Pen Pal Swap

Kitty and Teddy received their first letters from their new Pen Pals.

Can you see how delighted Kitty was?

 

Pen Pal Swap on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

An envelope arrived in the mail, addressed to her, to Kitty, from a girl, a thousand miles away, living a different kind of life… but just like her all the same.

Oh my… the joy I felt in watching her expressions change as she read the two page letter. ‘Cara has chickens, Mom! And they HUG her!’

Cara sent two photos of her chickens and they are now pinned next to Kitty’s bed.

Last night Kitty wrote her first letter back. She asked me to read over it to make sure ‘it sounded like her’. It was the sweetest thing ever – my 10 year-old, introducing herself to a new friend.

Seeing Kitty’s delight made me think how cool it would be to facilitate kids finding pen pals all over the country or world… like a pen pal swap. If you would like to find a pen pal for your child, please contact me . List your child’s age, a few interests and a postal address. I will connect you with details of someone who wants a pen pal for their kids too. I’m so excited for this.

 

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Pen Pals : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

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Pen Pals : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

Pen Pals : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Teddy received a letter from Cara’s sister too. He opened the letter with Moose and we read it together.

My children have been talking about their new friends in Maine ever since, wondering what they are doing and what they what they would think about certain things.

Having pen pals has opened up a whole realm of possibilities for them.

 

 

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Pen Pals : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

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What sweet letters. Two precious souls, into our lives like butterfly kisses.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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6 Nature Inspired Fall Crafts

Hi Friends,

It was 90 degrees F  (33 degrees C) here in Southern California at 9am this morning. It reached into the 100’s on Friday, Sat and Sun… and is expected to do the same today, tomorrow and the next day. Wow… we are melting!!

We don’t have air-conditioning in the Sunny House… my Good Man thinks it’s cheating (funny man!)

It’s hard to do anything in heat like this so I’m sitting at the dining room table and fanning myself with my copy of LILIOPH Magazine.

But, for those of you who are in more temperate climates and want to do some fun autumn crafting with your kids, here are 6 lovely, nature-inspired Fall crafts that kids love…

6 Awesome Nature Inspired Fall Crafts to do with Kids : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Click here for links to tutorials of each craft.

 

Happy fall crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Winners of the Fairy Garden Contest 2014!

It is with great excitement that I announce the winners of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest.

Boy was it difficult to pick just four (see the finalists here and here). In my mind, you are ALL winners and the greatest prize EVERYONE won was the magical time you had making your Fairy Garden. Thank you for joining in the fun with me and sharing your enchanting gardens with us.

Drum roll.

Here are the winners…

 

I picked Sophie’s kid’s fairy garden for 4th place because I love the bright colors and the kid-made cuteness of it. Toadstools, fairies and a super-sweet Fairy Inn. Colorful rocks, a dragonfly and a tiled garden path. We love it! Congratulations!

 

Kid Made Fairy Garden : 2nd Place Winner of the  2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comChild Made Fairy Garden : 2nd Place Winner of the  2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comSECOND Prize Winner : Child Made Fairy Garden : 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

 

For 3rd place, I chose Grace, Rose and Charlotte’s fairy garden. I love all the little fairy details in it… the fairy washing line with pretty petal fairy dresses hanging on it, the rose-covered garden fence and the pretty bejeweled wishing well. But, what caught my eye the most, was the gourd fairy houses in the tall flowers… oh my… they enchant me. We love it. Congratulations!

 

Child Made Fairy Garden : Third Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comChild Made Fairy Garden : 2nd Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comSECOND Prize Winner : Child Made Fairy Garden : 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com   Fairies Washing Line Fairy Garden : Third Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comChild Made Fairy Garden : 2nd Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comSECOND Prize Winner : Child Made Fairy Garden : 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com   Gourd Fairy Houses : Kid Friendly Fairy Garden : 3rd Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comChild Made Fairy Garden : 2nd Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comSECOND Prize Winner : Child Made Fairy Garden : 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

More photos here.

 

 

In 2nd place, I chose Peach Blossom Cottage Fairy Garden because it looks like such a magical place to play. It’s at the end of the garden in a big zinc tub with fairy lights, acorn lanterns and all kinds of fairy enchantments. Seeing these kids playing in their garden makes my heart sing. We love it. Congratulations!

 

Second Place Winner : 2014 Fairy Garden Contest : Kid Friendly Fairy Garden :  The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comSecond Prize Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest : Kid Friendly Fairy Garden :  The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comKid Friendly Fairy Garden : 2nd Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

More photos here.

 

 

And, the winner is… this magical Fairy Garden that Sandi made for the kids in her neighborhood. I think this is SUCH a magical thing to do, Sandi. I imagine a child stumbling upon this enchanting scene, unawares that such magic awaits? Oh, the feeling of wonder and enchantment it will give them for the rest of their lives.

Everyone, THIS garden proves to children everywhere that EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

We LOVE it. Congratulations!

 

Winner - Fairy Garden of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comWinning Fairy Garden of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comFairy Garden Contest 2014 Winner on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comFairy Garden - Contest Winner 2014 on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comStick Fairy Door : Fairy Garden Contest Winner : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comStick Table, Chairs and Banner : Fairy Garden Contest Winner : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comFairy Door : Magical Fairy Garden Winner : Fairy Garden Contest 2014 : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comHammock : Magical Fairy Garden Winner : Fairy Garden Contest 2014 : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comWinning Garden : 2014 Magic Onions Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Congratulations, winners. Here are your prizes :

(be sure to check out these gorgeous shops… Christmas is coming up!)

 

First Prize : Daphne the Spring Fairy from Lavender and Lark

Second Prize : $110 Gift Certificate to The Magic Onions Shop

Third Prize : $100 Gift Certificate to Stubby Pencil Studio

Fourth Prize : 75$ Gift Certificate to Magic Wool

 

Fairy Garden Contest Prizes : 2014 : The Magic Onions.com

 

Winners, please contact me asap so that I can put you in touch with the generous sponsors.

 

Thank you all for a wonderful 2014 Fairy Garden Contest. One thing is for sure : WE MADE MAGIC TOGETHER!

 

Be sure to check out these Fairy Garden links…

 

Important Fairy Garden Links :

Fairy Garden Page with lots of photos, links and ideas, tutorials and instructions.

2014 Fairy Garden Contest Rules and ENTRY FORM

Detailed Tutorial on How To Make A Fairy Garden

AWESOME Prizes for the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest

 

Fairy Gardens : Pinterest : The Magic Onions

 

Happy Fairy Gardening,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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2014 Fairy Garden Contest : Finalists : Part TWO

Yesterday, I shared Part ONE of the Fairy Garden finalists with 8 magical gardens.

Today is Part TWO and I have another 8 enchanting gardens to show you.

I’ll start with this AMAZING creation from the Twig and Toadstool kids (click on the link to see closeup photos).

Isn’t it breathtaking?! So much detail… acorn cap bowls, pine cone tables and chairs, mossy beds. You’ll need to pour over these photos for quite a while and you’ll still be seeing new enchantments all the time. And, can you see that everything is picked up from nature. Wow!!!

 

Amazing Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest Finalists : The Magic Onions

Amazing Butterfly Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest Finalists : The Magic Onions

Natural Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest Finalists : The Magic Onions

 

 

I do love tree trunk fairy gardens. Look at this sweet one…

It has little potted plants, such a charming pathway and even a little party banner. But, most of all, I love to see a real fairy playing in it. Lea, your garden is beautiful.

 

 

Kid Friendly Tree Trunk Fairy Garden : Finalist in 2014 Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Kid Friendly Tree Trunk Fairy Garden : Finalist in 2014 Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Tree Trunk Fairy Garden : Finalist in 2014 Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

See more photos of this tree trunk fairy garden here.

 

Here is Sarah’s fairy garden. Oh I love it SO much… with it’s pink little bucket and its colorful wood house.

And, do you see the little fairy? Isn’t she wonderful in her crochet dress and acorn hat!

But, what I love most is Sarah and her sweet Fairy Garden sign. This sign, quite literally, melts my heart!

Your garden is enchanting Sarah… well done!

 

Child's Fairy Garden : Finalist in 2014 Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Kid-made Fairy Garden : Finalist in 2014 Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Child's Fairy Garden : Finalist in 2014 Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

See more of Sarah’s potted fairy garden here.

 

Now this fairy garden. Oh my!!! This is pure delight. This is enchantment and magic and beauty in the extreme. These photos speak for themselves. Take your time… let yourself get lost.

 

Magical Tree Stump Fairy Garden : Finalist in the Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Magical Tree Stump Fairy Garden : Finalist in the Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Magical Tree Stump Fairy Garden : Finalist in the Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

See lots of closeup photos of this amazingly magical fairy garden here.

 

Here’s another gorgeous Fairy Garden, made by Maureen and her little ones. It’s planted in a tin pot. The details are utterly enchanting… so many sweet little treasures to find.  Look at the little bark and acorn house. It has marbles and little shells stuck to it for decoration… and a little acorn chimney. And little mushrooms and colored stones growing around it. And, the fairy tutu washing line!!!

 

Flower Pot Fairy Garden : Finalist in the Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Wood Gnome Home Fairy Garden : Finalist in the Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Fairy Tutu Washing Line Fairy Garden : Finalist in the Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

See more photos of Maureen’s fairy garden here.

 

And, here’s a fairy garden from Dannyelle. In fact, it’s a whole fairy village… all in little flower pots going up her stairs. What could be more enchanting?

 

Pot Plant Fairy Garden Village : Finalist in the Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Tea Party in the Fairy Garden : Finalist in the Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Pot Plant Fairy Garden Village : Finalist in the Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

See many more closeup photos of this potted fairy garden village here.

 

We love this fairy house. Look how the roof is made from pine cones and moss. And, of course, it has been painted so prettily. We love the tire swing and the twig chairs and the little veggie garden.  And we love the story that comes with it. In fact, Teddy has decided that if he finds that he has become a gnome one day, he will live this this very spot.

 

Fairy Garden : Finalist in the Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Fairy Garden : Finalist in the Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Fairy Garden : Finalist in the Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Click here for more photos of this delightful fairy garden.

 

And, last but not least, here is a wonderful Fairy Garden made in a broken terracotta flower pot with little mossy steps that lead up to the most delightful little stone fairy cottage. A cobble stone path, lined with bright miniature toadstools, leads to the front door of the cottage. And there’s a delightful patio with stick chairs and a stick table, complete with tea cups and a plate of cookies.

Don’t miss the birdbath, the mailbox or the charming nest in the tree… take your time to browse every detail in this magical Fairy Garden.

 

Fairy GArden in a Broken Flower Pot : Finalist in the Fariy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Fairy GArden in a Broken Flower Pot : Finalist in the Fariy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Fairy GArden in a Broken Flower Pot : Finalist in the Fariy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Click here to see more closeup photos of this fairy garden in a broken flower pot.

 

There we have it… the 16 finalists of the year (click here to see the Fairy Garden Contest Finalists : Part One)
Wow… I’m amazed at the enchantment, imagination and magic shining from each and every garden.

How will we ever choose winners?

Tune in tomorrow to see .

 

A reminder of the magical prizes that will be won…

 

First Prize : Daphne the Spring Fairy from Lavender and Lark

Second Prize : $110 Gift Certificate to The Magic Onions Shop

Third Prize : $100 Gift Certificate to Stubby Pencil Studio

Fourth Prize : 75$ Gift Certificate to Magic Wool

 

Fairy Garden Contest Prizes : 2014 : The Magic Onions.com

 

Be sure to check out these Fairy Garden links…

 

Important Fairy Garden Links :

Fairy Garden Page with lots of photos, links and ideas, tutorials and instructions.

2014 Fairy Garden Contest Rules and ENTRY FORM

Detailed Tutorial on How To Make A Fairy Garden

AWESOME Prizes for the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest

 

Fairy Gardens : Pinterest : The Magic Onions

 

Happy Fairy Gardening,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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