Felted Easter Eggs : Needle Felting Tutorail

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  I’ve been hard at work making magical felted Easter eggs for the Easter Bunny to put in my children’s baskets.     I’m thankful that, while they do get chocolate eggs from the Easter Bunny, he also fills their baskets with lots of fun candy alternatives. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to makeIf you want to read more…click here

Honey Bees are Amazing!

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We had a wonderful time watching honey bees collecting pollen from the prettiest of flowers on our hike on Sunday. They worked tirelessly until their leg sacks were full to bursting and they could hardly fly. Then we followed them, hoping to find their hive. Over bushes, under trees, around a stream. It was aIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial : Needle Felted Spring Nest

Tutorial : Needle Felted Spring Nest

  Spring has burst forth in full regalia here in Southern California. the trees are so pretty in their pinks and whites and magentas. And the birds have started to busy themselves building nests.  Spring is full of crafting inspiration and we have been making pretty needle felted spring nests too. One of the thingsIf you want to read more…click here

Spring Blossoms

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Spring blossoms abound. The trees are so pretty… they are pink and white and magenta. It’s amazing how quickly they spring forth. It seems that one day a tree is bare and the next it is dressed all in pink.   Spring makes the world a happy place You see a smile on every face.If you want to read more…click here

A Surprise Visit!


We have had a wonderful surprise at The Sunny House… an unexpected visit from our Granny and Grampa. It’s so lovely to share our lives with them and take them around to all our special places. We laugh and play and talk… talk endlessly. There is ever so much to catch up on. And, ofIf you want to read more…click here

Hello March

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I hope wonderful things happen in March.     Blessings and magic, Donni

My Stance on the Vaccine Debate.

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I have stayed out of the vaccine debate, until now… no longer! This issue is too important not to address. No matter how you feel about vaccinations, giving up your right to choose is one of the craziest things we could ever do. Bill 277 will mandate vaccinations for all Californian children and, if passed,If you want to read more…click here

Nature-Inspired Easter Crafts

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Here is a link to some of the past Easter crafts that we’ve enjoyed the most…     Click on the photo above to see the tutorials for each craft. Blessings and magic, Donni

Spring Magic Craft Box : 2015 Available NOW!

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Hi, Happy Friends… I have some exciting news for you. The Spring Magic Craft Boxes are on their way to lucky children all over the world! THEY ARE ENCHANTING! The Spring’s Magic Craft Box is delighful. It is filled to the brim with the wonder and newness of Spring! As usual, the fairies, elves andIf you want to read more…click here

The Pollen Collectors and Other Treasures from Nature

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Waldorf schools around the country have enjoyed this week off as our teachers plan curriculums and attend meetings. In the past, we have used this week to go skiing in the mountains. But, as there has been no snow, anywhere, skiing is sadly out. Instead, we have used this precious time together to go onIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Tutorial for a Fairy Door

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  Did you know that we share The Sunny House with a family of fairies? Do you see the door to their part of the house? It’s on the pillar to the left of my desk… on top of the molding with a little wooden ladder leading up to it from the floor. Do youIf you want to read more…click here

Something NEW!


I have exciting news that I can’t wait to share… but I have to stay mum for a little while longer. I’m working on something new… something that I’ve been wanting to do for ages and at last I’ve set the magic in motion. It shouldn’t be long now! You will LOVE it! Here’s aIf you want to read more…click here

My Girl


On Friday evenings, My Good Man and Teddy go to soccer practice and Kitty and I have fallen into the lovely routine spending some time together, just the two of us. We wander around a park, admiring the flowers and then find a little low-key restaurant that has food we both love. We chose ItalianIf you want to read more…click here

Valentine’s Day Crafts

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Looking for some last minute crafts for Valentine’s Day? Here are a few LOVEly goodies we have made…     1. Hoop Art Treasures with Favorite Old Clothes 2. Pretty Pom Pom Flowers 3. Watercolor Heart Garland 4. Wire Love Letters 5. Needle Felted Heart 6. Needle Felted Valentine Gnome 7. Wax Paper Stain GlassIf you want to read more…click here

Mermaids and the Smell of the Sea


We had the great honor of watching two beautiful souls join their lives together on the pier over the ocean at Hermosa Beach, CA. It was a magnificently wild day, with grey clouds, silver seas and rain that pelted down upon us as the ceremony drew to a close. We regarded this opening of theIf you want to read more…click here

In Gratutude (and Happiness)

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I’ve been listening to Ted Talks while I work. Wow!! There are some incredible people in this glorious world. I have learned SO much! Here’s something BIG… the more grateful you are, the happier you will be. You would think it was the other way around, wouldn’t you… that you become grateful because you areIf you want to read more…click here

My Workspace : The Sunny House Tour

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  We moved into our beautiful Sunny House just over two years ago. Living in this gorgeous home, that was built, completely, from the ground up, by my clever Good Man, has been more wonderful than we could ever have imagined. We are still pinching ourselves at our luck. I’m thankful that we took ourIf you want to read more…click here

In The Cathedral of the Wild

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  Dewdrops or dancing fairies? Mist, moss, mirth. Dappled sunshine, deep shadows. Green grass, grey skies, rusty leaves. Love, laughter, life. It’s all around us. Always.   “In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us.” – Boyd Varty. Yes. Blessings and magic, Donni StayIf you want to read more…click here

Hello February!

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  I’m looking forward to this new month… so many treasures to unfurl and magic to discover. Breathe deep of the winter sunshine, sparkle like dew and know that there are enchantments all around.       I can’t wait to share wonder with you this month. Blessings and magic, Donni

Days of Wonder

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Kitty received a wonderful book from her Godfather for Christmas. It’s called “365 Days of Wonder”. Each day a new quote for us to read to each other and ponder. We’ve come to the conclusion that it’s right… there are indeed 365 days of wonder in the year and that little daily things are, inIf you want to read more…click here

DIY : Mini Clay Houses

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I have always been utterly in love with little clay houses. They are so tiny and sweet and make me think of fairies and gnomes and magical wishes. I have collected a couple of sets over the years and display them on windowsills throughout the house. You can see my first set here (warning… youIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Love Delights

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  Here are some sweet suggestions for your Valentine’s Day decorating… from the Magic Onions Shop.   One   (felted heart Garlands) Two   (felted wool flowers) Three   (felted love pebbles)   There is a lot more to choose from in the shop. Thanks for visiting. Blessings and magic, Donni   Stay connected… sign up for myIf you want to read more…click here

For the Love of Art

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe that my little girl is already 11. And other times, like this, it’s hard to believe that she’s ONLY 11. I marvel in awe as I watch her artistic talent and skill unfold. She is devoted to her art. She draws and paints at every opportunity… for hours and hours.If you want to read more…click here

Throwback Thursday : Our Little House on the Prairie

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Oh my… how I love looking back through the years. Look at how adorable Teddy was in 2011!     I came across these posts again… our Little House On The Prairie. and Housekeeeping. Looking at the sweet space Kitty, Teddy and I created together gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling in my belly asIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Pebbles


A large part of my weekend was spent making felted pebbles. You guys are loving them! They are flying out of the shop as fast as I can make them. I adore knowing that so many of you will be decorating your home with my sweet felted pebbles for Valentine’s Day. And I bet you’llIf you want to read more…click here

The Knitting of Cowls


We have been in a knitting mood since Christmas. Maybe it’s the cold weather. And sitting together near the warm fire. We chat and reminisce and knit. It’s beautiful family time. Teddy has always loved finger-knitting. And, he’s a star caster-on’er. But now, he’s learning how to knit with needles. At first, I sat withIf you want to read more…click here

The Discovery of Ice

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Nature is so totally AWESOME! We can go to the same place one hundred times and it will be different every and every time. We find new treasures, discover new enchantments. After the recent rains, we were amazed to find that the the stream was frozen over. Frozen! In Southern California, that’s a BIG deal.If you want to read more…click here

A Party At The Sunny House.

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We had a party at the Sunny House (for my birthday) and I took a few photos to share while everything was still shiny and clean. It’s a little scary having a party on a cold and rainy day, especially when you know that there will be 15 kids running around. But, apparently, the SunnyIf you want to read more…click here

New Year, New Toys !

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  I’ve just joined Instagram.com and I’m having so much fun connecting with everyone through the gorgeous photos you share.   Why, oh-why, has it taken me so long?!! It’s THE BEST!   Here’s me : http://instagram.com/themagiconions/   Leave your Instagram link in the comments – I’d love to find you there.     Aslo,If you want to read more…click here

DIY Golden Valentine’s Day Votives

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We said goodbye to our beloved Christmas tree yesterday. We hugged her and thanked her for being such a huge part of our joyous Christmas. We packed away her precious ornaments and stored them safely for next year. And, when she was gone, we felt so rotten, staring at her empty corner. Our home feltIf you want to read more…click here

Coming out from behind the lens.

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It’s my birthday. I’m 42 today. I’m so excited about the gift  I’m giving to myself… I’m making a BIG change on The Magic Onions in honor of 42 beautiful years on this magical earth. I’m coming out from behind the lens. I wrote my very first blog post on January 01, 2009. I’ve hadIf you want to read more…click here

A Needle Felting Party for Kitty!

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Kitty turned 11 the other day. Poor Kitty! Her birthday is so close to Christmas that we are usually all-partied-out by the time her special day comes around. But this year we made a big effort to celebrate her birthday with a party for her and her class friends. She decided that she wanted toIf you want to read more…click here

Christmas at the Sunny House


We had a magical Christmas at the Sunny House with lots of together time, making special family memories. It’s always a mad rush for me up until a few days before Christmas, getting packages from The Magic Onions Shop into the mail in time for Christmas delivery. Thank you to everyone who shopped at TheIf you want to read more…click here

Family Goals for 2015!

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Happy New Year!!   Thank you to 2014 and all the special memories we made together.   Here’s a snapshot of our year…     Yay for 2015! May it be full of love, blessings and happy times.   Here are a few family goals we created for the year ahead – we’ll tell youIf you want to read more…click here

Make your own DIY Wool Dryer Balls

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Do you use wool dryer balls when you dry your clothes in your drying machine?   If you don’t, you should give them a try… they are FABULOUS!!   – They speed your drying time which can relate to a big saving on your monthly gas or electricity bill. – They are reusable and lastIf you want to read more…click here

To My Beautiful Girl on your Eleventh Birthday

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My Dearest Kitty, I feel so lucky to be your mom. You are strong and kind and thoughtful and it’s an honor to walk with you as your path opens up before us. As you move into your second decade and your mind, body and spirit blossoms into the beautiful lotus flower you are destinedIf you want to read more…click here

Happy Winter Solstice!

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YOU are leading the way.     Blessings and magic, Donni

Child-Made Nativity Set


Last year, my children spent so many hours making the most delightful nativity set from wood, felt and other natural materials. I can’t tell you how much joy it brought us to bring this set out again this year. We remembered so many sweet and funny stories from when we made it. Kitty laughed asIf you want to read more…click here

Natural Toys for Happy Kids

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Natural Kids is one of my favorite places to shop for beautiful, natural toys. I am a member of this special group and I know most of these guys personally… they are moms and dads just like you and me. I can say without a shadow of doubt that oodles of love and care goesIf you want to read more…click here

Winter Magic Craft Box : Available Now!

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Such exciting news… the Winter Magic Craft Boxes are on their way to lucky children all over the world. THEY ARE ENCHANTING! This is a reminder to all of you whose children will be receiving a Magic Craft Box… please let your child open the package herself. Opening the box will be an experience allIf you want to read more…click here

Magic Sponsors : December 2014


Please support my December Magic Sponsors by browsing through their beautiful shops.   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 believeIf you want to read more…click here

All About Advent : Discovering Waldorf Series

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A few years ago, my sweet friend Kelly wrote a wonderful article about Waldorf and Advent for my Discovering Waldorf Series. I loved finding it today and remembering what Advent is really all about. Advent includes the four Sundays prior to Christmas, a time of inner searching, introspection and anticipation. It is through the darknessIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

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I smile when I look back at photos of Christmas’s past. Isn’t it sweet to catch a glimpse of our little ones when they were even little’er? Here is our DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendar from two years ago, just after we moved into The Sunny House. Kitty, Teddy and I made it… although IIf you want to read more…click here

Earthly Treasures


This is what our Black Friday looked like… It’s like we have 3 seasons here in Southern California… spring, summer and autumn. We took Moose on a afternoon walk around the Lagoon and discovered all kinds of earthly treasures.     Have a happy weekend, Blessings and magic, Donni

Winter Camping

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One of the great perks of living in Southern California is that winter doesn’t prevent us from going camping. The evenings and early mornings are cold… cold enough to need gloves and hats… but soon the sun comes out and warms up the day and by 9.30am we are in T-shirts and shorts again. There’sIf you want to read more…click here

Pipsticks : A Sticker Subscriptions for Sticker Lovers


I’m very excited to introduce a new Magic Sponsor  : Pipsticks. Pipsticks provides sticker subscriptions for sticker lovers around the world. Designed to tickle the imaginations of kids, crafters and pen pals everywhere, Pipsticks brings a beautifully designed pack of stickers selected from high quality international suppliers to its sticker club members each month. PipsticksIf you want to read more…click here

Rembering Brave People


Today is Veteran’s Day. Thank you to all those brave people who have fought for life and liberty. My gratitude transcends time and space and touches you, wherever you are. This is my veteran grandfather, holding a little me. He fought in World War II. His survival is an amazing story : read it HERE.If you want to read more…click here

Patchwork Indi Arts Show

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On Sunday, we packed up the little shop and set it up again for the Patchwork Indi Craft Market in Long Beach, CA. It’s my favorite market. It’s such fun getting to meet all the lovely shoppers. And see their delight as they Ooo and Ahhhh at my magical felted goodies. I had three helpers…If you want to read more…click here

Magic Sponsors : October 2014


Please support my October Magic Sponsors by browsing through their beautiful shops. There are only NINE Saturdays until Christmas!!   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 clearIf you want to read more…click here

Two Quick and Easy Pumpkin Crafts

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Looking for a couple of quick and easy pumpkin crafts for Halloween? Here are two of our favorites :   1. Melted Wax Decorated Pumpkins : decorate mini pumpkins with melting colored crayons onto them. Full tutorial HERE.     2. No Knit Yarn Pumpkin : make an adorable pumpkin with orange yarn and aIf you want to read more…click here

Camping in Julian, CA


Julian, CA, is one of our favorite camping spots. We stay in a campsite that has a little pond. Teddy loves to fish. We wake up early to fish, when the shadows are long and the light is golden. Kitty isn’t much of a fisherlady. But, I did catch her saluting the sun. Autumn inIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Spider Web With Wire and Sticks

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Here’s one of our favorite spider crafts from the archives… a wire and stick spider web for Halloween…     Here is the full tutorial : how to make this stick and wire spider web.   Happy Halloween crafting, Blessings and magic, Donni    

Eggshell Ghost Mobile

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For easy Halloween crafting, save your white eggshells to make a ghost mobile…     Isn’t it CUTE?! The full tutorial on how to make an eggshell mobile is here. Happy Halloween crafting, Blessings and magic, Donni

Halloween Giveaway : Pumpkin Witches!

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Look who just flew into the shop! Two of the plumpest Halloween witches. They flew in on their little rustic broomsticks and are giggling naughtily. I’m sure they are up to some mischief in there! So… I’m wanting to test something in my Etsy shop and I’m hoping you’ll help me. To thank you, I’veIf you want to read more…click here

Weaving an Autumn Tapestry with Wool Roving

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Look at this gorgeous woven autumn tapestry Kitty and I made together. We used a vine wreath form, colorful autumn wool roving, some wool yarn and a couple of felted toadstools.       Step 1 : Make the Tree Loom   I tied off the yarn branches and roots using a simple slipknot.  If you want to read more…click here

Teaching Timone How To Climb

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Kitty has had an important job… she’s been teaching Timone to climb. Each day, she takes him to the avocado tree and climbs with him. At first, he was so scared and would immediately scurry back onto Kitty’s shoulder. But now, he climbs right to the top of the tree. Up and down… around andIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Colorful Harvest Corn Necklace


Kitty and I saw Indian Corn in the grocery store the other day and we remembered when we made gorgeous corn necklaces a few years ago. I though I’d share the tutorial again …     Tutorial : How to make an Indian Corn necklace.   Blessings and magic, Donni

Meet Timone, Our Baby Squirrel

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We have a new baby at the Sunny House. Meet Timone, our baby squirrel.   Isn’t he just the most adorable little thing?! We are smitten in love. He has quite stolen our hearts away! He came to us last week from a friend who, sadly, found him after her cat caught his mother. WeIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 24

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We are having a family painting day today. Kitty and I found this amazing magical coloring sheet that opens up into a long scene for us to color. We are using watercolor. And all of us are adding our own special magic. It’s starting to look so beautiful…   When it’s done, we will hangIf you want to read more…click here

Magic Sponsors : September 2014

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Please support my September Magic Sponsors by browsing through their beautiful shops. Christmas is 3 months away! A hearty welcome to two new Magic Sponsors :   Artterro : Here at Artterro we make Eco Art Kits, and there’s nothing else quite like them on the market. In 2008, Artterro founder Forrest Espinoza was shoppingIf you want to read more…click here

Make Spiders for Halloween

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Here are two spider crafts your little ones will enjoy making and playing with…     Tutorial : How to make a Black Widow Spider       Tutorial : How to make a Pine Cone Spider.   Scary stuff!! Blessings and magic, Donni If you haven’t already, please sign up for my newsletter toIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial : Walnut Shell Leaf Boat

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Today I’ll show you how to make these sweet walnut shell boats. It’s such a fun craft, especially in the autumn when we can find all kinds of gorgeous fallen leaves to use as the masts.       You will need :  – a walnut shell  – a stick mast and a blob ofIf you want to read more…click here

Pen Pal Swap

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Kitty and Teddy received their first letters from their new Pen Pals. Can you see how delighted Kitty was?     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… theIf you want to read more…click here

6 Nature Inspired Fall Crafts

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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 GoodIf you want to read more…click here

Winners of the Fairy Garden Contest 2014!

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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 youIf you want to read more…click here

2014 Fairy Garden Contest : Finalists : Part TWO

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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… acornIf you want to read more…click here

2014 Fairy Garden Contest : Finalists : Part ONE

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You can imagine the hard time we’ve had choosing winners for this years Fairy Garden Contest. Oh, my… it’s been almost impossible as each and EVERY garden entered (and there were over 150 entries) were utterly magical. The truth is that everyone who made a fairy garden is a winner. Thank you for making magicIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 23

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Our summer vacation has come to an end. Oh Boy, has it been a hot week here at The Sunny House… sometimes you just have to make your own rain to dance in. And, sometimes, there’s no one to play with… so playing with the dog will do just fine. Kitty and I came toIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Weeks 29-35

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So many weeks to catch up on. Summer got the better of me. But… better late than never. Here is late-summer in Southern California… Grasses, lichen, crunchy leaves, wildflowers and lots and lots of beautiful sunshine.   Fifty Two weeks in nature is a series of photos each week to show what our nature looksIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Fall Door Wreath Tutorial


  A few years ago, we made Granny a wreath for her door.     It’s still one of my favorite wreaths of all time and Kitty and I think we’ll make one for our own door this year. Here’s our tutorial on how to make it.   Materials :   * wool roving inIf you want to read more…click here

Hello September

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Hello, September… month of falling leaves, acorns and apple pie. We are happy you have come to visit again. We have a request… please can we have some rain here in Southern California. It’s so very dry, our dams are terribly empty. Farmers are very worried. Thank you.     Welcome to all my MagicIf you want to read more…click here


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I have a few housekeeping items to share with you today.   Firstly… a huge, HUGE, Thank you to YOU. The Magic Onions reached a milestone this month of  7 million beautiful visitors. I’m utterly honored that so many of you have blessed me with your presence. And humbled too. Thank you. Secondly… I willIf you want to read more…click here

Camping Food Favorites

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We discovered some new camping food favorites on our recent camping trip. Firstly, Teddy is our resident fire man… he is in charge of gathering the supplies we need to start the fire. He sets the fire expertly with crumpled up newspaper on the bottom, twigs and kindling arranged like a teepee over the paperIf you want to read more…click here

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’reIf you want to read more…click here

Camping in the Wheeler Gorge Forest, Ojai, CA

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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 campingIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden in a Hanging Basket Feature : FOURTEEN

Fairy Garden in a hanging Basket : The Magic Onions

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.  If you want to read more…click here

Magic Craft Boxes available Now – Autumn

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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 forIf you want to read more…click here

The Magic of Boredom.

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‘Mom, I’m bored’. ‘Mom, there’s NOTHING to do’. ‘MOM, Teddy’s irritating me!’ ‘Mom, Kitty won’t play with me’. I’ve heard these sentences a hundred times this summer. The summer is long. We dread these sentences. They make us feel bad, don’t they. They make us feel guilty, like we are not doing a good enoughIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : WEEK 22

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There have been fantastical imaginings in the Sunny House. Dragons and dragon eggs have been a big feature. We scour the landscape in search of dragon eggs… our collections are getting quite big. And, we’ve been pirates too. And cowboys. And pirate cowboys…   Summer is so much fun! To help me cherish every littleIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : THIRTEEN

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Here’s another magical fairy garden entered into the Fairy Garden Contest. This garden was made by Kaya (6) and her brother Nesta (3)… and a little help from mom too. It’s built in the middle of a bean teepee!!! Isn’t that so cool? Can you imagine when the beans have grown all over the teepeeIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : TWELVE

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The Cleary kids are hard at work on their fairy garden. Look at the tunnels and houses they have built. The buildings made of sticks and the bridges made of bark. There are crystals and gems and moss and flowers… all the perfect things to attract neighborhood fairies.     What a wonderful garden, Cleary’sIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : ELEVEN

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Lexi’s fairy garden is magical. I love all the little details and I LOVE all the tell-tale signs that Lexi plays in her garden regularly. And, of course, when a child plays in her garden, so do fairies too! A  unicorn rainbow tire swing.   Fairy jump-rope.     A lucky leprechaun, painting.    If you want to read more…click here

Cute Autumn Gnome Peg People


Meet Mr. and Mrs. Autumn Gnome. They are on their way a gathering and are dressed in their best fall colors. Don’t you just love Mrs. Autumn Gnome’s wild hair? She gets entirely frustrated with it when she grooms it in the mornings. She thinks she’d look better with it neat and tidy. She wishesIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : WEEK 21 : Teddy Surfing

Teddy’s been surfing every day. When I look back on this summer, I’ll remember it like the sound of the waves, the smell of sunscreen and sand in my hair. Here’s a little video that Teddy is SO proud of… Summer in Southern California is the bomb. Blessings and magic, Donni

Fairy Garden Feature : TEN – The Frosty Fairy Garden

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I love this fairy garden sent in by Small Steps Big Noises for the Fairy Garden Contest. I love it because it shows that winter is no deterrent for a fairy garden. It’s winter in New Zealand and yet the fairies are still about. The frosty sparkles  look like magic wishes.   Magic and glitterIf you want to read more…click here

Hot Summer Days


Summer seems to be going by so fast. Kitty’s been painting. She loves the softness of watercolors. She painted the bison for her granny but I am having a hard time letting her post it off to Australia. It’s a memory from our Yellowstone trip last summer and I so want to frame it forIf you want to read more…click here

Delightful Fairies from Lavender & Lark

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I’m more than excited to share the delightful fairies from Lavender & Lark, who is offering one of the amazing prizes for the Fairy Garden Contest. Aren’t they just the most magical little fairies you’ve ever seen? Every detail is perfect and just so enchanting that it’s hard not to squeal when you notice it.If you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : NINE

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I have SUCH and enchanting fairy garden to share with you today. Oh my… just look at the creativity in this beautiful fairy house :   The fairies have made everything in their house from things they have picked up from nature. Can you see the kitchen, complete with a larder full of tasty treatsIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Gardens still coming in…

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I’ve extended the deadline for the Fairy Garden Contest for a few days while I organize the entries I have received through my email and Facebook. This is great news for those of you who, like me,  are on ‘summer time’. You can still make a fairy garden and enter it into this years’ contest.If you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Contest : ENTER now.

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Hi Fairy Garden Friends, It’s almost August!! Just a reminder that the Fairy Garden contest is drawing to a close.  Entries close on August 1st. However, if you are like me and don’t like deadlines very much, I will be allowing a few late entries if you write and ask at Donni(at)theMagicOnions(dot)com  . Just lookIf you want to read more…click here

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Fairy Garden Feature : Eight


Here is a sweet Fairy Garden made by Lisa. Isn’t it enchanting? I’m certain it will inspire you to make your own Fairy Garden. I love all the little details… the potting shed, the cat sleeping on the porch, Tinkerbell sitting on the bench. Fairy Gardens are so much fun!   If this Fairy GardenIf you want to read more…click here

Work in Progress : Toadstool Pots

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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…   Here are a few work-in-progress photos… You can find them in The Magic Onions Shop. What other colors should I make? Blessings and magic, Donni Sign up forIf you want to read more…click here

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 beenIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Painted Fairy Houses

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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)  If you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 20

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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.If you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : Seven

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Today’s Fairy Garden feature is PURE DELIGHT! [NOTE : There are only a few more weeks to enter your garden in the Fairy Garden Contest. Details and links to the contest are below] Sandi made this garden for the neighborhood kids. Can you imagine finding it, stumbling upon it, unawares that such magic awaits? CanIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 28


We love the weather here in June and July. The mornings are cool from the misty marine layer that comes in during the night. By 11am, the mist has burnt off and the days are the best kind of hot… in the 80’s and perfect for the beach. We’ve been walking around the lagoon beforeIf you want to read more…click here

Super Simple Tomato Jam Recipe

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At the start of summer, we planted two cherry tomato plants. Wow… have they produced!! We have feasted for weeks on gorgeous tasting bursts of summer. The kids have picked them daily, popping tomatoes into their mouths while they are still warm from the sun. We have eaten caprese salads, tomato mayo sandwiches, tomato andIf you want to read more…click here