Awesome Products: 12 Life-Changing New Design Ideas You’ve Never Seen Before from the Lexus Design Award at Milan Design Week

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I’m delighted to inform you that this post was sponsored by Lexus International who brought me to Milan Design Week, and that all opinions in this article are my own. See my Flickr gallery of the event in Milan here.

The Lexus Design Award 2017

In early April, I was lucky enough to be personally invited by Lexus to attend the Lexus Design Award and experience all that Milan Design Week has to offer. As an industrial designer myself, I was incredibly excited to see what cutting-edge ideas the up-and-coming design visionaries in my field would submit to the Lexus Design Award. Needless to say, I was not disappointed by the depth of innovative and life-changing new design ideas from all of the prototype finalists in the competition. From an infinitely colour-changing changing ceramic mat, to a mesmerising architectural light screen solution that pixelates the ambient light, to a concept that fits your entire life essentials into a box, to a toy that converts ordinary vegetables into melodic musical instruments (yes, that’s right!) – all of the prototype finalists were worthy of recognition and offered a completely new perspective on the ordinary that I had never seen before.

The theme of the Lexus Design Award in 2017 was ‘YET’ – but what does that mean, and how can it be interpreted through design? It’s such an intangible concept unless examined more deeply, but is core to the Lexus design philosophy. The ‘YET’ philosophy at the heart of Lexus’ creative mindset drives Lexus to push the boundaries of creativity by fusing seemingly incompatible elements. It says “Don’t compromise; harmonize.” The resulting synergy sparks breakthroughs, while revealing possibilities beyond imagination.

The Lexus Design Award was first launched in 2013 to help stimulate ideas for a better world, and to support up-and-coming designers and creators worldwide. Judges for the award were Paola Antonelli (Curator), Birgit Lohmann (Chief Editor of Designboom), Toyo Ito (Architect), Yoshihiro Sawa (President of Lexus International), Aric Chen (Curator) and Alice Rawsthorn (Design commentator). Incredibly, the 2017 Lexus Design Award attracted 1,152 entries from 63 countries. Chosen from a high calibre of entries, the four prototype finalists and eight panel finalists embodied the philosophy of ‘YET’ through their fresh new designs.

I’m now excited to share with you the twelve awesome life-changing design ideas, from the four prototype finalists and eight panel finalists of this year’s Lexus Design Award.

1. PIXEL | Designer: Hiroto Yoshizoe | Mentored by Snarkitecture

PIXEL won this year’s Grand Prix prize – and it’s not hard to see why. Lexus judges chose PIXEL – a configuration of visors that alternate their appearance in tandem with the viewer’s movements and perspective – as the Grand Prix winner due to it’s imaginative exploration of two seemingly contrasting elements: Light and Shadow. This idea would have many applications, from architectural facades, privacy screens in the home and office, theatre sets, exhibitions etc. and could be scaled up or down and fabricated from a wide range of materials such as cardboard, sheet metal or ceramic. Seemingly simple but flawless in execution.

Lexus judges chose PIXEL - a configuration of visors that alternate their appearance in tandem with the viewer's movements and perspective - as the Grand Prix winner due to it's imaginative exploration of two seemingly contrasting elements: Light and Shadow. This idea would have many applications, from architectural facades, privacy screens in the home and office, theatre sets, exhibitions etc. and could be scaled up or down and fabricated from a wide range of materials such as cardboard, sheet metal or ceramic. Seemingly simple but flawless in execution. PIXEL | Designer: Hiroto Yoshizoe | Mentored by Snarkitecture | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

PIXEL does not need any technology and electricity to come to life, and works with the surrounding light and natural sunlight. Shoji, the key inspiration of this work, is an architectural fitting that has been used for more than 800 years, and is made out of wood and paper. While covering the view, it can bring in light softly from the outside. With such contradicting functions, it was a revolutionary design and also a perfect example of this year’s theme ‘YET’.

The designer Hiroto Yoshizoe, working with mentors from Snarkitecture, produced the single unit PIXEL in sheet metal, plaster, and paper, each with differing design details and specifications. These units can be stacked, just like bricks, to create a facade or screen of any size.

Hiroto Yoshizoe graduated from Musashino Art University. He is currently based in Tokyo working on art direction and design as a spatial designer for commercial facilities. Hiroto focuses on interpreting the ideas of change, movement and time in space to create designs from both modern and analogue approaches. You can connect with Hiroto here.

Lexus judges chose PIXEL - a configuration of visors that alternate their appearance in tandem with the viewer's movements and perspective - as the Grand Prix winner due to it's imaginative exploration of two seemingly contrasting elements: Light and Shadow. This idea would have many applications, from architectural facades, privacy screens in the home and office, theatre sets, exhibitions etc. and could be scaled up or down and fabricated from a wide range of materials such as cardboard, sheet metal or ceramic. Seemingly simple but flawless in execution. PIXEL | Designer: Hiroto Yoshizoe | Mentored by Snarkitecture | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

2. PLAYER’S PFLUTE | Designer: Jia Wu | Mentored by Max Lamb

The Player’s Pflute (yes, that’s spelt correctly) was the undisputed crowd favourite of the Lexus Design Award this year. ‘Vegetable YET a musical instrument’ was the hilariously obvious tag line, and the delightful toy kit developed by Jia Wu mentored by Max Lamb brought smiles and giggles to both young and old throughout the Lexus Design Event and exhibition at the La Triennale di Milano. From first hand experience, I can tell you that this product gave me one of those “Shut up and take my money!” moments. I would have gladly purchased ten kits to take home in my suitcase. While it has a fun aesthetic, photos hardly do this project justice since you really need to hear how it sounds. If you watch the video below, you’ll hear how fantastic the vegetables actually sound when converted into instruments. You really can play a capsicum like a harmonica, and a cucumber like a clarinet!

This highly interactive toy kit is the catalyst for a fun learning experience, and especially for children who wouldn’t normally have access to a range of quality musical instruments due to the prohibitive cost. Therefore, Jia Wu’s Player’s Pflute’ can help every child to explore music. With the modular music toy system that comes in a convenient case, children use their imagination to connect everyday objects found in every household (ie. vegetables) and make real music. By encouraging improvisation while playing, it nurtures children’s musical interest and appreciation.

Jia Wu is a young industrial designer who specializes in creating new possibilities in interaction, products and infrastructures. Professionally trained by Design Product program at Royal College of Art in the U.K. and practicing design both in China and the UK, she is driven and passionate about using design as a catalyst for change and discovering the future. You can connect with Jia here.

This kit turns vegetables into musical instruments! Brilliant! Genius! Shut up and take my money! Jia Wu's Player’s Pflute’ can help every child to explore music. With the modular music toy system that comes in a convenient case, children use their imagination to connect everyday objects found in every household (ie. vegetables) and make real music. By encouraging improvisation while playing, it nurtures children’s musical interest and appreciation. PLAYER'S PFLUTE | Designer: Jia Wu | Mentored by Max Lamb | So funny | hilarious | lol | good idea | clever concept | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

3. STRUCTURAL COLOR: STATIC YET CHANGING | Jessica Fügler | Mentored by Elena Manferdini

Structural Colour originally was presented as a conceptual investigation into how static forms, such as pyramids and prisms, arranged on a surface, could make that surface appear differently depending on the location of the observer in relation to the surface. The concept evolved dramatically under the guidance of  mentor Elena Manferdini, and metamorphosed into a rug made up of ceramic beads that is specially woven to have the ability to infinitely change colour, pattern, and design, according to the desire of the user.

Static Yet Changing is a rug design that appears static in design yet has the ability to physically and visually change with the needs of the user. The ever-changing function and aesthetics of the piece addresses the idea of designing for longevity, creating products that evolve over time. Jess Fügler is a graduate at the Royal College of Art’s Design Products program. The inspiration for her design narratives are fuelled by research on and curiosity about science and culture. Jess currently lives in New York and works as the Studio Director for Matter Made and the Co-founder of Other Kingdom. You can connect with Jessica here.

Static Yet Changing is a rug design that appears static in design yet has the ability to physically and visually change with the needs of the user. The ever-changing function and aesthetics of the piece addresses the idea of designing for longevity, creating products that evolve over time. STRUCTURAL COLOR: STATIC YET CHANGING | Jessica Fügler | Mentored by Elena Manferdini | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

4. HAVING NOTHING, AND YET POSSESSING EVERYTHING | Designer: Ahran Won | Mentored by Neri & Hu

“Having nothing, and yet possessing everything” is a capsule for mobile living that contains only the essentials needed for a minimal lifestyle. Each box that makes up the entire portable unit is able to contain a certain category of possessions (such as keepsakes, clothing, kitchen cooking utensils, hygiene and bathroom necessities) and can also be rearranged in a variety of configurations to create a cozy micro-living environment, with arrangements for sitting, eating or sleeping. I can see die-hard minimalists enjoying the status afforded by living a light weight lifestyle through using this product, but the design actually begins to address a much more serious concern of current events, that of the very real challenges of survival faced by refugees and the homeless. Time will tell if individual living capsules are actually a viable solution to a growing and alarming problem of displaced persons in our world.

Designer Ahran Won believes in the potential of design to be a positive element for our collective future. She is currently studying landscape architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and previously studied architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and international law at Ewha Womans University in South Korea. You can connect with Ahran here.

"Having nothing, and yet possessing everything" is a capsule for mobile living that contains only the essentials needed for a minimal lifestyle. Each box that makes up the entire portable unit is able to contain a certain category of possessions (such as keepsakes, clothing, kitchen cooking utensils, hygiene and bathroom necessities) and can also be rearranged in a variety of configurations to create a cozy micro-living environment, with arrangements for sitting, eating or sleeping. HAVING NOTHING, AND YET POSSESSING EVERYTHING | Designer: Ahran Won | Mentored by Neri & Hu | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

5. BUOYANT MEASURING SPOON FOR THE BLIND | Designer: Eunjin Park

A measuring spoon for the blind, with unseen yet visualized tactile graduations, the Buoyant Measuring Spoon for the Blind is a measuring spoon that has braille which lets a blind person measure correctly by touch.

A measuring spoon for the blind, with unseen yet visualized tactile graduations, the Buoyant Measuring Spoon for the Blind is a measuring spoon that has braille which lets a blind person measure correctly by touch. BUOYANT MEASURING SPOON FOR THE BLIND | Designer: Eunjin Park | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

6. PLATANACEAE | Designer: Paula Cermeño

Banana leaf bandages that outperform synthetic materials yet are biodegradable and soothing, PLATANACEAE is a series of first aid bandages for burn wounds that happen at home. The hydrated texture of banana leaves is refreshing when in contact with the skin. These bandages wrap around different parts of the hands and arms.

Banana leaf bandages that outperform synthetic materials yet are biodegradable and soothing, PLATANACEAE is a series of first aid bandages for burn wounds that happen at home. The hydrated texture of banana leaves is refreshing when in contact with the skin. These bandages wrap around different parts of the hands and arms. PLATANACEAE | Designer: Paula Cermeño | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

7. THE LANDSCAPE OF PAPER | Designer: Kuniko Maeda

Disposable yet upcycled material using traditional and modern technology, the Landscape of Paper is a concept that explores how to extend paper’s short life cycle. It transforms delicate paper into a strong structure while minimizing waste. By harmonizing opposites, the designer discovered a new application for paper.

Disposable yet upcycled material using traditional and modern technology, the Landscape of Paper is a concept that explores how to extend paper’s short life cycle. It transforms delicate paper into a strong structure while minimizing waste. By harmonizing opposites, the designer discovered a new application for paper. THE LANDSCAPE OF PAPER | Designer: Kuniko Maeda | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

Disposable yet upcycled material using traditional and modern technology, the Landscape of Paper is a concept that explores how to extend paper’s short life cycle. It transforms delicate paper into a strong structure while minimizing waste. By harmonizing opposites, the designer discovered a new application for paper. THE LANDSCAPE OF PAPER | Designer: Kuniko Maeda | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

8. MASS PRODUCTION TO UNIQUE ITEMS | Designer: TAKEHANAKE-Bungorogama

Mass produced yet one-of-a-kind ceramics created using a portable kiln by design collective TAKEHANAKE-Bungorogama (who are Yoshifumi Takehana, Bungo Okuda and Akira Okuda), this concept transforms mass produced ceramics into a “one-of-a-kind” item unique to one individual, changing the value of the piece.

Mass produced yet one-of-a-kind ceramics created using a portable kiln by design collective TAKEHANAKE-Bungorogama (who are Yoshifumi Takehana, Bungo Okuda and Akira Okuda), this concept transforms mass produced ceramics into a "one-of-a-kind" item unique to one individual, changing the value of the piece. MASS PRODUCTION TO UNIQUE ITEMS | Designer: TAKEHANAKE-Bungorogama | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

9. PAPER KETTLE | Designer: Ryo Katayama

Combustible yet fire resistant paper kettle, this design creates the lightest possible way to heat water, made of only paper. Normally paper burns in fire, but when paper contains water it becomes fire-resistant, which makes it ideal for outdoor use.

Combustible yet fire resistant paper kettle, this design creates the lightest possible way to heat water, made of only paper. Normally paper burns in fire, but when paper contains water it becomes fire-resistant, which makes it ideal for outdoor use. PAPER KETTLE | Designer: Ryo Katayama | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

10. POD: HOMELESS YET HOME | Designer: MODlab (Eric Schwartzbach and Benjamin Ward)

A temporary shelter for displaced populations,  Homeless YET Home POD is a lightweight, modular, easily assembled, easily transported, temporary shelter for displaced populations throughout the world.

A temporary shelter for displaced populations,  Homeless YET Home POD is a lightweight, modular, easily assembled, easily transported, temporary shelter for displaced populations throughout the world. POD: HOMELESS YET HOME | Designer: MODlab (Eric Schwartzbach and Benjamin Ward) | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

11. RETROSPECTION PROJECT TIME TUNE RADIO | Designer: Takuro Sanda

A high-tech yet retro radio tunes in programs from both past and present. This retrospective radio enables users to listen to any radio program from the now or from any time in history. The tuning dial is linked to archived programs stocked on the Internet.

A high-tech yet retro radio tunes in programs from both past and present. This retrospective radio enables users to listen to any radio program from the now or from any time in history. The tuning dial is linked to archived programs stocked on the Internet. RETROSPECTION PROJECT TIME TUNE RADIO | Designer: Takuro Sanda | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

12. TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM | Designer: Evgeny Arinin

A simple yet sophisticated traffic light, this traffic light system creates a simple to understand yet sophisticated solution for drivers and pedestrians at a traffic light, in terms of better interaction, functionality and design.

A simple yet sophisticated traffic light, this traffic light system creates a simple to understand yet sophisticated solution for drivers and pedestrians at a traffic light, in terms of better interaction, functionality and design. TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM | Designer: Evgeny Arinin | Lexus Design Award 2017 | Milan Design Week | La Triennale di Milano | Awesome Products #product_design

If you want to know more about the Lexus Design Award (and maybe even enter next time!) you can find out more here.  I also prepared a Flickr gallery with all the full-size original photos from the Lexus Design Event and exhibition launch, which you can check out right here.

x Jess

5 New Awesome Products on Etsy You Need to Discover Right Now

Today, I’m so excited to tell you about five new awesome products on Etsy, that I’ve only just discovered. During March, I had the privilege of meeting and working with five wonderful up-and coming makers from Etsy Australia, when I participated as a photography and social media mentor in the 2017 Etsy Resolution challenge. Five brand new shops filled with fresh products never seen before on Etsy won a competition to have an “Etsy makeover”. The prize included a one-hour group coaching call – where we talked styling, branding, photography and Pinterest success – and also the chance to have their products styled and photographed by me. I was so excited to be able to use my expertise to help these (already awesome) products look (even more) beautiful through creative styling and image creation, and to help the following five new Etsy Australia sellers to kick start their respective journeys as Etsy shop owners. I hope you love what you see as much as I do! It was such a pleasure to meet with and have the opportunity to work with these five talented makers and their fantastically creative products.

Please let me introduce the 5 new awesome products on Etsy you need to discover right now, in no particular order:

1. Modern Woven Wall Hanging Tapestry | Jade & Frankie

Clare Burton of Jade & Frankie has always been a maker, however she discovered weaving late in 2014, after seeing an article about Natalie Miller. Gifted a ticket to one of her beginner workshops that Christmas, the love affair began. While her loom was put away until after her third baby was born, it ignited a creative spark that had taken a back seat since becoming a mother.

All of the items in the Jade & Frankie shop are lovingly handcrafted by Clare. Most often in the evenings, after her children have gone to sleep. Her favourite place to create, though, is in the sunshine in her bedroom with a window open and music on the radio. She rarely has a plan beyond the colours and yarn she wants to use, preferring to let the weave evolve as she work. Often, the full beauty of the weaving is only revealed to her as the completed piece comes off the loom. You can shop Jade & Frankie right here.

 Modern Woven Wall Hanging Tapestry | Jade & Frankie

Jade & Frankie | Buy here

Modern Woven Wall Hanging Tapestry | Jade & Frankie

Jade & Frankie | Buy here

Modern Woven Wall Hanging Tapestry | Jade & Frankie

Jade & Frankie | Buy here

Modern Woven Wall Hanging Tapestry | Jade & Frankie

Jade & Frankie | Buy here

Modern Woven Wall Hanging Tapestry | Jade & Frankie

Jade & Frankie | Buy here

Modern Woven Wall Hanging Tapestry | Jade & Frankie

Jade & Frankie | Buy here

2. Natural Beeswax Birthday Cake Candles | The Makers Realm

Chrystel Galea of The Makers Realm started her Etsy shop as a space to explore her creative passion inspired by nature. She uses pure Australian natural beeswax from suppliers local to her, to make a range of simple yet practical candles and fragrant melts. If you love the delicious natural texture and scent of beeswax and value the uniqueness of handmade creations, then The Maker’s Realm is a perfect place to pick up your next gift.

Truly, these natural beeswax birthday cake candles are the bees knees! (See what I did there? Ha!) But in all seriousness, since using and photographing these beautiful candles that burn with the deliciously subtle scent of warm honey, and knowing that the wax that inevitably drips onto the cake is 100% natural and safe to eat, I am NEVER buying nasty chemical supermarket birthday candles ever again. You can shop The Makers Realm right here.

Celebrate with the delicious subtle scent of warm honey with these natural beeswax birthday cake candles with safe and non-toxic wax | The Makers Realm

The Makers Realm | Buy here

Celebrate with the delicious subtle scent of warm honey with these natural beeswax birthday cake candles with safe and non-toxic wax | The Makers Realm

The Makers Realm | Buy here

Celebrate with the delicious subtle scent of warm honey with these natural beeswax birthday cake candles with safe and non-toxic wax | The Makers Realm

The Makers Realm | Buy here

Celebrate with the delicious subtle scent of warm honey with these natural beeswax birthday cake candles with safe and non-toxic wax | The Makers Realm

The Makers Realm | Buy here

Celebrate with the delicious subtle scent of warm honey with these natural beeswax birthday cake candles with safe and non-toxic wax | The Makers Realm

The Makers Realm | Buy here

Celebrate with the delicious subtle scent of warm honey with these natural beeswax birthday cake candles with safe and non-toxic wax | The Makers Realm

The Makers Realm | Buy here

Celebrate with the delicious subtle scent of warm honey with these natural beeswax birthday cake candles with safe and non-toxic wax | The Makers Realm

The Makers Realm | Buy here

3. Cuddly Soft Toy Truck Pillows | Little Convoy

Kitty Ward of Little Convoy has always loved old trucks and cars ever since she was a little girl. One of her first favourite toys was a toy car, a red 1920’s MG Roadster. Little Convoy combines two of Kitty’s loves, that of trucks and that of drawing and making. I was struck by the sheer uniqueness of this delightful product range, perfect as a gift for a little boy (or girl!).

Kitty makes cuddly truck softies from drawings of her favourite vintage trucks. The trucks are first hand drawn, and then digitally drawn and coloured. They are printed on certified organic cotton, with organic cotton backing and filled with stuffing. Each truck is handmade by Kitty in the quaint hamlet of Vaughan, in the Victorian Goldfields, Australia, where she lives with her husband, three children, chickens, sheep, a dog, and a cat. You can shop Little Convoy right here.

Kitty of Little Convoy makes cuddly truck soft toy pillows from drawings of her favourite vintage trucks. The trucks are first hand drawn, and then digitally drawn and coloured. They are printed on certified organic cotton, with organic cotton backing and filled with stuffing. Each truck is handmade. Great presents for newborn baby, little boy, or little girl!

Little Convoy | Buy here

Kitty of Little Convoy makes cuddly truck soft toy pillows from drawings of her favourite vintage trucks. The trucks are first hand drawn, and then digitally drawn and coloured. They are printed on certified organic cotton, with organic cotton backing and filled with stuffing. Each truck is handmade. Great presents for newborn baby, little boy, or little girl!

Little Convoy | Buy here

Kitty of Little Convoy makes cuddly truck soft toy pillows from drawings of her favourite vintage trucks. The trucks are first hand drawn, and then digitally drawn and coloured. They are printed on certified organic cotton, with organic cotton backing and filled with stuffing. Each truck is handmade. Great presents for newborn baby, little boy, or little girl!

Little Convoy | Buy here

Kitty of Little Convoy makes cuddly truck soft toy pillows from drawings of her favourite vintage trucks. The trucks are first hand drawn, and then digitally drawn and coloured. They are printed on certified organic cotton, with organic cotton backing and filled with stuffing. Each truck is handmade. Great presents for newborn baby, little boy, or little girl!

Little Convoy | Buy here

Kitty of Little Convoy makes cuddly truck soft toy pillows from drawings of her favourite vintage trucks. The trucks are first hand drawn, and then digitally drawn and coloured. They are printed on certified organic cotton, with organic cotton backing and filled with stuffing. Each truck is handmade. Great presents for newborn baby, little boy, or little girl!

Little Convoy | Buy here

Kitty of Little Convoy makes cuddly truck soft toy pillows from drawings of her favourite vintage trucks. The trucks are first hand drawn, and then digitally drawn and coloured. They are printed on certified organic cotton, with organic cotton backing and filled with stuffing. Each truck is handmade. Great presents for newborn baby, little boy, or little girl!

Little Convoy | Buy here

Kitty of Little Convoy makes cuddly truck soft toy pillows from drawings of her favourite vintage trucks. The trucks are first hand drawn, and then digitally drawn and coloured. They are printed on certified organic cotton, with organic cotton backing and filled with stuffing. Each truck is handmade. Great presents for newborn baby, little boy, or little girl!

Little Convoy | Buy here

4. Hand Cut Paper Art of Birds | Paper Feathers Studio

Caroline Vinecombe of Paper Feathers Studio creates bright and colourful paper art of birds from her imagination. For as long as she can remember she has had a fascination with birds. As a small child Caroline started collecting birds and this continued into adult life. There are birds of every colour and shape in every room of her house, including bird whistles, mobiles, and images from all over the world. As a naturally creative person, it was only a matter of time before Caroline started creating birds of her own, and this is how Paper Feathers Studio was born.

Caroline loves every minute of the process of making her birds, from spending hours playing with watercolours to create the paper she uses in her creations, to developing the layers of teeny tiny feathers to create imagined versions of her favourite birds. In opening Paper Feathers Studio, she is delighted to share her love of creating and her passion for bright colours and glitter! You can shop Paper Feathers Studio right here.

Paper Feather Studio Handmade Paper Art of Birds | Swan, Hummingbird, Owl, Parrot, Flamingo

Paper Feathers Studio | Buy here

Paper Feather Studio Handmade Paper Art of Birds | Swan, Hummingbird, Owl, Parrot, Flamingo

Paper Feathers Studio | Buy here

Paper Feather Studio Handmade Paper Art of Birds | Swan, Hummingbird, Owl, Parrot, Flamingo

Paper Feathers Studio | Buy here

Paper Feather Studio Handmade Paper Art of Birds | Swan, Hummingbird, Owl, Parrot, Flamingo

Paper Feathers Studio | Buy here

Paper Feather Studio Handmade Paper Art of Birds | Swan, Hummingbird, Owl, Parrot, Flamingo

Paper Feathers Studio | Buy here

5. Modern Tibetan Prayer Flags | Little Himalayan

Anja and Wangchuk of Little Himalayan make a colourful range of products inspired by the Himalayas, for little nature lovers. Anja came to Australia as a young girl and was brought up in a Tibetan Buddhist Centre in the hills of the Sunshine Coast. Her husband Wangchuk was born to a Tibetan refugee family and raised in the hills of Darjeeling, India after his family fled the Chinese invasion of their homeland. Anja and Wangchuk met and fell in love in the Himalayas and now live in Australia, raising their little daughter.

Their rainbow coloured garden flags, like a modern version of Tibetan prayer flags, feature original hand carved lino print designs and bring a beautiful serenity and splash of rainbow colour when hung from the trees in the garden, on a balcony, or in a kids bedroom. The Wish Horse flag design features a horse who carries a wish-fulfilling jewel and is commonly featured on Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags. The roots of the wind horse can be traced back to pre-Buddhist times and it is considered a symbol of basic goodness. Another nature flag design features the five elements of nature – Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Sky. These elements, which are found in both Tibetan Buddhism and Indian Ayurveda, are said to be the 5 universal components of all things! Each flag has been inked, stamped and ironed by hand, so every set is slightly different. You can shop Little Himalayan right here.

Modern Tibetan Prayer flags by Little Himalayan add a splash of rainbow colour to your garden, patio, balcony or children's room

Little Himalayan | Buy here

Modern Tibetan Prayer flags by Little Himalayan add a splash of rainbow colour to your garden, patio, balcony or children's room

Little Himalayan | Buy here

Modern Tibetan Prayer flags by Little Himalayan add a splash of rainbow colour to your garden, patio, balcony or children's room

Little Himalayan | Buy here

Modern Tibetan Prayer flags by Little Himalayan add a splash of rainbow colour to your garden, patio, balcony or children's room

Little Himalayan | Buy here

Modern Tibetan Prayer flags by Little Himalayan add a splash of rainbow colour to your garden, patio, balcony or children's room

Little Himalayan | Buy here

I hope that you have enjoyed discovering these five new awesome Etsy products and that you have a chance to visit each of these maker’s beautiful shops. I also have a Flickr gallery with all the full-size original photos which you can check out right here.

x Jess

 

10 Must-Have DIY Home Cleaning Kit Essentials

If you are like me, you usually begrudge cleaning as a necessary chore that takes away time from doing other fun things. But, like me, you probably feel much healthier, happier and calmer when your home is clean and tidy. That’s why, when I had the chance to partner with Sabco to try out some of their innovative new home cleaning products and create a DIY Home Cleaning Kit, I was happily surprised to learn that I could save so much time and energy just by having the right tools in my cleaning toolkit. Not only that, but by using the right products for the right cleaning job, you can also save money on detergents, disposable wipes, and premade solutions because you need so much less, and can substitute with natural alternatives such as bi-carb soda and vinegar.

10 home cleaning kit essentials

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DIY Inspiration: How to make rainbow ombre nails

How fun are these rainbow ombre nails? To celebrate the release of Puzzle Wiz, a brand new colour matching game for iPhone and Android, I decided to get my nails done in these delicious shades of red, yellow and blue – just like the tiles on the Puzzle Wiz game. You can easily recreate this Pinterest-perfect look yourself, and you can download the game for free here.

Super fun rainbow ombre nails inspired by Puzzle Wiz colour match game - download now for FREE on iPhone or Android: http://m.onelink.me/898eaf14

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Food Design: 30+ Fun Recipes for a 4th of July Party

Are you hosting (or bringing a themed dish to) a 4th of July Party this year? Every year, even though I’m Australian, I love how lots of red, white and blue color starts to pop up on Pinterest around the time of American Memorial Day, in preparation for the Independence Day holiday. I know lots of my American friends try to plan ahead for a tasty and unforgettable 4th of July menu, so that they can relax on the day and enjoy the fireworks with family and friends. This post is dedicated to my patriotic friends, who I know will browse through hundreds of recipes on Pinterest until they see the perfect dessert, cute themed cupcakes and red, white and blue sweets for their 4th of July party.

4th of July Party Recipes to make your red, white and blue menu planning a breeze!

This is exactly why I put together a list of my favorite 30+ Fun 4th of July recipes, so my friends, you no longer have to keep looking all over the internet – because you can find it all here! From Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookies and 4th of July Mixed Berry Swirl Popsicles to 4th Of July Firecracker Popcorn and even Fireworks Sugar Cookie Cake, you’ll never run out of ideas for an unforgettable 4th of July Party table spread.

Check out my full 4th of July party food list and light up your cookout with these delicious and colorful red, white and blue treats.

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Awesome DIY Inspiration: Hanging whisk tea light candle holder votive

Want to know how to make a whisk tea light candle holder? Here’s a fun DIY idea that will take you less than 5 minutes to put together, for maximum visual impact! I made these DIY whisk tea light candle holder votives in collaboration with HelloSociety, as party or wedding inspiration, to celebrate the release of The Hundred Foot Journey movie, and to promote the film all across Pinterest! Not surprisingly, this little project was a huge hit, being the most pinned, most re-pinned, most liked, and most clicked-on pin for any campaign so far!

DIY hanging whisk tea light candle holder votive

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Awesome RGB-Hex-Decimal-CMYK Color Conversion Tool | Online Color Converter

Converting colours for web has never been easier with these handy tools

As a design creative, this would have to be one of the most useful online color converter tools I have ever come across, so I’m really excited to be able to share this one with you here on the blog! If you are also a blogger, graphic designer, logo designer, website designer, product designer (and more!) I think you will also appreciate how easy it is to quickly convert different color codes between CMYK, RGB, Hex or Decimal colour, so that you can easily keep a consistent brand identity and colour story across all platforms such as print, web, screen and physical product.

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Date Night at We Will Rock You Sydney – Musical Review

Brought to you by Nuffnang Australia and We Will Rock You Sydney

Rock on!

The scene is a futuristic iPlanet earth, in a time not to far away from the present, dominated by an evil corporation called GlobalSoft, where there is no longer any free thought or live music, and all that is broadcast is “Internet GaGa” to the masses of youth. What happens when a bunch of outcast rebel Bohemians, seeking the lost legend of rock and live music, go looking for their Rhapsody? We Will Rock You tells the story of new outcasts Galileo Figaro and Scaramouche, and their quest to save Rock and Roll – and thus, the whole world!

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The Top Pinterest Accounts to Follow from Australia

Have you ever wondered who the Top Pinterest accounts to follow in Australia are? Like me, I bet you are curious to know! Recently, I was searching for a list of the Top Pinterest accounts to follow from Australia – and I just couldn’t find one. While there are a lot of articles around that tell you the overall best Pinterest accounts to follow by theme, the Top 100 Pinterest users in the world, the most followed Pinterest Accounts, or a list of must-follow Pinterest influencers – none of them were actually location based. I wanted a local list of top Australian pinners (Pinterest users), to see exactly how us Aussies are making use of the popular virtual visual bookmarking platform. I wanted to know – so WHO are the most followed social media influencers on Pinterest from Australia? And where are they hiding?

Top Pinterest accounts to follow in Australia

So *insert drumroll* here they are: The Top 10 Pinterest Accounts to follow in Australia. These are the most followed and most popular Australian Pinterest users who I could find data on:

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