In doing research for my recent travels down under, I came across some really talented kids doing super creative things that kind of blew me away. I love when young people are encouraged to explore their talents. And I love, even more, how the internet brings these talents to light all the way around the world. Keep it up kids there is a bright future ahead . . .

Melie's CakesFirst up is an amazingly talented baker and cake decorator in Auckland, NZ, who has a thriving business going at 15 years of age. Just look at her cakes and you’ll understand why. Since I was celebrating my birthday down under I was seriously tempted to order one of her creations that go for $70 a pop but since I was traveling alone, I thought better of that idea. And while she is partial to baking, her culinary skills don’t end there. She won a gourmet hamburger contest that brought her to the attention of some Master Chef judges and she has even worked on the line in one of their restaurants as a result. By sheer happenstance, I crossed paths with her mother while in Auckland (it really is a serendipitous world) and she is extremely proud and supportive of her daughter’s endeavors. I’d say with her talents and that support, this young lady is well on her way to a spectacular career. Visit melieskitchen.com

LuLu's PotteryNext is a 10 year old — 10 YEARS OLD! — from Australia who makes beautiful pottery well beyond her years. I remember doing pottery at summer camp at that age and let me tell you, it is not easy to make something centered let alone beautiful. It really is an art. And to master it at that young age . . . I’m impressed to say the least.

Student Show 14Lastly, the Melbourne Museum was hosting an annual show of student work while I was there. Everything from films, to furniture & lighting, graphic design, web design, and more. The very fact that design is so supported in the secondary schools was wonderful to see. The idea that young students between the ages of 15-17 could have something on display at a big city museum was highly impressive and as one exhibitor’s proud father put it, “A really big deal!” I agree wholeheartedly.

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