About Me

Hello Hello.

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.

When I'm not building Himmeli and fulfilling orders, you can currently find me behind my hand-weaving loom, teaching myself how to weave. I am currently obsessed with bright, beautiful colors, busy patterns, and clashing/complementing color schemes. And I hope that weaving will allow me an outlet for that.

I hope that you find something that you enjoy in my store.

the store / / http://handmadesammade.etsy.com
the instagram / / instagram.com/handmadesammade
the blog / / handmadesammade.blogspot.com
the facebook / / facebook.com/handmadesammade
the pinterest / / pinterest.com/sahmanthaaa

I attempt to design and create things that will help curate a beautiful life.