Hello my Blogland friends,
I've had such an unexpected adventure! Our car was starting to become unreliable, so we decided it was time to trade it in on a newer model. I researched and organised a trade-in at Canberra, our nearest major city. Half-way there, it broke down - a trail of radiator water followed behind me as I stopped to get a coffee. (Lucky that's my half-way watering hole!) The poor car needed a part and couldn't be repaired until the next day...
Luckily for me it was at Braidwood, an historical town full of charm, rusty ironwork and dilapidated stone and wooden buildings... How lucky was I to be forced to spend a whole day looking around and a night alone in an old hotel with a great book and my tablet with free wifi! And I'd brought a camera (not my best one) too!
So I set off wandering around the backstreets looking for interesting textures and charm. Lots of peeling paint....perfect to show for Simply Neutrals #13!
Lovely old houses...please excuse the colour in this pic, but the blue sky was perfect!
Below is the 'Braidwood Times' building, now unused, I think. Or at least very unloved, sadly.
Lovely stonework on top of a pub...
And I came upon a lovely French antique shop called 'String', which had some old lace bits found at French markets... most beyond my price.
Outside was a rusty gate garden of wire and metal treasures...
This rusty old 'thing' caught my fancy. I decided to play in Photoshop a bit.
I overlaid the lace as a texture, and added this angel image to it, manipulated the tone a little and used some brushes from Mouritsada Stock to add decoration...
What a lovely day I had, and a few things came home with me..!
Now, I'd like to send a special hug to Wen for hosting this Simply Neutrals party. You have helped me grow in my blogging and introduced me to some of your marvellous blogging friends, too. Thank you for being such a positive and friendly hostess.
And another special hug for Suzy of
http://suziqusthreadworks.blogspot.com.au/, for her support, encouragement and inspiration.
I've made a digital card for all my blogging friends below:
Just in case the message was too small, it's above, too.
Now you might like to go and have a look at other Simply Neutral beauty over at Wen's blog, Appleapricot.
I hope you have a great few weeks of creating and noticing beauty all around....until our next Simply Neutrals party!