I Made It Even Better and On the Edge of the Week Link Up #7

A few weeks ago, I was completely inspired by a post by Rachel of Garay Treasures when she published her Re-Purposed Old Jewelry Leaf Necklace Tutorial. While Rachel was re-furbishing a very old necklace, it struck me that I had a very new necklace that needed some help!

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In fact, it was my favorite long silver double tassel necklace that I had picked up last year from Cato Fashions. And when I say it was my favorite, I mean I wore it at least 3 times a week. And when all other necklaces failed to add fabulous to an outfit, I reached for this one.

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However, being a stay at home mom of 2 young boys and doing all of the things that we stay at home moms do all day, every day…this necklace fell victim to the lifestyle and eventually met its demise. It would get caught on everything and the tassels would pull off. And when I say everything, I mean it has caught and broken on grocery carts, trash cans, arms of chairs, arms of children, keys, purse clasps, railings, car seats, clothing, door handles, sink faucets…I could on. But every time a tassel would come loose (and it was usually only one tassel at a time), I would always find the tassel. There was even a time when I don’t recall catching it on anything and just noticed that a tassel was missing. I thought that was the end, but by some miracle I found the tassel on the floor of my car. I was elated. Until…finally…that dreadful day when a lost tassel was never recovered.

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I was very sad indeed…because it looked kind of silly with only one tassel. And did I mention that this was my very favorite necklace ever? Then I saw Rachel’s post. And I became determined to find replacement tassels to fix my necklace. However, woe is me, after much searching I could not find tassels that met my expectations. But I was not to be defeated in this endeavor. I would fix this necklace and I would restore it to favorite status and I would wear it again!

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You may now be wondering who rescued me from my failing travail. Why, it was Walmart! I was grocery shopping there and decided to check out their jewelry crafting section. I was defeated, to say the least, and had very low expectations that I would find the tassels of my dreams. And these expectations were met in grandiose fashion as I could find no tassels whatsoever. But…wait for it…I did find these Mother’s key pendants and I fell immediately in love with the concept! I have two children and there were two tassels on my necklace. (I am unable to find a direct link online to these pendants, but they were around $3 or $4 each.) So for less than $10, I was able to fix my favorite necklace and make it even better! Because now it is a fabulous necklace (just the right length and super versatile) with a very special meaning to me!

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I did not take any photos of the actual process of replacing the pendants because it was simply detaching the last remaining tassel and reattaching the keys using needle nosed pliers and extra jewelry rings.

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Here is what the tassels looked like (well, the only remaining tassel)…


And you can see how I have worn it before here, here, and here.

And here is my new, better than before, favorite key necklace!

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Outfit #1 Details:
Tee: Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s (from a few years ago).
Skort: New York & Company (but I thrifted this from my local Salvation Army Family Store and it was new with tags on it!).
Scarf Belt: Gap (from many, many years ago).
Sneakers: Target (from last year).

Outfit #2 Details:
Dress: Target (from last year).
Jeans: Old Navy Eco-Friendly Cropped Flare Jeans
Sandals: Payless American Eagle Topaz Woven Footbed Sandals

Have you ever re-purposed jewelry? I have a drawer full of broken pieces and now I am on an “I Can Fix It!” kick. So we will see what new creations result! I think I am going to make a new single tassel necklace out of that remaining tassel.

And now…here are your favorite links from last week!

Veronica of Cid Style File was looking amazing and super chic in her Tribal Pattern jacket, distressed jeans, and fabulous lace up flats!

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And Grace of Color and Grace showed us What to Wear on Fridays Casual Chic Style. She looks amazing in her adorable graphic tee, cropped denim, and long vest. And do check out how amazing her Toms booties are!

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72 Responses

  1. I am so glad that you were not only able to fix your favorite necklace, but make it better than ever! Although I love tassels, the keys are fabulous! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!


  2. The necklace turned out beautiful! The two keys are perfect! Makes me want to be a bit more creative and crafty…

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Thank you, Andrea! I kind of wish I knew how to be more creative than just swapping out a few pendants! I have these fabulous ideas in my head, but I don’t even know where to begin to create such things by myself!


  3. What a great idea!!!! It looks great!

  4. What a great idea – so glad you were able to fix it all up!


  5. Dear Shelbee, amazing key necklace. You did it well πŸ™‚

  6. Love DIY and you def made the necklace better and more trendy! Have a beautiful weekend Shelbee.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  7. That s great! I love long necklaces with keys on it! Can you perhaps tell us more about your tatoo? I can never figure out what it is, perhaps you did a post on that I am not sure. Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks, Nancy! I think I posted more details about my tattoo on IG a while back, but I do get quite a few questions about it. It is a Library Fairy…but perhaps I will write a post about…so I will save the details for that post! Thanks for the suggestion (especially since I have been experiencing writer’s block of late)!


  8. I love the keys you’ve added to your necklace! Very special!

  9. So pleased you found such a great replacement. Nothing worse than loosing something you wear a lot. I have been super busy, so have linked a couple of beauty post’s today. I hope this is OK x

  10. Oh yeah that necklace looks great!

    I can’t wait for you to see what I’m wearing at the blog right now – come check it out and lemme know what you think!

    Happy Friday!


  11. Love the dress!!! I have bought a few pieces and when I got them in mail the metal tassels were broken off too. I just wear without them then. πŸ™‚ Wonderful link up!!!

    • Thanks, Stephanie! I totally tried to wear this necklace without the tassels, but it looked weird and unfinished….like it was broken! Ha! Thanks for stopping by!


  12. You did great! Love the pendants and the meaning behind them.

  13. It’s so smart to fix something up instead of throwing it out!!
    Love this idea!! Thanks!!

    • Thanks, Jodie, but it was Rachel’s idea first! Ha! I actually had snapped a multi strand necklace on a chair a few months ago and all that needed to be fixed was to reattach the ends of each strand to a new ring (thankfully, it was a clean break all at the same spot). So once I fixed that and added some charms to an old charm bracelet, I got on a roll! Now I am on a fix-it craze!


  14. Aw thanks for the shoutout and mention. Your necklace looks wonderful and I am glad my post inspired you. I actually have a tassel to add to a necklace or bracelet!
    Rachel xo

    • Thank you, Rachel, for breaking me out of my broken-jewelry-laziness! I did attach the tassel to a silver choker after I wrote this post. That one turned out really cute, too!


  15. Great story and I love your ingenuity. Your outfits are super cute, too. Thanks for hosting.


  16. Lookin’ adorable and I want that new and improved key necklace! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend, Dear!

    Dawn Lucy

    • Thanks so much, Dawn Lucy! Isn’t it so adorable with the keys?! But I still love those tassels. After writing this post, I was inspired to attach the tassel to a silver choker which turned out super cute, too!


  17. Nice jewelry. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks for hosting.

  18. I like both looks, but the black one I prefer. It’s beautiful and suits you very well.

    And it’s a nice combination with the shoes and the key-necklace.

    And your smile is wonderful!

    Greetings from Germany

    • Thanks so much, Sabine! I used to wear all black very often and recently got into wearing brighter colors. But I do like to take it back to all black every now and again. I think it is a striking look myself! Thanks for reading.


  19. I’ve never bothered to fix a necklace but that one looks great! Great thinking with the keys!

  20. Nothing worse than when your favorite accessory gets lost or broken (or both!) But I’m so glad you finally found the perfect solution to restore your favorite necklace!

  21. I have SO many necklaces I need to do this to! Rachel’s post inspired me, too and I need to get on it. πŸ™‚ This b/w top is so cute on you!


    • Thanks, Carrie! I did get inspired after I wrote this post to attach the lonely tassel to a silver choker. It turned out pretty cool, too. Slowly, but surely, I am getting things done!


  22. I’m glad that you were able to bring your necklace back to life, and I’m loving the key pendants. I find that every time I wear a long necklace around my boys, they pull on it and it always breaks!

  23. You have a beautiful smile to go with your outfits!

  24. It looked nice before, it looks great now!! Lovely necklace! πŸ˜€
    DeeVine Anonyme

  25. How clever! The keys are a brilliant idea! Have a great weekend, Shelbee!

  26. Love how it turned out! Such a cute necklace!

  27. Hi Shelbee, believe it or not but I have earrings very similar to yours. Check it out here https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/what-i-wore-for-sunday-lunch.html. But I must say you did a good job, enjoy https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com.au

  28. Ah thanks Shelbee for the mention.
    I have tons of jewelry that is broken, missing a bead or clasp, which I’ve been saving. I keep saying it can be fixed or made into something else. In HS I made jewelry and loved working with old things to make new ones. One day I will make the time and just do it! Thanks again for the feature and reminder to rework my jewelry!

    • Thank you, Veronica, for always being so inspiring! I am terrible at making time to do the creative things that I would like to do. Ah…life in our 40’s…better and crazier than any other decade of my life so far!


  29. What a great way to repurpose a favorite necklace!

  30. Both looks are fantastic. I love how you re-purposed your necklace, it turned out great.

    xo, Jackie

  31. Love your outfits Shelbee, esspecially the top one πŸ™‚ I hate braking things I really like!!

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

  32. Such a lovely necklace!


  33. Aww, I just love how you restyled your favorite necklace! It looks great and I love the sentimental meaning behind it. The new site design looks great, Shelbee!

  34. Yay! Glad you were able to repurpose your old necklace! Looks great!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  35. Tassels really have been all the rage lately! Super fun! I too have a favorite tassel necklace myself! I’m glad you fixed yours … who knew Walmart would come to the rescue?

  36. Hi Shelbee,
    What a smart idea too. Love the keys and the tassle that you added too The sandals are so cute and comfortable. I have not thought to do this with jewelry!
    Thank you for linking up with Turning heads tuesday!
    jess xx

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