As some of you already know, I’m in the process of making and creating some handmade items to sell on my Etsy shop (that is currently empty). One of the items that I’m most excited about is an A-frame play tent for kids. I first saw one of these on one of my favorite blogs, The Daybook. Sydney (blog owner) had purchased one of these tents for her baby boy through an Etsy shop and then used her own creative ability to stamp a geometric design onto the tent cover. I thought it was one of the cutest things ever and had to have one for Mia.
After a little web browsing, I found some tutorials on how to make one myself. Daddy Dom and I were on it. Literally, that night Daddy Dom headed straight to the hardware store to grab the wood needed for it. Once he returned home he disappeared into the garage. Minutes later I heard power tools. I’ve never been so excited over that sound. It wasn’t long before he entered the house with the A-frame tent for Mia. Next item needed was a tent cover. The next day, I headed to my mom’s house for one of her old, white sheets to cut and sew. Done. The last step in the process is to add the finishing touch, a hand painted design. I decided to go with a chevron print. I know, it’s been done but I still love it. I bought some paints and began my print. Well….this took so much longer than I had expected so I kinda got tired and stopped before it was finished. It’s been sitting in my house, unfinished, for at least a month.
Word got out of our latest project and we’ve already received a few requests for tents. Instead of continuing to work on our tent, I began another for our friend Jenna’s little girl’s 1st birthday present. Instead of the chevron print (that I will not be doing again unless I find a much faster way to paint it), I found a cute stencil at Michael’s and went with that. It took 2 hours for me to complete the stenciling…much longer than I had thought it would take AGAIN! It was worth it because I’m in love with the end result.
There’s Abby, the birthday girl, checking out her new play tent. She crawled through it a few times. Happy 1st Birthday, darlin’!
What do you guys think? I’d love your feedback!
Not only will I be selling some hand painted options (which will be more costly since I’m adding my time and talent to the price) but I’ll also be selling already printed fabric options that will be a little cheaper. Once my tents are cut and sewn, I’ll be putting them up on my Etsy shop and the link will be provided. Until then, stay tuned.
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