himmeli and me
January 7th, 2011
I'm having a little obsession with himmeli lately. Yeah, I didn't know what they were either. I only found out what they were after I made one. Well sort of made one. Remember my geometric straw ornament? A himmeli is made out of those basic shapes, but some are big, some are small and it is strung together as a mobile. I fell in love with them after I saw this picture:
The photo comes from the home of Momo Suzuki a Japanese designer who has more style in her little finger...
These are various himmeli from around flickr (click on the photo for sources). The red one is made from coffee stirrers! Elizabeth Abernathy has a tutorial for making them out of handmade paper straws. There is an amazing thrifted traditional straw one on puhti. Himmeli are so perfectly airy and light--just right for the new year, though mine might not get done until the next new year.
If you'd like to know more about things I like (and hate) you can head over to Smile and Wave. Rachel so kindly asked me to do an interview for her Handmade for Kids month. And who says no to an interview? Be warned though, I am verbose.