Have you heard about Project Accessory?  It’s the new sister show of Project Runway, one of our perennial favorites.   We’re super-duper excited, because accessories are one of the things that Heather and I both love to design.  We love it so much that we both want to try out for future seasons of the show!  In the meantime, though, we’re playing along at home with a dollar store twist.  Introducing Project {Dollar Store} Accessory!

Statement necklace
After all we have a knack for making pretty things with limited resources.  Remember Heather’s old-jewelry-turned-new-statement-necklace?

Coffee Bag Flower Necklace

Or my coffee bag necklace?

With each episode of the show, we’ll put our own spin on the challenge.  Want to play along too?  Here’s the week 1 challenge from the show, and our dollar store version.

The Show’s Challenge

At the beginning of the episode, each designer was given a pair of jeans and a plain, white t-shirt, which would serve as a base on which to display their creations.  They were then given 15 minutes in a storage unit full of random stuff for the components to make 3 items:  a necklace, a belt, and an accessory of the designer’s choice, creating a head-to-toe look.  They had 2 days to complete the challenge.

Our Challenge

  • We will each start with a plain white tee and a pair of jeans, which we can alter if we wish.
  • We will each create a necklace, a belt, and an accessory of our own choosing, and make them into one cohesive look.
  • Since we don’t have a storage unit to raid, we will go to the closest approximation we can:  the thrift store!  We get to pick one thrift  store and spend a maximum of $10 (before tax, since that varies from place to place).  No time limit on shopping, in case there are kids in tow…  You know how that goes!
  • The contestants on the show had access to a wall of embellishments, so it’s only fair that we get to dig into our own stashes.  Each item that we make for the challenge must be made up of at least 75% thrift store items and no more than %25 stash materials.
  • The contestants had 2 days, but they also have no other responsibilities outside of the challenge.  Since we have lives to maintain, we get a week.  We’ll post our creations for this challenge on Friday, November 4.

Everyone is welcome to play along with us as well!  Stop by next Friday and see what we made, and share your looks with us!