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Five steps to a fabulous cup of tea
March 3, 2010

Steps to making the perfect cup of tea

There are few things I enjoy as much as a good cup of tea. I have been a tea drinker since I was 18 months old. My Great Grandmother, Nan-Nan Ethel Hurley believed that a sugary cup of tea with a drop of cool water was essential for a happy child! Many childhood memories I have involve sitting around a table with my grandparents, aunts and mum chatting, laughing and enjoying a fabulous cup of tea.  I do make a great cup of tea, something so many don’t achieve; this is especially so in Adelaide with our Café culture dominated by coffee.  Follow these easy five steps to a great cup of tea, and enjoy!

Tease Tea available from tonic gifts, mention this blog post for your free tea infuser.

Five Steps to a Fabulous Cup of Tea – with a tea bag!

1. Many tea drinkers swear by loose-leaf tea, but I bet they use a tea bag for their morning cuppa!  I love tea! I have many tins of loose-leaf tea, but my morning cuppa is always a Lipton Intense tea bag.  Draw fresh water and fill your kettle, (filtered water is best) bring to the boil.

2. Select your favourite cup or mug, it must be white on the inside, otherwise it is difficult to judge the strength. I always choose the largest and finest mug, especially for my morning cup. Warm your cup or mug, simply pour about 60ml of the freshly boiled water into your cup, swirl around, once the cup feels warm discard.

3. Lay the teabag in your warmed cup or mug, drape the tea string over the side of the cup. Pour the freshly boiled water into the cup, and allow the tea to steep for 2 – 3 minutes.

4. The tea is now ready, add milk, sugar or lemon to your taste – but do try it black and without sugar, the taste is so delicate and delicious.

5. Enjoy!


My Love of All Things White…Plus BYO Cup Giveaway
December 18, 2009

Congratulations to Silvana Mitrevski,winner of our Murchison-Hume Laundry Pack. You will be receiving it shortly, I bet you go straight home and start doing the laundry, these products are simply irresistible, brings out the domestic goddess in anyone!  I was so impressed with the number of entries I received for this give away, thank goodness I was able to draw the winner with the assistance of

Murchison-Hume Luxury Laundry Soak

Murchison-Hume Canvas Laundry Bag

My love White on White decor

My love of the white on white theme first evolved when I purchased my first home. Being a relatively small apartment in the the Adelaide CBD the decor was neutral with brilliant white walls, blinds and kitchen. I immediately decorated within my almost non-existent budget with a can of white paint and a tin of Dulux Whisper White. I painted all my photo frames, side tables, you name it – if it could be painted, I painted it white. It was so serene and peaceful, the perfect retreat from my demanding job at the time. As soon as I would walk through the door of number 43, I was calm and at ease.

My white colour scheme was skewed after Nick and I married, we bought my parents home, after mum and dad had purchased a new home by the beach. We jumped a the chance of having more space and an extensively renovated home, Dad has a similar love for cream as I have for white. I now live in a home that is cream, the carpet is cream (nightmare!), the bespoke living room cabinets are cream (fortunately a milky cream), the walls are cream (a very 90s yellow sponged cream). And as I am sure I don’t need to tell lovers of white, cream is a poor excuse for white!

A favourite blog is The Design Files, by Melbourne blogger Lucy Feagins. Lucy featured the new White by Kikki K store in her blog. My two loves together in one store. Design inspiration aplenty, clean fresh lines, just the motivation I need for our Summer painting – lovely! Finally after two and a half years I have made plans to reduce the cream, and inject some much needed white, well buttery white so it goes with the kitchen cabinets. This is much to Nick’s horror, as we will be getting out the paint brushes ourselves. Check out the lush White by Kikki K for your self.

White By Kikki-K Photo from The Design Files

White By Kikki-K Photo from The Design Files Blog

My desk (I wish!!) White by Kikki-K Photo from The Design Files Blog

Tonic Giveaway

This weeks giveaway is for a BYO Coffee (or Tea) Cup and Tease Tea pack. Simply make a comment on this blog, winners will be selected with the assistance from

BYO Coffee Cup

Tease Irish Breakfast

New In Store | PAT SAYS NOW | Laptop Sleeve
December 4, 2009

So excited with our new laptop sleeves from Swiss company Pat Says Now, bringing colour to the office. I love what this company sets out to provide, products to brighten the work day of desk bunnies the world over. Offering functional design, that looks great and are of superior quality. It is very much what I try to do at Tonic Gifts.

Louis XIV available from Tonic Gfts

Louis XIV Laptop Sleeve

UK Laptop Sleeve

UK Laptop Sleeve

I have added to our collection the Louis XVI, (yes, it sounds as fabulous as it looks!) and the very hip right now, UK – Must have, my only problem now is which do I choose?

Style Collective – To-Go Ware CONSERVE Bamboo Utensil Set
December 3, 2009

Style Collective – To-Go Ware CONSERVE Bamboo Utensil Set.