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Friday
Aug222014

Friday Finds - Be Still My Heart Hydrangeas

Continue......

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.

 

  

 

Saturday
Mar082014

Textures - Times Three Etc......

 

mouse over to see the pre-textured image...  

Hello lovelies....

My oh my..... it's been too long since I popped-in unannounced......for months..... I've pretty much stuck to a TT/FF-only schedule.....  I believe it's time to shake that up a bit....

So here... I am..... a weekend posting..... and it feels good!!

I have 2 new textures....Three, if you count the latest pin-it only freebie.....

I used today's new....kk_0703..... on my uptop image....

S2F students... this is a little teaser..... of an upcoming lesson.... A class email is coming your way this weekend!!

Today's freebies....

Texture lovin' listers... check your email for the download link..... 

Be sure to pop over to pinterest and grab my freebies..... Pin it Only 7, just posted.

TK members

a brand new 'exclusive' set of hand-drawn laurel brushes....pop over and check it out.

Have a beautiful weekend..... Until next time....

xo,

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
May082013

Finding Clarity......

 

Hello friends,

How are you this beautiful day? I hope well.

Oh my gosh.... guess what! Spring is really here. Shorts & T-Shirt weather has arrived! Woo hoo!

I thought I'd share a few photos from this past weekend..... looks pretty peaceful, doesn't it? Trust me, this was only a small part of the weekend... there was plenty of crazy mixed in.

Anyhow, I took some time this weekend to just BE .... and wow.... I'm so excited.... The class I've been dreaming up became really clear.

It's different than my other courses.... It's exciting and scary all at the same time.

I imagine....

…..a class that let's me share my art (completely)…..from conception to the finished piece...with all the details in between.... a class that allows me to connect with the students in a virtual meeting space....feed the creative soul kind of class.

This class is called Start to Finish.

 

The Breakdown

from Conception (about the idea/inspiration for the shoot)... to my creative thought process... to shoot setup and composition... to all the camera setting details... to culling the shoot (why i pick the photos I pick)... and finally a complete step by step edit inside Lightroom (shared from a no-rules, non-scripted, inside my head point of view.)

Can you tell I'm bursting.....??

About Start to Finish...

First, the pace will be a little slower… more detailed… a marathon, not a sprint…..

The content will be spread out over 8 weeks.

Start to Finish lessons will post twice a week, every other week….over the course of 8 weeks, leaving a lighter;not empty ..... week in between.

The editing will take place in Lightroom.

There will be to 2 Start to Finish Lessons Every Other week. I'm talking TOTAL start to finish.....

Each lesson will include a FULL breakdown of the concept, shoot details, composition and editing pro-cess. Lessons will be posted in a private classroom on Tuesday and Friday every other week.

The in between week will include a thorough Lightroom develop module lesson..... a real roll up your sleeve breakdown. I will also critique 2 student photos via screencast each week. (no submissions=no critique)

These in between weeks will allow time to work through the material, soak up the inspiration and take the content presented for a little ride with your own ideas.

Summary.....

I will....

  • Share my thought process, concept/inspiration for the image/shoot in written or podcast format. 
  • Show several wide angle photos and/or video of the space…drops, props, linens, reflectors used....all the details.
  • Show how I set up the shoot… direction of light, camera settings, time of day etc.
  • I will open the shoot in Lightroom…giving you a chance to see them all; the good, the bad, the so so's….. all of them. :)
  • I will talk through the culling process. I will choose a few favs and explain my choices.
  • I will walk you through a complete edit of one of the shoot photos in Lightroom, sharing lots of detailed information.....tips and tricks etc.
  • Bonus: if I decide to go into Photoshop with the image to add text or texture I will include that info in a separate video for Photoshop users.
  • The in between week will include an opportunity to submit your photos for critique. Note: When I say critique (which reminds me way too much of the word critic) trust I will be kind and gentle….. I'm all about encouragement. But I will share my honest thoughts.
  • I will set up a virtual meeting space.... (through adobe connect) allowing you to chat with me and your fellow classmates, ask questions etc…in a chat format. This will be offered a few times throughout the course. You can also send in questions and I will answer as many as possible during the meeting time.
  • Summer is busy and beautiful…. we must enjoy the sunshine and warm air. However, I find summer to be a highly energized and creative season... which is why I think it's the perfect time for this class. I decided to spread the content out over 8 weeks. The material will be accessible for an additional 4 months after the 8 weeks is over. Yep, that's 6 months access.

I think that's covers most of it. Registration will open on Monday (unless otherwise posted)... if anything changes I will let you know.

Class will begin mid-June.....  I will have a registration cap on this class....I want to really connect with the students.

Okay, that's a lot......I'm so excited.... 

Oh I am going to be in touch with some of the lovely readers that expressed interest in connecting.... :) Watch your email for more soon.....

Before I sign off.....a little inspiration....

xo, 

 

Sunday
Apr212013

Finding My Way Back

 

Hello friends, how are you? I hope well.

It's been so long since I've shared anything here….. other than my regular TT postings. My oh my, I've missed you.

I'm not sure how life got so out of control…. everything building up around me….one thing leading to the next… so many deadlines…. so little time….. John's been under the weather, fighting insomnia that came out of nowhere...... a few family bumps in the road.... Oh my.... Top all that off with some tech troubles....and BAM....

Here I am...writing this post....

I know this is the story of most at one time or another….. it can happen so easily…. life gets off track…..and before you know it.... you aren't sure what the heck happened?

But thankfully Ben remains my constant... makes me walk...twice a day... no matter the weather.... (as I type this the wind is howling and flakes are swirling....sigh)....but he will not take no for an answer....which is a good thing.

I find the more I have on my plate… the quieter I become...…stillness... silence....  just BE-ing …. 

I can go days without connecting with anyone other than John and the boys. I'm pretty sure I could manage quite nicely on a mountain top….. provided I had a good internet connection…. 

'smile'

It goes back to the whole I am an Introvert thing……  So comfortable just being with myself…. I put up unintentional walls….it just seems to happen….. I pull back....find myself so out of touch.....

Looking back.... I see this is a pattern in my life... just who I am.. I suppose...

I'm slowly finding my way back.... feelng a need to connect....longing for real-life creative connections right now.... sooooo desperate.

Anyhow, I'm babbling... I really just wanted to pop in and say hello…..  share a little random happenings.... 

Picture Pro-cess is heading into the final week….. Oh my... this course was big for me...  doing both the cs6 and elements 11 version was a big load.... But it's been good.

The Texturize class is going well….a few bumps along the way...but it's all good….. I have hopes for big stuff at the Test Kitchen….some new classes and a new site name…. soon to be revealed.

On the home front....I've been doing the Paleo thing…. up until this past week I was 100% following the plan…for almost a month.... this past weeks been a little hit and miss with all the busy-ness…. I hope to get back on track…it works well for me. All of my carb cravings just disappeared....

I found this yummy recipe for a muffin in a cup (cooked in the microwave)... just flax, an egg, coconut oil, baking powder, maple syrup (sweetener of choice) and cinnamon.... seriously it's such a treat.... When I'm in need of a little extra special something I add bits of dark chocolate….. I will always need chocolate. I should be caught up in another week.... I know this will help.... you need to be prepared when doing this plan... cupboards and fridge stocked.... 

Brett just finished his first year of university...He's so relieved... Woo hoo. Bryce just moved into a new place.... it's much nicer..... John is finally getting some sleep.... and Ben..... the only thing that changes with him...is his coat..it's long and curly again...ready for a trim.... before the mud season begins....

I mentioned some technical trouble....  sigh.... My iMac was giving me major trouble last week....  so frustrating.... I'm not sure if it's the fact that I was running so much at once..... or what... but I didn't have time to trouble shoot. So, I ended up purchasing a thunderbolt display to go with my Macbook Pro Retina. I just bought it back in September....loaded up .... so it's newer and faster than my iMac. Wow... the change has been a treat... so fast... zippity zip... it's nice because everythings all together now.... I just eject the macbook and take it into my room or whatever as needed. It can even sit at the desk with the top closed....and still run on the thunderbolt display.... It's great!! Honestly it feels like I'm on a iMac...the screen is pretty much identical. Definite thumbs up.

Oh and while we are on the subject of techy stuff, did you know Lightroom 5 Beta was released. If you've been considering lightroom, I would say download the beta and play with it..... Because it's Beta you can use it until the updated version is officially released..... FREE. If you are running 4, you can install 5 and play with it.... just start a new catalog and give it a go. There's some great new features.... but no major interface changes... so it would be easy to move into..... I LOVE the new radial blur option.

I fall more and more in love with Lightroom everyday. :)

Okay friends....I've babbled on long enough......I'd love to hear whats new in your world..... Please do tell...

We are off to John's moms for a family dinner..... I should get ready and take Ben out before the winds get any stronger... Yeesh........

I will be back soon with some new textures and perhaps a few other goodies I've been working on.....

Until then...  be well ....

gratitude always...

xo,

p.s. are you waiting for an email response from me? It's possible it was lost in the shuffle....feel free to resend and I will do my best to get back to you asap.... thank you so much....xo

 

serious Benny. :)

Sunday
Jun242012

Texture Tuesday News, A BTS Give Away & A New Video

 

Hello friends,

How are you? Happiest Sunday. 

I'm finally ready to 'spill' the TT news..... I'm excited.... 

Let's get to it, shall we?

I have a few Texture Tuesday changes I'd like to introduce. 

The first Tuesday of each month Texture Tuesday will be called 'Not Necessarily Texture Tuesday'...... What does this mean? I'm glad you asked! :) This is a chance to link up your fav photo of the month. It can be textured, untextured, edited, unedited.... or even an iPhone photo. I love iPhoneography! Link away..... Share your fav photo and inspiration with the TT group! Woo hoo! 

Starting In July... The Last Tuesday of the month will be open for Guest TT Hosts.....
Would you like to be a guest Texture Tuesday Contributor here at the Café?
I will have submission guidelines up on the site in a few days. Please watch for the details. I think this could be GREAT fun!! Stay tuned for all the info.

Now, that takes us to this Tuesday...... we need a theme..... Right!

Tuesday June 26th's Texture Tuesday theme is:

How about flowers? Your photo must cotain a lovely posie or 2 or 10. It must be textured with at least one layer of any of my textures. That's it...that's all... Easy peasy.....

Starting Tuesday...we are back on schedule.... Woo hoo... See you there!

I have some other exciting news to share. So stay tuned for further details soon.

If you are wondering when I will be sending out your freebie texture... not to worry... I think it's going to be Mondays. :) So watch for a new one tomorrow....

I'm super excited about the new ideas.... I will be introducing the changes a snippet at a time.... over the next little bit.

I just want to say thank you for all the support you send me each week. Please know I am forever grateful...... happy..... 'sigh'....

 

I know I've talked a lot about our new eCourse, Behind the Scenes. Thank you so much to all who are joining us. We can not wait to begin.
Class starts on Tuesday!! We will be sending you the class login info tomorrow. Watch for it in your inbox!

Class registration is closed....Good news though....we saved a spot for one lucky winner.

For a chance to win a spot in Behind the Scenes, leave a little hello in the comments section below.

The winner will be announced here on Tuesday June 26th.

Please note: when you fill out the comment box  be sure to include your contact info in the corresponding boxes.

....

Before I sign off..... In between my tech troubles, getting ready for Behind the Scenes...and life in general I've been practicing video with my new Nikon..... I have to say, it's quite the learning curve... but I'm slowly getting the hang of it. 

I have another little snippet from the front porch.... Bryce is trying to teach Ben to play dead..... too cute.... I'm not sure this trick is ever going to be possible.... Ben's tail never stops wagging...
Anyhow, check it out if you have a few moments.....

Here's to a beautiful week!

xo,

 

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Friday
Apr012011

Art of Texture eCourse, Fabulous Give Away News and More.....

a little art inspiration - texture making video

Hello my friends!

Happiest Friday....

I'm popping in with a few updates....  and some good news.

So, I am going to get right to it!

Texture Tuesday

First of all, thank you so much for joining the 1st weekly Texture Tuesday Link up!  Wow, what a fabulous response.  Yay!!  Just a reminder, next week, we have a little challenge.  Your photo must contain this past week's freebie texture, WarmSun. I think it'll be super cool to see all the different images.  If you do not have the WarmSun texture, be sure to sign up for my texture lovin' list and you will receive the link in your inbox. 

The Essentials eCourse

By request, I have extended the discounted rate for the Essentials class until Monday.  So if you are interested in this class, now's the time.  Click HERE for all the info.  

Art of Texture - The Secrets Revealed eCourse

Okie doke... I put a call out last weekend for those interested in the Art of Texture eCourse.  The response was fabulous.  So I'm hoping you are still IN.  I've decided to open registration again. Class will begin on April 18th. Please tell your friends.  :)  

Rock the Shot Give Away

Okay, so wow... have you popped over to the fabulous site, Rock the Shot?  You must!  it's good stuff!  And they are running a crazy, awesome April Fool's Give away.  You gotta check it out!  I'm giving away my Studio Collection Texture pack...and there's all kinds of other great prizes too!. Click HERE for the details.

Freebie Texture

I haven't forgotten your freebie texture.  But you will have to hang on for a day. :)  Sorry guys... it's been a crazy week!  But I will be back tomorrow with it!

Shutter Sisters

I'm over at Shutter Sisters, with my 'friend' Irene today.  Come say hi, and share your muse. :)

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I think that covers it.... although, I really feel like I'm forgetting something?  Hmmmm..... 

Here's to a fabulous Friday... See you tomorrow....

xxo, Kim

 

Saturday
May012010

saying hi


hello my lovely friends,

how are you?  i'm sorry i've been a little quiet here this week. 
i'm afraid i'm SICK.  gosh it's a pain....
i don't do sick... i don't get sick...  well at least i don't usually get sick. 

but last week bryce had a really rotten virus, and as we laid on the bed watching tv and he hacked away
 i thought to myself... yikes, i better not get this!! 
darn.... 
brett also had the same bug.  john is still holding strong.  i'm really hoping he misses it. 

anyhow, yesterday was my birthday and i spent it in bed feeling very sorry for myself. 
how pathetic is that?
ugh.... lol....

but ENOUGH! i say ENOUGH!!
tomorrow is a new day.  'sigh'

so, everything i had planned for this past week has been bumped to this upcoming week. 

but perhaps my body is trying to tell me something...
like get more rest, take better care... you can't work all the time...
stuff like that...
hmmmmmmm...
so i guess if i want to put this behind me...
i must start taking better care.

so as for up & coming....
i'm so excited to tell you all about my new eCourse... second.gear photoshop ~ the art of textures...
it's going to be FABULOUS!!  stay tuned.

plus i must share with you about my feature in the summer issue of artful blogging. 
you may have noticed the image on the sidebar.  'sigh'....
sooo exciting. 

and there's more... which i will share soon. 

before i go though... check out the image above.  have you seen the new Prims magazine? 
it's sooo very beautiful!!  truly amazing....  if you haven't discovered it yet... you must check it out.

okay, i'm out of here and off to bed... much love to all!!

xxo, kim