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Tuesday
Apr152014

Texture Tuesday - Perfectly Imperfect eDition

and....one more Start to Finish spot opening.

mouse over to see the original 

Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art!

This weeks theme - Perfectly Imperfect

Simply share a favourite image processed with any of my textures....

and whatever comes to mind when you think of 'perfectly imperfect'

Read on for a little more on 'perfectly imperfect'.....

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, April 22nd.

SIMPLE

I can't wait to see what you share.

Today's Image 

Have you heard of Wabi Sabi?

 
I know some of you have.... in fact a few lovelies mentioned it in the comments below last week's for the love of posting.

I stumbled on Wabi-Sabi a few months back.....bopping around pinterest....This lead me down a never ending road of wabi-sabi inspiration.

Wabi-Sabi encompasses everything I/many of us LOVE.... in decor....accessories.....life.....  it's perfectly imperfect..... and Oh my.... how I LOVE everything about it.....

So.....What is wabi-sabi?

According to wikipedia

Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.'

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetryasperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

'sigh'.....

Found HERE on pinterest....

Wabi-sabi is the marriage of the Japanese wabi, meaning humble, and sabi, which connotes beauty in the natural progression of time. Together, the phrase invites us to set aside our pursuit of perfection and learn to appreciate the simple, unaffected beauty of things as they are. To create a true wabi-sabi environment, one must slowly strip away excess and learn to be satisfied living in the moment.

OH YES.... indeed..... Wabi-Sabi suits me so.....

Found here.

Wabi Sabi is the Japanese philosophy that looks at beauty as something imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is more than just how something looks, it is also how it makes you feel... It is often asymmetric or irregular and has a simple and modest honesty to it.

Tell me.... does the concept of wabi-sabi speak to you too?

This lovely dried rose from my stash........seemed just right for today's 'perfectly imperfect' theme.

You may notice...it's similar to last week's TT image....this time... more light..... than dark... 


Today's Wabi-Sabi Recipe - Both Photos

Processed in LR.

I applied an auto tone, and added a little extra boost of contrast. 

I bumped up the clarity to +10 and reduced the saturation and vibrance each to -24. Using the adjusment brush I added a little extra clarity to the rose.... to bring out the lovely details.

I also added a hint of magenta... using the tone curve. 

then....Into Photoshop to add a touch of texture

a layer of Waterfront 18 at soft light blend mode, 78% opacity...masking it off the bottle and rose. Next, I added a curves adjustment layer to deepen the color in the rose...just a tad.

Finally the type.........That was that.... : )

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Here's a peek at waterfront 18.... 

p.s. That's what I love about textures too..... so 'perfectly imperfect'......

 

Texture Lovin' Listers the download link for Waterfront 18 and a special Waterfront 18 magic eDition.... is coming your way..... later today. Watch your email.

Not on the texture list? Sign up below to start receiving freebie textures and site updates.

A Free Lightroom Intro Class coming soon....along with other exciting news..... Can't wait.... 

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Want one more chance....at a Free space in Start to Finish.....

Class begins next week....leave a comment below for another chance to win.

S2F Promo Video

Happy TT.... Link away....

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

xo,

 

p.s. I'm behind on my inbox.... hoping to catch up over the next few days..... xo

 
Friday
Apr112014

Friday Finds - I Couldn't Resist

Start to Finish Winner Announced & a FREE Lightroom Class Coming Soon.

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

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

If you are new to this space.... please say hello....share your finds below.... Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

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

Friday finds ~ Button Code HTML

Kim Klassen dot Com

 


 

My Friday Finds 

I was strolling through the mall with Bryce, the other night.... and there she was..... I could not pass her by. The loveliest little teapot.....so cheery and bright. I rarely get to the mall...Stokes isn't one of my go-to stops for props...... but this teapot caught my eye.... which lead me to the sweetest tea bowls....2 for $3.00..... Really?? The perfect match to the teapot.... Destiny....
At least that's what I told John..... as I unpacked my latest finds.....

And...I gotta say....I'm loving my Rough Linen ..... (as seen again...in today's photos) ... seriously....it's difficult to put into words.... True love!!

Last week's, Friday Find post has been featured on the Rough Linen community site. Thank you Tricia & Co...such a treat.... I was also thrilled to see our lovely Donna featured there!! Sooo fun.

I've had a lot of emails about Tuesday 'perfectly imperfect' image..... Lots of interest in the Lightroom recipe and magic texture..... I will definitely have some fresh magic texture downloads soon.....

Some News

I'm excited to tell you..... I have a FREE Lightroom workshop coming SOON....

Lightroom has been a game changer. I could not live without it. But, it seems the catalog/library portion can stop people in their Lightroom tracks. This new class will be a quick start guide to Lightroom.... Enough to get you up & running.....and on your way to pretty picture making.

Stay tuned for more info.....very soon.

And Oh my gosh.... so much more to share.... I'm bursting.....soon...... very soon.

Before I sign off.....The winner of a FREE spot in the Start to Finish class is....... Lorena.

Lorena wrote:

Lorena, please email me so I can get you 'hooked up'...... 

Happy Friday friends...... thank you for sharing your lovely Finds......

Love & Gratitude.... ♡

xo,

 

 p.s. Susan B please email me.....I don't think my emails are getting to you. I need to verify your address so I can send your copy of Kinfolk out.... xo 

p.s.s. Start to Finish Registration is still open.... click HERE to sign up.

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Ooops....One last photo... my rough linen pinafore....hanging quietly in the north room.....

 

click HERE to view the Start to Finish Video.

 

 

Wednesday
Apr092014

Lightroom for the iPad

Hello sweet friends,

I'm back today.... bursting with excitement..... This week....Adobe released Lightroom for the iPad.... It's awesome!

I put together a quick little screencast demo. You can check it out below.

To take advantage of the App to Desktop feature, be sure to install the latest 5.4 update.

Note: This app is only available for Creative Cloud or Photography program subscribers. 

Here's what adobe says about the new LR App.

Edit 
• Edit raw files from DSLR cameras using Smart Previews 
• Edit images from your iPad camera roll 
• Enhance images using familiar Lightroom tools and presets 

Organize 
• Import photos from your iPad camera roll 
• Quickly Flag and Reject photos 

Sync and Share
• Automatically syncs photo edits, metadata, and collection info with Lightroom 5 on your desktop and all your Lightroom-enabled devices
• Easily share photos online via social networks

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I know not everyone is a CC subscriber and/or has an iPad.... but if you do... check out my screencast below.

p.s. The $9.99/month Photography program offer is availalbe until the end of May. This gives you access to both Lightroom 5, the LR App and Photoshop CC. Pop over HERE for more info.

Click HERE to read my thoughts on LR vs. PS

xo,

 

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Tuesday
Apr082014

Texture Tuesday - for the love of..... Perfectly Imperfect

 

Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art!

This weeks theme - For the Love of ___________ ?

Simply share a favourite image processed with any of my textures....

whatever comes to mind when you think of 'for the love of....'

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, April 15th

Perfectly Imperfect......

I can't wait to see what you share.

 

mouse over to see the original photo

Here we are a full week into April.... Oh my... how times flies....

I'm gearing up for some exciting stuff around here.... a few BIG announcements coming soon...... I'm close to bursting......

In the meantime... I'm celebrating .. For the love of... perfectly imperfect...... 

I love that this old bottle shows the reflections from our dining room walls (picture frames, windows....life).... so perfectly imperfect.....

Today's Recipe - Both Images

Processed in LR.

I darkened the shadows, bumped down the blacks. I added a tone curve to accentuate the highlights and moody down the shadows. I desaturated the orange in the HSL panel. Finally, I added a warm split tone in both the shadows and highlights.

Into Photoshop to add some texture.

I added a layer of Waterfront 7 (inverted) set to screen blend mode at 47% opacity...masking it off the bottle and rose.

Then the type.....

and....That was that.... : )

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Here is the magic version of waterfront 7.

 

Click here to download waterfront7 - magic eDition - if you'd like to give this technique a go.

Test Kitchen members pop over to the Kitchen for a quick magic texture-making tutorial.

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Give Away Announcement 

I'm giving away a spot in my Start to Finish Class.

To enter....simply leave a comment below. I will post the winner on Friday.

S2F Promo Video

Happy TT.... Link away....

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

xo,

 

 

 

Friday
Apr042014

Friday Finds - Linen Love

 

 

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

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

If you are new here.... please say hello....share your finds below.... Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

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

Friday finds ~ Button Code HTML

Kim Klassen dot Com

 


 

My Friday Finds 

I'm always on the hunt for lovely linens...... napkins...tea towels...table runners.... perfect for pretty pictures..... It's the texture... the feel.... Oh my.....

Big thanks to my friend Prairie Girl for reminding me of Rough Linen. 

The Story

I was talking with PG on the tele a few weeks back..... I'm not sure how the conversation came around to her linen pinafore.... I was curious to find out more.... so I popped over to PG's blog to read her rough linen story.... 

Beautiful.....

Here's my sweet friend in her lovely rough linen pinafore.... It's so you, PG!! 

Then....I popped over to the Rough Linen website..... Gasp..... It's difficult to put into words.... You gotta go see for yourself......AMAZING

Phew... so glad I found my way there.....

'smile'.....

 

I ordered a pinafore (i'm sure you will see me wearing it in the upcoming S2F class)....and a tea towel....Oh my gosh....... seriously... there are no words for this linen.....It's a dream......

As I prepared this post... Donna's pillow case came to mind. That was back in June...about a month after John was diagnosed... It's all such a blur. But once I found Donna's beautiful post again.....it all came back. Yeesh, I can't believe it took that long for me to remember her post.... Oh my......

Thank you PG and Donna..... so much!

 

Today's photos feature my lovely linen tea towel... so many possiblities..... 

My Rough Linen wish list is a mile long.... .... Tricia, the founder is so inspired.... You gotta pop over and read her story..... It's beautiful.

Close your eyes....
...imagine snuggling under a linen duvet? Setting a linen covered table.... or pulling back these curtains? Oh my...... Yes please!! Thank you.... 

Wanna feel this linen? You can order a beautiful sample card... HERE.

Perhaps you have a Rough Linen story of your own... If so, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.....

Happy Friday friends...... thank you for sharing your lovely Finds......

Love & Gratitude.... ♡

xo,

 

 

p.s. Start to Finish Registration is open.... click HERE to sign up.

 

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Wednesday
Apr022014

Start to Finish Registration is now Open

Just a quick note to say Start to Finish is open for registration.

You can find all the details over here. I'd love to have you join me...... 

 

Tuesday
Apr012014

Texture Tuesday - Hello April

mouse over to see the original image - edited in LR then into PS for a touch of texture

Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art!

This weeks theme - Free & Easy....

simply share a favourite image processed with any of my textures.

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, April 8th

for the love of ______? whatever comes to mind.....

I can't wait to see what you all share.

 

Happy April sweet friends.... Here's to a beautiful month.

Today's Recipe - Both Images

Processed in LR.

First I did a quick tone... then I applied kk_touchofpink. Wanna give it a try, click HERE to download it.

I did a little dodge and burning with the adjustment brush. I added a little extra clarity to the front tulip as well. I also touched up the tulip leaf with the spot removal brush (the top image).

Then into Photoshop to add some texture.

I applied a layer of kk_simple at soft light. I masked off the texture on the front tulip and on the leaves. Finally, I added a curves adjustment layer to pull the lights down in the shadowy areas.

That was that.... : )

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Two New Textures

The download link is coming your way. Not on the texture list? Click HERE to sign up.

Until then.....

Happy TT.... Link away....

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

xo,