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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INSPIRATION :: Thuss + Farrell

Could there be a better partnership than Thuss + Farrell? Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell are a married couple who have worked together for over twenty years. The sum of their talents covers a variety of creative disciplines, from photography to furniture design, set design, graphic design and creative direction. Amazing. Inspiring.

These lovely summery images by Thuss + Farrell are a nice antidote to the Sydney winter.

Thuss + Farrell photography Thuss + Farrell


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SPACE TO CREATE :: Karina Jean Sharpe

For me one of the best things about Instagram is the constant inspiration that comes from discovering and following all sorts of creative people. Some of them – like Karina Jean Sharpe -  consistently produce photos that make me stop scrolling and really pause to drink the image in. Karina’s photos are accompanied by well crafted, sometimes funny, often thought provoking captions and this platform seems to be the perfect way to showcase her creativity. Karina is a jeweller and an image maker and she does both with a unique vision, passion and talent. I hope you enjoy peeking into Karina’s creative world on this week’s Space to Create post.

Meet Karina…

KJS workspace1 KJS 1 KJS jewellery5

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Washi Tape and Leila Jeffreys

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may already know that I put off doing the housework on Saturday in favour of putting washi tape on my bedroom wall. I’d had the roll of lovely coral MT Casa tape for a few weeks… what better excuse to get in and use it than avoiding cleaning?

Washi tape via the red thread

My yellow polka dot pillow case is from Castle & Things, the flocked black spot cushion was a gift from Freedom, and the print is Fifi Lapin.

What I’d really love to be hanging in my bedroom is this photograph titled “’Neville, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo” by Leila Jeffreys. It would go perfectly don’t you think? Dreaming…

Leila jeffreys Cockatoo via the red thread

Image Source: Tim Olsen Gallery

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Instagram Competition

Freedom have recently released their new winter collection of covetable home wares and furniture and I’m excited to tell you that I’ve teamed up with them for an Instagram competition. There are 5 great prizes valued at over $1000 which I chose from the new collection. I was in store this week and there is so much to love in the collection’s four ranges: graphik, rustic, coastal and sweet folk… something for everyone.

the red thread Freedom Instagram comp

All you have to do to enter is post 4 photos on Instagram – one for each of the four themes: graphik, rustic, coastal and sweet folk – between Monday 25th March to Monday 1st April. Your photos can be of anything that fits within each theme. Be creative and imaginative and interpret the themes with your own style and content.

There’ll be a prize for the best photo in each of four themes, plus a prize for the person who’s four photos we love the most. The competition will be judged by me and Freedom and announced here on Friday 5th April.

The four theme prizes are:
neon knit cushion  |  rowan cushion  |  glaze vessel
verona throw  |  tricote set of three stacking baskets
symmetric floor rug in raspberry
character table lampcambridge cushion

And the prize for the overall winner is:
maze nest of tables  |  vista faceted vessel

If you’re not already on Instagram download the app onto your smart phone and join in. I have to say I’m a bit addicted it’s a lot of fun and another great way to connect with like minded folk.

These are the basic rules:
- The photos have to be your original photos, and must be new ones taken during the competition period Monday 25th March to Monday 1st April
- Follow @freedom_australia and @theredthread
- Submit one photo for each of the themes: graphik, rustic, coastal and sweet folk
- Tag each photo with #webelieveinfreedom and the hashtag for that particular photo’s theme – #webelieveingraphik OR #webelieveinrustic OR #webelieveincoastal  OR #webelieveinsweetfolk
- Tag your photos with @freedom_australia and @theredthread to make sure we see them
- The competition is open to Australian residents only

So, are you in? It’s going to be fun and I can’t wait to see how the themes are interpreted. Leave me a comment if you have any questions. See you on Instagram!

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