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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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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Officeworks Giveaway Winner

Apologies in the delay of this announcement… the winner of the $100 Officeworks gift voucher is Nikki Croft who commented:

Gorgeous transformation, thanks for the inspiration, I could really use some office organisation help at the moment!

Officeworks could totally help me master my workspace! I’m currently on maternity leave but just got the word that I’d been made redundant last week. Luckily I have another job lined up already in the family business but I sacrificed my office space for the nursery and now have the teeny tiniest space to work from that has become the dumping ground for anything and everything that doesn’t have a place! It’s in sore need of some smart storage solutions and stylish filing systems!

Congratulations Nikki, and thanks to everyone who entered – I hope you manage to master your workspace too! I’m loving my new organised home office workspace.


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SCOUT magazine giveaway

If you need another incentive to buy SCOUT magazine – apart from the 146 pages of ad-free goodness, new contemporary craft tutorials (ranging from simple to a bit more complicated), printables, a section on wrapping with fabric, wonderful gift lists and wishlists from eight stylists, creatives and bloggers, and a food section featuring 19 delicious recipes – then this is for you. Anyone who purchases a copy of SCOUT before Christmas day 2013 will automatically be in the running to win all these lovely things.

EDIT: The giveaway is now closed. All these lovely things were won by Robyn Carr of Geelong. Congrats Robyn!


One lucky reader will win everything and I’m happy post internationally. The winner will be drawn at random, notified by email and announced here on the blog.

You can get your copy of SCOUT digital magazine here, and see my previous posts about SCOUT here, here, here, and here.


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SCOUT digital magazine is nearly ready to launch!

I’m so close to having SCOUT ready. So very close. It’s been a huge task, but I’ve loved it and I can’t wait to share the tutorials, printables, and inspirational finds with you. There are wish lists and gift lists from some of my favourite creatives and bloggers, and recipes from some amazing food bloggers. And a giveaway too.

One of the most difficult parts of the whole magazine was choosing a cover image, but I’m so happy with it so I thought I’d give you a sneaky peek.

SCOUT magazine cover by Lisa Tilse - the red thread

Stay tuned – I’m almost ready to launch. The amount of content that’s specifically related to the festive season is minimal and the tutorials and recipes are perfect for this or any time of the year, so I’ve wanted to be totally happy with SCOUT instead of rushing to get it finished by a particular date.


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