$75 Back To School Giveaway!

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  Yay! Today one lucky reader will receive a $75 gift certificate to one of my FAVORITE shops… Imagine Childhood! Imagine Childhood is a family owned and operated company specializing in earth-friendly goods, craft and activity tutorials and educational supplies that support and nurture the magic of childhood. Our carefully curated collection focuses on productsIf you want to read more…click here

Sponsor Feature and Giveaway : Waldorfish

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Lucky us… Waldorfish is offering us all a 20% discount on their WONDERFUL StoryStarters kits (you can read all about them below). Use the code MAGICONIONS at checkout.   Waldorfish was originally born out of a desire to provide modern, relevant resources for our community of teachers and families.  We have grown into a global communityIf you want to read more…click here

Raising Mindful Kids

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Raising mindful kids.  – by Tina Dombernowsky   Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could teach our children how to live in the moment, how to be aware of their bodies, their thoughts, their feelings and their surroundings? What a beautiful life-long gift we can give them if we can help them to be mindfulIf you want to read more…click here

How to Build Your Waldorf Community :: Discovering Waldorf

How to Build a Waldor Communtiy from Discovering Waldorf Education on The Magic Onions Blog

How to Build Your Waldorf Community –   by Meredith Floyd-Preston     “Finish up your snack. It’s time to go wait for Daddy.” It was 4:00 on a November Wednesday and I was preparing my 1-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son for the “wait for Daddy” afternoon practice that had been in place for months. ItIf you want to read more…click here

8 Steps to a Waldorf-Inspired Home

8 Steps to a Waldorf-Inspired Home Workshop. How to bring the beauty of Waldorf philosophies into your home by The Magic Onions

Over the years, so many of you have got in touch to ask for help in creating a Waldorf-inspired home. You have asked wonderfully thought-provoking questions that have made me think and ponder, deeply, what the most valuable and life-changing aspects of a Waldorf home are. I’ve promised many of  you that I would putIf you want to read more…click here

Summertime Fun

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Today is the summer solstice, 2016. The longest day of the year. It is HOT here in Southern California today. VERY hot! It’s not quite noon yet and the temps are already 97 °F. My phone says that it will get well past 100°F today. This kind of heat is not my favorite. Today isIf you want to read more…click here

How To Make Felt Flowers in less than 1 minute!

Make beautiful Felt Flowers in a few simple steps DIY Tutorial with The Magic Onions Blog

I’ve been having fun making videos again. Here is one so many of you have asked me to make… felt flowers in less than a minute! This should show you just how easy and quick these flowers are to make. All you need is felt, scissors and a hot glue gun. There are so manyIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Crafting Video :: Fairy Babies

Make delightful FAIRY BABIES for your little ones with this easy DIY NEEDLE FELTING tutorial on The Magic Onions blog

Oh my gosh… I’ve been having so much fun! I stepped out of my comfort zone and into a place that I NEVER thought I’d venture into… YouTube.  Eeeek!   My 12 year old daughter encouraged me. ‘It’s all in YouTube these day’s Mom’, she said.   She critiqued my video and had a lotIf you want to read more…click here

Always Believe in Fairies

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Do you believe in fairies? I do. To me, believing in fairies means more than just believing in little creatures with wings. It means believing in magic and miracles. It means opening your heart to the possibility that anything and everything is possible. It means perceiving that there is so much we don’t yet knowIf you want to read more…click here

Make BEAUTIFUL Felt Flowers

Make beautiful Felt Flowers in a few simple steps DIY Tutorial with The Magic Onions Blog

. There are so many beautiful ways to craft with felt. Felt brings such an earthy rich texture into your home. I recommend crafting with the the best quality felt, always. There is such a huge difference with using the best felt. You are spending time and effort in your crafting and using the bestIf you want to read more…click here

Happy Days

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Here are some fun photos from our days. Kitty is growing up. He’s a big boy now. I baked ‘fet cook’, a South African fried bread recipe. Yum! Kitty shone magnificently (all the beautiful kids did) in their school play, Demeter and Persophne last night. She bought herself (been saving forever) an insta camera! WeIf you want to read more…click here

Upside-Down Peach Cake Recipe : Baking With Kids

Fresh Cake Recipe with photos of kids baking from The Magic Onions Blog

Teddy, the baker in the house, baked the most delicious UPSIDE-DOWN peach cake from one of my favorite recipes (which I’ll share with you below). Our peach tree is laden with peaches and so we are doing all kinds of fun baking with peaches. This cake was a HIT and is all gone now.  If you want to read more…click here

7 Virtues to Teach Through Song : Discovering Waldorf Education

7 meaningful virtues to teach through SONG - a Discovering Waldorf Article from The Magic Onions

Singing With Children – 7 Virtues To Teach Through Song by Jodie Mesler   I’ve narrowed down 7 meaningful virtues that you can teach your children through song and music. At the end of this article, I’ve shared some free songs from my new children’s album so that you can follow along with the tuneIf you want to read more…click here

How To Make A Rustic Sign For Your Fairy Garden

How to make a rustic sign for your Fairy garden with The Magic Onions

  I love that quote. It’s so true. The little everyday things are going to be the the things I miss most when I look back on these happy, messy, mom-of-young-kids days. We made a rustic sign for our teacup fairy garden. I love how it turned out… the magical grain in the bark, theIf you want to read more…click here

Prizes for The FAIRY GARDEN CONTEST : 2016

AMAZING Prizes for the Fairy Garden Contest on FairyGardens.com :: 2016

  WOW!   Here are the Prizes for the 2016 Fairy Garden Contest. (click here to see the 2016 Fairy Garden Contest. The contest is open for entries through August 5, 2016) Am I excited to share this news with you! The Fairy Garden Contest PRIZES this year are utterly AWESOME. The Magic Onions hasIf you want to read more…click here

Favorite Waldorf Morning Verses for The Grades

Favorite Waldorf Morning Verses for The Grades :: The Magic Onions Blog

It is customary to say a morning verse at the start of each day in Waldorf schools, in kindergarten and in the grades. One of the reasons why Waldorf education is so successful in educating kids who excel, is that teaching methods meet students where they are developmentally, in a deep and authentic way. TheIf you want to read more…click here

New Fairy Garden Kits

Make the most enchanting fairy gardens with this FAIRY GARDEN DIY KIT IN A BOX from The Magic Onions Shop

I’ve had the most wonderfully creative weekend designing new DIY fairy garden kits for the shop. It’s my most favorite work activity of all – designing new enchantments. I get to play with flower fairies and magical miniature things all day long. And my camera, of course, which I love. The kids join in fromIf you want to read more…click here

Favorite Waldorf Morning Circle Verses for Kindergarten

Favorite Waldorf Morning Circle Verses for Kindergarten on The Magic Onions Blog

The beauty of Waldorf education is that it meets the child where he is developmentally. The synergy of Waldorf teaching methods and child development is discussed wonderfully in an article by Dr Reggie Melrose called ‘Waldorf from a Neuroscientific Perspective‘. The Morning circle is a great example of how Waldorf meets the young child whereIf you want to read more…click here

Teddy : You Are Nine! A Birthday Letter

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I write a letter to my children on their birthdays each year. It has become a tradition I cherish, a time for reflecting on each child and recording the little things from the past year that come together to make our lives so beautifully meaningful. Teddy, you are nine today. This is a big oneIf you want to read more…click here

How To Make Fairy Babies :: DIY Needle Felting Tutorial

Make delightful FAIRY BABIES for your little ones with this easy DIY NEEDLE FELTING tutorial on The Magic Onions blog

You won’t believe how I came to make this sweet DIY needle felted fairy baby tutorial! I am a crazy crafter who dreams of crafting in my sleep. Am I the only one? Sometimes I craft in my sleep all-night-long. I wake up… and what do you think I want to do? Yep… I wantIf you want to read more…click here

5 Favorite Waldorf Mealtime Blessing Verses

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Blessing our food with a favorite Waldorf mealtime blessing verse before we eat it is cherished everyday tradition that is meaningful in so many ways. And not just for children. Blessing our food is just as meaningful for adults too. Firstly, it gives us a moment to calm and collect ourselves before we eat. WeIf you want to read more…click here

Timone, the Baby Squirrel, and Spring Days

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Here are some photos of our lovely spring days. You’ll see Timone, our squirrel, who comes to collect the nuts we leave for him on his chair in the tree. He is just the sweetest and we love him so. Do you remember that we raised him from a baby squirrel (his mom was killedIf you want to read more…click here

Hello There!

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Hi, happy Friday everyone! I’ve had a lot of new followers joining recently and would like to introduce myself to all of you. I’m Donni, the mom behind this natural living and Waldorf website, The Magic Onions :: where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a preciousIf you want to read more…click here

Miniature Sunflower Pot Plant for your Fairy Garden

Make a delightful mini SUNFLOWER for your fairy garden with this easy DIY tutorial on The Magic Onions blog

I promised I’d share tutorials for all the sweet little additions in our teacup fairy garden. Here’s how we made the sunny sunflower pot plant.     Materials you’ll need : – Mini terracotta pot – Reindeer moss – A dried flower – A 4 inch twig – Hot glue gun and glue   MethodIf you want to read more…click here

Finger Knitted Yarn Flowers :: A DIY Tutorial for Kids

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Last week, I promised I’d share Teddy’s DIY finger knitted flower tutorial.     Teddy’s been finger knitting like a wild-man and we’ve made so many beautiful creations from the fruits of his labor.     I have already shared an easy finger knitting tutorial with you so that you can teach your child thisIf you want to read more…click here

Self Portrait :: Kitty Original

Self Portrait :: Kitty Original :: www.theMagicOnions.com

While cleaning Kitty’s desk, I came across this self portrait that she painted last year. It captures her 11 year-old self perfectly… that space between feeling like a child and and a grown up… still innocent and young but full of the possibility of future adventures that are sure to come her way. I knowIf you want to read more…click here

Making A Waldorf Pocket Doll :: FREE Pattern DIY Tutorial :: Discovering Waldorf Education

FREE Pattern for a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Follow this step-by-step DIY Tutorial to make your child a delightful WALDORF DOLL.

It’s so exciting to find a budding new Waldorf Blog. Cathy, from the beautiful new blog Faith & String and shop Brambles & Blossoms is sharing her tutorial on how to make a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Please visit Cathy’s sites for other great Waldorf doll tutorials and to purchase the most lovely Waldorf dolls. ::::If you want to read more…click here

Finger Knitting For Kids :: An Easy DIY Tutorial

Finger Knitting for Kids :: DIY Tutorial

As you may know, Teddy recently fell out of a tree and injured his liver. He has recovered very well. Thanks for all your well wishes and the healing vibes you sent him. They worked. But, for the next 4 months, he is under strict activity restrictions. He can’t do anything that may result inIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Mini Toadstools for your Fairy Garden

How To Make Mini Toadstools for your Fairy Garden :: DIY Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

There are many reasons why your fairy garden needs to include a few toadstools. Firstly, they are the cutest little things to add to your magical garden. There is something delightful about the bright red caps speckled with white dots. Somehow, they make us feel happy inside. They make us think of fairies and magicIf you want to read more…click here

Nature Mobile :: DIY Earth Day Celebrations :: Waldorf Activities

Flower Mobile :: Earth Day DIY Activity :: Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Earth Day, April 22nd, is an BIG day in the Sunny House. We celebrate it as if it is Mother Earth’s Birthday. Raising environmentally aware children has been an important part of our parenting and My Good Man and I are proud that our children are truly and authentically earth-conscious. They refuse, reuse and recycleIf you want to read more…click here

A Fairy Garden in a Tea Cup :: A Miniature DIY Tutorial

Fairy Garden in a Teacup :: DIY Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Calling all English, tea-loving fairies… we’ve made the most delightful fairy garden habitat for you… in my favorite teacup.  Please move in.     It all started when I broke the saucer to one of my favorite teacups. I wanted to cry. I’ve had this beautiful tea set for many many years. Each cup andIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Contest :: 2016

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Hooray! It’s April and the start of the Fairy Garden contest. This is the most exciting news we’ve heard all day, isn’t it. If you and your little ones are avid fairy gardeners like we are, there will be excitement for sure.     If you don’t know about the contest, you are in forIf you want to read more…click here

Little House on the Prairie :: Best Waldorf Books :: Discovering Waldorf Education

Little House On The Prairie :: Discovering Waldorf Educations :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Ask Waldorf inspired families what their favorite books are and most will respond with a resounding, the Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder.   Kitty and I started with the first in the series, Little House in the Big Woods, when Kitty was 5. We would read one chapter each eveningIf you want to read more…click here

The Glory of Nature

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I hope you enjoyed a meaningful Easter with your family and that  your heart is filled with gratitude for all you hold dear. The Easter bunny came to The Sunny house and gave us all delicious chocolate bunnies. Thank you. We spent Sunday with beautiful friends that fill our lives with love. Thank you. WeIf you want to read more…click here

Craft Fair Fun :: Succulents and Art

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I’m a craft fair addict and Kitty is my partner in crime. We go to every fair within a 30 mile radius. WE LOVE THEM! We always find the most wonderful things. And fill ourselves to the brim with creative inspiration. This time, we found ourselves attracted to the most gorgeous knitted succulents. And, ofIf you want to read more…click here

A Perpetual Waldorf Calendar :: Discovering Waldorf Education

DIY Perpetual Waldorf Calendar :: Discovering Waldorf Education :: www.theMagicOnions.com

We have the most beautiful perpetual circular Waldorf calendar hanging on our wall. It’s drawn by Phoebe Wahl and depicts a delightful gnome family going about their seasonal days. My children consult it often. They turn the season dial at the start of each season (March on top now on top). They write in importantIf you want to read more…click here

Welcome Spring

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Welcome to the Spring! I think my favorite flowers might be Ranunculus. I love their delicate, frilly petals and pretty pastel colors. I’ve filled the Sunny House with a vase of Ranunculus in every room and it looks glorious.     Happy Spring to you. Blessings and magic, Donni

Edible Dyes for Easter Eggs :: DIY Tutorial

Edible Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs :: DIY Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

We have a family Easter tradition of dying eggs with natural, edible, dyes. We’ve used just about every natural dye we can find… blueberries, onion skins, beets, turmeric, to name just a few… and each year, our results are always a little different. This adds to the excitement – what will they do this year?If you want to read more…click here

The Nine Year Change :: Discovering Waldorf Education

Parenting through the Nine Year Change :: Discovering Waldorf Education :: www.theMagicOnions.com

As my littlest approaches nine, wonderful and great changes are staring to show. He is moving out of dreamy early childhood and into a more conscious state, where he is starting to recognize that he is different from the people and things around him. He is becoming aware of himself as an individual, separate fromIf you want to read more…click here

Spring Giveaway from Imagine Childhood :: $100 Gift Voucher!

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Imagine Childhood is a family owned and operated company specializing in earth-friendly goods, craft and activity tutorials and educational supplies that support and nurture the magic of childhood. Our carefully curated collection focuses on products that inspire children to create, imagine, and explore. With an emphasis on quality materials, our toys and tools are madeIf you want to read more…click here

Miniature Spring Garden planted in a Shell :: DIY

Miniature Spring Garden planted in a Shell :: from The Magic Onions Bog

We planted a pretty little SPRING garden in some sea shells. It looks adorable and brings a burst of Easter color into our home. Kitty has stolen it for her room. All of our best creations end up in there.     All you need to plant your own shell garden are some medium sizedIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Pom Pom Blue Bird Craft :: Easter and Spring Crafting

DIY Pom Pom Blue Birds for Simple Spring and Easter Crafting :: www.theMagicOnions.com

I was recently visited by an inquisitive momma bird as I sat drinking my coffee. It was an unusually warm and sunny morning and the arrival of my feathered friend cheerfully announced what I had suspected… Spring is on the way!     I love to watch birds build their nests and prepare for theIf you want to read more…click here

When Teddy Fell Out Of A Tree

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Last week was one of the most traumatic weeks our little family has experienced. Teddy fell out of a tree and sustained two lacerations to his liver. He is fine now but we had a few very scary days in Intensive Care as we waited to see if his liver would recover on its own.If you want to read more…click here

Live in Each Moment.

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An amazing thing happens when you get honest with yourself and start doing what you love, what makes you happy. Your life literally slows down. You stop wishing for the weekend. You stop merely looking forward to special events. You begin to live in each moment and you start feeling like a human being. YouIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Felt Flower Hair Barrettes for Spring

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Teddy’s friend is having a birthday and we decided to make her some pretty felt hair barrettes. Because it’s SPRING here in Southern California, we chose pretty pastel colors. I’m happy to share the DIY tutorial with you below…     I think she’ll love them, don’t you?     All you’ll need is prettyIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf Education :: Creating a Waldorf Inspired Home

Discovering Waldorf Education :: How To Create A Waldorf Inspired Home :: www.theMagicOnions.com

I have exciting news today… I’m happy to announce that I am bringing back the Discovering Waldorf Education series. So many of you have requested its return as it gave us all such a beautiful, every-day, insight into the Waldorf way. The Discovering Waldorf series is a compilation of articles about the Waldorf way ofIf you want to read more…click here

5 Spring Crafts for Kids using Yarn

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My kids love working with yarn and have made the most wonderful yarn creations over the years. They knit now but there are so many lovely yarn crafts that don’t require knitting skills. Here are a few tutorials we’ve shared over the years  ::     1. Finger Knitted Flower Tutorial Finger knitting is aIf you want to read more…click here

Simply Happy :: Inspiration

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“Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and theyIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Spring Fairies :: DIY Felt Tutorial

Spring Fairy :: DIY Felt Tutorials :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Spring has arrived to Southern California and we have been busy making felt spring fairies. They bring such sweet enchantment to The Sunny House. I have made them from wool felt in pretty pastel colors and I’m happy to share the DIY tutorial with you, below. Aren’t they the sweetest!     Here is anIf you want to read more…click here

Portland, Oregon :: Vacation Time :: Part Two

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Look at this hazelnut orchard outside of Portland, Oregon. Can you believe it? Isn’t it the most magical thing you’ve seen in a long time?! The hazelnut trees are covered in moss. Kitty and I sat on the leaves and stared in wonder.   The next day we came across this misty lake with old-mans-beardIf you want to read more…click here

Simple Pleasures

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I love it so much when I can have flowers in The Sunny House that come from my own garden. I find it supremely satisfying. Thank goodness for roses because they seem to be the only flowers I can consistently grow. And they are pretty. And they smell wonderful.     Teddy’s been making deliciousIf you want to read more…click here

Vacation Time :: Portland, Oregon

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As many of you know, we are longing to relocate our family from the hustle and bustle of our megatropolis city to a more rural, nature-infused lifestyle. This week past, we traveled to Portland, Oregon, to see if our spirits could connect with the city and surroundings. Boy, did they connect! They intertwined with beautyIf you want to read more…click here

Miracles, Everyday.

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Life bursts with miracles ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh     I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. Here are some other things to inspire. Blessings and magic, Donni Don’t miss out on ANY new Magic Onion’s crafting fun… sign up for my FREE newsletter today —-> did you know that a lucky newsletter subscriberIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Valentine Fairy :: Tutorial

Tutorial Needle Felted Fairy :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Meet Valentina. She a Valentine Fairy. Isn’t she sweet?!     I know you’ll want to make a gnome just like her, so I am sharing a step-by-step tutorial with you. Here it is :   Needle Felted Valentine Fairy Tutorial   Look at her pretty pink hair and her sweet gnome hat…    If you want to read more…click here

DIY Video Tutorial :: Felt Flowers

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  Last week, when I shared the photo step-by-step tutorial of these gorgeous felt flowers, I promised I’d share a video of the process too. Sometimes, seeing exactly how something is made, makes following instructions so much easier. Spoiler alert… you’ll see Teddy’s kitty, Flint, in the video too. And, if you click through toIf you want to read more…click here

Change is a Beautiful Thing.

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Don’t be afraid. Change is such a beautiful thing”, said the Butterfly. ~ Sabrina Newby   Happy Sunday. Here are some other things to inspire. Blessings and magic, Donni

Treasures We Found in Nature

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We spent Saturday at Medrona Marsh, in Torrance, CA. Such beautiful treasures to be found. But, first, a game of rugby in the parking lot.     And then, cacti to admire.     We discovered that if you caress them, gently, they won’t hurt you, not one little bit (his nails are now cutIf you want to read more…click here

Felt Flowers :: DIY Tutorial

Valentine's Day Flowers :: Felt Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Look what I have sitting on my desk.   Okay, yes, there is a kitten… but I’m talking about the gorgeous felt flowers… the pretty poppies.     I made them to brighten the Sunny House. Aren’t they wonderful?! Here’s how… Materials :: floral wire (from a craft shop) red wool felt (from Felt OnIf you want to read more…click here

Video Tutorial :: Needle Felted Toadstools :: DIY Instructions

Needle Felted Toadstools DIY Needle Felting Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Look what I made… two magical needle felted toadstools… just for the fun of it.     I bet you think they are REALLY difficult to make. I bet you think I spent ages and ages on them. Well, would you believe me if I told you that each one took less than 10 minutes…If you want to read more…click here

You are be-YOU-tiful !

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  Be you! Blessings and magic, Donni

Love Apples and Other Valentine’s Crafts

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Funny how family traditions start. Three years ago, I made LOVE APPLES for the first time. Since then, I’ve put them into Kitty and Teddy’s lunch every Valentine’s Day. It’s become our sweet tradition and they both look forward to opening their lunch bag to see that their mom loves them. I smile as IIf you want to read more…click here

A Fun Game to Play

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We played the funnest game on our nature walk the other day. Dad made it up but the kids say they’ve played it at school often. Apparently, it’s called camouflage. To play, make sure you are all dressed in natural colors. Tie up your dog so that he doesn’t go looking for ‘the fawn’ (andIf you want to read more…click here

Vibrations of Beauty

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  Hope you are having a magical Sunday. Here are some other posts to inspire. Blessings and magic, Donni

Video Tutorial :: Needle Felted Hearts

Needle Felted Hearts Video Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Hi Friends, I’ve tried something new for you today. I’ve conquered my dislike of hearing my own voice and I’ve made a video tutorial… mini needle felted hearts so that you can make some for Valentine’s Day too. I even painted my nails for the occasion!     These are the beauties you’ll be making.If you want to read more…click here

Crafts for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, fast and furious. Here’s a compilation of some of the ‘Love Day’ crafts we’ve done in the past. I have to say that the ‘hoop art treasures‘ are my favorite. Both of my children LOVED them so much and both still have them on the wall in their rooms. IIf you want to read more…click here

Lovely Lichen and Fabulous Fungi

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I love the rain. I love the way the rain cleans the air and the trees and bushes so that everything looks bright and colorful. This how things should look. And, I love that rain brings mushrooms. This gift might be what I secretly love most about the rain. We don’t get rain very oftenIf you want to read more…click here

The Kitten Prince

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His name is Flint but we call him the Kitten Prince. He has stolen our hearts. He seems to have no control over his purr… which he does LOUDLY, whenever ANYONE comes near him. He might be in the middle of attacking a felt ball but, if he feels us near, he’ll PURR. It’s soIf you want to read more…click here

Fun in the Snow :: Part Two

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Here are some more photos from our trip to the snow last weekend. We made the cutest snowman. Sledded, laughed, whooped and had an epic snowball fight.         Blessings and magic, Donni

Snow :: Part One

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We were so excited when we heard that there was a BIG storm moving into Big Bear and that it would be snowing. Big Bear hasn’t had snow for years and we have been waiting patiently to resume our fun in the snow. We borrowed adequate clothing from dear friends, and a couple of sleds,If you want to read more…click here

Leaves

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Gorgeous leaves. A pallet of nature. Brown’s of every shade. Wet earth. This is winter in Southern California.     I’m so grateful for our mild winter where our days are crisp and clear and we wear jeans and a sweater and the occasional scarf. Tomorrow, though, we are going to spend the day inIf you want to read more…click here

Happy New Year :: 2016 !

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, beautiful people. I hope your year ahead is filled with more magical things than you could ever imagine. Thank you for being a part of The Magic Onions community. I’m so grateful for the gift of your time.   Blessings and magic, Donni

Christmas Day

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Early morning. Gifts. Kitten. Books. Eggs. Reading. Games. Friends. Feast. Love. Gratitude.     My beautiful mother gnome postcard comes from Zuzu And Me. Kitty’s favorite gift was her books : The Bartimaeus Trilogy and The Story of my Life : Helen Keller. Teddy loves his catapult. Blessings and magic, Donni

Christmas Kitten

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We had a wonderful Christmas at The Sunny House. The highlight was the arrival of a new member of our family. He is Teddy’s first animal. We are calling him ‘Christmas Kitten’ at the moment because arriving on a ‘forever’ name has been quite a challenge for Teddy. He’s gone from Rex to Flint toIf you want to read more…click here

Beauty After The Rain

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At last. It has rained. Beautiful, soaking, cleaning rain. Thirst quenching rain, moss-making, lichen-loving rain. Everything is SO BEAUTIFUL after the rain. So, of course, we set out to see our favorite nature spot in her colorful glory :   Treasures EVERYWHERE! Blessings and magic, Donni

Our 10 Favorite Christmas Crafts :: DIY Tutorials

10 Favorite Christmas Crafts :: DIY Tutorials :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Just in case you are looking for quick and fun Christmas crafting projects, I’ve put together as list of 10 of our favorites Christmas crafting DIY tutorials.     Here are the links to our 10 MOST favorite Christmas crafting tutorials :: Cranberry Heart Ornaments   2. Needle Felted Acorn Garland   3. Butterfly ChristmasIf you want to read more…click here

Felt Gumdrop Ornaments :: DIY Tutorial

Felt Gumdrop Christmas Ornaments :: DIY Tutorials :: www.theMagicOnions.com

  We are having so much fun in The Sunny House with our Christmas crafting. Each day, when the kids come home from school, we set about making new ornaments for our Christmas tree. We choose fun and easy projects that aren’t too involved and Kitty and Teddy are loving this new tradition we’ve started.If you want to read more…click here

Cranberry Heart Ornaments :: DIY Tutorial

Cranberry Hearts Christmas Ornaments :: DIY Tutorials :: www.theMagicOnions.com

  Tis the season to be jolly! We made some beautiful cranberry heart ornaments today with Christmas music ‘jollying’ us along. They look so pretty on our rustic tree. Teddy and I made them while Kitty made us hot chocolate with her famous recipe… 2 cups of milk, one cup of cream and half aIf you want to read more…click here

Butterfly Christmas Ornaments

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  We love these rustic butterfly ornaments. They make our Christmas tree look so wonderfully whimsical. Here’s a DIY tutorial for you to make some for your tree too. Materials : natural vine balls (found in craft stores) feather butterflies (found in craft stores) hemp string (found in craft stores) a hot glue gun  If you want to read more…click here

Sugarplum Christmas Pine Cone Garland :: DIY Tutorial

Christmas Sugarplum Pine Cone Garland DIY Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

We have the most delightful garland hanging on our mantle. We call it the SUGARPLUM garland and it gives our living room a perfectly fabulous holiday vibe. It’s super-easy to make too… pine cones, white paint and colorful felt balls. Lucky you… I’m sharing our DIY tutorial so that you can make this cute sugarplumIf you want to read more…click here

$100 Giveaway to Imagine Childhood Shop !

Imagine Childhood Shop

  Great news today… one of you lucky fishes is going to win a $100 gift certificate to one of my favorite shops, Imagine Childhood. But first, please have a look at the wonderful goodies you can find in the Imagine Childhood shop.     Imagine Childhood is a family owned and operated company specializingIf you want to read more…click here

Baby, it’s cold outside!

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A few fun Christmas finds …   mini christmas tree / christmas tea towel / baby it’s cold outside wood sign / personalized ornaments / Blessings and magic, Donni

Felted Acorn Ornaments :: DIY Tutorial

Felted Acorn Ornaments :: DIY Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

If you know me, you know I’m partial to felted acorns. In fact, I can thank felted acorns for giving birth to my entire business. Felted acorns were the very first handmade goodies I offered for sale in The Magic Onions Shop. This was long ago, folks, long before EVERYONE on Etsy started making feltedIf you want to read more…click here

Nature is an antidote to stress.

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The crazy holiday season has begun in earnest and life at The Sunny House is hectic as we try to juggle work and kids and family affairs. It’s a fun time of year with parties and celebrations… but it can be stressful too as rhythms change and out-of-the-ordinary events occur much more often than usual.If you want to read more…click here

Gorgeous Glitter Feather Ornaments

Gorgeous Glitter Feather Christmas Ornaments : www.theMagicOnions.com

Kitty found glitter in the craft cupboard. “Let’s make sparkly ornaments, Mom” she said. Just then, Teddy came in with a white goose feather… and an idea was born.     I have a stash of goose feathers that I brought out for us to use. What? Doesn’t everyone have a stash of goose feathers?If you want to read more…click here

Art is fun!

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Dear Readers, Have you visited my sponsor column on the left side of the page? If you haven’t yet, please do. These are all wonderful small businesses, working hard to bring beauty and authenticity into our lives. Everything they offer will be wonderful gifts from Santa. Today, I want to share a new sponsor, HomeIf you want to read more…click here

Our Needle Felted Christmas Tree Ornaments are UP!

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I’m so excited to share our Christmas tree with you this year. We’ve decorated it COMPLETELY with 100% Magic Onions felted ornaments! EVERY SINGLE ONE!!! Made by me. Needle felted owls and birds, needle felted toadstools and pine cones, needle felted flowers, needle felted garlands, needle felted acorns, needle felted peas, needle felted fairies. Yes,If you want to read more…click here

A Christmas Craft Faire for Needle Felted Ornaments

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I loooooooooove doing craft fairs. We have such fun setting up the booth. Kitty and Teddy and My Good man are invaluable. He is a super-star at lugging all the heavy tables and tents and the kids help to set everything up so magically with their special touch. It’s definitely a family affair.    If you want to read more…click here

Adorable DIY Felt Flower Christmas Ornaments

DIY Felt Flower Ornament Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

Everyone is going to want to make these ADORABLE felt flower ornaments! Aren’t they the sweetest?!   They look SO utterly adorable on my Christmas tree! You can see more photos of our Needle Felted Christmas tree here.)   Lucky you! I have a DIY tutorial to share with you today!   Big Tip : If you want to read more…click here

Our Most Popular Pine Cone Christmas DIY Crafting Tutorials

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  Gosh… can you believe it’s December already! Do you know what that means? It’s only 4 weeks until Christmas? Crazy, isn’t it?! If you are looking for gorgeous Christmas gifts, please don’t forget to visit The Magic Onions Shop. I have wonderful things for everyone there. I’m sure you are starting to think aboutIf you want to read more…click here

Snowy Pine Cone Garland for Christmas : DIY Tutorial

DIY Snowy Pine Cone Christmas Garland Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

We love using the things we find in nature to decorate our home for the holidays. There is a pine tree in our neighborhood that drops the sweetest mini pine cones. We took our basket on a walk yesterday and collected a few to make a snowy pine cone garland for our mantle.   Isn’tIf you want to read more…click here

Thanksgiving at The Sunny House

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Happy Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful celebration at the Sunny House with our nearest and dearest. Teddy and Kitty had fun decorating the table with felted acorns, felt leaves, pine cones, gold nests and golden deer. Kitty made delightful name cards by writing in gold pen on wood slices and Teddy made the acorns andIf you want to read more…click here

Nature Napkin Ring :: DIY Tutorial

DIY Nature Napkin Ring Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

  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 :: www.theMagicOnions.com

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 : www.theMagicOnions.com

  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 : www.theMagicOnions.com

  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 : www.theMagicOnions.com

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

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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

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We’ve made the most magical fairy bedroom and I’ve shared it on Fairy Gardens.com 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 Gardens.com to see our magical fairy garden.If you want to read more…click here

Giving Thanks

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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