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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!

Shopping the globe, our small world
November 18, 2009

It is no secret to my family and friends that I am an online shopping junkie. Ebay was an early addiction followed by endless online stores, leading to my very own store, Tonic Gifts. But about a year ago my online shopping lead to a whole new world. I had been aware of Etsy for some time, Etsy is an online community spanning the globe with buyers and sellers coming from more than 150 countries. Sellers offer their hand made and vintage wares for all. My first purchase was a birthday present for me! I am exceptional at buying for myself, a beautifully handcrafted picture frame pendant by Simone Walsh . Simone is located in the scenic Blue Mountains of New South Wales. I have to admit I have purchased again from Simone, her work is beautifully crafted and her thoughtful presentation is ideal for giving.

Our dream came true late last year, around Christmas time. I was pregnant, and so the eight months of “morning” sickness soon followed. My “condition” as my Grandmother would have said was spent at home. I had a lot of time to prepare for our baby buying online. Ava’s nursery has been fitted out exclusively with online purchases; it is only the Ikea sofa, a gift from her Grandparents, that was purchased from a physical store!

We decided on an elephant theme for the nursery, I principally bought yellow and aqua and decided that to introduce pink or blue once our bundle arrived. A gorgeous hand crafted elephant mobile by the seller Lollipop Moon from Aurora, Colorado in the US.

This initial elephant purchase resulted in many ‘elephant’ searches on both Etsy and Ebay. I was fortunate to discover Theodora handmade, by artist Jess, a gorgeous collection from her tiny dining table in her small apartment in Melbourne, a gorgeous cushion and hanging elephant with a bell.

Being a proud South Australian, I was delighted to discover Fede, Fiona Dyer is Adelaide artisan with quirky hand made soft toys for babies and children. I purchased Ava’s first Christmas present the most fabulous soft toy hammer and spanner from Fede. I just hope it inspires Ava is be a handy girl like her Mum and not like her happily not so handy Dad. You can read all about Fiona and her designs in her features Etsy interview.

In preparation for Ava’s first visit from Father Christmas, I purchased a santa sack from shelnel on Etsy. I am looking forward to filling up Ava’s Santa sack with many more fabulous finds from Etsy.

My entry today must come to an end, little Miss Ava is sleeping peacefully and there is washing to be done!

Until next time happy shopping!