The eyes have it

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I’m often asked why I called my blog Tonia With An Eye. Well it’s a long story and it involves a short black. Stay with me …

I’d spent an entire weekend plotting a gazillion different names but none of them felt quite right. Eventually I went out for a coffee break. Cue the barista: “What’s your name?” Cue moi: “It’s Tonia with an ‘i'”. Quicker than you can say, “make mine to go”, I was out of there โ€” hot brew in hand and new name in head.

As a side note, I should say for most of my twenties and thirties, I never really cared when my name was misspelt as Tonia with a ‘y’ but when I’d clocked up my bazillionth ‘Tonya’, I began spelling it out so my coffee cups and name tags reflected the real me โ€”ย not some gal named ‘Tonya’. See, I told you it was a long story.

So since naming the blog, I seem to be seeing ‘eyes’ everywhere. Naturally, when I spotted that green-eyed ring above, well I had to make it mine. This is not a sponsored post (blah, blah, blah) but, in case you’re wondering, it’s a cute creation from Holly Ryan.

My eye sightings don’t end there. Check out this incredible story about the artistry involved in creating prosthetic eyes.

But wait, there’s more. A new barista has just started working at my local cafe. Check out the amazing tattoo she kindly let me photograph.

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Have you spied any eye-inspired bits or bobs I should know about? Please share. I’d love to take a look.

Linking up with With Some Grace for Flog Your Blog Friday.

22 Comments

  • Reply July 1, 2016

    Lydia C Lee

    Ha! I never made the connection with ‘Tonia with an i’ (I can be stupid like that!)

    • Reply July 1, 2016

      Tonia

      Don’t worry Lydia, you’re in the majority. Loads of people ask me the significance of the name. I’ve been meaning to write this post for so long! Meanwhile, have a nice weekend. After a big week, I’m looking forward to some down time.

  • Reply July 1, 2016

    Amy @ HandbagMafia

    That tatt is spectacular! And a cool coincidence ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply July 1, 2016

      Tonia

      Hey thanks Amy! I’m heading down for a coffee a little later so I’ll be sure to pass on that lovely feedback.

  • I love the epiphany with the name. Having said that, I assumed that was the story behind the blog name. I’m someone who has to spell my name for others so I just have a different coffee name!

    Wow…that’s an amazing tattoo!

    • Reply July 1, 2016

      Tonia

      Oh Sanch, I can soooo relate to that ‘coffee name’. My cousin orders pizzas with the surname ‘Smith’. Our surname’s ‘Zemek’ which comes in a bazillion different spellings too. Thanks for stopping by and for your tattoo love. I can’t wait to share this feedback with my new favourite barista. Have a good weekend.

  • That ring is awesome! But no, I have not spotted anything awesome with an eye lately….except your ring!

    • Reply July 1, 2016

      Tonia

      Thanks Eva. I actually saw a fabulous clutch a few months ago, it featured a huge eye made of sequins. Unfortunately, I didn’t add that one to my collection. Hope you have a relaxing weekend – not long to go now. Such an exciting time for you! x

  • I get it. I am lucky I didn’t grow up thinking my name was Rhianna. I named my son Max because it was easy to spell, easy to say and you can’t stuff it up – not that I have hang ups about it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply July 1, 2016

      Tonia

      Max is a great name, good choice. Sounds like you’re a kindred spirit, Rhiannon. I’ll look out for you if I ever hear that name called at a coffee shop! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply July 1, 2016

    Deborah

    Well that completely makes sense and how wonderful when something (like the blog name) just falls into place. You can ponder on something for ages but then it just ‘fits’.

    • Reply July 1, 2016

      Tonia

      Oh Deb, I’m a ‘ponderer’ from way back. So yes, I sure do love it when things fall into place. Hope you have a relaxing weekend. This week has felt very, very long at this end. I can’t wait for a couple of days off, at last.

  • I love the story of how your blog got it’s name. Are you going to go matchy matchy with your barista’s tat?!

    • Reply July 1, 2016

      Tonia

      Oh I wish, I wish. She’s a bit braver than me!

  • Reply July 5, 2016

    Vanessa

    Oh interesting. You know, I can’t think of the last time I saw an eye somewhere.

    • Reply July 5, 2016

      Tonia

      Strangely, I’m seeing them everywhere. Saw a lovely pair of silver eye-shaped earrings in a magazine recently but I decided to show some restraint because I can ‘see’ where this little collection could be heading. I’ve just done a big declutter and, if I’m not careful, I’ll end up right back where ‘eye’ started.

  • Reply July 6, 2016

    Grace

    Oh, I love it! A friend of mine brought me back souvenir from Turkey (I think), which was a blue eye. It kind of freaked me out at first but then I really grew fond of it. Apparently every house has the “eye” on their front door or shops as a way to “look out for them”
    I’ve always loved your blog name, now I know the reasoning behind it, I love it even more ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Reply July 6, 2016

      Tonia

      Golly, I’d love to see those homes with the eyes on them โ€”ย what a lovely idea to protect the owners. Thanks for sharing, Grace. Hope you’re having a good week. Thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply July 7, 2016

    merilyn

    interesting tonia! I love the way your blog name came about!
    you are cleaver like that! running with the ideas!
    cool ring!
    love m:)X

    • Reply July 7, 2016

      Tonia

      Oh thanks Merilyn, my jewellery collection is rivalling my wardrobe these days. I just can’t walk past something sparkly! x

  • Reply July 7, 2016

    merilyn

    dear tonia,
    I’ve come to this party late, now I’ve misspelt clever!
    obviously it’s too late in the day for me to think/speak/write!
    lol mxx

    • Reply July 7, 2016

      Tonia

      I know EXACTLY how you feel, Merilyn. This week has been a long one at this end too. Hope you’ve got a restful weekend planned. x

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