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Tuesday
Jul012014

Texture Tuesday - Pink Peony Love

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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

free & easy.

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

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

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Hello lovelies. Happy TT.

Quick post today... Hope this finds you well.

Today's Pink Peony Recipe

In Camera

Image captured with the Nikon d800 using the 24/70 f/2.8 lens. 

ISO 400, Exposure 1/500 at f/3.2 Manual Mode with Matrix Metering.

Lightroom

Cropped to 4 x 5. Next an auto-tone. Then applied my Dark Mood preset with a light boost in saturation (Be Still students this preset is available for download in the Week 6 lesson). The Be Still students are making some serious magic with this preset!! sooo good.

Into Photoshop

I added a layer of Waterfront 18 (the perfect tones for this image) at soft light 100% opacity. I masked the texture off the peony and leaves at about 50%.

Click HERE to download a sample of Waterfront 18. (in case you missed it previously).

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For those of you who are part of the Creative Cloud program, you may have noticed Mini-Bridge is no longer available in the latest version of Photoshop. (Photoshop CC 2014). 

I came up with a work around, that might be helpful. 

Click HERE to view my LR/PS Channel.

 

LR Begin starts today. If you signed up, check your email for the class info. This first session is full. 

But, I've opened registration for a repeat round to run in August.  Find out more here.

LR- Begin is all about Lightroom's catalog/library. The class is broken into easy to follow steps.... I will share my simple catalog/library workflow....

Click HERE for more details.....and to register for Round 2... It's completely FREE.

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Happy TT.... and Happy Canada Day too.... Sweet friends.....Link away....

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

xo,

  

 

 

Friday
Jun272014

Friday Finds - Printstagram Love

 

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 finally ordered some prints.... from Printstagram!! Oh my gosh... I'm so pleased with them. I ordered the contact cards to start with....Super fast service! 

Seriosly LOVE them...so much that....
yesterday I ordered the 4 x 4 squares.... I can't wait for them to arrive!

Today's photos feature a scattering of my contact cards....2-sided.....so you can include your contact info on the back... or a special graphic.... quote.....message.... 

So many possiblities.

Of course, I ordered several Benny prints. 

To order, you simple connect to your IG account and check the prints you want to order!! You can also upload photos from your computer if you prefer.

Quick and easy.....



The stock is just the right weight..... with the perfect matte/satin balance!!

I  tucked some in my purse....and in my camera bags.... Just so pleased!!

Highly recommend! Thank you Prinstagram!

Juicing Update

 

My 21 Day Juice Challenge is going fab..... Today is day 12.....I feel good.... they taste great.... and I'm having fun photographing them....

I've also lost a couple of pounds.... total bonus.....

I've been posting the different recipes on IG if you are interested...... I will definitely keep going after the 21 days... 

There's been several people joining in.... and the recipe and photo sharing has been so much fun!!

Wanna join the challenge? The more the merrier.... If you are on Instagram, please post your juice each day with the hashtag #21dayjuicechallenge

 

I've had some questions.... Just to be clear... This is not a juice fast... Simply a juice a day, plus healthy meals. I use the vitamix, which we love.... But I think any blender will work just fine.....

I've also been pinning juice recipes... if you are interested pop over here.

Happy Friday...... I hope your week has been FAB.

Cheers.... my friends...

 

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

  

 

 

 

 

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

free & easy.

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

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

“Texture

 

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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LR eCourse News - Round 1 is Full....

Round 2 Registration is Open.

 

LR- Begin is all about Lightroom's catalog/library. The class is broken into easy to follow steps.... I will share my simple catalog/library workflow....

Click HERE for more details.....and to register for Round 2... It's completely FREE.

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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 

 

Friday
Jun202014

Friday Finds - Stop and Smell the......

 

 

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?

Oh my....

so...I mentioned last week that John isn't allowed to garden this summer..... which means.... our gardens are taking on a life of their own!

Today Ben and I took a little tour around....after the rain.... As you can see he was quite curious...... So cute.....

Thank goodness for perennials....Otherwise our gardens would be nothing more than dirt and weeds..... Aside from the petunias my Mom and Dad planted up the front walk (thanks mom & dad!)

Carol Hart... you could make some magic around here... 'wink, wink'.....

We had a call from Winnipeg... One of John's appointments has been rescheduled... So we are on our way back into the city tomorrow morning first thing...... 

Gosh darn.... I was really counting on a full week.... But life doesn't always go as planned.... that's for sure.....

Here's a few photos of the flax....I've been cutting this for still life shoots.....It's part of the wildflower mix we planted at least 15 years ago.....(the only thing that grew actually)....

It's sorta... growing here, there and everywhere.... 

All images were taken with the Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art....It's a keeper!


Switching gears....

I've re-commited to juicing.... We were juicing daily before John ended up in the hospital a few month ago. 

Anyhow, this past Monday I started a 21 day challenge.... I'm posting a juice/smoothie photo...everyday for 21 days.... a little accountability never hurt! 

Hopefully I will have time to snap a pic....before we head out tomorrow morning..... 

Wanna join the challenge? The more the merrier.... If you are on Instagram, please post your juice each day with the hashtag #21dayjuicechallenge

Here's me on IG.

 

Today's Smoothie recipe. 

  • 1 c raspberries
  • 1 c blueberries
  • 8 oz of tazo zen green tea (mint and lemon infused)
  • 1/2 c spinach
  • 1/2 english cucumber
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 T chia and 1 tray of ice cubes. 

This makes about 3 large glasses… I drink 2, John drinks one...along with his granola and whatever else he can find.... He definitely has his appetite back!

This is not a juice fast... Simply a juice a day, plus healthy meals. I use the vitamix, which we love.... But I think any blender will work just fine..... 

Thanks Kelly for the green tea inspiration....such a great way to add a little extra zip to my day.....  

The Tazo - Zen green tea is fabulous.... love the touch of mint and lemon.....

I've been pinning juice recipes... if you are interested pop over here.

Tell me... do you juice? Have a favourite recipe?

Juicer? blender? Vitamix?

I'd love to hear from you!

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Happy Friday...... Link away lovelies....

Love & Gratitude.... ♡

xo,

  

 

 

 

  

Tuesday
Jun172014

Texture Tuesday - Vintage Love

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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

free & easy.

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

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

“Texture

  

You might remember I spent part of my birthday with PG. We hung out in her studio....talking all kinds of goodness........ all while taking photos....and editing on our phones.... It was the BEST. She graciously allowed me to borrow her scale that day....I've been in LOVE with it for years..... Here I am...finally taking some photos....

Isn't it a dream? Something extra photogenic about a vintage scale.... 

I LOVE playing with focus..... So fun!!! The tin scratches on the scale-front combined with the blur....made for some kinda-sorta bokeh.... Completely unexpected.....

Here's a closer shot.....

The Be Still class has been rocking the focus-play challenge....Well done guys!! Lovin all your beautiful images!

Thank you PG for sharing your lovely scale.... I highly recommend Prop Swapping!! 

Happy sigh.......

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Let's dive into my recipe.... and then some news.....

Today's Image Recipe - applied to all photos.

I started in LR with an auto-tone. Next I applied my greymist preset. 

Next....into PS, where I added a layer of Waterfront 7 at soft light 100% opacity.

I finished the top and bottom one with a little type!! Easy peasy.....

Click HERE to download my GreyMist preset.

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LR eCourse News - Read on...it's FREE


I've been working on this class for months.... Finally it's time to open registration.... 

I love Lightroom so much.... Seriously...  I can't imagine living without it.... It's been a game changer for me.. opening doors to so many possibilities..... 

I want everyone to love it....too.

There's one piece that can stop people in their tracks.... The LR Catalog.... It can be a little confusing....Often people get frustrated and give up on LR entirely.

This course is designed to move you past the catalog confusion.....and straight into loving Lightroom.

LR- Begin is all about Lightroom's catalog/librarary interface. Broken down in an easy to follow way.... I will share my simple catalog/library workflow.... Just enough info to keep it simple.

I'm so excited to share this!

Click HERE for more details.....and to register... It's completely FREE.

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

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

xo,

  

One last shot....... My boppy flax.... love how delicate it is.... 

 

Happy Birthday to my Mama!! Love you!!

Happy Birthday...a day late to my sweet friend Prairie Girl as well.....  Love you too my friend... xo

 

 

 

 

Friday
Jun132014

Friday Finds - The Many Shades of Lilac

Oh ...and my new to me wabi-sabi table.....

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'm still snipping lilacs.... They are just so beautiful..... And their scent.... Oh my... I love all the various shades...creamy white .... soft lilac ..... deep purple....

I'm waiting on the 'new' lilacs to open.... We planted 3 shrubs in 2012....and Yippee.... they will bloom this year... 

Today's photos were taken on the porch (again)....

Check out my new table from Carols.... LOVE at first sight... It's not very big... but perfect for pretty picture taking.... the texture and weathered detailed ..... amazing.... So Wabi-Sabi.....

Here's a close up.... 

I will use it as a potting bench as well... If I ever find time to plant some flowers..... 'sigh'....

Pre-Cancer...John did most of the gardening... He's not able to 'play in the dirt'..... this year... but..... If all goes well... next summer he will be back at it....and he can NOT wait.

He LOVES gardening...... 

 

It's been quite a week....

I finally delievered my 'numbers' to the accountant....Woo hoo.... We are off to Winnipeg tomorrow for a doctor's appt....

Things are pretty good.... John is slowly gaining strength...and eating more....  enjoying the warm weather .... So good to see and feel the sun.....

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I hope this post finds YOU and yours well..... I want to thank you all for stopping in and sharing your world..... truly grateful.....

Happy Friday...... Link away lovelies....

Love & Gratitude.... ♡

xo,

  

  

 

 

Wednesday
Jun112014

Everyday Ben - A Flipagram

I know I'm late to the flipagram party.... but this little flip of Ben.... actually makes me cry..... I'm so happy to have these IG images of my boy...

Have you flipagrammed? Do tell? I have a feeling this is just the beginning for me.... 

Happiest almost Thursday...... See you for Friday Finds....

xo,

music by C.C. Trubiak...... ♡