Friday, December 31, 2010


it's a girlcolden kissing azalia
newborn pixie pose
thank you a million times over for all of the lovely and sweet comments on our new baby girl!!! we have seriously been eating them up, and genuinely appreciate each and every one. hope you all are experiencing multitudes of joy - now, and into the new year!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

happy christmas!

Azalia Sparrow Friedman
born at home on christmas eve
azalia sparrow

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

happy solstice

more happiness to come - hopefully in the very near future. apparently our solstice babe has another date in mind.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

weekend fun

rainbow window star
cinnamon applesauce ornaments
bear ornament
above and below - photos by marc
belly and tub set up
hope you had a lovely weekend!

Friday, December 17, 2010

more merry-making

i still have lots of things on my to-do lists, but i recognize that the baby could come whenever it so chooses. this means i have to be okay with letting the lists slide. packages are either mailed, wrapped, or left to the fates as to whether or not they will be finished. i have been able to eek out a few more things though...
unfelted elf slippers
these have now been through the wash once - a few more times, and then i am hoping to sew a little leather on the bottoms.
and this came together overnight! i have some better shots of colden modeling it, but isn't this photo festive? on the list for this weekend: a 'practice' filling of the birth tub, and maybe some last belly pictures? i am really hoping the baby will be born on the solstice (yet i am trying to remain open to the mystery). all *positive* wishes and thoughts welcomed and appreciated!

Thursday, December 16, 2010


in my craft showing, i finally got it together and put all my tools in this handy basket. i'd had them scattered around the house according to project type: sewing things together, knitting/crochet things together, and then the inevitable - scissors in every high up and forgettable spot all over. the handy bandanna tie allows me to leave it on the floor safe from little hands too.
top tray
i tidied up this top tray before taking a picture. in working, it sort of becomes a jumble. but, at least it is all together where i need it! and it sure does look pretty now. i tagged it all up in flickr if you're curious about the details of what's here.
i did not make this underbelly area look pretty for a photo, but usually i would try to have it organized with pieces of felt, yarn, recycled wool stuffing, and other projects-in-progress. then i'd add in anything else i might need: pens, hole puncher, extra paper for signs, etc. it has really helped my tendency to craft all over the place! and it gives the illusion that i am organized. do you have any tricks to keep it together?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


pinecone weights

leaf pendulum

cuckoo clock

i had forgotten how gorgeous this cuckoo clock is. after colden was taken with my parents' cuckoo clock on our visit to iowa this fall, they promised to send me 'the old one'. i thought it would be fun to save for one of our holiday-type gifts, and i'm completely taken with it.

Monday, December 13, 2010

pillowcases for solstice

solstice pillows
i love the tradition of solstice pajamas, but this year we really needed pillows. long, long ago, i saw tara mention that she had gotten a toddler pillow for her daughter on etsy. i knew we wanted non-foam pillows, and i found these amazing handmade pillows filled with buckwheat hulls. (totally brilliant - including a zipper to remove hulls for comfort/washing.) when grammy asked what was on our list, i asked for these, pretty please. when papa asked what was on my list, i asked for a solo date to the fabric store. i was also inspired by lisa's daughter kayla and her pillowcase making. (she made it look so easy! i actually found these instructions very helpful.) these will be a solstice eve gift for all of us, and i hope more pillow case making is in my future. maybe even pajamas. if you are feeling the handmade holiday crunch, don't forget to rely on other makers out there!

Friday, December 10, 2010

beeswax candle winner!

priority mail

congrats to meryl! funnily enough, chose #1 as the giveaway winner! thank you to everyone who entered. i especially loved reading the myriad of ways you all enjoy beeswax in your homes! thanks for taking the time to leave such thoughtful messages. and meryl, please e-mail me your address {byhandathome - at -} so you can receive your candles! we're off to the forest this weekend in search of a tree! hope you enjoy similarly festive outings and merry-making!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

yarn along - tentative projects

tentative projects
i am almost done with the tam i mentioned in my last yarn along way back when. and i have cast-on half-heartedly for a couple other things. the brown yarn is intended to be for these elf slippers, and the purple a baby surprise jacket. but what i'm really yearning for is a gorgeous little skein of something new for some tiny baby booties. there's nothing like baby toes for motivation!

p.s. don't forget to enter my giveaway!

Monday, December 6, 2010

beeswax candle giveaway!

i'm so happy to share a special giveaway here today! if you've seen our yule log, you may be wondering just where i found those sweet little beeswax candles! when we were married, i searched for all natural beeswax candles for our ceremony, and found them at bluecorn naturals. with their perfect honeyed aroma, and fantastic staying power, i've been hooked ever since.
not only did they burn all night long at our wedding, they've been the only candles we've used in our home ever since. we light one every night for bedtime stories, and we even use the ceremony lights for birthday candles too!
I'm very serious about my candle
bluecorn naturals has graciously offered a set of ceremony lights to one of my readers (within the u.s. only). just leave a comment here before thursday evening, and i will announce the winner on friday! i'd love to know what special uses your family has for beeswax! wood polish? leaf dipping? modeling? do tell!

p.s. for an extra entry, become a fan of by hand at home and leave another comment here telling me! if you already are a fan, thank you! just leave two separate comments!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

weekend catch-up!

thanks for sticking with me despite my week-long absence! i was completely consumed by preparations for the winter faire all week! (and for that little baby on-the-way too!)
more gnomes
the faire had me smiling all day long. it was so wonderful to be in the presence of such amazing people and glorious art! i happily bid all my bearded gnomes adieu! (which means i will need to make a few more for my boy!) i will update my etsy with a few items, but i imagine i will be closing up shop pretty soon...
baby blue set
i've unpacked and hand washed all of colden's woolies; hand knits, sweater pant longies, and diaper covers! i am excited to add these long-ago knits to my ravelry page too. all are lanolin-ized and ready to go. wool on its own is naturally anti-bacterial and can absorb a ton of wetness without feeling wet. soaking with lanolin gives an added layer of warmth and dampness protection. plus, it creates a natural soap when leaks occur, so it doesn't need to be laundered after every time it's worn. perfect for babes.
half of these recycled longies are newly sewn, and the other half were worn by colden as a wee little one. they will look much better on a babe than in the bathwater, so you'll be able to see them in all their splendor then too! i've also been meaning to share a new belly picture. this morning i scrambled around for something to wear to a wedding this afternoon... who knew i'd still be able to fit into that prom dress?
37.5 week belly in prom dress
if you haven't already done so, be sure to check out the winter edition of rhythm of the home (here's my piece!)! they are also hosting an incredible giveaway on their blog which ends today! i am giving away one of my woolly mistletoe there, and tomorrow, i will share a special giveaway here!