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Love At First Sight & a Fab Freebie Texture


Let me introduce you to my new 'love'!

Is she not beautiful?  


It was love at first sight.......  

Do you have time for a little story? 

Thursday evening.....

We were out for dinner at a fabulous Café the other night.It was a last minute idea.... and a good one I must say.

Dinner was yummy...café was lovely.....

I went up to the counter to pay the bill.... (so glad it was me and not John buying).....

and there she was....  

My heart skipped a few beats.

This lovely antique scale....sitting on the counter, holding some fresh lemons... just waiting for me.

I instantly fell in love with the lines, the crackled yellow paint, and the beautiful 'hughes family scale' text on the front.... 

The Café is attached to an amazing shop, called Lady of the Lake. I shared a little tour of the shop here

What that meant to me.... was..... the scale had a price tag on it! It was FOR SALE!

At first I was like, 'no, Kim... you do not need it!' I paid the bill and told the waiter I really wanted that scale, but couldn't!  

I walked about 10 ft....John came up beside me and I said to him.... 'I'm sorry! I have to buy that scale! I just have to!'

He was like...'you have 3 or 4 scales already, Kimmy!'.... (have I told you he calls me Kimmy? lol.....)

and I was like....'yes, but I don't have one like this! And I can use it for photo shoots. It can be a business expense! I'm buying it!'  

I turned in my tracks! The waiter laughed... 'You are back' he said...

'Yep, (sigh) I must have this!'

mouse over to see the before

mouse over to see the before

Moral of the story....

Go with your gut! Sometimes you just gotta have it! It may take a little sacrifice, it may take a little creativity.... but sometimes you gotta make it happen!  

This was one of those things!


As I sprinkled the fallen peony petals on the scale today, I felt completely pleased with my decision. 

Not one regret!


Texture Talk

After I processed the photos, I envisioned a scripted texture on the images. So I set to making this sweet little one. I call her, 'aurora'.....

Whatchya think? Can you imagine the possibilities?

Texture Lovin' Listers, your download link is coming your way! 

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Test Kitchen members, I'm working on some new videos....sharing today's textured scale recipe. Stay tune for that tomorrow.

Here's to an inspired week, my friends....

Oh, before I go... The FREE Skinny-Mini eCourse begins tomorrow. If you are interested in a little photoshop learning, click HERE to sign up.


p.s. I mentioned sacrifice.... well this antique lovin' mama stayed home all weekend.....  the only place I went was to the trail with Ben.... which I say, paid for the scale. :) 

Reader Comments (61)

i love that scale and this is coming from someone who doesn't even have one! Glad you got it. It is the prettiest one I've ever seen. I look forward to playing with the new texture too. ox
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkerrie sanderson
heheh, you made the right decision : ) i have learned to buy when i have that feeling because i always end up going back if i don't, and sometimes it isn't there waiting for you when you go back :(
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCathy
You made a wise decision :-)
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Burns
I'm so glad you went back and bought it, I would have done the same thing! Don't you love it when you find something you absolutely love AND you know you'll be able to use it for shoots?! Love that!

Kat :)
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKat
See, I was so excited about the scale that I forgot to say thanks for the great new texture!!!

Kat :)
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKat
Good choice-I have always regretted the decision not to purchase something I felt such a connection to-I'm still haunted by a hand carved cow statuette I came across when I was 10-and didn't buy . . . .
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeb M
It's perfect. Last week I bought a green "American Family Scale." Similar thoughts (photography practice for me) were running through my mind as I splurged on the scale, a tiny pink vintage child's stove, and an antique pink chicken planter. I'm really not a shopper, but those three items spoke to me.. and yes, sometimes you just gotta ;) I love your photos!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTammy
I loved reading your story! Beautiful scale and texture!!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Galley
Money well spent Kim. Love the new scale and photos.
When I had my antiques shops I had signs that said "The best time to buy an antique is when you see it".

Love the new texture. Many thanks again for your amazing generousity.
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranne hartman
How endearing...Kimmie! I love nicknames from hubbies! Superb decision!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJillsy Girl
so funny, you are the third blog i've read today with newly purchased antique scales!!! i sense a trend....
thank you so much for your weekly textures! i am not a photographer at all, but since taking your skinny mini course over the winter i am learning to love and appreciate my camera so much more. and my elements program. i blunder my way every week through texture tuesday, and have met so many talented folks! i can't wait for fall, when i will be off work and hopefully you will offer your full photoshop course, so i can really dig in. thank you, thank you.
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeb christensen
I love it!!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue
I love your new scale, and of course the pictures that go with it. Your photos are always so lovely. Isn't photography the best. Allows you to be sooooooo creative. Enjoy all of your posts. Jeanne at
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjeanne
Love the scale, and love the new texture. Thanks!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
I really, really love the elegance of this piece!!!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpeggy gatto
Yes, that's how I felt about the camera~~I HAD to have it :~)

I love the new texture, Kim! I processed a photo last night with "She Loves You", but I think I'm going to use "Aurora" instead!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElaine
Thank you for all the free textures! I enjoyed your story and seeing the shop. Thanks for sharing!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie
You sound so much like myself (and my hubby too) I understand fully why you had to have it! What a great find!
Your so lucky!

Love the new texture! I will be checking my email!

love the "Kimmie" too!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersandra
Oh, good choice Kim! I always have my eye out for old type-writers thanks to you! I love your photos and love this week's texture, Thank you so much!!!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
So much fun reading about the origins of the textures you give us. It makes them . . . .have a personality! And you are a hoot! So glad you bought the scale. If you hadn't . . . well we would have missed out too! =) Thanks, Kim!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol
A true ARTIST, even your words, paint a scene. Kim, I love your scale and how you make EVERYTHING look so beautiful. Your generosity and inspiration ignite me again. Thank You and yes, a good reminder to GO with your gut! So glad you did! ❧
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAr~Pic
I enjoy your story, the scale, the texture, and that your husband seems to understand you.
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Deal
Oooops, I wanted to say that since you posted your "front porch" images, I can NOW imagine you right there, setting up, clicking, dropping petals, clicking, rearranging, clicking! I just LOVE that visual!!! =)
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAr~Pic
Love the new scale! It is really pretty. I found a hanging scale at a little shop down the street but it didn't have the tray. The man selling it said it was in his barn somewhere and when he found it he would let me know. Apparently his barn is pretty full because he hasn't called me and it's been months. I've been back every week and they just don't have another one ever.
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynn McCann
Never doubt a love at first sight. It will haunt you for years if you don't buy it.

July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarole
oh SO SO lovely! THank you for the free textures you so generously shower us with!! Blessings!!!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue
Kim, a great story and a gorgeous scale! Of course it is a business expense! i LOVE this texture too. THANKS!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSherry
Well it is the perfect shade of yellow! I can see why you had to have it :) It's a beauty!
That is such a beautiful purchase, Kim! Thank you for "Aurora"....I'm trying to find a good photo for it.
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn in Oregon
Thank you for the texture and the story. Both made my evening! ;)
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelaine
no such thing as too many scales. (I have 4)
and i love your photos
and I LOVE this texture.
my favs are always textures with lettering or words
*sigh* love this, can't wait to try it out
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen @ Cottage 960
LOVE this!! I have a scale almost like it.. it's my favorite thing in my kitchen. Then, the texture? L-O-V-E!! Thank you so much!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkara
it's gorgeous! lovely and very vintage. and i am loving this texture too! true, go with your gut!
LOL... I have 3 vintage scales that I can't justify purchasing other than that I love them... they sit in my dining room window, 'weighing'/otherwise displaying my what-ever du jour...
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterL
I had that "had to have it" feeling last week, when I saw some old wooden chairs at an antique store. Went back with my hubby yesterday and bought all three chairs. They need a lot of tlc and a coat of stain and varnish but not sure why the first time I saw them I had to have them, never had this feeling before.

Seeing your shots of your lovely scale I can see why you had that feeling too. And they come up beautifullly with your beautiful texture.
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
So glad you got that scale! It's beautiful! And, I love the texture! That's gorgeous!
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacey Dawn
I do love this texture!
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn Gallas
Love the scale and the photo!!! Got the texture download and can't wait to play around with it...already have some ideas for it! Thanks
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
divine find! yes: go with your gut, or you will regret it for a long time...

kim, i get your textures for quite some weeks now, but i´m an absolute beginner (and actually more a cut-and-glue-and-mess-around person). but today i thought i would give it a try. with the help of my son (now i know what i have children for) i created my first layering:

thank you so much for your freebies! i think this was not the last one i tried...
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohanna
Hi, this looks great.

May I ask you how you do to make two shots above each other. And showing them while the mous is hovering aboove it? I would like to try it.
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatureFootstep
Oh, it's gorgeous! What a beauty. Wise decision ;)

I'm new here, found you through Mom Tried It. She encouraged me to sign up for your PSE class. I'm a real novice but am trying to learn. Your photos are so beautiful...and I'm really impressed with the mouse-over before and after ;) Looking forward to learning more.
Thank you for sharing your expertise!!! Knowledge is such a gift ;)
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSerendipity is Sweet
love the story, love the scale and love your texture!! thanks so much for sharing your brilliance!
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYolanda
Dear Kim,
I am always in a hurry lately (sob!) but I wanted to thank you for all the gorgeousness you share.
You are such a special and generous lady. Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! :)
Hope to find some "me time" for taking part in TT tomorrow (fingers crossed).
*hugs* and have a stunning week! :)
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKia
my hubby calls me buffy and he would have let me buy another scale too. our men our sweet like that :)
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbeth
Your textures & images are always beautiful, but this one is one of my faves =)
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia
This is wonderful! Scale, texture~ thanks so much for sharing all the goodness! Much appreciated.
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarita Poll
I can so understand that you had to buy this scale!!! Such a beauty - especially with the petals!
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRosie Grey
It's fabulous and why not go for it. I feel it's better to purchase something that makes one go "I just have to have that" then to walk away and realize you really want it and go back and it not be there....then there's regrets! Fabulous find and so happy you shared it with us.

Have a wonderful creative week!

Bright blessings,
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy Jones
Beautiful new acquisition put to great use! Lovely images you created.
I can't log onto my Test Kitchen account. Thought the membership was automatically recurring? Thanks, Betty
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetty
Re my previous comment: It did not recognize either of my email accounts.
July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetty

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