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Texture Tuesday - a Give Away & The 14 in 2014 Challenge

eCourse Final Days to Save... see below.....

textured with waterfront 27 - one layer at multiply 50% and soft light 59%


Dear friends,

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

The ongoing theme - Free & Easy ...... 

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


December 31, 2013

Say it isn't so..... December 31st? Today... Really?... Oh stomach's been doing flips all day...just thinking about it. I can't believe the year is over.

That's the thing about cancer....
Cancer/Challenge/Tragedy...... life goes on.....

At times I've found this difficult......watching friends, loved forward.... moving on....while we sit....waiting, waiting... waiting... Oh so much waiting....

But most's okay.... watching from our quiet space ...... I've been learning to let go.... give up the reigns...trusting it will all work out.... It is... what it is....

Give Away Opportunity

So Tell me sweet friend.... How was your year?

Please share in the comments.... the highlight(s).......... I'd love to hear!!

In fact.... let's play a little game for a give away.....

Share your favourite highlight(s) of 2013...... for a chance to win a year long spot in the Test Kitchen and any one of my Texture Collections.... winner picks the collection of their choice......

A Thank You

Sweet Laura sent me a bundle of blessings in the mail a few weeks back.... 3 picture perfect chocolate bars.... that I can't bring myself to open.... just yet... so darn pretty. Can you see the little lovely up top? .....a beautiful blue box of Peets Tea.... so yummy...also picture perfect.....

And this precious little glitter tree.... 

There was more.... 
for another day.....
so many blessings.....

I want to say thank you for the gifts I've received this past many months.....but did not acknowledge here.... in this space........ It's been difficult to keep up with pretty much everything..........I'm sorry.... Please know I appreciate each card, note, gift...... so very much....

Truly Grateful.


eCourse Savings...going...going....

The special eLearning year-end savings will remain open til January 1st. 

For more info on the big Beyond Layers eCourse savings, pop over here. To save $19 off Round Trip or Pic Pro classes use the code save19 in the discount box.

Oh and Be sure to check out the Test Kitchen. Beyond Layers is now a part of the TK membership offerings...


14 in 2014 List Challenge

I'm working on a list of 14 things I hope to see happen in 2014.... a mix of personal, creative, business....dreams and wishes.....

Amongst all the chaos of 2013 there's been many blessings..... So much to be thankful for..... I can't stop dreaming now.....
I have high hopes for lots of love....and light... in 2014..... It's exciting to ponder....the possiblities.

I have a lot bottled up....waiting to leap out...once we find our way to the other side of this journey.....

I hope to be back here tomorrow or thursday (latest) to share my 14 list.....

In the meantime I thought I'd invite you to play along... if you wish....

Write and post your own 14 in 2014 List.....
It doesn't have to be work/blog/photo related....anything goes....  no rules... 
If you choose to join... pop back this week and link up below my 'soon to post' 14 in 2014 list.....

 (tomorrow or thursday at the latest...I promise).



Okay lovelies... time to say so long...for now..... 

Until next time.... sending love and gratitude....

See you back 2014.....



Let's get this TT started.... 


Reader Comments (135)

2013 was a combination of highs and lows...highs included recognition of my work and new directions I am taking with my art...and the happy marriage of my step-daughter...I will have to work on my list of 14 for 2014 - I like that idea! wishing you all good things in 2014 Kim!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteramy of four corners design
The highlight from 2013 may not seem like highlight to everyone, but it was for me. Last year I found the strength to have a proactive mastectomy with reconstruction which took from planning to completion almost the whole year. Now that the year is over I'm glad I did it ,and look forward to putting it all behind me and move forward in 2014. I'm so glad I found your cafe - a new home to escape to this past year, learn, grow my photography skills and heal. For that I thank you.

I hope you too can put your past year behind you, and wish you and John only the best in 2014.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMargie
This has been a challenging year. My chronic illness, my mom's lymphoma and dementia...all leave me fighting to remember my God and my faith. I'm trying to choose joy in hard situations. And I know you know what that is like. Blessings in 2014.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
i too love the idea of 14 in 14 and will work on my list!
2013 was a pretty darn good year for real standouts as far as *awesome* things, but overall a successful, productive year. i really like my job (almost all days!), have a good home life, food/car/home/family/etc. i'm looking forward to a few things in babies, a wedding to attend, and making more time for myself, my art, and creating.
best wishes to you and John in 2014, Kim!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeg M
I am thankful for 2013 and with it's many challenges that I have learned to grow through. As we age, we watch our parents age too, and my mother is no exception. It is hard to watch her age and have the health issues she has, but has been such a trooper and example for me. My art is my therapy. Even though to the world I have not made any major life changing accomplishments, I have grown and found myself again. I know what I love and plan to spend more time in 2014 enjoying every minute of life. Many times we get caught up in what everyone else expects of us that we forget who we are. I want to be that loving daughter, my husband's best friend and the person all of my pets think I am. It is inside working to getting back out again and not worrying about meeting other people's expectations. Time is too short for anything else.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandra LoCastro
I admire your strength and resolve during this challenging time, Kim. It is with gratitude that I share that my photography has been very well received this year.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue
The higlight of my Year was that I started to work after being home suffering from fibromyalgia. I now work as a reg. nurse again and I just love it. 👍😃 life couldn't be better.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLotta
2013 was actually a tough year for me. I'm now on permanent disability due to my declining eyesight. Being home has been a tremendous adjustment for me. I still am adjusting. Doesn't help that on the Saturday before Christmas I broke both my ankles. Yeah, I'll be a bit happy when 2013 is over. Here's to a better year!!!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Enriquez
May you be encouraged by our battle-won in 2013. My husband was diagnosed with a very large lung cancer and at 75 the prognosis may not have been great. But he came through a large surgery and in his check-up afterward there was no further cancer to be found - anywhere. We are thankful for the prayers of many; the incredible medical care he has received and the joy with which we end this year. I think of you and John often Kim and say a prayer for his return to good health and your lives together. Happy New Year. May it be your best ever!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynda Murtha
My highlight of the year was supporting my husband's courageous work to recover from pancreatic cancer surgery and treatment. 2013 was a year of extreme highs and lows. We're praying for 2014 to be a significant improvement!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.
Oh forgot to write the number of years I have been home. It's 13 years!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLotta
I think the highlight would have to be enjoying people! I'm in my last year of college and I'm with a great group of people that stand with me and help me grow.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHannah Y
Hmmm, 14 in are just a few:

Get to the gym and get in shape (tired of being a slug)
Walk more
Smile and enjoy life
Travel more and enjoy the journey
Participate with joy in my heart
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne
My 2013 highlight is not simply one moment or one day...It has been a year of change, of growth, for me. I have made the choice to leave past hardships in the past and to move forward with my life, both personally and professionally. So it has been a very exciting year, indeed. And I just know 2014 will be even better!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie H
We have had a blessed year. Our son-in-law got a good job in June after being out of work for a year. And our sweet baby granddaughter was born in mid-November! Our first granddaughter to join our precious 2 grandsons!! Our health has been good, and we have had lots of good times with our family!

Hope 2014 is a better year for you and John, and your family! Thanks for all you do.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy K
The best news this year by far is the upcoming birth of our first grandbaby! And of course another year of helping prepare our high schoolers for their future which leads to ALL of our success!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan
In comparison to all the things I read in the comments already, I think my year was pretty good. Even though in comparison with all the previous years it was tough for me - adjusting to the working world, changing jobs and missing the free student life. One highlight was definitely the step to take photography waaaay more serious than before. Setting up my business, having the first paying clients, shooting my first wedding and getting's been exciting. I look forward to 2014, to more stability and to many more pictures to take.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaro
It hasn't been a dramatic year for me. I just quietly turned 60 in the summer and, for me, that's cause for celebration. I wish you, John and your family all the very best for 2014 and the strength to embrace the daily challenges and opportunities life offers you.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelen
This year found me loosing a very good friend by a senseless murder. Events like this can be very hard on so many people. However, it has made it possible for me to become even closer my dear friend/his wife and allowed us to share so much in these past few months. God heals all things in his time not ours, so as 2014 come in my plan is to work on being a better person and giving more of myself to others.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTamera J
I have not compiled my list yet but I know at the top of the list will be my hope and prayers that you and John will beat this disease and be able to return home.

I too, have my problems with this disease, but I have lived a long and good life and you and John are still young a my wish is for you to have many more years together in your home.

I hope you are not frozen, Kim, going each day to visit John. I wish I could send you some warmer weather as well. December has been brutal and so far there is no end in site. May the wrath of all the people who are sending wishes to you warm you up.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaser
My highlight for 2013 was the arrival of a new adopted grandchild in February.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarynbtol
Gosh, you find the coolest magazines! I need to pick-up a copy of Donna Hay and give it a look.

My highlight of 2013 was also my lowest point in 2013. I found the courage to leave a terrible and cruel work situation. At the time it was the worst experience in my life - but after some time to heal, I look back and now see that it was my brightest moment. I left with grace and dignity - and a knowing that I am stronger than I believed.

Happy New Year Kim - I hope that 2014 is a calmer year for you!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheila
I guess the highlight for us was the trip to Korea early in the year when the kids (finally) got to play in "real" snow and got to go skiing and sledding.

May 2014 be a year for blessings for you.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBuckeroomama
2013 was a year of mourning for me, after losing my Dad on Thanksgiving 2012. It was a year of settling things and learning to move on to remembering the happier times of life. It also brought about a lot of family visits throughout the year as well. My Aunt and Uncle's (Dad's Brother & SIL) 50th Anniversary, My nephews graduation from Naval boot camp, seeing friends and going on 2 much needed "get aways" with my dear husband who was my rock through all the rough spots during the year.

I enjoyed the Picture Pro-cess course by you Kim and have enjoyed too the course you suggested "Photoshop Grunge Composition" and have really enjoyed learning so many new things. I also got Lightroom and CC in October, so I am really looking forward to learning morn in 2014.

Big hugs to you... You have been John's rock this year and I am keeping you all in my prayers for a wonderful 2014.

Thanks Kim for everything!!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChrista
Love the idea of the 14 in '14 list. 2013 saw my Mom out of the country for almost half a year, and she's still away; I miss her. A storm totaled both mine and my husband's cars...that was a bummer, but health and jobs remained steady and the rest of my family is nearby so I have nary a complaint about this year that is coming to what feels like a rather abrupt end!

Wishing you and your family an abundance of blessings in the coming year.

December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
I feel very lucky that I've had a healthy year as many around me have not.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb B.
Through you and your selfless sharing of your journey, I learned to have a greater appreciation for my own life. I cherish the good days more and I'm able to put the bad ones in perspective. I guess you've taught me to stop and look past the end of my own nose :-) You have made me a better person and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hugs and wishes for a fabulous new year.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterValerie
My year started out lovely with my grandson being baptized. A few weeks after, he went through major kidney surgery at 5 months old. The poor little guy was so strong and came through with flying colors and I am glad to report--everything is fine now. He calls me ga-ga and he is a true joy in my life. His mom struggles with being a single mother and I help her out a lot. Matthew (my grandson), is a true blessing to us all!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAllison Connors
2013 was a great year for photo adventures with my friends the SoCal Photo Chicks. We went many wonderful places on our adventures. The Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ca, Scott Kelby's Photo Walk in Little Tokyo LA CA, our local pumpkin patch, Pasadena for Christmas shopping, to see the Tall Ships in Ventura. It was a year filled with laughter and good times shared. A few of my Photo Chicks welcomed new members into their families with beautiful grandchilden, I see future models for us :-) My husband and I began our saga of looking for our first house to buy and looking for that perfect small town to move to...I am hoping to relocate to the east coast after 11 years of desert living, I miss the ocean! All in all 2013 was a good year!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ. Odice
I came to post my highlights for 2013, but after reading so many posting before me, my highlight has changed. My new 2013 highlight is that I did not have to suffer any major illness in our family or other life changing events. It has been a year of small setbacks and small victories. I am feeling very blessed.

I hope 2014 brings peace and healing to your family, as well as many of your followers going through difficult times. Thank you for all you do and know you are admired and respected, as an artist and as a "friend".
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
2013 has been a good year for me. I watched my business grow and I watched my children become lovely, lovely adults. Thanksgiving and Christmas were held at my children's home, a sort of passing of the torch. I look forward to 2014 and will have to think on my 14.

I hope that 2014 is a good year for you and your family and brings you many blessings.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpam
Our family did a big overhaul this year. We made a journey for a healthier lifestyle. We stopped eating out and started making meal plans, grocery shopping for whole foods, and sharing healthy family meals. We started exercising and my son and I did a 30 mile bike ride sponsored by our local YMCA. My husband retired from his job and said goodby to long stressful commuting hours. My son altered his educational program to better match his personality and goals. And I started setting boundaries, stopped chasing perfection, and began to find myself all over again. The year was challenging and we moved forward in fits and starts, but we made great progress. I am proud that we decided to be happy.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
I feel very lucky that I've had a healthy year as many around me have not. Our daughter's divorce is final and she is back in Virginia finishing her PhD and is happy. Our son and family will be moving to Colorado in 2014 so that will be my big challenge.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Darling
2013 was pretty good year. I show by Boston Terriers in AKC conformation shows and we had a good year with some nice wins! I love using my bostons with photoshop elements and your textures.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElaine
Spending time with my family, and celebrating my mom's 70 th birthday was one of the highlights of my year.. together with the many happy moments everyday: Small talks with friends and colleques, walks by the lake and in the forest, receiving and sendins a smile while walking to the market, the simple prayers being heard ... Thankful for both the ups and downs in 2013.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina
14 in 2014...I think I can do that! Seems with all the health issues my family faces - ALS, Lung Cancer, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, tremors....I can go on...but I want to focus on the positive - The love that is given and the strength and endurance to go everyday and make a positive lasting impact on someone life!
Here's another idea for the new year..Starting January 1st, write good things that happen to you on little pieces of paper and put them in a jar….
- Surprise gifts
- accomplished goals
- the beauty of nature
- “LOL” moments
- memories worth saving
- daily blessings

On December 31st, open the jar and read all the amazing things that happened to you in 2014

Enjoy and hang in there....there is beauty and positive vibes all around us
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy S
Kim, you may very well be the most optimistic person I've ever met. It's beautiful how you keep hope alive in your heart and spread it to others. I wish for you and yours a blessed 2014 filled with hope and promise of better days.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisa
This has been quite a challenging year for us for many reasons, financially and health wise. But I would have to say that a few things really stand out as highlights- watching my son come back from being so ill, not being able to hold a cup or barely feed himself because of his sudden onset of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis...watching him, never complaining {EVER} and then after 4 months being healthy enough to be released to go back to football training (they actually want him to be active), watching him work hard with incredible heart to get back his starting position, and then seeing him on the field for the first time...well, it brings back tears as i type this. Another highlight was watching our daughter graduate from high school.

Wishing you Kim, the best for 2014 and may it contain many highlights for you and John! xo
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim Stevens
The highlight of 2014 - running my first half marathon at 56. Kim, I wish you blessings and peace in 2014.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhyllis
I had a mix of highs and lows in 2013. The part I am most grateful is having my family and getting to spend it with my miracle baby. The worsts were miscarrying yet again (would have been due a few days ago), losing my grandma and my uncle.

Regardless, I am extremely grateful and realize the worth of what I do have everyday. I am now trying to spend some time on me and investing in learning and practicing photography.

Have a great new year everyone!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynne G.
Kim - so many entries to read and so very little time... I honestly don't know how you do it with so many things on your plate. So many times I have started to write a post and pulled back. Your year has been a tough, challenging one - one I am very well aware of. I mean no discouragement, but I lost my love to cancer 24 years ago. I can't look and enjoy the sun in the same way without remembering how its effects ended my love's life. But life has a way of helping us get through it, if we look around and appreciate all that is left behind... a 7 mo old baby girl to raise and enjoy and pass as much of her father's legacy on as I could... she is now a beautiful, smart and talented 25 year old and a constant reminder of her father. The love of family and friends who remained a constant through all these years, and now the joy of watching all my children grow, become adults, and create new lives and families... such a blessing. As I face life truly on my own again, I find new adventures in my return to photography and the growing enlightment and joy it brings me. Life has a funny way of making you grow. Even though we don't know each other, I wish you and your family the best in this coming year - so much has changed in the way of cancer treatment over these 24 years, and so many lives have continued because of it... my thoughts for that continued statistic in your family. Thank you for all the wonderful textures, photos and learning opportunities throughout the year.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeannette
I am lucky, 2013 was a great year for me - my highlight..visiting Kathmandu Nepal - my 50th country. I reached my goal of 50 countries by the age of 50!
Kim I wish a good 2014 for you and john - so happy he was home with you for Christmas.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercathy @ ma vie trouve
I only discovered your website about a month ago. A friend of mine does some beautiful work with texturing her photos, but like all things artistic, I hesitated. My sister had given me a mixed media intro. weekend in the mountains for Christmas but then I got a seasonal job in retail and had to cancel. Instead, I signed up for your Art of Texture class. I can't wait to start messing around and creating my own textures!

So while I've tried or am on the verge of trying new artistic adventures, I feel very frustrated that I've been looking for work in my field for 21 months and only managed to find a summer job. I am dreading 2014 because I don't know how to make things happen in my career without going further into debt (not that I even have the resources). I think I need to do Kathy S.'s suggestion about putting happy notes into a jar so I can remember the good things and not be overwhelmed by the hard times!

I pray that you and John will soon be home again and that he will quickly return to full health. Thank you for sharing your struggles but also your strength.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrace
The highlight of 2013 for me came yesterday when my husband had his ileostomy reversal surgery after going thru a year of chemotherapy and radiation for colon cancer. It now seems like we can get back to 'normal' and on with our lives.

A friend asked me recently if I had any epiphanies from all this... at the time, I just said that it was still too raw and close to respond to that. Upon reflection though, one thing I can say right now is that we are very fortunate to have this issue to deal with in this time frame, rather than even 10 years ago, as the treatments and knowledge today are so much better than before.
Another thing learned is that there are so many, many people out there who are so much worse off with health issues that we are grateful that he tolerated his treatments as well as he did. Not to say that it was easy, but he's a real trooper.

All in all, I will be happy to see 2013 in my rear view mirror.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynda
While this may not have been a great year for me personally, it's been a great year for me on the photography front, the highlight was winning an international contest with a portrait of my granddaughter.

Kim, may 2014 be a wonderful year for your family, you certainly deserve it!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLori_Z
Hello! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family :) After reading so many other highlights from 2013 mine sure seem awful plain and boring, but I realize I should be thankful for that...3rd year of homeschooling and we're all surviving...dealing with 2 highschoolers has shown me new personal limits...absolutely loving & missing trips to the beach in the summer...happy to be able to go the the 'big city' (Chicago) for a day trip and have the kids feel like we've really done something special...very thankful that my husband is still employed even though so many in this country have lost their jobs...thankful that I have stuck with my blog - has challenged me and brought me to many awesome people! Many blessings to all of you!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkaren c
2013 was full of highs for me! First and foremost, our 27 yr. old son has been cancer free since his bone marrow transplant in 2012!! A personal highlight was winning two 1st places and one 2nd place in our local photography yearly contest! Thanks to all Texture Tuesday participants, and major hugs to you Kim, for all of the inspiration. Lastly, a former student, who is now a beautiful 21 year old, met one of our sons and told him that I was her favorite teacher of all time! ( she was 11-12 years when I was her teacher) My goal is to touch each student's life in some way, and this was the first time it has been affirmed to me. May 2014 hold miracles of things beyond your control, and also some surprise personal goals! Never stop striving!!
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Wessel
The highlight of my year is continued health and happiness for my family, friends and myself.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne
My year has had both highs and lows. The lows were two surgeries. The highs are that I'm in great health now and that I have a quilt on tour in Canada and the United States. I wish everyone a happy new year.

And, Kim, I hope 2014 will be a wonderful year for you and your family.
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeAnne
The highlight of 2013 for me was meeting new people online. These people are becoming friends and they are so supportive and, well, friendly! I can't wait for 2014 to meet more!

December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSu Hall

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