Christmas styling in pastels, gold, white and wood

It’s almost time to start decking the halls, planning the menu and the styling of the Christmas dining table, and wrapping gifts – things that I look forward to doing every year. I started a little early this year when Freedom asked me to share how I’d style my home using their new Christmas collection. I’ve chosen to go with a soft colour palette of pastels, gold, white and wood. I was after a sparkly but simple and modern look and I found beautiful pieces in store that fit my aesthetic perfectly. I styled my table setting, put up a stunning simple tree, wrapped gifts and made a wreath, and I can’t wait to show you…

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All styling and photography: Lisa Tilse for the red thread blog

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Shop Small Giveaway Winners

I love having giveaways on the blog – and I enjoy announcing the winners even more. The three Shop Small giveaway prizes are:

$150 voucher to use at Potteround Floral Design to fill your senses with beautiful blooms.
$150 voucher for Egg of the Universe wholefoods cafe – share a delicious lunch with a few friends.
$200 voucher to purchase something beautiful for your home from Sky Parlour.

GIVEAWAY WINNERS via the red thread

 

And the winners…

Winner 1 is ‘bj‘, who summed up shopping small and locally perfectly:

I always support local and shop small first. It is where you get personalised service; where you find that special item not everyone else is going to have; where often first jobs are given; where you can have a coffee “on your own but you are not”; fundraising for local kindergartens and schools happen; notices are put up. The hub of a community.

Winner 2 is Lisa, who wrote about her lovely neighbourhood (edited comment):

Within 500 metres of my door is the most wonderful old fashioned strip shopping centre with little more than a cafe, an IGA, a bakery, chemist and a wonderful butcher who greets his customers by name, ages his own meat, offers the kids a jelly bean and opens the door for all his customers. We truly live in paradise.

And winner 3 is Alisa Leabon who supports local small businesses (edited comment):

I always like to shop small where I can… I love going into a local shop or cafe where they know your name, what coffee you like or what your taste is. Everyone should be supporting their local small business first before shopping at the large chain stores. The service is more personalised and you may buy something unique!

 

None of the winners have left their email addresses, so please email me within 14 days or your prize will go to another entrant. bj, you have first choice of which voucher you’d like, so get in touch!

 

If you missed my Shop Small guide to Sydney’s Rozelle and Balmain take a look, and don’t forget to download my walking map and recommendations. Support your local community, shop local, shop small this Christmas.

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the Makers pop up event :: curated handmade gifts

I’ve teamed up with the lovely girls at Shibori Textiles to hold a pop up shopping event featuring the makers of beautiful handmade goods. The makers include Jacqui Fink, ther.a.py, me we, Louise M Studio, felt divine, Sally Campbell, Hayden Youlley, Shibori Textiles and yours truly.

Come and join us and shop local, support handmade and the makers this Christmas. You’ll fine high quality, beautiful and unique gifts that you may just want to keep for yourself.

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the Makers

Saturday 29 November
from 10 – 4

Shibori Textiles
30a Sailsbury Road
Stanmore

 

Here’s a little taste of what you can expect to see: shibori dyed homewares, bespoke leather clutches, extreme knitting, ceramics, textiles, art, bags, jewellery, woven hangings and more.

the makers 1 via the red thread blog the makers 2 via the red thread blog

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TUTORIAL :: Make a gorgeous gold paper storage sack

This tutorial on how to make gorgeous gold paper storage buckets is an excerpt from my digital magazine SCOUT. If you aren’t familiar with SCOUT magazine this will give you a little complimentary taste of the 148 pages of wonderful things to make, bake and give. Stay tuned tomorrow for exciting news on what’s happening with SCOUT in the new year.

Super stylish. Super easy to make. Super practical. These crushed paper storage sacks are all that and they’ll cost you less than a dollar each. They’re perfect for holding craft supplies, stationery, make-up, plants or even Christmas gifts. Even though they’re made of everyday brown paper, they’re actually very durable. The secret is in the making: when you scrunch up paper it becomes softer and is less likely to tear.

 

How to make gorgeous gold paper storage sacks :: tutorial on theredthreadblog.com

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Shop Small Giveaway :: $500 to spend at my fave local shops

Did you see my recent post about shopping small to support my local community? You can follow my walking map of Rozelle and Balmain browsing homewares, a florist, and a wonderful gallery, then a stop for a wholefoods lunch, followed by gelato, and finishing with buying fresh seasonal ingredients to cook dinner at home. I’m excited now to offer you the opportunity to experience some of my favourite local businesses for yourself. How does $150 to fill your senses with lovely flowers sound? Or $150 to enjoy a wonderful wholefoods lunch with friends? What about $200 to purchase some beautiful things for your home or for gifts?

egg of the universe giveaway via the red thread potteround giveaway via the red thread sky parlour giveaway via the red thread

All images: Lisa Tilse for the red thread blog

 

Three winners will be chosen on November 24th and the three prizes are:

$150 voucher to use at Potteround Floral Design to fill your senses with beautiful blooms.
$150 voucher for Egg of the Universe wholefoods cafe – share a delicious lunch with a few friends.
$200 voucher to purchase something beautiful for your home from Sky Parlour.

 

All you have to do to be in the running to win one of these gift vouchers is:

1. Read my previous post about my favourite local small businesses.
2. Take a look at my Shop Small map.
3. Leave a comment on this post sharing your thoughts on shopping small and local, or tell us about your favourite local shop or cafe.
I’ll choose a winner based on the best answers. The comp is open for one week and to Australian residents only.  The full Terms and Conditions can be found here.
You have to be able to make your own way to Rozelle in Sydney’s inner west to use the voucher if you are a winner.

I’m looking forward to reading your comments on how and where you like to shop small.

 

This post was produced in conjunction with American Express as part of the Shop Small campaign to support local business. It isn’t a sponsored post – I’m not receiving payment for it – I’m doing it as a contribution to my local community.

 

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