Those Things 012: a&k Woodworking and Design

a&k is a small woodworking business located in Austin, TX. After graduating Massachusetts College Art and Design, Amanda McKeever and Khiem Nguyen decided to begin this incredible business. Aside from their products, one thing definitely worth checking out is their blog, as they show awesome behind-the-scenes images!

Sigh – there is always something so grounding and homey about wood furniture. Off to admire their work for a bit! (bonus: cool interactivity on the website – when you hover over the images, they show you the measurements)

[As always, the photos are linked to their actual website for purchasing]

A lot of their work is very simplistic and zen.

Gorgeous headboard:

I present to you the most gorgeous candle holders I’ve ever seen (don’t worry, the candles are in a glass container and cannot make the wood catch on fire. I checked.):

You can order custom designs from them as well! Definitely worth a look if you are in the market for new furniture.

Those Things 011: Velvet Mustache

My boyfriend and I love wandering into eclectic stores during our holiday trips. One of the stores we wandered into had an amazing collection of cushions hanging around on different furniture. As huge adorable animal fans, we nearly fell over with happiness. I kind of regret not buying one (hint: Christmas present? Lunar Moon Festival present??)

Velvet Mustache is a Canadian company that creates animal cushions for you to cuddle and make your horrible day much, much better. They use sustainable practices (local materials) to create their cushions, which is awesome.

I highly recommend that you get one for mental health. Let me know which is your favorite! (all images are from velvetmustache.ca, click for direct link to purchase)

Love the rose texture on this one: 

They sell adorable brooches as well and they have amazing patterns:

Go check them out!

Those Things 008: Tom Pigeon

Created by Pete and Kristy Thomas, Tom Pigeon is a creative studio that makes minimalistic jewelry, stationary, and prints. As a big fan of simple geometric statements, this makes me want to jump into creating geometric screen prints, stat.

The fabric of this necklace (copper and formica) and their contrast is stunning:

Their abstract prints are also amazing. Below is “Harbour”:

“Sol Dawn”:

Those Things 007: Jenny N. Design

I have been looking for adorable bags everywhere and I think I’ve found what I’m looking for.

Meet Jenny Nemlekar: a biomedical engineer turned artist who manipulates materials into gorgeous bags. I feel like I can somewhat relate – my neuroscience nerdiness is always a part of me, but the thing that is holding me back from pursuing a full-on science career is my need to create. Definitely an inspiring woman.

Learn more about her here!

Those Things 006: Moira K. Lime

Alright gentlemen. Name me one thing more awkward than a girl purchasing her own engagement ring. Yup, didn’t think so.

Not that I am planning to do that soon, of course…

But stumbling upon Moira K. Lime‘s gorgeous collection of handmade engagement rings makes it hard not to. For some reason, I find her marriage/engagement collection a lot more drawing than her regular collection.

So, good men of this world – please buy your soon to be fiancees one of these rings and make me happy.

Moira K. Lime is an artist based out of Indiana who finds inspiration from geometric patterns in nature. She creates with a mindset of producing an heirloom and she even donates part of the profit to animal shelters!

I am a huge sucker for the yellow gold. But I also love the intricate geometric patterns of the ring bands, as well as the interesting jewel shapes.

Wedding bands too. Ugh, stahp.

I do also love her stud earrings selection.

Those Things 005: Amelie Mancini

Am I super weird for being in love with these beautiful arrow spoons from Amelie Mancini? Is it almost too much of an obsession with arrows?

Well so be it. These are amazing.

Brass, copper, silver, you name it. There is something here for you to find.

Amelie Mancini is a French artist and designer living in Brooklyn, NY. She makes all of her work by hand in her studio, be it woodworking, printing on fabric or paper and painting. She privileges playfulness and creativity in her work and enjoys exploring a variety of mediums.

Just in case you were wondering, she creates numerous other goodies besides arrow themed eating utensils. And they are just as gorgeous.