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Friday, April 1, 2011

a little skill goes a L-O-N-G way!

I was thinking about something today.  My family and I are going on a trip here in a few days.  We are going to be visiting family all over the country, total of 2600 miles put on my poor little car.  (I hear it whimpering from the parking lot).  I have a rather small-ish car, it's a Toyota Camry and holds exactly 5 people, one of them being an infant.  Nate's stuff takes up more room in my car than a little bit.  I have his stroller taking up most of my trunk as it is!  Now, I love my son, and at his age, there are several essentials that I need for him, for example- the stroller- but I also need his pack n play, and I would LIKE to have his swing.  I probably won't be able to bring his swing with us, but that all led to this thought:

Since we'll be in a small car, and have very little room for luggage, and we'll be using the rooftop carrier anyway, why not just put the carrier on top of the car and fill it with PUL bags instead of luggage.  If you're not familiar with PUL, it's a fabric that has been fused with plastic to make it waterproof.  It's on cloth diapers, and their covers, and it's used for "wet bags" -just what the name implies- etc.  Well, mama knows how to sew.  Why in the world would I NOT use these?  Just for example, a standard set of luggage costs (on the cheap side) $75.  You get 1 large suit case, 1 med, 1 small, and maybe an attache case.  This will hold about 4 people's worth of clothes for a week.  I can make 4 bags (for the price of $25, and have extra left over) PLUS they're automatically waterproof! 

So, since I have a ton of PUL, I'm going to make some bags (I need to make a trash can liner for my diapers anyway) and get it done.  I'll post pics when all is said and done. :)  I just got a new camera and yahoo- I'm digging it.

A little skill with a needle and thread really does go a long way!  You'd be amazed at how much you can save yourself on window treatments alone!

blessings and stay savvy!