A Magical Encounter.

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We had a magical weekend. I’ve shared all about our extraordinary encounter on my new FairyGarden.com website… please join me there today. Here’s a sneak peek…     For many more magical photos, please visit FairyGardens.com. Be sure to check out the extensive fairy garden photo gallery, the ENCHANTING shop and the 2015 Fairy GardenIf you want to read more…click here

Blessings…

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Who agrees… an early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day?  ( Henry David Thoreau).     Hope you are having a happy weekend. Here are some other inspiring quotes. Blessings and magic, Donni

Acrobatics!

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Teddy and I have been having some fun with my camera… and the couch!   What crazy things have you and your little ones been up to on these fun summer days? Blessings and magic, Donni

The Gift of Early Mornings.

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Traditions and daily rhythms have such a calming effect on our lives, not only for our children, but for ourselves too. My good man and I have a morning tradition that has made the early mornings my favorite time of the day. Our littlest, Teddy, wakes up a 5.30 am. Pick yourself up from yourIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Treasures

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I’ve been having so much fun stocking the new Fairy Garden shop. If you haven’t popped over for a look yet, please do… you are in for a treat! … www.FairyGardens.com     Little by little I’m adding the most delightful and whimsical treasures… have a look at these cute Fairy Garden goodies I’ve foundIf you want to read more…click here

Introducing the BEST Fairy Garden Site!

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Hi Magic friends, I have such exciting news… I have been working on a HUGE surprise for you… a brand NEW fairy garden site : Fairy Gardens.com !! This site will be where we share all our magical fairy gardens, fairy garden tutorials and contests. Here’s a sneak peek….       Today, I’m sharingIf you want to read more…click here

Indoor Succulent Terraruim Fairy Garden

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The kids and I have been having fun in the garden. As is our summer tradition, we have been making Fairy Gardens!! When we were at the garden center, choosing plants for our Fairy Gardens, I couldn’t quite get passed the succulents! This often happens… the succulent section of the nursery is my particular vice.If you want to read more…click here

Beauty and Insight

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Welcome, July, the month of Summer. The month of watermelon and popsicles. The month of dips in the lagoon, cooling off in the sprinkler and long, balmy evenings. Welcome, July, the month of being with my children all-day-long and hearing their laughter, and mine, filling the house. Welcome, July, the month of fairy gardens, beesIf you want to read more…click here

Camping and some Duly Needed Unplugging.

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Many of you know that our lives here in California have been turned upside down in the last few months. A few days ago, our Governor signed into law legislation that forces each and every child to be fully up to date on all state mandated vaccinations in order to attend school. California now hasIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Gifts for Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is in 3 weeks. Just enough time for you and the kids to make him something fun! Here are some wonderful ideas :     1. Super Cool Dino Planter 2. Rainbow Dream Catcher 3. Watercolor Photo Frame 4. Kid-Friendly Chocolate Cake 5. Felted Soap on a Rope 6. Lucky Key Dish  If you want to read more…click here

A Balm to Soothe the Soul

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The sun is shining, the grass is turning golden and wild flowers are blooming everywhere. Southern California is so beautiful as summer approaches. On our recent hike into the wilderness, we found treasures… a huge dandelion, a hummingbirds nest, grasshoppers everywhere and three beehives. We balanced rocks, sharpened mule-fat sticks into arrowheads with our pocketIf you want to read more…click here

Imagine Childhood : $75 Giveaway!

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I’m excited to introduce a new Magic Sponsor, Imagine Childhood. If you love The Magic Onions, you’ll love Imagine Childhood too. What a treat for us to find such a delightful site! To celebrate our collaboration, Imagine Childhood is offering one lucky Magic Onions reader a $75 gift certificate to purchase anything from their shopIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Life in the Sunny House

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A few mornings ago, I found Teddy sitting on the comfy couch in my room, playing “Kind Hearts in the Garden” on his recorder. The morning sun was streaming in through the window and kissing him. His shadow danced and played on the wall behind him. It looked and sounded so beautiful and touched myIf you want to read more…click here

Book Giveaway : The Sunchildren

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I’m so happy to have Magic Sponsor, Ancient Amber, introduce her sweet Sunchildren books today and share a Giveaway with us. There are three books in the set… stories for the whole family to enjoy. The Sunchildren are creative, expressive, and festive little fairy children who anticipate the change of each new season in theirIf you want to read more…click here

To my Mom.

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  To my mom. Happy Mother’s Day to the most amazing person I know. You are an inspiration, Mom. You make the most of everything you do. You have such an open heart to all life has to offer. It’ s a joy to be with you. Thank you for making the long journey toIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Circle Time : Discovering Waldorf

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Waldorf preschool teacher, AnnMarie, has written a lovely article to help us understand circle time in a Waldorf preschool classroom. “The circle is the heart of the Waldorf early childhood curriculum.  If I needed to sum up our day in a few words they would be: eat, play, circle.  The theme of the circle correspondsIf you want to read more…click here

Planting a Butterfly Garden.

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Did you know that monarch butterflies undertake a 2 THOUSAND mile journey every winter? They travel from Canada to Mexico. This amazing migration spans the life of three or four generations of butterflies… this means that no single butterfly ever makes the entire journey. Isn’t that amazing! I’m sure you have also heard that monarchsIf you want to read more…click here

Mulberry Jam Recipe

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Our mulberry tree is laden with mulberries. Every day, we all eat our fill of sweet lovely berries : us, the birds, the bunnies and even Moose, the dog… and yet, we just can’t keep up. Our sweet tree just keeps on giving. What to do? Mulberry jam, of course… we make mulberry jam! And,If you want to read more…click here

The Lusty Month of May!

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Happy May to everyone!   Aren’t these May flowers beautiful. My grandmother had a May bush in her garden in South Africa and it was always so confusing to me that it was called ‘May’ as it bloomed in September! Ha! Now that I live in the Northern Hemisphere, it blooms in May! Things areIf you want to read more…click here

Golden Geodes and Crystals : DIY Tutorial

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  I’ve been on an everything-looks-better-spray-painted-gold vibe lately. I just want to spray paint everything gold! Everything looks so gorgeous gold, don’t you think?! Just look how these geodes and amethyst crystals look spray painted gold!     Amazingly cool, yes! You see, once you get the hang of spray painting gold, the sky isIf you want to read more…click here

Sharing Magical Moments

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  Come and join me on Instagram. Instagram is such a fun platform for sharing the every-day-little-moments, like these…     On Instagram I’m   :   @theMagicOnions or https://instagram.com/themagiconions   See you there! Blessings and magic, Donni Stay connected… sign up for my newsletter. Add your email address and click ‘subscribe’. *

Felted Pebbles for Earth Day

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  Happy Earth Day!! What better day to tell you about my earth-friendly products in The Magic Onions Shop? The Magic Onions Store is filled with beautiful, hand-crafted creations that are as much an honor to own as they were a joy to make. Everything I make for the shop is handmade from natural, ecoIf you want to read more…click here

Gold Mason Jar Vase Tutorial with Lace Butterfly and Spray Paint

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  Picking beautiful flowers from my garden is one of the things that makes me feel the most awesomely accomplished.     I feel such enormous pride when I can make a vase of my very own flowers for my very own home. My Good Man laughs at me a little… he doesn’t quite getIf you want to read more…click here

Bringing Waldorf Earth Day Traditions into your Home

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Earth Day is on April 22nd.     The first Earth Day in the United States was held on April 22, 1970. It was designed to be a day of environmental teaching. The participation in celebrating this holiday has since grown and Earth Day has become a day to mark an appreciation of the Earth,If you want to read more…click here

A Peek Inside…

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  Who loves Instagram? Me. Me. Me. Me!   I do!!     I’m a big Instagram fan… it’s such an awesome community to be a part of. I love the beautiful photos and taking a peek into the everyday lives of so many sweet, like-minded families. You guys inspire me so much! And, it’s soIf you want to read more…click here

An Easy Cake Recipe for Kids

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Teddy is the baker in the family. He loves to cook and bake. We have a cake recipe that he can just about make all on his own. And, it’s delicious too! And, do you know the amazing thing? The mess he makes is so worth a slice of delicious cake!     Here isIf you want to read more…click here

Crystal Cove

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  Our favorite beach to visit in Southern California is called Crystal Cove (isn’t that a magical name!) It’s just before Laguna Beach and one of the best things about it is that it is relatively deserted. It’s hard to find a place in Southern California that isn’t teaming with people… especially a beach. But,If you want to read more…click here

Spring Fling!

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Have you seen the delightful Spring treasures in The Magic Onions Shop?     So many cute and colorful goodies to help you celebrate this magical season :   1 , 2, 3 , 4 , 5 , 6   Head on over for a peek —> The Magic Onions Shop. And, don’t forget toIf you want to read more…click here

Button Flower Bouquet : DIY Crafting Tutorail

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It’s spring break and the kids and I spent some time today making this wonderful button flower bouquet in lovely pastel colors. Isn’t it pretty! It was so easy to make.     Here’s our super- easy tutorial : Materials you’ll need : * colorful buttons * wire * wire cutters     Start byIf you want to read more…click here

An Easter Story.

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  Happy Easter everyone. I hope you are having a wonderful day, filled with joy and reverence and lots of love. I have a little story that I love to tell the children at Easter time. It’s from Easter when Kitty was 3 and Teddy was still a twinkle in my belly.     ItIf you want to read more…click here

Last Minute Easter Egg Craft

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  Are you looking for a quick (and fun) last minute Easter craft to keep the kids entertained while you prepare things for the Easter weekend? Here is a fun project that is sure to keep them enthralled for ages. You probably already have everything you need on hand… eggshells (or boiled eggs) and permanentIf you want to read more…click here

Easter Candles The Kids Will LOVE!

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These little Easter egg candles are such fun to make.     All you need is a little beeswax, candle wick and a few eggshells (you can buy beeswax in The Magic Onion Shop). The full tutorial is here :   How To Make Beeswax Easter Egg Candles   Happy Easter, Blessings and magic, DonniIf you want to read more…click here

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

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  It’s always so amazing to see the gorgeous colors that come from natural dyes. Each day of the week leading up to Easter, my kids get to choose what color egg to eat for breakfast. It’s become a super-fun family tradition! I must say, I’m happy knowing that no artificial dyes are going intoIf you want to read more…click here

No-Sew Yarn Chick That Kids Can Make

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  Are you looking for a fun Easter craft for your little ones? They are sure to have fun making this yarn pom-pom chick. Quick and easy and so much fun to play with when they are done.     The full tutorial is here :   Yarn Pom Pom Easter Chick Tutorial   HappyIf you want to read more…click here

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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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