" of the legs, but it still looks fine.


This is the whole setup. The spot light was there cuz it was night, wont have that for shows. Also it doesn't show my display cuz my hubby was working on it at the time.


This is what the display looks like. I actually have 2 of them. On one side I have the picture frames shown and on the other side are the door mirrors for "forever" mirrors. I will have one set up like it is with a mirror to the back for kids to look at themselves any time. The other display will be with the pic selection facing out and the mirror to the inside of the tent for the child to look at him/her self. The pic frames I got from Michaels on sale for only $5!! *Hadn't velcroed that wall to the back yet.* To stabilize the displays, there are holes at the top. My tent came with an awning option. So, I'm just gonna put one pole in and loop the rope from that pole to the display so that it doesn't tip. Gonna do the same with the one flush with the tent, just gonna loop the rope to the tent top. Also you can see there are wholes in the base. We got really long nails to put in those for when I'm on ground, I can stabilize it even more.

No, I'll never stop talking, LOL!!!!!!
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Post by Kristal on Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:39 am

Those walls look TERRIFIC! (Man, it sucks that your tent broke Sad) It's so vibrant and looks amazing...I want to do that, too!
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Post by Sam on Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:42 am

You did an amazing job! It looks so professional. Very nice!
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Post by Psalmbook on Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:43 am

cheers
I like the display/mirror stand also!
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Post by SuzySparkles on Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:03 am

beautiful Smile
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Post by Rosenberg-Cox on Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:32 am

I don't know if you have a Big Lots near you but this week ad has two pop up tents for about $60. (One was red and the other was stripes).

I have the same tent as what you showed in your pictures. Where did it break?
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Post by JBax on Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:13 pm

Heads up on the Big Lots tent... DON'T buy the red one! I love the red, except it looks like a brothel underneath, and everything glows red. The boys all think I'm putting pink on them!
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Post by ChangingFaceDesigns on Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:34 pm

Just a heads up on the christmas lights.............they do make battery operated lights, that run for a long time.

In addition to my FP business, I also have a custom designed wreath business. One of the biggest selling points to my wreaths and the reason why I sell out year after year is that by using the cordless lights if gives people the freedom to hang the wreaths wherever they wish in their homes without having to worry about an ugly cord showing.

I am winding down the FP side and gearing up for the holiday season. I take orders starting in late Sept, Oct. thru the 1st or 2nd week of Nov. depending on how swamped I get. I construct up until TG day for Dec. delivery.
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Post by ChangingFaceDesigns on Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:36 pm

I forgot to add great job on the walls. Beautiful design and what a great visual impact it has. I am inspired to try my hand at it, thank you so much for sharing with us.
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Post by Spectrum on Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:42 pm

I think it looks amazing - the colors are incredible and majorly pop - excellent work there!
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Post by Psalmbook on Sat Sep 04, 2010 8:31 am

ChangingFaceDesigns wrote:Just a heads up on the christmas lights.............they do make battery operated lights, that run for a long time.

In addition to my FP business, I also have a custom designed wreath business. One of the biggest selling points to my wreaths and the reason why I sell out year after year is that by using the cordless lights if gives people the freedom to hang the wreaths wherever they wish in their homes without having to worry about an ugly cord showing.

I am winding down the FP side and gearing up for the holiday season. I take orders starting in late Sept, Oct. thru the 1st or 2nd week of Nov. depending on how swamped I get. I construct up until TG day for Dec. delivery.

Put samples or your work or a link to your site in the Breakroom section for your other business! We'd love to see it!
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Post by aprilmoonflower on Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:56 am

Wow that is super impressive! Very well done!
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Post by CreateFaces on Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:12 pm

melisadill wrote:So, now the paints was acrylics, and it has many coats on there, most are two, but with the orange it took 5!! Something i didn't want, but it happened anyway is it bled thru to the other side.

My husband has been in the house painting biz before and he said that the paint would start cracking and flaking off. The original artist also was in the decrative painting side and she said the same thing! So, be careful what type material you choose to paint on!

First off, thanks for all this info on your process, how valuable for anyone who might consider doing something like this to hear about your experience.

As far as the paint lasting/not flaking, aside from the orange, when applying the paint was it necessary to make sure to penetrate the fabric at least somewhat?

I'm just thinking about my experience with acrylics and the tendency for it to peel away almost like rubber. It seems like you would need to make sure it really got into the fabric since it's not watery and will want to sit on top of the fabric...maybe peeling away after being manipulated a lot like when folding it after gigs.

Again thanks so much for sharing this, it's inspiring and what a fantastic job you did!
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Post by ChaCha on Sun Sep 05, 2010 3:55 pm

I love them! Hope you will share the how to and post pics of them up:)
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Post by Sweet Loretta on Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:08 pm

Love them!! They look great.
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Post by tanyamaldo119 on Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:02 am

I absolutely love the tent walls you made. They are so vibrant and fun. Very cool.
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Post by melisadill on Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:14 am

Alright, UPDATE!!
I'm SO sorry that I get so busy, I can only pop in and out of here every now and then.
Question and answeres:
The tent took flight and flipped over catching part of my house on it's way. So really it was like bent really bad. I honestly don't think any tent could have survived that tumble. I was confident enough in it that I went back and purchaced the same one again. ($$, urg!)

More info on the paints. When painting, the colors did bleed thru to the back, not real bad, but you can definately tell there is a design of some sort on the other side. On the canvas the paints adhered to it well. I have used the walls several times now and there is no peeling at all. Unfortunately on the big back wall where there is a ton of white, there is some minor cracking. Because the walls are so big, I have to fold them and that's were the cracks are. It's not real noticable once it's up, but for me working so hard on them, a little frustrating. Not to mention my crazy perfectionist coming out, lol!

Wall concerns:
I was worried about lighting. NO worries at all! The white top provided plenty of light! And the bonus was that when the sun was in that weird spot that it always gets in, the walls blocked it and was very helpful. On that note, the walls block the wind too. So hair flying around is not a problem.
Another thing was it being really hot with the black walls. To my surprise people where happy to come into the tent to get out of the heat. They said it was cooler in than out. I guess cuz the walls are a little short, it allows for the wind to blow thru. And then on the flip side, I just did a festival that it was very cold. We took a heater that ran off propane and it kept the tent warm!!

MAJOR CHANGE:
Well so much for the easy velcro! Darn! I spent quite a few pennies getting all that stuff and I had a defect in my plan. On the EZup, the top slides over the legs when raising and lowering. Originally, I used a smaller less strength velcro on the leg part thinking as long as my top was ok, I was ok. Well, that stuff didn't stick to the canvas. So I went back and got the really strong stuff. It only came in a real wide width. So I had to cut it to fit. When I did, it wasn't a perfect cut and had areas with a very very small amount of glue on the jaged parts. Well that small amount grabed the legs and I about never got the tent to close. Kinda funny looking back. So what I then did was left the velcro on the top but went to the local fabric store and got a gromit setter. Placed the gromits down all the walls and used some bright pink rope to tie in place. Matches and holds. So, if ya do the make your own wall thing, GO WITH THE GROMITS! It was actually cheeper to use them than to get the velcro and it is just as easy.

So over all, I HIGHLY recommend making or getting walls. I LOVE MINE!!

I took a pic at the last festival I did but the stupid thing came out fuzzy, but ya get the idea. Really just so happy with everything! Very Happy





And once again, thank you all SO much on the sweet sweet complements!!! Embarassed Blushing
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Post by lizdexia on Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:41 am

This is awesome. Well done!
Gosh, I love this place. Y'all are great.
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Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:13 am

that looks so cool!...love it!
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Post by Sam I Am on Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:49 am

Such an amazing set up, this is what I aspire to have one day. Love, love and love!
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Post by Criss on Thu Nov 11, 2010 3:07 am

You've done a terrific job, way to go.

I do have a question though, where I live there is a ton of wind, do you find the tent sits well in the wind with the walls?
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Post by TheGildedCat on Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:17 am

Absolutely beautiful and VERY professional! Fantastic job all around!
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Post by melisadill on Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:38 am

Sorry Criss, I don't know yet. I've done 3 festivals and had it set up at my house a few times and every time the wind was fairly calm. Kinda odd for us, so I don't know yet. The next time I'll be using it isn't untill Dec 4th, as of right now. If it blows, I'll let ya know. But as far as the structure of the walls, I'm fairly confident in how they are attatched, it's pretty sturdy. Something I didn't mention before is where the gromits are, I folded the fabric over to have it thicker and more durable. It shouldn't rip there. And I've pulled on it and haven't seen any problems. Hope that helps a little.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!
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Post by kimmywizzie on Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:02 pm

That set up is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing all your successes and challenges. It definitely helps others.
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