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To the Lady who Encouraged Me When My Toddler Misbehaved in Public Place, I say Thank You

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The Importance of Kindness || Veronika's Little World || Parenting Family Humour Slice of Life || Webcomic part02

This comic strip is dedicated to all mothers out there on this Mother's Day...

She was such a nice lady. I remember trying my hardest to make Little E behave even only for the next five minutes, whispering soft admonishment and gentle encouragement for her to at least use her 'inside voice'. We brought toys, but she has long become uninterested in them. Instead, she was more interested in playing with her surrounding, and at this point of her boredom she has resorted to using the bench as climbing equipment and eyeing the opportunity to touch strangers' possessions around her. Not mature enough to command perfect behaviour, she was truly unable to adapt to her surrounding. She was two at that time. I had no choice but to bring her along for obvious reason. 

The people at the place we went to were generally understanding, but I could feel a few pairs of eyes who would occasionally look our way. At one point, my husband had to even bring her outside to have quiet words with her about the importance of being quiet.

We tried so hard to manage her behaviour.

But of course, as vigilant as you could be, there are times when things escape your attention. That time was when Little E decided that the little black bag on the seat in front of her was a cat. She patted the object and meowed spontaneously, surprising the owner of the bag. She pulled the bag on her lap. And Little E earned a few chuckles from her audience. But I was horrified (looking back, it was rather funny..)

I quickly apologised, but the lady gently reassured me. And I thought it would stop at that. That the lady would pretend the whole embarrassing episode never happened at all. 

But she did more than just saying it wasn't my fault. At the first opportunity, she turned to face me again, and she said the kindest thing people have said to me in a very long time. That my baby toddler was lovely, and she was a good kid. That she was just behaving normal like a two-year-old should. And that I was a great mother.

A burden was released that day. For some reasons I couldn't fathom, tears was blurring my eyes and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I was rightly touched. I felt understood, and her words lifted my defeated spirit. I could see now that bringing her along was all not for nothing and she could still safely practice about behaving well in public without being judged meticulously. 

You see, we parents have dreaded bringing our kids to public place at some point of our parenting life. We are filled with worry of being a nuisance to others around us, just because our babies refuse to stop crying or because our toddlers decide then and there to throw a tantrum. Otherwise, some of use would not go as far as using electronic devices to pacify our children. It is sad, but the reason behind it is totally understandable in this constantly changing rules of parenthood. And we are aware of how much tolerance people have exerted for us. But the kindness of being told that our family is welcome and not a nuisance, and that we're doing great job trying to keep our toddler in line is like a breath of fresh air.

To that nameless lady, whoever she is, I say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I think I will remember, for the rest of my life. 

To strangers in public place, be kind to young parents. Especially those who try very hard to keep their children in check, although they might be failing miserably at that time. Kids learn fast. 

To other mums out who are struggling with their young children out there, chin up! You know you are great!

Happy Mother's Day!

xoxo

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Oh My, Isn't This -Blue Butterflies- Cinderella Party Adorable?

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Simply Adorable Blue Butterfly Cinderella Themed Birthday Party | DIY Dessert Table


Forget Comic Strip This Week and Let Me Show Off a little... :P

Remember that one time when I said I would concentrate on making comics but would also upload some personal projects on the side? Well, this is one of those personal projects. And pardon the title of this blog post, but that's exactly how I feel O(≧▽≦)O. Can you see that I put a lot of love into this?

For those who know me personally, they also know that I love birthdays. I really do. And that includes the idea of having this special day especially dedicated for you along with flowers, decorations, presents, good food and most importantly...very close family and friends! My family has always made me feel super duper special on my birthdays so I want my children to feel the same. This is how I express my love for them once a year. And being budget-challenged, I take pleasure in presenting beautiful handmade birthday dessert table for them. It also gives them a chance to get involve in the preparation level and make memories together. My eldest remembers the birthday parties I threw for her so far and has always recounted excitedly how she was involved in them. 

I will write more in detail about the DIY aspects of this party, but for now, it's show off time! I manage to take some nice pictures, so here is the first one.

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Dessert Table

Again, simple dessert table. Everything I used here was from the dessert crockery I collected over the years or recycled box/basket from last Easter. The brown box at the bottom of the cake tier actually came from discarded packaging. Due to its strength and simplicity (no print or sticker) I kept it aside for this purpose. At the moment I'm still using it as a shadow box for one of my little figurines. Flowers from my garden and from our local supermarket, nothing fancy and lifted the atmosphere quite a bit. And I love how the fruits stood out visually. Plus that was one of the first things our little guests finished. I hate having heaps of lollies on my dessert table, so this is my solution. My dessert criteria are that they have to be easy to eat and light. At least we weren't left with too many sweets after the party. 

Another closer look...

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Dessert Table
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Dessert Table

That green plant in the bird vase is called Baby Sunrose, and it's a versatile kind. At a glance it seems like one of those easy to grow ground cover succulents, but it has the cutest hot pink pom-pom like little flowers, and when you put them in water it could last for weeks beautifully! All year round cut flowers at your disposal. I used Baby Sunrose for almost every event I hosted at home as it is very easy to grow and take care of. And talking about plant, here is a closer look at my party backdrop.

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Floral Wreath Backdrop with Blue Bunting Banners
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Floral Wreath Backdrop with Blue Bunting Banners
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Floral Wreath Backdrop with Blue Bunting Banners

DIY by yours truly! :P The flower garland is not as complex as it looks, and it's inspired by this tutorial by Oh Happy Day! I decided to simplify it for the sake of my bank account and used the branches of my of my bushes. I cut blue glitter paper into triangle bunting and just add minimal amount of flowers. As for the butterflies, I bought them off Ebay. If you have extra time, you can even order them from China - super cheap but takes 2 whole months to arrive! The butterflies have magnets so after we finished with them we arranged some of them on our fridge and kept the rest for next time.

Why butterflies? For those who have watched the live action Cinderella, you know why! Little Miss E loves the live action movie even more so than the animation that it is only natural to design the dessert table after the live action version. Besides, who don't love butterflies? They're adorable!

The only thing I think I could do better is the paper banner. I wish it was a little longer and flowing. But still, the whole idea is so simple and cute! The tutorial for the paper banner is at Oh Happy Day! as well. Check it out! I'll create a tutorial for the simplified flower garland next time. 

Aaaanddd....here is the cake!

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Cake
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Cake
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Cake

...with edible lace. One of my closest friends made the cake this time, which is a huge help! I feel that as the years go by and I start designing and drawing again I have even less time to prepare for an event like this. She did a marvellous job, didn't she? I love how the tiny toddler Cinderella looks just at home on top of the cake.

What about crowns for our little princesses?

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Lace Crown Headband
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Lace Crown Headband
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Lace Crown Headband

The kids and I had a lot of fun making the crowns. Okay, they might not be the best-looking ones out there (check out Girl Inspired for a concise tutorial), but they were definitely made with love. Honestly speaking, if I could do it all over again, I would choose a stiffer kind of lace like the ones in the first two pictures. The less stiff one was definitely better for the whole crown circlet around the head. 

Here is the rest of the details.

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Butterfly and Rumballs

Rumballs. Yum. And flowers.

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Roses
Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | Roses

And the crown plus some meringues.

Blue Butterfly Cinderella Birthday Party | DIY Dessert Table

And finally, a picture of my birthday girl and I, she looking happy in her handmade lace crown. Isn't she adorable? Happy 3rd birthday, luv! Glad you enjoyed the day.

DIY Blue Butterfly Cinderella Themed Birthday Party | Dessert Table | Birthday Girl
Simple and Adorable Blue Butterfly Cinderella Themed Birthday Party | Dessert Table | Floral Garland | Buntings
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