Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Finds

On this image I used Kim Klassen's Lightroom preset kk_still and her texture kk_100 in PS Elements

I was straightening up last night and came across a book I haven't looked at in a few years, Living Artfully by Sandra Magsamen.  I opened it and found a passage I previously highlighted:

We have been conditioned to focus on whatever little thing isn't quite right about ourselves, our creations, and our surroundings.  Instead, let's decide to focus on what is right, lovely, and beautiful.  This is a simple concept, yes, but it's transformative just the same.
Isn't funny how we come across things right when we need them.  I have a habit of looking at what needs to be changed, in my pictures, my house, myself...  I am going to take her advise and try to 'focus on what is right, lovely and beautiful'.

I am also going to reread her book. 

On this image I used Kim Klassen's Lightroom preset kk_DreamLike and her texture kk_0603.

I made a trip to the Antique Mall this week.  I have always loved mismatched teacups stacked in pictures but only had one teacup.  This trip I found two cheap teacups to add to my props and used them for Kim Klassen's class Be Still, the prompt was 'tea and change from above'.  My coins are from the Bahamas.

I had also been keeping an eye out for an old chippy window.  I found one.  I used it with The Studio prompt 'potting bench'.

Today I am joining Kim Klassen's Friday Finds, The Studio and the class Be Still. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Gorgeous still life's Michelle. The last one with the plant pulled out is just so very creative, simple but oh so wonderful. The coins are really interesting with their edges and great placement of the elements. Love the quote and so true of I think a lot of us.

  2. Such pretty photos, Michelle. I love your new props, and the wisdom of the paragraph you've quoted is beyond question. I think we all tend to focus on the small negatives, rather than embracing the huge, big-picture positives. Time for us all to re-calibrate. Have a great weekend, Bonny

  3. Beautiful photos, I love the way you composed the teacups and the pretty spoons, and the window frame is wonderful ! I also found a window frame this week, but didn't buy it , I wish I had now ! Love the quote, very thought provoking :)

  4. So beautiful! I love the soft tones your post processing has given to your beautiful images, the pretty coins and the old chippy window. Great compositions and lovely quote! :)
    Have a great weekend.

  5. Beautiful photos ... Soft and tender spring images! The quote sounds so inspiring that I try finding the book you mention ~ thank you Michelle!
    Happy weekend to you,

  6. That's a great quote, Michelle ... and so true !
    Love your tea and change photo, the potting bench one is gorgeous too,
    and that old window ... oh, my ... so love it !
    Have a nice weekend,

  7. Such wonderful images Michelle! Just beautiful. And thank you so much for that reminder in that quote. I guess we all feel a little less than perfect with regard to creativity. I especially do when I get tired. This is one of those great quotes to put up on the wall of the studio.

  8. I love the quote that you re-found and I think we could all try to keep that in mind...Your photo is lovely and the processing perfect.

  9. It's great that you are always on th lookout for props to make your pictures more interesting. Kim' sloes sons push you to create beautiful still lifes. Those coins re so interesting. Love that window.

  10. Michelle, both your still life images are stunning - so very beautiful. Those coins go so well with the lovely spoons, and that window ... love! what an awesome find!