Work in Progress : Toadstool Pots

I’ve been working of these sweet toadstool pot plants for the shop.

I LOVE how they have turned out… whimsy and magic and cute, cute, cute…

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Here are a few work-in-progress photos…

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You can find them in The Magic Onions Shop.

What other colors should I make?

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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DIY Tutorial Wire and Felt Crown

We are officially in the Harry Potter stage of our lives.

Kitty has read the first two books (alas, she has to wait a year to read the third).

She is utterly entranced.

And, of course, whatever Kitty finds awesome, Teddy finds awesome too.

So, Harry Potter craze, here we come.

This summer has been all about wands, magic spells and a myriad of other wizardry things.

Today, Kitty wanted to make a crown.

This is what we made… isn’t it gorgeous!!

 

DIY Tutorial Wire and Felt Crown : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Lucky for us, all the goodies we needed could be found in my workshop.

 

Materials :

 

*   a silver hairband

*   bendy wire

*   a blue paper rose

*   blue felt balls

*    pliers for cutting wire

*    my hot glue gun

 

DIY Tutorial Wire and Felt Crown : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Method :

 

Cut a length of wire about a foot and a half long using the pliers.

We will make the peaks of the crown in the middle third of the hairband using the wire.

Start by winding one end of the wire around the headband to secure it.

Make a triangle with the wire. Use the pliers to help you make a sharp point in the wire at the top of the peak.

Make the center peak a little taller than the two side peaks.

Secure the wire to the end of the hairband / crown by winding it tightly and snipping it off with the pliers.

 

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Now use your glue gun to stick the paper rose and felt balls in place.

Voila… your beautiful, dainty crown is ready to be worn by a princess.

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Kitty made a few smaller tiaras using a hair slide, wire and paper roses too.

 

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The kids are running around with crowns and tiaras, wands and capes.

Today is FULL of magic.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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DIY Painted Fairy Houses

We spent the morning making pretty houses for our Fairy Garden.

We painted wooden birdhouses in bright rainbow colors. Both children declared that ‘bright rainbow colors’ attract fairies… did you know that?

Materials we needed :

  • craft paper
  • wood birdhouse (from craft store)
  • paint (from craft store)
  • polyurethane spray paint (craft or hardware store)

 

1.   We lined the table with craft paper so that the kids could paint without fear of painting on the furniture.
2.   We decided on the style and color we wanted our fairy house to be and painted happily.
3.   When the paint on the fairy houses were completely dry, we took our fairy houses outside and sprayed them with a liberal coating of polyurethane. This seals the paint and prepares our fairy houses for the outdoors.

 

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Look how wonderful our fairy houses look. They sure are BRIGHT and COLORFUL!

I think a whole crowd of fairies will be attracted to our Fairy Garden.

 

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NOTE : If your little ones want to make a fairy house just like these but you don’t want to run around finding all the materials you’ll need, I’ve listed a Fairy House Kit in The Magic Onions Shop just for you. You’ll get everything you’ll need, shipped right to your doorstep.

Happy summer crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Portraits of Us : Week 20

My mom comes to stay with us for a month each year.

She is an inspiration. She is full of joy. She is Granny-extraorinaire.

She encourages us to do exciting things. She is wise and smart and strong. She smiles and laughs and makes us smile and laugh too.

She is creative. She is loving. She is beautiful.

Thank you for coming all this way to be with us, Granny. We love you so much. Our month with you is our favorite month in the whole year.

 

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This week we have…

… cooked tomato jam… and eaten it all up.

… created crowns and necklaces and lots of other lovely things.

… found a kayak at a garage sale and ENJOYED it in the lagoon for hours and hours.

… biked everywhere with Granny.

What a lovely week it’s been.

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To help me cherish every little moment, I post a portrait of us each week. A photo of us doing every-day-little-things that I know I will miss in the years to come. When I’m missing these sweet times, I’ll come back and see that I did cherish them. I did drink them in and I did know how special it all was.

Here’s to these special, happy, days… all of them.

Here are the previous Portraits of Us.

Blessings and magic,

Donni