Monday, June 13, 2011

* Homemade Gift: Eye Spy Book


"C" and I undertook a messy but fun little project
 a few months ago and I'm finally getting around
to sharing it with you today! 

We made our own, 
homemade Eye Spy Books!

One for our house and one for our sweet niece's 2nd birthday.

First, we laid out silk scarves in various colors
as "backgrounds" for our photos.

Then, "C" and I hunted around the playroom 
for various toys in each color and laid them out. 

(You can see that Elly the cat got in on the action too - 
she always has to be in the middle of whatever we're doing.) 

You could do this one color at a time, 
or even one color a day if you want to spread out the mess!
We did it all at once  - yes it was a bit chaotic
but it was also fun to see all the toys sorted by color
and then we just did a BIG clean up afterwards-
because all of our toys have their own "homes" it really wasn't that bad.

After it was all laid out, I took a photo of each pile.








(again, because you can never have too much pink!)


Then, we printed out an 8x10 photo of each picture,
and wrote a page of text to accompany it,
"I Spy With My Little Eye...."

The birthday girl loved her homemade book, 
and so do her cousins!

We want to make a "Nature Version" next!

pink and green mama


Amber Joy said...

This is the coolest idea ever! Can I borrow it? ;) You are so creative, which is why I'm a follower - I can't think of these things on my own!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Amber Joy --

Absolutely!! That's why I share my ideas and our projects with all of you, so you can make them too! Share photos of your project(s) if you make one on my Facebook page!!


Deceptively Educational said...

I love this idea! Not only does the finished product look like loads of fun, but I can see my son really enjoying gathering all the objects and helping take the pictures! Thanks for sharing!!

se7en said...

Just Love It!!!

Stevie @ MooreBabies said...

What a CUTE idea!!!

Becky @ Fakin It said...

I am so glad you posted this. My boys and I have been talking about making our own I Spy book for awhile now but I wasn't sure how to go about it. Thanks for the great idea!

Apron Appeal said...

I love all your kid are ideas but this one I REALLY LOVE because, I don't have to cut or paste or color or you know....make a mess. I could actually do this with my girls while they are cleaning their room.

Polka said...

very nice :) love it

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Apron Appeal --

I LOVE the idea of doing this while you clean kid's rooms or playrooms = GENIUS!!


dannyscotland said...

That is a genius idea! Thank you for sharing it.

Amnah said...

Incredible!! I wish I had seen this sooner. This would have kept my girls busy on our overseas flight tomorrow. I love your blog. It's always such an inspiration.

Jackie H. said...

This is wonderful. We are leaving on a trip next week and this would make a great car book. Dragging out all of the toys and putting them back in the right spot would be a good way to burn off some of that pretrip excitement too!

Jen@I Want a Nap said...

I LOVE this idea! I can't wait to do it with my kids!

Jen said...

What an awesome gift- so creative. I'll have to share this post with my girls for sure!


Becca at Motherhood "perfected" said...

I love that you did this by COLOR, brilliant!

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

What a fun idea to keep kiddos entertained! I shared this in my Saturday Seven lineup this weekend. http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/06/saturday-seven-no-16.html

anne@floralshowers said...

this is really cute! my daughter loves I SPY!

Jenifer Harrod said...

Hi I really like your Eye spy idea. I'm thinking of doing something like this with cloth. Here are some of my cloth ideas.http://www.feedingnineonadime.com/2012/09/up-cycled-quiet-books-for-my-twins.html

I am sharing on google plus. HAve a great day!

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