Monthly Archives: May 2012


good things!

May 16, 2012

Some fabulous things have happened recently, and I absolutely wanted to share them with you!

Number One


Number Two

I started reading a fantastic book.

photo c/o

The author, Kelle, has a lovely blog, too!

Number Three

I recently achieved my personal best (10:42) for the mile!

Wes and I after last year’s Turkey Trot!

Number Four

I began registration for classes for my Teacher Certification. (Curious about that? Read this!) It started out as a fiasco and a half. I applied late, so when it came time to register many classes were full. Add that to the fact that my customized class sequence begins with a few classes that are pre-requisites for EVERYTHING . . . I was basically at a stand still, with one class scheduled for summer and one class scheduled for fall.

This caused quite the panic–so much so that I was in tears one night blubbering to Wes that “everyone else I know is already done with school or in graduate school or has a great job, and I’m going to be like FORTY FIVE when it’s a good time for us to have babies, and we’re going to live in this janky apartment forever and ever!”

Wise ole Wes assured me that everything would be okay and it would all work out.

And guess what? It did! New sections of classes were added as others filled up (I didn’t know big schools did that–I went to a tiny private school for undergrad!), my supervisor allowed some flexibility in my schedule at work, and some professors let me into classes that were already full!

Now, by the time Spring semester rolls around, I’ll have nearly 20 hours knocked out and I’ll be eligible for full acceptance to the program.


Good things happen every day! And it’s so important to recognize and celebrate that. What fabulous things have happened to you lately?

xo times a million, cat


made in the 80’s!

May 15, 2012

I think I might be falling in love with some trends from the 1980’s! When it comes to vintage I usually lean toward the crisp, lady like hemlines of the 1940’s and 1950’s. And I can’t get enough of mod hair styles and make up trends from the 1960’s! But during my last two thrifting shopping trips my eye has been drawn toward anything acid washed and denim, oversized sweaters, and huge earrings. While I think I’ll pass on the stirrups if I come across any, here’s what I’ve fallen in love with so far!

It all started with this denim vest. I have worn it AT LEAST once a week since I bought it. I wasn’t sure about it at first. In fact, except for the larger size, it was identical to an Esprit denim vest my mom used to dress me in when I was five. But, the vest fits great in all the right places. It will be around for a long time.

I about died when I found this skirt. I instantly fell in love with it and INSTANTLY knew it wouldn’t fit. True enough . . . my hips don’t lie! I am hoping beyond hope  it’s around next time Bea visits and that it fits her! I want to wear this with a tucked in t-shirt and Doc Martens.

When I went back to put away the denim and lace number, I came across this. It’s like absolutely nothing I have in my closet, but I’ve been on the look out for longer skirts and dresses! It’s rare that I find a longer dress or skirt that works. It’s the same with capri pants–they end up just looking like high waters!

Do you have any great 80’s inspired duds in your closet? Do share!

xoxo cat


mother’s day memories // part one

May 13, 2012

Oh how I wish I could spend this day with my mommy! I miss her ever so. Thankfully, we will be together again soon, because at the end of the month we’ll be road tripping it to Colorado to celebrate her mommy’s 90th birthday!

Today, I put together a little gift that I plan on giving her when I see her. This craft reminds me a lot of the humble trinkets my sister and I would present to our mom on this special day in years past. Growing up, it was just us Jones girls, so Bea and I rarely had someone to take us shopping for a surprise for mom. So, we got creative! One year, we made a doll out of gold pipe cleaners and bedecked her in a skirt of red fringe. Another year, we collected a handful of the prettiest rocks we could find on the playground during recess. We truly do love our mommy!

I set out to the flea markets to find a little something something that would inspire a craft. I came across the most adorable mini vase. So, I decided to whip up some homemade flowers with which to fill it!

What you need: wooden skewers or floral wire, some pretty buttons, hot glue, and a fun vase!

While my glue gun heated up, I cut my skewers to size. Kitchen scissors worked great for this!

Next, I paired up my buttons. Nestling a small button onto a larger one makes an adorable little flower!

Hot glue those babies together!

I paired the buttons with a skewer, taking the diameter of the buttons and height of the stems into consideration. Scale, scale, scale!

Hot glue a stem to the back of each flower.


I am just IN LOVE with BLUE right now! And it happens to be my mom’s favorite color, too. Orange + blue = complimentary colors!

Next up, Mother’s Day memories from Bea!

xoxo, catherine


what’s in my bag?

May 10, 2012

I absolutely love discovering what other ladies carry with them on a day-to-day basis: all of your must-haves, the items that you can’t leave the house without, and where you purchased those items.

(It’s a teensy bit nosy, I know.)

But I’m always wondering, “Is it terribly strange that I carry such and such with me?”.

And so, with that in mind, I’ve decided to dump out the contents of my bag and let you be the judge.

1. My fabulous green clutch that I snagged at a vintage store.

2. My favorite pen in the universe alongside my favorite on-the-go eye liner, Professional Khol Eye Liner by Jillian Dempsey, which I found online at

3. A tube of pink lipstick, Revlon’s Wink For Pink.

4. Paintbrushes. Yes. I carry paintbrushes in my purse. Why? To use as hair-sticks, of course.

5. A mini nail filer.

6. A tape measure. This is a recent addition to my bag. A tape measure is one of those items that I never have when I desperately need one!

7. My Jane Austen pen. Another favorite of mine and you can pick up one for yourself at the Jane Austen Gift Shop !

8. My heart-shaped sunnies from

9. A rather large tube of gum. It’s essential.

10. A pair of scissors. A bit like my tape measure: I always need scissors but never have any.

11. Bobbi pins are a must!

12. Smith’s Rosebud Salve.

13.Comfrey/Calendula/St. John’s Wort Salve from Rocky Top Soap Shop

14. Moisture Renew Lip Gloss by Rimmel London.

15. One tube of Burt’s Bees Pomegranate chap stick, and one tube of Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia.

16. My two notebooks. The smaller of the two is my Moleskeine which I use as a stetchbook and the other is what I use to jot down ideas for new blog posts!

16. A Luna Bar (Nutz Over Chocolate, please!) for when I feel peckish.

17. My cell phone and my MP3 player. They each have a permanent residence in my bag, unless I’ve lost my phone (which frequently occurs).

18. All-purpose Witch Hazel Cream. This is the best hand lotion I have ever used. It’s amazing!

And that’s all folks, Bea’s Bag in a Nutshell. As you can see, I’m a bit of a lip moisturizer hoarder. 7 different products? Seriously?!

What do you carry with you 24/7? Do tell!

xo, bea