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Friday
Aug222014

Friday Finds - Be Still My Heart Hydrangeas

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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.....More on Creative Connection....

I shared last week about connection.... how valuable it can be on this journey..... How I reconnected with Xanthe..... How I felt renewed....inspired... even joy-filled....

It's so valuable to talk with someone who gets you! Don't you think?

The title of last Tuesday's TT post was..... 'something GOOD is about to happen.....' 

This is the feeling I want to take into each day.... just saying it...feels good. In fact, that's why Iposted it on my site. I thought you all might like the ideas as well....

I also have this the words on post-its around our house.... The bathroom mirror, the back door, the fridge.... and honestly it's been TRUE and POWERFUL inspiration.

That was just over a week ago......and Oh my goodness... so much has happened since then.... I can barely believe it.....Talk about falling into place......

So I just wanna ask......

how 'bout it?

Might 'something good is about to happen' be a good way to start your day as well?

Back to Connection

Since sharing my thoughts on connection......it seems I'm not alone.... people NEED connection...... I've had so many emails about this....

Trust me....if you are feeling disconnected...wishing you had someone who gets this.... You are not alone... 

A few nights ago I hosted a Be Still Web Connect.... It was so fun!! Seriously good to see all the lovely names from this community...and read your questions and comments...

Afterward.. more emails saying I feel better... less alone.....now I know I'm not the only one who feels..... fill in the blank....
and so on.....

 

And so.... there's some BIG stuff brewing.... centered around community...connection....and inspired conversation.....

More soon...... I'm so excited to spill the beans..... Seriously... ready to burst.... but not quite yet....

Always love to see you here...

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

Here's to a beautiful weekend....

I've gone a little hydrangea crazy.... I bought 4 bouquets....  all different colors.... to play with... one last photo....this one... tinted deep purple with a touch of green... quite lovely....

Oh and the florist tells me.... you can revive a hydrangea.... by putting them into as hot as hot can be tap water..... Who knew?

I tried it..and it worked!!


Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

   

 

  

p.s.

I've had to postpone the Start to Finish registration for a bit..... while I gather a few more thoughts....  More soon.

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

 

  

 

Tuesday
Aug192014

Texture Tuesday - Be Still My Heart Hydrangeas

 

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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.

The Ongoing theme for summer.....

free & easy.

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details. New to link-ups, click HERE to view my link-up tutorial.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

“Texture


 

 

Same Photo.....2 different presets

Happy TT.

Oh my... I just got off the loveliest connect with the Be Still group!! So good to chat with such an amazing group....of genuine creatives..... 

Thank you all so much! My oh my.....I needed that.

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I'm afraid my post is going to be short and sweet.... and I will definitely be back here with more photos of these beautiful hydrangeas I found at Safeway!! Oh my gosh... sooo pretty......

They came in 3's....but because my day was cut short.... I only had time for a few quick photos....and for some reason...it seems a single flower is almost always right...

I thought I'd share a few different process versions... using presets that are part of my 31 Days class....Honestly... I love all 3 looks...... But you can't go too wrong with hydrangeas....  so much to love.

With that said... the thing I may love most about this photo ..... the way the letters on the linen peek through the glass bottle.....  

'happy sigh'.......

Today's Uptop Recipe

Toned and cropped in LR.... then I applied my new preset, Lightly 2. (part of the 31 days class content)

Next Photoshop for a touch of texture.....One layer of achieve at soft light, 100% opacity.... then a hue/sat adjustment layer, clipped to the texture to remove a little yellow.... and that was that....

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Today's freebie texture..... flow

 

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Happy TT....

with 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
Jul182014

{Friday Finds} Calm amongst the Chaos

 

 

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  

Gosh I love Instagram. It's such an inspiring and supportive community ......always a joy to see the lovely images in my feed each day...... So darn good.

A few weeks back I found my way to radiant4 ... When I saw her beautiful linen tea towels... I just had to know more.

That lead me to her Etsy shop....I immediately placed an order...
2 lovely linen tea towels ....one a rusty-red/brown and the seond in grey.... So beautiful.... I wish you all could hold them in your hands.... linen... really truly is extraordinary

In need of a linen fix?

... pop over to Hyekyung's shop and check it out!! 

My other find... this sweet calm cup from Winners. I think it was waiting for me... I could sure use a little calm in my life.....

I love the shape of the mug.... my favourite thing.... the period at the end of CALM.

I believe they had another one that said dream? which I'm surprised I didn't bring home.... I'm trying hard to be more selective these days. :)

 

I look foward to visiting your finds.....

Here's to a peace-filled weekend.....one of my greatest wishes .....

calm and quiet... uneventful.... PEACE.

 

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

  

 p.s. 

Need a little Follow Friday IG inspiration.... Here's a few lovely streams that are sure to inspire. 

My Suburban Farm, Alabaster Rose Vintage, Katheringe Dorrington, Ellen Bendrups

 

 

Tuesday
Jul152014

Texture Tuesday - Signs of Summer

 

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Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

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

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.

The Ongoing theme for summer.....

free & easy.

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

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

“Texture

 

 

Hello lovelies. Happy TT.

Today's Cherry Recipe

Lightroom

Toned...then applied my Dark Mood preset with a slight bump in saturation (Be Still students this preset is available for download in the Week 6 lesson). 

Into Photoshop

I added a layer of waterfront 7 at softlight 78% opacity... In the top image I masked the texture off everything but the cherries. I love how the texture brought out the detail in the cherries.

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Lightroom Presets

I've had several emails and comments asking if my LR presets are for sale. At this time my presets are only available through my classes and through the occassional download here on my site.

  

 

Registration for the August session of Lightroom Begin closes on Wednesday.

Click here to register.

LR- Begin focuses on the Lightroom catalog/library. 

Click HERE for more details..... It's completely FREE.

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Pinterest Only Textures - I just added 2 new textures to my Pin-it Only page. Check it out HERE


Happy TT....

with gratitude.....

xo,

  

Congrats to Donna Milburn. Donna is the lucky winner of a Social Print Studio Gift Certificate. Enjoy..... xo
  

 

 

 

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,

  

 

 

 

Tuesday
Jul082014

{Texture Tuesday} Peonies - The Moody eDition

 

 mouse over to see the original image

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

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

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.

The Ongoing theme for summer.....

free & easy.

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

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

“Texture

 

 

Hello lovelies. Happy TT.

Today's Peony Recipe

In Camera

Image captured with the Nikon d4 using the Sigma 50mm ART lens

ISO 200, Exposure 1/250 at f/6.3 Manual Mode with spot Metering.

Lightroom

Toned...then I applied my Dark Mood preset with a boost in saturation (Be Still students this preset is available for download in the Week 6 lesson). 

Into Photoshop

I added a layer of kk_0405 at multiply 73% opacity. I masked the texture off the linen. I added a hue/saturation adjustment layer and clipped it to the texture layer. I lowered the saturation to -47. (Clipping the adjustment to the texture applies the hue/sat settings to the texture layer only)

In case you missed the 0405 texture, it was part of the May set. click HERE to download it.

 

 

The first session of LR Begin is underway. 

I've opened registration for a repeat round to run in August.  Register here.

LR- Begin is all about Lightroom's catalog/library. The class is broken into easy to follow steps...

Click HERE for more details..... It's completely FREE.

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Happy TT....

with gratitude.....

xo,