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Social Networking & An Apron


2 topics this morning: social networking & an apron

First, social networking, Twitter to be more specific. On Sunday I thought I’d see what the hype is all about, I’m not sure why, most days I hardly have time to breathe, much less “tweet”. Anyway, I created an account. I honestly don’t really know how it works… basically Facebook status updates, right? Well, it prompted me to see if any of my friends were on Twitter. So, I thought “ok”. So I entered my email address and it started cranking out people who were on Twitter from my email account. Man, there were a lot of people. A lot. I made my little Twitter page look pretty then the kids woke up, I made breakfast, we went to church, went to lunch, came home, put kids down for naps and I checked my email. This is when I fell out of my chair and decided that Twitter was not a friend of mine. I have come to understand that Twitter pretty much emailed every person I’ve ever emailed and every person who has ever emailed me in my life and told them I want to follow them on Twitter. I can laugh now, but then I wanted to cry. Doesn’t Twitter know I’m months behind on responding to emails? Several of my “contacts” use Twitter, most probably don’t, those that do politely accepted my request to “follow them”. But then there are those who don’t tweet, and they emailed to politely thanking me for wanting to follow them but they don’t use Twitter.
Dear Twitter, Our relationship was very short lived. During our time together I learned that Vince Edge went on a 9 mile run with Charles Buntin on Sunday morning. That people are tired, hungry, going to Walmart, at the beach, going to take naps, eating tacos, going to the pool, watching the rain, and watching tv shows. It’s probably just me, but I also can’t figure out how you work. I see links and I can’t figure out where they go to. Twitter you are over my head. For those of you who politely accepted to follow me, you can do so here.
Next topic, the apron. Before I talk about it. Have you ever taken a picture of yourself? I don’t know about you but it makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. I opened the back door, looked both ways to make sure no one was coming. I kept thinking, what if someone comes to my door and here I am in an apron posing in front of a camera mounted on a tripod. How would I explain this? John Martin was trying to climb the tripod and all I wanted to do was get a halfway decent picture of the apron. Of course, before I took these pictures I was still in my pajamas and the apron looked ridiculous over my jammie pants, so I had to go throw on some cute jeans and red flip flops so that you all would think that I actually have my act together and get dressed during the day. If I was still on good terms with Twitter I would have had to tweet: Woke up, got dressed, set up tripod, and photographed myself all while the children fended for themselves and forged for nuts and berries.

The apron. I made one back in January and told you I’d show you how I did it. Little did you know it would be 7 months later. I’m working on the tutorial… I’ll be back with it soon.


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  • Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow
    August 10, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Can't wait for the apron post. I went shopping for fabric on yesterday so I could try the fixed roman shade tutorial…I'll let you know how it goes! Take Good Care!

  • J
    August 10, 2009 at 8:20 am

    LUV that apron! Can't wait for the tutorial!

  • fmgelineau
    August 10, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Awesome – I love the apron! Can't wait for the tutorial. Curious to know what fabric this is???? Love it!

    BTW, I found the Simplicity pattern 5118 at a local sewing store. Thanks! Fran

  • KMR
    August 10, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I totally relate – kind of like facebook. Cute flip flops. Where did you get them?

  • Allie
    August 10, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I still can't figure out Facebook let alone Twitter! I love the apron….now only if I could sew!

  • Rachel
    August 10, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I love the fabric you chose for the apron! Where do you purchase your fabrics from? Online?

  • Allyson
    August 10, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I'm glad you shared your Twitter experience so I don't have to wonder if I'm missing out. Your apron sure is cute!

  • Jenna
    August 10, 2009 at 8:42 am

    That apron is DARLING! Can't wait for the tutorial…I definitely want to make one.

    What fabric is that?? It's great!!

  • Melissa
    August 10, 2009 at 8:44 am

    That's funny about Twitter! When I got the notice yesterday that you were following me, I thought, "Well, she's probably going to be disappointed; there's not much to follow!" I signed up for Twitter in the spring because Florida FBLA was going to post conference updates on Twitter. I don't really use it for anything else. It's much more than I have time for! Glad it's not just me that isn't "into" it!

  • Mandy
    August 10, 2009 at 8:49 am

    LOve the apron…so cute…I want one:) Have a great day…oh, and I hate Twitter, also! I did it one time, had the same over the head experience and was done! Mandy

  • Miranda
    August 10, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Couldn't agree with you more about Twitter. I created an account and ended an account in a few days. It's just too time consuming, for no reason. I'm already on the internet too much to be caring what people are eating and thinking about.
    The apron is SUPER cute!

  • simply seleta
    August 10, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I "oooohed" and "ahhhhhed" at this gorgeous post and also laughed hysterically.

    Needed that. Thanks.

  • Kathy
    August 10, 2009 at 8:51 am

    You are hilarious! I have never understood the Twitter concept and its popularity. I really don't get it. Your sense of humor is just great. You make me laugh. Thanks! Oh, the apron is adorable. Makes me want to dig out the sewing machine.
    Enjoy your day!

  • Rebecca
    August 10, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Love the apron! It's so simple and yet SO adorable! I am thinking a lot of people will be getting aprons from me for Christmas this year!

  • Design Esquire
    August 10, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I don't get twitter either.

    Gorgeous apron! I can't wait for the tutorial. I just bought a sewing machine Saturday, so I'm dying to try new projects on it! (Based on your recommendation, I got the same Kenmore, and I LOVE it so far – thanks for the great advice!)

  • Cora
    August 10, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Love your blog and your humor……found it through a mutal friend, Paula. Look forward to viewing it often. If you have time, take a look at mine, Heartfelt and Homemade.

  • Joy
    August 10, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I truly don't know you…but I luv ya girl! These last few weeks of recovering from surgery has STUNK (to put it mildly). But reading your blog can just be so uplifting! Thanks and although we are total and complete strangers in "real life." I feel you know what real LIFE is all about and I so agree with your perspective!
    Thanks for the laugh even though it made my stitches hurt!

  • Lynett
    August 10, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Don't care for twitter? Who wants to know what everyone is doing ALL THE TIME? On another note, I have taken a picture of myself…at least you have a tripod. I have to find a place to put camera which always leads me to stand in a funky position!

  • Brandi
    August 10, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Great post. I agree with the Twitter assessment. Your apron is adorable, now all I have to do is learn to sew.

    Unrelated question…. if you have time – was curious about the pin board behind you in the pic (with all of your lovely childrens artwork). Did you make this yourself? It looks really cute.

  • Anonymous
    August 10, 2009 at 9:16 am

    The apron is darling, but what about the pinboard in the background…LOVE it! Why is everything in your house so stinkin cute! Seriously though…where did you get it?


  • Anonymous
    August 10, 2009 at 9:36 am

    No wonder you started accepting sponsors.I think you and Erika are like the Oprah of the blogging world. Your post is about an apron and everybody (including myself) is looking at things in the background…..flip flops to kids art work. Too funny. Love your blog


  • Devon
    August 10, 2009 at 10:06 am

    That is hilarious. I started twittering for awhile and then I became fatigued. Seriously, I had no idea what to say.

    My roman shade is sewn (yeah!) and now I've just got to tack up the folds. I'll shoot you a pic soon. Fabulous tutorial–my mom and I had our computer open around the sewing table.

    And the apron is fantastic. Can't wait for the tutorial–it's my holiday gift for all.

  • Jboo
    August 10, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Love that apron — can't wait to read how to make it! Not that I'll actually get one done, but may buy some fabric in hopes to get one sewed some day! 🙂

    Have a great day.


  • Scattering Lupines
    August 10, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I am WITH YOU on twitter! I have had emails from friends telling me I should be on twitter to increase traffic on my blog. HOWEVER, the neural networking in my brain does not understand twitter either, thus I am NOT on it and continue to blog for my own morning amusement, with very little traffic. AND AM QUITE SATISFIED WITH IT FOR NOW!!!!!!

  • Elizabeth
    August 10, 2009 at 10:16 am

    You're so funny. I doubt you are alone in your twitter thoughts. I don't get it either. Love the apron fabric!

    Personally, I am in awe of the food bloggers that whip their cameras out at every restaurant meal. I am too embarrassed to do that.

  • Surrounded By Boys
    August 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Why only 1/2 an apron? Don't you always slop stuff on your chest area? That's what I do! In fact, maybe you could make one with long sleeves and a turtleneck.

    Maybe once you post the tutorial I will just double it and make it a wrap skirt. It's too pretty to be basically a wearable napkin. 🙂

  • Kara
    August 10, 2009 at 10:25 am

    ADORABLE! Why don't you open an etsy shop?!!! You are amazing, Darby. Can I purchase that from you? I LOVE that fabric!!
    Twitter adds nothing to life. I agree.

  • Michelle
    August 10, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Love the apron! someone may have asked you this already, but what fabrics are those- too cute! you have such a good eye for fabrics and color!
    Feel the same about Twitter! 🙂

  • cedwards55
    August 10, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Darby, I used to think my oldest son was the funniest person I know. You, however, could give him a run for his money! Laughing hysterically at you. Twitter? I can't imagine why anyone would need to know what anyone else is doing 24/7. If I joined Twitter, it would be documented how truly boring my life is. Thanks so much for the Monday laugh!

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    August 10, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I'll be honest and say that I am SO glad that someone else said that Twitter is over their head. I haven't even tried to use it yet. I'm not sure anyone would care to know that I am currently washing sippy cups, changing a diaper, or cleaning out my fridge. Eh….

    Love the apron, and can't wait to see the tutorial. It's most likely a project far beyond my skill level, but it will be fun to see how you did it. 🙂

  • Jen
    August 10, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Like everyone is asking…where is that fabric from? It's beautiful!

  • stewart and james
    August 10, 2009 at 10:56 am

    !!! I had the exact same experience with twitter… i felt my heart beating so fast and i started to sweat all while i was trying my hardest to figure out how to delete my account! This was all after i checked my email. i'm choosing to stay away for now too. 🙂 apron is cute!


  • slip4
    August 10, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Can I just say how nice it is to know that I am not the only one who doesn't "get" Twitter? I just started a Facebook page this weekend and really have no clue what I am doing, even after bothering my teenage daughter with a million questions.
    BTW, Cute apron!

  • kristy
    August 10, 2009 at 10:58 am

    what a darling arpon! i cannot wait to see the tutorial. i've never sown much more than a button … so this would definitely be a fun project to tackle. love that fabric too.

    and yes, can you share info. about that stylish bulletin board behind you. did you make it?

    i continue to enjoy your blog each day! it makes me smile!

  • The Howe Family
    August 10, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Ditto on the whole Twitter thing – not for me either. 🙂 Recently signed up for Facebook (the next to last person on earth to do so I think)…still not sure about that whole thing either?!?

    I am LOVING LOVING LOVING your apron!!! And that fabric – oh my goodness gracious!

  • Anonymous
    August 10, 2009 at 11:02 am

    The apron is beautiful and i wish I would sew. Can you teach us that too? hehe. I'd love to see & read more about the bulletin board you are standing in front of.

  • The Howe Family
    August 10, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Also, I love that art display in the background of the photo shoot! I need something like that for the massive amounts of presents and notes I get from the kiddos everyday…is that burlap? Do you have a post about how you made that?

  • Becky
    August 10, 2009 at 11:12 am

    little chicken, you DO crack me up. why? because i also tried twitter, for 5 minutes. then said…never mind. who am i kidding? twitter is for folks who have internet on their cell phones and time to waste at the docs office. i am not her. blog and facebook, i adore you. twitter…not so much.

    question…do you get most of your fabric at stores or do you do ordering online? also, what should i look for in a good surging machine?

  • dani
    August 10, 2009 at 11:22 am

    LOVE the fabric!!!!!! where can I find some??? thanks!!!!

  • Erin
    August 10, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I too find twitter to be somewhat horrifying!

    Such a beautiful apron! I'd love to know where you do your fabric shopping. And also agree with previous commenter that the pinboard is to die for! Nailheads and all, fab!

  • Elaine
    August 10, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Twitter stinks.
    Apron is adorable.
    I collect aprons and have some cute vintage one's that are this pattern, but different fabric of course.

    Who has time to tweet anyway? No one's life is that interesting to get updated on 27 times a day.

  • Tara
    August 10, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Cute fabric. Who is it made by? Can't wait for the tutorial!

  • Jacci
    August 10, 2009 at 11:51 am

    That's a crack up, Darby 🙂 I don't Twitter either – or Facebook for that matter. Blogs and good old email – that's about all I'm good for tech wise 🙂

    Love the apron! And I can totally relate to trying to get picture while the children fly solo. Funny.

  • The Wood Family
    August 10, 2009 at 11:56 am

    There is a great apron tutorial on my new favorite blog…skiptomylou.org

    Check it out. It's precious.


  • Krista & Ben
    August 10, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Amen Darby! I too tweeted for about a day and then gave up. Who has that kind of time? Certainly not me!

  • Becky Brodbeck
    August 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    D-bone(I think meghan v. was the one who usually called you this but thought I would pull it out today) 🙂 anyway…your post made me laugh. I love you and love keeping up with you through this blog!

  • fric and frac
    August 10, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I love the fabric on your apron! Very cute!

  • Jen
    August 10, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I TOTALLY agree with Allyson (who I don't know). I had always wondered what kind of networking fun I'd be missing out on but thanks to you…I no longer must live in a sea of twitter mystery.

    Thanks for your blog…I really like it & your kids are stinkin' adorable!

  • janet
    August 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    I laughed my pants off at this!
    I cannot figure out the whole "facebook" thing never mind "twittering".
    Thanks for making me laugh so hard.
    LOVE the apron! Cannot wait to see how you did it. (although I am terribly craft deficient as well.)

  • Yansy
    August 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I feel the same as you about twitter, I just don't get it or have time to be constantly updating it. Love the apron!

  • mandy
    August 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I have been wanting to make an apron since this time last year! Now I'll be anxiously awaiting that tutorial! But for now, what I really want to know is did you make the bulletin board with the nail head trim & how!?!? Please post a picture of that! Enjoying you & your pictures & stories so much 🙂

  • Stephanie
    August 10, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I love the things you "learned" about other people while twittering. Shouldn't we all have a little too much todo to be twittering, let alone reading everyone else's one liners?? I can't find the fun in it, even as a 25 year old blog addicted facebook pro. It's appeal is beyond even me!

  • Amber B.
    August 10, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Cute apron!

    And I felt the same way about Twitter. I signed up for about 30 minutes and then decided to drop out. I never know what to say on Facebook updates, much less doing it all day long. As if I have time for that!

  • erika
    August 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    i told you so.
    twitter is for the birds… tweet tweet… and not the overly busy birds.
    apron is the cutest thing i have ever seen.
    thanks for the boulder holders.
    love you

  • Mommy Harris
    August 10, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you! for going through that cause I've always wondered what is was all about and if it was worth it but I can't fathom having to keep up with yet another thing! Sorry twitter, I'm out now too! 🙂 PS can't wait on the apron…yes i can I'm just kidding, if you're half as busy as I am you'll thank God for people who are willing to wait!

  • Kaysha Patel
    August 10, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    This post was so funny, I read it twice! I don't understand Twitter either, I think it's totally overrated…looking forward to the tutorial on making the apron 🙂

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    August 10, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I think your twitter update there would have been more than 140 characters, my friend. 🙂
    I'm trying twitter b/c- like you said- there is quite the fuss about it, but I use tweet deck and that filters who I read/ follow, etc. I'm still learning, but it is like drinking water from a fire hydrant. LOVE the apron! So cute!!

  • fromallstitchedup
    August 10, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I love your blog. Your twitter was hysterical. I am curious about twitter but I hope it never takes away from great blogs. I love the apron and where did you get the great material?

  • annek
    August 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I have no desire to follow anyone/anything on twitter….so I am also glad to hear what you experienced. I was asked to tell the teen volunteers about the library's Twitter account in case any of them were interested in following…….no one said a word…they all just looked at me like they were thinking "WHY?" which is exactly what I was thinking. haha

  • Shannon
    August 10, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you so much for the Twitter story. As a graduate student during exam week, I totally needed that.

  • amie simpson
    August 10, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    You are cracking me up! i just joined twitter! it's actually pretty fun! i like to follow all my celebrities, and of course~that would be you. However, I will just have to read your blog~which is fine with me!!!

  • Ashley Eiler
    August 10, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    that post was my favorite i think i have ever read on anybody's blog….your twitter experience exactly describes my own…i just plain don't get it and don't care to…long live regular text messages and email….oh and the phone…p.s.i started doing ads too….yay!! p.p.s. thanks so much for letting your kids wear the clothes…the wiregrass pic is precious!!

  • So Suburban Chic
    August 10, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I love your blog and am inspired by all of your posts. I looked, but didn't find any information about it…the lovely memory board behind you in your latest apron shot. I suspect you made it and wonder if you might want to share details? I have a large wall in my baby son's room and I want to cover a huge portion of it with a memory board similar to the one I see in your pic. I know you're busy, busy….no rush.
    Thank you for considering! Eileen

  • Liz
    August 11, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Darby,I LOVE that apron! It is the bees knees!

  • floeff4972
    August 11, 2009 at 5:21 am

    Cute apron…but more importantly, PLEASE show a bigger picture of your bulletin board! Is this in your kitchen? I have an empty wall in our kitchen and something like this might fit the bill! Thank you.

  • beki
    August 11, 2009 at 7:02 am

    twitter? no thanks!
    Your apron sure is adorable 🙂

  • Lindsey
    August 11, 2009 at 10:33 am

    hilarious. i have not joined the twitter bandwagon either. i can barely keep up with my blog anymore. i seriously don't know how you do it all with three kids… most days i feel like just my nose is out of the water?!

  • Amanda
    August 11, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I just noticed tis but I love the linene and nailheads you added to your large bb…and the apron is so cheery!

  • ebonn + gregory
    August 11, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Love the apron! So cute!

    I also love the bulletin board! Any other pictures of it?

  • ebonn + gregory
    August 11, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Love the apron! So cute!

    I also love the bulletin board behind you. Any other pictures you can share?

  • misc.alaina
    August 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I love your honesty about the pjs! This post made me laugh in a good way!

    I love the apron!

  • The Fuller's
    August 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I love, love the apron. If only I could sew. Just how hard would it be to make as a beginner?


  • sarah @ realestatestyle
    August 11, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Love the apron! I am new to your blog {& blogging}, can't wait to read other posts!

  • Julia
    August 11, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you for putting into words (in a way much better than I've been able to describe), how I feel about twitter. Usually I just say "Twitter… I don't get it."

  • Coral
    August 11, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    your feet are super tan! 🙂
    (how's that for a first comment- ha!) have become a regular reader recently, thanks 🙂

  • Ellen
    August 12, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Forget the tutorial, open up an etsy shop!!!! I would buy pretty much everything you have every made for your family- and I am NOT kidding! I MUST HAVE THIS APRON!!!

  • TellaLuca
    August 12, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Love the apron. Also the board studded with nailheads behind. Great for all the kids artwork and other paper that makes its way into the house.

    What is it? Where did you buy? With two little ones, I must have one! =)

  • Jess
    August 12, 2009 at 9:48 am

    i love it!!! the post, the apron, the jeans…can't wait for the tutorial! lots of comments on this post!

  • LeslieW.
    August 12, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I got that email! Hahaha, I thought "how nice, Darby wants to follow me." Pretty funny, I do like twitter, I have it set up to synch my facebook, so I can do two steps in one by text message. I will follow you here just the same. 🙂

  • Anonymous
    August 12, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    love your honesty and wit

  • Kendall Boggs
    August 13, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    that is really cute. wanna see the back!

  • Kendall Boggs
    August 14, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Hey Darbs! Thanks for the "Blessings" comment. YOU are a blessing in itself!!! I just told Abbs I would love for you and Abby and Jordan to come up here to the lake and let me do a sewing tutorial session (draperies and pattern making) and just basic sewing. I'm serious!!! you could though probably teach me a thing or two I'm sure!!! That apron is cute for a skirt as well!!!

  • Gail
    August 14, 2009 at 11:21 am

    It's just amazing what you can find out via net! LOL..I live in VA. and found out…Charles and Vince are still running! LOVED that post. My daughter was a sorority sister plus roomie of Amy's for five yrs. She also went to Northview with Vince and Charles, too… Tooo funny. Thanks for sharing. Love you blog. You have hooked me up with lost friends of OLE', too! Make it a blessed day!

  • Haydee
    August 26, 2009 at 1:20 pm


    Here's a shot out to you–as if you need it. Thanks again for the apron tutorial..