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Sep 26, 2012

DIY Confidence!

Most of us are familiar with Tim Gunn’s favorite phrase, Make It Work!  But, it helps me face challenges all of the time.  Whenever I find myself lamenting over a problem, I will hear that scholarly, kind voice in my head imploring me to MAKE IT WORK!
This happened recently when I picked up the latest Chico’s catalog and was salivating over new styles and lamenting over my lack of funds.  I became fixated on a long necklace which I was convinced was made just for me.  Yet, if it was made just for me….Why wasn’t there money just for me to pay for it!!  An eighty dollar necklace wasn’t something I could justify at this moment…though I tried really hard to do just that.

That was when I heard that voice….Well, Pam…MAKE IT WORK!  I went to my hatbox full of zip lock bags containing all of the necklaces I have received or purchased in my adult life and began to dig.  I found two necklaces…one a long beaded necklace from Kohls  and the other a short Chicos necklace from three years ago and placed them side by side.

They did seem to go together and had a similar style to the long necklace in the catalog.  I could have pulled out the needle – nose pliers and put them together that way, but the smaller one actually hooked onto the longer one and just for creativity’s sake, I put rope-like twine around the connections and it looked as if it was designed that way purposefully.  I could have added the tassel (my daughter's graduation cap from college!) but I chose not to...I liked it without!

I love it!  I think it is my favorite necklace right now.  So, next time you have a desire which looks impossible to feed….maybe all you need is a MAKE IT WORK moment…just for encouragement and courage to think beyond your circumstances.

Jacket:  Chicos
Black Long Sleeved T: Kohls
Brown Denim: Lane Bryant
Brown, Pointed Toe Flats: Old Navy
Bracelet:  Goodwill SA

Have a fabulous Thursday everyone and make sure you visit KATIE'S FAVORITE THINGS BLOG HOP!!

Thursday Favorite Things

Oh yes, and you can catch Tim Gunn in PROJECT RUNWAY on Thursday night!


  1. YOU. YOu are my new idol. Need to surf my closet and see if I can put together something like that!!

  2. Your necklace looks fabulous! Right on trend, perfect with that shirt, love it on you.

  3. you certainly made it work
    that is one thing i will NOT spend big bucks on...jewelry
    too trendy and i can always find pieces less expensive with the same look
    love that you diy'd it

  4. I actually like your DYI better than the original. Lovely.

  5. I love reassembling old jewelry into new fun stuff. And, like you, I drooled over this Chico's catalog. There is SO MUCH CUTE going on!!

  6. I also like your version better, Pam! And your creativity is inspiring.

  7. this is a great way to refresh old items! i think you did a great job on this!

  8. You are so clever! Without spending a penny you've created your own version of a fantastic and pricey outfit, looking fabulous! Best thing is: Your necklace is unique!

  9. That looks SO chic. I'm popping by to visit from Katherine's linky!

  10. LOVE the necklace Pam!! I love the whole outfit!!!
    I'm always remaing jewelry--I thrift lots of odd lots and then take it apart to make other things. I recently got a single gorgeous sterling silver screw back flower earring that will be debuting as a pin!

  11. I love it too! It really is a great feeling when everything comes together like that. You're looking great, Pam!

    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life
    I'm giving away a gorgeous Soft Surroundings top!

  12. You inspire me! You look lovely, but then you always do. You have such a great sense of style. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop my friend xo

  13. You look gorgeous Pam...I love chocolate brown on you ;-)
    I agree it is always a great feeling when everything comes together...thanks for popping by lovely to hear from you.

  14. you look great in this outfit. I love the cardigan!

  15. Love the necklace! You've done a great job!

  16. You did make it work, Tim Gunn would be proud because it's fabulous!

  17. $80 is a crazy amount of money for a necklace like that.
    Good job "shopping your closet."

  18. Pam, I think what you created is far more stylish than the Chico's necklace. Actually, I looked at that very one in Chico's. It was very pretty, but it was really, really heavy. I just don't like things that heavy around my neck. I want them to look big, but not feel it.
    The other thing is that no one else will have a necklace like yours!

  19. Love this, Pam. I have a long-held tradition of raiding old necklaces to make new ones, and you've created a beauty. And it's so practical, too, because (in my humble opinion) Chico's jewelry is seriously overpriced for what it is.

    And I adore the idea of using the Tim Gunn voice as motivational tool. I am totally trying that.

  20. I love Project Runway (and Tim Gunn). We got it on TV in New Zealand, but not here in England, sadly.



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