Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"You Could Be An Advent Calendar"

"You Could Be An Advent Calendar"

I may or may not have suggested this in the past when Courtney asked what she could be for Halloween.
I may or may not have dressed up like a Christmas Tree on two occasions.
I think there may have been a present under my dress, thus the awkward pregnant looking last picture. 
I know its not the same, but pinterest if full of cute advent calendars not involving candy(because I don't need another excuse to eat peanut butter m&ms every day), but rather involving cookie sheets which can be hung on the refrigerator using magnets. 
better homes & gardens via pinterest
tipjunkie via pinterest
living artfully via pinterest
Now, lets say these three advent calendar's made a mutant baby with this memo board...
Crate Paper Blog
Then you get mine!
One part messy living room and Cars on DVD:
Two parts useless-helper-bears:
A gajillion parts scrapbooking supplies which I had on hand:
And there you have it.
An advent calendar!
It looks red in my photos, but its really hot pink.
"Red is for whores and children", someone once told me, and that phrase has stuck with me for years since I don't like red. 
I was also sure to add some friend's birthday's, even if I had to only use initials for one. 
I'm still not sure what to do about taking off the numbers;  I'll probably just put them in a bowl on top of the refrigerator. 
Oh pinterest, thank you for inspiring me once again!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Estate Sales

Estate Sales

Truth be told, I'm a fan of an estate sale. 
Dead person's stuff? Fine with me.
However, I do hate when something is listed in the newspaper/craigslist as "estate sale", then I drive there only to find a garage sale.
Even if you have cool stuff, I probably won't stick around because you're a liar.  A loud, obnoxious liar.
I did have great luck at one estate sale this weekend, and couldn't help but bring home some vintage goodies.  Some were for me and some were for A Brandi Sized Shop.  Here are some of the lovelies that I found.

Amazing Emrboidered Unfinished Pillow Number One. 
I've never snatched up a piece of fabric so fast in my life.  This baby is gonna be sewn together or framed and not put in the shop. 
 Seal Toy
Not Heidi Klum's hubby, in case you were wondering.  This will be hidden away in the guest room until future baby makes an appearance. 
Florida Florida Florida Mug
Cute, graphic, punchy. I'm tempted to keep it, but I think this little teacup wants to move away from Baton Rouge.
I have some other things waiting to be photographed(such as a washing powder "teapot" and another piece of embroidery), and I'll update when that is finished.
Until then,
 Have a good Monday & A Happy Chick-Fil-A-Day!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Relaxation

Relaxation
  • 1:29 pm
  • "Hey, let me call you back".
  • I would like to check out and take a nap.
  • Lunch at Carrabba's for my supervisor's birthday leads to a sleepy Brandi even though I didn't even finish my pasta.
  • I would also like some gum to help my garlic breath.
  • Buying a few more petunias after work(if there are any).
  • Relaxing Saturday.
  • Can't wait to read more in this book!
  • I just finished this book(woah, fetish-central!) by Nicholson Baker but much preferred Vox
  • Looking foreward to bubble baths and coffee and schnuggling with those two pretty faces up there.
  • Two bears love me.
  • 1:35 pm

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chevron

Chevron

I feel pretty today.


flouncy chevron shirt: Old Navy
frenchy high water type pants: Banana
big flowerdy necklace: Forever 21

favorite supervisor who said
she wanted her picture take too: Mrs. Ann


fortune cookie: Main Street Market


semi-messy hair & remembering to keep your feet apart so you don't look REALLY pear-shaped: priceless(well...free...free, at least)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Operation Mayflower

Operation Mayflower

No, I'm not talking about Columbus Day.
I'm talking about Turkey Day
aka Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving lunch at my work, actually.
I saw this pin
pinterest
And this is my version of it:
Step one:  Buy El Fudge Cookies(pick Oatmeal because you want to be adventurous), eat one before assembly time and tape it up with painters tape because thats all you have.
Step two: Gather all your ingredients on a table.
Step Three: Turn cookie over.  Open Reese's, think it smells like processed candy heaven, think about not wanting diabetes from eating too much sugar and don't eat the whole bag.  Then put them together.
  Step Four: Dab a little bit of orange processed cake frosting to make a "buckle" for the pilgrim hat and call it a Thanksgivingtime hit(with a Christmastime background).
True story.
Thats all there is to it.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Check In

Check In


Just a little check in.
Thanksgiving Lunch at work today.
Decent 6 mile run yesterday.
Gave my darling Beauregard a bath on Saturday.
Shop Shop Shopping with Julie for her new job last Friday(congrats!).
Added items to A Brandi Sized Shop last Thursday.
Busy Bee.
Louisiana, did you miss the autumn memo?
Do you know it shouldn't be 75 degrees?
Happy November.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"Well...if you don't like mint...I don't really care..."

"Well...if you don't like mint...I don't really care".

Various mint related things from my past:
  • In elementary school, there was a rumor going around that you could eat the paper from "Big Red" gum, and it was minty.  I fell for it.  It wasn't minty, it was paper-y.
  • Once, drunk Brandi said, "Oh no!  I've been drinking Southern Comfort straight!  I have to drink peppermint schnapps to cover up the liquor smell so my mom won't know!"  Great thinking, 17 year old self.
  • Holly's Holiday Party Circa 2010.  Picture this:  chocolate cupcakes, white icing and red sprinkles.  "Don't get excited.  Its not mint".
  • Surveyor's birthday today.  I made Chocolate Cupcakes with Minty Whipped Cream frosting.  I was going to make them last week, but figured I would wait until Mitch's birthday.  "Mitch, I made you cupcakes for your birthday...and if you don't like mint...I really don't care".  Oh, the love. 

note: chocolate cupcakes from a box, Dr. Oetker brand.  Could be sweeter.  No time to make from scratch.
note: Mint Whipped Cream Frosting recipe from Topped With Sprinkles and ohmyword, I really love whipped cream frosting.  So good!
note: The little starlight mints on top of the cupcakes should be added right before serving, because when I put them on last night, they ended up melty by the next morning, even when kept in the refrigerator. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Its November 7th and I'm in Love

Its November 7th and I'm in Love

I love November.
One day, in the far far future, I hope to get married in November(I guess my hopes for an 11/11/2011 wedding are pretty unrealistic).
November is cool and gray and leafy and lovely.
And I'm the secretary of the HOA. 
The secretary of the HOA is in charge of picking the "Yard of the Month" in our condominium complex and as I was chatting it up at the door with this month's winner, I noticed her adorable sofa and loveseat set in her home.
I was smitten.
My current sofa is the Leah by Ashley
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Doesn't she look happy to be sitting on Miss Leah?
Miss Leah was a pretty bad decision.  My roommate and I needed a sofa(using an air mattress as a sofa b/c we couldn't afford one got kinda old...) and Leah was a $500 present from my grandmother, new, and comfortable...but why on earth I thought that a pink, green and beige striped sofa will fit in many future rooms is beyond me. 
Miss Leah does NOT fit in with my condo's style, even after she was slipcovered.   I've wanted something a little more structured and modern and easier to clean for a while, and seeing the November Yard of the Month girl's sofa, pushed me to go look.
Oh, and my other neighbor wants a new sofa too, so I took her with me.
This was the original reason for going furniture shopping:
The Fusion 4800
This is what November Yard of the Month has, with a matching loveseat. 
Now, I don't love how rumbled the cushions look after sitting on it(we just stood up) but
I believe the price for the two was close to $700.
Not too shabby.
Now, you all know that phrase,
 "On the way to what you wanted, something better comes along", right?
Well, on the way to the Fusion 4800, the Berhardt Brae Sofa came along.

Love.
Sheer Love.
Love and passion and maybe even a rendezvous after having a few beers at the bar.
Thats, how I feel about this sofa.
Just look at the upholstery.
Its a little bit course and tweed-like, but oh so attractive and comfortable...similar to a guy in a baseball cap that needs to shave, has a touch of whiskey breath and makes your heart flutter.
And the nailhead trim?
Gorgeous.
Gorgeous gorgeous like Mister Whiskey Breath who took just enough time to make sure to wear a nice belt and watch.
Great details.
Unfortunately, the Bernhardt is $1,400.00. 
I do not have $1,400.00 to spend on a sofa today, so I'm hoping that it will still be there after I add some tax credit money.
Mr. Whiskey Breath, you and Bernhardt need to please wait for me.  I'll be yours soon.  Just give it time.

Now, just to be real, we did hit up World Market as well and found the Morgan Collection.  Not exactly what I want(my heart lies with the Bernhardt), but not a bad choice for the price.  My neighbor liked him.
So, will my neighbor choose Morgan?
Will I be united in love with Bernhardt, or will I be stuck with Fusion because Bernhardt is destined to belong to another wealthier girl?
Stay tuned to find out...
Stay tuned a while...
tax credit time is January.
 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Treasured

Treasured

Congratulations to me.
I did something new.
Go check out my first etsy treasury!
Maybe I'll get a Christmas Violation, but I don't care. 

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