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,, 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


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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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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LOVING :: An all Australian Christmas gift / wish list

Believe it or not we’re only six weeks out from Christmas. I’m not sure how that happened so quickly, but there it is. Time to start making those lists and hitting the shops, or avoid jostling for a car park and hit the online stores with a glass of something refreshing in hand. As part of an old school blog hop I’m sharing some of my favourite gifts to fill an all Australian Christmas stocking.

At the bottom of the post you’ll find links to the other Aussie lifestyle bloggers who are sharing their gift lists today. Click through and visit them, and why not go completely old school and leave a comment too. Show your love for Australian bloggers and local design… and get started on your list and shopping before the remaining weeks slip by.


the red thread christmas gift list the red thread christmas wish list

Shibori leather clutch  /

White & rose gold watch  /  The Horse

Pink stripe beaker  /  arro home

Adhesive note gem  /  kikki.K

Stacker rings  /  Naomi Murrell

Heirloom vegie seeds  /  Lark

Awareness Love Rug  / Basil Bangs

Dipped blueglaze dish  /  Koskela

La Lune print  /  the adventures of

Summer Harvest 2 print  /  Tiel Seivl-Keevers

Circle necklace  /  Country Road

2015 wall planner  /  Poppies for Grace

Weave bowl – Crayon Chick


Be sure to follow the blog hop to these lovely blogs for lots more Australian gift ideas for the holiday season:
Checks and Spots
eat read love
Sunday Collector
Concrete & Honey
Honey and Fizz


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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.

This is a long post with lots of photos, so click on the ‘read more’ link below…


SHOP SMALL via the red thread


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LOVING :: Blend Cups by Louise M Studio

These gorgeous porcelain cups from Louise M Studio make me think of milkshakes, marshmallows and clouds. Aren’t they delicious?

Louise M blend cups Louise M Studio via the red thread


Louise will be selling her Blend Cups along with other lovely porcelain pieces at the Sydney Finders Keepers market on 12 and 13 December. You can see more of her work and contact Louise through the Louise M Studio website.


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