New Winter and Christmas Pillows

Pillow covers are a great way to spruce up your living room.  In August I shared some of the Holiday fabrics I had picked up in hopes of making pillow covers.  Happy to report the Winter and Christmas versions are finished before Christmas.

I had some other fabrics that coordinate in my stash from a giveaway I had won like two years ago.  This has been on my to-do list for a while.  Using a simple envelope pillow cover I was able to create these in an hour with help from P.  He did a great job handling the machine.

The big pillow is surprisingly comfy and is a form from Jo-Anns.  The softness is comparable to the Ikea goose feather pillow.  Not sure how it will hold up over time.

The backing a red sheet I had been stashing away.  I was able to make all the pillow backings using this twin sized sheet.  When at Goodwill or thrift stores, I will always check for sheets I can use while sewing.

Real Life

I would be lying if I told you these were all lined up beautifully on my couch and not scattered across the living room.  My Plott Hound immediately stole one and I found her snoozing away on it.  P decided to she needed to be covered up too and it was the perfect photo opportunity.   Yes, she is this ridiculous.

My freezer paper painted pillows now live under the tree.

Are you working on any last minute projects before Christmas?

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Yelp Bazaar is Simply Amazing

Hello!  I am so giddy to write this post and share with your the wonderful vendors from the Indianapolis Yelp Bazaar hosted last night at the Central Library.  This is a must attend event for anyone that loves shopping local and small.  Six floors are packed with vendors, musicians, food, and shoppers.  If you have never been, add it to your list for next year.

While I didn’t really plan to buy much, I did pick up a few things for gifts.  Most of my shopping was for me.  Apparently our credit card is linked to my husband’s email for Square purchases.  He knew everywhere I had shopped by the time I got home.  No surprises for him.  Thanks to Melissa and Bri for encouraging me to go after a hectic week and putting up with me being all chatty.

This post has lots of photos and links over to the businesses.  All opinions are my own and I receive no compensation for promoting these businesses.  Also, I did check with vendors if I could photograph their items for this post.  

Current Favorites

Jilly Jack Designs

Wonderful prints, wrapping paper, and custom work are just some of the options available.  Jill is talented and has recently designed prints available at Target!

1606 Supply Co.

Stephanie is an example of what happens when you expand your designs and grow.  We met at quilt guild years ago.  She has evolved from quilter into a designer and print maker.  Her take no shit earrings need to be in my collection.  How cute is her display for her scratch & dent pins?  I thought this was an innovation way to repackage products and make it fun.

407 Botanicals

Bath products are one of my favorite categories of gifts to give and receive.  Who doesn’t love to be pampered?  Amy’s line of bath products do not disappoint.  I picked up the coffee and vanilla bean sugar scrub for a secret santa gift exchange.  Everyone was raving about how good it smelled.  She did have sampler collections perfect for gift giving.  Hopefully she brings them back for Galentine’s Day, which I fully support.


Andrea and Todd have the best jobs.  They get to design and create handmade monsters.  Their color selections and fabric pairings really lets the monsters stand out.  P has one of the first luchadore’s they sold.  It has held up well to some high intensity toddler wear and tear.

Crimson Tate 

What can I say about Heather and her wonderful store?  They are the most friendly quilt store and willing to help your wildest creations come to life.  Heather, David, and their entire staff always have a smile for you.  It’s the best pick me up if you ever need one.

Art Mix

Art Mix is a newly found favorite.  I came across their pieces earlier this fall at a shopping event.  There may or may not have been a “fight” for one of their serving plates.  Someone on my shopping list will appreciate my tenacity to make sure they got the piece.  Their pieces are affordable and it’s a non profit that uses art to help people with disabilities.  Last night their booth was buzzing with people and I stocked up on more of their ornaments.

Manayunk Calligraphy

Calligraphy is an amazing skill.  I love watching videos of artists on Instagram create in calligraphy, they make it look so easy.  Manayunk has put out a kit to help you learn on your own.  What a wonderful gift idea.  Last year at the Yelp Bazaar I snuck away to purchase one of these prints for my husband.  Since we met at IU, it was perfect for our anniversary.

Circle City Creations

This is another business I have been eyeing on Instagram.  She posted a hypnotizing video of her writing the feathers in prep for the Yelp Bazaar.  It was so much fun to watch, that I may have watched a couple of times.

I bought one of their ornaments to put on our tree.  Can’t wait to show P later today.

Frangipani Body Products

Tracy’s products have changed my skin.  Her shea butter softening lotion is amazing.  Yes, I’ve raved about it before, and will continue to.  She put out a deodorant for the first time this week and I couldn’t wait to see it in person.  It smells great and I need to pick some up to test out.

New Businesses to Support

It was fun to chat with these new to me businesses and learn about their products.

Lemon Tree Cookies 

Bri picked up a couple of the cookies and notes they are tasty.  Adding to my list of places to consider especially with a couple of birthdays coming up at our house.

Modern Handcraft

Nicole is best know for her Modern Hexie pattern.  She has been feverishly working and creating new items for this show.  Her stockings are adorable, if you’re looking for a gift idea.  She did tell she would post extras on her Web site over the weekend.

Harper + Ari

Their marketing is not lying, it smells like candy.  The smell was more fragrant than overpowering.  Blue Raspberry smelled delicious.  A tip we got was to cut each one in half to use in the shower.  The bigger jar is definitely a good deal.

Yellow Umbrella Designs

String art is popular right now.  I haven’t made any yet and now I really want to.  She will do classes and events as well.


Rivet Kids

I’m a sucker for cute kid’s clothes.  P will be sporting one of these creations in the spring.

Tactile Melodies

Chelsea is a talented metal smith.  Her work with copper made me stop, chat, and add to my favorites.  She even adds a few twists to her pieces.  Check out her shop and add some items to your favorites.  Her constellation necklaces are wonderful as well.  She noted she has a tiny press she uses to make them.

Knot & Thread

Their rope bowls are crisp and clean.  I had been eyeing their work before being gifted a rope bowl in the Sneaky Santa exchange with IMQG.  A few of these in a guest bathroom or bedroom would be adorable.

KG Acres Farm

While feathers are not my thing, they are Bri’s.  She was thrilled to see a booth with feather art at an affordable price point.  She tried on a few headbands and decided this one looked perfect.  Throughout the night she received many compliments on her headband.  Bri noted that the headband was actually comfortable too.

Limelight Coffee Roasters

Finally, I love coffee and so do some people on my shopping list.  I was able to pick up a bag or two for this holiday season.  The aroma was intoxicating.

Did you attend the Yelp Bazaar?  What goodies did you find?

Improving My Child’s Confidence With Something New

P got an early Christmas present from mom and dad this week.  A new bicycle.  Gone are the days of the trike or balance bike.  He is breezing down the street on his new bike with training wheels.  This new change in our family has helped me realize that not everyone progresses the same way when learning.

When P would ride his trike, he could pedal well and get some speed.  However, the balance bike was not computing in his brain.  The idea to use his feet like pedals and propel himself forward didn’t register.  He was basically sitting on the seat and walking it.  Rob and I tried a variety of different ways to encourage him on the balance bike.  A couple of weeks ago we were both frustrated that he wasn’t getting it.  Rather than us be frustrated that he doesn’t get one concept, Rob and I decided to play to P’s strengths.    We chatted and concluded that maybe a bigger bike with pedals is what he really needs to learn on instead of a balance bike.

During a family outing to REI and Performance Bicycle we tried on helmets and looked at bikes.  P was thrilled when we asked him if he would like a new bike and helmet.  He has hated wearing the helmet we have because of an incident.  See, about a year ago, the chin straps were too tight and accidentally pinched some skin while closing the clasp.   Since then he cringes or would have a meltdown about putting on a helmet.  Wearing a helmet is a non-negotiable when it comes to safety.  The staff at REI talked to us about proper fitting techniques and tried a couple of sizes.   Maybe a new helmet that he was comfortable with would make riding the balance bike better.  We tried the balance bike once more with the new helmet after being out shopping.  It resulted in more of the same:  frustrated parents and kid.

Rob and I had a discussion of getting him a bike for Christmas.  This is a bike for the next couple of years, so we didn’t want to spend too much on it.  We talked about a couple of second hand bike stores in the area and going to check them out.  Our schedules have been hectic and trying to fit in a trip to other stores was going to be challenging.

The magical email came from Target.  Pre-Black Friday deals had a bike for great price.  There were two we knew he would love, but ultimately settled on this one.  The reason this one won out?  It has a carrying case for cars.  I can’t tell you how many times we have gone for a ride and he wants to bring 4 cars and I have to carry them.  Now his bike has a case just for them and he filled it up for his first ride.

P came home from a long weekend at his grandparents and the bike was waiting for him in his room.  He beamed with excitement, “Is this for me?”  “Yep, just for you,” I replied.  He grabbed his new helmet and wanted to try out the new bike.  Papaw and I took him around the block.  Nerves set in and he struggled to get how the pedals move forward.  The pedals were going backwards and hitting the brake.  After a few tries, he got it.  Our bumpy sidewalk presented new obstacles like rocks and some gravel, but he navigated them well.

Monday night he went for a ride around the block and was zooming.  The pedals gave him less trouble and his frustration level was much lower.  His speed however has picked up greatly.  It was to the pace that I could jog along side him.  Rob and I were so proud to watch him begin mastering this new bike and build confidence.  He was able to save himself from falling a number of times, I think the balance bike did help correct if he was struggling.

Away he goes

While it’s scary to try something new and learn a new skill, this kid took to it instantly.  He’s boosting his confidence and seeing growth.  It is one of the best feelings as a parent.

When was the last time you tried something new?  Tell me below in the comments.

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Favorite Things This Week


When Target announced they were phasing out Merona and Mossimo, I was a little sad.  What if the new brands don’t fit as well?  What if I don’t like the style.  Those worries have been wiped away with my most recent purchases.  After working from home for over four years, I realized my sweater selection was low.  I lived in hoodies and sweats most of the time.   A New Day is my new jam.

I wanted a sweater to wear with skirts and skinny pants.  Seriously, I’m going to order more of this in various colors.  It’s soft and drapes perfectly on me.  I see gold in now in stock.  HMMM.

Having a large knit cardigan was also on my wishlist.  I picked this one up last weekend and now want to wear it everyday.

Target has had some great sales on items I was stocking up on for Christmas gifts.  I can’t share with you right now, but after Christmas I will.

Supporting Local

Our part of Indianapolis is seeing revitalization with new businesses and neighborhoods support those businesses.  Last week, the shops near our house hosted a Sip N Shop to kick off the holiday season.  So glad my husband and I were able to enjoy a quick date, do some shopping, and explore new to us businesses.  Most of P’s Christmas shopping was done at Mass Ave Toys.  We snuck in a drink across the way and had a delicious macaroon.  

We did some more shopping and stumbled across a hidden gem.  Nicole Taylor’s Pasta offers a chef’s table meal.  We talked with the chef for a while and then I went home to research it.  Turns out they are booked throughout 2018.  Maybe someone I know has a reservation and will invite us later.  Who wouldn’t want to sit here and eat a meal crafted just for your party?

Chef’s table

AIDS Memorial Quilt

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was on display at Indiana University this week.  While I was not able to make it to see in person, their Facebook page did a great job showcasing the quilt.  It’s been 30 years since the quilt was created.  The Washington Post looks at the impact it still has here.

Check out the Indiana Daily Student’s article here.

Sewing & Quilting

Add another project to my list of potentials, Christmas pajamas.  Melly Sews makes it look easy, see here.

Cup of Jo featured some stunning baby quilts on her blog.  She even featured some handmade ones here.

Clearing out clutter

Two adults, one small human, and two dogs create quite a bit of clutter.  Let’s not even mention all the stuff we have jammed into our small house.  Lately, it’s become too much, and I feel like we are bursting at the seams.  This week I have started tackling clutter and taking donations to Goodwill.  We have great spaces in our home and I wonder if we are using them the best.

P helped me put my fabric stash into a cabinet in our back room.  Now I need to finish cleaning back there and taking stuff to the garage or donating.  The room has more cabinets on the wall now and has become a catch all.  My plan over the next week is to really clean it out and organize the space better.

This is from March 2013.

Once that is done, I can tackle the sewing room.  It’s a disaster as well.  It’s the first thing people see when they walk into our house.  Sometimes I’m embarrassed, other times I don’t care since there really isn’t another space in the house.

Biggest project for these next couple of days is scraps.  I have two of those tubs pictured above stuffed with scraps.  With guild meeting on Sunday I hope to bring the tubs to the meeting and see some go.  P’s art teacher may be getting a giant donation too, who knows.

I do see some trips to Dollar Tree and Ikea in my future to make the most of the space we have.  What are your go to stores for storage ideas?  Plus, more purging to come.


Impacts of Clutter

I have come across some articles lately that talk about the impact of clutter on your overall health.  What are you thoughts?

Impact on mental here, read here

Effects on productivity, read here

Being disorganized is one thing, I can operate in that.  Too much clutter really slows me down, it puts added pressure on my that isn’t healthy.  Not to mention, it’s overwhelming.  My sewing space right now is full of clutter.  Projects, ideas, scraps, etc all thrown together.  No more, it’s time to tackle and clear up some mental space to allow for more creativity.

I started the weekly favorites to share a little more about me.  Sewing and quilting may seem boring to most people.  There is so much more to my life that these posts are a glimpse into all the other things that encompass my weeks.  The post may contain affiliate links.  If you may a purchase from a link, I may receive a small compensation.  

Favorite Family Halloween Movies

As we approach Halloween weekend it may be time to bust out some of our favorite Halloween movies.  Since P is obsessed with Halloween, we watch “Spooky” movies year round.  We also have some Halloween decor up in the house all year too.  This year, I finished the quilt below to use while watching movies.  You will probably find us snuggled up this weekend enjoying these movies and eating giant bowls of popcorn.

spooky ghost pumpkin quilt, halloween quilt, halloween decor, handmade halloween decor


The original Ghostbusters from 1984, not the remake.  P thinks it is hilarious and walks around quoting the movie.  “Back off man I’m a scientist!”  The other night he re-created the ending scene of the movie in his bubble bath.  “Look mom, I’m covered in marshmallows,” as he pretended the bubbles were marshmallows.  Good one kid.


As a parent the language isn’t terrible, but there is one scene that can be hard to explain to kids.  It’s the scene that Dan Aykroyd is having the “dream” with the ghost and she unbuckles his belt.  I’ve just told P it’s a dream and later I will have to have a better response.  The movie still holds up on the comedy for the adults as well.

Hotel Transylvania 2

This has to be a favorite movie of P’s.  Maybe it’s the music, the banter, or the scary monsters, but he loves this movie.  Hotel Transylvania 2 provides comedy for the whole family.   The movie encourages kids to be themselves and not have to fit into the mold of your character.  Also, how people can interact on various levels even with differences.  That’s my super high level parental take away.  My kid just sees the monsters being silly, that works too.


Hocus Pocus

Our final favorite is Hocus Pocus.   Follow the Sanderson sisters as they come back to life and try attempt to steal the souls of children.  Okay it’s not that scary.  They just run “Amok, amok, amok, amok.”  Again, the comedy holds up for adults.  Winifred is my favorite character.  Her sarcasm is just my style.  “Another glorious morning.  Makes me sick.” – Winifred.



Additional movies to consider viewing

Addams Family – We haven’t introduced P to this movie yet, but it’s on the list.

Spooky Buddies – The plot is terrible and can be hard to watch as an adult.  However, my kid thinks the dogs are funny.

Nightmare before Christmas – I am not a huge Tim Burton fan so I try to avoid this one.  P kinda of dug it.  He may like it better as he gets older.

Casper – That friendly ghost can be quite entertaining.  I had the biggest crush on Devon Sawa when the movie came out in 1995.  My kid could care less, he just likes ghosts.

What is your family’s favorite Halloween movies?  Do you have any Halloween traditions to share?



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Favorite Things This Week

Hello October and all your fall splendor.  Too bad in Indianapolis it’s been hot.  We had to turn the AC back on the other night.  That’s a minor thing in life though.  It’s been a tough week for many people I know.  The US had another (can’t believe how often in happens) mass shooting and Rock legend Tom Petty passed away.  Earlier this week I took some time off from social media and any media to just enjoy time as a family.  It doesn’t make Las Vegas easier to process, but helped me not get consumed by all of the coverage.  The Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild is putting together a drive for blocks, fabric, quilts, etc to be given to victims and first responders.  You can find out more here, deadline is November 15th

This week, let’s bring something positive into everyone’s week.


Cathedrals in a Twitter battle for World Architecture Day.  There are stunning photos in the replies

Sewing & Quilting

Shruti Dandaker walks through her process when she was in Inspiration Overload.  Great read on refining and figuring out a path forward.  Now is the perfect time to focus on that as we head into setting goals for 2018.

Shopping Handmade

These tennis rackets by Danielle Clough are stunning.  Pop over to read a bit more.

Fountain Alley Body Care is a wonderful shop we found during Girl’s Weekend to Madison.  I bought a few soaps and a mask.  They smell lovely and use natural products.

Potholders are back in my Etsy shop.  More will be added soon.  They make a great gift.

potholders by quiltytherapy


The love of football runs deep at my house.  Not quite this deep, but impressive dress change by one bride to surprise her dad.

Two favorite movies in the Nagel household are Mean Girls and The Devil Wears Prada.  October 3rd was this week and the internet went a little crazy.  Did you do there was a thing as #meangirlsday?  Me either, but now I may need to celebrate.  It’s so fetch.  Ha!  I found this article about some unknown facts on The Devil Wears Prada.  Hubby and I enjoyed the read.

Great American Beer Festival is happening this week.  It’s on my bucket list of items.  Have you ever gone?  My Twitter and Facebook are full of posts from friends in the industry.


I started the weekly favorites to share a little more about me.  Sewing and quilting may seem boring to most people.  There is so much more to my life that these posts are a glimpse into all the other things that encompass my weeks.  The post may contain affiliate links.  If you may a purchase from a link, I may receive a small compensation.