“Pinspiration” – DIY I Spy Book via Pinterest

Do all of you love Pinterest as much as I do??? I mean, I definitely visit that website more than any other, especially on my iPhone while waiting at the doctor’s office, or in a school pick up line, etc! So many great ideas shared in one place… I bookmark lots of great ideas on Pinterest every day, and my number of Pinboards keeps growing.

The other day I found this Pin, about making your own I Spy Book for your kids, using their own toys! The woman who made this one did a fantastic job, and I exclaimed as I read her post, “I AM GOING TO DO THIS!!!” I knew my kids would love such a personal book to look through, containing their own toys, and it might even keep them busy on long car rides, at restaurants, etc. Very promising!

So, I got my huge roll of school variety white paper (from my mother the school teacher) and all of the baskets of toys, and got to work. The photos I made for my books are pretty easy, not too difficult for kids ages 3 to 5. But older kids would probably get bored with them. That’s my challenge with the last book I have to make for a little cousin. He’s 6, so I am going to add more photos, after I think it through a little more.

Here are some examples from my books:

DIY I Spy Book page

DIY I Spy Book Scrabble Tiles

DIY I Spy Book Cars Page 1

DIY I Spy Book Cars Page 2

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing how much fun these pages were to make, and I really hope that you go have fun making a DIY I Spy Book of your own! I can’t wait to give these to my kids… If you make one, leave a note in the comments with a link so I can see how creative you got! And be sure to click through to Delia Creates to see just how she made her books.

Erin

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Favorite Party Vendors – Local to Dayton/Cincinnati

Yesterday I listed my favorite online party vendors, and today I am listing my favorite vendors local to my area, Dayton, Ohio, and Cincinnati too, although mostly Dayton. But a few of these vendors you can find across the country, so here goes!

The Flower Factory – They basically sell any kind of craft or party supply you can think of. Huge warehouse feel, used to be open only to business owners, but now they are open to the public.

Things I like to buy here are:

– Baskets of any size, color, variety

– Glassware galore! I recently bought an apothecary jar here that is adorable for only $5! You will see it when I post about my daughter’s birthday party.

– Party goods – paper and plastic tablewares, punch bowls, catering supplies, balloons, pinatas, baking supplies, everything!

– Candy for candy buffets, such as single color bags of Sixlets chocolate candies, hard candy, etc.

– Ribbon & Tulle in many many shades

– Raffle Tickets also in many colors.

Esther Price Candy – This place started in Dayton, on Wayne avenue, and they now have more stores, the newest one I can think of is in Centerville.

Things I like to buy here:

– Chocolate!!!

– Bulk Jelly Belly jelly beans

– Bulk candy in many other varieties!

– Pre-bagged retro type candies, and specialty candies

– Bulk gold chocolate coins!

Party City – This place is a huge party supply store. I mean huge. They have pretty much everything, but they are a little expensive. Just keep a look out for their sale racks and clearance bins. T

Things I like to buy here:

– Bulk candy

– Bags of single colored Sixlets and gumballs (the large ones), although they are pricey. They actually have pearlized white Sixlets and gumballs! So pretty.

– Balloons in any color

– Specialty party items for different themes

Odd (Big) Lots – I still call it Odd Lots, although most of you probably know it as Big Lots. They changed it years ago… You really just have to keep an eye out for things at a good price, since they literally sell odd lots from other stores closeouts.

Things I have found at Big Lots:

– Large Whirley Pops for $1 each!

– Colored napkins/paper plates

– kids’ party favors

– Random candy (you never know)

– Cheap soda (even found New York Seltzer there once, but found out it isn’t the real thing, which hasn’t been made for years – ::sniff::sniff:: but a new company bought the rights to it and started making it with artificial sweeteners! UGH!!!)

– Cheap designer wrapping paper!

– Anything else you can imagine!

Trophy Nut & Candy – This store has assorted varieties of nuts and candy in bulk.

Things I like to buy here are:

– Their huge malted milk balls, in many colors, made in their store!

– Bulk M&Ms in all shades

– Bulk Jelly Belly jelly beans in all varieties

– Of course bulk nuts too! especially around Christmastime.

IKEA – Most people know a lot about IKEA by now, but you might not think of them when it comes to party planning.

Things I like to buy here:

– Plastic air tight containers in all sizes, perfect for displaying candy.

– Old fashioned style candy jars with lids, I believe you can get the scoops there too.

– great cheap picture frames for signs on a buffet table at a party

– nice selection of baskets in different sizes and colors

– candles

– dishes

– table linens

– mini kid sized tea set for a little tea party

Meijer – Meijer carries about everything. Mostly a grocery store, but they have great homegoods too.

Things I like to buy here for a party:

– Bulk candy and gum

– Snacks & Soda duh!

– Clearance dishes

– Canning jars in all sizes (for drinks, or candy display)

Target – Every mom probably knows about the infamous Dollar Spot, where you can get almost anything a child’s heart desires for $1. Target carries so many wonderful things for parties, at a slightly higher price.

Things I look for at Target:

– Those cute little buckets on the dollar shelf – great for favors!

– all kinds of $1 toys, stickers, etc. for favors and decorating party tables

– They have fabulous wrapping paper, bags and tissue paper at great prices.

– They have unique candy/snacks only made for Target (like the gummy letters I saw there awhile ago!)

– Love to browse the end caps for clearance goodies for treat bags!

– They also have great tablewares there that I also like to look for on clearance like tablecloths, great themed melamine dishes, beverage ice buckets in a variety of colors, etc.

Joann Fabrics, Michael’s Crafts, Hobby Lobby & Christmas Tree Shops – I am grouping these together because they are pretty much the same. Crafting items, little party favor items, etc.

Things I look for:

– Scrapbooking items for making tags, etc. (love the round and scalloped punches in the 2″ and 3″ sizes)

– Dollar rack items at Michael’s and Joann

– Ribbon galore!

– Fabric

– Michael’s and Hobby Lobby have great glassware, for displaying candy, etc.

– Paint markers for personalizing party favors.

– Discount dishes, giftwrap and candy at Christmas Tree Shops

– Don’t forget to bring your coupon from the Sunday paper for big discounts at Joann, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby!

That concludes my list of favorite places to buy party items in the Dayton/Cincinnati area. I know there are lots more! I just haven’t found them all yet… Wanna share one I forgot in the comments?

Erin