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Catching Up & A Blue Light Special



War Eagle, baby! War Eagle! It was a close one, but we’ll take it! “Good game!” to all the Duck readers who came out of the woodwork! What a game, what a game! I won’t lie, I took a little nap in the beginning of the 4th quarter but Justin didn’t let me sleep long!!Β  Thank you, Kim for sending the picture above of the “winner wonderland” that Toomer’s Corner became post-game!


  • I love $5 flowers that last forever and make me smile at my sink.
  • I also loved {past tense} my Starbucks cup with candy cane straw… that I DROPPED and broke and cried. But the straw {as you see} lives on.
  • My name is Darby and I cannot keep up with you rovers. Seriously, you’re killing me, in a very good way of course.
  • Thank you for your continued support of Honey Bee Tees… and for snatching up those dish mats in about 30 seconds flat! I made a quick trip to my favorite fabric shop last week and restocked for batch 2, can you tell my favorite colors?


  • We had VISITORS from the NORTH and the SOUTH this weekend… unfortunately both are in physical therapy from what I call ” iPhone-itis”… what if they were texting each other? I love them both so much that if they insist that I take this picture down, I will!
  • On a serious note, these are two of my favorite girls on the planet… in case you’re new, one’s my cousin, the other’s my sister! And the young man swinging the paper towel roll that is on his arm like a pirate’s hook… that’s my son, Rover.
  • This weekend we… laughed, cried, shopped, ate,Β  and watched movies {BTW Dan in Real Life is an AWESOME, HILARIOUS, and REALLY GOOD movie for adults, and I’m a tough critic!}!


  • Sloane slept in Rover’s bedroom with him, but and he slept in his NEW big BOY bed! Unfortunately, she didn’t last all night and when she cried in the middle of the night, I quickly whisked her away to our roomΒ  and put her in the bed between us… which resulted in blood curdling screams so her daddy rescued her and this is how I found them Sunday morning…


  • The Sea Salt Caramels that you have asked about… I found HERE via Food Gawker. I’m not sure how I didn’t know about Food Gawker but thankfully I have these 2 lovely Auburn girls, who babysit the rovers, who kindly enlightened me about their favorite blogs over Christmas break and they both said, “Food Gawker!” I had to ‘fess up that I didn’t know about that one and now I might be wishing I had been left in the dark… you should go look! I doubled the recipe, used parchment paper, and let them “sit” over night.



  • And last but not least, a little t-shirt business…
  • My creation

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  • I’ve learned so much since I started this little endeavor a few months ago… one being: it’s hard to get it perfect every time, especially when we’re hand screening all these products. I use that term “we” loosely, I myself am not screening. But I am “screening” closely what I receive and these were less than perfect for 2 reasons. 1) The design is not “significant” enough for the sweatshirts… The design has been re-worked with a heavier line-weight and the entire design will be a little larger on the next batch. 2) Several of the sweat shirts have faded spots on them because of a printing mishap. If you look closely at the sweatshirt above you’ll see around the neckline that it is slightly faded, that is the extent of the damage on the ones that are damaged. The one below was the worst {and it’s for my kids so it’s not even available} but none are terrible! And all {even the 50% that are COMPLETELY PERFECT WITHOUT FLAW} are all priced below cost! So, maybe you figure your kids are going to mess them up anyway, or maybe you really want one but can’t pay $28… so these are all $10.
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    Ok, that’s all for now! You all stay warm… and thanks again for all your support!

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  • Sarah
    January 13, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Any chance you will get the canoe ride hoodies in adult sizes? Pleeease πŸ™‚

  • Heidi
    January 13, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I have never left a comment on here before, but I just had to say that I ordered one of the “imperfect” sweatshirts for my son (who by the way looks like a younger version of your son!). I love your blog!

  • Katie
    January 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Rover and the paper towel roll … HAHAHA … oh that’s the best!

  • AJ
    January 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I *so* wish I could figure out that dishmat. I love all your new fabrics too. Just my style.

    The paper towel roll is classic. Before I had a boy I just didn’t understand that boys are different than girls. But, now that I have one of each, the difference is so distinct. What makes me laugh though is that is seems like all young boys are the same.

  • HannahJ
    January 13, 2011 at 9:17 am

    OKAY- you are clearly one popular little saleswoman! I tried to purchase one of the imperfect sweatshirts- and they are ALL alreday gone! Insane! I need to follow your business model!:) Good for you!- great weekend review BTW!

  • Amy
    January 13, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Congratulations Auburn Tigers!!! You did the SEC proud! That was a great game. I’m gonna try and get one of those dishmats this next go round. Super cute fabrics! And I can’t wait to try my hand at making the caramels. Thanks for posting the link to Food Gawker. Perfect name for a food site because that’s what I feel like when I see such yummy little goodies like your caramels. Have a great weekend!

  • kat
    January 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

    That game was totally intense, my husband and I were on the edge of our seats, and then quickly on our feet of course screaming at the top of our lungs. War Eagle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AK
    January 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I work in the big old corporate america apparel industry. (That incidentally may or may not have something to do with AU football…) And I feel your pain about your production issues! It’s easier to take when the imperfect ones don’t have to come out of your own pocket book. You may already do this, but you should be able to get a “charge back” from your screenprinter if the errors are their part. Or at least we can out here in big business. Just a business tip from me to you! Good luck!

  • Opalm
    January 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I’ll say this here publically (please don’t hate me) I’m not a football watcher BUT my husband is and he watched the game and ask me to switch from my program to check the score and proceeded to remote-nap the tv contol from me. That game was so exciting that I, miss “I don’t care for football couldn’t take my eyes off the screen!!

    Whew, I’m now gonna have to reconsider my non-football watching.

  • Emily
    January 13, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Congrats to your Tigers!! I love the toilet papered Toomer’s… that must be so much fun in person! Interesting, those are my fave colors too and we are finally finishing our kitchen this month in (light) avocado green and retro orange…I think I’ll need one of your dish mats immediately!! Hope you had tons of fun with your sis and cousin!

  • Shannon
    January 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Love your designs. Question? Do you consider your Canadian friends across the border ‘International’ πŸ™‚ I’m interested in a t-shirt! Thanks.

  • Emily
    January 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

    We watched *Dan in Real Life* this week while we were snowbound, too! My sides were splitting! Check out the soundtrack; it’s wonderful too!

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    January 13, 2011 at 9:58 am

    My sister suffers from what I call “Verizonitis.” If you hear of a cure, will you let me know? πŸ˜‰

  • Kerri
    January 13, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Hi Darby,
    I have a bunch of those wonderful Starbucks cups put up as gifts (my sister in-law lives in MN and picked them up on sale for me, guess they don’t need insulated cups in MN!)- I would love to send you one if you would like. Just email and let me know. Love your blog, it brightens my day:)

  • Lauren
    January 13, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Congrats to the Tigers! It was a great game. I saw in your post that you like FoodGawker. Have you been to the Tastespotting blog? It’s the same concept. https://www.tastespotting.com/

  • Taylor@WiseFamilyLiving
    January 13, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Darby- I would love to get one of the pink T’s for my four year old. Any chance that might be restocked soon?

  • Liz
    January 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

    What kind of big boy bed does Rover have? Getting ready to move my son into one too.

  • carrie
    January 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Please – hoodie canoe sweatshirts for adults!

  • Debbie
    January 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I love the texting picture with Rover as a pirate!

  • Heather @ REOlisticRenovation
    January 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

    LOVE those fabrics. Why does my local fabric store not have stuff like that? So unfair. Cool stuff I will be stalking your store now. πŸ™‚

  • jenn
    January 13, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Congrats to Auburn! I love Dan In Real Life.
    I’m dying for those caramels!

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    January 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Oh my goodness! I’m pretty sure my husband would love a canoe ride hoodie/tshirt if it came in adult sizes! Also, I may have to buy a Happy Camper thermal for my mom soon.

    Love your blog! So excited for my Bird Dog shirt to arrive!!

  • Kristee
    January 13, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I love the pic of Sloane with her daddy on the couch. That is good stuff! Also, those cute fabrics would make some really precious “angel wings” or “elephant ears”! I’m about to check out that food blog too. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nelle
    January 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Darby, I LOVE my dish mat. I’m so glad to be one of the lucky folks who is way to connected to her computer and saw you were selling them. I wanted to make one but love that I have a Honey Bee original, Smarties and all. I thought of you all while watching that fun game in Vegas and even won a little cash on a tiny bet. I walked away with $4.95 cents! Whoohooo!!! War Eagle to you all.

  • Laura Kirch
    January 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Will you be re-stocking the choo choo t? These sold out quickly! I follow your blog daily, and poof they are gone. Congrats on such success.

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    January 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I sent my husband the link to your shop (specifically the shirt I bought) and he is now very jealous. Oops.

  • Lane
    January 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Where did you get those flowers?? I’ve been looking for fake flowers just like those and can’t seem to find any that don’t look cheapy!!

  • Joy
    January 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Yeah, I want to know about the flowers too!! I was just thinking about all my lovely vases that need flowers, and I like the “last forever” kind too! πŸ˜‰ Also, “Dan in Real Life” — LOVE that. I’m especially glad it ends the way it does. The first time I saw it, the last scene was fading and I said, “But I really want to see that they…” and the credits started rolling with what I wanted to see!

  • Ashley
    January 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    LOVE your choice of fabrics!!! I’m with you on the color choices… they’re awesome! πŸ™‚

  • megan @ a life's design
    January 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    War Eagle!!! I ‘heart’ Toomer’s and would have loved to have been there! It was an awesome, intense, exciting, nerve-racking game!
    Love the fabrics! I know you have a Droid, but wasn’t sure if you are with Verizon, but they are getting the iPhone in February.

  • annek
    January 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    “Dan in Real Life” always makes me think of my brother-in-law’s family which is just one of the reasons I like it.(the bed in the basement cracks me up) I recommend it often at the library. any chance I can pre-order a dishmat? I’d love one but I’ll probably miss the announcement….let me know.

  • Judy Toles
    January 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Love the War Eagle pic!!!!! (and the family pics too!) I was not familiar with Food Gawker till you announced it and it is almost a sin to look at. Check out the Chocolate pecan piecake. It really is over the top. Love you and your blog. hugs, Judy

  • Tara
    January 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Cute fabric. Who is the manufacturer of the floral print & what is it called? I would love to visit this fabric shop but the drive from SC is just a few hours too much for me.

  • Kara
    January 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Aw congrats on the big win! I don’t really even follow college football and I was pulling for Auburn because of all your team spirit! πŸ™‚ And it made me smile that you loved Dan in Real Life… it is one of my favorites! My sister and I are always quoting it to each other! Now I’m off to check out your tees… I just had a little boy and I think he may need one for this summer!

  • Sarah
    January 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Wow, that is a lot of toilet paper. My hubs is addicted to his phone and is on it always, drives me bonkers. Maybe if I post pics on my blog of a day in the life of his phone and how he’s attached to it, it might show him. ha. Great new fabrics for your dish mats and adorable new tees. Already sold out in the train for my sons but I’ll try again another time. thanks!

  • Jennifer L. Hoscheit
    January 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for mentioning the food gawker…….i too was unaware of it and wow, i just spent about an hour “favoriting” things to try out. Yum!

  • Marie
    January 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Thanks for the food gawker tip – love it. Those caramels look fabulous – I must try them – thanks!!

  • michelle
    January 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    pretty excited about this food gawker info! (you weren’t alone in not knowing about it!!)

  • Kim
    January 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    This time I am going to double stalk your blog for the dish mats–I must get one when they are finished. I also have a super crush on the insulated to go cup & straw. I found my fave ones at bed, bath & beyond for a steal (2 for about $8). Your straw is MUCH cuter tho…

  • Tutti
    January 13, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Hi and Go Ducks! Congratulations on the Auburn win. The better team won. I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now and especially enjoy your honesty.

    My husband and I enjoyed “Dan In Real Life”, and we also really liked “About A Boy” with Hugh Grant, which is quirky and interesting with a twist. You may like it, but be forewarned that there is strong language.

  • Kelly
    January 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Totally unrelated to your post, but I like what I can see of the paper towel holder in your kitchen. Do you know who makes it or where you got it? I am looking for a silver, sturdy paper towel holder. Thanks!

    I am new to your blog and have really enjoyed it!

  • Alisa
    January 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Favorite Dan in Real Life line… “You are a murderer of love!”… so funny. We are a “War Eagle” family…. still celebrating daily here in South Carolina! It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger!

  • Danielle
    January 13, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Target has cups right now just like the Starbucks one. My store had them on clearance for less than $5. I paid $9 for one a couple months ago and loved it! I can’t seem to find them online but go check them out πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer K
    January 13, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I love the orange fabric! It would look perfect in the nursery I’m decorating. Any chance you could email the name of it? I would appreciate it!

  • Kate from Party Resources
    January 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

    What a fun post. I need that sweartshirt for my niece. Have a great weekend!

  • Tara
    January 14, 2011 at 10:24 am

    My sis is always on her iphone, always! I agree, Dan in Real Life-Very Funny! We love our orange dog sweatshirt. Thanks.

  • Lynsie
    January 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I am in love with the new fabrics! Would you care to e-mail me the brands? I can’t wait for a new batch of dish mats to become available!! I’m hoping to snatch up a couple! Thanks.

  • Tara
    January 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Oh Darby, I wish you hadn’t shown us Food Gawker! I can’t stop looking at all of photos/recipes! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth
    January 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I LOVE foodgawker! I am cooking mac and cheese from it tonight! Thanks!!

  • Sarah Eaton
    January 15, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Darby –

    LOVE the fabric and I can’t believe that JM is a big boy bed! Just wanted to let you know that they have cups like the SB cup at Marshall’s baby….$3.99!! Get it!

  • meredith tichenor
    January 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I made the caramels over the weekend and they are UNBELIEVABLE! Thank you for the link. I’ve spent a small fortune on sea salt caramels in the past, never again! They were so easy to make and I couldn’t eat the whole batch if I tried (and try I did)!! πŸ™‚

  • Wendy
    January 17, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Hi, I love your fabric choices! I sew for my kids and would love to know the brand of the fabric? Would you email me the designer of the fabric?
    Thanks so much!!

  • Melanie
    January 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Because of you, I own one of the Starbucks glasses and I would cry too if I broke mine. I love it!

  • cousin
    January 19, 2011 at 9:55 am

    In my defense, I think I was taking action shots of JM and SB with my iphone. I do believe E has a slightly larger case of iphonitis than I;) I do have a problem though. I’ll seek help soon. I love and miss you all! It’s snowing here:( Yuck.

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