Can’t Sit With Us

Chemps and I

As many of you may know, my little Chempedak has just entered Primary school this year. It was much of an adjustment for me as it was for her. No actually, I think the new school transition had a higher impact on me. Kindergarten was always a comfortable and fun learning environment, and while there were episodes where she came home in tears, I knew it wasn’t anything a comforting hug and a chat couldn’t cure.

But school… well…school’s different, and kids can be so mean.

Her first few weeks went by rather well. Then her first encounter with real life occurred.

Chemps has a best buddy in her class, and most of the time, they go about exploring the new routines of daily school life together. Then one day, her friend fell ill for several days and so Chemps found herself a bit lost.

On one of those days when her friend was absent, I picked up a rather glum looking Chempedak from school.

Me: Hi! How was school today?

Chemps: Ok.

Me: You don’t sound very happy.

Chemps: Damia didn’t come to school again today.

Me: Ohh.. I see.

Chemps: Just now during recess, I didn’t have anyone to sit with, so I wanted to sit with these other girls from my class. Then one of them yelled at me “Go AWAY!”
I said to her I just want to eat with all of you, then she said “You cannot sit here!”
I didn’t do anything to her, Mommy.

Right there, at that moment, my heart crushed.

We’ve all met them before, the mean girls. Perhaps we were once one of them. But never did I imagine a seven year old would already have that sort of attitude. Heck when I was seven, the entire class ate together under a tall tree by the field and after which we all played catch with much carefree joy. No one cared who could or couldn’t sit where and with whom. We just enjoyed the fun company.

I didn’t know how to explain to my daughter simply because I couldn’t understand it myself. Too young for them to be cliquish and yet it happened. Where did that little girl pick up on this? Older siblings? Cousins? YouTube? TV? Parents? Where?!

Me: Well, that wasn’t very nice of her. It’s ok, as long as you know you did nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about. I’m sure there are other nice kids you can sit with. Where did you sit after that?

Chemps: With some other girl. We shared our food! It was nice!

Me: That’s great. Don’t have to waste our energy on nasty people. We just be nice to everybody ok?

Sigh. I guess I can only protect her for so long….

May Allah protect my children from the evils of this world and the hereafter.

 

A New Chapter

It’s been a while.

Almost a year actually, since I last wrote a blog post. My blog used to be my therapist. Life, joy, stress, expectations… almost everything that went on in my head and heart, was poured out through my fingertips to the pages of this digital diary. Except, instead of keeping secrets, it was there for all to see.

But, I was completely aware of that, and being the transparent (and absolutely predictable) person that I am, I didn’t quite mind. I got to share my thoughts, ideas, and even receive feedback and suggestions on various things. I got to learn. Best of all, I made many MANY friends through this little blog of mine (Hollaaa laydeees, you know who you are!).

Then things got busy, and I shied away from the blogging life. I simply couldn’t find the time. Between juggling the family, office shenanigans, my part-time party planning business, and just life itself, I barely found time for ME.

But within this past year that I have been absent (from this beautiful life-as-a-blogging-momma), a lot has changed. I left the corporate world, concentrated more on Party Fluff, ventured into a whole new adventure as a Coway Health Planner, but most importantly, found the time and balance to become the wife and mother that I’ve always wanted to be (or at least actually work towards it).

For those who have been my wonderful followers from days of yesteryear, thank you 🙂

For those who have just discovered that I am a closet blogger, welcome 🙂

Thus, here begins a new chapter of Doodles Of My Mind.

Bismillahirahmanirahim.

DIY Cardboard Dollhouse

Hellooooo and welcome back to Liyana Aznil’s blog!

Heheheh…

It’s been quite a while since I last penned down any thoughts on the blogging world and so I’ve decided to make this one a fun read for all of you who have spared some time to drop by this little page of mine (thank you!).

For quite some time, I’ve wanted to get my daughter a dollhouse. No, no… she did not pester me for one. I voluntarily wanted to get her one. It’s a mom thing (or maybe I’m trying to relive my childhood dreams *grin*). I had my heart set on those large dollhouses that could fit her Barbie dolls and My Little Ponies and all those other pretend play dolls that she has so they could all have tea and live happily under one roof.

Unfortunately, those kind of dollhouses aren’t exactly cheap.

Especially if they’re made of wood.

Ohhhh boy the tags that come with those wooden dollhouses. It’s enough to buy me a brand new Kate Spade handbag.

See this one? I was head over heels in love with it. But the price was over RM1000. *pengsan*

COWAY dollhouse dream
Seribu lebih? Pengsan mak.

So, with much determination, I set out to make a dollhouse with my own two hands!

From cardboard boxes!

Alhamdulillah it turned out quite alright. My daughter was thrilled and that’s enough to make me the happiest mom ever.

COWAY dollhouse complete
Tadaa!! COWAY’s first ever dollhouse!!

With that, I felt that I’d share the steps on how to make your very own cardboard doll house!

All you need are:

1 large cardboard box (the size you want your dollhouse to be)

1 additional cardboard box (for extras such as roof and flooring)

A long ruler

Paper mache (optional)

A variety of coloured paper (I simply used leftovers of wrapping paper)

Paint

Scissors/blade

Hot glue gun & glue

Step 1

Cut out the front section of the cardboard box of the size you want your dollhouse to be.

COWAY dollhouse boxes
Stuff you need

Back at home, I had a COWAY box sitting idly in my working studio from my recent purchase of the COWAY Lombok II air purifier (so in love with my air purifier). I also found another large box from the husband’s tech monitor purchase. Perfect!

Note: To all COWAY customers, don’t get rid of your boxes so quickly, you never know when they might come in handy!

I cut out the front section of the monitor box and got myself a perfect frame for the dollhouse.

Step 2:

Decide how many floors you want your dollhouse to have. Two? Three? It’s your call!

After you have decided, measure the length and depth of your dollhouse, and cut out the size from your additional cardboard box to make the floors.

Measure the sides of the walls and mark it to ensure that your floors will be glued on straight. I was lazy and went on to just stick it on without doing much measuring so yeah..go figure.

COWAY dollhouse downlay
Quality control officer on duty

Now, using the hot glue gun (who will now be your best friend throughout this project) and stick the floors onto the walls according to your marks!

Step 3:

Cut a long section of the cardboard box balance or from your additional cardboard box and fold it in half. This will be your roof.

Alternatively, you can opt for a slightly lop sided roof like I did, just for fun, haha!

Now, grab your best friend (yes, little miss glue gun), and stick the roof to the top of your dollhouse’s body.

COWAY dollhouse base
Whaddya know!! It’s starting to look like a dollhouse already!

Step 4:

This is an optional step.

You can add on a layer or two of papier-mâché (paper mache) to give your dollhouse a stronger hold.

Just mix together 3 parts glue with 1 part water, dunk in strips of paper (I used white mahjong paper) and slap them onto your dollhouse.

COWAY dollhouse mache mix
Also try to convince the resident bunny that it is not food

Remember to squeeze off as much access of glue from your paper strips as you can. If the paper strips are too soggy, it might soak your cardboard frame, weaken its structure and cause it to curve in (yeapp…I learned that the hard way).

COWAY dollhouse base mache
And keep reminding bunny that it is a dollhouse, not a bunny house
Continue layering till you're satisfied
Just one or two layers is enough

Leave it to dry overnight.

Step 5:

You’re almost done! All you have to do is just take the coloured/wrapping paper and decorate the rooms and floors!

Putting up wallpaper, yay!
Putting up wallpaper, yay!

You can even paint the walls!

I decided to paint the ceilings white
I decided to paint the ceilings white

After you’re done with all of that, don’t forget to add in room partitions too! Use the balance of the additional cardboard box to cutout room partitions and doorways.

Step 6:

If you have an extra observant kid (like mine), you might have to put in stairs so that the non-flying ponies without wings can go up to the other floors. I made mine using ice cream sticks which I got from Mr. DIY.

Just snip and hot glue gun them together
Just snip and hot glue gun them together
Stairs all set!
Stairs all set!

Step 7:

Take a step back and admire your hard work!

Taadaaa!! Your dollhouse is complete!

Dollhouse made with love. Money can't buy this one :D
Dollhouse made with love

Now it’s time to surprise your kid(s) and let their imagination go wild with the furnishings and imaginative play.

Kids at play!
Kids at play!
They have a little kitchen too!
They have a little kitchen too!
View from top
View from top

Enjoy!

Oh, if anyone is interested in the COWAY LOMBOK II air purifier, it is currently on a Zero Registration Fee promotion! Contact me at +6010.2013357 to order yours today!

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