Magic Sponsors : August 2014

Please support my August Magic Sponsors by browsing through their beautiful shops.

A hearty welcome to a new Magic Sponsor :

Natural Kids -  is a group of artisans from around the world who share a love for handcrafting eco friendly & all-natural toys, clothing, decor and more for kids, and kids at heart.

We’re committed to offering alternatives to mass produced, plastic toys and we share a love for open-ended tools to help kids discover what is new and interesting in the world. We believe that it is best for children’s environment and what they wear to be natural and safe.

You will find many  items that are great for the holidays as well as inspired by the seasons. In our diverse shops of our team members you will find wonderful items for babies and kids of all ages. Many of our sellers pride themselves on offering open ended items for both boys and girls.

 

Welcome back …

The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook : Whether you are just starting to homeschool, or always wanted to, imagine this for a second… You feel confident that you are doing it right. The first steps are clear and you know exactly where to find the resources and support needed to be successful. There’s no second guessing. No confusion. No lack of focus.
Without any floundering, your Waldorf homeschooling falls into place with ease, assurance and joy.

For those of you starting your Waldorf homeschool year… this handbook is a must.

The-Waldorf-Handbook : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

NEST is such beautiful toy shop filled with stunning natural and Waldorf inspired toys. Modeled after the toy shoppes of Germany, at Nest one can find eco-friendly sustainably sourced heirloom wooden toys & beautiful and practical things for the home. They believe that living sustainably need not be a sacrifice. Fine woolens from Ruskovilla of Finland, beautifully handcrafted figures from Ostheimer of Germany, shaker boxes from Brent Rourke of Nova Scotia. Waldorf-inspired play and Waldorf toys & crafts for young and old. I’m LOVING these fun and colorful building blocks.

Christopherus Bookstore : We offer a variety of publications and audio downloads of interest not only to homeschoolers but to teachers and other parents too. We take a fresh and practical approach to Waldorf education (grounded in the work of Rudolf Steiner).

 

Whole Family Rhythms – a series of seasonal and monthly guides created and designed to help Mums (and some Dads) maintain a steady rhythm in their home. The rhythms include unstructured, child-led play both outdoors and indoors; early childhood stories and fingerplays; weekly bushwalking themes; daily art, handwork or creative projects; holistic baking and cooking recipes for the whole family as well as weekly caregiver meditations and projects. Although Whole Family Rhythms focuses primarily on the ‘early years’ the daily activities are flexible and varied enough to inspire and work for families of all ages and sizes.

Whole Family Rhythms : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

The Magic Onions - toys and treasures for the natural home. I make everything by hand using natural and eco-friendly materials. Bring the gorgeous texture of wool felt into your home with wonderful nature-inspired treasures like felted acorns and colorful felted garlands.

The Magic Onions has enchanting Fairy Garden kits… including this awesome Fairy House Kit, complete with a myriad of  natural building materials for fun Fairy House construction.

Fairy House Kit : The Magic Onions Shop

 

 Twig and Toadstool – a gorgeous blog written by mama friends, Maureen and Shanti. Join them as they explore natural crafts and happy family life.

 

Thank you for supporting our Magic Sponsors and please remember …

 

Support Small Business : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

I’m passionate about connecting small businesses with customers who value them. If you are interested in becoming a Magic Sponsor, please click here for sponsorship information.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Camping in the Wheeler Gorge Forest, Ojai, CA

When city life gets too much for us and we find ourselves fractious and irritable, we pack up our camper van and set off into the wild. We have found so many beautiful, out-of-the-way places in Southern California… some as close to us as  only an hour away.

This time, we tried a new camping spot, Wheeler Gorge, near Ojai, CA. It was a 3 hour drive in Friday Los Angeles traffic but, as soon as we left the freeway and started winding our way into the Los Padres National Forest, our spirits started to soar and our tensions began to float away.

We found ourselves in a lovely large and secluded camping spot, shady under great California Live Oaks.

We love traveling in our camper van as there is not much setting up when we get there and, the moment we arrive, we can pull out our camping chairs, start to chop some firewood and start feeling free.

We learned and experienced so many amazing things.

We woke up at 2am on the first night and went out to see the stars. The sky was AMAZING. The gorge is far enough away from city lights that thousands of stars pepper the dark. My kids had never seen anything quite so spectacular. And, to top it off, Kitty saw her first shooting star.

On the second night, Teddy and Kitty got their various lanterns and torches to work (it was quite a job locating where I had packed the batteries… I pack too well, it seems). They enjoyed exploring the campsite with their beams of light and discovered that the dirt was teeming with NOCTURNAL ants. I was skeptical when they implored me to come and see but was AMAZED to find that there were thousands of big black ants all around where there had been none only hours before. I’m glad they were nocturnal!

Our campsite was near a running, knee-deep stream, full of tadpoles and dragonflies. The children spent hours playing, catching, building, racing and floating in the water.

We went on beautiful hikes through the forested gorge.

In our quite times, Kitty and I listened to our stories with our earphones. Teddy played with his cars and rode around the quite camp on his bike. My Good Man unwound in his chair and let the forest air engulf him.

We roasted marshmallows, of course… and ate s’mores too.

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Poison Oak : leaves of three, leave them be. Don’t be afraid of Poison Oak… kids can be trusted to identify it and stay away from it.

Camping in Wheeler Gorge, CA : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Camping is so magical for us. None of us can wait until we can set off again.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Fairy Garden in a Hanging Basket Feature : FOURTEEN

Lily has made her fairy garden in a hanging basket… isn’t it just too delightful for words!

Look at all the little details. The twig and moss house. The leaf blanket. The acorn cap hanging basket. The pine needle broom.

Well done, Lily… your garden is magical… thank you for sharing it with us.

Fairy Garden in a Hanging Basket : The Magic Onions

Fairy Garden in a Hanging Basket : The Magic Onions

Fairy Garden in a Hanging Basket : The Magic Onions

Fairy Garden in a Hanging Basket : The Magic Onions

 

For more inspiration… be sure to check out these Fairy Garden links…

 

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

 

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

Magic Craft Boxes available Now – Autumn

Life is busy.

We often don’t have the time to find the goodies we need to make cute things with our children.

Well, now you can rely on The Magic Craft Box!

Everything you’ll need to make these beautiful handmade treasures with your children will be mailed straight to your doorstep, ready and waiting for when you have a little free time to make magic with your children.

 

Autumn Magic Craft Box

 

Autumn Magic Craft Box : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com/shop

 

Magical, nature-inspired crafts, designed specifically for Autumn crafting.

Hours of fun for you and your little ones to enjoy together.

 

Feedback from a happy customer – “The Magic Craft Box was beautifully done, both in quality and the enclosed instructions. Both of my children have each completed all of the crafts and enjoyed the process so much. I would recommend these craft boxes to anyone! There are so many possibilities within the crafts. The shipping was wonderful and there was SO much attention to detail. Thanks so much!” – Vanessa

 

 

What’s in the 2014 Autumn Magic Craft Box?

A delightful collection of natural crafts with a wonderfully fresh fall theme. Enjoy easy happy autumn crafting.

I have concentrated on natural textures for this year’s autumn crafting. Tactile materials to keep your kids enthralled for many hours.

The 4 crafts include :

1. The cutest pine cone fairy with frizzy hair, burlap wings and an acorn hat.

2. A Nature inspired photo frame made from moss and sticks and other nature bits.

3. TWO adorable shell babies with paper rose hats and magic pearls.

4. Two felt gnomes made from felt I have hand-dyed using natural dyes.

 

 

Pine Cone Fairy

 

She is very beautiful and made entirely with natural materials. You’ll be able to hang her in a special place in your house and see your child beam whenever s/he sees this sweet pine cone fairy.

Pine Cone Fairy in Autumn Magic Craft Box : The Magic Onions

Pine Cone Fairy in Autumn Magic Craft Box : The Magic Onions

 

Nature Photo Frame

 

I bet your child has a special photo that her your favorite. In this kit, she’ll make the perfect photo frame for it using moss and sticks, a feather butterfly and a felted acorn. Her photo will look magical in her gorgeous frame.

Nature Photo Frame in Autumn Magic Craft Box : The Magic Onions

 

Nature Photo Frame in Autumn Magic Craft Box : The Magic Onions

 

Shell Babies

 

Shell babies are born in clam shells. Each baby is born with a magical pearl that you can wish upon. If you are lucky enough to have a shell baby, you can make your wish by touching her pearl, closing your eyes and… wishing. Don’t tell anyone what you have wished for as this wish is just for you. Make no mistake, your wish will come true… it may take a day or month or a year but one day, something wonderful will happen and you’ll realize that it is your shell baby’s wish that has just come true.

Your kit will include all the materials and instructions to make TWO shell babies.

They are just adorable.

 

Shell Babies in Autumn Magic Craft Box : The Magic Onions

Shell Babies in Autumn Magic Craft Box : The Magic Onions

 

Felt Gnomes

 

Sewing is like making your own kind of magic. You start with a few bits and pieces that seem unrelated. And you work with patience and determination to follow the pattern. Sometimes, it may seem too difficult and you may want to quit. But don’t. Take a rest and come back to it a little later. It doesn’t matter how long you take… you may feel comfortable doing only a few stitches at a time… that’s fine. Work on through the hard parts and you’ll feel so wonderfully proud when you are done. You’ll feel more than amazing to hold your unique creations in the very hands that made them. Now, THAT’s magic!

Making these felt gnomes if a wonderful beginner sewing project for boys and girls alike. With a little help from mom, children as young as 4 will be able to complete this sewing project with ease.

Your kit will include everything you’ll need to make TWO felt gnomes.

Nature Photo Frame in AuFelt Gnomes in Autumn Magic Craft Box : The Magic Onionstumn Magic Craft Box : The Magic Onions

Felt Gnomes in Autumn Magic Craft Box : The Magic Onions

 

Ready to buy your Magic Craft Box?

 

4 Seasons :

 

Many families have subscribed to the Magic Craft Box ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION and I urge you to do the same – no stress crafting!

At the beginning of each season, a magic craft box is delivered to your doorstep for hours of fun seasonal crafting.

What a GREAT gift for grandparents to give their far-away grand kids.

Click here to see the crafts from the previous years :

Winter

Winter

Spring

Spring

Autumn

Summer

 

Magic Craft Box - www.theMagicOnions.com

Feedback from Happy Customers:

 

“The Magic Craft Box is pure delight! Straight from the fairies! My daughter is loving them and the magic packed in. I love them too, having everything ready in one easy package. Thank you so much!” – Lindsey

“My goodness, this is such a brilliant concept. I can’t tell which craft my children enjoyed the most! Opening their Magic Craft Boxes was such an experience for them… it made even my 11 year old start to believe in fairies again! My 3 year old loved being part of making the crafts too. All around, this was a wonderful experience for my whole family. I have already purchased our One Year Subscription – keep the magic coming!” – Denise

“The Magic Craft Box was beautifully done, both in quality and the enclosed instructions. Both of my children have each completed all of the crafts and enjoyed the process so much. I would recommend these craft boxes to anyone! There are so many possibilities within the crafts. The shipping was wonderful and there was SO much attention to detail. Thanks so much!” – Vanessa

This is how magically each craft kit is packaged

 

If you would prefer not to use Etsy, please CONTACT ME and I will gladly set up another payment method for you.

If you have any questions or problems, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Enjoy making MAGIC!

Blessings and magic,

Donni