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. My friend used holloway self storage sydney to store some of her belongings in since she wanted a little more space in her house. I’ve considered putting some of my clutter in a storage unit too!

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 Things This Week

This week we dive into Halloween, new goals, new projects, the Holidays, and something fun at the end.

Do you still have a sugar buzz from all the Halloween candy?  Most of our candy has been put up in a cabinet, out of sight from little eyes.  He’s sneaky and will try to just admire it.  Then, a sucker or something else will somehow come unwrapped.  How did that happen?  Kid, I know your tricks to get treats.


Wow!  Lots of fun for P this Halloween.  He wanted to be Dracula.  Not a scary Dracula either, just more like P in a cape Dracula.  Success!

Bonus points go to hubby for P’s Halloween attire.  It was cold before trick or treating, so hubby grabbed this adorable sweater and velvet jacket.  The sweater was handmade by hubby’s grandma for him when he was a little boy.  Still has the tag in from grandma.  My mother in law had held on this velvet coat too that was hubby’s.  How adorable is P in this combination?

With P being Dracula I found a headband with a little witch hat on it to use during trick or treating.  It was just right.  Even wore it to get in some exercise before all the festivities.  Hey, I’m not going to reach my goals if I’m not putting in the time, even on Halloween.


Goals for November

For a while I was setting and sharing my monthly action items.  While I have gotten out of the habit of sharing, I have still been focusing on action items each month.  As the holiday season starts to set in, it’s important to hold myself accountable, so I don’t get lost in the busyness that arises.

  • Get in 30-60 minutes of physical activity daily.  This helps keep me balanced and focused.
  • Aim for eight hours of sleep per night.  I’m a teeny bit cranky when I don’t get enough sleep.
  • Take the stairs at work when I’m not walking with someone.  It’s a great booster throughout a day full of sitting.
  • Say no.  Especially to things that will stress me out.
  • Say yes to the things that will bring joy.
  • Put things on the calendar to avoid conflicts.  This also helps with planning for meals and exercise.

Halloween Quilts

While P has one Halloween quilt already, I’m pondering making a second.  Who doesn’t need two Halloween quilts.  Below are some inspirational ideas.

Daydreams of Quilts – Jack O’ Heart quilt 

In Color Order – Halloween Nine Patch Quilt

Makin’ Projiks – Halloween Quilt

Priscillas – Halloween Quilts (it’s their first quilt)

The Crafty Quilter – An Elegant Halloween Quilt

Christmas Projects

Already thinking and planning ahead for Christmas.  Decorations won’t come out until closer to Thanksgiving at our house, so I have some time to prep.  Are there any projects you are wanting to make for Christmas?  Here are a couple that I may work in and have P help me create.


via Crafts by Courtney




Check back this weekend for a new finished baby quilt.  If you need a good laugh, check this out.  Do you have a favorite Julia Roberts movie?  I’m torn between Steel Magnolias or Knotting Hill.

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 Things This Week

October has had many fun opportunities for my family.  Picking apples, selecting our pumpkins, family visiting, and a little getaway for fall break.  We have the house decorated for Halloween just as P would like it.

Fall Break

If you’re a follower on Instagram then you may have seen all the beer flight pictures.  We visited the Grand Rapids area for a few days with P and they do not have archaic alcohol laws saying kids can’t be in a brewery.  Indiana’s alcohol laws are ridiculous.  It was nice to be able to sample beers I can’t get near me.  If you get a chance, I recommend the New Holland Mocha Mint Dragon’s Milk.  Hubby was surprised when I said this was my favorite.  It’s like a Thin Mint, but better.

Meat, cheese, and beer. Yum yum. #craftbeer #newhollandbrewing #drinkmichigan #craftbeerlover

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While we visited many breweries, we did other things.  The John Ball Zoo exceeded my expectations.  It’s just the right size and has some interactive components.  P enjoyed the goats in the farm area.  He also spent way too much time in the with snakes and lizards.  Kid, I can’t have snakes in my house, I will loose her mind.

Yes, we took our kid to many breweries.  This was a huge part of our lives before P arrived and I think it’s important for him to see people drinking beer and not getting drunk.

P’s favorite part of the trip was the hotel pool.  He played in there until his lips were blue.  We are back home and back to normal.  It’s nice to get away for a few days.

Not my best picture, but my boys look good.


I’m working on a piece about failure as an upcoming post.  I would love your input on projects or ideas that didn’t turn out right.  A business that just didn’t work, a goal you had to completely revise, or anything that you feel wasn’t a success.  We all have failures or things we don’t succeed with.  Talking about it and reflecting on the lessons you walk away with, can help you succeed in your next endeavor.  You shouldn’t be afraid of failure, it’s natural and happens to everyone.  Yes, even in this era of over sharing, people fail.


Grab some tissues as you read this story of a kid from my high school.  He lost his parents at a young age and has overcome a number of obstacles.  This kid is pretty awesome, plus he’s a cross country runner.  There is a soft spot in my heart for those kids since I was one.

Fun Stuff

Those last two sections may feel heavier than what I normal write about.  So let’s finish up with some fun things I have seen.

Did you watch Supermarket Sweep in the 90’s?  Did you hear it’s coming back?  Bring on the terrible sweatshirts and grab your cart.  P.S., I’m totally going to apply as a contestant once it’s casting.

Speaking of the 90’s have you seen these gems?  Pretty sure I need one to keep my fabric money on.

Lisa Frank Debit Cards are Here to Turn Your Wallet into a Technicolor Dreamscape


My friend Bri is a talented poet.  She has helped create the Indianapolis Review about arts and poetry.  The second edition is available here.  

The Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild does at least one charity quilt every year.  Last year, we submitted this quilt to QuiltCon.  As a group we had many conversations around the design and scale of this project.  It always amazes me what we can do creatively as a group.  We are working on another for 2018 QuiltCon submission.

Fill me in on good stuff going on out there.  I’m reading constantly from various sources, but feel like I miss so much.

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 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.  


Favorite Things This Week

Fall is here!  Fall is here!  Seriously, I’m so giddy about fall.  September has been an amazing month.  Time with family and friends, but mostly full of laughter.  More memories to come as we enjoy the fall weather and festivities.

Girl’s Weekend

A couple of weekends ago my friends and I snuck off to Madison, Indiana for the weekend.  We stopped at wineries and shopped.  More importantly we had time together.  At a bar on Friday night we met two adorable Kentucky girls complete with accents.  They noted they were 22 and thought we were 27.  Can they just follow us around for a while?  Too sweet, just like their tea.  They are towards the back of this picture.

We roamed around a new city and learned a few things along the way.  Canaan, Indiana hosted their Fall Festival while we where there.  They host a special Pony Express run of the mail.  You guys, I love the mail so when I overheard someone talking about a special postcard, I knew I needed more information.  At the post office we got all the details.  The Pony Express will be in Madison by 1ish if we wanted to see the ride.  Done!

We anxiously waited to see a man on a horse deliver these postcards.  It was much later than we were told, but I had beer, so things were good.  I shared the thrilling event on InstaStories.  People in town were not nearly excited as I was.  “It’s just a guy on a horse.”  Well those party poopers did not deter me.  So glad we got to see it.

Then we noticed the building we had been waiting by.  It looks like a castle.  It’s an old Knights of Pythia lodge.  Interesting. Now it’s just apartments.  Imagine all the social events that happened there?

This was the view from our hotel room.  We stayed in the second night and enjoyed some of the wine we had purchased.  We laughed more, ate cookies, and wore sheet masks to make our skin look glorious.  I won’t share those pictures, but they still make me giggle.

Having a getaway was refreshing.  P had a boy’s weekend and loved the time with Rob.  If you haven’t one in a while, make the time with your friends.

Sewing & Quilting

Blogger’s Quilt Festival is currently happening.  Pop over and see the amazing work in this collection.

Since people know I sew, they ask if I can hem their pants.  My typical answer is, “Yes, but terribly.”  Pay someone else to do it.  I bookmarked this article for future reference if I want to tackle hemming my own pants.  Oh, I hope I can stop laughing at that thought.

Speaking of sewing clothes, Rachel talks about her garment sewing baggage here.  She is braver than I am.  Sewing clothes for myself is a to do, but it’s scary.  What if I fail?  With quilting failures can usually be ripped out or covered up in some way.


That’s it for now.  I have a few things I’m working on for next week to share.  New posts and possibly a video.



Favorite Things This Week

How is it already September?  School has been in session for over a month, the weather is cooling down, and football is on.


We snuck off to Chicago for Labor Day weekend.  The weather was gorgeous and we explored the city.  P did a wonderful job walking around for two days.  We ate, drank, and caught up with friends.

We are in trouble with that face

In our adventures, we visited the Lincoln Park Zoo for a bit.  The Lion House has stunning architecture.  Look at this ceiling.  Quilty inspiration.

Sewing and Quilting

It always amazes when quilters pull together for a cause.  #bluerkblocks was organized to help support families of fallen officers.  Here is one quilter’s finished quilt and experience.  They received enough blocks to make 50 quilts.  That is awesome.

In an effort to declutter and fund some household projects, I’m going to be offering a destash in the next couple of weeks.  I will have some bundles and yardage that use new homes.  Also, my Etsy shop will be filled with items I used to sell.  Did you know I used to make 100’s of potholders to help fund my fabric and quilting?  There are lots leftover and I’m going to be working on making those up.  Check social media for updates and go live times.

Speaking of declutterring…

Apartment Therapy is talking about tackling one area at a time.  I have some spots in mind in my house.  Specifically, our bathroom closet.  While packing for Chicago I realized this has become a hodge podge of bathroom items just randomly placed on shelves.  Below is closet inspiration! Rather than go buy baskets I plan to whip up some One Hour Baskets and start organizing.  You can find the tutorial here.  I should probably ask my friend for her label maker too or use her Silhouette printer for labels.  What would you do?

20 Beautifully Organized Linen Closets

Amy Garro of 13 Spools discusses using non quilting cottons in her projects.  She picked up a fun shower curtain that I happen to have just bought for my bathroom.  Can’t wait to read her feedback on using it as backing.

Stashing: Non-Quilting Cotton Fabrics

Health and Fitness

The change to more fall like temperatures has made my afternoon runs more enjoyable.  It’s cooler, crisper, and my speed is coming down.  After some reflection my Sub 2 Half goal is getting pushed to the spring.  I can do the mileage right now, but don’t feel like my speed is anywhere close to where I want it.  This fall and winter will be about speed improvement and avoiding shin splints.  If you’ve ever had shin splints, you may enjoy this article.