Fairy Gardens at the Renaissance Faire – an Acorn Teapot, a Mossy Fairy’s Bed and other sweet Fairy Enchantment

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We had so much fun at the Renaissance Faire on Saturday and were particularly excited to see the Fairy Garden exhibits. They were delightful. Here are a few of our favorites :   Love them all!! Important Fairy Garden Links : Fairy Garden Page with lots of photos, links and ideas. 2014 Fairy Garden ContestIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 16

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful.   Week 16 / 52   The children and I agree that natureIf you want to read more…click here

My List of Natural Easter Crafts

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Here’s a list of our favorite nature inspired Easter crafts. Best Easter Crafts : Please click on the image to see the tutorial. Happy Easter Crafting, Blessings and magic, Donni

DIY Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial

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A step-by-step tutorial on how to make the cutest little needle felted bunny. Who’s thinking about bunnies? With Easter just a few days away, I decided to get to work with my needle and wool to make my kids a couple of Easter bunny gifts. Alas, Teddy walked in and caught me in the actIf you want to read more…click here

Tea Cup Fairy Garden : Tutorail

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A few years ago, Kitty made the most delightful Fairy Garden. She made it in a tea cup! It sat as the centerpiece on our dining room table for months and was at the center of many dinnertime imaginings. Isn’t it the sweetest!!     I have received so many emails over the years, askingIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 12

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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 IIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 15

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful. Week 15 / 52 Our first poppy has burst from her hairy podIf you want to read more…click here

Nourishing your Family with Skill It and a Giveaway!

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I’m super excited to introduce my newest Magic Sponsor, Leah, from Skill It. Welcome, sweet Leah! Not only is Leah going to share a few of her business secrets with us but she is also offering one lucky reader a spot in her fabulous upcoming ‘Season’s Eatings’ course… details are below. Leah founded Skill ItIf you want to read more…click here

Our Fairy Garden in a Stump :: More Photos!

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As promised, here are some more photos of our magical Fairy Garden Gnome Home that is made in a hollowed out tree stump.   Can’t get enough? More photos here. I hope you are planning to make a Fairy Garden with your own little ones this season too. Please enter it into our Annual 2014If you want to read more…click here

Our New Fairy Garden : In a Stump!

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As promised, here are photos of our new Fairy Garden. It is made in the hollowed out stump of our old plum tree (who sadly died this winter). We love our Fairy Garden all the more, knowing that our beloved plum tree’s spirit lives on inside her. We have called this garden our Gnome Home.If you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 11

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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 IIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 14

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful. Week 14 / 52   A study in Lichen this week… a wholeIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Contest :: 2014 :: Enter Here!

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It is with GREAT excitement that I pronounce the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest (drum roll… cutting ribbon with my big, shiny scissors) OPEN! Magic Friends, get out your tiny rakes and trowels… find some moss and magic… and make a Fairy Garden! CONTEST RULES: 1. Make a Fairy Garden. 2. Share your fairy Garden withIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Season!!!!

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Whooo hooo!!!   Today is the 1st of April and you know what that means? … It’s Fairy Garden Season!! On Wednesday, April 2nd 2014 (tomorrow), I’ll open the 6th Annual Fairy Garden Contest and the fun will begin. The contest will run from April 1st to August 1st. Today, please visit my Fairy Garden PageIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of US : Week 10

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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 IIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 13

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful. Week 13 /52 Southern California is green from the Spring rain and theIf you want to read more…click here

Magic Sponsors : March 2014

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Please support my MARCH 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 believe thatIf you want to read more…click here

Planting Mini Pansies in Egg Shells for Easter Decorations

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We visited our local garden shop yesterday to buy strawberry plants to plant in the cinder-block holes of my new ‘bunny-proof’ vegetable garden. Before I left home, I voiced my intention NOT TO BUY ANYTHING BUT STRAWBERRY PLANTS to my Good Man (I’m a well-known impulse plant buyer and hoped that if I committed toIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 9

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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 IIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 12

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful.   Week 12 / 52   I spent last weekend on my ownIf you want to read more…click here

How To Make A Hummingbirds Nest : Needle Felting Tutorial

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Oh my gosh… it’s SUCH a joy to watch the birds begin to build their nests. We are hoping like mad that a bird will build a nest in our garden. More than anything, we are preying that one of the hundreds of hummingbirds that visit us will build a nest in our avocado tree.If you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 8

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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 IIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 11/52

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful. Week 11/52 Clean, fresh, Spring sunshine…     I hope you’ll participate inIf you want to read more…click here

Nature in Waldorf : Discovering Waldorf Education.

Nature in Waldorf Education : Discovering Waldorf Education : www.theMagicOnions.com

I love it when I rediscover something beautiful, something that moved me years ago… and find that it moves me still, just the same. Such is how I feel about this Discovering Waldorf Education post I stumbled upon a few days ago. In fact, it was the very first article in the Discovering Waldorf series,If you want to read more…click here

Making Beeswax Candles from Recycled Jars

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We have been taking advantage of the gorgeous Spring evenings by eating our dinner outside, al fresco. Before dinner is ready, we light a fire in the fire-pit using dried pine needles and pine cones we have collected. The kids gather sticks and dried leaves too. We chatter and laugh as if we are camping!If you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : 7

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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 IIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 10/52

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful. Week 10/52 Little jewels in the wet grass on a rainy day…  If you want to read more…click here

Spring Magic Craft Boxes Available NOW!

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Excitement abounds!!!!  Hundreds of SPRING Magic Craft Boxes are on their way to lucky children all over the world. But, it’s not too late to get YOUR box now. The fairies and I have been preparing the Craft Boxes for weeks… adding special touches here and there, until they are just perfect! They truly captureIf you want to read more…click here

Recipe for Natural Beeswax Wood Polish

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One of our rainy-day activities in our home is to bathe all of our beautiful wood in gorgeous beeswax polish. The kids and I LOVE this task… there’s something so rich and rewarding in working with the natural goodness of beeswax. Our wood drinks it in too and everything looks wonderfully woody and happy whenIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : 6

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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 IIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 9

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful.   Week 9/52   We’ve had beautiful, long, soaking rain here in SouthernIf you want to read more…click here

Singing in Waldorf Education : Discovering Waldorf Education : www.theMagicOnions.com

Singing in Waldorf Education : Discovering Waldorf Education : www.theMagicOnions.com

A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education… For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni

Maigc Sponsors : Feburary 2014

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Thank you to my February Magic Sponsors… 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). Browse our publications for sale belowIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of US : 5

Here’s to these happy, special days… every one of them. Here are the previous Portraits of Us. Blessings and magic, Donni

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 IIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 8

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful.   Week 8/52   A walk in the woods where we sing andIf you want to read more…click here

Natural Toys : Discovering Waldorf Education

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A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education…   For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni

Tutorial for Warm Knitted Fingerless Gloves

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Everyone needs new gloves for winter (or Spring or Autumn… gosh darn… I’d even wear these gloves in summer!) Lori, from Beneath the Rowan Tree  is here with her tutorial on how to make them. The tutorial is written for kids and she says that they can be knitted in an evening … perhaps they’dIf you want to read more…click here

Inspiration

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Every new day is a once in a lifetime event. How much more exciting would our lives be if we embraced this truth and lived accordingly?! – Steve Maraboli More inspiration here. Blessings and magic, Donni

English Tea on Valentine’s Day

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On Valentine’s Day, I was lucky enough to have English tea with two of the loves of my life. We used the ‘good china’, picked some pretty flowers and even had macaroons and cookies. It was a special time. The only thing that could have made it better, was if my Good Man could haveIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : 4

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This week’s memories : Logs can be so comfy… especially with the warm Californian sun on your back. A rare photo with me and my Good Man in it. Kitty is quite the photographer.   Here’s to these happy, special days… every one of them. Here are the previous Portraits of Us. Blessings and magic,If you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 7

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature here in Southern California looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful.   Week 7/52   We ate chips (fries) overlookingIf you want to read more…click here

Storytelling : Discovering Waldorf Education

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A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education…   For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni

Valentine’s Day Crafts and Tutorials

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Here is a collection of the Valentine’s Day crafts we’ve made this year. Below, you’ll find links to the the easy-to-follow tutorials…     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.If you want to read more…click here

Making Love Letters from Wire

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We love bendy wire for writing names or words for special occasions. Bendy wire can be found in the jewelry section at craft stores. You ‘ll be happily surprised at how easy the wire is to bend… no bending tools are required at all… only a wire cutter is needed. A trick we use isIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : 3

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A memory from this week… An early morning moment together. Kitty reading to Teddy in front of the warm, morning fire.   ( ps – I do so love my felted Valentine’s Day garland from The Magic Onions Shop). Here’s to these happy, special days… every one of them. Here are the previous Portraits of Us.If you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 6

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature here in Southern California looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful.   Week 6/52   Pine Forests are enchanting places.If you want to read more…click here

Hoop Art Treasures for Valentine’s Day

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What do you do with all the old clothes that were once beloved to your children? The favorite dress that was worn every day for a month… so much that when you look at it, you can actually see your much older child as the toddler they once were? Or the t-shirt that was wornIf you want to read more…click here

Make Pretty Pom Pom Flowers for Valentine’s Day

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We found the prettiest yarn at the craft shop today… gorgeous valentine colors. We decided we just HAD to have it to make flowers for Valentine’s Day. Are they not wonderful?! Also, do you see the drawing of the mustang Kate drew? It’s in pencil and is so totally amazing that I made her signIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : 2

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This week’s memories : I caught Teddy in his ‘Teddy-stare’. He thinks like this, a lot. I suddenly realize that he’s been quite for a time and I glance over to see him gazing out into the big expanse of his imaginings. Here, he has chocolate on his face and the sweetest little freckles. ThisIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 5

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful.   Week 5/52 We have a place that we go, in the foothillsIf you want to read more…click here

The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook : Discovering Waldorf

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At last! A book that will lovingly hold your hand and guide you through all you are searching for with Waldorf homeschooling. This book is pure gold. Let me present The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook, written by my friend and Waldorf homeschooler extraordinaire, Donna Ashton. I’m so excited for you, Donna – congratulations! But I’m MOREIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felting Tutorial : Valentine’s Day Gnome : DIY

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First off : Good news! The Tooth Fairy came in the night to collect Kitty’s molar. Phew… 5 nights late but better late than never, don’t you think? Now for the Needle Felted Gnome tutorial I promised you… isn’t she just the cutest?   I’ve tried something a little different with this tutorial. As thereIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felting Tutorial : Tips and Tricks to make Perfect Needle Felted Hearts : DIY

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I think I’ve made about a million needle felted hearts. They are one of those things that you make… and then you love it so much that you think how gorgeous one would look in turquoise, mint, mustard, gray, teal, violet… until you have about a gazillion of the sweet little things spilling out ofIf you want to read more…click here

Protraits Of Us : 1

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Time passes too quickly. I passed a mother who was hugging her toddler the other day. She held him tightly to her and he fitted into her body as only a toddler can.  He was pressing his cheek against hers and she had his sweet curly hair in her hands. The embrace was almost desperate…If you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 4

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful. These are the colors of Southern California right now. It’s taken me aIf you want to read more…click here

Outdoor Play : Discovering Waldorf

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A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education…     For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni

Valentine’s Treasures

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I had a lovely quiet few days in the shop after the craziness of the Christmas Holidays. The break helped me relax. I read a book, cooked and baked and, of course, thought up new ideas of treasures I can make for the shop. Nothing sparks creativity like a little break. With Valentine’s Day onlyIf you want to read more…click here

Discarding the Clutter.

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Rhythms are a funny thing. For me, January is the re-organizing month. Things that didn’t bother me at all in December become unbearable in January… the year’s worth of clutter that has accumulated on the living room sideboard, the jumble of clothes in my cupboard, the scattering of books ALL OVER THE HOUSE… I didn’tIf you want to read more…click here

Wax Paper Stained Glass Hearts

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Look how pretty our windows look. We made these pretty wax paper and crayon stained glass hearts over the weekend. The sun shines through them, casting a pink glow over everything. My kids love wax crayon crafts. I think it’s the bright colors and melting part that they enjoy the most. Kitty chose a varietyIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Garlands for Valentine’s Day

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I’ve been making some new felted garlands for the shop… all VERY romantic!  This is what my room looks like at the moment… ready for Luvvvvv! I’ve been playing around with the sizes and spacings of the felted balls. Some are made with large balls (2 inches in diameter) some with the smaller balls (1If you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 3

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Each week I feature a photo, or a series of photos, that showcase what is happening in nature around us… something that we have found particularly enchanting. At the end of the year, we will have 52 weeks of seasonal beauty. I’m excited for this project for two reasons. One, it goes hand in handIf you want to read more…click here

Educating the Head, the Heart and the Hands : Discovering Waldorf Education

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A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education…     For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni

Magic Sponsors : January 2014

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I’m excited to introduce a new Magic Sponsor, especially so because she’s my friend AND I’ve read her new book and it’s FABULOUS!! Well done Donna Ashton for your wonderful book The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook. The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook : Whether you are just starting to homeschool, or always wanted to, imagine this for a second…If you want to read more…click here

Let’s Make a Colorful Heart Garland

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Kitty was determined to bring happy color into the Sunny House today. She made such a beautiful paper heart garland using one of her previously painted watercolor paintings, yarn and  a heart punch. I love watching her come up with her own designs. For years, it was me who directed our crafting… now it isIf you want to read more…click here

Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

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Are you getting ready for Valentine’s Day? Here are some fun heart crafts your little one will enjoy… 1. Love Apples 2. Clay Heart Necklace 3. Easy Playdough Hearts 4. Yarn Love Words 5. Secret Valentine’s Day Card Happy crafting. Blessings and magic, Donni

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 2

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52 Weeks in Nature. Each week I feature a photo, or a series of photos, that showcase what is happening in nature around us… something that we have found particularly enchanting. At the end of the year, we will have 52 weeks of seasonal beauty. I’m excited for this project for two reasons. One, itIf you want to read more…click here

Treat Creativity With The Same Status As Literacy.

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Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status – Ken Robinson Millions have watch Ken Robinson’s thought provoking and highly entertaining Ted talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity?  Have you? If you agree, let’s all do ONE thing this year to help change things. Blessings andIf you want to read more…click here

Winter Inspiration.

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January January opens The box of the year And brings out days That are bright and clear. And brings out days That are cold and gray, And shouts, “Come see What I brought today!” – Leland B. Jacobs I am finding the whites and creams and pale colors of winter so calming and am feelingIf you want to read more…click here

Yorkshire Pudding Recipe.

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I have to admit… we are on a roast beef and Yorkshire pudding craze! We had it for Christmas Eve dinner, New Years Eve dinner AND my birthday dinner. You’d think we’d be tired of it by now but, NO, I could have it for dinner again tonight – I love it so! My momIf you want to read more…click here

Forty One Candles.

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What a lucky mom I am. I got spoiled rotten for my Birthday yesterday. I opened gifts in bed. We wrap our gifts in our collection of silks and scarves and they looked so pretty waiting for me on my bed. Kitty’s card was my favorite… “I love you with all my heart. No matterIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : 1/52

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Welcome to a beautiful new year. I am starting a meme called 52 Weeks in Nature. Each week I will feature a photo, or a series of photos, that showcase what is happening in nature around us… something that we have found particularly enchanting. At the end of the year, we will have 52 weeksIf you want to read more…click here

Happy New Year :: 2014!

Happy New Year 2014 from The Magic Onions

  2013   Blessings and magic, Donni

Ten.

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My Beautiful Kitty, It is an honor to be your mom. You have brought us 10 years of joy. Your dad and I marvel at the girl you have become. You have grown so much in this past year… in height (you are almost as tall as I am) and in so many other waysIf you want to read more…click here

Merry Christmas!

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Blessings and magic, Donni

Happy Christmas!

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From my family to yours… Blessings and magic, Donni

Winter Days

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Happy Winter! We have been enjoying the lovely cool, crisp days so much with lots of nature hikes. We find treasures everywhere, like a stump swarming with newly hatched termites. Touching them felt like touching velvet. We have spent lots of time at home too, drawing, reading, getting cozy with Moose and decorating the ChristmasIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments : 7 Tutorials

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I love working with wool felt… especially for Christmas crafting. It’s warm and cozy and makes the most delightful Christmas ornaments. Here is a collection of my favorite felted ornament tutorials : 1. Needle Felted Heart Tutorial. 2. Felt Ball Christmas Tree. 3. Felt Pine Cone Ornament. 4. Colorful Felt Christmas Tree. 5. Cashmere andIf you want to read more…click here

8 Magical Christmas Crafts

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So many beautiful family memories are made as we craft together. Here are 8 of our most magical Christmas crafts : 1. Glittery Christmas Snow Globe 2. Toadstool Christmas Ornaments 3. Glittery Beeswax Pine Cones 4. Felt and Pine Cone Gnome Ornament 5. Playdough Christmas Ornaments 6. Waldorf Christmas Paper Stars 7. Winter Wonderland TerrariumIf you want to read more…click here

8 Handmade Christmas Ornaments From Nature

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Over the years, we’ve made many beautiful Natural Christmas Ornaments. Crafting with my children is a lovely holiday tradition and seeing their excitement at having their own handmade ornaments on our tree is magical for me. Here’s a list of our favorites … 1. Beeswax dipped mini pine cone ornaments. 2. Pine cone gnome ornaments.If you want to read more…click here

The Christmas Tree is Up!

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I love this time of year. There are so many precious family traditions to share… each day brings new excitement. Our Christmas Tree is looking magical. I let Kitty and Teddy choose their favorite felted ornaments and garlands from the shop and now we have the most enchanting woodland tree. It’s bright and colorful andIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Beautiful Winter Wonderland Snow Globe

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We made the most delightful snow globe. It doesn’t snow here in Southern California so, while the rest of the country was experiencing blizzards and snow storms, we set about making our own winter wonderland in a snow globe. Christmas Snow Globe  These are the goodies we needed : A glass jar A tiny deerIf you want to read more…click here

Winter Magic Craft Boxes Avaliable Now!

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Excitement abounds!!!!  Hundreds of Winter Magic Craft Boxes are on their way to lucky children all over the world. The fairies and I have been preparing the Craft Boxes for weeks… adding special touches here and there, until they are just perfect! They truly capture the magic of fairyland with moss and lichen, butterflies, glitteringIf you want to read more…click here

Colorful Felt Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

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While taking out our Christmas ornaments from last year, we came across a little felt Christmas tree Kitty made. Her eyes sparkled when she saw it and she looked at me and said, “I can’t believe I made this beautiful ornament!’ There are so many beautiful memories in our box of handmade Christmas treasures. HereIf you want to read more…click here

Sponsor Love – Sesame Seed Designs

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I have made a pledge to support small, mom and pop, businesses whenever I can this Holiday Season. I truly find more value in something handmade or handpicked by someone I trust and respect. I hold strong values and beliefs on consumerism and know that the greatest power I have to enact change is throughIf you want to read more…click here

Potato Printed Gift Wrap

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Making potato printed gift wrap can be such fun for the kids. They get so excited to see their artwork under the tree. It’s super easy too… You’ll need : potatoes sharp pearing knife paint white or craft construction paper Cut your potato in half and carefully carve the shape of your stamp into theIf you want to read more…click here

December Magic Sponsors

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Be mindful of where you shop this Holiday season. You have great power in where you spend your money… let your choices convey your beliefs. Welcome to our December Magic Sponsors! We have some new magic on board : Sesame Seed Designs : I turn wool and cashmere sweaters into new and beautiful creations! FromIf you want to read more…click here

Pine Cone and Felt Gnome Christmas Ornament

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There is a special kind of magic that radiates from a handmade felt Christmas Ornament… it is like the effort and love that went into making it is shining forth from it’s own heart. Making ornaments has become a Christmas tradition in our home and I treasure the time I spend with my children asIf you want to read more…click here

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale!

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Big savings in the shop this weekend! Enjoy free shipping on orders over $50! The Magic Onions Shop Coupon : grateful Valid Friday 29th through Monday 2nd. Domestic Shipping only. Enjoy! Blessings and magic, Donni

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I am grateful for so many things. My healthy and happy family. My sweet friends. My beautiful new house. My busy shop. The fresh food we eat. The sun. The trees. The wind. We are blessed. In gratitude…   Click here to enter The Magic Onions Shop. Happy Thanksgiving. Blessings and magic, Donni

Advent Book Giveaway!

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Please welcome Magic Sponsor Franziska today. Franziska, who is a Simplicity Parenting Group Leader, has written a very sweet storybook called Charlie & Noel – An Advent Calendar Book. It is a perfect bedtime read for our kids this time of year. 25 Short chapters, one for every day of Advent and at the endIf you want to read more…click here

Free Range Kids

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My Good Man and I have made a conscious decision to try to allow our children times when they are free. We feel it’s vital for their development to have periods when they are left to their own devices, left to make their own decisions and follow their own whims. We believe that they needIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Garlands Galore

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I’ve been making felted garlands for the shop. They are gorgeous. Some are made with huge felted balls, some with large and small felted balls. Some in Christmas colors, some like the rainbow, some are like snowballs. Oh, the gorgeous texture of 100% felt! You can shop for these felted wool garlands here.   ChristmasIf you want to read more…click here

Overcoming Fear :: Discovering Waldorf

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Welcome back Nicole. Your articles are always so wonderfully honest and thought provoking. Overcoming Fear and the Perception of Judgment within the Waldorf Community This past year, after discovering Waldorf during Fall 2010, I finally visited my first Waldorf school. Everything up to that point that I knew about Waldorf and my experiences with itIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Wool and Pine Cone Christmas Tree

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In our family, we are deeply inspired by Mother Nature and all of the beautiful treasures she bestows upon us. My children and I craft often, using natural materials as much as we can. Natural goodies are beautiful… have you ever been simply awe struck by the perfection of a tiny acorn or the amazingIf you want to read more…click here

Precious Moments

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I know this is true. These days, these moments right now, are the most precious I’ll ever have. Here are some sweet things I am grateful for and want to share ( and remember) : … An overheard conversation between Kitty and Teddy in the bath : Teddy : When Dad’s dad died, did Dad’sIf you want to read more…click here

The Autumn Nature Table : Discovering Waldorf

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Our Autumn Nature Table is always our favorite of the year. Mother Earth gives us so many autumn gifts to collect and our Nature Table looks wonderfully ‘earthy’ very quickly. Right now, ours is covered in acorns, pine cones, colorful Fall leaves and a pumpkin or two. We’ve made autumn-themed gnomes to play with andIf you want to read more…click here

What a job I have…

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Christmas shopping has started in earnest in the shop. As soon as Halloween is over, the Christmas goodies start to fly off the shelves. It becomes more exciting each year. Everything I have is handmade. I get crazy busy towards mid November. I work long hours… happily, because I love what I do. Within aIf you want to read more…click here

Seasonal Crafting

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Have you visited my ‘Seasonal Crafts’ tab in the navigation bar above? It’s a super resource for crafting by the season. Click on the heading to be taken to the year-by-season page. You can also visit a particular season by clicking on it in the drop down menu. Easy to find what you are lookingIf you want to read more…click here

Cactus Fruit

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Cactus fruit ripen to their best in Southern California at Christmas time. The fruit turns a lovely rich red color and, as Kitty pointed out, with the green of the cactus leaves, it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in the wild places around here. Cactus fruit, or prickly pear, is a delicious fruitIf you want to read more…click here