Hanging Air Plant Holder | Brass Teardrop


by Handmade Sam*Made

The Product:

Originating from the Swedish word for sky or heaven, himmel, the Himmeli are a traditional Finnish ornament, a mobile decoration that is traditionally made out of straw, or rather reeds in Finland. They are typically extremely ornate and are traditionally suspended above the dinner table during the holiday season. It is thought that the larger the Himmeli, the larger the rye crop will be in the coming year.

While you may not have a rye crop to worry about, these gorgeous Himmeli are an elegant year-round addition to any home or office. These geometric Himmeli ornaments can be placed on any surface, suspended from the ceiling to float in the breeze, utilized as a calming mobile, or embraced as an air plant holder.

Materials: brass, wire and leather cord
Dimensions: approximately h 7" w 5"
(17.8 x 12.7cm)

This Himmeli features a pentagon, or starfish base, with clean, strong lines. It will also naturally oxidize and darken as time passes, but can be polished to its original shine.

Sorry, air plant not included!

The Maker:

"My name is Samantha, but everyone calls me Sam.

This all began when my Mom and my Grandmother showed me how to crochet at the age of four. In between playing Laser Tag, building forts out of everything imaginable, and having Super Soaker fights with my brothers, I was toiling away crocheting doilies and scarves.

I had my first tool kit at five.
I was wood burning at age six (which in hindsight might not have been the safest thing).
I was soldering metals at eight. (Also, not very safe...)
I was screen-printing at eleven.
I was oil painting at twelve.
I was developing my own film at fourteen
I was hand pouring candles at fifteen.
A few friends and I had our own (fondly nicknamed) "sweatshop" at sixteen. We were pumping out fleece scarves, cosplay orders, and cotton and silk ties after school.
I was hand sewing stuffed animals for friends at twenty.
I taught myself how to knit at twenty-seven.
I learned how to throw pottery, pour ceramics, and slip pour at twenty-eight.

In college I gobbled up classes, like Leslie Knope to waffles. Whether they were art, law, politics, sociology, or psychology. I was writing summations, printmaking, and debating with the best of them. I was in and (absurdly) active in at least ten different campus organizations at any one time, all the while working and serving as Art Director for the campus satirical magazine: DUIN.

After taking a year after graduating from Drake University to teach English and American culture in Hebei Province in China, I decided that going to Law School was not the path for me.

All in all, it was 6 billion crayons, colored pencils, oil pastels, my highly coveted sewing machine (which you know, every college student dreams about for Christmas), plastic buckets filled to the brim with fabric remnants, a fascination with the saponification process, power tools, and just making things."