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Thursday
Aug282014

{Friday Finds} Celebrating Extraordinary Creativity

 And a Start to Finish Give Away Opportunity

 

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
Endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

Share the Friday Finds Button


Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

Today's find.....Gob-Smacking Gorgeous... Amazing Talent... Be Still my heart....

But first... a quick story.....

I posted my gorgeous colander on IG the other day... along with this Winner's/TJ Max story..... Here it is.. slightly edited.... cause I'm revealing my sweet milk bottle today as well.

Time for a Quick Story? cause if there’s a prop…there’s usually a story…. Right?

My sister in law and i were out walking the pups yesterday…
she says.. ‘there was some good stuff at winners today!’….
Me ‘like what?’ …..
Tara ‘lots of nice clothes, nice sweaters… and oh there was this bench you would love…’ We finished our walk…. I came home to get back to work…but I kept thinking about winners….
So I say to John… ‘i have to zip into town… ‘
John.. ‘for what’…. Me … ‘i need to pick up some things’….
John ‘like what? I can go for you?’…
Me...long pause. 'honestly.. I need to go to Winners… it’s calling me’…
The funniest thing... this didn't even phase him....
And so we went…. I didn’t buy the bench (too pricey, but really fabulous)…. but I found 2 gorgeous sweaters…and some great props… this white stoneware colander and the milk bottle were two of my finds…. White love… Oh and the apples…are from John's 2 year old apple tree that’s been sadly neglected….but blessed us with apples anyways...  ♡

Onto the main attraction - Or I should say Mind Blowing Talent


Start to Finish Student Features.... Enjoy....

Check back ... there are more to share.

Image Credit - Start to Finish Student Michelle Mollinga

I've mentioned that I will be running anothe round of Start to Finish this fall.

I'm excited to say registration will open Monday! Class begins..... September 23rd.

Today I was browsing the student gallery in the Start to Finish classroom...... I wanted to feature some of the amazing artwork...... and Oh my gosh...... I was gob-smacked.

Almost as if....I was seeing the photos for the first time..... So many gorgeous images...... It made me teary..... and so grateful...Oh my.... 

Today I'm sharing just a sprinkle of the amazing images... So many more to share..... 

Image Credit: Start to Finish student Sylvia Houben 

Start to Finish covers everything I know about styling and still-life photography.... from conception to completion.....

I put it all out there....It's jammed full of info and inspiration..... I always give 110% in my classes.... cause quite honestly... I can't not. : )

The work that came out of the first session.. is truly amazing.... I will also be additional content to the already packed full course.....

 

Image Credit: Start to Finish Super Star....Beverlyl Cazzell

 

Image Credit Start to Finish Student: Donna Hopkins

 

Always love to see you here...

Thank you for sharing your finds.....for being a part of this space...... So grateful.

Start to Finish Early Bird Spot Give Away

Registration does not open til Monday..... but I'm giving away a basic spot in Start to Finish to one lucky commentor on today's post ....

Winner will be announced on Monday when registration opens..... 

Good luck... lovelies....


Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

   

 

  

 

   

 

 

Tuesday
Aug262014

Texture Tuesday.....Light and Linen

 

Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

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

Let's continue with the Free & Easy theme....for a few more weeks.

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details. New to link-ups, click HERE to view my link-up tutorial.

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Same Photo.....2 different presets

Happy TT.

Today's an exciting day...another Be Still Connect... I'm super excited about it.... I hope to see many of you there!!

Guys... I have so much to share...but not quite yet....I must wait just a little longer.....My head is ready to burst.... 

In the meantime.... a quick little diddy on today's photos.....

Before I talk processing.... I'm loving my Rough Linen tea towel ....and pinafore all over again these days... It's possibly the loveliest piece of textile... EVER.... Must place an order for more... soon.... I can't recommend Rough Linen enough.... I really, really need some rough linen curtains as well!! 

Back to my processing.....

Okay...so each image is textured with KK-Quiet...... The download went out last week, or was it the week before? Anyhow... it was the perfect light touch for today's photos.....all at soft light blend mode.....

The top diptych was made in LR...then into Photoshop for texture and type.. 31 Day-ers....  You may have seen the tutorial for this layout by now...So fun.

I love the Lightroom print module.... I whipped up my 4-square in the print module as well... Super quick....

Anyhow... I noted the presets in each square..... Depending on which classes you are in.... you might have most of these presets already.

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 One more hydrangea... Yes, they are still hanging on...... processed with my kk-quietdreams presets then into PS for a layer of quiet texture at soft light 62%.... I added a hue/sat adjustment layer and clipped it to the texture to reduce the overall texture saturation and masked some of it off the highlights of the rose.....

Today's freebie texture..... everyday...

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Happy TT....

with gratitude.....

xo,

  

  

 

 

Friday
Aug222014

Friday Finds - Be Still My Heart Hydrangeas

Continue......

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
Endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

Share the Friday Finds Button


Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

Today's find.....More on Creative Connection....

I shared last week about connection.... how valuable it can be on this journey..... How I reconnected with Xanthe..... How I felt renewed....inspired... even joy-filled....

It's so valuable to talk with someone who gets you! Don't you think?

The title of last Tuesday's TT post was..... 'something GOOD is about to happen.....' 

This is the feeling I want to take into each day.... just saying it...feels good. In fact, that's why Iposted it on my site. I thought you all might like the ideas as well....

I also have this the words on post-its around our house.... The bathroom mirror, the back door, the fridge.... and honestly it's been TRUE and POWERFUL inspiration.

That was just over a week ago......and Oh my goodness... so much has happened since then.... I can barely believe it.....Talk about falling into place......

So I just wanna ask......

how 'bout it?

Might 'something good is about to happen' be a good way to start your day as well?

Back to Connection

Since sharing my thoughts on connection......it seems I'm not alone.... people NEED connection...... I've had so many emails about this....

Trust me....if you are feeling disconnected...wishing you had someone who gets this.... You are not alone... 

A few nights ago I hosted a Be Still Web Connect.... It was so fun!! Seriously good to see all the lovely names from this community...and read your questions and comments...

Afterward.. more emails saying I feel better... less alone.....now I know I'm not the only one who feels..... fill in the blank....
and so on.....

 

And so.... there's some BIG stuff brewing.... centered around community...connection....and inspired conversation.....

More soon...... I'm so excited to spill the beans..... Seriously... ready to burst.... but not quite yet....

Always love to see you here...

Thank you for sharing your finds.....for being a part of this space...... So grateful.

Here's to a beautiful weekend....

I've gone a little hydrangea crazy.... I bought 4 bouquets....  all different colors.... to play with... one last photo....this one... tinted deep purple with a touch of green... quite lovely....

Oh and the florist tells me.... you can revive a hydrangea.... by putting them into as hot as hot can be tap water..... Who knew?

I tried it..and it worked!!


Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

   

 

  

p.s.

I've had to postpone the Start to Finish registration for a bit..... while I gather a few more thoughts....  More soon.

In the meantime...my class, 31 Days - Lightroom Tips & Tricks delivered direct to your inbox...is always OPEN for registration... Click HERE for details.

 

  

 

Tuesday
Aug192014

Texture Tuesday - Be Still My Heart Hydrangeas

 

mouse over to see the original 

Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

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

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.

The Ongoing theme for summer.....

free & easy.

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details. New to link-ups, click HERE to view my link-up tutorial.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

“Texture


 

 

Same Photo.....2 different presets

Happy TT.

Oh my... I just got off the loveliest connect with the Be Still group!! So good to chat with such an amazing group....of genuine creatives..... 

Thank you all so much! My oh my.....I needed that.

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I'm afraid my post is going to be short and sweet.... and I will definitely be back here with more photos of these beautiful hydrangeas I found at Safeway!! Oh my gosh... sooo pretty......

They came in 3's....but because my day was cut short.... I only had time for a few quick photos....and for some reason...it seems a single flower is almost always right...

I thought I'd share a few different process versions... using presets that are part of my 31 Days class....Honestly... I love all 3 looks...... But you can't go too wrong with hydrangeas....  so much to love.

With that said... the thing I may love most about this photo ..... the way the letters on the linen peek through the glass bottle.....  

'happy sigh'.......

Today's Uptop Recipe

Toned and cropped in LR.... then I applied my new preset, Lightly 2. (part of the 31 days class content)

Next Photoshop for a touch of texture.....One layer of achieve at soft light, 100% opacity.... then a hue/sat adjustment layer, clipped to the texture to remove a little yellow.... and that was that....

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Today's freebie texture..... flow

 

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Happy TT....

with gratitude.....

xo,

  

  

 

 

Friday
Aug152014

Friday Finds - Genuine Creative Conversation ... Anyone?

 

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
Endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

Share the Friday Finds Button


Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

Today's find.....A Creative Conversation ...lead to a ton of Inspiration.....

The Story 

I'm sure most of you know my lovely London friend, Xanthe..... She's an amazing photographer...and film maker.... We met almost 3 years ago at the first Shutter Sisters retreat...... This friendship has been one of life's loveliest gifts... 

I was really nervous about going to that first retreat... As most of you know....I'm a full on... self-proclaimed introvert... Going to California to meet a bunch of people I'd never met was a BIG leap for me....

Anyhow, the very first night... we all gathered, as contributors, for dinner. At the bar... most were ordering cocktails, while I was ordering my usual Diet Coke..... and... so was Xanthe. That's how it all started.... a Diet Coke... too funny. We ended up sitting beside each other for dinner that first night.... We just 'clicked'.....A TRUE friendship was born.

The retreat was mind blowing...... an incredible experience.... No exaggeration when I say.... LIFE CHANGING.

There's amazing power in real life connection with people who 'get' you. I had no idea....how desperately I needed that connection.

Xanthe and I are different in many ways.... But at the center ...we are two artists ...determined to do.... what we love... because we can't....not do.... what we do.

After the SS retreat we connected via skype....at least once a week... sometimes more..... We talked life, love.... fears .... creative ideas..... and everything in between. 

We met the following year in California for the best 10 day creative adventure.....ever....
and then.... Cancer happened...We missed our trip to California in 2013.... but through it all... we affirmed.... 2014!!! We will meet again.....

More on this to come....soon.

Back to my Friday Find... the creative conversation....

Lately....our visits have been spotty... at best....But this week... Oh my gosh!! We met on skype and talked through our thoughts... ideas... and more....Talk about bubbling up and over....

We needed this... so much!! We re-committed to regular connections!! Gosh darn....It's a MUST.

Some BIG ideas were born.... Things just seemed to fall into place.

 

So much to share....

Bottom Line.....Creative conversation with people who get-it ..... INCREDIBLY powerful!!

We have some BIG plans in the works.....centered around creative conversation....and connection.

We don't have all the details just yet.... but we'd love to give this a go......

Beginning with a Give Away session ....

Xanthe and I....would love to sit and have a virtual cuppa via skype with two lovely creatives... Might one be you?

Pick our brains, share your thoughts, dreams, fears.......business, photography, film, IG.... questions? . We're open.

If this give away session, interests YOU, please leave a note in the comments...or if you prefer, send a private message HERE.....  

Always love to see you here... Thank you for sharing your finds.....

Here's to a beautiful weekend....

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

   

 

  

p.s.

My class, 31 Days - Lightroom Tips & Tricks delivered direct to your inbox...is always OPEN for registration... Click HERE for details.

 

 

 

Tuesday
Aug122014

Texture Tuesday - Something Good is About to Happen

mouse over to see the original - textured with kk-achieve

Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

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

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.

The Ongoing theme for summer.....

free & easy.

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details. New to link-ups, click HERE to view my link-up tutorial.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

“Texture


 

Happy TT.

Hello lovelies... How are you? I hope this post finds you well. I have a message for you.... today. It's short and sweet......

Something good is about to happen......

Sit with this thought... imagine it... believe it..... take it with you today......

Today's Recipe

Toned and cropped in LR.... then I applied my new preset, Quiet Dream.....
It may possibly be a new preset for a certain class I'm running.... just sayin..... 

Into Photoshop for a touch of texture.....both at multiply 40% opacity. I also added a hue/sat adjustment layer and clipped it to the texture to reduce the yellow.

The top image is textured with last week's achieve and the second is textured with today's freebie, quiet.....using the same recipe for both.....

Today's freebie: Quiet

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Happy TT....


with gratitude.....

xo,

  

A recent IG post... a photo of my Great-Grandma's linen table cloth..... with 2 layers of quiet, one at soft light 100& and another at multiply 20%...

 


 

 

Friday
Aug082014

{Friday Finds} Rediscoveries

  

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
Endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

Share the Friday Finds Button


Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

My Friday Finds  

Hello sweet friends. How are you? Happy Friday..... 

Todays' finds..... Rediscoveries......Around the House....

I was working on something different for my Friday Finds....but I just wasn't happy with the photographs.....

You know when you want to capture something...... so beautiful... but it's not quite working out? Well that's what happened......today.

Rather than getting frustrated.... I decided...for now...to let it go....and try again when I'm not so rushed....

and...So.....I gathered a few oldies....but goodies......and snapped some pics.....

My tulip plant ..... another fake from Lady of the Lake.... Yep.... fake can be great! I think I said that a few weeks back....when I posted my herb photos? : )

Next two old chairs..... I've missed them.....

And finally this scarf.... it's super scratchy.....never wear it....but I love it in photos. And that was that....

All photos were processed using my LR Preset Touchadrama.... (from my 31 Days Class)

Always love to see you here... Thank you for sharing your finds.....

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

   

  

p.s.

My new class, 31 Days - Lightroom Tips & Tricks delivered direct to your inbox...is always OPEN for registration... Click HERE for more details.