Hosier Lane is a blue-stone cobbled road tucked back behind some ordinary looking buildings, nothing about it initially would catch your eye. And then you see the art. The graffiti goes up and down the sides of the buildings, with fresh and faded colors melding and blending together to create a swirl of different textures and colors. The art is all different styles, with a good deal of political messages weaved in. Animals, people, words, pictures; all are featured on different parts of the wall.
There’s a stairwell at the heart of Hosier Lane that looks to be straight out of “West Side Story” and gives a sort of historical feel to the area. At least I thought so (then again, I compare most things to musicals, so maybe that’s just me).
Anyway, if you love street art, definitely check out Hosier Lane. What started as basic street art that the city would try to cover up, has blossomed into a well known urban cultural area hidden right behind an ordinary street.
When I decide to get a tattoo, it’s always something that has a great deal of meaning to me. I have three now, and I love all of them. I make myself wait and think about what I want to get, where I want it, etc, because it is…well, permanent. With this one, I knew I wanted to get “L’amour est patient” which is “Love is patient” in French. I wanted it because, well, patience is not my strong suit. When I want something to happen, I want it now. Of course, in true Briana fashion, I decided I was ready to get the tattoo and went about an hour later to get it. Baby steps…but I’m very happy with it.
I love stumbling across random art in Miami. When you go down to the Miami art district, there’s no telling what you’ll find painted on the walls. A wrong turn can quickly become a new discovery. This time, I stumbled upon a mural rendition of the Beatles Abbey Road album cover. Fantastic. Of course I couldn’t stop humming “Here Comes the Sun” for the rest of the night…but hey, what’s wrong with that?
Love where you live.
Amy had the great idea to make a chalk board frame that we could use an a message board here at Bungalow. And it turned out adorable! For someone who claims not to be crafty, she knocked this one out of the park. She found this old, slightly gaudy frame at a thrift store on sale for $4. Pretty good steal considering it was originally $8. We wanted that old look, but not in this color… From there, she used chalkboard paint to paint the glass. If you don’t have chalkboard paint, go get some. Now. Do it. you can paint nearly anything and then write on it! Sorry, got distracted. Back to the project… Since it’s an old frame, the back didn’t come off, so she taped it off to paint it.
After that, all that was left to do was paint the frame yellow, and it was done! We hung it by the door and are going to put hooks underneath to hang keys on. Ta-da! Now to think of some clever notes to leave…
Being a grown-up is hard. The perks are great of course, but the day to day things are a bit…boring. Like laundry. At Bungalow, we don’t have a washer and dryer in our unit, so we use the laundry facilities on premises. It’s not a big deal really, but apparently it’s enough to make me put off doing laundry for three weeks. Ouch. I really wouldn’t recommend this route, although on the plus side, you get very creative with the outfits you wear. But, I’m trying to look at the beauty in the little things. So, laundry, I’m going to see you as beautiful. Someday. Maybe. Baby steps…