Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Dress Up Space (And my First Giveaway!)

Mistress Monstress is a typical 2 year old girly girl. She loves to dress up. The only problem is that her dress up clothes and accessories are usually found all over the house. If I hang them in her closet, she can't reach them. If I put them in the toy bin, they get tangled and those beautiful princess dresses get ripped. I started thinking about a dedicated dress up space a while ago, but I wasn't sure where or how to do it. Then one day I noticed that her dresses are so short that it left a nice large space at the bottom of her closet. Since she has double doors that open up, there was plenty of space to transform it into a dress up area! Here's what I did...

To begin, her closet. A nice bare wall just begging for a dress up space!
See? Plenty of room! I added a 24x36 mirror with a smooth edge to keep her safe, and two packages of hooks for all her "pretties."
By hanging the mirror horizontally at her height, she can check herself out while she is dressing up. The hooks make a great place to hang all her princess attire...
...and another couple of hooks make a great place for purses, bracelets, headbands, and other smaller things. Finish it off with a bin for the non-hangable thing like pompoms and you have a great dress up area!
And here you have it! The total time was only around an hour. It probably would have been less, but I had two small helpers who slowed me down a bit and I kept having to chase Mistress Monstress when she ran off with the screws and drill bits.
Total cost breakdown:
Mirror $23
Mirror brackets: $2 ish
Hooks: 2 packs at $2.48 each.
I probably could have found a mirror on Craig's list or something for less, but we have company coming and I just wanted to get it done!
Total cost: Around $30
And now for the giveaway!
I blogged a few weeks ago about the new Purex Laundry Detergent with Zout and how great it was. I have two coupons good for a free bottle (Up to a $7.50 value) to giveaway! All you have to do to enter is become a follower of The Southern Stitcher. Become a follower and leave a comment on this post to let me know, and on April 22nd I'll use a random number generator to select the two winners. If you are already a follower, leave me a comment and let me know that too! One entry per person please, I'll be checking! Good luck to everyone and thanks for following The Southern Stitcher!


  1. cute idea! of course, i became i follower (i thought i already was :))

  2. Really neat idea with the dress up space! And yes, I am Definately a follower!

  3. I have you in my blog feed. Does that count?? :-)

  4. Now that is SWEET & ADORABLE""My Grandaughter Lyla would LOVEEEEE this...Thank you Luv Grammy

  5. That is cute and a fun way to use some extra space, I follow you now.

  6. I'm a gfc follower.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

  7. I am now a follower. Love your ideas :)

  8. Ashli,
    This is Mary's mom. I follow the Southern Stitcher everyday. I don't know if I'm a registered follower, but I will do that today. I would love to keep up with your regular blog, if you wouldn't mind? Then I could be the police woman from the blogging commission here to enforce the regulations. LOL! Let's hope I win the new detergent. Thanks for the one-up on it!