Shine On! New Award from Valentina Designs

I’ve been intrigued by the award icons on various blogs I follow.  And now I can add one of these awards to my list — the Shine On! award given to me by Val Stamp, author of the blog Valentina Designs. I’m grateful to her just for following my blog and really surprised by her nice gesture of passing on this award that I can now post on my site.


Val is an interior designer and fashion designer.  She loves food, life and everything creative.  Check out her creative blog at

The rules of the award are quite simple:

1) Show appreciation of the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your pst.

2) Add the award logo to your blog.

3) Share 7 things about yourself

4) Pass the award on to 5-10 other bloggers you admire.

Here are five blogs I admire and have selected to win the Shine On!  Award:

1. Mary Gilmartin

Mary’s the author of Adventures with Easton, The Magical Journey published in 2012.  She was born in Tennessee and grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  She blogs about Georgia (where she lives), museums, festivals, pets, books, etc.

2. Mrs. & the Misc. —

Four women write this blog, and the topics of their posts range from home decor ideas to cooking and making life wonderful for children. Very creative ideas for living in this blog!

3. retireediary —

One of my favorite photography blogs written by Michael Lai, a retiree living in Hong Kong.  Michael brings the Word-a-Day challenges to life with his pictures that are vivid, colorful, and unique in terms of content and perspective.

4. A Word In Your Ear —

Another fascinating photo blog from a writer who loves travel, children, and animals.  Judging from her recent posts, she also loves clouds, sunsets, and the beauties of nature.

5. Sethsnap

Seth Snap photographs the world around him, so I like him already.  He lives near Cincinnati, a fact I can forgive since he was raised in the Deep South!

And now, seven statements about me, in no particular order!

1. I love teaching — children, teens, adults.  Doesn’t matter.  I enjoy standing in front of people and showing them how to do something or posing questions to see if I can get them to think.  (Hmmm.  Could be a connection to my career of 45 years!)

2. I enjoy watching movies with my husband and then sitting in our seats until we’ve read (or mostly read) all the credits — even when people in our row crawl over us to get out. We just crane our necks and keep reading!

3. My favorite milkshake is Peanut Butter, and I have no idea why!

4. All homes should have a few antiques — family or found.  Just anything old makes me wonder where it came from, who used it, how did it get to where it is today.

5. I’m trying to develop the perfect recipe for pimiento cheese.  Bear with me.  It’s a work in progress.

6. One of my guilty pleasures is standing in airport bookstores perusing the latest home decor magazines.  (Before you judge me — I DO buy a few!!!)

7.  I was a seat filler at Miss America 2013 because I talked my way into it!! Loved the whole experience.

Thanks for reading.  I love life and hope I shine on!


About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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5 Responses to Shine On! New Award from Valentina Designs

  1. Angie says:

    Congratulations!!! , such a nice award to receive.

  2. Rusha your nominating me for an award I do appreciate, but I don’t participate in any of the award icons. Your postings I have enjoyed and will continue to follow with interest. I like your comment that your favorite milkshake is Peanut Butter and you have no idea why. My favorite flavor of ice cream is vanilla bean and I do know why.

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Thanks for responding, Mary. I certainly understand your position. And after reading the same response from the author of retireediary, I’m rethinking my own participation in these awards.
      You deserve an award whether you accept or not. I love your blog and the fact that you love vanilla bean ice cream!
      See you in blog world! Rusha

  3. carleysd says:

    Rusha, congratulations on your blog awards! You certainly deserve the recognition for your efforts. You do an excellent job and I love reading yours and am so glad you have shared the other blogs with me. I am so happy that you and Bert have these opportunities to trave…stay healthy and go as much as you can as long as you can! Thanks for the time you spent with me helping to get my Western Trip report on track. I fully appreciate the time it takes to complete a post! Safe travels and keep on “posting”. Scott


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