Wednesday, September 9, 2009

lucky dip

There is nothing like a bit of procrastination crafting. Even better when the craftiness actually serves a purpose, thereby lessening the guilt-that-I-am-procrastinating factor.

And so it was that I found myself whipping up some handy little drawstring bags late the night before we went away. Instead of packing. Or sleeping.




















I had a brainwave that if I filled these bags with odds and ends and a few snacks that they might keep the young ones mildly amused on our eight hour car ride.*























Look, I'd be lying if I said there weren't still a few hairy moments here and there but on the whole the presentation of these bags at choice moments worked a treat. When they weren't looking I'd whisk them away and refill them with a few more bits and pieces. 

And the most excellent bit of all? All the bits and pieces were things they already had at home which seemed to just take on a shiny newness due to the bag. 






















Oh and the second most excellent thing was that I actually used fabrics from my stash. A novel concept  for me (i.e. "oh so you actually cut up and use the fabric that you buy?")

The bags were loosely based on the drawstring bags from Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing. I say loosely because I was just too darned lazy to actually get up and consult the instructions. And so there were a few hiccups to an otherwise easy-peasy little project. 

Does anyone have any other tips for long-haul trips? If it involves some sort of crafting for the Mum than so much the better! 

*can I insert a rant here about portable DVD players in cars for kids? If I survived endless car journeys in a non air-conditioned car in Queensland playing eye-spy then so can my kids. Phew! There I've said it. 

21 comments:

  1. urgh, totally agree with the dvd thing. I have never used one but I imagine it would be very distracting to try and drive with it going in the background. mind you though, i have never done an 8 hour road trip either, so not too sure what I would do for little ones. My daughter is now 12 and would spend that time reading I guess.

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  2. You are so clever and crafty, the bags look fantastic! I, however...am ALL for the portable DVD. It took one 12 hour drive trip to Yamba that secured the DVD players necessity. Maddie only slept for 1 hour, I was pregnant and lets face it...my patience levels, even at the best of times are pretty bad.

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  3. Talking books! We borrow them from the library before our Christmas drive (two days in the car). J finds likes to listen while he's driving too. We've listened to Storm Boy, Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, Famous Five, and a great extended Dragon one last year (narrated in a scottish accent by Dr Who) that helped us survive a mammoth traffic jam and 10 hours in the car. If you want to craft, I sometimes knit! Only in winter tho'.
    p.s. We don't do DVDs either. I feel the same. I sort of love that enforced family time, it reminds me of my childhood with three of us and a dog squeezed in the back seat spotting animals!

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  4. Well recently I had to take a LONG trip with my 7 year old and i made him a book of activities. Like put a sticker everytime you see a police car, put a sticker every time you see a dairy farm, and such like. It kept him happy for hours and hours. I can email it to you if you like.

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  5. Books on CD are the best! We have done many long drives and they are entertaining for all. When my children were very young, stickers were very popular. I would sew several sheets of plain paper down the middle to make a book. I'd give them a sheet of alphabet stickers first and tell them to stick one per page. Then periodically give them another sheet of stickers and have them stick them to the appropriate page to make an alphabet book. Lots of fun and learning too! Happy travels!

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  6. I would LOVE to read in the car but it makes me soooo sick! Can't remember it making me sick as a kid though - maybe they are immune!

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  7. I reserve the right to change my mind about this should I ever find myself pregnant and in the car on a TWELVE HOUR JOURNEY!!! Urrrgh! Either that or I will perform my own lobotomy with a spoon :)

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  8. Oh yes! Why didn't I think of that! Some of my favourite titles there too.

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  9. Nice one! Actually I can't believe I forgot about stickers. My daughter is addicted to them. She did have some star ones on the way back which she mainly stuck to the windows =)

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  10. Oh I love this idea and the fact that it involves some very necessary sewing is even better!

    I had a story CD but it didn't fly. Maybe when they are older?

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  11. Wow Mel! What a fantastic idea! I love it. So clever and thoughtful too.

    And yes, am with you on the dvd thing in the car too. Not ever going there.

    I have no idea on the long haul trip saga. I take Playschool music with me and that can help but it's hard.

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  12. Your mental picture of what you would do is very nearly what I did!

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  13. Your mental picture of what you would do is very nearly what I did!

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  14. What a fantastic idea!!

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  15. Hello sweets! I have resorted to sending you a comment rather than returning your call - what kind of a friend am I??? We will talk soooon ....... I need to know about snow!! Just thought I'd drop a quick line to send you (and to whoever else may also be interested) a link to these travel games. I just bought the 'Life on Earth' memory card game today but was tempted to get some of these beauties. Check them out and tell me what you think?

    http://www.eeboo.com/startpage.php?cat=320

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  16. What a great post! I giggled when I read some parts that reminded me of me! (ie...fabric stash...dvd players in cars...). Great idea too. :o)

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  17. P.S. Meant to say ..... Love love love the bags! What a creative mama you are! :-)

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  18. I agree with the portable DVD thing...only because we have them built into the headrests!!! Best. Thing. Ever. (For us). We drive 15 hours north every year for holidays and I'd be dying quietly with a headache in the front otherwise. The kids have cordless headphones so we don't have to listen to it either. And I could not get around day to day in Sydney without them, because I have one child that loves to scream in the car and one child that is hypersensitive to noise and the other child's screaming hurts his ears. DVD players. Headphones. Heaven!

    Anyway! Love your bags! The kids look happy and that is the most important thing!

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  19. Wow wow wow. What an awesome idea. How funny that they were full of things the kids already had. I love it! The photos of your childrenw ith the bags are just beautiful.

    And I'm with you on the 'DVD-free' car. If we'd had a DVD, how would I have learnt all the words to Air Supply, Dr Hook and Neil Diamond!!

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  20. oooooooh! Fantastic notion, lady! You have (possibly) inspired me to darg off the anklebiters on a long haul trip somewhere. Seriously, the bag idea was well worth the procrastination.

    (and hear hear to the DVD players. Too right. But I'm going to be careful because otherwise I'll find myself up on ANOTHER soapbox!).

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  21. So many friends think I'm crazy for not having a DVD player for the 4 and a bit hour drive to our holiday house. So glad you understand.

    When The Little One was younger, I'd have a roll of paper towel. Hand her sheets to rip up when she was getting a bit scratchy. Worked a treat, til I had to clean up at the other end!

    So many good ideas on here I'll be using next time.

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