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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LATELY IN MY LIFE :: Byron Bay Holiday

I have a lot of things that I’ve been meaning to post that seem to slip through the blog cracks after I’ve shared little bits on Instagram. Our road trip to Byron Bay in the last school holidays is one of them. We rented six beach houses with four other families (and extended family members too) which were grouped together in a gated area right on the beach just outside of Byron. It was perfect. There were four 10 year old kids – all only children – who had such a fun time hanging out during the day and having sleep overs at each others houses at night. We took turns at cooking dinner and hung out together on the deck at night. There was swimming, beach combing, sand sculpting, walking, kite flying, board games, sparklers and glow sticks, and water bomb fights.

The weather was a bit patchy but we didn’t want to hang out in the sun all day, so it was perfect.

the red thread at Tallow beach

I bought this gorgeous big hand carved spoon at the Byron Bay markets.

the red thread Byron Bay holiday

We visited the Crystal Castle which has the most divine lush gardens and a labyrinth with an amazing calming and peaceful energy. The kids and a couple of the mums spent an afternoon horse riding on the beach.

the red thread visits the crystal castle the red thread visits Byron Bay

And I spent a morning teaching children to felt, and an evening teaching a workshop making woven fabric vessels, both at Meet Make Create, hosted by lovely Nikki of Paper Runway. Her studio space is light and bright and the perfect space for workshops, especially because it is upstairs from the fabulous cafe 100 mile table. If you’re up Byron way check out Meet Make Create for creative workshops, and keep an eye on Paper Runway for the fabulous events Nikki runs.

the red thread weaving workshop

There was a mandatory visit to the Big Banana at Coffs and the Byron Bay light house, as well as lots of cafes and a few local markets.

the red thread road trip


All of which made it the perfect family road trip.


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Shopping small, supporting my local community

Rozelle – a suburb near to where I live – was recently rocked by a tragic fire and explosion which claimed three lives and caused many local businesses to close for between a few days and a few weeks. It took a while for trade to pick up again and as a result small businesses have been doing it tough. When American Express asked me to be a part of the Shop Small campaign to support local business I jumped at the chance to do something for the community. (This isn’t a sponsored post. I’m doing it as my small contribution to help Rozelle.)

Darling Street is the main street that runs from Rozelle down to the Balmain peninsular and is home to scores of great shops, cafes and restaurants. I’ve created a walk that showcases some of my favourite places to shop and eat in the area. My walk is designed to start late morning 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. Come with me on a virtual walk, and if you’re in Sydney make a date to experience it yourself. If you’re not… make an effort to shop small and local and support your community. Take a look at all the Shop Small walks – you might find a new area to explore.

Stay tuned in a couple of weeks for a great giveaway – your chance to eat with friends at my fave cafe, treat yourself to a room full of flowers or buy some lovely homewares.

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SHOP SMALL via the red thread


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Sorbet hues for summer entertaining at home

Summer is on it’s way and that means spring cleaning, changing things up at home and lots of entertaining. I can’t think of a better new Summer colour palette than delicious fresh pastels. One of Freedom‘s colour stories for Summer 2014 is called Sorbet Dream and it’s exactly what I’m loving, so I jumped at the chance to shop the collection for my home. With Spring and Summer entertaining in mind I focused on my dining area and invited a couple of friends over for an afternoon tea catch up.

The Geo Triangle Print is my favourite item from the collection, and it was the starting point for this Spring/Summer makeover. The colours and simplicity of the design are so fresh, and when I hung it above our dining table the whole mood of the room livened up.

Freedom Summer 2014 print via the red thread blog

Freedom Summer 14 homewares via the red thread blog

I baked lemon cake and we drank jasmine green tea and citrus infused water. We spent a long lazy afternoon enjoying each others’ company and feeling like summer had already arrived.

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Join me for a weaving workshop in Byron Bay

Next week I am teaching a woven fabric vessel workshop in beautiful Byron hosted by Nikki of Paper Runway. If you’re a local, or like me you might be in the area for school holidays, it would be lovely if you could join me on Thursday 25th September. Bookings and all the details can be found at Paper Runway.


Lisa Tilse fabric vessel workshop Byron Bay


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