Tuesday, March 27, 2012

That Dark Corner

That Dark Corner

In the words of Space Ghost...
there is a dark corner twenty square feet of my condo.

My patio.

Oh...will it ever be an oasis of plants and not just a place to store leftover leaves from June?
Check back soon...I think I've got something started.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Schnuggles & Spaniels

Schnuggles & Spaniels

Sasha had to go to the vet yesterday to have some dental work done to keep her gum disease from getting worse, and hopefully put it to a stop.
This was the first time either of my bears have been put under anesthesia & I was pretty nervous that they would give her too much.

 {I was also worried about this when I had a cyst removed three years ago.}

To no one's suprise, she was just fine, but I could not go running right after work because I had to pick her up.
Therefore, I had a relaxing evening at home...

and sometimes there is just nothing better than sharing some schnuggles with some spaniels, and not worrying that laundry hasn't been put away since, um, March 3rd.

They may not always be the best behaved dogs...
but there is no doubt in my mind that they have stolen my heart.

My two loves through a blurry camera lens, on a rainy evening...trying my best to capture a moment without interruption.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Becoming a Celebrity

Becoming a Celebrity

{ Eden Makers Blog }
Hello readers.
I don't have cable.
I haven't had cable since ye about 2008, because when I had my very first apartment by myself, I couldn't exactly afford it and now I would rather have my twenty-something dollars a month, than thirty-something channels that I don't have time to watch. 
I don't really miss it either.
{Except Teen Mom & 16 and Pregnant which I may or may not watch on MTV.com}
Last night, however, a girl who was in my sorority was on House Hunters, and I wish I could've seen it, since she was house hunting in my area.
I did hear that she purchased the house in Zachary for $299,000.00.
Did you know that HGTV.com has a section called "Be on HGTV"?
I'm tempted to sign up.
Maybe someone can tackle my poor patio.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Be Safe!
Have fun!
Drink green beer!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Going In For One Thing...

Going In For One Thing...

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and tomorrow I'm going to the St. Patrick's Day parade in the city{the city being New Orleans}.
Until yesterday, I had nothing for the Wearin' of the Green.
Originally, I had high hopes of finding a vibrant Hawaiian shirt from Goodwill...and I bought one...but then I didn't like it once I brought it home, so back to square one I went.
Hoping my trusty Old Navy would see me through, I stopped there after work with intentions of only purchasing one green shirt.
I went in and tried on all this:
Since I know everyone is curious, here is how it went:

1.) Too boxy.  This dress really wouldn't even fit over my ass.
2.) Cute and on sale.  I liked that the front and back were different. 
3.) Loose, breezy, comfy and paired with navy.  Anything paired with navy is a plus because it brings out my eyes.
4.) This dress was left in my fitting room by the previous tenant.  It happened to be my size.  It looked like a frumpy potato sack on me.
5.) Pajama shorts.  I was between sizes.  Extra small was WAY too small and Small was WAY too big.
6.) Comfortable and trendy!  Not on sale.  The collar falls off my shoulder a little(so maybe I should've bought a smaller size), but I can just roll with it. 
7.) Same shirt as number six, but perfectly nautical.
8.) Lavenderish-bluish-linenish shorts that I was sure would look terrible on.  I was pleasantly suprised.
9.) This top made me look like a three year old.
10.) More pajama shorts.  Bootylicious.
11.) Comfy and breezy and on sale.

So, what will I be wearing tomorrow?

PS - I purchased the neon fall off my shoulder shirt and am wearing it today.  I feel so hip.  Everything else stayed at Old Navy.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

{or five dollar Starbucks gift card}
The random number generator chose:

Congratulations, Debbie from On The Refigerator Door !

I've e-mailed you & I promise not to send you the dust thats on the gift card!

PSA to all the Runners

PSA to all the Runners

Just a friendly public service announcement to anyone running in the street
{because I run in the street sometimes when no sidewalks are available on not-so-busy streets}:


As a runner who follows this rule, I'm not moving if you're on the wrong side of the road.
And if I do move, I'm moving more towards the correct side of the road.

And I will run full speed into you with all 60 inches and 125 pounds of my being, and probably tell you that "you're on the wrong side of the road, sorry" if you decide to ignore that rule.

That is all.

PS - My little giveaway is open until 3 PM, Central Time today.
 I will announce the winner at 3:30 PM.  Want some coffee?  Go tell me about Easter Candy!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Granny Chic

Granny Chic

This past weekend, a subdivision near my condo was having a neighborhood-wide garage sale that began at 7 am.
Can I tell you that I was one of those crazy folks out there at 7:10 am?
Not 7 am...I was probably setting my house alarm and eating a protein bar, and saying, "Bye BEARS!  I love you!  Don't let anyone in the house!" at that time.
{Am I the only one that says goodbye to their pets?}

Anywho, I parked my car near the one estate sale in the neighborhood and began there.
The house was kind of a mess, nothing had prices, and there were more people there than usual, probably because of the mega-garage sale.

I picked up a plant stand/outdoor table for $2.00, a small stars & bars milk glass vase for Courtney's wedding for $.50, and a fantastic granny chic afghan for $5.00.

Oh my word, isn't it fantastic!

I've been on the lookout for one with a white background rather than a dark background for a while.

I was absolutly thrilled to put it on my sofa.
And I think the blanket was absolutly thrilled to have a home near some trendy chevron pillow covers that a certain yours-truley made herself.

Though my sewing skills are not extensive, each little bit of practice is giving me a little more confidence.

It helps when nice patterns are involved.

I just can't get enough of my new blanket!

I'm also sharing over at Harpers Happenings for her High On Thrifting Thursday, aka HOTT.  I know, its not Thursday, but I'll post a link when it is.   

Saturday, March 10, 2012

200 Posts and a Giveaway

 200 Posts and a Giveaway

Hi Friends!
I know I don't talk about it nearly as much as I think about it, but I love coffee.
I like tea too, but coffee is my weakness.
Iced, frozen, latte or cafe au lait, I like them all.
I even bought an obnoxious but cool FLORIDA coffee cup, which is now available in my shop.

I also like blogging.
I like reading blogs and I like writing in my blog.
And I really really really like when my readers post comments.
{nice ones, mind you.}
And even when you don't post comments, I appreciate that each of you takes the time out of your day to see what I have to say.

As a thank you, and to celebrate my 200th post{oh my word, I've kept this up that long!} I'm giving a way a cup of coffee!
Actually, I'm giving away a $5.00 Starbucks Gift Card.
Big money, right?
All I ask is that you post a comment telling me what your FAVORITE Easter candy is.
I know, nothing related to coffee...but I'm curious!
And please, only one entry per person. 
I'll announce the winner on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

PS - My favorite Easter Candy is Cadbury Mini Eggs. 



Does sitting on a desk constitute being called "Lauren", if your name is "Brandi"?
I would consider being called "Lauren", as in "Lauren Bacall", a compliment.

Ever notice how some fashion bloggers make this "I'm kind of pursing my lips, and kind of smiling with my eyes, and kind of looking mysterious" face?  I think I have that face.

I wish I could have a blogger bun...but I'm in a shorter hair phase....and when I had enough hair for that...it was still a wavy mess and kind of looked like a pineapple on top of my head.

PS - Is it normal to wear your sorority pin almost four years after graduation?  I don't really care if it is or isn't, because it makes me happy. 
{Theta love}

Friday, March 9, 2012

March 9th


  • 2:38 pm
  • It is a rainy day in the EBR.
  • Sushi for lunch.
  • Accidentally haven't eaten meat for the past two Fridays of Lent.
  • need to run 10 miles Sunday.
  • I would rather be in bed than at work right now.
  • Yawn.
  • Will be going to a subdivision-wide garage sale tomorrow morning.
  • Will be going to the St. Patrick's Day parade next Saturday and I'm super excited!
  • Yawn again.
  • Bought some more chevron fabric to make a pillow to match my non-lame garden flag.
  • Can't wait to get my craft on tomorrow.
  • One day weekends don't always feel like enough.
  • Back to the drawing board for my career move.
  • Keep on wishing me luck!
  • Still in love with my life.
  • Not so much with March 9th.
  • 2:43 pm.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Guest Post

Guest Post

...Remember that guest post I was talking about...
Whale...here we go!

Hi, everyone! I'm Mari from Design Shuffle, a social networking site for designers and design enthusiasts. It's a terrific place to find to explore interior design. As a writer for Design Shuffle, I get to visit lovely online places like A Brandi Sized Blog to share some of my favorite rooms.

Today's guest post is about one very special interior space—the guest room. It's important to pay special attention to the rooms our guests will occupy, making sure they will be surrounded by comfort and beauty. Please enjoy the eight appealing guest rooms we've chosen to share with you today.

Guest Room

Enveloped in lovely blue and white, this special room offers guests a comfortable place for relaxing or getting a refreshing night's sleep. Pure white on the floor is a decidedly smart choice for such a patterned-filled space.

Guest Room

Another blue guest room has an entirely different feel with its more restrained use of pattern. The jaunty yellow and white stripe on the headboard brings a touch of sunshine into the space.

Guest Room

An eclectic bedroom design takes a lovely turn with this unexpected upholstered bed. Doesn't it look like the perfect spot for a guest to spend hours curled up with a good book?

Guest Room

A lovely vintage guest room may be simple in design, yet inviting and comfortable for guests. The chevron wood floor is fantastic.

Guest Room

With an island feel, this citrus-inspired guest room is so appealing some guests just might ask to extend their stay. And with a luxurious bath just steps away, what more could one ask for, except perhaps a lovely cup of tea?

Guest Room

This tiny guest room with its bird's eye view feels like an inviting little nest. A bit out of the ordinary, it might be my favorite.

Guest Room

Many of us don't have the space for a separate guest room, so adding a sofa bed can be the perfect solution to your living room designs. This eclectic living room for the family can quickly and easily be turned into sleeping space for overnight guests.

Guest Room

Filled with lovely decorating ideas, this guest room offers a beautiful way to explore red in your d├ęcor. What an inspired use of stripes. I love them all, but on the ceiling they're awesome! Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

How do you decorate your guest rooms? Don't forget to check out Design Shuffle! It's a great place to find inspiration ideas from top Boston interior designers, San Diego interior designers and a wide range of others!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Non-Lame Garden Flag, Take Two

A Non-Lame Garden Flag, Take Two

Notice anything different about the front yard?

No, its not the outta-control rosebush or the "yard of the month" sign, or the red Amaryllis that everyone in the neighborhood likes except me(because I don't like red)...

Some of you may remember my first attempt at finding a non-lame garden flag, and then my first attempt at hand sewing one.
If not, please, educate yourself !

Well, since my first attempt was getting kinda ratty, so I decided to hop on the chevron trend and make myself a brand new flag.

I went to my local fabric store, Hancock Fabrics, and picked up 2 feet of the printed fabric at 40% off and paid, maybe $8.00.
It was on a wide bolt, so I had plenty of extra for a certain embroidery hoop project I'm starting.

Anywho,  this time I used my old Brother sewing machine and sewed a {mostly}straight line, and even though I didn't exactly cut the bottom perfectly, I'm happier with this result than I would be any of the commercial ones I've seen.

Have you done any projects with outdoor fabric lately? 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Pajamas to Work

Pajamas to Work

Truth be told that I typed "pajams" twice before getting it right.  
I think we should all start calling our night-clothes "pajams".
Sort of like, late night dance party.

I wore my newest vintage find to work the other day with my favorite pair of Banana Republic petite black pants.

I'm convinced my newest find had a previous life as some older woman's sexy pajama top, complete with a little metal snap and two shiny plastic buttons.

That day, I was told that my Banana Republic petite black pants look like yoga pants, and I was later asked if there was another predicted flood of the Mississippi River(which is not even a half a mile from my office door).

Last I checked there wasn't.

And last I checked, I was feeling pretty PMS-y that day, so if you want to taunt me by calling my office clothes, "lounge wear", you won't bother me one bit.

At least I'm comfortable.
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