Sunrise over Maine.

Sunrise over Portland, Maine :

We stayed with family in South Portland. Their home looked directly onto the city of Portland, across the harbor bay. This was our morning view as the sun rose. It was misty at first and then the golden light spread her tendrils through the thick air and burst into crisp daylight.   Grateful to beIf you want to read more…click here

Vacation Time : Maine!

Lighthouse in Portand, Maine

We have had a most magical 2 week family vacation in Maine and Massachusetts . Although we have been in the USA for 14 years, we haven’t traveled around this beautiful country much. My Good Man comes from New Zealand and I come from South Africa, so, whenever we’ve been able to save up enough moneyIf you want to read more…click here

Favorite Recipe : Slow Cooker Bratwurst and Saurerkraut

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I am working very hard on something. I am working on PLANNING dinnertime better. I want to have a delicious and healthy home-cooked meal on the dinner table every evening. It’s not that I never cook a delicious and healthy meal for my family… I do. Most evenings, in fact. The problem is rather theIf you want to read more…click here

Antique Fair Adventures

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Kitty and I love going to antique fairs together. Dad and Teddy opt to go surfing instead. We are lucky to have some super antique markets in our area. We wander around looking at all the gorgeous goodies. Kitty never fails to find a ‘just-what-she-was-looking-for’ Breyer horse and I have a penchant for chandeliers. TheseIf you want to read more…click here

Bye Bye Baby Hummingbird

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The time has come for Her Majesty to go to the Hummingbird Shelter so that she can socialize with other hummingbirds and learn how to fly. We are so sad to part with her. Having her in our lives has been such a precious gift. The children have been touched by her in a wonderfullyIf you want to read more…click here

Feeding our Baby Hummingbird

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Feeding Her Majesty is such a popular event in The Sunny House that we have had to draw straws to see that we all get a fair and equal chance. We feed her special baby hummingbird mix from a dropper. She is too sweet. She chirps when she gets hungry and gets so excited whenIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : Nighttime Delight

Photo of A Magical Nighttime Fairy Garden :

Head on over to Fairy Gardens (my other home) to see a new magical fairy garden feature. Oh my… this is a creative delight in the extreme! Here’s a sneak-peek : For more detailed photos of this delightful fairy garden, please visit the Fairy Gardens blog. And, please enter your fairy garden into this yearsIf you want to read more…click here

A Baby Hummingbird Comes To Stay.

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We’ve had quite the most magical thing happen. We have had a baby hummingbird come to stay. Meet Her Majesty. Isn’t she a darling!     The reasons for her visit are sad. A neighborhood cat got her mom. She is almost a fledgling but not quite ready to fly yet.  We know she needsIf you want to read more…click here

Monarchs on the Move

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It’s fall and the Monarchs are on the move. At the beginning of summer, we planted a butterfly garden (I wrote about it here). We were sure to include milkweed plants as monarch butterflies depend on milkweed for survival. We had an early bump in our butterfly garden road when we discovered tiny monarch caterpillarsIf you want to read more…click here

Autumn Magic Craft Box – 2015

Photo fo Magic Acorn Toadstools in Autumn Magic Craft Box :

Are you ready for some fun fall crafting? The first of the autumn Magic Craft Boxes are on their way to excited children around the world. The fairies get so excited when it’s time to let you know that the Magic Craft Boxes are on their way! They dart around in quite a state asIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : Welcome Village

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Once again, we have so many magical Fairy Gardens entered into this year’s Fairy Garden contest. If you haven’t already, please enter your garden too. We would all love to see what you (and your little ones, if they have helped) have created. The contest will close on September 15th… so there ‘s still plentyIf you want to read more…click here

The Magic of Art

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I watch Kitty draw with utter amazement. Look what she can do!   How can she do this? I certainly can’t, although I suppose I make art in a different form. Her dad writes beautifully and, perhaps if he had felt a passion for art like she does, and had worked to perfect it forIf you want to read more…click here

Dream a Dream Catcher – a DIY Tutorial

DIY Dream Catcher Tutorial :

Kitty has big plans for a room re-decoration. She wants to ‘cowboy’ it up… she’s into horses and cowboy boots. What a fun theme for an 11-year old’s room, don’t you think?   So, we are thinking of cool little additions to go with cowboys and horses… and still be girly and fun. A dreamIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Succulent Delights

Felted Cactus Succulent from The Magic Onions Shop Photo

I’ve been having so much fun coming up with a line of felted succulent plants for The Magic Onions Shop. Don’t you just love succulents? Strange, because there was a time when I didn’t love them at all… I thought they were ugly and prickly and I far preferred roses. But, succulents must be anIf you want to read more…click here

Fairies in Residence

photo of a delightful mini fairy house

Kitty and her friend were struggling to come up with something fun to do. “There’s nothing to do!” they exclaimed. “Oh, well” I said… why don’t you go into my studio and see if there is anything there that inspires you.” Off they went. 3 house later, this is what they had made… the mostIf you want to read more…click here

California Dreaming

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We had a glorious morning surfing. We got to the beach early when our shadows were long and the gulls were warming their cold night feathers in the early morning glow from the sun. The new sky was impossibly blue and the water was warm and inviting. Kitty is a cautious surfer and prefers notIf you want to read more…click here

Monday Magic and Favorite Places to Share

photo of DIY magial clay toadstools in my fairy garden tutorial craft

Morning Beautiful! I hope you had a most wonderful weekend. We made magical clay toadstools for our fairy garden and I’ve shared our easy DIY tutorial on the Fairy Gardens blog. You’ll have to pop on over there and make some for yourself.  I have shared a few nifty tricks on how to make theseIf you want to read more…click here

Summer Days

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Our last month of summer is going by so fast.  We’ve been letting the days languish, enjoying little chores around the house, getting to those things we’ve been meaning to get to. Kitty spent a day ‘mending’ her horses. She has collected quite a few over the years. We call it her ‘garage sale luck’If you want to read more…click here

Kitty’s New Fairy Garden 2015

phto of a fairy mailbox

We have been making magic again. Last week, I shared photos of Teddy’s fairy garden on Now, here are photos of Kitty’s. She made her fairy garden in my old sewing basket. Isn’t it delightful?! Please click here to see more photos and a step-by-step DIY tutorial on how she made it.    If you want to read more…click here

Beautiful Dahlias & Favorite Blogs to Share.

beautififul photo of a pink dalia flower

I had a bunch of Dahlias in the Sunny House last week. Oh my… they kept getting more impossibly beautiful as the days went by.  Of course, I grabbed my camera and they became a muse as I played with my new lens… so pretty!   (And, I love my lens!) Look at the color ofIf you want to read more…click here

Mud Kitchen Fun

fun photos of a child's mud kitchen

  I’m sharing a post from a few years ago. It made me smile when I found it again. It’s about mud… and Teddy and how I overcame my ‘adult’ dislike of mud and allowed Teddy to have his day in the mud. “At first I fought this mud… it got into my house, onIf you want to read more…click here

Peace in Silence

Beautiful nature photos from The Magic Onions

I have been reorganizing my photos into folders on my computer. I have so many that this project will literally take years! I can’t seem to delete a single photo… each one leads to a special memory that I makes me smile or wonder at how amazing it all is and I just have toIf you want to read more…click here

Summer Slowdown

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Beautiful summer, filled with golden sunshine. Our day’s are warm and slow and we have given in to delicious lethargy… and surrendered to watermelon, cold from the fridge. Lazy afternoons are spent reading in the shade of the avocado tree and suppers are cool and fresh. Baths are tepid and we sleep with only theIf you want to read more…click here

Easy Knitting for Kids : Knitted Cat Tutorial : Discovering Waldorf

Photo of a yarn cat knitted by a kid

There is something supremely satisfying for our children when they are able to make a tangible creation with their own two hands. It’s one of the things I love most about Waldorf education, this sense that kids can make whatever they want. I’ve seen the gift unfold often over the years. I have watched asIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Summer


I love this part of the summer vacation. Two months down and one to go and we have finally settled into our summer rhythm, at last! We’ve been through so many phases… the ‘there’s NOTHING to do‘ phase, the ‘begging to play games on the phone‘ phase and the ‘who is coming to play today?’If you want to read more…click here

Teddy’s Fairy Garden

magical fairy garden photo

As you know, it’s our summer tradition to make a fairy garden. Teddy spent hours this weekend making the most enchanting little garden for his fairies. I’ve shared all about it on my new  Fairy Gardens website… lots and lots of magical photos … come and see!     Also, did you know that theIf you want to read more…click here

Hello, August!

photo of a magical Dandelion

    I want to begin August by sharing some beautiful blogs I think you’ll love. A Soulful Life – dreamer, poet, Mama, artist, maker of happy messes, fan of unmade beds. Whole Family Rhythms – I’ve been hot and it’s wonderfully refreshing to see winter photos. I particularly love Meagan’s ‘in the kitchen’ posts.If you want to read more…click here

Bacon and Egg Pie Recipe.

photo of our organic bacon and egg recipe

  Truth be told, I’m going through a bit of a ‘blah’ stage with cooking. It seems utterly unending at this stage in the summer… breakfast runs into lunch that runs into dinner.  Tomorrow the same. And it’s sometimes quite exhausting to come up with healthy, wholesome meals that the whole family is excited about.If you want to read more…click here

Treasures and Memories.

photo of my simple, nature inspired decor

Here are the special things in my room.     My coffee mug. It’s the only one I use. No other will do… it has to be THIS one, always. That’s because it makes the most delicious coffee… the measurements of coffee and sugar using my special spoon are absolutely perfect for the volume ofIf you want to read more…click here

A Magical Encounter.

photo of my acorn and marble chandelier in my magical Fairy Garden

We had a magical weekend. I’ve shared all about our extraordinary encounter on my new website… please join me there today. Here’s a sneak peek…     For many more magical photos, please visit 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


Photo of an early morning walk is a blessing for the whle day - Henry David Thoreau Quote

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



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

Photo of a Mini Fairy Garden Filigree Wire Bench

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! …     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 !! 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

photo of my delightful succulent fairy garden

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


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.


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

Photo of a dinosaur planter painted silver handmade gift

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


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!


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

Needle felted toadstool pin cushion

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


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.

photo of family horseback riding in the Grand Tetons

  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

Watercolor painting of Waldorf Circle Time in a Waldorf Preschool

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.

photo of a butterfly in Southern California

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

photo of a jar of mulberry jam in my pantry

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!

Photo of May Flower that blooms in May.

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   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

gorgeous needle felted pebbles

  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

rock pools at Crystal Cove beach ; the best beach in Southern California

  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

Button flower bouquet in Pastel colors

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.

Baby BunBuns :

  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!

Beeswax Easter Egg Candle Tutorial :

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

No Sew Yarn Pom Pom Chick :

  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

DIY Felted Easter Egg Tutorial :

  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!

Save the bees : The Magic Onions Blog

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

photo of a needle felted nest tutorial

  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

Hello March :

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

My Stance on the Vaccine Debate.

The Vaccine Debate :

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

Waldorf Inspired Easter Crafts :

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!

silk dyed easter eggs : the magic onions blog

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

Sun Kissed :

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)

Felted Raincloud Ornament :

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!

Hello February :

  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

DIY Mini Clay House :

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

Valentine's Day Home Decor :

  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

Watercolor Gnome : The Magic Onions

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

Little House On The Prairie :

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 !

The Magic Onions on Instagram :

  I’ve just joined 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 :   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

DIY Golden Valentine's Day Votives :

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.

Knitted Cowl :

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!

A Neelde Felting Party :

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!

Family Goals for 2015 -

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

Tutorial - Wool Dryer Balls

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