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Tuesday
Jun242014

Texture Tuesday - Gratitude

 

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Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

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

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.

Simply share a favourite  image processed with any of my textures....centred around the theme nature.

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 24th

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In fact for the month of June...let's make every TT a Free & Easy.... Keeping it Simple....

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Find out more about my sweet new creamer HERE. xo

Hello lovelies. Happy TT.

I have so much to tell you....yet it's impossible to put into words....right now.

The truth.... the past few months have been very difficult (and I'm not talking about the cancer).... A family journey.....It's been extra challenging for some time now.

I've had to work at..... not pulling into myself... My first reaction....when my heart is hurting......step back, put up a wall.......retreat.

Rather than giving up....I will continue showing up.....

But, I'm allowing myself to sit with the quiet...dream pretty pictures.... set up stills........praying for strength to keep believing.....everything is going to be okay.

One thing I know for sure... the Be Still practice is so very close to my heart!! My oh my.....

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But enough on that sweet friends....It's time to share a little light....... after several dark and difficult days....a gift in the mail from my Insta-friend, Deborah.....what a blessing.

'sigh'....

Here's a little video of the unwrapping.... Thank you again sweet friend.... sending you much love.

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Today's Peony Recipe

In Camera

Taken with my Nikon d800 and the Sigma 50mm 1.4 ART lens.

Shot in Manual. Camera Settings: F/2.5, Shutter Speed 1/800, ISO 640

Lightroom

Cropped to 4 x 5. Next an auto-tone. Then a boost in clarity (+21). I reduced the saturation to -40 and boosted the vibrance to +12.

Next a tone curve for a bit of a hazy finish.....

Down to split toning: highlights to 68 and 8 and the shadows to 309 and 13. Balance - 0.

I always enable lens correction on import.... So that's applied right from the start.

Into Photoshop

I added a layer of Waterfront 7 at soft light 100% opacity. I applied a gaussian blur filter (set to 3.1) to soften the texture. Then I masked the texture off the peony and leaves at about 50%.

The final touch... words by John F Kennedy.

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Happy TT.... Sweet friends.....Link away....

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

xo,

  

 

p.s. I've had several emails about Be Still.... Is it too late to register?

I would say.... no..... come on over and join us..... xo 

 

Reader Comments (14)

A fragrant white peony was the last of my peonies to bloom this year; the plant had several blooms, unlike the one or two last year. These images are so beautiful! Hoping that the worries in your mind and heart will be resolved soon.
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn in Oregon
My heart goes out to you for all you've gone through, are going through. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
Lovely treasures, Kim !
Sorry to hear you had such a difficult time, hope all will be better soon ...
Have a nice day,
Sylvia
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
Kim, I spending less time at the computer this summer, but so glad I stopped by to check out your TT post. The video of you opening your gift from your friend is such an affirmation for friendship. I hope your family journey takes you to a place of peace and acceptance. The struggle is hard, and like you, I tend to pull into myself. So, please stay in touch here and know that whatever your path, we are alongside you. Your peony images are pure magic, and the creamer from your friend is simply elegant. Enjoy your day. We are off to take my Mom out to breakfast!
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
So sorry to hear you are struggling, Kim. I understand your need to pull in and away. I'm not alone in saying that I'm glad you continue to show up here and share - I look forward to unwrapping all of the gifts you send our way. I loved watching that sweet video...
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
What a wonderful gift! It looks great in your image. My peonies are finished blooming and I didn't take one picture of them. I guess there is always next year. I always believe the more gratitude you have, the more you will have to be grateful for.
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle B
Dear Kim,

Sending you a poem that I love to read when life hurts.

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he'd stuck it out.
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are -
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

Take care,
B.

PS. I Iove your life cream jug gift so much that I ordered one for myself ;) Maybe a great tip to visit Etsy, they have custom made mug.s, I chose to put the words Be Still on one of them.
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDutch Barb
I'm so sorry you are having a difficult time. You have been through so much. Have you tried meditating? I started it a few weeks ago and it seems to be making a difference.
beautiful gifts for a beautiful lady
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara HurstB
Keeping you in my prayers. Love the video. :)
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBecs
It has amazed me how you manage to create such beauty in the midst of all that has been happening these past couple of years. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other ... that's all we can do. And 'be still' as needed. {There - that's my prescription and it's free!} xo
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDotti
I absolutely love your images...but that video...brought me to tears. The love and appreciation....so much beauty in this short clip. It is so special that you decided to share it with all of us here...and being in the midst of my own personal struggles/journey...it was just so touching and heartwarming! Thank you for sharing. Many blessings to you sweet Kim.
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMitzi
Kim, just know that I have been thinking and praying for you! I know your pain is real, and how easy it is to guard your heart by stepping back and putting up that wall…I do that when I feel my heart is breaking. Don't let go of that thread of hope…miracles happen everyday to those who believe!
June 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
Dear Kim; me too - I hold you in my thoughts and prayers and even though I cannot seem to find that 'pause' in my days and even though my life is far too busy for my taste - I become very still when I read you....
And although I'm not writing to you always and often am off my computer for days (eyesight failing and mustn't stay too long at the unit) - when I come back to you and read you, it's always with love and compassion. And heartfelt thanks for all the lovely offerings you make.
Blessings and hugs!
June 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKiki

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