The Magic Onions - Handmade for the Natural Home

Nothing Is Insignificant

I love this Mother Teresa quote :: If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. It resonates with me because I know how I important my job is. I feel the enormous responsibility I have as a mom to raise our children to be loving and compassionate beings who will, in turn, bestow unconditional love upon their own children. The two little pebbles I am gifting to this glorious lake may seem insignificant against its vast expanse, but I know their ripples will improve it forever. They will add to its splendor and make it more beautiful than ever before.

Nothing is insignificant.

 

Photo of boy at lake

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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The BEST Summer Ever!

Summer is rushing by. It’s going so fast I can hardly catch my breath. I have an overwhelming desire to slow it down, slow down the seconds so that I can consciously savor them all.

I’m feeling like this because each day has been magical, filled with such cool summer moments.  We all agreed last night that this has been the best summer of our lives. Isn’t that a super awesome thing to agree upon?! Will we look back on this time and say, ‘oh yes! I remember that! It happened in our first summer in New Hampshire… that best summer ever!

It’s this place, you see, this magical place that drew us to her. All that time ago, when I sent out the alarm call into the ether, she answered, so clearly that we couldn’t ignore her beckoning tune. We had to come to her. We had to bravely leave behind everything we knew and step into the openness of opportunity. And she’s blessed us every day since. She’s blessed us with astounding gifts. All of us, each one of us, has blossomed under her gaze. And amazingly, we sense it’s just the beginning. We are at the start of something astounding.

So, if you have sent out that plea and are hearing the wild calling you to her, go. Be brave and GO.

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August is the month for amazingly beautiful sunsets. We get ourselves an evening drink (mine is a shandy) and sit beneath the glorious colors. Early evening is when the weather rolls in and we watch the curvaceous cumulonimbus clouds as they dance upon the horizon.

The daisies, queen anne’s lace and other wildflowers are abundant. It rains almost every night and the meadows show their thanks by growing veraciously towards the sky.

We have spent many hours swimming in the clear black lakes. They are cool and calming and their mineral waters leave our skin and hair smooth and nourished.

Kitty has started riding lessons with a wonderful woman called Kathy in Nelson. She is a pony club enthusiast and, as I watch her teaching Kate all about the nuances of horses, I am reminded of those Thelwell books from my youth. I love seeing my children loving the same things I loved when I was a child. So many things come full circle.

While Kitty rides, Teddy catches and cuddles the chickens… and collects their still-warm-from-the-chicken eggs.

I’ve had a wonderful burst of creativity too and have been creating magical sculptures from clay. The snippet of a toadstool is a sneak peek!

Here’s our summer in pictures…

Photo of beautiful sunset Photo of orange sunset Photo of orange sunset Photo of daisies Photo of dandelion Photo of fresh PYO raspberries Photo of the lake and hand heart

Photo of horse in barn photo of child holding chicken Photo of freshly laid egg Photo of rooster photo of pink coneflowers ECHINACEA Photo of lake in New Hampshire Photo of acorns Photo of me Photo of toadstool

Hoping your summer has been magical too.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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My Magical Macrame Workshop :: Squam

MACRAME, friends!!! It’s my new obsession and quite the most gorgeous yummyness to ever come back into fashion. Macrame is an ancient technique of creating beautiful geometric and organic shapes with nothing more than string and knots. If you think macrame is that awful brown acrylic owl wall-art your granny had hanging in her passage, think again. Macrame has been revamped by amazing artists and has come back into the artistic world with a loud bang.

I know this because I’ve just spent a magical weekend at Squam Art Workshop HQ in Rhode Island, learning Macrame from Michael Gabrielle, who is quite the most beautiful man to ever knot a piece string… with his long black hair and equally long black eyelashes. He surrounded us with warmth and loving kindness as he shared the tricks of his trade and taught us how to bring forth our intrinsic creative flow to make our own macrame masterpieces.

It’s a fabulous craft, peeps, supremely meditative and calming. Not only can one make a gorgeous piece of art, but macrame can make the creator feel centered and grounded too. We all agreed that is must surely be remarkably good for our brains as we were required to cross the midline (working from left to right… AND then… right to left) every few minutes or so. Interestingly, this was initially VERY confusing for our brains to grasp. Most of us found that we had a dominant side where the work flowed naturally but that as soon as we tried to work from the opposite side, our brains froze and our fingers fumbled in confusion. But, as the day wore on, our brains remembered how to cross over from left to right and the confusion melted away. It was fascinating to experience the building of synapses.

Waldorf Education understands the significance in allowing children the opportunity to engage in activities that encourage them to cross the midline. This helps their brains build strong left brain/right brain pathways and is why handwork like knitting, embroidery and cross stitch, is included in the everyday Waldorf curriculum. I am now convinced that we should all be consistently engaging in handwork as we grow older too, keeping our left brain / right brain connections and synapses strong and healthy. Do macrame, friends… it keeps your brain sharp!

I’m so excited to have at last met Elizabeth Duvivier, the creator and founder of Squam Art Workshops. I’ve known about Elizabeth and the magic she is bringing into the world for many years. To have finally met her in person was a joy and an inspiration. Elizabeth believes in creativity as a way of life and has been bringing this concept to woman through her creative workshops for over 10 years. If you haven’t attended Squam yet, please treat yourself and sign up for a workshop. It will be an extraordinary, life-changing gift that you surely deserve.

To add the cherry on top of the weekend, my friend and fellow oil fairy, Em, and her delightful daughter were there to anoint us all with the healing, emotional and spiritual benefits of essential oil.

Today, I am feeling enormous gratitude to have experienced such a warm, loving, creative and supportive workshop. Thanks to all who shared it with me.

Here are some photos from the weekend…

 

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Blessings and magic,

Donni

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On The Vintage Trail in Vermont

Every once-in-a-while, my friend Cathrine and I set off on an adventure. We go ‘antiquing’… peppered here and there with coffee stops and fine dining. It’s so much fun!!

New England is teeming with antique shops… ranging from cute little curated vintage stores to barns full of ‘old junk’. We find treasures galore. So many that we are dreaming of opening our own antique store… ha ha… we laugh at the prospect of going shopping in antique shops to stock our own antique shop. But what is one to do with all the treasure one finds?

Our last adventure took us to Vermont on a gorgeously sunny summers day.

I showed restraint and came home with a pair a wonderful baroque candlesticks, adorned with birds and leaves and strawberries. I’ll show you a photo of them when I find the right spot for them in my home. And also the coolest wooden bread bowl (I have a penchant for these!). You can see it in the third photo… it’s the 4th bowl in the stack, with the rounded edges. It’s these rounded edges I love… so unusual in a vintage wooden bread bowl. Catherine filled my car with flowers in vintage cans and our trip home was so wonderfully fragrant.

My only regret is leaving behind the big vintage butterfly print. In fact, I’m saving up my pocket money to go back in August and claim her… she better be there!

Look at all the glorious goodies to be found…

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I can’t wait for our next outing. Cathrine, lets go soon!

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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