Easy Tailored Bed Skirt

April 17, 2017

DIY tailored bedskirt
easy tailored bedskirt
I just whipped up this super easy, super cheap tailored bed skirt. 

I was tired of looking at all of this stuff peeking out from under the bed.

closeup of junk
Here’s a close up just in case you didn’t notice all of the crap important stuff shoved under the bed.  This is hubby’s side of the bed, and in his defense, we have really small closets, so lots of things get stored under the bed. 

target bargains
I found these window panels at Target on clearance.  They rang up at $1.98 each so I bought three.  They are the perfect, neutral woven fabric.
Here’s how I did it:
 zig zag raw edge 
I cut the panels lengthwise into two 20” by 63” pieces.  I zig zag stitched along the raw edge since they seemed to be unraveling like crazy.  Then I joined them together along the short edge so I had a piece about 20” wide by 124” long.   
Since the long edge was already hemmed, I didn’t have to hem the edge.  
I trimmed off both edges so the ends would be nice and straight.   Then I measured the side of my bed, added 1” for each side hem, and 8” for each pleat, and cut my long fabric piece to this length.  I sewed a 1” hem on each side edge.

This is a really badly drawn diagram of the pleat.  Because the pleat folds back on itself, each 2” pleat adds 8” to the required measurement.  I pressed my pleat and then stitched across the top raw edges to hold it in place.

I pinned it directly to my box spring using safety pins.  Couldn’t have been easier.
 easy tailored bed skirt
Now everything is hidden away.  So much better!

Looking for more inspiration?  Check out  Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design, We did it Wednesday at Sew Much Ado, Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage, Get Your Craft on at Life as Lori, Thrifty Thursday at Bloggeritaville, Show and Tell at My Romantic Home, Victory of the Week at Design-Aholic, Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous, Funky Junk’s Saturday Nite Special, Weekend Wrap-up at Tatertots and Jello, and Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom.

Just got my Fix!

June 25, 2015

I'm probably late to the party, but I’ve been hearing for a while about Stitch Fix and finally decided to give it a try.  Super fun!  

You fill out a personal profile, answer a bunch of questions about your sizes, preferences, etc, and a stylist sends you a box of things to try based on your answers.  You even get a style card showing different ways to wear each piece.  Super fun getting that surprise box!  You have a few days to decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back.  I kept two super cute tops.  

Can’t wait to get my next Fix!  Perfect for me since I’m not a natural-born shopper. 

If you check out Stitch Fix via my link and end up signing up I'll get a referral credit.  

Have you tried Stitch Fix?

The Power of Protein

February 22, 2013
It's easy to understand the excitement. Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a "macronutrient," meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are needed in only small quantities, are called "micronutrients." But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.

WHEY/SOY VS. ARBONNE VEGAN (Yellow pea, brown rice & cranberry blend) Protein
SOY - Is an allergen and cannot be used to build muscle because of its low incorporation levels, it contains phytoestrogens that can lead to estrogen dominance which leads to fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, increase risk for chronic disease and feminization of men.

WHEY - Is a mild derivative, it is allergenic (not just milk allergy), it is loaded with bovine white blood cells. It is hard to DIGEST so it can deposit in the intestinal track and colon and it can lead to long term kidney and liver problems.

Arbonne Vegan Protein - Yellow pea, brown rice and cranberry blend is the MOST EASILY DIGESTIBLE PROTEIN WITHOUT ALLERGENIC REACTIONS (100% hypoallergenic) that dairy & egg protein creates. Because it is so digestible it decreases the gas and bloating and can be absorbed and used to create muscle, promote healing, etc.

Arbonne Protein has an AMINO ACID SCORE of 100 = HIGH quality.
Amino Acid Score is a method for evaluating the relative nutritional quality of different protein sources based on the digestibility and usability.

If you cannot DIGEST IT, YOU CAN'T USE or...ELIMINATE IT PROPERLY! Amino Acid Scores <100 = low quality protein sources, Amino Acid scores =100 = High quality!

I hope this helps you understand how to chose the BEST protein sources for you and importance of having the right kind protein in your diet!

HEALTH TIP OF THE DAY from Carleeta Nelson, ENVP in Arbonne and former Nurse Practitioner. 

For a sample of Arbonne’s vegan protein, drop me an email.  100% soy free, dairy free, gluten free!  100% delicious!

2013 Is Here - - What Are Your Fitness Goals?

January 14, 2013


I cannot believe it is 2013 already!  I love the feeling that a New Year is a brand new start!

I just started a 30-day “Lifestyle Shift” program.  (I hate to call anything a diet!)  It’s all about choosing the right foods, eliminating irritating ones and resetting your metabolism.  I’m only on day 4 and I have already noticed a change in my energy levels and I am sleeping like a baby!  So far so good!

Do you have any fitness/health related goals for the New Year?

Make It Yours

December 28, 2011

Wow!  That was a Christmas!  Now on to the New Year!

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