Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Daily Sweets & a Giveaway

We all have our Daily Sweets - those little things that make our day that little bit sweeter.

My two happen first thing in the morning.
Brian gets up at 5am every weekday to go to the gym, and then he gets back at about 6.30ish to get ready for work. Then when he's ready, he wakes me up so we can pray together before he heads off - he's my alarm clock. But in the last few weeks, he's been getting up a little earlier than 5am, so that he can just lie with me in bed and cuddle me. Sometimes I wake up, and sometimes I don't. But when I do wake up, it really sweetens my day.

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My other Daily Sweet is my morning coffee. After I have a shower, I make myself a lovely coffee and settle down to check out the blogosphere. Blogs and coffee make such a perfect little treat!

And speaking of Daily Sweets, let me introduce you to a lovely little shop that would certainly sweeten anyone's day - Sweet William. South-African born Sisters Shelley, Paula and Jeanine have teamed up to bring us a wonderland of lovely illustrations, dolls, brooches, and other delights. Paula is the illustrator in the family, while Shelley and Jeanine collaborate together to incorporate Paula's illustrations into their sweet sewn products.

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Little Daily Sweets inspire this trio of artists - trips to the market, motherhood, music, old children's books and vintage fabrics. They love to collect vintage remnants to transform into new works of art, anything from buttons to old games - they pull from a diverse range of findings.

Outside of Sweet William, these close sisters love to explore. Paula and Jeanine who live in Australia (my home country - woo!), love to go running; and Shelley who lives in New Zealand, enjoys taking road trips around her gorgeous country. And to give you a peek at their sweet tooth - they love anything that involves chocolate, syrup or meringue (lethally delicious!). They also keep up a cute little bloglet here.

These lovely sisters are graciously giving away one of their prints to one lucky reader. The winner will have their choice of any of the illustration prints in the store. To enter to win, just leave a comment telling me what your Daily Sweets are. I will announce the winner using random.org on Sunday.


*Photos taken by Sweet William

97 comments:

DaisyChain said...

My daily sweet is definitley that first cup of coffee and a bowl of fresh fruit with greek yoghurt and a sprinkle of granola. I love waking up to the thought of it.

Jessica Marie said...

i love that he gets up extra early to cuddle :D so sweet!

a little twig birdhouse said...

What a sweet morning routine you have! My husband is my alarm clock also, he wakes me with little kisses, I love it! Lately my morning treat is a huge feed bowl of cereal, I wake up starving and can't wait for the crunchy cereal and banana.

tales from an oc cottage said...

Oh how cute!!!!!

m ^..^

Lindsey said...

That's so cute about you two cuddling...
I think my daily sweets would have to be the sweetener I put on my cereal and in my iced tea. I know sweetener is scary, but I use it a lot, and if it was sugar...well, you wouldn't recognize me I'd look like an Umpa Loompa

Orchid Grey said...

your morning routine is enviable! I wish my boy would wake me up!

My morning sweet is being woken up by my cat patting my cheek and then looking over blogs while my kitty sits in my lap. Mornings are his favorite time to snuggle!

that alpahabet print is so cute!

{eleise} said...

my sweet is fresh fruit! I love juicy fresh fruit...best part of summer!

Julie said...

I get up when my husband does, make him breakfast and then off he goes to work

I think the print"We Love Roses" is so pretty.:)

aunteegem@yahoo.com

maggisaar said...

Funnily enough, we share one of the same Daily Sweets! Cuddling up into Steve in the early morning; as the air is still cool and the sun has yet to reach out window. I know I should be getting up and the longer I stay the more likely I'll be late, but I just don't want to leave his side. It's a bittersweet thing, but it always makes me happy.

Those dolls are so cute!

And I miss you, Dionne!

Hannah said...

My daily sweet is when I wake up, and I go sit on the couch and cuddle with my brothers, Caleb and Eli. A wonderful way to wake up. :)

Hannah

Brown Girl said...

I love waking up with my sweetie too. Coffee is my vice, I love it!

Elle Bee... said...

I love that your hubby gets up extra early to cuddle! So cute!

Coffee and blogs are my morning sweetness as well, it makes it way easier to get into the day.

Hilary Leister said...

Because your last giveaway was so amazing, I'm entering this one too! My daily sweets are cooling down/stretching after a jog, receiving cute text messages from my fella & most importantly: BAGELS!

Kristin said...

Every morning my dog, Lulu, comes up stairs to wake us up by licking our hands (or our faces -- if we're close to the edge of the bed!), and then she jumps up on the bed, crawls in between us and cuddles with us until we're ready to get up. I love it!

Kaye Prince said...

Haha, my sweets are exactly the same as yours! Alex and I always cuddle in the morning, he gets up and makes me my morning coffee, and then after he leaves I settle on the couch with my Blackberry and read blogs. It such a nice way to start the day!

Carol said...

After I finish reading my daily blogs, I am going to go grab my coffee and bagel, yum!

carly said...

my daily sweet is my morning bus ride- complete with tea, a delicious muffin and the crazies.

sassy studio said...

sweets for me are cuddles from my hubby and babe! I love it when my hubby surprises me with any little blue boxes-those are my fav sweets!

umama said...

Chocolate and PC time are my dailt sweets.. and I crave both. Blogging, facebook and ebay.. deadly daily sweets!

SK said...

I love that you pray together in the morning. I should really incorporate more prayer in my life - or maybe wake up earlier to start the day with God!

My daily sweet is my 10 minute walk to the bus stop after work. I walk leisurely and take all the time I want after a busy day of classes and work :)

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

my daily sweet is a cup of tea , toast and blogging time. thanks so much for your lovely comments when I was away, darling! xo

Kristina said...

forehead kisses. It's amazing how loved I can feel from receiving such a small peck on my forehead. :)

Ali said...

Oh, daily sweets...

DEFINITELY my cup of coffee and that last few minutes of Gilmore Girls (I miss the first half because I'm waking up and getting dressed!).

Woo hoo giveaway!

iheartkiwi said...

some of my favorite things! french press coffee and trips to new zealand...

kiwi and i like to tivo jeopardy... nerdy but true. we turn it on after work and keep score(he hates it when i win!)

Summer said...

Daily sweets: my "boys," tea, my cat when she rubs her head on my feet and blogs. :)

Thanks Dionne!

Shanna Suburbia said...

Aww, that is so adorable. My guy and I always fall asleep and wake up cuddling. We must cuddle in our sleep too because sometimes we wake up cuddling in a different position than we fell asleep in!

Lady Thirty said...

love your daily sweets (except the coffee ;) )

my daily sweets...well it´s when I wake up early and have time to draw before I go to work :)

take care

Melissa said...

My daily sweets: I am addicted to Starbucks Frappuccino's! and hugs from my cute little daughter ;)

Great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

Gaia said...

my daily sweets are my flavourous cup of american coffe and the first call form my boyfriends!
I love the dolls! I'm gonna buy one for my friend's first daughter!

Curtis Collectables :) said...

My sweets are the unexpected "I love you" texts that I get from my husband. My bulldog Miya and everything she does. And the occasional cookie never hurt anyone.

Nicole Marie said...

that is so adorable that he wakes up early to cuddle. absolutely adorable.

i think my daily sweets are waking up to my doggie who's so excited to play!

Savvy Mode SG said...

your hub is so sweet.

Savvy Mode SG said...

My daily sweet would be waking up to that cup of coffee (i am not awake until then) and seeing the stock market on the positive side. : )

Megs said...

My daily sweet is being woken up by my children Stella and Oscar with sweet kisses and snuggles for about 1/2 an hour before we actually get up. Nothing better!

photojoy said...

What a sweet couple you are!!!
My daily sweet is changing day to day. For these days, I enjoy fresh peach grown around this area. At breakfast every one in the family take one for each! It's so good! My daughter is not home around a peach season and she always feel so bad about it. So I send a box of peaches to her in Kyoto. What a nice mother!!!

Jennifer said...

When I wake my son up and he gives me a big smile. That's the best part of the day!

AmandaSue said...

My daily sweets is taking my dog for a walk, she gets so excited and I love seeing how happy it makes her when we go outside.
unforgetable_dreamer_always(at)hotmail(dot)com

michelle said...

how sweet....mine is the awesome back rub my husband gives me in the morning....:)

m:)

Wehaf said...

Mine is definitely the bedtime call from my boyfriend! We always say goodnight, no matter how busy we are.

urchiken at gmail dot com

simplesong said...

you guys are such a sweet couple. my morning coffee + blog reading is definitely one of my daily treats. i LOVE that time every morning!

Cherry Blossoms said...

my daily sweets are:
1. seeing my beautiful 2 1/2 year old girl smile at me
2. Having my daughter tell me she :loves me:
3. Being with my husbandn
4. Being together with our family!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

su said...

sweet william is so lovely :)
my daily sweet is meeting up with my friends in between classes; and just chatting our time away over coffee. :)

TZel said...

I love the daily sweet of my daughter coming to see me first thing! She is the sweetest! thanks!

cherdon said...

My daily sweet is when my 13 month old granddaughter arrives at 7:30am and greets me with a great big smile and kiss. She always manages to brighten my day. Then its breakfast, today was cereal and raspberries.

Stephanie said...

My daily sweets are waking up with a puppy in my bed and finishing my day with a bowl of ice cream.

lesjoujou AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win that beautiful print.My daily sweets are hanging with my sister and sweet black cat.My other sweet is a blue berry soy milkshake.Marian

mtzeenla@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My daily sweet is a banana in the morning and dessert tofu.I also have sweet times with my friends and sister.Helen


malfie@care2.com

Dash said...

my daily sweets include non-acidic fruits for breakfast (read: mango, watermelons, papayas, apples.) and that first moment when i step into my house after work and drop my backpack.

Elsie said...

What are the sounds I hear every morning?

The sound of birds singing and chirping, the laughter of my family, my big dog's tail wagging(against the bed), ...

those are my daily sweets, the sounds I treasure! The bird song print is perfect for me!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

edward and lilly said...

Ooh, fab giveaway :)
My daily sweets are dried apricots and goji berries, mmmmm... I'm eating some now, hehe.

Ore, said...

who doesn't love sweets! My weakness in the morning is a mug of cold milk and then navigating my way around the blogosphere. I know what you mean, it's the best way to start the day! :)

Meninheira said...

My daily sweets is when my baby say me "hola" :)

meninheira at gmail dot com

Lone Acorn said...

My daily sweet is waking up in the morning and getting into the balcony to have fresh air. Watching children go to school. Parents seeing them off. People taking morning walk. People going for milk bottles, bread or newspaper. That first breath of fresh air is heavenly. Freshens me up and my whole day goes like that first fresh breath of air. It has something which rejuvenates me, prepares me for the long day ahead.

loneacorn@gmail.com

Mo said...

so sweet !!!

my puppy Elio recently arrived in the family and i love waking up in the morning, going down the stairs and seeing him soooooooo incredibly happy to see me, cause i know it's total and true happiness, nothing faked.
I also love when my alarm clock/radio comes on and it's a song i like :-)
And when my älskling is here, just like you, cuddling in the morning is just the best !!

as for the swaps...I give up :-( i don't have news from Michelle so i assume she didn't get it and i didn't get hers...it's soooo sooo weird ! i don't understand, and i don't want people to think i don't send stuff ! so i guess i just won't take part anymore :-(

Torie Jayne said...

Just found your great blog, I love the illustrations and gorgeous pics, and this post really made me smile, thanks x

pixelhazard said...

Oh mine is a random message telling me i'm loved :) followed by fig and honey yogurt, yum yum yum

free indeed said...

My Daily Sweets are me and my computer...sad huh? But I do enjoy my morning cup of coffee and the surfing to quilt sites and commenting with friends on line. I can stay connected to people and inspirations every day!

Kotori said...

My daily sweet is having my husband home while looking for a job. Strange, I know, to be happy to have an unemployed husband... but I. am. loving. it. It really does sweeten my day. I don't mind tightening my belts financially if it means we're spending more time together!

Pamela said...

I loved reading about your daily sweets. :) I would have to say mine are cuddling with my girls in the morning. Lately they've been waking up at 6:30 in the morning, crawl into bed with me, and actually relax and cuddle! They are such little busy bodies so this is an extra special treat!

What a lovely etsy shop! So creative and fun...thank you for the chance to enter this great giveaway!

JJ said...

My daily sweet is seeing that first smile from my sweet little boy as he shakes the sleep from his head...

Christy Lee said...

My daily sweet is homemade granola - one of the only things that I make well - and strawberries with whipped cream all mixed up together, enjoyed with my husband before he goes to work. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
Christy
sheridesthatbigredhonda@yahoo.com

Adorebynat said...

I love cuddling and my cuddling is with my little one. :-)

GothBarbie said...

my daily sweets are SWEETS - i have a serious stash of candy in my desk at work and i need it to get through a boring day!

also my colorful collection of pens. another item at my desk to keep my days sweet.

thanks for the fun contest!

killercancer {at} hotmail.com

Melissa said...

how beautiful!

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

I'd have to say opening up the drapes & seeing the beautiful blue sky. My husband is long gone by the time I awake, so it's me & our do snuggling. That & a cup of iced chai & my laptop & I'm a happy gal! Great artists & so happy to see their special work. Great day to you!

minishoes1 said...

My daily sweets are waking up to coffee and a danish.-The cherry ones. Also, giving my dog a hug and a bite of my danish.lol thanks! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

Kimberly said...

My daily sweets are sugar in some form (!!), snuggling with my husband on the couch after work, and hugging and kissing Oscar my dauchshund. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

kimberly.yates at gmail dot com

Lily G. said...

I just got the giveaway bookmark yesterday. It is soooo adorable, thanks!!!! And you and your hubby are too cute.

lil miss' mama said...

Adorable post! My daily sweets would be:
-going into my daughter's nursery and seeing her smiling face ready to greet the day
-feeling baby sister kick and punch my tummy
-chocolate mint lara bars!
-a nice run
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Rachel Follett said...

Your husband sounds adorable. My husband wakes up super early too and he cuddles but I think its because he doesn't want to get up yet. :) I am with you on that morning ritual. I am absolutely adoring these sweet items. So cute!

micki said...

My daughter kissing me good morning on the nose sweetens my day!
Zoe0825@verizon.net

ticklishfromadistance said...

I love these dolls! No, I have not received any convo's!!! What's up. Email me outside of that thing. Doesn't always work.
xox
g.

Creative Mom said...

My daily sweets are chocolate chips. I eat them by the handful every day out of the 10 bag of chocolate chips I get at Costco.

hanna said...

oooh I can think of so many daily sweets. Snuggling and feeding my baby girl in bed in the morning and hearing my husband's key opening the door in the evening would be two.

ens2001butterfly said...

Hello!
I really like the Celebrate in Bird Song Print. I am redecorating my bedroom and would love to hang it up!
Thanks =]
Elisa
ensimmons@bsu.edu

Michelle said...

I absolutely love that you pray together before starting your days. That's such a wonderful idea that I'm definitely going to talk to Jordan about.

Jordan is working a couple hours away from me all summer, but he calls when he's on his way to work just to wake me up and say hi. It's my favorite. :)

Hello, darling said...

You and your husband are adorbale; the cuddling, the praying. Adorable. I think my only real daily sweet in the morning is that time I spend in the mornings reading my bible and getting to know God better. It gives me such a peace ♥

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

a morning cup of latte is a must for me! :)

Labour of Love said...

i just love how 3 sisters use their talent to share such love with everyone...what a sweet shoppe! definitely will stop @ their shoppe + blog...so inspiring!

being blessed by God to live another day with my loving family is a daily sweet that i'm so grateful for...thank you for this...xoxo jo;)

babalisme said...

Babies' smiles are my daily sweets. Chuckles and laughters too. A dog wagging its tail welcoming you home come in second place of my daily sweet award. A little up and jump along the way wouldn't hurt either.

Anonymous said...

My daily sweets is when my youngest boy gets up from bed, and gives me his sweeeeeetest smile and biggest squeezy hug and says GOOD MORNING MOMMY!! I LOVE YOU :)

Really put a smile on my face each morning :)

shaparin[at]yahoom[dot]com

Totally Severe said...

My daily sweet is sleeping in till 11.

Swaddle Babies said...

My sweets are all the kisses I get from my 19 month old daughter, and all the times she says, "Love Mommy!" throughout the day :)

Priscilla@myswaddlebabies.com
Etsy and Twitter: SwaddleBabies

balanced. said...

Hmm, for me it's being able to sleep in, then my kitty in my face first thing in the morning, then coffee and blogs.

I don't know what I did before blogs. :P

admin@balancedcrafts.com

Mrs. Olsen said...

My daily sweet is when I get to sleep in a little because my hubby gets up with our daughter! rebolsen at gmail dot com

Michelle said...

Morning coffee enjoyed while reading emails and blogs! Thanks for the chance to win.

bnewma4 said...

My daily sweet is waking up and having my darling Cocker Spaniel Beau with me, as well as my current foster Cocker, Sasha. Knowing that I am helping save a life is a sweet for me!

bnewma4 @ g mail dot. com

amanda said...

My daily sweets are yogurt for breakfast and a kiss goodbye from my husband as he heads off to work.
oheeyore at hotmail dot com

Danielle L said...

My daily sweets are waking up with a room filled with sunlight, my cat greeting me, and a warm breakfast!

craziedee3@aol.com

Ladytink_534 said...

My Daily Sweet is my can of Mountain Dew!

Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sarah said...

My husband getting up with the kiddos sweetens my day :)

Melissa A. said...

When I get up in the morning I head to the kitchen to make myself a chai tea latte with soy milk. It's my daily sweet.

Tylerpants said...

My daily sweet is my baby waking up and laughing & smiling. He is such a morning person and I'm NOT! But who could resist such a happy baby in the morning?

tylerpants(at)gmail.com

trixpixel said...

My daily sweet is my daily cup of hot tea. It makes my commute so much more bearable!

trixpixel[at]gmail[dot]com

Heather said...

Definitely a coffee drink from DD - which I am trying to reduce. :)
I love ice chai latte also.

- Marybeth I. said...

coffee with cream and splenda. I sometimes treat myself to a cinnamon mocha though

Dionne said...

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for your comments!