Grinners are Winners: Awards & Giveaway

Hi y’all!! Well yes I am going to announce the winner of the Armchair Trader – Louenhide Handbag Giveaway. But first… I am going to make you sit through a showing of some awards and 7 Things You May Not Know About Me!! [OK if you are impatient you can scroll to the end]

I'm pleased to say I am the proud recipient of some blog awards. Three in fact. Three really is my number!! I love the number Three, it never fails me!! All three are Kreativ Blogger Awards and have the same requirement .. post about the award and list 7 Things about myself you may not know. So… to save you from having to hear 21 things about me, I am doing them all together in this one post!

The first ‘Kreativ Blogger’ Award [above] comes from Gintare @ An Interior World. And what a snazzy award it is. Gintare is new to blogging and is currently studying Interior Design so as you can imagine, her blog if full of wonderfully stylish interiors. Gintare’s take on the world is fresh and new and full of vitality. Oh to be young again!! Thank you Gintare for presenting me with this award.

The second award, again a Kreativ Blogger Award comes from another newcomer to Blogging who is by no means new to the world of Interiors and Style. Greet @ Belgian Pearls runs her family business Lefèvre Interiors. Greet’s blog is full of exquisite style and diversity. From stunning Belgian interiors to friendly family gatherings, Greet’s friendly manner will welcome you. Thank you Greet for thinking of me.

The third Kreativ Blogger Award comes all the way from Spain from Berta @ Toile de Jouy. Berta shares my passion for Venice, Santorini and travel in general. Although her blog is written in Spanish, I never have any troubles understanding the beauty and joy she presents with her images. I had been planning to give Berta this award after receiving the 1st and then before I managed it she had already passed it to me. How sweet she is. Gracias Berta por esta concesión abundante.

So now I get to share these awards with 7 other bloggers. One of the great blogging experiences for me, is getting to share ideas and images with international bloggers, even sometimes those who don’t share the common language of English and those whose heritage and culture is so different from my own. It just goes to prove, creativity and inspiration needs no written language. So here are my chosen 7 whose blogs bring the International Language of Beauty into my life [some in English and some not and of course some extras because I can]. Please accept either of these Kreativ Blogger Awards. If you wish to pass it on to 7 other bloggers, we'd love to here 7 things about yourself that people may not know [no obligation],

Gintare at An Interior World

Greet at Belgian Pearls

Berta at Toile de Jouy

Lourdes at Un Abril Encantado

Luiza at Feelings

Carina at Made In Persbo

Miranda at The Sobbing Settee

Ange at Signed by Ange

Melanie at Le Petit Cabinet de Curiosites

Julie in Holland [no blog but a favourite commenter]

and one more for a great friend Deb at Dumbwit Tellher


And now here are my 7 Things


#1 I’m A Frowner

Always have been and always in trouble for it. Misunderstood I say!!! It is really just my ‘thinking face’ and well .. I am always thinking!!


#2 I’m The Youngest of Four Siblings

Not frowning here! No.. because I got my revenge!! Sometimes siblings make you mad! [hahahaha]. Guess Who Wears The Glasses Now? [and yes .. the others don’t! … Beware of Instant Karma]

BeingRuby - Karma 1


#3 I Wanted To Be Ginger Rogers

Probably Still Do!!

When other girls wanted to be Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn, I wanted to be Ginger Rogers and Tap Dance my way to fame!!. Drove my Mother nuts!! Of course this meant many years of Tap and Jazz lessons along with the staged concerts. And when the concerts were over.. the dress ups didn’t stop!! My favourite tunes ‘42nd Street’ and ‘Lullaby of Broadway’. And yes it is a wig!

BeingRuby - Flapper4

[Eleven year old Julie is Dressed & Styled by Little Miss Ruby!]


#4 I Love Foreign Languages

I was going to say I love travel, but you all know that about me by now. Well I also love foreign languages. In High School I studied Indonesian and French as electives and as an adult I spent time at language school in Florence. Sadly I rarely use or remember any.


#5 I’m A Night Owl

You’ll often find me working or doing posts in the wee hours of the morning. It is when I am most ‘switched on’ . However it doesn’t help the morning problem!!


#6 I Love Ships & The Sea

Well a lot of you probably do know that about me. A new blogging friend recently reminded me of this love of mine. So if you are new to my blog, here is an old post I dedicated to the Sea and all things nautical [here]


#7 I Studied Remedial Massage

Although I have worked in the IT industry for over 20 years, I took a break from it all a few years ago and studied Remedial Massage. Yes I can Trigger Point your Quadratus Lumborum, effleurage your Gastrocnemius, or provide tapotement for the Trapezius. I also have certificates in Swedish Massage and Level I Reiki.



So… the moment you’ve really been waiting for .. the giveaway results. Well the winner of The Armchair Trader – Louenhide Handbag, chosen by, is lucky # 1

YES # 1

Susan [& Giulia The Cat] from Bricolage

Louenhide Giveaway - Random-org

And that’s all she wrote


I missed Black & White Sunday this week.. but please pop over and see what everyone else has posted. Hosted by ‘Anne Marie of Na-Da Farm Life

And Also

You know I like things in threes.. so YES there is another giveaway coming soon to a blog near you! [mine!]

Ciao Julie 4

IMAGES SOURCE: All non award images – From The Family Library of Being Ruby


Mise said...

I love the old photos! And how about 7 reasons why blogging is more entertaining than IT?

Sue said...

Julie-It is good to get to know you a little better. What did you do to that photo of your sibs?

I will congratulate your winner, but I'm frowning a bit myself...I really wanted to win this one:)

Have a lovely day.


Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Julie,
Congratulations on your awards! Well deserved. I love your sibling pic!!.....I am the 2nd of 4 children...we all have our place in the family! Take care, Laura

Berta F said...

Hello Julie....¡¡¡¡¡ Many....Many Tahsks to you...for the AWARD KREATIV BLOGGER....I´m very happy because you are very special for me....congratulations ...for the nice post today....very ...very....nice photos ¡¡¡¡ always¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ my BLOG..there is a present for is a little surprise.... UN ABRAZO Berta

Luiza said...

Oh, Julie... Thank you! I´m honored and proud, but not least , happy too be a recipient of this blog award.
And I have already put it on my sidebar =).
I will make a post about it on Monday.

Thank you , for your true words about languages. Sometimes , we really don´t need to undurstand what it says. Photos speak an international language...
I´m not surprised you recieved the awards, you are worth them. Congratulations!

Once again , Thank You! You made my day...


Giulia said...

Wow. Back when I recover. Wow. Again.

xoxo/ciao-meow Julie Ruby-Roo

Jennifer Beaudet said...

What a great post Julie! That is so cool you learned all those languages in high school even if you don't use them anymore. I'm sure they'd come back to you if you spent time around other people who spoke them. I, as you know, share your love for the sea! I loved learning more about you. Thanks! :)

Tamerie Shriver Halliday said...

Congratulations on your 3 awards! And I love learning things about you that I didn't know. I do think that should have to do 14 more though. It is so interesting, finding out about your past!

And congratulations to your giveaway winner, too!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Hurrah for Susan. How lovely to win such a gorgeous giveaway.......and well done to you, Julie, for your richly deserved awards.You won't have enough room on your sidebar soon, to show all of your awards !!!!
.....but my favourite part of this post is the photo of you and your brothers and sister.I love it that you drew the glasses on them all. It was just the sort of thing that I did when I was little !!!!
Thanks so much for sharing that little tidbit with us. ...hilarious. XXXX

Sahildeki Ev said...

You were definetly so cute when you were young.. Very nive photo of your family..

Berta F said...

Muchas gracias Julie.....por el premio....te he dejado un regalo en MI BLOG para ti....¡¡¡¡ Muchos Besos¡¡¡¡¡ Berta (toiledejouy)

Julie B. [Holland] said...

Congratulations to Susan enjoy your new bag!......... Julie in Holland ;)

Julie what a fun post! :)

un abril encantado said...

Julie you hare beatifoul and un honor tu premio a mi blog, gracias, muchas gracias y un beso enorme, Lourdes Ferrandiz

Maya said...

Great to learn all these things about you! And congrats of course too. I'm such a night owl that I have to make sure I get to bed before my husband starts his day (at 4 or 5AM). He's a morning person and we both love our alone time.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Julie [in Holland]

I knew I forgot someone important!!
That's because you are not on my blogroll.. but equally important in my International Blogger list

Please accept this award as well!!!
xx Julie [In Australia and running late for work!}

Ange said...

Julie your post is HILARIOUS! And THANK YOU for the award. I'm just chuffed. What a great surprise after a weekend away. I thought of you actually as there were beautiful boats and BLUE everywhere but I only had my phone for a camera and they ... were... sailllllliinnnnnnnggg far away in the distance. Please allow me a couple of days (being new to this - I can't even figure out how to reference my posts) to put the award on the sidebar etc and nominate other wonderful bloggers. Looking forward to checking out the other bloggers you love so much too. Ange. Mille mercis encore! et gros bisous

Chemin des Muguets said...

Hi Ginger,

I just knew you were a dancer. I am too. Once a dancer always a dancer I say.

Love you and love your blog,

Marjorie aka Leslie(Caron)

Pinecone Camp said...

May I call you Miss Rogers, or Ginger? I love that!
Good on you for winning those blog awards. I would like to be "Susan" right now....I'd love the handbag.
Congrats Susan!

simon said...

I did jazz, classical and tap before learning classical from Joan Halliday.. but thats another story.

VERY entertaining post :o) said...

Congrats Susan on winning that fabulous bag! I loved rasing about you Julie, thanks for sharing.

Kellie Collis said...

AH you too are a frowner ha!! x

Mélanie said...

Bonjour Julie , Thanks for the award ! I'm very honoured as I love your blog and your creativity!

Courtney said...

Congratulations to Susan!! I love the photo of 11 Year Old Julie - you were such a little charmer (and still are, I am sure). This was such a fun post. I always love learning more about the people behind the blogs.


Congratulations on all of your awards, Julie. You deserve them all! And I love languages (and travel) too. I've studied 4 and remember very little of most of them!

Greet Lefèvre said...

Thank you so much for sharing these things with us! It is always so nice to know you better!
And thanks for mention me again!!

BellaRustica said...

Lei e anche la mia "Featured Blog" perque Julie e pui creativo is troppo interresante. Grazie per te, bella donna.

Made in Persbo...Carina said...

Oh o oh o Julie, oh I love you truly!
Big hug to you and thank you sooo much for the blog award! My first!

I´m gonna pass it on in a few days :)

Wow...Swedish massage! Where did you learn that? Here in Sweden???

Kiss and hug, Carina

vicki archer said...

Love those family snaps Julie...xv

love lives in the kitchen said...

congratulations for the award! is one of may favourites! i just dicovered that you are an IT analyst, as well as i am... the point is that unfortunately my interests are too far from what i do professionaly... i hope that you like your job more than i do...
by the way, great pictures as always!
wish you a lovely day,

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Julie ~ Congratulations on receiving all your awards.See how much we all appreciate you and your fabulous abilities?!! I can't thank you enough for including me among all these talented bloggers. I feel so honored. A huge thank you.
I really love knowing more about each blogger I follow. You are no exception. I adore you wanting to be the next Ginger Rogers & the fact you drove your mother nuts. Ha..I think I was so much like that. My imagination felt bigger than the Universe @ times. Your family is adorable. I was always good at drawing fangs on everyone.
I too love ships & the sea. I don't know why but I do. Take me down to the docks & I could sit there all day & look at all the colors of the boats & their structures. You are such a hugely talented person Julie, and such a privledge to get to know you. Xx hugs ~ deb

Ange said...

Phew! It's done!! And in the mean time - I would love to know if you still tap dance ;-) Ange

Millie said...

You might just surprise yourself Julie with the recall factor of your language studies. MOTH breaks into the occasional very good French explanation of something. He learnt French at High School & his recall is still so good because he was absolutely smitten with his French Teacher (& apparently she thought he was OK too!). Now there's a blog post that will never see the light of day!
Millie ^_^