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Thursday
Aug282014

{Friday Finds} Celebrating Extraordinary Creativity

 And a Start to Finish Give Away Opportunity

 

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

friday finds ~ Button Code HTML
Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

Today's find.....Gob-Smacking Gorgeous... Amazing Talent... Be Still my heart....

But first... a quick story.....

I posted my gorgeous colander on IG the other day... along with this Winner's/TJ Max story..... Here it is.. slightly edited.... cause I'm revealing my sweet milk bottle today as well.

Time for a Quick Story? cause if there’s a prop…there’s usually a story…. Right?

My sister in law and i were out walking the pups yesterday…
she says.. ‘there was some good stuff at winners today!’….
Me ‘like what?’ …..
Tara ‘lots of nice clothes, nice sweaters… and oh there was this bench you would love…’ We finished our walk…. I came home to get back to work…but I kept thinking about winners….
So I say to John… ‘i have to zip into town… ‘
John.. ‘for what’…. Me … ‘i need to pick up some things’….
John ‘like what? I can go for you?’…
Me...long pause. 'honestly.. I need to go to Winners… it’s calling me’…
The funniest thing... this didn't even phase him....
And so we went…. I didn’t buy the bench (too pricey, but really fabulous)…. but I found 2 gorgeous sweaters…and some great props… this white stoneware colander and the milk bottle were two of my finds…. White love… Oh and the apples…are from John's 2 year old apple tree that’s been sadly neglected….but blessed us with apples anyways...  ♡

Onto the main attraction - Or I should say Mind Blowing Talent


Start to Finish Student Features.... Enjoy....

Check back ... there are more to share.

Image Credit - Start to Finish Student Michelle Mollinga

I've mentioned that I will be running anothe round of Start to Finish this fall.

I'm excited to say registration will open Monday! Class begins..... September 23rd.

Today I was browsing the student gallery in the Start to Finish classroom...... I wanted to feature some of the amazing artwork...... and Oh my gosh...... I was gob-smacked.

Almost as if....I was seeing the photos for the first time..... So many gorgeous images...... It made me teary..... and so grateful...Oh my.... 

Today I'm sharing just a sprinkle of the amazing images... So many more to share..... 

Image Credit: Start to Finish student Sylvia Houben 

Start to Finish covers everything I know about styling and still-life photography.... from conception to completion.....

I put it all out there....It's jammed full of info and inspiration..... I always give 110% in my classes.... cause quite honestly... I can't not. : )

The work that came out of the first session.. is truly amazing.... I will also be additional content to the already packed full course.....

 

Image Credit: Start to Finish Super Star....Beverlyl Cazzell

 

Image Credit Start to Finish Student: Donna Hopkins

 

Always love to see you here...

Thank you for sharing your finds.....for being a part of this space...... So grateful.

Start to Finish Early Bird Spot Give Away

Registration does not open til Monday..... but I'm giving away a basic spot in Start to Finish to one lucky commentor on today's post ....

Winner will be announced on Monday when registration opens..... 

Good luck... lovelies....


Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

   

 

  

 

   

 

  

 

Friday
Aug152014

Friday Finds - Genuine Creative Conversation ... Anyone?

 

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

 

 

Today's find.....A Creative Conversation ...lead to a ton of Inspiration.....

The Story 

I'm sure most of you know my lovely London friend, Xanthe..... She's an amazing photographer...and film maker.... We met almost 3 years ago at the first Shutter Sisters retreat...... This friendship has been one of life's loveliest gifts... 

I was really nervous about going to that first retreat... As most of you know....I'm a full on... self-proclaimed introvert... Going to California to meet a bunch of people I'd never met was a BIG leap for me....

Anyhow, the very first night... we all gathered, as contributors, for dinner. At the bar... most were ordering cocktails, while I was ordering my usual Diet Coke..... and... so was Xanthe. That's how it all started.... a Diet Coke... too funny. We ended up sitting beside each other for dinner that first night.... We just 'clicked'.....A TRUE friendship was born.

The retreat was mind blowing...... an incredible experience.... No exaggeration when I say.... LIFE CHANGING.

There's amazing power in real life connection with people who 'get' you. I had no idea....how desperately I needed that connection.

Xanthe and I are different in many ways.... But at the center ...we are two artists ...determined to do.... what we love... because we can't....not do.... what we do.

After the SS retreat we connected via skype....at least once a week... sometimes more..... We talked life, love.... fears .... creative ideas..... and everything in between. 

We met the following year in California for the best 10 day creative adventure.....ever....
and then.... Cancer happened...We missed our trip to California in 2013.... but through it all... we affirmed.... 2014!!! We will meet again.....

More on this to come....soon.

Back to my Friday Find... the creative conversation....

Lately....our visits have been spotty... at best....But this week... Oh my gosh!! We met on skype and talked through our thoughts... ideas... and more....Talk about bubbling up and over....

We needed this... so much!! We re-committed to regular connections!! Gosh darn....It's a MUST.

Some BIG ideas were born.... Things just seemed to fall into place.

 

So much to share....

Bottom Line.....Creative conversation with people who get-it ..... INCREDIBLY powerful!!

We have some BIG plans in the works.....centered around creative conversation....and connection.

We don't have all the details just yet.... but we'd love to give this a go......

Beginning with a Give Away session ....

Xanthe and I....would love to sit and have a virtual cuppa via skype with two lovely creatives... Might one be you?

Pick our brains, share your thoughts, dreams, fears.......business, photography, film, IG.... questions? . We're open.

If this give away session, interests YOU, please leave a note in the comments...or if you prefer, send a private message HERE.....  

Always love to see you here... Thank you for sharing your finds.....

Here's to a beautiful weekend....

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

   

 

  

p.s.

My class, 31 Days - Lightroom Tips & Tricks delivered direct to your inbox...is always OPEN for registration... Click HERE for details.

 

 

 

Friday
Jul112014

Friday Finds - More Peonies and a Print Studio Give Away

 

 

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  

The peonies John planted 2 summers ago are blooming..... First the dark pink..... sooo many pink peonies........and now the white..... Definitely need to plant some soft pink ..... hmmm....maybe next year.....

Anyhow, as long as they are blooming I will be taking picture of them....No apologies.....

I do believe they are my most favourite flower..... I will not look back and say 'shoulda, coulda'.... taken more pictures.

I'm not sure I always loved peonies.... funny how our tastes change and evolve...over time..... 

In other news....my 4 x 4 prints from Social Print Studio arrived this week...... Oh my.... I'm just so PLEASED with them. 

I even picked up a few 4 x 4 frames today.... Can't wait to hang them..... But,  they will be just as fab... hung by little washi tape..... here and there..... around the house and studio.

I highly recommend this company.... and good news.... they ship internationally!! 

Tell me... have you printed your art lately? 

 

 

Give Away

I wanna share the Print Studio love.....Today, I'm giving away a $20 gift card to one lucky commentor.... 

To enter, simply post a comment. Double your chances by linking up your Friday Finds.

Winner will be announced Sunday evening.

 

Here's to a peace-filled weekend.....

 

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

  

 

 

 

Friday
May092014

Friday Finds & a Be Still - 52 Give Away

 

  

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

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

If you are new to this space.... 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 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 just off an awesome Start to Finish Live-Connect. I'm in love with this class!! The group is amazing.... 'sigh'.... happy, happy... sigh.... 

I'm gonna dive right into my uptop find.... My new/old chair!! Oh my gosh.... be still my heart... I found it at Lady of the Lake today!! There it was.... just waiting for me!! gasp.....

Funny story... Bryce was bringing it in.... he says... I feel like I should be hauling this to the trash ... not the house!! Oh boys.... Ugh...

I ran it right up to the north room... Oh my gosh....it did not disappoint. I only had time for a few quick photos... before the connect... But there will be plenty moree with this beauty!! I can't wait to wake up and capture a few shots in the morning light!

My second ff.... the sweet cream and sugar.... found at the hospital gift shop... I've been looking for a white simple-shaped set... This was it!! The cup and saucer is a re-discovery.... one of my Anthro goodies from California...So pretty!!

Give Aways

 
Test Kitchen members, can download the Entire Studio collection for one week only. a $60 value.

I'm giving away a 4-month TK membership...to one lucky commentor.

I'm also giving away one more spot in Be Still - Fifty-Two. Class begins next week!


To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below..... 

 I will announce the winners in the next few day.
 

  

An Update on John

John is still in the hospital. What they thought was an infection seems to be Graft vs Host. It's a risk after transplant. They started treating him with steroids and the pain has subsided. He's still having nausea and stomach issues. He's scheduled for a scope tomorrow.... and hoping like heck to be home by Sunday.

Please continue to pray for him.......He NEEDS to come home soon!

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Okay friends..... before I go... I shared this quote tonight on the connect....We were talking turning your hobby into your 'job'...

it's one of my favs... They suggested I share it here as well.... Good Stuff!



Happy Friday...... thank you for sharing your fab Finds...... 

Love & Gratitude.... ♡

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Jan012014

Fourteen in 2014

Share your List.... and another Give Away Opportunity


Hello lovelies,

Happy 2014!!!

As mentioned in my TT posting.... I am here with my fourteen in 2014 list.... sooo much fun to make.

I'd love for you to join in.....

Simply.... make a fourteen in 2014 list..... post it....link to this post.... pop back here to link up below....Grab the button.....

Be sure to pop around and visit your fellow 14'ers...... so fun to connect.....

 

“14


 

Before I share my list... a few thoughts on why I love lists like this.....

My Personal Disclaimer......there is no pass or fail.... I may complete the entire list.......half of the list....I may only scratch the surface....Whatever happens.... happens... It's all okay. What will be...will be.

This is simply an exercise in ideas (big and small)... letting it flow from my head to the page.....

What I know for sure..... writing things down...pen to paper.... WORKS..... Time and time again, I've written my intentions.....my dreams......and amazingly so many have come to be......

I don't write a traditional journal.... I simply open a page and let whatevers up there... pour out onto the page.... often...it's in list form.

And so....I begin this new year....with......

My fourteen in 2014 List - (as it flowed from my head)

  1. FAMILY.... more time with our boys... parents.... and extended family.
  2. paint all of our interior white. {inspiration here}
  3. explore more ... near and far-ish while John is off on recovery....take pictures....make films... ENJOY us....
  4. complete outstanding classes (s2f and reopen it) .... create new courses....considering.... mini-sessions in LR and PS, new Art of Texture class, all-LR class, another year of beyond, a photography class (maybe? hmmm), free updated intro-to LR and PS classes, expand TK (name change coming soon).
  5. teach live. (did I really say that?)
  6. start 2 NEW soon-TBA series on this site.... (bursting)
  7. offer regular live 'connects' and collaborate more.
  8. expand the shoppe with more textures.... brushes....and LR presets.
  9. more time to just BE.... soak up the quiet ... the beauty of being.... peacefulness.... health... everyday miracles....cherish this life I love....write more.
  10. meet online friends - in person.
  11. continue letting go of my need to control.....embrace reality..... b r e a t h e.....Have faith.... trust in God.
  12. California friends....with Xanthe.... YES please.
  13. send more snail mail....make more lists. 
  14. give MORE......always gratitude.....have faith.

 

I am in love with all the sharing on Tuesday's post.... the highs and some lows from 2013 touch my heart... Thank you for sharing.... such a blessing....

A Second Give Away Opportunity

Today I invite you to grab another chance at a ONE YEAR membership to the Test Kitchen and one texture collection of your choice...

To enter...simply share your thoughts on 14 in 2014.... What comes to mind for you? What's at the top of your list (even if the list is still in your head)?... Did you make a list.... Yes??...How did it feel? How do you want to 2014 to feel?

Whatever you're moved to share..... You're amongst friends...... :)

I will announce both winners on Friday.....

Here's to a beautiful year... whatever it may hold.....

That's it for now lovelies....Link away ..... Share away.... have fun....

Endless gratitude....forever & always.

xo,

p.s. I had several plees...asking ....that I extend the eCourse savings.... I will keep the savings open for a few more days...... xo

p.s.s. I have yet to pick my word for 2014..... how bout you? I posted about it on FB ..... the conversation really helped.... thank you..... I think I'm getting close.... :) 

Tuesday
Nov052013

{Texture Tuesday} A Tutorial, Give Away and The Shift

....a subtle edit.... mouse over to see the original image....scroll down to watch the video recipe

Dear friends,

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

I've decided to continue the Free & Easy TT theme for a while longer...... Still keeping it simple.

I'm so grateful you all continue to pop by and link up your beautiful textured photos...... THANK YOU. 

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Remember the Waterfront Collection?

Are you beginning to wonder if this collection actually exists?
I don't blame you... But, it really is .... for real.

In fact, if you pop over to The Shoppe, you can see a slide show of the collection.... and the Order button should be live very soon.... (Texture Listers....watch your email for a heads up)

Keep reading for another chance to win the collection.....

 

 

Be the first to get freebies....the latest news and special savings by signing up for my mailing List.....

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In the meantime.....How 'bout a new texture tutorial?

a quick walk through of today's photo edit......


view on vimeo

And 2 New textures to try.....
List members, watch your email shortly... the download link will be coming your way.

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Time for A Story?
Choosing Happiness..... Just Re-Smacked me on the Head.... 

I will try my best to keep this short....

Lately I've been having a terrible time.... driving in the city... I've grown to despise it..... endlessly complaining...as soon as I hop in the Escape my mood shifts.... I get UGLY.... seriously.... it's BAD.

Tonight I was giving Bryce a ride to a friends.... which is forever away from here.... Before I even hopped in the car I had myself all worked up.... really tense.....totally dreading the rush hour drive.

I didn't get ugly.... but I sure was tense.... very close to panicked...... After I dropped Bryce off I decided I would stop part way and check out the mall..... giving myself a little time to calm down....and relax.... I browsed through Chapters (nothing like beautiful books to calm a person)...then the Gap.... just strolling along... I calmed down....hopped back into the car and made my way home..... Phew.....

Somewhere along the way a little voice began to whisper .......
Kim, you know better.... It's all in your attitude...Isn't that what you preach? Isn't that what you tell the boys... John.... ? No wonder the drive was so awful.... You are continually whining and complaining about the driving....even when you aren't actually driving. No wonder it's getting harder when It should be getting easier.....

sigh....
That was my smack....... my Shift..... 

I have no doubt John and Bryce will be happy to hear the news.... 'smile'......

This brings me to the words on my uptop daisy image... CHOOSE HAPPINESS..... Gerbers always seem so happy... don't you think.....??

Anyhow, I picked up a new magazine the other day..... and I just opened it tonight... It's called Live Happy. Have you seen it? It's new on the stands. After only a few pages in .... I felt inspired. Sometimes we need a little boost.... It gave me that.... Really good stuff!

I had to share a few lines from an interview with actor, Josh Radnor (best known for his role as Ted in How I met your Mother). Really I encourage you to pop over the site and read the full article.... Who knew he was so inspired....??

“What am I being in this moment? What am I contributing? Am I asleep or am I awake?” Each of us—in every moment—is making a contribution to the world by our thoughts, words and actions. I think we underestimate how much power we have. Whatever qualities we wish the world to embody, we have to embody in ourselves. I believe that’s how we change the world. Not by hoping or wishing or delegating, but by being that change."

-JOSH RADNOR

Good..... right?

Click HERE to view the full article....and seriously... DO check out the magazine.

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Are you still with me? 
'smile'..... 

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Give Away Details

For another chance to win The Waterfront Collection, please leave a comment below.....

Let's stick with today's theme..... Please share a little something that makes you happy... or perhaps you have a Choose Happiness..... or not.... kinda story you'd like to share?

I can't be the only one who falls of the happiness wagon? Can I.... ??

I will announce the winner in a few days..... 

Good luck!!

Latest on John

Just a quick little update....  

John is hanging in there..... still dreaming of better days ahead..... getting a little stronger though....eating a little more....
I think...'knock on wood'... the hospital trips are beginning to slow down.... Maybe twice a week rather than 3.... That will be such a treat......

As always... thank you for your sweet notes of encouragement.... We are forever grateful.

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Let's get this TT started.....

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

xo,

p.s. The winner of Friday's Give Away, Kinfolk Table, is..... Roxi Hardegree.... CONGRATS sweet friend..... send me a note so I can get you hooked up.... xo

Friday
Nov012013

{Friday Finds} The Kinfolk Table Give Away

The Kinfolk Take - click HERE for further details.

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

images processed in Lightroom....textured with waterfront 8....layout in Lightroom

My Friday Finds

Oh dear..... I had a Thursday post all planned....but sadly I ran out of Thursday....So here I am... a Friday Finds/Give Away combined.

My Thursday post plan will have to wait a day or 2..... which seems to be a recurring theme around here......

'sigh'

But I have good news.... today I am giving away a copy of The Kinfolk Table....
be still my heart.... It's really is lovely.... Just holding it in my hands brings me JOY. Perhaps you already have a copy... If so.... tell me, do you love it too? 

I must admit I don't buy cookbooks for the recipes... for me it's all about the images...the layouts... the photographic inspiration...... I sure hope my Mom isn't reading this.... 'smile'....

My copy arrived a few weeks back... I finally took some time to flip through it .... The inspiration is truly so good..... 

Today's Give Away Details....

Let's change things up a bit....For a chance to win a copy of The Kinfolk Table.....

in the comments below....please share what's been inspiring you these days.... .... feeling less than inspired?... share that too....this is a safe place to be true.... don't be shy.

I look forward to reading your words.....I will announce the winner back here....in a few days...... 

Before I sign off.... the winner of The Waterfront Collection......is.....Patricia Stein.

Patricia wrote....

Congrats, lovely.....Please drop me an email and I will send the collection download link your way.

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Until next time.... gratitude....forever, and for always.....

xo,

 

p.s.

Wise Words....a tall order...but a beautiful aspiration.... Don't you think?