43 In Life/ Sewing

Monkey Mail & More

I’m thinking about building a new website, it’s going to be: flythroughourwindowtoseeJosh.com and you all can create bios and upload beautiful pictures of yourselves. If Josh had any insecurities he can throw them all out the window now. You all sure were kind. It’s a good thing I didn’t tell you all he’s going to be doctor. While I’m on the subject of the band I will tell you that they are getting all geared up to share some of their songs with you. They have also become new readers of the blog. Welcome boys! I mean, men.

Thank you, also, for your prayers for Melinda and her family!

In other news, Morgan’s preschool class had a big “T” party this week.


They were instructed to wear “fancy tea party attire”. We chose this beautiful dress that was passed down to us {thanks, Alyssa!}.

Along with the learning about the letter “T”, the teachers have also been teaching about manners. Each lady had a gentleman who helped her with her chair and danced with her.  Morgan’s gentleman was Jacob. 


He was so thankful that Morgan doesn’t have long hair like her best friend, Kate.

Kate’s mom seems to have caught this all on tape. Kate’s dad is probably really excited that she lacerated her gentleman’s cornea with her long locks. I feel certain that Justin will no longer let me cut Morgan’s hair; it lacks the weapon-like abilities of long hair.

And last but not least, I got some monkeys in the mail today.

The kind man at the post office helped me stuff ALL of them in one fairly small priority mail box. They were due today, in California, I live in Alabama. My favorite slogan, is always… “better late than never”!

I had several friends over last week to make them. We had so much fun and lots of laughs. Every thing I’m trying to say right now about these monkeys sounds very inappropriate… so, just imagine how thankful I was that the band wasn’t here while the monkeys were being made.


They’re all for Craft Hope 4. I’m already excited to see what’s in store for Craft Hope 5… the first 4 rounds have been a wonderful success. These monkeys are all being delivered to children who have been burned. If you have time to explore their site, I highly recommend you read the account of the handmade dolls that made their way to Nicaragua. It’s powerful and reminds me of what little time and materials these type projects take to make such an ENORMOUS impact in the life of a child.

These only took one pair of socks, a cup of coffee was optional, but highly recommended.




I used this fabulous, step-by-step tutorial. They would make precious stocking stuffers… you may want to bookmark that page!

Hope you all have wonderful weekends.

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  • Carrie
    September 18, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I really wanted to post so I could be the first one on this post! That is impressive for your blog! I love it all!! I want to try to make these monkeys!!!

  • julia
    September 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Who made that dress? LOVE IT!

  • kate
    September 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the dress…..where is it from?

  • alison g. (brazil)
    September 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Precious “T” party!! Aside from the obvious, heart-melting reason behind the making of the monkeys – YOU crack me up!! 😉

    Have a great weekend!

  • Jacci
    September 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Darby – goodness. I’m blushing ;] I showed my husband. He laughed.

    How awesome is that little manners class? I spent 5 years in Kentucky and then the next 4 in Virginia. Moving back “home” to Ohio after being gone nearly a decade was complete culture shock for me. Where were the guys who had been opening my doors all those years? And what on earth did these children mean by calling me by my first name? Seriously, though, that is SUCH a strong point in the South. I loved the photo of that little guy dancing with your sweetie. Part of his preschool lesson that day was to help a little girl with her chair.

    Love it 🙂


  • brandy
    September 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    the picture of the girls twirling is priceless!

  • bryn
    September 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I laughed out loud so hard at that long hair comment! Too funny!

  • Anne
    September 18, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    The teas party looked like a lot of fun. All those cute girls and boys! What fun…sending out a box of monkeys in the mail…and knowing a child in a time of distress will get one and smile!

  • L
    September 18, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    That is precious; I love that they are teaching them about manners. And I am not surprised you got so many responses about your single friend. Quality men that love the Lord are too rare! I’m waiting to meet the right one myself. 🙂 I have to say that, although I don’t know you and your husband personally, you are another couple that gives me hope and encourages me to wait for a godly man. Thank you! 🙂

  • Brittan
    September 18, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    They are so cute! The children and the sock animals! I bookmarked the page but dont have a sewing machine so my sweet sister will have to sew them for me. Just precious all of them!

  • Jesse
    September 18, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    What a pretty dress! And I totally snorted over the injured corneas! Hilarious!

  • Brooke
    September 18, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Darby! The monkeys you made were so cute. when i went to the craft hope website and started reading, i was so inspired by what they were doing, i asked if they were looking for a new project. Todd and i are heading to Nicaragua mid- November for a mission trip and i would love to do something like bring dolls/monkeys with me! we will be going to rescue homes so it is a perfect thing to bring. i read the organizer is about to have a baby so maybe i can catch her before she does and get a new project going… LOVE the new blog. my mom and i are some of your blog stalkers and project copyers just like the rest of the girls in tallahassee! ha ha! on another note, did you ever use a template from a 3rd party website? i used “cutest blog on the block” and now it is stuck on my page. any idea how to change it back to just plain white without erasing all that i have done?

  • Melissa
    September 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Wow he is that cute, has amazing music talent, and going to be a Dr?? How in the world is that man single? The “T” party is beyond adorable. We need to teach manners like that in the Midwest!!

  • Devon
    September 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I’m sitting here, late on Friday night, dunking oreos in milk and absolutely cracking up at your blog post. Sock monkeys, manners for the little ones and, apparently, the single male discovery of the century. Thank you for the wit. I’m so enjoying myself (although I must give some credit to the oreos in milk).

  • melissa stover
    September 19, 2009 at 12:05 am

    going to check out that tutorial. i might have to get to work on some.

  • Tiffany
    September 19, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Oh, that is so precious! What a neat preschool class that Morgan has! I loved the teacher’s (I think) letter T apron! Looks like so much fun! What a neat lesson for them all, one in which I am sure they will never forget!

    Oh, and the sock monkeys are adorable. Love them.

  • Megan
    September 19, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I love that kid in the background with his Dad’s tie on hanging to his knees! Precious! Do you think Craft Hope would be interested in getting some monkeys or such to our hospital in Kenya???

  • Victoria
    September 19, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I love the Monkeys!!! Thank you for providing the link to the tutorial. I am going to try to make one of them.

  • Janet
    September 19, 2009 at 10:24 am

    What a cute little T party! And those monkeys — so adorable!

    Hope you all have a great weekend!


  • jade
    September 19, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Her dress is gorgeous! Oh how I love southern charm and grace and the youngest of ages. And the monkeys!!! They are awesome. Again, thank you so much for coordinating your wonderful group. You are the best! I can tell you that the next project is a GROUP project for sure. 🙂

  • Elizabeth
    September 19, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Cute monkeys! I love the idea of the T party and teaching kids manners.

  • Bon
    September 19, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Darby – Have I told you that you inspire me? Well, you do. I know you are not perfect nor lead the perfect life. I think you need to give yourself more credit for the positives you bring into your life and the lives of others. I look around me and I have a hard time finding people that inspire me like you do. I love the Southern hospitality graces, I love your love of family, I love your Faith and I love your talents. You & my Auntie (who resides in Florida) make me just love the nature of Southerners. Okay, I am gushing. Enough of that 🙂

    Anyhow! I LOVE the monkeys! You & your girlfriends did a great job for such a great cause!

    BTW – Thank you for the correct paint colour (girls’ room). I picked up a sample tube today and it looks really pretty on my wall. I think I’m going to go for it! The colour (us Canadians usually spell it with a “u”) makes me smile 🙂 (see there’s the inspiration again)!

  • Abby Maddox
    September 19, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I know this is random, but is Erica Ok??? I remember it took me FOREVER to post blogs post baby (while you were popping up posts like it was no big whoop after JM), but I am just about to die to hear her perspective on the delivery and being a mom and to see more pics…Do you think you should drive down there and check on her? Make sure she’s not about to jump off any new mom cliffs? 🙂

  • pve
    September 20, 2009 at 4:26 am

    wow – love the new look and of course all your “monkeying” around.
    congrats auntie on the birth of sloane chancy.

  • Molly
    September 20, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Okay… I am laughing hysterically about the preschool part of of this blog entry. The picture of the little boy who got the hair in his eye…and your commentary on it…. it’s just too funny.

  • Erika Ward
    September 20, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I love the details on Morgan’s dress! Great event for teaching manners…and I love the sock monkey stocking stuffer idea. With all the little kiddos we know, I’d better get started now!

  • Ashley
    September 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Looooove the monkey’s! Where did you get the socks???

  • Gail Mitchell
    September 21, 2009 at 6:40 am

    I just loved your monkeys! I was wondering….Do you knit, too? I am trying to find people to knit these 100% wool skull like caps that line the helmets of our fighting men; in the war zones. It’s a great project for a church group to do. Thanks for any help you might be able to drum up. It truly is so easy and fast to do. I love it as you can carry the entire project around in your purse allowing you to knit while waiting for appointmens or your kids! I am but ONE and I need about 3,000!!! OUCHS! Any shout outs will certainly help! Have a blessed day.

  • Kellie
    September 21, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Those are awesome monkeys and that “T-party” – too stinkin’ cute! Too funny about Josh – I’m sure he’ll have a good bunch of stalkers now, maybe he needs his own blog???? He’s a great guy and deserves a great girl!!!! I love reading your blog b/c you bring back so many old memories of Dothan to me! It really is a great town and I miss going back, now that my parents are no longer there.

  • Kate's dad
    September 21, 2009 at 8:55 am

    as the father of Kate i am more than ok with the fact that her locks lacerated this “gentleman”. i am so glad our girls are buddies.

  • Jaime Harder Caldwell
    September 21, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Darby, I just discovered your blog completely by accident and I’m so glad I did! Your family is just gorgeous and your work is beautiful! Thanks for such a sunny peek at your life!
    xoxo, Jaime

  • Julie A.S.
    September 21, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    So darn cute! I want my two 5th grade students to make them. Is a sewing machine a must? Do you think one could sew them by hand? Love your blog:)

  • Rebekah (Yeebird)
    September 21, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Morgan and Jacob are just a precious pair, aren’t they? It was a fine tea party, for sure. Lovely, lovely!

    And your monkey mail is fantastic. I used the same tutorial to make mine, too. Great instructions.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog today. I gasped when I saw it!
    (told you I was a fan!)

  • Jessica
    September 22, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Thank you for the prayers Darby!! We feel very blessed to know so many people are praying for our sweet girl. 🙂

    Those “T” party pictures are precious!! How fun…I can’t wait until Adriana’s in preschool (well, I can…but it looks like so much fun for them!). Wish I could have come to your sock monkey party…I’ve started on one, using the same tutorial and the same pair of brown polka dot socks from Target – I didn’t start in time to join in on crafthope, but I think once I finish this one I’m going to be addicted to making them. Yours are so cute!! The kids will love them 🙂

  • Mommasissy & Sloane
    September 22, 2009 at 8:25 am

    dear morgie, paiger, and rover,
    PLEASE come see me soon! I full of kisses and snuggles… well worth the drive!
    lots of love,
    cousie sloane

  • jessie
    September 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    PLEASE tell us all where you got your frilly white shirt you have on at the tea party! i am in love!

  • Christen
    September 24, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    So encouraged by your posts, keep them coming! I was wondering where you found the socks to make your cute red and brown monkey. thanks!

  • meg duerksen
    September 28, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    hi darby! i love your new blog! (sorry if it’s not even new anymore….)
    i love those sock monkeys. we are having a craft weekend to raise money for Charity Water this weekend. i may have to go buy a bunch of socks!
    these are SO cute.

  • Carrie
    September 29, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Do you use knee length socks or the shorter ones for the adorable monkeys? thanks! 🙂

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