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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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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Lilac, soft pink and gold goodness at kikki.k

kikki.K has recently released their new range of homewares, together with diaries and planners for the coming year – and they’re gorgeous! Soft hues of lilac, rosy pink and gold are complimented by crisp white and the kikki.K pared back Scandinavian aesthetic.

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I’ve got my eye on so much from these new ranges, and the lilac diary is coming home with me next time I visit the store. The price point of the homewares makes them perfect gifts… Christmas is only 8 weeks away! Eeek! At least I have some ideas for gifts. You haven’t started shopping yet have you?!

You can shop online for kikki.K stationery, homewares, bags and a great range of diaries, calendars and planners to get yourself ready for Christmas and the new year.

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eLearning Bloggers’ Masterclass :: Create great visual content for your blog

My video on How to create awesome visual content for your blog is part of the Kidspot Voices of 2014 eLearning Bloggers’ Masterclass, and it goes live today. I was invited to share my tips and advice on how I create visuals for my blog – to help you do the same even if you’re not a designer or photographer. I talk about the basics of user friendly blog design, resources for creating visuals, how I set up a photography ‘studio’ in my living room, tips for interesting photography, and how to create unique visual content even if you don’t shoot your own photos… and more!

A sneak peek below shows how to use a large sheet of paper to create a seamless background for still life and product shots.

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Each week in October there will be a new eLearning Bloggers’ Masterclass.

Get clever tips and tricks for creating great images and visuals for your blog
Lisa Tilse  (that’s me)
1st October
See it here

Learn the 5 + 5 formula for great blog design
Kelly Exeter from A Life Less Frantic
8th October
RSVP here

Discover simple techniques to creating a better blog through writing
Blogger: Eden Riley from Edenland
Date: 15th October
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Find out how to build an ace community from your blog
Bron Mandile from Maxabella Loves
22nd October
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Learn how to take your blog to the next level
Louisa Claire from Brand Meets Blog
29th October
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So head on over and register to watch this series of eLearning Bloggers’ Masterclass videos. There’s also a Facebook events page. I hope you learn something about creating awesome visuals for your blog from today’s video. Feel free to comment here with any feedback or anything else you’d like to learn about the topic.

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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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