I’ve moved!

I’m sure you all saw my post on Saturday, detailing the news about my blog redesign and move to a new URL. It’s all very exciting – what’s not exciting is that my growing list of wonderful email subscribers and WordPress followers does not get to automatically make the move with me.

I absolutely love, love, LOVE having each and every one of you as readers on my blog, and I hope that you equally enjoy the things I have to say every week and will choose to join me on my new site: One Fine Day. It’s the same ol’ site you know and love, with an awesome new name, and an even more awesome new look.

You can still get my blog posts through email on my One Fine Day blog – all you have to do is put your email address in the designated box on the right side of my page, and you’ll receive an email every time I post something new (just like before).

No pressure whatsoever, I just want to make sure that you still have easy access if you want it…the choice is yours­čÖé

Celebrating The Big 0-2 With A Little Facelift.

Let me start by saying, “WELCOME BACK! I sure have missed chatting with y’all.”

It feels like we’ve been away from each other forever, and in our little blog world, we kind of have. It’s been more than a month since I last posted on here, but as you will soon see, I’ve been busy. Before you go getting all confused on me, let me give a little explanation.

IT’S MOVING DAY!

moving day

Last week, I celebrated my second full year as a blogger (man, time sure does fly). I’m big on celebrating milestones, and this was a big one in my book, so I wanted to acknowledge it somehow, but how exactly? As my blogiversary date approached, I spent hour after hour thinking about what I would do to celebrate. I loved last year’s blogiversary tribute, but a reflection post just didn’t seem fitting for this year. I needed something more, something that accurately reflected the change I’ve been feeling in this blog and in myself as a blogger. Then it hit me – I needed a refresh.

For The Love Of was great, but I had visions of grandeur for this blog, and the old name and design just weren’t going to get me to where I wanted to be. I wanted a name that could be fitting for even the most ordinary experience, because really, we all know that something doesn’t have to be extraordinary to inspire or bring happiness. I wanted a tagline that accurately reflected that sentiment, and did so in an elegant way. And I wanted a new style and color scheme that aptly suited me bold and fun, yet laid-back personality. All in all, I wanted this blog to be a little more┬áme.

With that, please let me introduce you to my new and improved blog – One Fine Day. From here on out, I’ll be posting over on that site, so if you have this URL saved in your favorites, be sure to change it to onefinedayblog.com. I wouldn’t want you to miss anything!

With the fabulous new look will come a few editorial adjustments as well. For starters, I’ll be posting on a more regular schedule (I can’t keep leaving y’all guessing on when you might see a post) – expect two posts a week for the rest of 2013, but I have a few ideas up my sleeve that might increase that number come New Years. I’m also planning to expand my writing and photography abilities so that this blog can hold its own with the best of ’em (just bear with me on this one because achieving that level of awesome may take some time).

So while things may look and feel a little different around here, this is still the same ol’ blog that you’ve come to know and love. I promise. But seriously – because it’s still the same ol’ me (albeit a more determined and more inspired me).

Who’s with me?

Austin’s Street Art Culture.

While I can’t claim any modicum of art knowledge, one of my favorite things about Austin is the city’s ability to embrace an art culture, even in its most pedestrian form – graffiti. All around town, you can find beautifully painted (or sprayed) murals, pictures, and figures – some legally commissioned, some done in the dead of night, all done well. Sure, Austin has its fair share of traditional graffiti tagging (ie stupid words or gang symbols), but we also have something so much better – and it’s made it possible to find beauty even in the midst of a concrete jungle.

Even those who aren’t Austinites are usually aware of the “Welcome to Austin” sign painted onto the side of Roadhouse Relics…

Welcome to Austin wall art

…Or the “I Love You So Much” that’s haphazardly sprayed onto the side of Joe’s Coffee on South Congress.

I love you sign Austin

But those signs, although well known, are only scratching the surface on what you can find painted and sprayed around town. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times I’ve been driving around only to find a graffiti mural announcing what neighborhood I’ve entered, or illustrating the name of a local coffee shop.

Travis Heights neighborhood Austin

If you’re not paying attention while driving down Riverside, you might miss this neighborhood sign, but I love it!

Vintage Heart coffee Austin

I found this on a back wall of one of my favorite local coffee shops, Vintage Heart.

One of my recent discoveries is Austin’s Graffiti Park. Located off N. Lamar, Graffiti Park is basically a grassy area full of empty concrete walls, turned into an artist paradise. What once was a bare, abandoned space has transformed into this awesome graffiti park full of intricate detail and eye-catching artwork. It grew little by little, but is now covered in graffiti from all different kinds of “artists.” I say “artists” because while some of the work is amazing, some comes from regular people who want to leave their own mark…like me and my friends – even so, it’s all fun to look at. ┬áIt’s especially cool to go back every couple of months and see what new art you may find there. A couple of my friends and I recently went to check out the artwork at Graffiti Park…we may have even added something of our own! Take a look at some of the shots we took:

Austin graffiti park

A group photo after we all left our mark on the wall…

Austin graffiti park

It started raining during our visit.

Austin graffiti park

A view of one side of the park.

Austin graffiti park

The obligatory wall pose

What other graffiti art have you found around Austin that’s worth sharing? I’m sure there’s a ton that I don’t even know about!