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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.

Friday
Feb282014

Friday Finds - Rediscovery

 

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....

This week I've been rediscovering all the lovely treasures around our house.....as if seeing them for the first time... It's been nice.....

Today.... I'm sharing this lovely book by Sibella Court.... Truly inspired.....

and..... this sweet little plate... (found at Winners)

And back again ....

My lovely Anthro linen tea towel....Seriously.. it really is just right..... Oh and last but not least..... my Starbucks mug.... adore...

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

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

xo,

One last photo.... My sweet boy.....Waiting for Sophie..... (Benny's cousin) to pick us up for our walk.

 

 

Tuesday
Feb252014

Texture Tuesday - Still eDition

This Weeks Theme - Still 
 

textured with last week's freebie simple at soft light - 75% opacity

Dear friends,

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

This weeks theme - STILL

Next Tuesdays theme ....Tuesday, March 4th.

Free & Easy.... 

 

Hope this post finds you well.....

I've been desperate for a little solitude.... It fills me up.... feeds my soul.....

Life is different now..... seems I have very little quiet....... 

But this afternoon....I came back from my walk....and discovered..... absoute silence....true bliss.... 20 minutes.... then it was gone.

'sigh'......

My 20 Minutes of Bliss

I've been craving chocolatey treats.....but I'm trying hard to eat only healthy things....Anyhow.... today.... I had a few Dare simple pleasure chocolate biscuits (low-cal....with very little nutritional value I'm sure.....but still..... quite nice) I sprinkled some sugar-free chocolate covered peanuts into the mix....... Enough to satisfy the craving.... 'smile'....

Some days you just NEED a treat.

I didn't drink the milk... but had to photograph my new milk bottle (from Michaels) along with one of my new and oh so sweet paper straws.... (a lovely gift from a friend...xo)

Confession....I had a diet coke with my snack....hanging head....  (that's a discussion for another day)....

 

My Super-Simple Still Image Recipe

All images processed in LR then into photoshop for a layer of last week's texture Simple....at soft light.... and varying opacities (65-85%)....I absolutley love the papery touch it added to the photos.....

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

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

::

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

with gratitude.....and LOVE ..... always....and forever.....seeking stillness.....

xo,

 

 

 

Friday
Feb212014

Friday Finds - Anthropologie in the Mail

 

 

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 my lost.... then found Anthro gift card.....from the sweetest online friends EVER. I still can't believe I received such an amazing gift..... Thank you again dear friends....

Part 1 of my order has arrived.....Today I have a sneak peek......the big reveal coming soon.

2 Things

The most extraordinary mug.... photos do not do it justice....you need to hold it in your hands to truly appreciate it..... the shape ..... perfectly imperfect...the design....the colors........ Oh my..... True Love. 

And.... I adore this linen tea towel....a perfect shade of red....beautifully textured....Highly recommend.....

 

Today's photos also include the September issue of the Anthro catalog.... Always a treat to receive in the mail.....It's FREE...... request it here......

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Oh and .... have you seen these?? .....  vintage book iPhone docks.... so fab, don't you think? Check 'em out here.

above photo credit:  Anthro site.

Side note: Today's photos were processed in LR with my new preset.....warm light drama.....

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

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

xo,

One last photo.... sleepy Ben basking in the sun.... after our freezing cold walk..... this afternoon.....

he tucks his legs in the silliest of ways.....

 

 

Monday
Feb172014

Texture Tuesday - Simply Light

This Weeks Theme - Light...simply Light

mouse over to see the before lightroom and texture magic. texture used waterfront 29 

Dear friends,

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

This weeks theme - LIGHT

Next Tuesdays theme ....Feb 25th

still....  simply still....

 

Hello friends... 

Short and sweet.... it's a busy week for us. We are off to Winnipeg for Doctor's appointments..... Hoping all goes smooth as silk.... 

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My Light - Image Recipe

Processed in Lightroom...... accentuating the light and shadows.... Then into photoshop ..... I added a layer of waterfront 29 at multiply 34% opacity (masked from the table and subject.... Just enough to add a little something extra to the background)

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Texture Trio - Three New Freebies

Texture Lovin' Listers the download link is coming your way later today.

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

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pssst....

did you hear the Photoshop Photography Program Special offer is back. Photoshop CC and LR5 for just $9.99/month.

Click here for the details.

Click here to read my thoughts on Lightroom and/or photoshop.

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

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

xo,