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Friday Finds - A Lost Gift Found.... 

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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 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......

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Kim Klassen dot Com



My Friday Find

Hello.... friends...

How are you? Happy Friday.....

I hope this post finds you well. Today we head back to Cancer Care... hoping to get the for really-real green go home in the next week or 2? Fingers and toes crossed .... and double crossed...... praying, praying....... But trusting the process.....

Today.... I have a lovely Friday Find story to share.....

First ..... My Confession

When I'm in a slump.... sitting in a waiting room.....can't sleep......or I'm too tired to be productive.....
I go 'virtual shopping'..... I pick a favourite online shop and fill my basket..... a wish list of lovelies..... 

Oh my.... Yes please.... Click Add to Cart..... 
Oh my.... Yes please.... Click Add to Cart.....
and so it goes.....
Pretty props.... cozy sweaters.... inspiring books.....good stuff like that.....

One of my favorite places to anthropologie online..... Now and then.... and I actually click the order button...

Remember this little video? 'smile'....

Anyhow...... I've been filling my anthro basket for the past several months....  pretty cups, perfect plates, lovely linens and more...... just sitting in my 'virtual basket'.

Now the Lost Gift ....Found Part of my Story

The other day I was sorting through a pile of this and that........when I found an unopened package..... Guess what was inside???? Some of you already know...because YOU sent it to me.... a group of kindred spirits......

A gift card from Anthropologie.... as seen in my photos.....
Gasp....What if I never found it!!!! Can you imagine....

Oh my goodness... are you kidding me? Seriously? THANK YOU... so much my sweet cyber friends..... I am so very blessed. There are no words.... If only you were here to witness my reaction.... 

Thank you a million times over...... truly...thank you....

I'm going to wait til we get home to hit ORDER.... maybe, just maybe Ben and I can make another little Anthro-Love video..... what a dream that would be..... 


Another eCourse Give Away Opportunity

Just for fun.....

So.... I shared my virtual shopping confession..... a favourite pastime....and stress reducer....

I'd love to hear a secret or not-so-secret pastime of yours.....

Share in the comments section...for a second chance to win a spot in one of my classes......

the class of your choice.... Round Trip, Pic Pro, The Essentials, Art of Texture, Beyond Combined or a 6 month membership to the Test Kitchen... You pick.

I will announce the winner next week.


Words & Such Brushes are in the Shoppe.

Here's a few ideas.... word could create when mixing the brushes with the type tool.

Test Kitchen members... pop over and download them today.

or Purchase the set in the shoppe....


Must sign off....Until next much gratitude....


Link Away...... lovelies.....


Reader Comments (37)

LOL! I love it, Kim. I rarely hit the "ORDER" button myself. Ha ha ha. ;)

I shop lenses, however, instead of pretty plates and cups. Though, I do love pretty plates and cups. And I do love Anthropologie, too. Best and prettiest tea cups in all the world. :)

Keeping my fingers crossed for you and John.

Happy Friday,

January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngie
Oh my stress reducer is book shopping I am an addict. Books line our house new shelves had to be built before we moved in !! The smell of the pages the knowledge that a whole new world awaits within the cover ahhh I could go on...
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterViv Halliwell
My secret obsession?
Reading blog posts like yours and being inspired!
Or spending too many hours on Pinterest and re-pinning to my 'do later' boards, or 'inspiration' boards!
Or lately shopping for my dream camera and 'adding to cart' but never hitting the 'order' button ...until recently when it went on sale by hundreds of $$ ...and I hit 'order'!!!
I have had it sitting in it's box for weeks now, unopened, feeling like I don't deserve it. But yesterday I had the nerve to actually take a knife and slit open that box and LOOK at what was inside. I am hoping tomorrow, or soon, I feel like I deserve that dream camera and actually hold it in my hands, then up to my eyes, then 'CLICK'! :)
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRamona
I love to fill my basket with books ,the wish list in my favorite online store is very long. Virtual shopping is such a great thing,
even when I can only buy sometimes a tiny bit
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia
I love books and magazines, Kim, I have a lot of them ...
and I can't get rid of any ... :-)
Keeping my fingers crossed for you and John !
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
Amazon. I have a very difficult time not buying from them. Lately I have been sending time visiting blogs and leaving comments. Much cheaper!
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiane
I'm not sure I could be disciplined enough to put stuff in a virtual shopping cart and then NOT hit the order button! I'm glad you will get to order some special items for yourself, though. I don't know if I have any secrets but I guess my biggest stress reducer is knitting. I manage to fit it in every day and it really helps.
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarole
good morning Kim...i think of you and John everyday...just hoping that you get that green light and are able to go home once again. It has been a long journey. I know we have never met, but i consider you a friend. Thank you always for your constant inspiration!
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternancyjean
I have a favourite store "One Man's Treasure" which I scour for treasures like old silverware, jars, cameras ... I love it! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and John. xoxo
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
I love to browse through antique stores trying to find just the perfect treasure!

I think of you and your family often and hope today brings the best news!
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne
Enjoy every second of your on-line shopping. The hardest part is picking. After finally visiting an actual Anthro. store during the holiday break. All the goodness is overwhelming. There are still a few things I want to get.
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Thank goodness you found it, that was exciting! And, like a double gift because you almost missed it. Secret past time, probably not so secret...I enjoy reading blogs and although I don't do it often, watching videos from those who create, like you! I REALLY like watching the creative videos!
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjill
When my life seems to start getting out of control, I go for a walk. Usually my camera comes with me. I live very near a public garden that is bursting with color during the summer months. Yet I can still find beauty there during the cold of winter. It has taught me to slow down, savor the moment and that there is something to love and appreciate for each stage of life.
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpatricia
Reading and taking photos. Ahh, just typing those words makes me feel better. :)
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTammy
Well, the answer to what to do when I'm feeling tired or overwhelmed used to be food. But, I've turned over a new leaf and am trying to develop new strategies. I love to shop, but since our budget is limited, I've discovered our local Goodwill and several other Thrift stores. I love the hunt for a good find, the kind people who share a sense of community, and the treasures that don't break the bank!

Kim, I really love when you share the stories of how your virtual friends have reached out to support you during your family's struggle with cancer. We continue our prayers for you. Green light means GO - just ahead.
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
What a fun thing to think about.... my favourite de-stressor is to run away and hide in my favourite bookstore (McNally Robinson), buy a book I don't need and then sit for hours in their lovely little restaurant, the Prairie Ink, reading my new book, drinking their wonderful coffee and forgetting about the rest of the world.... often it seems to be the only thing that keeps me sane...

I am so, so hoping your dream will come true and very soon, you will both be on your way home.....
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjanet mcqueen
How fun and exciting you will be loading your Anthro shopping cart, and clicking the "Order" button! Soon, and soon (crossed fingers and toes) you will be home!!! Your very own place, family and Ben!! Well Kim, Pinterest is such a fascinating place, click, pin, go to blogs, go to other sites, back to Pinterest. And magazines full of creative ideas. Prayers!! xx
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly
oh KIM!!!! I've been holding back the tears for months now...reading what has been going on in your life...thinking about the time 8 years ago when I was waiting for that "green light" myself. I don't know if it's the time of year, the thought of your incredible cyber friends sending you their love or my own frustration over my computer which has virtually destroyed my live mail message base (yes, it ate up your emails, too :( ) but just reading this has brought tears rushing to my eyes. Now, I am NOT a crier...I was taught in early age to 'suck it up'...but today I burst into tears when I read your posting. I so wish we ALL lived close by so we could party with you and hug you and jump for joy with you. YES!!! Ben and you MUST go shopping...and we MUST see the process as you spend your very thoughtful gift. Hugs and LOVE coming atcha from the sunny Jersey Shore. And to everyone on this amazing and incredible Cafe list...smiles and hugs for being such incredible human beings!!! :)
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCat Sadowski
I know I already left a comment but I MUST KNOW what font you used for the thank you card in the picture. I didn't read about your suggestion we share our obsession/secret pastime because I was sniffling so much :) But my not so secret pastime is collecting FONTS, brushes, overlay textures and actions...not necessarily in that order! And I have been looking and looking for a readable handwritten font for a very long time...the one on the virtual card rocks! Now, if that is YOUR handwriting...please make a font!!! I need, I NEED :) More hugs from the soon to be frozen Jersey Shore!
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCat Sadowski
Hi Kim, When stressed or if something is bothering, I like to go for a walk or to swim ... when the body is at work, I feel that the mind can better find rest. Or start cleaning - wiping dust, swiping the kitchen cardboards ... If not home, but like in a waitingroom or other, I would probably also browse on the web, looking for books from the Amazon ... or gardigans from different web boutiques (there's always place for another gardigan in my wardrobe :)
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNina
Hi Kim, When I feel stressed I also go for a long walk, or keep busy, cleaning cupboards, or even better start baking. I love to bake. The smell of fresh baked cookies does it for me.
I send prayers and good thoughts to you and your family.
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaryse Tremblay
My stress relief too is to just wander thru one of my favorite stores or surf blogs. I really enjoy the energy and creativity of the younger generation ladies who are putting up these incredible sites.
I remember the moment exactly when I realized that "window shopping" was a stress-reliever for me. It was the weekend after 9/11 (our tragic day of lost innocents in the U.S) I found my self at Marshall's pushing around an empty cart when I bumped into a work friend. We were both so numb from the endless hours spent glued to the tv reliving the horror, that neither of us could even talk to each other. I think the empty cart was significant too of trying to fill a huge empty heart. We were lost in a mindless activity that relieved the stress. Must have been a the walking dead. I was surprised to find my purchase the next day had been a simple shiny bright red vase. Something that did not fit into my decor necessarily, but was a bright cheery color. I must have been drawn to its color. I keep that vase on my bedroom dresser and refer to it as my Americana vase. So when stressed, I guess, I can be found wandering the isles or surfing the internet. Thankfully that is not too often.
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkathy
Oh Kim how you made me worry with that one…but all is good to go for your basket now…de-stress and enjoy…If I'm stressed or just to tired at night…I love to crawl in my "heated bed"..and thumb through my magazine stash…so many that I love and buy…which goes along with my very first love…reading and I am very impulsive when I see a title that I remotely love…A M A Z O N…
I love your top photo here..the purple flowers are gorgeous…Home again, home again, jiggity, jig.. xoxo
January 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.
Kim ~ What a wonderful find! I love it! I had something similar happen to me last week. I've been scrimping and saving, putting aside every extra cent so I can turn one of the rooms in my home into the studio of my dreams. Well, the other day, I found a forgotten Amazon gift card in a drawer so now I can buy some fabulous books that I've been lusting after...including this one about Julia Child and some fellow chefs cooking in Provence: I was beyond thrilled! I'm so happy that you had a similarly wonderful experience!

My fingers are crossed that your husband will be coming home very soon. Have a happy day!
January 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie
Good morning, Kim! I came by your blog via Donna's just this morning. What a delightful find!

When I'm craving inspiration/peace/exercise, I enjoy taking my camera on field trips. Little snippets of overheard conversations help bring to mind for me the blessings of my own connections. Too, my curiosity/creativity is sparked when I encounter unusual buildings, or new-to-me species of flowers and wildlife in my travels. I might not get any frame-worthy pictures, but the camera helps me see the world through fresh eyes.
January 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelodye
My stress relief? My home and all the ideas if have for making it more beautiful.
Keeping my fingers crossed for both you and John!!
January 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKarin
oh I break everything - I can't have anything nice. On New Year's Eve - I brought out my crystal flutes from my wedding for everyone to use . . . guess who broke three - just because they are careless and clumsy - yes, that would be me. AND I DIDN"T even drink anything!
January 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTiaras & Tantrums
I believe in perfect timing and your story is one great example :-)
January 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
Hoping for good news for John real soon.
I find gardening or walks are my best stress releases. And it does feel so good getting the exercise.
January 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie P
My stress relief? Books. I am lucky enough to have a library just 20 minutes walking away, and I love to lost myself in a good book. Drawing too, but I am doing it less and less nowadays.
Hoping for good news for John real soon. Hugs!
January 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKia
Music has ALWAYS been my stress relief! I love playing, listening, and singing. Most of all I love hearing my sons play music. The powerful influence of music is undeniable. Music heals. Blessings to you and John.
January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Foster
My de-stresser? Browsing lovely blogs like yours and Flickr photostreams - soaking in all the creative beauty is better than a bubble bath!!

I wish you, John and your family renewed health and much happiness.
January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRowena
My guilty pleasure is sneaking off to take a 20 to 30 minute nap after I get home from work and my kids are winding down after the school day by watching a show or 2 or playing a video game. Actually, I don't feel guilty about it anymore because it helps me so much. It is amazing what a short nap can do. Afterwards, I am recharged and ready to clean and/or straighten up the house and get dinner ready.

Hoping for all the best for you and John. You and your family continue to be in my thoughts.
January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie
I, too, do the virtual shopping thing, and then many times, DON"T push the button. I wait until I get a note that says "You still have something in your shopping cart". Nine times out of ten most of what I thought I wanted at the time were no longer "available" and so I will empty my shopping cart, realizing that I really didn't need that anyway. ~ But there are times I do push the "Add to Cart" button. My UPS man can attest to that.

Along similar lines I have always LOVED going to Thrift Shops. And many times I find something that I currently have in a neglected shopping cart that fills the bill and doesn't take nearly as much out of my PayPal account! It all started years ago when we were stationed in Northern Japan and there was very little shopping with the exception of a small commissary and BX and the Sears catalog. Wanting cute baby clothes I went to the Thrift Shop on base and I got hooked in a hurry.My daughter had tons of cute clothes. Also, I discovered that there were good finds for my wardrobe as well. not to mention toys, books and all manner of things. I'm always up for the thrill of the hunt and my children now come home and want to go to some of the old haunts for themselves.

Waiting for news of your long-awaited homecoming, Kim. We all are in there rooting for you when it does happen.
January 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDellen
Kim, Welcome home. With much love. and prayers always. ox
January 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelody
Music has always provided a sense of escape when life rears its head too fiercely. Of course, shopping can be very therapeutic and books have been my usual culprit when I'm indulging! I'm entering a period of immense calm. Things are beginning to settle and my focus is returning to writing and the blog. The camera and all the wonders of photography are beckoning and the siren is welcoming to my ears. I've been contemplating your question. You offer so many lovely courses. But I sense that I would derive the greatest benefit from the Beyond Combined series. Thank you for your wonderful spirit and continued generosity. God Bless you both.
January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Thomas
I love looking for little treasures, especially ones to use in photography! On Friday I found the beautiful little carousel horse candle holder that is in my 'Chinese New Year' image.
February 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

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