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Friday
Jun202014

Friday Finds - Stop and Smell the......

 

 

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

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

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

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 lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
Endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....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 lovelies... How are you?

Oh my....

so...I mentioned last week that John isn't allowed to garden this summer..... which means.... our gardens are taking on a life of their own!

Today Ben and I took a little tour around....after the rain.... As you can see he was quite curious...... So cute.....

Thank goodness for perennials....Otherwise our gardens would be nothing more than dirt and weeds..... Aside from the petunias my Mom and Dad planted up the front walk (thanks mom & dad!)

Carol Hart... you could make some magic around here... 'wink, wink'.....

We had a call from Winnipeg... One of John's appointments has been rescheduled... So we are on our way back into the city tomorrow morning first thing...... 

Gosh darn.... I was really counting on a full week.... But life doesn't always go as planned.... that's for sure.....

Here's a few photos of the flax....I've been cutting this for still life shoots.....It's part of the wildflower mix we planted at least 15 years ago.....(the only thing that grew actually)....

It's sorta... growing here, there and everywhere.... 

All images were taken with the Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art....It's a keeper!


Switching gears....

I've re-commited to juicing.... We were juicing daily before John ended up in the hospital a few month ago. 

Anyhow, this past Monday I started a 21 day challenge.... I'm posting a juice/smoothie photo...everyday for 21 days.... a little accountability never hurt! 

Hopefully I will have time to snap a pic....before we head out tomorrow morning..... 

Wanna join the challenge? The more the merrier.... If you are on Instagram, please post your juice each day with the hashtag #21dayjuicechallenge

Here's me on IG.

 

Today's Smoothie recipe. 

  • 1 c raspberries
  • 1 c blueberries
  • 8 oz of tazo zen green tea (mint and lemon infused)
  • 1/2 c spinach
  • 1/2 english cucumber
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 T chia and 1 tray of ice cubes. 

This makes about 3 large glasses… I drink 2, John drinks one...along with his granola and whatever else he can find.... He definitely has his appetite back!

This is not a juice fast... Simply a juice a day, plus healthy meals. I use the vitamix, which we love.... But I think any blender will work just fine..... 

Thanks Kelly for the green tea inspiration....such a great way to add a little extra zip to my day.....  

The Tazo - Zen green tea is fabulous.... love the touch of mint and lemon.....

I've been pinning juice recipes... if you are interested pop over here.

Tell me... do you juice? Have a favourite recipe?

Juicer? blender? Vitamix?

I'd love to hear from you!

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Happy Friday...... Link away lovelies....

Love & Gratitude.... ♡

xo,

  

 

 

 

  

Tuesday
Jun172014

Texture Tuesday - Vintage Love

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Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art my friends!

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.

Simply share a favourite  image processed with any of my textures....centred around the theme nature.

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 24th

free & easy.

In fact for the month of June...let's make every TT a Free & Easy.... Keeping it Simple....

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

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You might remember I spent part of my birthday with PG. We hung out in her studio....talking all kinds of goodness........ all while taking photos....and editing on our phones.... It was the BEST. She graciously allowed me to borrow her scale that day....I've been in LOVE with it for years..... Here I am...finally taking some photos....

Isn't it a dream? Something extra photogenic about a vintage scale.... 

I LOVE playing with focus..... So fun!!! The tin scratches on the scale-front combined with the blur....made for some kinda-sorta bokeh.... Completely unexpected.....

Here's a closer shot.....

The Be Still class has been rocking the focus-play challenge....Well done guys!! Lovin all your beautiful images!

Thank you PG for sharing your lovely scale.... I highly recommend Prop Swapping!! 

Happy sigh.......

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Let's dive into my recipe.... and then some news.....

Today's Image Recipe - applied to all photos.

I started in LR with an auto-tone. Next I applied my greymist preset. 

Next....into PS, where I added a layer of Waterfront 7 at soft light 100% opacity.

I finished the top and bottom one with a little type!! Easy peasy.....

Click HERE to download my GreyMist preset.

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LR eCourse News - Read on...it's FREE


I've been working on this class for months.... Finally it's time to open registration.... 

I love Lightroom so much.... Seriously...  I can't imagine living without it.... It's been a game changer for me.. opening doors to so many possibilities..... 

I want everyone to love it....too.

There's one piece that can stop people in their tracks.... The LR Catalog.... It can be a little confusing....Often people get frustrated and give up on LR entirely.

This course is designed to move you past the catalog confusion.....and straight into loving Lightroom.

LR- Begin is all about Lightroom's catalog/librarary interface. Broken down in an easy to follow way.... I will share my simple catalog/library workflow.... Just enough info to keep it simple.

I'm so excited to share this!

Click HERE for more details.....and to register... It's completely FREE.

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

with gratitude.....forever...always....

xo,

  

One last shot....... My boppy flax.... love how delicate it is.... 

 

Happy Birthday to my Mama!! Love you!!

Happy Birthday...a day late to my sweet friend Prairie Girl as well.....  Love you too my friend... xo

 

 

 

 

Friday
Jun132014

Friday Finds - The Many Shades of Lilac

Oh ...and my new to me wabi-sabi table.....

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

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

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

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 lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
Endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....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 lovelies... How are you?

I'm still snipping lilacs.... They are just so beautiful..... And their scent.... Oh my... I love all the various shades...creamy white .... soft lilac ..... deep purple....

I'm waiting on the 'new' lilacs to open.... We planted 3 shrubs in 2012....and Yippee.... they will bloom this year... 

Today's photos were taken on the porch (again)....

Check out my new table from Carols.... LOVE at first sight... It's not very big... but perfect for pretty picture taking.... the texture and weathered detailed ..... amazing.... So Wabi-Sabi.....

Here's a close up.... 

I will use it as a potting bench as well... If I ever find time to plant some flowers..... 'sigh'....

Pre-Cancer...John did most of the gardening... He's not able to 'play in the dirt'..... this year... but..... If all goes well... next summer he will be back at it....and he can NOT wait.

He LOVES gardening...... 

 

It's been quite a week....

I finally delievered my 'numbers' to the accountant....Woo hoo.... We are off to Winnipeg tomorrow for a doctor's appt....

Things are pretty good.... John is slowly gaining strength...and eating more....  enjoying the warm weather .... So good to see and feel the sun.....

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I hope this post finds YOU and yours well..... I want to thank you all for stopping in and sharing your world..... truly grateful.....

Happy Friday...... Link away lovelies....

Love & Gratitude.... ♡

xo,

  

  

 

 

Wednesday
Jun112014

Everyday Ben - A Flipagram

I know I'm late to the flipagram party.... but this little flip of Ben.... actually makes me cry..... I'm so happy to have these IG images of my boy...

Have you flipagrammed? Do tell? I have a feeling this is just the beginning for me.... 

Happiest almost Thursday...... See you for Friday Finds....

xo,

music by C.C. Trubiak...... ♡

Tuesday
Jun102014

Texture Tuesday - Lilac Love

 

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Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art my friends!

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.....

Simply share a favourite  image processed with any of my textures....

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 17th

free & easy.

In fact for the month of June...maybe July too....let's make every TT a Free & Easy Tuesday.... Keeping it Simple....

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

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I'm so thrilled to see the lilacs...everywhere....... not to mention their heavenly scent... so Lovely.

I spent a few hours on the front porch styling different lilac scenes today... I took a ton of photos in a variety of settings...
For today... 2 of my favs.....

I'm kinda in love with the top one...... You know how every now and then 'the one' comes along.... Well... this was that.... for me.... I said a few woo-hoos.... as I found may way to it.... in Lightroom. 

I love every bit of the process... imagining a scene, hunting for the perfect drops and props.... pulling them together... click, click, click.... moving, shifting.....both my body and subject.... next into LR... Often times... back for another round...click, click... click...... then back to LR... and so it goes...

All so wondrous...Happy sigh...... 

My uptop image recipe

Auto-toned in LR.  Boosted the clarity (+30). Then dropped the saturation to -24 and the vibrance to -11.

From there I applied a a matte/hazy finish using the tone curve.... next down to split-toning were I added a hint of pink (very slight) to the highlights and a touch of lavender to the shadows.

Into Photoshop

I added a layer of waterfront 1 at soft light 54% opacity and masked about 50% off the lilacs. 

For my quote image I used pretty much the same LR recipe with a layer of Waterfront 4 (instead) at soft light 44% opacity.

Click HERE to check out the Waterfront Collection

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That's it for me..... Be sure to watch your email.... I will be opending my FREE Lightroom Catalogue class registration very soon..... 

I've had a lot of interest in Be Still - 52 ....this past few days... It's not too late to sign up... Pop over HERE for all the details. 

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

with gratitude.....forever...always....

xo,

 

  

 

 

Friday
Jun062014

Friday Find - Wished ...and ...Delivered!


  

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

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

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

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 lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
Endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....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 lovelies... How are you?

So excited to share my Friday Finds today.... bursting...actually.

Check out... My new-to-me table.... I've been wishing for a vintage arborite table for some time....I imagined it on the front porch..... In fact...a few months back I looked at one but didn't buy it....

Then the other night my phone beeped.... with a text message.... and a picture of the table of my dreams... 'Kim, my Mom thought you might be interested in this table.... We can bring it by on our way home, if you like?' What??? are you kidding me... YES please...

An hour or so later it landed in my driveway!!

Thank you Bev... This might just be one of my most favourite gifts....and thank you Bruce for the delivery!! Isn't she a beauty?

I'm not sure what will work best for chairs... kinda digging my random wooden chairs with it... thinking maybe even better than metal ones? Whatchya think?


The BEST part.... that very day... for Be Still, I had written about making a list of props, drops and table tops you are wishing for........ How the act of writing it down... might surprise you....and poof.... this little lovely arrived!!

Seriously?? It works......

 

We've had a few meals at the table...It's not just for pretty pictures....

Today I enjoyed a new favourite ..... chick pea & black bean salad.... The recipe can be found HERE... It's super healthy and delic....I double the recipe and add a can of black beans. 

By the way... Dashing Dish is PACKED FULL of awesome recipes!! I even signed up for a membership.

While I was out snapping pics... I decided to take a few chair shots... along came Ben.... look where he landed..... 

Can you see my toes? Soo adorable....

In todays photos....my new to me table, last week's coffee pot (simply for the pop), the bowl, mug and linens all from Anthropologie, this beautiful book (thank you, again Cheryl)....and Benny.

Okay friends.. I must sign off.... it's been quite the day.....

The S2F connect was awesome... seriously... could do that every week, ladies!! Thank you.....so much!

Happy Friday...... Link away lovelies....

Love & Gratitude.... ♡

xo,

  

p.s. S2F students, today's photos were processed in LR with the HazyDazy preset. 

 

Tuesday
Jun032014

Texture Tuesday - Nature eDition (from my archives)

Lightroom to PS Tutorials 

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Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art my friends!

This weeks theme - Nature.

Simply share a favourite  image processed with any of my textures....centred around the theme nature.

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 10th

free & easy.

In fact for the month of June...let's make every TT a Free & Easy.... Keeping it Simple....

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

“Texture

  

mouse over to see the original

Today's Image Recipe - applied to both photos.

In Lightroom....

Cropped then Auto-toned .... then applied my preset 'let there be light'. 

In Photoshop...

I added 2 layers of waterfront 28. One at color burn blend mode 59% opacity and the other at soft light 65% opacity.

 

Click HERE to download a sample version of Waterfront 28.

The script on the canola field is quickpen and the type is rough typewriter.

 

I've had a lot of emails regarding workflow from LR to PS. Below are a few video tutorials that may be helpful.

I've also had several emails asking about applying textures in LR. Unfortunately LR does not support layers. You have to use an external editor such as Elements or Photoshop. (other options such as PicMonkey and GIMP are avaialbe online, but I have not tried these).

Lightroom to Photoshop/Elements Tutorials

Intro - view on vimeo

Intro Part 2 - view on vimeo

Photoshop Tutorials

Photoshop Part 1 - preferences - view on vimeo

Photoshop Part 2 - LR to PS workflow - view on vimeo

Elements Tutorials

Elements Part 1 - Elements Preferences - view on vimeo

Elements Part 2 - LR to Elements Workflow - view on vimeo
  

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

with gratitude.....forever...always....

xo,

 

 

 

 

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