1. I converted it to Black and White...obviously. 2. I created a new layer and smoothed out her skin using the tips from this [b]school lesson. Finally 3. I created a new layer and applied the gaussian blur texture to it and then erased the layer over her face and hair and necklace. The close crop was done in camera by me standing over her as she crouched down (she was so obliging) using my new Canon 50mm 1.8 lens.
I personally get giddy looking at it. :) Let me know what you think of it.