There is something about pearls.
The tiny yet heavy for their size spheres are simple and elegant. Mother of pearl buttons make me smile because they reflect every possible color. I even tossed around the idea of naming one of my daughters Pearl. Yes, I love them that much.
I have wanted a long string of pearls as far back as I can remember. Something ridculously long that I could double and it would still be considered lengthy. Knowing that would not be in the budget any time soon, I began to entertain ideas of making my own.
I didn't have to brainstorm long. On a shopping venture with Lauren (and without kids) it all sort of came to me. When we arrived back home, this took me all of three minutes to complete.
I found a clean strand of fake pearl at a local thrift shop. With tweezers, I removed the clasp, leaving the eye. Anticipating that my new necklace would be put through a lot of stress, I reinforced the joint with a small bead of glue.
I cut two - 20 inch lengths of off-white ribbon and thread one through each eye, bringing the eye to the middle of each ribbon.
Tie the four ends together into a neat bow. If your bow tying doesn't work out, you can always knot it. Reinforce the bow with a couple of stitches through the center. Trim ends at a 45* angle.
I feel so pretty wearing this with everything, even t-shirt and jeans. I bet this would work with any necklace you wish were just a little bit longer. You could make it interesting with switching up the ribbon color, linking together more than one necklace or accenting the spot where pearl meets ribbon. Be creative!