My very first attempt at a "Make It Work" set - created for a contest at:

Thank you @emjule for introducing such a creative idea for a contest!!! 

The rules are that you have to pre-select 7 random numbers of your choice before looking at her designated collection of items. Then you must count through her collection of items and use the item that corresponds to each of your 7 numbers, putting them together in your set - "Make It Work!" No cheating allowed! You can use those 7 items as many times as you wish when creating your set, plus you are allowed to use up to 7 additional items of your choice from anywhere on Polyvore. Sounds simple enough, yet I found this quite challenging!

Firstly, I chose numbers 1, 12, 18, 9, 47, 16, 19 ...
1 is my son's date of birth
12 is my hubby's date of birth
18 is my daughter's date of birth
The other four numbers were chosen because they are the times of my children's births 9:47 for my daughter and 16:19 for my son!
All my numbers represent the blessings in my life!! 

When I searched my numbers and came across the corresponding autumn wreath, some leaves, a bright green basket, a tuft of grass, some books, a bark-looking candle, and a blotchy background with faded words, I was thinking, Oh dear, how am I going to do this!!! Among my items there were NO cats, no clothes, no shoes, no models, no hearts!!!! None of the things I usually create my sets with...then I remembered that I was permitted to add 7 items of my choice! As I started to fiddle, I realized the designated items actually went quite well together, no clashing colours or bizarre contradicting themes. I could possibly "Make It Work" after all!! 

After playing for a bit and setting the foundation with my 7 designated items, I chose some items of my own. A pretty yellow, fur-collared peplum jacket that I had been eager to use was my first selection. It took some time to search for the ankle boots and a skirt that would compliment the jacket as well as all the required items of the set. A leaf print skirt seemed a brilliant selection! :) Then I decided a model and a cat were absolutely necessary...that's just my style! The words fit with the theme and colouring and so decided my title for me. The last item I specifically chose because the group hosting the contest is called "If It's Flowers"...
...obviously I needed a FLOWER! :)

In the end, the set isn't actually too far off my usual style, and the project was actually a whole lot of fun!!! You should give it a try! xo
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