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Texture Tuesday - 2 New Textures, 2 New Tutorials

What if.......

We Asked Ourselves this Question......

from the archives....textured with waterfront 28 at soft light 32% opacity.

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. 


I have 2 new texture tutorials for you today....  I planned on sharing them with the Waterfront Release...but kinda dropped the ball.

Photoshop Texture Tutorial - view on vimeo

Elements Texture Tutorial - view on vimeo


How 'bout 2 New textures ....
List members, watch your email today... the download link will be coming your way.

The BF Set... take a peak.

Tuesday Musing

What good shall I do this day?  - Benjamin Franklin

I have this question framed and hanging in my room back home (at least I think it's still's forever since I've been home)....Anyhow, it's been my morning mantra for many years.

But it seems.... I pushed this intention aside when cancer hit......In fact, a part of me, forgot all about it.... For the first several weeks I was in survival mode.... believing just a few more weeks and we will be home.... It's been almost 6 months ..... I can't believe it. That's half a year!! Oh my.

It's been one of the most difficult journeys of my life. I'm a home-body, an introvert, an artist....Pretty much.... everything I loved was bundled up in our was my sanctuary..... Getting torn away from that....turned my life upside down.

But little by little the light is slipping back into each day.... The ups are more than the downs..... And the part of me that wishes to do good.... give good.... to each day.... has returned. 

Even in the darkness.... the sprinkles of light were there.... The gifts along this path have been nothing short of miraculous. There's so much about this journey ...we would not have choosen. Yet... if it weren't for all this .... we would have missed out on so much.

Why am I sharing all this? Hmmmm. I'm not even sure.... I suppose I just wanted to sprinkle a little hope...a little gratitude... a little love....especially to those  who may be feeling a little less than hopeful these days.

How 'bout you.... where are you at on this path called life?

How do you start your day? What inspires you lately?

Please share in the comments below. I LOVE hearing from you.

Latest on John

Just a quick update....  

It seems like John's recovery is regressing rather than progressing.... The nausea has been awful the last few weeks. The doctors believe it may be Graft vs. Host, but they aren't 100% sure. Aside from treating the nausea with anti-everything meds.... there's not a lot that can be done. It's a bit discouraging. When they say you should plan on being off work for at least a year... maybe 2.... I can sure see why.... It's a very slow recovery.

Please keep him/us in your thoughts and prayers... 

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


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

with gratitude.....always....and forever.




Reader Comments (97)

I started my day here - posting for Texture Tuesday - and it's a great way of starting a new day. It makes me happy, because focusing on the beautiful things around me, makes me grateful for being alive.

I hope you are doing well. Thanks for sharing those beautiful textures!
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatarina
It's not midnight here yet....and I've just posted my "Around the Bend" image. I had hoped to read that John had rounded another bend, but maybe the bend is a little longer than most. I pray that whatever is "vs" his improvement goes away soon. Your words are special.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn in Oregon
You image is so pretty, and your texture is dreamy!

I hope your husband will feeling better soon, and sending a prayer to both of you.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMumsy
so disappointing and I am sure more so for you and John. I don't know how he and you keep your chin up these days. I only hope things will improve for all of you soon and that the doctors can make things better for him. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. god bless you all.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarBbara Hurst
Big hugs and positive thoughts for you and John...

I started my day just moments ago, being woken by the sweet little sounds of our little 12 week old foster dog guide puppy. He's such a delight and so smart. It brings a smile to my face every time I think about the good he will do one day once he's ready to be someones guide dog! ...such an important 'job' for the little fellow! :o)
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Kittmer
Thanks for the lovely textures, Kim !
Hope John is feeling better soon ... my positive thoughts for both of you,
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
Continuing to pray for you Kim and definitely will remember your husband who has been struggling so much . Know that you are getting to "the other side" of t his! Hope you will be home for Christmas!! Wouldn't that be an amazing gift!!!
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjeanne stone
Love the photo and the quote! …and, as always, thanks for the awesome textures!

For at least two decades now I have started my morning with a cup of coffee and 'morning pages' and I can't conceive of ever changing that, it is so much a part of my life! Morning Pages are three pages of hand written, stream of consciousness writing…it sort of gets all the 'junk' out before I start my day. If you haven't read the Artist's Way - check it out! It was life changing for me way back when life wasn't … well, let's just say "wasn't what it is now". After that, I have breakfast with the Mister and then head out (to the not yet open shopping mall in the winter) for an early morning walk…and of course, at whatever time it appears, I always try to capture the sunrising from our back deck. Sometimes I manage to squeeze in the Sudoku to get my brain working *lol* I do not consider myself to be a routine person - early mornings really are the only routine thing about my life!

I wish for you and John to be home as soon as he can be healthy and comfortable there…in the meantime, sending you warmth infused virtual hugs and kudos for bravely carrying on!! xo
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet
Kim - when my husband was sick he said, "Can you imagine what a wonderful marriage we will have when this is over?" He said that because we were together 24/7, fighting together, praying together, sharing together, talking together. Everything we did was the two of us against this awful disease. He felt that going through all of that would make us so much stronger in the end. You will have that. How wonderful for you.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJo
Kim, you really inspire me - the way you go through this path in your life, your thoughts about it, your insights - and your hope. Do you know how much you inspire other people?

At the moment, I'm a learning to let go. I have a 15 year old teenager, a sophomore, who is planning her path in life. In two years she will be off to college (she wants to go to UBC in Vancouver which luckily is still here on the West Coast, but a two days' drive from here), then spend some time in Europe where her roots are. On the one hand I'm very proud of her, on the other I'm sad that she will be leaving. She's my baby - you know how that is. I just enjoy every single moment. I start out my day with breakfast with her - most days.

My thoughts are with you and John. I hope there will be more progress real soon - perhaps Christmas at home? With John, your son, and Ben.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarola Bartz
Kim, I'm sending you and John good thoughts and many prayers, as always. I hope he will feel better very soon. This journey you're taking right now is requiring such incredible strength...your faith through it all is inspiring. Your photo is lovely, as always...{{{hugs}}}.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherri B.
I don't comment often, but I've been praying for you and John on this long, hard road. Wish I could bring you a hot drink and a hug from northern BC.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela Fehr
Well, crap (sorry) I was so hoping and praying that it would be a downhill ride from now on, so sorry to hear that John is still struggling. The end will come, hopefully soon. Big hugs!!
I'm so sorry to hear that John is suffering from such nausea - that would be so discouraging. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I do love to hear that there are little glimmers of hope though... I had an awesome surprise from someone out there in cyberspace (just last night) and I'm still trying to process it... one of my first thoughts was "how will I pay this forward"?
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
Sending prayers and encouragement to both of you! Thank you for all of your thoughts today ... from thinking about "What good I could do today?" to reflections about the past 6 months ... Your insight and positive perspective!
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina
Many thanks for your lovely textures. Continued prayers for strength for you and healing for John. God bless.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn
Thanks for sharing your amazing talent, artwork, words, and wisdom with us! And thank you for continuing to update us on your life and John's journey. Best wishes to you all (you, John, and Ican't forget Bennie, too!). You're in my thoughts.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeg M
Sorry to hear of John's struggles - better days very soon is my wish for both of you.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta
Thank you very much for providing us your art!
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdriana G
oh, and i forgot to share my fave quotes that i have on my wall!
i found these sticker things that you can put on your wall and they won't ruin your paint...great for apartments or when you live with a crazy father who doesn't want you marking up his walls...
one is a quote that i love from Cinderella (the Disney version)..."a dream is a wish your heart makes." i thought this was appropriate for my bedroom!
the other one is a quote from i think Emily Dickenson (i think) and says "Dwell in Possibilities."
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeg M
I need to start posting my texture pictures too, your work is just wonderful. Prayers for healing for your husband...
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnita johnson
"Whose day can I brighten today" is one I use often and when I have consciously focused on that part of my life, amazing things materialized. Just seeing the beaming face of someone that received something unexpected, and special was so worth it all. You have been steadfast in this journey and that alone has been so encouraging to behold! Brighter days are coming, and I pray for them to be soon. Thank you once again for gorgeous free textures!! xo
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly
Thanks for how much you share and prayers for both of you!
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
I continue to keep John, you, and the rest of your family in my prayers. Battling cancer is a marathon, that's for sure. And it can get you bone tired.

We're counting up the days until my DH finishes this round of radiation treatments. We finally get a breather after the first week of December, a full six months after initial diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Then tests in January to see where we go from here.

As always, I love your textures. Hang in there, sweetie.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.
Thank you for the beautiful textures Kim. You are so generous.
John is in my prayers, as you are too. We're all where we need to be but I sure hope you make it home soon - one homebody to another.
Love and hugs.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie
Thanks for the textures and the tut. My best wishes to John.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane
You do so much good, not only by sharing your wonderful art but also by sharing the journey you are on. It touches me in a way that helps make me remember to live my life to the fullest. My husband went through a brain injury 5 years ago where I was torn from home for an extended time, and each moment was precious. As life has returned to near normal, I find it is still important to revisit those hardships occasionally make life sweeter.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela Feltes
Your textures and photos are incredible. You are such an inspiration. Keep strong and one day at a time. Thanks for everything you do, you help me put my difficulties in perspective. Thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkmeillier
Kim, I was sorry to hear that John is experiencing so much nausea. We never know what is in store for us when we are put on medication. We hope that the cure for what ails us is easier than than the condition,but that isn't always the case.God gives us what we can endure and you surely have endured more than your share this year. We are all hoping for good news in 2014. I am so glad to hear that your "light" is still shining through and continues to do so more often. The "light" shows in your new Waterfront Collection. The textures are full of light and so soothing and will make outstanding magic for our own images.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDellen
Well, darn! So sorry to hear that John is still having such a rough time. I'll just have to keep praying ... with great hope.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDotti
You are truly an inspiration to us all Kim. I will continue to keep you, John & your family in my prayers. Hugs

And many thanks for your lovely textures.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary
Thank you for the textures and the lessons, I'm finally getting back into the creative side of my own life after life itself got in my way..................
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Kim, It is wonderful to be in contact with such a giving artist. I came upon your site a year or two ago and although I don't comment much I truly appreciate all that you do. I have downloaded many of your textures with "Mary" being my most used.
Concerning John, I have a friend who had cancer and nasuea and she told me how peanut butter and jelly sandwiches worked wonders. Hope it helps and wish you well. Thanks again for all that you do.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharron Johnson
Thanks for this lesson, Kim! You always give me something to think about and something to learn.

Continued prayers as John faces another challenge on the road to recovery.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBetty
So sorry to hear that your husband continues to struggle!!

Thanks so much for your textures and your tutorials. You are so generous!
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarlene
I am at an interesting path on life. I am an "older woman" who is a mother to a recently turned ten year old. I married late in life and had my Blessing late in life as well. I introduce my child and refer to her on line as Blessing, as children are a blessing form the Lord and this counters the culture of looking at them as burdens. I do have life experience, but when it comes to parenting I am still in the young stage.

I started off today grateful that my lungs have stopped hurting and that the humidity is finally low. I also am grateful that I get to educate my Blessing and this year that I took the chance of teaching some other peoples blessings. It has been a wonderful opportunity to impart truth and challenge some of their paradigms in anon threatening way.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterabrianna
Thank you for the tutorials, the inspiration and the connections. You, your boys and especially John, have remained in my prayers from the very start of this journey. I am more than happy to commit another year or two (or however long it takes) with my prayers for you all.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol
Beaurtiful textures, thank you for sharing so much!
You are in the middle of such a a very big battle. after my mother had treatment (breast CA), she said it was 2 years until she started to feel a bit normal again. She said it was just a feeling of extreme tiredness and something almost like a vagueness, I think it may be more closely linked to post traumatic stress!! So yes, I think your doctors are so right! But how wonderful they are seeing a recovery time!
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjodie aka Mummaducka
I seem to start my day by trying to think of a good reason to jump out of bed. I lay there trying to think of something to look forward to... something to get excited about. That's kind of sad in a way... Fortunately most days I can think of something. Otherwise I would like to just stay there.
I'm sorry that things seem to be going backwards with John's nausea. Praying for him and you. Embrace the city in winter...
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoxi
I am so inspired that you are able to find spots of light along the path you are currently travelling. I am struggling to do the same as I face the reality of my mother's life with dementia. She is in good physical health and good spirit so it is heart breaking to see her mind gradually slipping away from us. I am discovering that the best way for me to face this reality is to learn to live in the moment as she does every day.

Best wishes to you and your family and thank-you for your never ending generosity and inspiration!
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
Your image and your words are such an inspiration to me. You are using this major bump in the road as a opportunity to grow and create and to inspire others. I'm sure you know the theory about the butterfly effect (weather systems being effected by the flapping of a butterfiy's wing a thousand miles away etc.). We usually don't know the effect our words and actions have on others' lives; I just want to affirm that you are a major force for good on this planet. Your courage and honesty during this time will be remembered by all of us Texture Tuesday folks- and by the people whose lives we touch as well. Many blessings to you, John, and the boys!
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda
Thoughts and prayers for you and John. Hope he's feeling better soon! Thanks for the free textures and tutorials! You're amazing!
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
I am excited to have another chance to win some of your lovely textures! Thank you for being so generous. It was so nice to read your comments on hope. Continuing to pray for your husband and for you. Blessings...
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherre Hulbert
Praying for John and your whole family, Kim. With the help of God recovery will speed up really soon and bring much better days to you all. Thank you for the lovely textures.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiginanLiz
Sending out positive thoughts for you and your family...I start each day with a whispered I love you and a blown kiss to my Mom, who died from Cancer five years ago. And then I choose to move forward. Every day. It's a choice, every day. Isn't that something? I kiss my husband and my kids and just, move forward. It's funny, I've never told anyone that before...Wishing you peace, strength and good wishes...
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie H
That simple little question from Ben Franklin is profound in its simplicity! It is a question i should ask myself upon awakening each day. i like the page you created using that simple question; the texture gives it an "old world" feel - very nice! Thanks in advance for the two new textures! i think i've said it before, but i can really get "lost" playing with your textures, mixing them to see the effect on a photo. Great fun! Thanks - abundant thanks indeed - especially at this season of gratitude, you are on the list of people to whom i am grateful!
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjayleigh
I was so sorry to hear of John's continuing nausea ... when I was going through chemo I found the only thing that tamed my upset stomach was peppermint. I was hooked on York peppermint patties but it sounds like he might do better with a strong peppermint tea (I used 3 tea bags of spearmint tea per cup) or a peppermint hard candy. Just be sure that it is 'real' peppermint and not an artificial flavoring. I actually just finished a peppermint stick awhile ago and then read your post...I've been having some digestive issues due to an adverse reaction to Activia yogurt. Regular yogurts don't bother me but this 'new' probiotic they are using in Activia has caused me to suffer with 'stomach flu' for weeks...who knew it was the yogurt...I didn't until I googled side effects of Activia!

I will keep you both in my thoughts. I know first hand how horrible the cancer 'cure' can be but you have already learned how you have grown strong enough to cope. My therapy was within driving distance so I never had to leave my studio behind...I don't know if I would have survived if I had been forced to leave my nest!
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCat Sadowski
Sorry to hear of John's struggles, we hope the nausea will go away soon.
Thoughts and prayers for you both. xo
Thanks for the gorgeous textures and the tutorial, too.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKia and Zeno
Kim thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial and the two beautiful textures.

I am so sorry to hear of John's continuing nausea. Let us hope that it is only a short setback and that he will soon be progressing again.

Both he and you have been in my prayers and will continue to be in them.
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeAnne
As always, such beautiful textures, thank you for sharing with us! Prayers for continued recovery for your husband and better days ahead!
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

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