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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Thoughts on the future of blogging and other things…

I was recently interviewed by Amanda Fuller on her blog Kaleidoscope about what resources, apps and gadgets I use, worthwhile investments for blogging, and my thoughts on the future of blogging… amongst other things!  You can read the interview here, or just go and check out Kaleidoscope for Amanda’s great inspiration and resources for bloggers.

the red thread home office makeover


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Organising my home office :: Before & after (+ a giveaway)

I have a confession to make: although I am a bit of a neat freak, when I’m busy my workspace ends up in all kinds of a mess. While I’m at it I may as well confess to something else. As a creative I am not fond of doing admin or office organisation. As a result things tend to get out of hand in my tiny home office. I was at that point when I was asked to do this sponsored post for Officeworks on the theme of mastering my workspace. So I set about getting organised and decluttering both my space and my head space. I have a $100 Officeworks gift voucher to giveaway to help you with your workspace too – details are at the end of the post.

This is what my desk usually looks like when I have a lot on – there are notes scribbled on bits of paper, a heap of mail, piles of paperwork that need my attention, receipts and a general mess.



This is how it looks now:

the red thread home office makeover


I have a document tray, folders, a stack of small notebooks that I’ll use one at a time to write everything in – no more scraps of paper, and just one small pen cup. Did you notice the two big pots I was using to store pens – and everything else – before? It just confirms to me that the more space you have the more you accumulate. I didn’t need all those pens, textas, scissors, knitting needles(!), etc on my desk which is already too small. Best of all it looks like the workspace of a designer… being organised doesn’t have to mean a boring aesthetic.

The top of my desk may have been a mess, but it’s the shallow drawer under my desk that became the dumping ground for anything and everything. I’m embarrassed to show you this… but I’m excited to show you the ‘after’ shot.



All of Roxy’s bits and pieces were banished to her room and everything except office supplies went somewhere else. I bought two clear trays with compartments to hold all the bits and pieces and now the drawer is a neat freak’s dream!



My old ‘to be filed’ system consisted of this orange carry bag that sat under my desk or on a shelf, which I sorted out every quarter in time to do my BAS. I now have a system of folders in the document tray on my desk and in white storage boxes in the cupboard. The before and after:



I used to stick things randomly on the wall next to my desk, now a I have a much more practical magnetic whiteboard – I use it for important notes, as a moodboard and for inspiration. I discovered that Officeworks has a Print and Copy service and you can order online, so I’m going to get a few more photos printed to include on my whiteboard. The filtered water jug is another addition to my workspace that I love because I’ve found that I am drinking a lot more now that I have water close at hand. The black folders appeal to me as a designer as well as being super practical – one for each day of the working week. So organised!

the red thread home office makeover


A white document tray houses a stack of clear A4 and A5 wallets that I’ve labeled with washi tape for fast and easy filing of everything that lands on my desk. I have no excuse now to go back to piles of paper, and the little ‘to do’ list notepad is perfect for a quick visual of things to do first thing in the morning. I used to have my vast stash of washi tape in a bowl and now I have it colour coded and neatly stacked in a storage box.



One of the other useful things I’ve done is stock up on supplies like A4 paper, envelopes, batteries (it’s such a pain when the mouse batteries die and I have none at hand), notepads, staples and markers. I’m usually racing out to get something when I really need it – it’s such an inefficient way to work. Next I’d like to get myself a shredder, and to update my old chair to a more ergonomic office chair. While I was shopping at Officeworks I checked out their range of furniture and tried out a few comfy chairs. I must write a list!

I’m inspired now that I have my home office has good, simple filing systems and storage solutions. It’s a fresh start to keep me sorting, filing and organising on a daily basis and not let things get out of hand again, and I love having an empty white desktop to work on. I achieved all of this on a budget of $200 at Officeworks and I’m feeling like admin may not be such a formidable task in future. I’m not saying I’ll enjoy it – I’d much rather be making something – but it’s going to be so much easier!



I have a $100 Officeworks voucher to giveaway to one reader to help you create a workspace that inspires you to achieve your goals. Just comment below, answering this question: How will you master your workspace with Officeworks? The giveaway ends on Tuesday 29th July. Full terms and conditions. For other ideas, check out the Officeworks video How to Personalise Your Workspace. You can also share your workspace inspiration #MasterMyWorkspace.


This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Officeworks. I only partner with brands that are a good fit with my blog, my aesthetic and what you, my readers, enjoy. All images are by me, Lisa Tilse,  for the red thread blog. All words and opinions are my own.


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Etsy and abcd Sydney craft party this weekend

Join us this weekend for a fun afternoon giving your old photos new life with collage, embroidery and watercolours. I assist Steph (of Bondville) in hosting abcd socials for creative folk and this Saturday we are excited to be collaborating with Etsy for their worldwide Craft Parties on Saturday 7th June 2014. Bring copies of old photos, share a pot of tea and conversation with other friendly creatives, and get your craft on. As always, abcd socials are free to attend.


abcd etsy Sydney craft party

Tara from Dudley Redhead, Fiona from Fiona Kate and I will help you with techniques and ideas to transform photos into works of art worthy of framing.

Saturday 7th June from 3pm – 5pm

Erskineville Town Hall
104 Erskineville Rd
Erskineville, NSW 2043

RSVP is essential – head here to order your free ticket. If you can’t make it, look out for the #abcdsocial and #craftpartyAU hashtags on social media.

Our always popular abcd social goodie bag will have a craft twist for this event. Bring along some craft supplies from your stash to include in the goodie bag – your small crafty pack could include paper, yarn, fabric, tags… anything that will inspire others. Everyone who participates will go home with a bag full of crafty goodness. To participate in the goodie bag fun you must RSVP by this Thursday 5th June.
We will be just down the road from the Sydney Finders Keepers market, so you can walk on over after you’ve done some market browsing.

Be in the running to win a $100 Etsy gift card.
Simply share your Craft Party pics on social media using the hashtags #CraftParty and #CraftPartyAU and you’ll go in the running to win one of three $100 Etsy gift cards. This competition is open now until June 13 so start sharing your Craft Party prep pics today! Full terms and conditions

Hope to see you at the Craft Party!

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