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Thursday
Mar202014

Happy First Day of Spring

 

Happy Spring... my friends....

Not too springy here.... yet.... Soon... I hope....

Have a beautiful day.... xo

Tuesday
Mar182014

Texture Tuesday - Colour eDition

 

Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art!

This weeks theme - Colour

Next TT theme ....Tuesday, March 25th

Quiet

Whatever your interpretation may be.... simply share a textured image that says 'quiet' to you.....

Please KNOW everyone is welcome.... new to textures... just starting... don't be shy.... you are amongst friends......

  Oh... before I forget... the from above submissions last week were AMAZING.... 


How are you, my friends? I hope well......

A quick post today..... 

A final shoot with last weeks tulips.... farewell lovely ladies.....

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Quick Recipe

Processed in LR using my preset... kk_TrueGrit...then into PS.

I did a little spot healing/cloning on the dropcloth in Photoshop.

I used one layer of Waterfront 4 and one layer of Waterfront 10... both at soft light at 56% opacity.... slightly masked off the table in the second image.....

Finally I added the quote.... and that was that.....

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p.s. S2F students more on today's photos in an upcoming class.....

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Happy TT friends.... Link away....

with gratitude.....

xo,

 

Friday
Mar142014

Friday Finds - Longer Days and Lovely Light

 

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new here.... please say hello....share your finds below.... Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life's lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
it's endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link to Friday Finds (feel free to grab the button below).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

Share the Friday Finds Button

 

Kim Klassen dot Com

Hello my  friends....

How are you? How 'bout these longer days? Isn't it amazing? 

Best part.. Our evening walk is no longer in the dark!! Woo hoo!

Anyhow, tonight after supper... the sun was still shining bright... I said... Ben... let's take a drive... I grabbed my camera... and out we went... At first it was nothing spectacular... But, I clicked away.... Found the old fence up top... drove some more..... 

found this.... little lady..... Said hi.. Click...

Then I thought... If I can catch the sun on Ben.... from behind... that should be lovely....  We drove a few miles toward the lake and walked in.....

I caught this....

It was time to turn around.... and Oh my gosh... the sun...the sky.... I almost missed it.....

And then ..... Ben posed....and I caught this....

Then this....

Happy Day!! Spring is coming.... 

Until next time.....Love.... gratitude....always.......

xo,

Just a few in Sepia-ish..... which I think is my favourite edit... 'cept you can't see the color in the sky? hmmmmm .... 

As always... thank you for stopping by.... 




 

Tuesday
Mar112014

Texture Tuesday - From Above

mouse over to see the original - textured with kk_grungedup at soft light 40% opacity

Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art!

This weeks theme - From Above

Next Tuesdays theme ....Tuesday, March 18th

Color....

  

How are you, my friends? I hope well......

A quick post today.....
I'm knee deep in S2F this week.... Very excited to see some of you in class later today..... 

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Quick Processing Recipe

Processed in LR using a new preset.... kk_LightDrama...then into PS.

I used an oldie, but goodie, kk_GrungedUp (part of the Ultimate Bundle) at soft light 40% opacity... partially masked from the subjects...
Last, but not least....I copied the background, moved it to the top of the stack and changed the blend mode to soft light blend 36%.

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New textures coming soon......in the meantime did you see the latest freebies HERE.

The download link went out on Saturday.....

Not on the list? Want lots more freebies? Click HERE to sign up.

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Happy TT friends.... Link away....

with gratitude.....

xo,

 

Saturday
Mar082014

Textures - Times Three Etc......

 

mouse over to see the pre-textured image...  

Hello lovelies....

My oh my..... it's been too long since I popped-in unannounced......for months..... I've pretty much stuck to a TT/FF-only schedule.....  I believe it's time to shake that up a bit....

So here... I am..... a weekend posting..... and it feels good!!

I have 2 new textures....Three, if you count the latest pin-it only freebie.....

I used today's new....kk_0703..... on my uptop image....

S2F students... this is a little teaser..... of an upcoming lesson.... A class email is coming your way this weekend!!

Today's freebies....

Texture lovin' listers... check your email for the download link..... 

Be sure to pop over to pinterest and grab my freebies..... Pin it Only 7, just posted.

TK members

a brand new 'exclusive' set of hand-drawn laurel brushes....pop over and check it out.

Have a beautiful weekend..... Until next time....

xo,

 

 

 

 

Friday
Mar072014

Friday Finds - Rediscovering YES

 

 

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new here.... please say hello....share your finds below.... Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life's lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
it's endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link to Friday Finds (feel free to grab the button below).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

Share the Friday Finds Button

 

Kim Klassen dot Com

My Friday Finds.......

Hello friends....

Remember the anthro gift card..... from my sweet blogging friends? A few items I choose have been on back-order..... Today this lovely mug arrived (in the biggest box... one lone....little mug... made me smile)..... It's a beauty.

Below the mug is the most fab flour sack.... found by accident at Lady of the Lake this morning.... Seriously the mug, the sack .... a match made in heaven...... Destiny....

'smile'.....

Time for a Story?

My goodness.... I've had a good week.....Personal growth is such a process... don't you find?

I started the week with a 3 day juice cleanse....and.... It's been much more than I thought...body and mind cleansing? A letting go..... 

On May 22nd, 2013 .... John was diagnosed with Leukemia.... We were sent immediately to Winnipeg for treatment..... 8 + months later....we came home...... 

Cancer..... Ugh.... It's tough stuff....

Somewhere along the way... I lost my footing.... I lost my trust.... I began to think more NO than YES.... Doubt.... worry.... stress..... FEAR.... became such a part of my life.....the NO's found their way into my head and heart.

When we finally made our way home.... these feelings were amplified. I was angry...... 8 months gone!! Yet life just carried on.....

'sigh'.....

I've been working hard to find my way back..... deliver the classes I have yet to complete.... Start to Finish... has been patiently waiting for my return..... but my heart just hasn't been in it....

This week.... a shift.... I let go.... We are ok! I'm not going to get snatched from my life again..... or maybe I am..... but I certainly can't sit around waiting for it to happen?

I love my 'work'..... It's my TRUE passion.... teaching, sharing..... creating.... A dream gig..... It's time to get back on track.....

And so.... as scary as it is...to say this out loud.... Start to Finish will begin again next week!! Thank you for your patience.... understanding...  kindness.... It's time to finish what I started. Watch for an email soon..... my sweet and oh so patient creatives.....

(for those who have asked... registration for the next session of S2F will open toward the end of March.)

Life is good... we are truly blessed.... and I am... forever grateful.....

How 'bout you?

Where are you at..... inspired, uninspired? YES, NO's....

Please share in the comments below..... I'd love to hear from you....

Need some encouragement..... Just ask...and I will personally send you an email note of encouragement.....

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Okie doke my friends.... what have you discovered this week? Link away below.

Until next time.....Love.... gratitude....always.......

xo,

Sweet Ben story....

as I write this... I can feel him watching me...

I turn my head... there he is... beside me....on his cozy bed....head up....sleepy eyed...simply staring at me ... he does this.... a lot these days (as if he can't quite believe I'm home).....

I say... Hi Benny... I love you.... he sighs a big sigh........ tucks his head in tight and goes fast to sleep.....

Perhaps a new FF tradition...... Benny as the bumper...... 

We call him....Zenny Benny..... 

Tuesday
Mar042014

Texture Tuesday - Free & Easy eDition

 

mouse over to see the original 

Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art!

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.

Next Tuesdays theme ....Tuesday, March 11th.

From Above.

 

How are you, my friend? I hope well......

A quick post today..... 

An Update on John

I've been quiet around here about John..... I've had several emails asking how he's doing.... Thank you for checking in.....

He's doing quite well..... Slow & Steady..... 

Today... he and Bryce ventured into Brandon without me.... they did some grocery shopping, a few errands.... went out for lunch...... Apparently, they had no idea how much work shopping is... : )

He is still dealing with the after-effects of chemo.... from nausea to numbness in his feet.....to overall exhaustion... But he's come a long way on this journey.... We are so thankful for his recovery..... 

Thank you again and again for all the love, prayers and endless support..... We will be....forever grateful.

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Another 'Simple' Still Image Recipe

Today's images processed in LR then into photoshop for a layer of  Simple....at soft light.... and varying opacities (65-85%)....Seriously.... I do believe this is a new fav for me......

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Texture Lovin' Listers the download link for the February trio went out via email 2 weeks ago..... If you missed it.... Click HERE to download the set.

New textures coming soon......

Not on the list? Want lots more freebies? Click HERE to sign up.

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Happy TT friends.... Link away....

with gratitude.....and LOVE ..... always....and forever.....

xo,

p.s. 

last week I was eating chocolate cookies..... This week....I'm changing things up... I just started a 3 day juice fast.... Will I make it? Can I do it? I will fill you in on Friday..... 

Thoughts... tips... suggestions... always... always welcome.