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Friday
Jul252014

{Friday Finds} If Truth Be Told......

 

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..... 3 things.... 

1. This beautiful clay pot from Winners.... Oh my gosh... the texture, the shape... the white-wash..... LOVE it..... love Winners (TJ Max in the U.S.)

2. The greens..... above....from Lady of the Lake... totally fake... totally fab!! .... Amazing how fake can be great these days.... Don't you find?

3. Last....You've seen it in many photos... my anthropologie linen tea towel.... It's a keeper for sure.... always picture perfect..... 

 

I was happy with the fake greens.... but decided to play a little more...so I snipped some herbs from my garden.... (pretty much the only thing I'm growing this year.... sigh)..... mixed them with the fakes....and

Voila..... 

A lovely week of finds..... 

happy 'sigh'......

 

If Truth be Told

Last week as I was zipping about checking out your beautiful Friday Finds....I discovered this quote...... 

people need loving the most when they deserve it the least.

- Louise Hay

only moments before I hung up on a certain loved one..complete exasperation..... (I can't share the details)..... but lets just say.... talk about a message.. I needed.... right then and there....

Thank you Beth... so much.

Fast forward.... a week of ups & downs.... frustration... sadness... worry....

yet another message....crossed my path....more than once....

the gist....

Humans want/need...long-for......desire....unconditional love.....

This is...
LOVE without conditions....
the .....no-matter-what..... kind of love.....

I hear you God... I'm listening... I'm trying..... Please..... LOVE..... through me.....

Lessons....so vital on this journey of life....

Perhaps this message may help you .....in some way..... too.

As always.... I gotta be true.....

All of this....is a part of ME.
I prop shop, take pretty pictures, teach classes, love my family, walk Ben, practice stillness.... make green smoothies.....collect cups, love linens, buy too many books..... crave chocolate... drink diet coke....love my iPhone....and so on...
sprinkled amongst it all.... 
struggles... sad times... challenges..... fears....
ups, downs...and in betweens...

Life.

That's my .....big picture.....

How 'bout you?

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Before I sign off.... I haven't updated on John for some time..... and so.... today... a quick note.

He's  a trooper....he's been through so much....and still....a long road ahead.........
He's had some setbacks from the Graft vs Host.... trying yet another drug.... so many drugs...... but he continues to stay strong.... facing each day head on..... His faith never waivers.... He amazes me..

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Always love to hear from you dear friends.... thank you for being there...on the other side of my truth.... so grateful for this space.....

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

   

p.s.

My new class, 31 Days - Lightroom Tips & Tricks delivered direct to your inbox...is open for registration.
Get the details HERE.

 

 

 

Tuesday
Jul222014

Texture Tuesday - Breathe

Plus a FREEBIE preset download. 

mouse over to see the original - textured with kk-pinit 11

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.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

“Texture

 

  

Hello lovelies. Happy TT.

Quickie recipe today......

Lightroom

In LR I cropped, then toned...then applied my new preset kk-within. If you would like to try it, click HERE to download it.

Into Photoshop

Applied a layer of Pin-it 10 at soft light 88% opacity...then a curves adjustment to darken the highlights as well. 

Finished with a touch of type.... and that was that.

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Pinterest Only Textures - I just added 2 new textures to my Pin-it Only page. Check it out HERE


Happy TT....

with gratitude.....

xo,

  

  

  

 

 

 

Friday
Jul182014

{Friday Finds} Calm amongst the Chaos

 

 

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  

Gosh I love Instagram. It's such an inspiring and supportive community ......always a joy to see the lovely images in my feed each day...... So darn good.

A few weeks back I found my way to radiant4 ... When I saw her beautiful linen tea towels... I just had to know more.

That lead me to her Etsy shop....I immediately placed an order...
2 lovely linen tea towels ....one a rusty-red/brown and the seond in grey.... So beautiful.... I wish you all could hold them in your hands.... linen... really truly is extraordinary

In need of a linen fix?

... pop over to Hyekyung's shop and check it out!! 

My other find... this sweet calm cup from Winners. I think it was waiting for me... I could sure use a little calm in my life.....

I love the shape of the mug.... my favourite thing.... the period at the end of CALM.

I believe they had another one that said dream? which I'm surprised I didn't bring home.... I'm trying hard to be more selective these days. :)

 

I look foward to visiting your finds.....

Here's to a peace-filled weekend.....one of my greatest wishes .....

calm and quiet... uneventful.... PEACE.

 

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

  

 p.s. 

Need a little Follow Friday IG inspiration.... Here's a few lovely streams that are sure to inspire. 

My Suburban Farm, Alabaster Rose Vintage, Katheringe Dorrington, Ellen Bendrups

 

 

Tuesday
Jul152014

Texture Tuesday - Signs of Summer

 

 mouse over to see the original image

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.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

“Texture

 

 

Hello lovelies. Happy TT.

Today's Cherry Recipe

Lightroom

Toned...then applied my Dark Mood preset with a slight bump in saturation (Be Still students this preset is available for download in the Week 6 lesson). 

Into Photoshop

I added a layer of waterfront 7 at softlight 78% opacity... In the top image I masked the texture off everything but the cherries. I love how the texture brought out the detail in the cherries.

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Lightroom Presets

I've had several emails and comments asking if my LR presets are for sale. At this time my presets are only available through my classes and through the occassional download here on my site.

  

 

Registration for the August session of Lightroom Begin closes on Wednesday.

Click here to register.

LR- Begin focuses on the Lightroom catalog/library. 

Click HERE for more details..... It's completely FREE.

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Pinterest Only Textures - I just added 2 new textures to my Pin-it Only page. Check it out HERE


Happy TT....

with gratitude.....

xo,

  

Congrats to Donna Milburn. Donna is the lucky winner of a Social Print Studio Gift Certificate. Enjoy..... xo
  

 

 

 

Friday
Jul112014

Friday Finds - More Peonies and a Print Studio Give Away

 

 

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  

The peonies John planted 2 summers ago are blooming..... First the dark pink..... sooo many pink peonies........and now the white..... Definitely need to plant some soft pink ..... hmmm....maybe next year.....

Anyhow, as long as they are blooming I will be taking picture of them....No apologies.....

I do believe they are my most favourite flower..... I will not look back and say 'shoulda, coulda'.... taken more pictures.

I'm not sure I always loved peonies.... funny how our tastes change and evolve...over time..... 

In other news....my 4 x 4 prints from Social Print Studio arrived this week...... Oh my.... I'm just so PLEASED with them. 

I even picked up a few 4 x 4 frames today.... Can't wait to hang them..... But,  they will be just as fab... hung by little washi tape..... here and there..... around the house and studio.

I highly recommend this company.... and good news.... they ship internationally!! 

Tell me... have you printed your art lately? 

 

 

Give Away

I wanna share the Print Studio love.....Today, I'm giving away a $20 gift card to one lucky commentor.... 

To enter, simply post a comment. Double your chances by linking up your Friday Finds.

Winner will be announced Sunday evening.

 

Here's to a peace-filled weekend.....

 

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

  

 

 

 

Tuesday
Jul082014

{Texture Tuesday} Peonies - The Moody eDition

 

 mouse over to see the original image

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.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

“Texture

 

 

Hello lovelies. Happy TT.

Today's Peony Recipe

In Camera

Image captured with the Nikon d4 using the Sigma 50mm ART lens

ISO 200, Exposure 1/250 at f/6.3 Manual Mode with spot Metering.

Lightroom

Toned...then I applied my Dark Mood preset with a boost in saturation (Be Still students this preset is available for download in the Week 6 lesson). 

Into Photoshop

I added a layer of kk_0405 at multiply 73% opacity. I masked the texture off the linen. I added a hue/saturation adjustment layer and clipped it to the texture layer. I lowered the saturation to -47. (Clipping the adjustment to the texture applies the hue/sat settings to the texture layer only)

In case you missed the 0405 texture, it was part of the May set. click HERE to download it.

 

 

The first session of LR Begin is underway. 

I've opened registration for a repeat round to run in August.  Register here.

LR- Begin is all about Lightroom's catalog/library. The class is broken into easy to follow steps...

Click HERE for more details..... It's completely FREE.

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Happy TT....

with gratitude.....

xo,

  

 

 

Thursday
Jul032014

Friday Finds - One more Rescued Peony

 

 

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 lovelies... How are you?

I was brushing my teeth before bed when it hit me! Friday Finds.... it completely slipped my mind....Oops.

So this will be short and sweet....

A rescued pink peony from the empty house down the street.... a tea cup from the china set I selected when I was twelve years old..... Silver Ermine by Wedgewood....Funny how things come around.... It wasn't til I was almost 40 that I discovered my love of all things white and light....maybe it was there... all along... Hmmm...

Today was day 17 of my 21 day challenge!! It's been amazing......definitely won't quit after 21.... But, I will take a break from my daily Juice posting on IG...... 

Okay.... gotta get to bed....I will pop back and post my blueberry juice recipe for this when I get up.... Purple smoothie to match my purple paper straws.... It too was delic.....

Happy Friday...... I hope your week has been just right.

Cheers.... my friends...

 

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,