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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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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INSPIRATION :: Mimi Krichner’s embroidered portraits

These little sweet and quirky embroidered doodles are by American fiber artist and doll maker Mimi Kirchner.


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The works are postcard size and are currently in a show called Good Mail Day at the Artstream Gallery in New Hampshire. If you’re not familiar with Mimi’s amazing dolls check out her blog.


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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  /  ther.a.py

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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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.

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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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