A Designer Life

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.

 

Jade & Frankie | Buy here

Jade & Frankie | Buy here

Jade & Frankie | Buy here

Jade & Frankie | Buy here

Jade & Frankie | Buy here

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.

The Makers Realm | Buy here

The Makers Realm | Buy here

The Makers Realm | Buy here

The Makers Realm | Buy here

The Makers Realm | Buy here

The Makers Realm | Buy here

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.

Little Convoy | Buy here

Little Convoy | Buy here

Little Convoy | Buy here

Little Convoy | Buy here

Little Convoy | Buy here

Little Convoy | Buy here

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 Feathers Studio | Buy here

Paper Feathers Studio | Buy here

Paper Feathers Studio | Buy here

Paper Feathers Studio | Buy here

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.

Little Himalayan | Buy here

Little Himalayan | Buy here

Little Himalayan | Buy here

Little Himalayan | Buy here

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