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{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. 


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 your email for a heads up)

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



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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.


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 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.....

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."


Good..... right?

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


Are you still with me? 


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.


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

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


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

Reader Comments (100)

I try tho choose Happiness everyday... not easy but I think trying is enough to make life better ♥
You are definitely my idol on this!!!
Yesterday my little moment of happiness was the perfect rain bokeh captured just beside my front door. Finding joy in the middle of the dark November :)
The waterfront collection looks stunning!!!
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMona's Picturesque
Glad John is improving - even if they are baby steps. This week I am sharing a photo of my adopted country, Singapore ..where I have lived for 2 years. Living here makes me happy!!!
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercathy @ ma vie trouvee
Thoughts have a great power on our feelings and actions - generally on the perspective we take on a current situation - Your thoughts on happiness and the article are really inspiring ... Even when we know all this, in real life we easily get overwhelmed . When focusing on those situations, where it actually works for us to look on the bright side of things surely encourages, and hopefully increases our awareness to grasp the train of thoughts earlier, in order to manouver it to a more positive direction!
I enjoyed the sound of raindrops falling on my umbrella, and seeing the reflections of the colorful trees in the large ponds :-)
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina
I think you get to give yourself a break for being crabby sometimes. But, I'm glad you are feeling happier.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentera spirit of simplicity
As I get older, I realize more and more that life is a gift and not to waste time on petty stuff. I try hard to remember that especially when I allow something small to disrupt my serenity. I smile at strangers and most always am rewarded with a smile in return - that really makes me happy.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpat kumicich
Kim, you and John have had a long, hard journey and everything familiar has been taken away from's completely normal that you would start to feel the stress of this, especially in the hardness of the city. Traffic is such a stressful thing...I hope you'll remember to be gentle with yourself, and I'm praying that you and John will be back home soon. I'm sending you good thoughts and daily prayers! xo
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherri B.
I can so relate to the traffic and getting uptight over it, thought I would have left it behind when i moved from the Bay Area of CA to the desert but honestly the cowboys in the desert are worse than the high techies. I try to avoid it as much as possible but sometimes it is unavoidable. I also try to choose happiness each and everyday, I know it can sure make a difference in the way the day will pan out something I think you learn as you get older. You still have to keep reminding yourself though even every day though, I don't know what that is but I know I do.

It was such a nice treat to have a tut from you, just like old times. so glad to hear John's visits are less to the hospital now and you are seeing some signs of getting better even if little. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers my dear one. Take care of yourself. xo and hugs
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarBbara Hurst
Funny I posted about this very thing today -- had a very frustrating day with blog issues and decided it wasn't worth it and walked away to go enjoy some positive things.

Great post Kim -- I'll check out that magazine. Sounds like a winner!~
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Oh, my. What makes me happy? So many things. But this month as I do my gratitude journal, I'm seeking gratitude ... and thus happiness ... in the simple things in my life. I'm finding that simplifying things is the way to go these days. Happiness is having a whole block of time to sit at my keyboard and be creative, catch up with my friends' blogs, without interruption, watch tutorials and continue to learn new things. Happiness is knowing my family and friends are safe and well. And that those who are struggling are improving ... so it makes me happy that John is taking tiny steps toward greater health. And it makes me happy to know that at her core, my friend Kim knows who she is ... even when she needs to remind herself. {{{Smile}}}

November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDotti
I really can understand your feelings,
driving makes me nervous and driving in a city even more.
It's not easy to choose happiness when you're going through a rough time.
I love this quote by William James : 'The greatest weapon against stress
is our ability to choose one thought over another'

Glad John is feeling better ...
my positive thoughts,
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
Boy. Choosing happiness. Or joy in the midst of trial. I hear you and I've been there. This week I really focused on, and thought about how my husband has loved me unconditionally through chronic illness. That gives me joy and thankfulness. I'm glad to hear the John is making slow steps. I hope that this brings hope. Hugs.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
it's good to hear to john is making progress...even if it's slow. and i'm glad you found the spark you needed. given what you have been through, i'm sure it takes a toll. but i believe all the goodness you put out into the world is coming back to you. thank you for sharing.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkelly
I understand your drive displeasure. I can handle a few days in a big city, but months? Your are right, we have to choose happy when things aren't going the way we think they should. Some days I'm having to make the choice many times. What's making me happy right now is the beautiful fall season we are having and just seeing that sun come up. You are my gratitude for the day on my blog by the way.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoxi
I so agree that choosing happiness isn't always easy - but it's always a right choice. One thing that makes me happy is giving thanks - every day. Kim, no matter what life gives us, as the quote says, "There is always, always something to be thankful for." When my husband was ill, at first we felt cancer was a blessing because so many good things happened to us once we found out. Toward the end, I changed my mind. Cancer is a curse - no matter how you look at it. But what happens from cancer are the blessings. Things happened in our lives - good things - because he had cancer, that never would have happened without it. CaringBridge provided an opportunity for so many people to tell him how they felt, and every day he just loved looking at it and seeing all those comments. It meant so much to him. I could go on and on, but I won't. Try to find something every day and give thanks for that. Heck, John is here. That's something to be thankful for every single day.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJo
Reading the news about John today made me happy :)) I'm so glad that he is improving a little and the hospital visits are getting less :) Having been cancer free myself now for 4 years, being alive makes me happy, every day, happy that I can enjoy this beautiful Autumn we're having ..
Love the look of the new collection and I'm going to check out the magazine too.
Be kind to yourself, Kim, thinking of you both :)
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaz
Your driving story made me smile in recognition - I am exactly the same way and have lots of unwelcome journeys later on this week. I'm going to remember your words when I'm in the car and see if can shift perspective! Lovely image and thank you for sharing the Josh Radnor article - great read. So pleased to hear John is making progress. Lots of love and prayers to you. x
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecs
Beautiful image.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Happiness sounds so easy when it's sometimes a very difficult choice. But, you're so right. It is a choice we make every day on what sort of attitude we're going to have that day. Sad to say, sometimes my choices are not very good! I smiled when I read your prompt. I'd already finished my post for TT, and I'm HAPPY to say it ties in very well! Glad you got to have some "me" time while you were out. Retail therapy can do wonders, can't it? :-)
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisa
I can so relate to your story and your feelings Kim... We are going through a really tough times right now, and even though I'm trying to stay positive, there are also days like this. I had to smile at you being UGLY - oh, what a relief it's not only me!
You are my hero Kim, reading you helped me so much! Made me be calmer, adjust my attitude, and hope for the better...
Keeping you and John in my prayers, always. xxoo
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnia
I am so very happy to hear John is doing good. I hope he continues to get stronger in the many days ahead.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Keeping everything crossed that John's health continues to get better and the hospital visits decrease. Sending you some calm across troubled waters. Hugs xoxox
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn Dyche Dechairo
What a great post...yes troubled times come to us and we need to choose how to handle them! Great job Kim! Keep your head high and eyes forward!
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Ruda
Finishing a piece of art that fills my heart with joy makes me feel happy—but it's a sweet/sad happiness. It's sweet when you know your work is the best you've done today...or ever! Sad because the wonderful, exhilarating creative mind-full process is over. So being in that intoxicating creative zone means "pure happiness" to me.

Send you and yours healing thoughts. And peace. Take good care of yourself, Kim.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchristylemon
Glad John is doing better. My family makes ms happy. :)
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammy
When my mind starts heading down a negative path, I try and catch myself and breathe, clear my mind and become grounded in the present moment. When I am able to do this, I immediately feel better. I don't always catch myself though :)
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne O'Connor
I live on a ranch of 200 acres and I still love seeing all of the deer. For the most part the ranch is "natural" and I have flowers with cages around them. This morning we are having a beautiful sunrise and terrific clouds that always make me happy.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Darling
I usually think Joy instead of happy, as in choose joy. They are very similar. To me, joy is a deeper more visceral feeling and happy can be a get you by the moment feeling. I'm pretty sure that definition may be very different for different people. Either way it is a choice and we all need reminders which way to choose!
Thank you God for improvements for John!
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjill
I'm so glad John is feeling/doing better. That is reason for Happiness! You have a good excuse to experience unhappiness here and there. But I know it doesn't help anything or anyone. This has been a year for me at trying to be just that. Hang in there, there is light at the end of the 'tunnel'. Hugs and prayers...
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie
Finding happiness amid Dr. appointments, physical therapy sessions, MRI's and surgery lurking in the shadows isn't always easy. Morning snuggles from my puppy and afternoon coffees with whipped cream and mini chocolate chips helps to brighten any day.
Look for the positive in each day!
Thoughts & prayers for you and your family.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLori Geiger
I'm glad John is doing better, and you were able to re-capture a happy spirit.

I am happy when I see my family around me, when I take a walk to admire God's creation in nature, when I preserve memories through photos, when I am creating music in some way, when I make a visible difference in my surroundings, when I design scrapbook pages.

This was a very helpful exercise. I am going to save my answers to review when I am feeling down. Thank you!
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeeWhatSueSaw
Kim, "happiness" and/or trying to figure out how to "be happy" has consumed my life now for the past 4 months. I became unhappy within the past year or so due to several life (my mother died), and lifestyle changes. While the whole world seems to want to fix this situation with anti-depressants, and the doctors seem only too happy to oblige, I don't want to go through life doped up and numb. It seems like this subject is popping up everywhere these days (see Brene Brown, The Power of Vulnerability video, here: There's some pretty good thought provoking ideas here.

Anywho, I wish you enough happiness.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Boggs
When I'm with my grand kids and family that makes me happy. Hope John continues to improve. Thanks for this chance to win these lovely textures.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigi_scrap
I am happy when my Blessing (my child) comes to me to give me a stealth hug. I have been doing this to her-sneaking up behind her when she does not expect it, hug her and say "Stealth hug"! Now she does it to me too.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterabrianna
My favorite happiness boost? I spent a year posting a picture & note daily about one little thing that made me happy. It could be simple (a pretty leaf, clean bed sheets) or deep (relationships), but it formed a habit of going through the day looking for things to be happy about. It creates a great attitude shift. I may do it again next year and print a photo book which will leave my son with a tangible record of who his mother is and what's meaningful to me.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
You definitely are not the only one to fall off the happiness wagon!…and there has been a lot of 'stuff' trying to push you off the wagon lately. You deserve to give yourself credit for hanging on for so long and getting right back on when you got a big shove…
My 'choose happiness' story...
I have an autoimmune disease that can cause a great deal of pain and disability at times…the longer it lasts, the uglier I get. I feel like a petulant child and my inner b*tch runs rampant…then, I guess, because that truly isn't my nature and deep down I know that I have so much to be happy for, I withdraw, get tense and start beating up on myself for being mean and crabby. Which makes my disease more active. It can be a vicious cycle!
It has taken me a few go 'rounds to discover some recovery strategies…meditation to keep me present and going back to two wonderful quotes that remind me that I need to get back to me. You may know them...
One is Charles Swindoll on Attitude
the other is a poem by Portia Nelson Autobiography In Five Short Chapters :

I also put a copy of this on my fridge, mirrors and doors:

I have learned that the faster I heal my attitude, the more rapidly my disease goes into remission!!

Be gentle with yourself, Kim. Treat yourself the way you treat others…

(so sorry this is so long *lol*)
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet
In your situation I think you should get a pat on the back for your attitude! :) You are encouraging others while needing support your self. That is awesome :) I just told someone yesterday that our
Ice is made up of choices. Then I asked what choice will you make? May God richly bless you!!
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie
It's hard to choose happiness when there is a lot of stress in your life. However, blogging has brought together people who inspire and motivate others through personal experiences or just sharing their thoughts. Good post, it has encouraged me to think about all I'm thankful for and have a positive attitude.
Thank you for the textures this week.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudith @ Lavender Cottage
Kim, I so understand what you're saying. This year my chosen word is JOY and I strive to see the joy in the little things in my day, regardless of some of the bigger struggles. Some days it's really hard to keep that positive focus, but it's so worth it when I can manage it!
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Kittmer
I am enjoying my first Autumn in 11 years. I am also struggling to deal with the chilly weather that comes with it. After years living in tropical weather, I am choosing joy despite my cold hands and feet because I know it is necessary to bring about the lovely colors in Fall!
Thanks for sharing the textures.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon K
Kim, your self talks make me smile. I've been there. Sometimes I wonder why it takes me so long to figure things out! I tend to hear myself complaining and have to correct that behavior very quickly or it becomes contagious. So happy to hear John is making small steps toward healing up.

November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCherie
Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial. I watched it twice so everything would soak in. And now I am going to go try it out.
Also, thank you for the two textures.
I am so glad you are feeling happier and that John is slowly doing better.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeAnne
Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial. I watched it twice so everything would soak in. And now I am going to go try it out.
Also, thank you for the two textures.
I am so glad you are feeling happier and that John is slowly doing better.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeAnne
You are so right, we do have that choice, although is not always easy. Being happy all the time is impossible (my modest opinion), we need a balance, being aware of certain choices we make everyday. A few years ago I started to become a cynic, critical, judgmental ... a person without confidence and at a certain moment I realized I didn't want to be that person anymore. I want to see the beautiful things in life, life is already hard enough, why make it more difficult with negative thoughts? I have two Dutch magazines that really inspire me: Flow and Happinez (this month an article: "How to learn being happy?"). Since a few days I have a beautiful 5 months old Golden Retriever, that really makes me happy as well.

Take good care of yourself, John and your boys! The end of the tunnel is almost there and John's dream of better days will come true.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarin
Hi Kim,
Thanks as always for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Such comfort in knowing one isn't alone when feeling such things as those you experience when heading into the city.

I constantly battle the little voices in my head too. . the leg from almost two years ago just underwent yet another surgery last week in the hope that I might be able to walk better. I'm sure you've noticed how fear finds away of creeping in at our most vulnerable moments? This is my greatest challenge and as you so wisely pointed out in today's post, my choice. I need to choose happiness instead of fear.

Many things make me happy - each new day, every breath, my beloved family and Sophie. Today I'm so happy knowing I can pass the time needed to heal while taking images in and out of Lightroom and Photoshop and applying your gorgeous textures to them. It always feels like Christmas morning when you see your final image. You've brought a lot of happiness and joy into a lot of lives Kim. Thank you!!

I hope on the days your feeling down that you stop to remember that you've been such a shining example of the fact that happiness exists. As you so wisely pointed out today, we just have to remember to look for and focus on it. (So much easier when life isn't sending big challenges ones way!)

So glad you and John are starting to see some light at the end of the very long dark tunnel. Love, light and hugs to you and your family.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBev Rogan
I don't know what I like more -- your blog, your work, or the information you share. What makes me happy? This does. It was in my inbox yesterday. If you have 6 minutes I think you'll find it a good fit with your thoughts todoay!
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTamsen Aichinger
It's a good feeling to overcome some obstacle, isn't it?! i'm glad John is improving - that eases the mind, doesn't it. Good news and events in our lives are so rejuvenating! Those up-turns in life give a whole new lease on life, as well as courage and faith to go on!

Thank you for the textures - i really enjoy using your texture designs. i've learned to create my own "recipes" and can get "lost" experimenting with them. What fun!!!
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjayleigh
I try to be - if not happy - at least content, but right now it's hard. Too dark outside and too many regrets. Still, I know it will change - just have to keep on trying.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatarina
Yuck!!! Driving in the city. I really feel your pain on this one. Last Saturday was so bad for me, on my last stop, grocery shopping, I rewarded myself with a beautiful bouguet of pink Gerbera's. Your quote is really a wake up call for me, something to think and live. Happy to hear the hospital visits are slowing down and that little ray of sunshine might be just around the corner.
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan W
Hi Kim, So glad you had that moment that brought you to a better place. To choose happiness, I am consistently reminding myself that things could easily be worse. It's such a common resolution, but it really works for me. It snaps me out of the self-centeredness that is such a trap. Thank you for sharing so much with all of us. I love your image today, and this is my first link-up ever, so thanks again for the inspiration.

November 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkaren c
So glad that John is doing better. Given your level of stress you are entitled to some crabbiness, but so nice to hear that you have found some relief! My husband and I are in our early 70's and late 60's, respectively, and I am very happy and grateful for each new day we have together! Plus, the thought of our young grandchildren always brings a smile to my face and happiness to my heart!
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

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