Giveaway Time!

Christmas is almost here. Are you ready? Are you excited? How about a little gift for yourself? I think we should have a giveaway!  I've been lucky to win a few of my own lately. So I think it's time to give back and let you all have some fun.

I was introduced to Kim of Kim Klassen Cafe when I took her Skinny Mini course. Which was free by the way. She was a miracle worker in helping me understand photoshop. If you are in need of some help with photoshop or if you have a love of textures you should check out all of the courses she has to offer. You can find them listed under her header.

Speaking of textures. Kim has put together a new collection of 7 of her wonderful textures. It is called the Benjamin Collection. I am giving away two sets of these beautiful textures to two of you! Something to play with over the holidays. I know Santa might be bringing some of you a new camera. These would be a great creative addition too all of your new pictures. Textures like these can help you achieve the soft, time worn shots like you see here. Of course Kim is an amazing photographer too so that does help! The Benjamin Collection includes seven - 12" x 12 " 300 dpi hand painted textures. Here is what they will look like.

Gorgeous aren't they? Why are they called the Benjamin Collection you are wondering? Well, they are named after this little guy. This handsome guy is Kim's dog Ben. Say hi to Ben! Isn't he cute?


 He even has his own page over at the Cafe. He is quite the popular guy. We all love seeing his sweet little face. But a horrible thing happened last Saturday. Ben was hit by a truck. He will be going into surgery tomorrow. If you are a pet lover then you know just how costly surgery can be. So Kim put this collection together to help Ben. Ben was the ray of sunshine that helped Kim get through her sadness when she lost her beloved beagle Andy. I know how hard it is to see your pets in so much pain and you want nothing more then to take it all away. They are part of the family.

I hope you will stop by and leave Kim a word of encouragement. I know this must be a stressful time for their family. The more well wishes the better. And if you can't wait for the giveaway you can go here and purchase the collection. You can also read an update on how Ben is doing.

 click here to go to Ben's page

Thank you all so very much. I truly appreciate each one of you and all the time you take to leave your wonderful comments. It's nice to know people are reading.

If you'd like to enter the giveaway then just leave a comment here on this post. Please leave your email address if it's not on your profile so I can get a hold of you. I'll end it on the night of the 29th. Two winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Dec 30, my birthday. My gift to you!

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season. I know it's a hectic time. Stop, take a breath or two and remember....it's okay if everything on your to do list doesn't get done. I'm trying to convince myself. Can you tell? Besides, after a couple of glasses of wine everything will look great! ;)

An Update From Kim on Ben!

Dearest Friends......

I have no words to express my deepest gratitude.  Please accept our most sincere 
thanks for the love and support. My family and I are completely overwhelmed.

You know the saying it takes a village to raise a child?  well... it seems....it 
takes a blogosphere to raise a pup....  'sigh'

truly speechless.... truly grateful!

My connection is poor in our hotel. 

But I wanted to let you know that Mr. Ben... Benjamine, Benji Boy, Bennigan, 
Gentle Ben....made it through the surgery.  The fracture was severe and the vet 
was unable to make a 'perfect' correction.... But he is confident with lots of 
TLC ....  at least 8 weeks....  Ben will be up and running again...

I expect a long road ahead.... he can not put any weight on his back end....so 
it will be a lot of lifting, carrying supporting....etc....  I better get doing 
some pilates.... or my back will be toast.... 

If you have any suggestions to make the whole lifting/assisting thing easier.... 
pretty please send them my way....

Who woulda thunk......  just a few months ago.... we didn't even know Mr. 
Ben....  and here we are today .... 

Before I sign off....I just have to say.... I know that there are many of you 
going through so much more than this...... I am so sorry .....truly, deeply 

I promise I willl put all of this amazing love back out into the universe.....  
with all my heart....

love to all.... talk soon.... xxo, Kim

see ya later,


  1. Happy Holidays to you too Anita! What a wonderful thing you are doing, I love all of Kim's textures too. Poor little Ben!

  2. Anita...this is such a great idea. I feel bad for Ben he's beautiful. Hope he pulls through. Good luck to those who enter.

  3. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful dog! Get well Ben!

  4. Get well wishes for Ben-prayers and hugs too!

    Have a very Happy Holiday!

  5. Anita~ I will pop over to see "Ben"..how horrible ~ especially this time of year!
    Beautiful giveaway....I just hope everything works out ok...

  6. Aww... Ben has such a sweet face. Poor guy, pray he pulls through! So nice of you to spread the word, Anita!

    Christmas is right around the corner. Hope you have a blessed and Merry One!

  7. Anita,
    What an awesome giveaway...it has my name written all over it...that's because I got a new Canon Rebel as a early Christmas gift and I need some HELP...maybe your birthday will be a lucky day for me:) Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!


  8. Have a wonderful Holiday, Anita!!!



  9. oooh, poor ben! i hope he is ok. i hate hearing stories of pets being hurt. he is a beautiful dog.

  10. You have a heart of gold Anita. Going to Kim's blog now to offer what I can in encouragement.

    Those textures are very similar to the backgrounds I create for my paintings. Photoshop totally intimidates me.

  11. O.K. How on earth do you USE these fabulous backgrounds?????
    The story of dog Ben just about did me in..so glad he has come through the surgery.

  12. Anita, you are so thoughtful. I have been keeping Ben in my thoughts and prayers. The story brought tears to my eyes. I am a pet lover so I know how hard this is. I was happy to hear that he came through the surgery. I will continue to pray for sweet Ben and for Kim.

  13. Thanks for the giveaway. I read the story about the sweet dog.

  14. Anita,, I just had to stop by and say "Happy Holidays" to you and yours.. I so enjoy your blog..

  15. Oh Anita, he is beautiful and I know that she is thankful that you sent a shout out for Ben.

    I hope you have a great Christmas! I have missed everyone but am enjoying my little break. Take care and stay warm. A little snow is headed our way. Can you believe it? Move from Cincy to SC and the snow follows:)

  16. dear sweet Anita.
    thank you so very much for this beautiful tribute to our Ben.
    I am at a loss for words....truly... I can't believe the love and support that has been so generously shared. 'sigh'

    Ben is doing really well. he's really the sweetest little guy. As I type this, he is sleeping soundly in his play pen.... yes, play pen.... he looks a bit like a baby in there....
    My mom says she thinks he will be beyond spoiled when this is all said and done.... But what can one do.... he must be spoiled... 'sigh'

    thank you again my sweet friend....
    may you be showered with blessings.....

    love and gratitude...xxo, kim

  17. Hi Anita, what a very touching story about Ben...you are so kind indeed. He is beautiful too. Hope you enjoyed your Holiday. Thank you for the kind comment too on my post. A year sure does fly by!

  18. You have a lovely blog. I am a follower and would love to have the opportunity to win your giveaway. Best Wishes for a hHAPPY New Year.

    The story about Ben was very touching.

  19. Poor Ben. Here's hoping for a full and speedy recovery.

  20. HI Anita-

    I took Kim's Course and learned so much. I got a new camera for Christmas also and am enjoying playing around with it and reading up on photogrpahy in general. I wish I didn't have to cook dinner either.
    My best- Diane

  21. Would love a chance at such a sweet giveaway. I do freelance photography and need a boost. Getting into the same ol' rut...need something to make me wanna shoot more!!
    Love your blog...cannot wait to read more!


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