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{Texture Tuesday} Take me Home.....


mouse over to see the original - scroll down to read the recipe and download the preset

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.  



It's official..... I wanna go home. It's been almost 8 months ..... I'm ready.... I want my life back....

I'm guessing it's a finish line thing..... so close...yet it seems so far...
Will we make it? It's beginning to feel like the 3rd floor treadmill.... that I've come to despise.
Painful...slow.....endless.....forever.....Ya know?

I long for.... studio... my desk........ our tiny town....zips to the post office.... quiet streets.... winter walks on 'our' trail......a real kitchen... cozy couch....our bedroom.... big windows... the light...oh YES... the light...... my parents...familiar faces.......pretty things, perfect paper...printers.. pens... props.... all of it!

The latest....on John.

The oncologists are pleased with John's progress...  so far so good... the transplant is a success..... the docs are pleased. John's b/p and heart issues are a little up in the air....he's also been diagnosed with Salt Wasting Syndrome (effects of the chemo)...But these things are all treatable.....  We see the kidney doc on the 21st... After that we should be good to pack up and head home...... only a few weeks from now..... I'm a bit nervous to say it out loud...fear of a set back... But I know... it will be...what it will be.... 2 weeks...3... a month...we will make step then 2....


I'm so thankful for this space....for all of you....friends that stop by..... gather...connect..... share... kindred spirits...near and far. It's difficult to express .....Please know how much I appreciate YOU!!  I can't imagine this past 8 months... (heck... past several years) without the support of this community....

Thank you all .... for...checking in.... seeing us through... listening.......sticking it out.


My up top image recipe (Lightroom preset download below)


I did a quick tone , then applied this preset (truegrit a fav)..... Feel free to download it and give it a go.


I added 2 layers of texture.... both from the waterfront collection. Waterfront 13 at soft light 58% and waterfront 1 (inverted) at screen 69%.

New Brushes - Words & Such - Now available in the Test Kitchen & coming soon to The Shoppe.

an assortment of hand-written words and messy doodles..... perfect for images and blog extras........fabulous mixed with type .....

Okie doke... time to sign off and get this link up going.....

Not to worry...I will have some new textures this week.....  See you in your inbox....very soon.

Here's to a beautiful week....

So much gratitude....


Reader Comments (32)

So good to hear that John is making good progress! And to be able to go home again? Wow. You WILL get there - hopefully soon. I can't imagine how hard it's been to be so far away from home for so long.

Love your textured image - those flowers are beautiful! Especially so in this cold weather, I think. And it looks like we're finally going to warm up later this week. Thank goodness! I'm longing to grab my camera and get outside for a walk again.
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPrairie Jill
Dear Kim
I'm so glad to learn that you'll soon be home and that John's heath is starting to turn better... This is the first good news of the new year and this is a great one... you're definitely reaching the end of this long and dark tunnel... I understand how long these 2 or 3 weeks will now seem to great are your impatience and eagerness to be back among your loved environment....
Receive, dear Kim my warmest wishes for 2014 for your husband's recovering and the longed return to happiness and peace.
Sorry though for my bad english which doesn't allow me to write as precisely as I think... sending you my warmest and understanding thoughts... odile lm
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterodile lm
Dear Kim - we are all with you wanting to get you and John back home. It will happen and I hope that all your dreams will come true for you both and your family. Many blessings to you all.
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulia
oh how exciting to be going home. It has certainly been a long and difficult path for you and your John.
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentera spirit of simplicity
Happy to hear that he is doing better! <3

Hope you get to go home soon!!! Hugs!
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPieni Lintu
Blessings to you and John. What a long haul. I can't wait until you can come home. Keep hoping...xx
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Best news ever well almost best, the best will be when you are finally HOME. Just super, Your image is a WOW gorgeous delight.
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarBbara Hurst
Praise Jesus for the healing for your husband and prayers all continues to be good news.

Job 23:10 He Knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come out like gold.

From the posts that I've read throughout your ordeal, it seems that your family is really glittering, and you are definitely coming through this as gold. My heart is happy that things are looking up for you guys in this New Year. I cannot even begin to imagine the stress you have faced.
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeabea
So good that John is doing well and that you will be soon going home.
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpam
That's great news about John! Just think, when you do get home, all those things you listed? it will be like you're discovering them all over again. But it will be different, because you're different - better. You've all come through this, and you're better for it. Blessings, Kim, for the weeks ahead.
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJune
My heart is full of happiness, and hope for you Kim! Praying John's progress will continue, and very, very soon you'll all be in your own home with familiar comforts. xxoo
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly
I have been praying that this day would come and you all could go home. I will continue to pray for you and hope the day arrives very soon.
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaser
I'm always inspired by your strength and tenacity...God bless you! I'm so glad you have found some measure of comfort from your blog - I hope that continues! Praying for you and your family.... Karen
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkaren c
Almost there.

And in all our prayers.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngie
Kim, my post today was titled "Hope". I'm sooooo hoping AND praying that you and John are able to come home ASAP, back to the life you love. I miss seeing posts with Ben walking on the trail with you! I can't imagine how badly you want to be back home but as you step at a time. You've been such an inspiration through this entire ordeal.
Hugs to you my friend!
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl M
I am holding my breath of hope for you and John. 8 months mush seem like an eternity to you all...and i'm sure you feel like you are on that treadmill...going nowhere will happen...with all this positive energy flowing your way...I can't wait to see you H.O.M.E. xo
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
Oh my goodness Kim, know the feeling of crossing that threshold (not physically, but metaphorically) and seeing and feeling normalcy again, and I want that so badly for you. You have shown such grace and faith through all of this and have been an example to others either going through something similar or that will in the future. An example of hope and still moving forward through adversity. Wish we could all be waiting for you there with balloons and confetti!! xo
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKim Stevens
That is great news!! You are almost there - I hope the time goes quickly for you and that you are home very, very soon.
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSheila
Happy to hear that you may get to return home. I think there is something comforting about being in your own space. Wishing you John and the rest of the family health, happiness, love and laughter as we head on into 2014. Stay strong my friend, I think you're amazing.
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn Dyche Dechairo
What great news that you may be able to return home soon. Let us hope that all goes to schedule and you all will soon be home where you belong.
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeAnne
Oh Kim, I do hope all goes according to plan and John gets to go home before the month is out. Please God, let it be so. You are amazing and I look forward to reading your "back home" blog:)
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiginanLiz
Dear Kim, I come at the bottom of a LONG LINKED letter of happiness and well wishes from your many admirers, friends and students. There is little I can add to the joy of this letter of good will and great joy. Those (you and John) who hold their heads to the sun, despite clouds of shadow, have a huge influence on those around them. You are such people. We have all learned great lessons from you that have nothing to do with textures and computers. I am touched by your humility and combined steely true grit. Your husband, John, must also have these same qualities. I pray for his continued climb to health and long life. OH, what sunshine that brings. smile: sharon
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Furner
Oh, Kim! You don't know how often I've thought of you and said to myself, 'I know she aches to go home, she loves her home and her life so much'. Praying that the best scenario plays out here and that soon, soon, soon, you and John will be back in the warmth and coziness of your own home surrounded by people ... and pets ... you love dearly.


{Snow day here = 1 six year old in residence so I was unable to come up with something for Texture Tuesday. I'll be back next week!}
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDotti
You WILL make it! You are making the last turn and about ready to slide into home...
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.
So lovely to read that going home is in sight ! I hope everything continues to go well, and you can be back where you belong soon :))
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCaz
A new year and the light at the end of the tunnel has begun to shine. Happy for you.
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan W
Wonderful news that you're glimpsing light at the end of the tunnel. So happy for John, you and your family. You will reach it! Thanks ever so much, as always, for your generosity.....I adore your textures and all your handcrafted lovelies. You are a treasure! xo
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJudy
Yes! Great news... You are so generous, so kind and you so deserve the happy endings! Take care and deep breath, all is gonna be well real soon! M.
January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMorgaine
Hello Kim....
I am praying that your wish to be home will become a reality soon.
I am truly grateful for you and this place you have created to share and learn.
I know I have never met you but in some ways I feel I have.
Keep the positive energy going... :-) Mary
January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary
The news of John's progress Kim is wonderful…isn't that the light at the end of a very long tunnel..and Oh what I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall when you and Bennie lay eyes on each other again…it's going to be a glorious moment…
I know you want to go home and I want that for you also…and also for John and your entire family…and your Mom…
Be still and it will happen…still praying and holding you both in my thoughts and prayers…big hugs. G.F.
January 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.
I wish you all the best and hope for you, that everything turns in to the best.
And I want to say, that I love your site, although I do not always understand everything and still have no idea of Photoshop.
I hope I will learn everything :-)
January 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergeisslein
Dearest Kim
I SO wish and hope that you all may return home - and that you can keep your strengh and courage for everything to come yet.
You both deserve a better, happier and healthier year than 2013 and if God permits it, John will get better, and you'll once more have a 'family life' and not just an existence.
Thinking of you and thanking you for still finding the time to give so much to so many when everybody should give something back to YOU.
January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKiki

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