Nature Napkin Ring :: DIY Tutorial

DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial :

  The kids and I have made napkin rings for our Thanksgiving table.     Our Thanksgiving table will be nature-inspired and these twig and oak napkin rings will look wonderful.   Home Is Where The Heart Is Home is where the heart is So let this heart beat strong May everyone who enters hereIf you want to read more…click here

Felt Leaf Garland :: DIY Tutorial

DIY :: Felt Leaf Garland Tutorial ::

We are having Thanksgiving at The Sunny House this year. Of course, this is a GREAT excuse to get crafting.  We have the whole week off from school and have LOTS of projects on our list. We can tick off a felt leaf garland that we made today. Isn’t it awesome?! Of course, I knowIf you want to read more…click here

Felt Leaf Ornaments : Crafts for Thanksgiving

DIY Felt Leaf Ornaments for Thanksgiving Tutorial :

  Are you looking for a fun and easy crafting tutorial to make your Thanksgiving table look even more gorgeous this year? These felt leaf ornaments will do it! Here is a list of materials you’ll need :   I used my good old Sizzix to cut the leaves from autumn-colored wool felt.    If you want to read more…click here

A Waldorf Harvest Faire

Harvest Faire, Maple Village Waldorf School :

  Last weekend we attended our school’s annual Harvest Faire. As is usual with all Maple Village Waldorf School celebrations, it was an enchanting event. To be honest, I enjoyed it even more this year as it was the first year in a looooong time that I wasn’t the organizer. I could wander and browseIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Acorn Garland DIY Tutorail

DIY Felted Acorn Christmas Garland Tutorial :

Today you are so LUCKY! I am finally sharing how to make gorgeous felted acorn garlands. They are the cutest things ever, don’t you think? It’s no wonder so many of you have asked me for the tutorial. Drum roll… here it is!   Jazz up your home for autumn. Or make a colorful garlandIf you want to read more…click here

Felting Kits Galore

Needle Felting Kits :

Have you tried needle felting? It’s a wonderful craft, awesome because you can transform a handful of fluffy wool into a beautiful little something in 20 minutes or less. Of course, you can make your creations as intricate as you wish but if you are looking for simple and quick, needle felting can achieve thisIf you want to read more…click here

We’ve Made a DELIGHTFUL Fairy Bedroom

We’ve made the most magical fairy bedroom and I’ve shared it on Fairy today. Kitty and I spent such beautiful quality time together making this enchantment… I cherished being invited into her charming 11-year old world. You MUST come and see it! Please pop over to Fairy to see our magical fairy garden.If you want to read more…click here

Giving Thanks

feeding the pigs :

Are you wearing a red poppy today? I am. Here’s my granddad, Norman, and me when I was a baby. I loved to feed his pigs with him.     He was a prisoner of war in WW2… for FOUR years. I think of him and my other granddad, North Wells, who also fought inIf you want to read more…click here

Beautiful Places to Share.

A Child's Calendar :

I have some beautiful places to share with you today. Look what I found… utterly enchanting calendars for children. The illustrations are too wonderful for words. I LOVE the circular concept of this calendar. The year is circular, isn’t it… Winter leads to Spring that leads to Summer, to Autumn and back to Winter. OfIf you want to read more…click here

Lessons from Nature.

Lessons from Nature :

  I am appreciating this quote from Bernie Siegel about the lessons we can learn from nature. I am contemplating change and how one can move towards change without letting the apprehension and anxiety of the unknown take away from the joy and excitement of a long anticipated change. And then this quote speaks toIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Cactus Pot Tutorial

DIY Needle Felting Kit, Cactus Succulent Kit :

I’m so excited to share a new kit in the shop. Yes! YOU can make this MOST ADORABLE felted desert cactus plant in a terracotta pot (all by yourself) at home! Here are the goodies you’ll get in your kit…     I’m excited to teach you EXACTLY how to make this felted cactus, fromIf you want to read more…click here

An Autum Nature Walk

Fall :

We don’t get much day-to-day fall here in Southern California. But we have a special, magical, nearby place that we go to often. Where the seasons are surprisingly prominent… dew collects on the grasses and light shines golden like magic. It’s an hour’s drive away but, always, so worth the trip.     I knowIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Leaf Mobile

The Cutest Leaf Mobile :

  It’s so exciting! Autumn is here… the days are cooling down, the acorns are falling from the oak trees and all of the leaves are starting to change into their brilliant yellow, orange and red gowns. The colors of Autumn are so rich and warm, it’s hard to believe that they lead us intoIf you want to read more…click here

The Spiral of Time.

Hello Novemember :

  Welcome to a new month. November! A month of autumn and changes and the calm before the storm. I’m manifesting the Spiral this month.     I’m working on accepting the turnings and changes of life as it evolves. I won’t fight it. I will breath it in. I won’t grieve over another yearIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Gnome Home in a Gourd!

DIY Gourd Gnome Home Crafting Kit :

    Blessings and magic, Donni Don’t miss out on ANY new Magic Onions crafting fun… sign up for my FREE newsletter today —-> did you know that a lucky newsletter subscriber is chosen each month to receive a magical gift from me? Sign up now and this lucky subscriber could be YOU! Add yourIf you want to read more…click here

Pine Cone Halloween Crafts

Pine Cone Spider :

Are you getting ready for Halloween? At the Sunny House, our rose bushes are draped in spider web, there is a carved pumpkin on the front steps and few mini-skeletons hanging from the mailbox (Teddy is our Halloween decorator!) And, of course, we dug out our Pine Cone Spider and our Pine Cone Fairy toIf you want to read more…click here

Autumn Breakfast :: Overnight Spiced Fruit Porridge

Autumn Breakfast ~ Overnight Spiced Fruit Porridge

Leah from SkillIt is back to share a yummy Autumn breakfast with us. ** Autumn Breakfast ~ Overnight Spiced Fruit Porridge Autumn might be my favorite season of the year. There is something so wonderful about the crisp air, the changing leaves, and soaking up as much sun as possible as the days grow shorterIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Contest Winners – 2015!

Fairy Garden Contest Winner :

Drum roll please… We’ve had a most magical fairy garden season on the Fairy Gardens site. With ENCHANTING fairy gardens entered into this year’s contest. I’ve chosen the winners! Here they are – in no particular order. If you want to see which of these beauties WON (or if you want to see them allIf you want to read more…click here

Farmer’s Market Flowers

Farmer's Market Flower :

  I love love love having fresh cut flowers in the Sunny House.  What could be more beautiful than a vase of blooms in every room? So, when I was asked if I wanted to take part in a flower delivery collective, to display flowers in my home, of course I said yes! I don’tIf you want to read more…click here

15 Nature Inspired Autumn Crafts

Phtoo of 15 Nature-inspired Autumn Fall Crafts :

Mother Autumn gives us so many gifts to craft with in the Fall. Colorful leaves, acorns, pine cones… her generosity is boundless. Here are some of our favorite nature-inspired Fall crafts.       1. Indian Corn Necklace 2. Leaf and beeswax Suncatcher 3. Watercolor Leaf Rubbing 4. Autumn Gnomes 5. Beeswax and Leaf BowlIf you want to read more…click here

Autumn in The Magic Onions Shop

Photo of Needle Felted Halloween Pumkpin Witches :

        Please pop on over the The Magic Onions Shop to find these fun autumn finds. Blessings and magic, Donni

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chilli Recipe

White Chicken Chilli Slow Cooker Recipe :

Today we have a guest post from Leah, the lovely mom behind one of my favorite blogs, Skill It. She has an awesome slow cooker recipe for us. This is more timely for me than you can imagine… we’ve had SOOOO many 95+ degree Autumn days here in Southern California and cooking in the ovenIf you want to read more…click here

Fun in Massachusetts : Family Vacation Time!

Photo of an Organic Fruit and Vegetable Stand :

I’m excited to share more photos from our recent family vacation to Maine and Massachusetts. I’ve shared all about Maine and here is what we discovered in Mass. The MOST amazing roadside farm stands. EVERYWHERE! Mostly organic! We feasted on delicious, locally grown fruit and vegetables. The tomatoes!! Oh gosh… they were a phenomenon! WeIf you want to read more…click here

The Six-Year Transformation :: Discovering Waldorf

Six-Year Change :: Discovering Waldorf ::

The Six-Year Transformation By Michelle Brightwater The six-year transformation or change is an amazing and tumultuous time in the life of your youngling (and for you!).  This time is referred to as the “first puberty,”  which gives a great deal of insight into the kind of behavior you might expect during this time.  Although itIf you want to read more…click here

The Enchanting Fairy Houses of Mackworth Island, Maine.

Making a Fairy House in the Woods :

One of our favorite places in all of Maine was a place called Mackworth Island. It is a little island off the coast of Maine, connected to the mainland by a small bridge… if you didn’t know it was there, you’d quite miss it. The island is covered in thousands of the most majestic treesIf you want to read more…click here

Maine Island Life.

Maine Island Life :

Our friends in Maine live in South Portland but they also have a summer house on an island in Casco Bay… Long Island, Maine. They spend the whole glorious summer there. Three beautiful sunny months. They are SO lucky. The island is a one and a half hour ferry ride away from Portland. There areIf you want to read more…click here

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

Photo of Bratwurst and Saurekraut Slowcooker Casserol :

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

Photo of Thrifst Store Finds at anAntique Fair: The Magic Onions

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

Fairy Drawing : Work In Progress -

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!

photo of Fairy Garden site

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

photo of geodes and crystals spray painted gold

  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

photo of magical moments on Instagram

  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

photo of a diy gold spray painted mason jar vase craft

  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

A photo of Earth Day Waldorf Traditions

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…

photo of Instagram

  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

photo of a cake recipe for kids

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!

needle felted items, felted pebbles, felted flowers, felted nest, flower fairy photo

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

Color Easter Eggs with Markers :

  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

How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally :

  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

Spring Blossoms : The Magic Onions Blog

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