For today's lesson, Kim offered a simple recipe for de-saturating an image. I think I finally get this concept now. I even wrote up the steps on a card so I can do it again in future, if I so desire. ;-) The only thing I added above was a Vingette in Picassa. It just needed a little something more--that being a frame.
Here's the image after I finished tweaking it in PSE. This includes the addition of Kim's texture Random Inspiration. It's a texture that includes words on it. You can just barely see the word believe on the water jug.
Here's the original image straight out of my camera : A still life of a simple supper in Samoens, France, last April when we were visiting Pierre and Genevieve in the mountains. It is lit with natural light through the windows. Makes me wish I had some crusty baguette and saucisson right now!