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Birth Date & Wedding Date Stories Giveaway
May 31, 2010

My absence over the past few weeks has been due to a Little Miss with a nasty cold. And also because I have been working on (and almost ready to launch) my personalised Birth Date and Wedding Date Stories.  The printer (aka my husband) has finally delivered the gorgeous paper stock. Whilst I had my heart set on using canvas paper stock, I was finding too many inconsistencies with the print quality. Problem now solved with a gorgeous specialised stock that has a canvas effect, brilliant!

So I am now all ready to print some samples and photograph these beauties, a perfect opportunity for a give away. Please send me your details, with colour preferences. The best colour combinations I will photograph and use of my website. Winners will receive a FREE Birth or Wedding Date Story print ready for you to frame. Please email me your details to Today, Tuesday 1st June 2010.

Birth Date Story Details

including, but not exclusive to

1. Baby’s full name

2. Day, Date Month, Year and Time of Baby’s birth

3. Baby’s Birth Weight

4. Baby’s Birth Length/Height

5. Town, City, State, and Country of Birth

6. Parents Names

7. Nursery decor, please select up to three colours

Wedding Date Story

details can include

1. Bride and Groom’s married names Mr & Mrs or Individual surnames

2. Brides Full Maiden Name

3. Grooms Full Name

4. Date of Marriage

5. Ceremony location

6. Reception Location

7. Colour preference please select up to three colours, that will compliment your decor

I am looking forward to creating your personalised prints!

Thank you for all the gorgeous recipes I am yet to finalise the winner, and will get my apron on and announce a winner very soon.

Hope your day is fabulous xo


BYO Coffee Cup By HookTurn Industries
May 10, 2010

The BYO Coffee cup is one of my favourite products, I use mine daily. Its a cool looking coffee cup you can re-use again and again and again. Made from silicone, it’s firm but flexible, light-weight but tough, and will withstand 200ºC heat. It’s pretty much indestructible. Which means it won’t contribute to the mountain of discarded disposable coffee cups shoved into landfill, that will never decompose because of their polymer lining. The BYO keeps your coffee warm yet it’s cool to the touch. Use it. Wash it. Use it. It’s a way of enjoying the coffee of your choice – without adding more rubbish to the world. Make the change and help save the planet, one coffee at a time.

I often fill mine with a hot tea as I leave home, or to pop into my favourite coffee haunt and get it filled as I head home. It great in the car, the silicon means it sits firmly in the cup holder without any spills. The clever people from HookTurn industries have added a delightful video featuring their BYO Coffee Cup

Hookturn Industries reusable BYO Coffee Cup from Renae on Vimeo.

oh and conveniently I have the cups available from Tonic Gifts, just $10.95

New Year Reflections
December 31, 2009

The New Year brings time for reflection, my family have been so fortunate this year, we welcomed my beautiful daughter, Ava. And whilst we haven’t really celebrated her first Christmas we we thankful that my Dad is still with us following heart surgery. So many families are not fortunate to have had a loved one undergo surgery, they are not given that second chance. Despite Dad being discharged from hospital on Christmas eve, we have sent most days since in emergency and he has been admitted both Christmas night and NYE. Missing out on Christmas and NY celebrations is nothing new to my family, we are a hospitality family so when everyone is celebrating, we are working. But the medical staff working over Christmas and New Year are absolute angels!

The fabulous medical staff at Ashford hospital, in Accident & Emergency and also in the Cardiac Care Unit are truly remarkable. These people put their lives on hold, to care for others. Selflessly working, Doctors and surgeons consulting in the early hours of the morning, and then back again at 7am. Words can’t express our gratitude. My charity of choice is the Heart Foundation, and  now even more so, check out the heart foundations website, it has some great tips about how to approach fitness and diet.

My first personal experience with dedicated medical staff was also at Ashford hospital, where Ava was born. My Obstetrician and Ava’s paediatrician. I have so many letters to write now that it is the New Year, to thanks these wonderful, selfless individuals.  And of course in writing to these people I need beautiful cards and stationery.

Kombi By Tim Crawshaw

My Christmas cards for 2009 were by my very dear friend and thoughtful photographer, Tim Crawshaw.   The Kombi is my favourite card, it reflects our Christmas far better than the snowmen and white Christmas themes. It infuriates me when going to my local newsagency and on offer are winter themed Christmas cards, so irrelevant! To Tim’s website I went, Tim has a collection on RedBubble, gorgeous cards, a canvas and a stunning wall calendar.  With RedBubbles quick and easy ordering process and fast delivery you will be writing to your loved ones in no time!

The Cruel Sea - Tim Crawshaw

Jetty Mechanix by Tim Crawshaw

Winner of the BYO Coffee Cup + Tease  Tea pack is ‘Anita’

congratulations Anita and I will get in touch with you soon for your postal address, so I can send your great prize pack out to you.

I am determined to make a concerted effort to write to my family and friends, it doesn’t have to be a ream of paper, maybe just a thoughtful note in a gorgeous card, or a short note to let those special few know, I am thinking of them. This week I have a beautiful letter writing set from the gorgeous Italian made (the best stationery comes from Italy) Portofino letter writing and note card, new to Tonic I haven’t yet listed them on the website, Pack is valued at over $50. Please subscribe to the blog and make a comment on this post to be in the running for the beautiful letter writing pack. Good luck and thanks for following my blog.

* WIN * Portofino Stationery Pack * WIN *

Happy New Year to you all, 2010 is going to be fabulous!

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?