41 In Life/ Sewing

no way it’s friday

Hello people.

Thanks for all your positive feed back on Batterson’s book. I can’t wait to share more with you from it! I feel like this week has been one of those weeks where I’m soaking up all that I read and hear, constantly trying to take every thought captive. It’s definitely been a stretching week, one that I could categorize as a wrestling match of my flesh vs. Spirit.

My calendar tells me today is Friday, January 29th and I’m going to have to take it’s word for it because last I checked it was Monday and January 1st!


John Martin has heard word that his DaddyBoy has also been photographed in a dress. He was quite surprised by the news, seeing as how DaddyBoy is so manly and all… but the proof is in the pudding picture. {Thanks, Mimi!}


In other news, Morgan can read and write. {Notice, I didn’t say spell.} And for the most part she’s a lovely child but when I attempted to enter the playroom and saw this sign I couldn’t decide if I was proud of her for sounding out her letters or if I wanted to tear it into a million pieces. 🙂 Needless to say, it’s still hangs. I really thought this wasn’t coming until 12 or 13.


She also loves to read street signs, more specifically the ones that have the speed limit on them. I’m trying to decide if asking her to close her eyes while we’re in the car is asking too much because every SINGLE time we pass a speed limit sign she says, “20 miles an hour Momma, how fast are you going?!” Mom, if  I did this when I was 5, I’m so sorry. They keep us honest, don’t they!?!


She had a big “bear hunt” yesterday at preschool and the teachers asked that they wear monochromatic clothing or camouflage. Even though her skirt made her look like a big girl, it was more fun than I’ve ever imagined camo being! I picked it up at the Rescue Mission thrift store and after a few drastic alterations {it was about 8 sizes too big} she was good to go. Made me think: I need to think outside of the box when I thrift shop— especially if I find something I like but it’s not my size!!

Anyway, while we were there I had my little rover in tow. While we browsed he spotted this…


I’m still figuring boys out; they’re definitely a different breed. You would have thought that he literally was going to die right there if I hadn’t given in and forked over a couple dollars for it. I sent Justin a photo text of him holding it and he happily agreed that the young man could have it. I think it’s supposed to be “battery operated by remote control”, anyone have it and know? The remote control nor the man were included. But it has provided so much entertainment for the little Rover.


Someone recently asked about the “sock bunny” that I made for Sloane for Christmas. I didn’t intend to do a tutorial on it but I’ll gladly include some pictures and sources so that you can make one if you wish.

I followed this tutorial {for a sock monkey} for every step except the ears and nose and used 2 pairs of socks so that the ears could be pink on the inside. I also didn’t put any batting in the ears.


Using fuzzy yarn and this tutorial I made a “cottontail” for the bunny. My first attempt didn’t have enough “wraps” around the fingers… you really should wrap it twice as many times as you think you should wrap.


When the bunny’s body was completed I added a few freckles and a smile to it’s face. I was, at first, a little critical that they all weren’t perfect but then reminded myself of the fun of making it all by hand from a pair of socks and the point was for it to be handmade and not look like it was bought from a store! And, I kept telling myself that this is like “sewing folk art”, the more “un-perfect” the better!


Buttons are a potential choking hazard– so if your child likes to eat buttons {and can chew them off} please be careful! You could, alternatively, sew the eyes out of thread/embroidery floss.

Have wonderful weekends!!!

PS- I’m a ways behind on my emails. {A good ways.} Can I just take a quick second and let y’all know that I love each and every one of them? I mean that, really! Each one is such an blessing and I’m trying to figure out how to systematically answer them. I also am trying to do a little housekeeping in the ‘ole in-box. I’m changing a few things up and if you’ve emailed me about advertising and didn’t get an email yesterday from ads@flythroughourwindow.com please email me there and I’ll provide the details!! Thanks!!

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  • Jen
    January 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for including the information on the sock rabbit. Really appreciate you taking the time! Your little girl looks precious in her cowgirl boots!

  • Lauren
    January 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Love Morgan’s outfit ~ even if you did have to alter it down a good bit, it looks just perfect! And Rover’s truck fits him perfect. Aren’t thrift store just great?! You can find so much that you “need” for so little $!

  • erika (mommasissy)
    January 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    that bunny makes me really really happy. i love all the thought and effort that went into it.
    i love you and all your precious rovers.
    i’m so glad that sign said “pernts” and not “mommassissies”. I could snorgle morgan’s lips off.
    love you

  • Katherine
    January 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Darby-I love, Love, LOVE reading your blog. It truly is one of the highlights of my day! I wanted to let you know that:
    1) My son (who is now almost 14) will DIE one day when I whip out the pictures of him in his sister’s dress up princess outfit complete with mini kitten heels! Or worse, be launched into cyberspace on my own blog one day!
    2) Morgan’s outfit is the cutest!!
    3) That bunny is the best thing ever–I love how he can ride around without a seatbelt and just see the world from the dashboard!!!
    4)Have a wonderful weekend snuggled up with your precious family!!!!

  • Ashley Buchanan
    January 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I love the sign! Yes its a bit early but my 5 year old is already playing hooky from school and I fell for it!

  • anslee
    January 29, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    i just wanted to let you know how much i enjoy your blog. you’ve been such an inspiration to me! one of my best friends is in the hospital waiting for her baby girl to arrive (she’s almost 28 weeks) and i’ve i been wanting to find her that perfect gift. i think i’m going to attempt this precious bunny. thank you and God bless you!

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    January 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    The posed bunny is cracking me up. 🙂 As is Morgan in her cute Bear Hunt outfit. SO much fun! YAY for your thrift store finds… we have a few GW trucks around here- some were still in boxes!! And the kiddos love them just as much!

  • Stephanie
    January 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Such ADORABLE pictures! I can’t believe you got that pic of your dad… It’s actually sort of “artsy”, don’t ya think? It would look great framed.

    The NO YOU sign cracks me up =)=)=) I hope it didn’t hurt your mommy heart too much!

  • rustic rooster interiors
    January 29, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Great Photos… ! I just LOVE reading your posts! I feel apart of your family! Thank you…

  • Shar Yates
    January 29, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    The photo of Morgan really makes her look like you. She’s darling but then all 3 of them are. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Page
    January 29, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Love the bunny!!! I also loved your post about all the sock monkeys that were created for a good cause, including the ones you contributed. I can’t get over how cute they all are. I have never used a sewing machine, but I know how to do some basic sewing. I am determined to make at least one of these adorable creatures this year…I would love to give them as gifts to my nieces and nephews. That said, your entire blog has been a huge motivator for me to learn how to sew. Thank you for that. 🙂

  • Pony Girl
    January 30, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I love that sock bunny!! I want one for myself!
    Your kids are darling. Love the chamo skirt and boots (totally cowgirl chic! 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

  • laura
    January 30, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Darby I’m really in love with your blog and waiting to see every day some new picture about your wonderfull children…little rover is adorable…and aslo if i have two boys and wish to have a little princes when i see your picture i fall in love with your little man…the girls are wonderfull and so beauty but maybe could be a world that i don’t know…but..psss I’m pregnant again and hope this time was a little girl….i hope!!!
    You have just start a little man world make of car,truck, tractor and many many others boys things….
    Many hugs and kisses form a snowy Italy this morning…

  • angela
    January 30, 2010 at 7:47 am

    How cute is she with that camo skirt on?!!!

  • Meredith
    January 30, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Darby I feel the exact same way!! I can’t believe January is over. I feel like it just started!! I absolutely adore Morgan’s outfit!! She looks so grown up! The sock bunny turned out precioius! Hope you and your family has a wonderful weekend!! It is raining where we are so it looks like we will be spending a lot of time inside this weekend!

  • Beth
    January 30, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Morgan’s bear-hunting outfit is SO adorable. Also, the sign she made made me laugh out loud! Literally. That’s awesome. Good luck 🙂

  • mary katharine
    January 30, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Hey … I thought of you today as I was digging through some old clothes. I have two dresses from The Orient Expressed from a couple of years ago … they are sleeveless pink pique and have detachable satin bows on the shoulders .. double buttons down the back … why am I telling you this? Because they both have an initial P on them. I know you could use one, but I’d be happy to send you both and let you see if you could pull out the P on the larger one and redo the monogram or something else. I feel like this company runs big, so you might not be able to use them this year, BUT I have them and I’ll be happy to put them in the mail to you if you’d like. Just let me know! Oh, and they are in very good condition, I promise:).

    Blessings to you all …

  • Amee Love
    January 30, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I am so impressed with Morgan’s camo skirt!! I know that may sound silly but I am really impressed with your creative side. I was trying to find a “new” shirt with tags and I searched and searched but every store was out of her size in everything. I gave up and she ended up wearing some Carhartt overalls that she had in her drawer with a black shirt. She was so cute but I love that you think outside the box. I know I have said this before Darby, but you inspire me. Thank you for doing this blog and sharing a little part of your life with us. See you soon. Amee

  • CeeCee
    January 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I have to ask- who was driving the vehicle when the pictures were taken of the sock bunny? Most of the pics are on the dashboard so I was just wondering.

    Love your blog and your super family. You are a wonderful inspiration to all who follow you and your family. Wish I lived near you as I would love to have you as a friend.

    My daughter and I follow your blog faithfully and frequently discuss
    what’s happening (we live in different cities so our discussions are by phone)

  • Maggie @ Living the Life of Riley
    January 30, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I love Rover’s expression. Little boys are such hams. Morgan’s bear hunt outfit is very cute. It really does make her look older with the colors and the style. Thank you for the sock bunny tutorial. It inspires me to make one and usually I leave crafty stuff to my mom. The car pictures with the bunny posed make me laugh. What are you working on for Valentine’s Day? Any good heart cookie recipes?

  • Kim C
    January 30, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I just have to ask… where do you get JM’s pajamas?? He always has the CUTEST jammies! 🙂


  • Anne
    January 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I laughed when I saw the part about Morgan reading the speed limit signs…Megan did the same thing… every time we passed a sign…not just for me…but for ANYONE who happened to be driving ( I’m sure the other carpool parents loved it…..hahaha).

  • Anne
    January 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    By the way…that’s great that Morgan’s reading! and writing…good for her!

  • Laura
    January 30, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Darby, I’ve been following your blog for about 6 months now and I just love it! I expecially love that you are born again and make no bones about it. That is so refreshing. I love just the day-to-day stuff you write about, eye candy, craft projects, visits home to IL, etc, but I’m also always so inspired when you post deep thoughts about your spiritual journey…because it’s just that, a journey. And we are all sinners that just need Jesus. I was just so moved by the recent excerpts from the book you’re reading, that I had to write a comment. Any reminder as to how a Christian is supposed to act or better yet how we “react” is so important. I almost started crying b/c the truth of that one statement is so profound. I’m often brought under conviction of not responding with a heart like Jesus and it’s just so great to hear you speak so frankly about these things. I think your blog is a great outlet for believers and non-believers alike to see Jesus in you and I just wanted you to know that I need and appreciate your posts. They hit home every time.

  • kendall boggs
    January 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Darling bunny! I see a project in my future!!!

  • Kelly J
    January 30, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Morgan with the street signs reminds me of a story from when I was little. I guess I had seen too many of the “don’t drink and drive” commercials, saying how drinking and drinking gets you arrested and kills people… because when my mom was drinking coffee in the car one day I burst into tears! I told her not to “drink and drive!” Good thing I didn’t go tell people at school about how she was drinking and driving!

  • Tyne
    January 31, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Darby, Darby… Did you know that you are a household name? At least at our house! Our family of six now lives with my in-laws and my mother in-law and I just talk about you like we know you. My husband is always saying, “Who is Darby?” Sometimes we don’t even say your name, because you are so dear to our hearts. We can just say, “oh, did you see those rice bags she made?” And we both laugh b/c you are such a household name.

    Glad my son isn’t the only one who has been caught in a dress. My son, sadly, is surrounded with his three sister’s dress-up clothes and can rarely find his ingine (ninja) costume. So the other day he came down in a pink dress and tutu. I also need to do a little thrifting to find him some masculine toys, although really he prefers to play with sticks and swords.

    I have been following your blog for a couple of years, but clicked over here today from Edie’s blog, just to verify that it was the “household name, Darby” that had left her a comment. Made me wonder, what are some of your favorite blogs to follow?

  • Sara
    February 1, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I just love to read your blog Darby…..Your “Mimi” had told me about your blog and said I should read it and leave a comment that I know her. I am actually her dental hygienist and I also had rented an apartment from your parents while I lived there for 6 1/2 years….now I have been commuting an hour for the past 8+ years. I so enjoy visiting with “Mimi”! She was very excited when I told her I was having twins and they were born on Dec.15th…we had a boy and a girl. We were very shocked to hear the news, but very excited…we also have a boy who is 4yrs. old. Your so creative and just love your photography! I like to come here to get inspiration!

  • beth
    February 1, 2010 at 11:28 am

    could your little family get any cuter?

  • stephanie
    February 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    morgan looks like such a big girl!!

  • Ashleigh Marshall
    February 1, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Hi! I love your blog! You have a beautiful family and a life I can very much relate to, minus the snow! I have three children 6 and under! Two boys and one girl! I find comfort in your story of everyday life! It is so good to know that I am not the only one trying to stay two steps ahead of things while staying smack-dab in the middle of what God has called me to! Thanks for all that you share and say, it is encouraging to me!

  • Kelly
    February 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I love your whole blog, and have to say that sign is one of the cutest things ever. Keep it… one day she will look at it and absolutely crack up, trust me:-) (Mine are “sophisticated” 11 and 12 year olds and their old notes and drawings are an endless source of amusement to them now!)

    I have to say, the way you and your sister are “mommasissy” is so precious to me. Have you ever shared how that came to be?

  • JLP
    February 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    hey darby!! i know you have a lot of expecting and new mothers reading your blog – can you do a “thigs you can’t live without” as far as maternity/baby stuff goes?? diaper prefence, must-haves, cribs, etc. that would so wonderful!

  • Lisa Bishop
    February 2, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Isn’t that a great book?! I’m almost finished with Primal and feel so challenged, but in a good way! Your blog has been such an encouragement to me (and entertaining). Kids are such funny creatures! Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with everyone. Bless you and your sweet family!

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    February 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I read you and your sister’s blogs- great inspiration the frustrated decorater. I admire your energy! However,your sentence below was a bit offensive.
    “Justin will be so relieved to know that DaddyBoy turned out halfway normal.”
    If I had a little boy and he wanted to dress in girl’s clothes and happened to grow up as a homesexual,he would still be all the way normal and one of God’s children. The world is not always pink and blue- we as parents need to remember that. God loves us all.

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