Two Quick and Easy Pumpkin Crafts

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Looking for a couple of quick and easy pumpkin crafts for Halloween? Here are two of our favorites :   1. Melted Wax Decorated Pumpkins : decorate mini pumpkins with melting colored crayons onto them. Full tutorial HERE.     2. No Knit Yarn Pumpkin : make an adorable pumpkin with orange yarn and aIf you want to read more…click here

Camping in Julian, CA

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Julian, CA, is one of our favorite camping spots. We stay in a campsite that has a little pond. Teddy loves to fish. We wake up early to fish, when the shadows are long and the light is golden. Kitty isn’t much of a fisherlady. But, I did catch her saluting the sun. Autumn inIf you want to read more…click here

Eggshell Ghost Mobile

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For easy Halloween crafting, save your white eggshells to make a ghost mobile…     Isn’t it CUTE?! The full tutorial on how to make an eggshell mobile is here. Happy Halloween crafting, Blessings and magic, Donni

Halloween Giveaway : Pumpkin Witches!

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Look who just flew into the shop! Two of the plumpest Halloween witches. They flew in on their little rustic broomsticks and are giggling naughtily. I’m sure they are up to some mischief in there! So… I’m wanting to test something in my Etsy shop and I’m hoping you’ll help me. To thank you, I’veIf you want to read more…click here

Weaving an Autumn Tapestry with Wool Roving

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Look at this gorgeous woven autumn tapestry Kitty and I made together. We used a vine wreath form, colorful autumn wool roving, some wool yarn and a couple of felted toadstools.       Step 1 : Make the Tree Loom   I tied off the yarn branches and roots using a simple slipknot.  If you want to read more…click here

Teaching Timone How To Climb

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Kitty has had an important job… she’s been teaching Timone to climb. Each day, she takes him to the avocado tree and climbs with him. At first, he was so scared and would immediately scurry back onto Kitty’s shoulder. But now, he climbs right to the top of the tree. Up and down… around andIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Colorful Harvest Corn Necklace

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Kitty and I saw Indian Corn in the grocery store the other day and we remembered when we made gorgeous corn necklaces a few years ago. I though I’d share the tutorial again …     Tutorial : How to make an Indian Corn necklace.   Blessings and magic, Donni

Meet Timone, Our Baby Squirrel

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We have a new baby at the Sunny House. Meet Timone, our baby squirrel.   Isn’t he just the most adorable little thing?! We are smitten in love. He has quite stolen our hearts away! He came to us last week from a friend who, sadly, found him after her cat caught his mother. WeIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 24

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We are having a family painting day today. Kitty and I found this amazing magical coloring sheet that opens up into a long scene for us to color. We are using watercolor. And all of us are adding our own special magic. It’s starting to look so beautiful…   When it’s done, we will hangIf you want to read more…click here

Magic Sponsors : September 2014

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Please support my September Magic Sponsors by browsing through their beautiful shops. Christmas is 3 months away! A hearty welcome to two new Magic Sponsors :   Artterro : Here at Artterro we make Eco Art Kits, and there’s nothing else quite like them on the market. In 2008, Artterro founder Forrest Espinoza was shoppingIf you want to read more…click here

Make Spiders for Halloween

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Here are two spider crafts your little ones will enjoy making and playing with…     Tutorial : How to make a Black Widow Spider       Tutorial : How to make a Pine Cone Spider.   Scary stuff!! Blessings and magic, Donni If you haven’t already, please sign up for my newsletter toIf you want to read more…click here

Pen Pal Swap

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Kitty and Teddy received their first letters from their new Pen Pals. Can you see how delighted Kitty was?     An envelope arrived in the mail, addressed to her, to Kitty, from a girl, a thousand miles away, living a different kind of life… but just like her all the same. Oh my… theIf you want to read more…click here

6 Nature Inspired Fall Crafts

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Hi Friends, It was 90 degrees F  (33 degrees C) here in Southern California at 9am this morning. It reached into the 100’s on Friday, Sat and Sun… and is expected to do the same today, tomorrow and the next day. Wow… we are melting!! We don’t have air-conditioning in the Sunny House… my GoodIf you want to read more…click here

Winners of the Fairy Garden Contest 2014!

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It is with great excitement that I announce the winners of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest. Boy was it difficult to pick just four (see the finalists here and here). In my mind, you are ALL winners and the greatest prize EVERYONE won was the magical time you had making your Fairy Garden. Thank youIf you want to read more…click here

2014 Fairy Garden Contest : Finalists : Part TWO

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Yesterday, I shared Part ONE of the Fairy Garden finalists with 8 magical gardens. Today is Part TWO and I have another 8 enchanting gardens to show you. I’ll start with this AMAZING creation from the Twig and Toadstool kids (click on the link to see closeup photos). Isn’t it breathtaking?! So much detail… acornIf you want to read more…click here

2014 Fairy Garden Contest : Finalists : Part ONE

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You can imagine the hard time we’ve had choosing winners for this years Fairy Garden Contest. Oh, my… it’s been almost impossible as each and EVERY garden entered (and there were over 150 entries) were utterly magical. The truth is that everyone who made a fairy garden is a winner. Thank you for making magicIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 23

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Our summer vacation has come to an end. Oh Boy, has it been a hot week here at The Sunny House… sometimes you just have to make your own rain to dance in. And, sometimes, there’s no one to play with… so playing with the dog will do just fine. Kitty and I came toIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Weeks 29-35

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So many weeks to catch up on. Summer got the better of me. But… better late than never. Here is late-summer in Southern California… Grasses, lichen, crunchy leaves, wildflowers and lots and lots of beautiful sunshine.   Fifty Two weeks in nature is a series of photos each week to show what our nature looksIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Fall Door Wreath Tutorial

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  A few years ago, we made Granny a wreath for her door.     It’s still one of my favorite wreaths of all time and Kitty and I think we’ll make one for our own door this year. Here’s our tutorial on how to make it.   Materials :   * wool roving inIf you want to read more…click here

Hello September

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Hello, September… month of falling leaves, acorns and apple pie. We are happy you have come to visit again. We have a request… please can we have some rain here in Southern California. It’s so very dry, our dams are terribly empty. Farmers are very worried. Thank you.     Welcome to all my MagicIf you want to read more…click here

Housekeeping

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I have a few housekeeping items to share with you today.   Firstly… a huge, HUGE, Thank you to YOU. The Magic Onions reached a milestone this month of  7 million beautiful visitors. I’m utterly honored that so many of you have blessed me with your presence. And humbled too. Thank you. Secondly… I willIf you want to read more…click here

Camping Food Favorites

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We discovered some new camping food favorites on our recent camping trip. Firstly, Teddy is our resident fire man… he is in charge of gathering the supplies we need to start the fire. He sets the fire expertly with crumpled up newspaper on the bottom, twigs and kindling arranged like a teepee over the paperIf you want to read more…click here

Magic Sponsors : August 2014

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Please support my August Magic Sponsors by browsing through their beautiful shops. A hearty welcome to a new Magic Sponsor : Natural Kids –  is a group of artisans from around the world who share a love for handcrafting eco friendly & all-natural toys, clothing, decor and more for kids, and kids at heart. We’reIf you want to read more…click here

Camping in the Wheeler Gorge Forest, Ojai, CA

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When city life gets too much for us and we find ourselves fractious and irritable, we pack up our camper van and set off into the wild. We have found so many beautiful, out-of-the-way places in Southern California… some as close to us as  only an hour away. This time, we tried a new campingIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden in a Hanging Basket Feature : FOURTEEN

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Lily has made her fairy garden in a hanging basket… isn’t it just too delightful for words! Look at all the little details. The twig and moss house. The leaf blanket. The acorn cap hanging basket. The pine needle broom. Well done, Lily… your garden is magical… thank you for sharing it with us.  If you want to read more…click here

Magic Craft Boxes available Now – Autumn

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Life is busy. We often don’t have the time to find the goodies we need to make cute things with our children. Well, now you can rely on The Magic Craft Box! Everything you’ll need to make these beautiful handmade treasures with your children will be mailed straight to your doorstep, ready and waiting forIf you want to read more…click here

The Magic of Boredom.

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‘Mom, I’m bored’. ‘Mom, there’s NOTHING to do’. ‘MOM, Teddy’s irritating me!’ ‘Mom, Kitty won’t play with me’. I’ve heard these sentences a hundred times this summer. The summer is long. We dread these sentences. They make us feel bad, don’t they. They make us feel guilty, like we are not doing a good enoughIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : WEEK 22

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There have been fantastical imaginings in the Sunny House. Dragons and dragon eggs have been a big feature. We scour the landscape in search of dragon eggs… our collections are getting quite big. And, we’ve been pirates too. And cowboys. And pirate cowboys…   Summer is so much fun! To help me cherish every littleIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : THIRTEEN

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Here’s another magical fairy garden entered into the Fairy Garden Contest. This garden was made by Kaya (6) and her brother Nesta (3)… and a little help from mom too. It’s built in the middle of a bean teepee!!! Isn’t that so cool? Can you imagine when the beans have grown all over the teepeeIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : TWELVE

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The Cleary kids are hard at work on their fairy garden. Look at the tunnels and houses they have built. The buildings made of sticks and the bridges made of bark. There are crystals and gems and moss and flowers… all the perfect things to attract neighborhood fairies.     What a wonderful garden, Cleary’sIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : ELEVEN

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Lexi’s fairy garden is magical. I love all the little details and I LOVE all the tell-tale signs that Lexi plays in her garden regularly. And, of course, when a child plays in her garden, so do fairies too! A  unicorn rainbow tire swing.   Fairy jump-rope.     A lucky leprechaun, painting.    If you want to read more…click here

Cute Autumn Gnome Peg People

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Meet Mr. and Mrs. Autumn Gnome. They are on their way a gathering and are dressed in their best fall colors. Don’t you just love Mrs. Autumn Gnome’s wild hair? She gets entirely frustrated with it when she grooms it in the mornings. She thinks she’d look better with it neat and tidy. She wishesIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : TEN – The Frosty Fairy Garden

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I love this fairy garden sent in by Small Steps Big Noises for the Fairy Garden Contest. I love it because it shows that winter is no deterrent for a fairy garden. It’s winter in New Zealand and yet the fairies are still about. The frosty sparkles  look like magic wishes.   Magic and glitterIf you want to read more…click here

Delightful Fairies from Lavender & Lark

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I’m more than excited to share the delightful fairies from Lavender & Lark, who is offering one of the amazing prizes for the Fairy Garden Contest. Aren’t they just the most magical little fairies you’ve ever seen? Every detail is perfect and just so enchanting that it’s hard not to squeal when you notice it.If you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : NINE

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I have SUCH and enchanting fairy garden to share with you today. Oh my… just look at the creativity in this beautiful fairy house :   The fairies have made everything in their house from things they have picked up from nature. Can you see the kitchen, complete with a larder full of tasty treatsIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Gardens still coming in…

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I’ve extended the deadline for the Fairy Garden Contest for a few days while I organize the entries I have received through my email and Facebook. This is great news for those of you who, like me,  are on ‘summer time’. You can still make a fairy garden and enter it into this years’ contest.If you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Contest : ENTER now.

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Hi Fairy Garden Friends, It’s almost August!! Just a reminder that the Fairy Garden contest is drawing to a close.  Entries close on August 1st. However, if you are like me and don’t like deadlines very much, I will be allowing a few late entries if you write and ask at Donni(at)theMagicOnions(dot)com  . Just lookIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : Eight

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Here is a sweet Fairy Garden made by Lisa. Isn’t it enchanting? I’m certain it will inspire you to make your own Fairy Garden. I love all the little details… the potting shed, the cat sleeping on the porch, Tinkerbell sitting on the bench. Fairy Gardens are so much fun!   If this Fairy GardenIf you want to read more…click here

Work in Progress : Toadstool Pots

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I’ve been working of these sweet toadstool pot plants for the shop. I LOVE how they have turned out… whimsy and magic and cute, cute, cute…   Here are a few work-in-progress photos… You can find them in The Magic Onions Shop. What other colors should I make? Blessings and magic, Donni Sign up forIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Tutorial Wire and Felt Crown

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We are officially in the Harry Potter stage of our lives. Kitty has read the first two books (alas, she has to wait a year to read the third). She is utterly entranced. And, of course, whatever Kitty finds awesome, Teddy finds awesome too. So, Harry Potter craze, here we come. This summer has beenIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Painted Fairy Houses

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We spent the morning making pretty houses for our Fairy Garden. We painted wooden birdhouses in bright rainbow colors. Both children declared that ‘bright rainbow colors’ attract fairies… did you know that? Materials we needed : craft paper wood birdhouse (from craft store) paint (from craft store) polyurethane spray paint (craft or hardware store)  If you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 20

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My mom comes to stay with us for a month each year. She is an inspiration. She is full of joy. She is Granny-extraorinaire. She encourages us to do exciting things. She is wise and smart and strong. She smiles and laughs and makes us smile and laugh too. She is creative. She is loving.If you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : Seven

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Today’s Fairy Garden feature is PURE DELIGHT! [NOTE : There are only a few more weeks to enter your garden in the Fairy Garden Contest. Details and links to the contest are below] Sandi made this garden for the neighborhood kids. Can you imagine finding it, stumbling upon it, unawares that such magic awaits? CanIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 28

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We love the weather here in June and July. The mornings are cool from the misty marine layer that comes in during the night. By 11am, the mist has burnt off and the days are the best kind of hot… in the 80’s and perfect for the beach. We’ve been walking around the lagoon beforeIf you want to read more…click here

Super Simple Tomato Jam Recipe

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At the start of summer, we planted two cherry tomato plants. Wow… have they produced!! We have feasted for weeks on gorgeous tasting bursts of summer. The kids have picked them daily, popping tomatoes into their mouths while they are still warm from the sun. We have eaten caprese salads, tomato mayo sandwiches, tomato andIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorail : Felted Ball Mirror

Tutorial : Felted Ball Mirror : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

I love my new felted ball mirror. The blues have such a wonderful beachy,  nautical feeling which is perfect for summer. It was super easy to make too…     Materials Needed : *   Felted wool balls in shades of blue ( from The Magic Onions Shop ) *  E6000 Glue ( a great glueIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 19

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Granny is here for July. We LOVE Granny so much. Here she is playing Rummy with Teddy. They are so sweet together. Also, do you see my crocheted throw? My mom brought it to me. It was crocheted by my Great Gran when she was 100 years old. Can you believe that! What a treasure.If you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : SIX

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Look at this wonderfully colorful Fairy Garden made by Sophie, who is 7. I love how bright it is. And how there are SO many sweet things to play with. I can tell, Sophie plays in her Fairy Garden A LOT. I love that!     Thank you for making this sweet Fairy Garden, Sophie…If you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks In Nature : Week 26/27

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We are well into our Summer vacation and are loving these slow, sunny days. We go for a nature walk every day. Often, it’s around the Lagoon which is a 5 minute walk from The Sunny House. The Lagoon is a wetland nature reserve and there are always so many treasures to be found.  If you want to read more…click here

Fairyfolk Weddings

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Did you know that I make wedding decorations? I have an Etsy shop called Fairyfolk Weddings. There’s something so utterly magical knowing that this-little-thing-I-am-making is going to be a part of someones most special of days. I can’t help but flood extra love into something that a bride, or flower girl, is going to beIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial : Make Mini Toadstools for your Fairy Garden

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We made the most adorable little clay toadstools for our fairy garden.   You won’t believe how easy they are to make. All you need is : *  sculpy clay (from a craft store_ *  toothpicks *  paint and a paintbrush     Break off a small amount of clay (about the size of yourIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s Make Crocheted Bowls

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I love lace… it’s so delicate and pretty. It reminds me of my grandmother. When I found white crochet lace doilies at our local craft shop recently, I knew exactly the craft they were waiting for … pretty lace bowls.     This is an easy craft that your kids will enjoy. There’s something childrenIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 18

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I love watching the friendship between my children grow. As they get older, they seem to have more in common. Kitty protects Teddy, fiercely. And in return, Teddy looks up to Kitty like she IS  the goddess she is. They fight too, of course. They irritate and tease and get grumpy with each other likeIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : FIVE

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I have SUPER-CHARMING Fairy Gardens to share with you today. Oh my, you are going to LOVE this. Dannyelle has created a whole village of potted Fairy Gardens to decorate her porch stairs. Each stair has a pot and each pot has a Fairy garden. And they are ALL beautiful! Look…   Now, THAT isIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf : 14 Easy Ways to Bring Waldorf into your Home

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I enjoyed reading this article from Victoria Fedden on 14 easy ways to bring Waldorf into your home.   14 Easy Ways To Bring Waldorf Into Your Home     Here’s a tutorial on how to make these gorgeous Waldorf Origami Stars. If you want more information on Waldorf Education, please visit my Waldorf PageIf you want to read more…click here

Making Magic Potions

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Kitty and Teddy had such a great day yesterday. They made magic potions. All day long! Colorful, bubbling brews. Glittering infusions in silver goblets. Magic potion spells in tiny corked bottles. They spent hours enchanted. Magic is so much fun!     We collected all of my silver… my silver goblets, teapots and milk jugs.If you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Cloud Mobiles and Garlands

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When it comes to product photography, Kitty has been my summer helper. I’m so glad we’ve found this common enjoyment. She stopped wanting to be in front of the lens quite a while ago and I really did miss her being with me as I worked. But now she’s discovered that she enjoys being behindIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 17

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Teddy Bear lost another tooth this week. He put it on his bedside table for the tooth fairy and, in the morning, a gorgeous gold and silver glittering crystal was in its place. “Good trade!” he declared.     To help me cherish every little moment, I post a portrait of us each week. AIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : FOUR

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Look at this sweet Fairy Garden. Oh I love it SO much… with it’s pink little bucket and its colorful wood house. And, do you see the little fairy? Isn’t she wonderful in her crochet dress and acorn hat! But, what I love most is Sarah and her sweet Fairy Garden sign. This, THIS friends,If you want to read more…click here

Magic Sponsors – June 2014

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Please support my June Magic Sponsors by browsing through their beautiful shops. A hearty welcome to a new Magic Sponsor : Whole Family Rhythms – a series of seasonal and monthly guides created and designed to help Mums (and some Dads) maintain a steady rhythm in their home. The rhythms include unstructured, child-led play bothIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s Make a Terrarium : DIY Gardening Tutorial for Kids

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Oh my gosh… terrariums are SO cute!! We had so much fun making this sweet mini wonderland today. It’s crazy how much I adore this! And, I love any activity that gets the kids into gardening. Making a mossy terrarium is a super summer activity.   Terrariums are very easy to make. You need justIf you want to read more…click here

Corners of our Home

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We moved into our beautiful home almost two years ago. Did you know that my Good Man built it? With his own two hands, every piece of wood, every door, every window. It was a labor of love. He worked on it for two years, after work late into the night… and on weekends, everyIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 16

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Us, in the yellow mustard seed and flowering grasses of the Central Valley, CA. To help me cherish every little moment, I post a portrait of us each week. A photo of us doing every-day-little-things that I know I will miss in the years to come. When I’m missing these sweet times, I’ll come backIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 24 & 25

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We went for a walk at our local Nature Center. We have a special place where we hide amongst the pine trees and play in the pine needles. It’s cool there. We took some animals to play with and made them houses to live in.   Fifty Two weeks in nature is a series ofIf you want to read more…click here

Home Inspiration : Rustic Chic

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Rustic Chic is one of my favorite home decorating styles. It fits in so well with my family because we love the natural textures and colors of wood, stone, feathers and felt. Like this inspiration board…   You can find these gorgeous goodies here : 1. Felted Billy Ball Flowers from The Magic Onions ShopIf you want to read more…click here

Happy Summer Days

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Oh, happy summer days :: there’s nothing better! Sunshine, flowers, mending, crafting, carrot juicing and… making milk bubble with straws because, well, why not?   The kids thought that making milky bubbles (by blowing into a bowl of milk with a straw) and then eating the bubbles was the greatest thing ever. Sometimes the simplestIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Wire Wrapped Stone Necklaces : Tutorial

DIY Wire Wrapped Stone Necklace : The Magic Onions.com

My children are so happy… their summer vacations have begun at last! What did they do on their first day of vacation? The read, played outside and… CRAFTED, of course. They made gorgeous stone necklaces. A bunch of them, in all sorts of beautiful shapes and colors. We now have a large stash of prettyIf you want to read more…click here

Happy Father’s Day

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Here’s to all the amazing dads out there. May you have a very happy Father’s Day! And, especially, here’s to OUR Dad. You are our champion. Our fighter of dragons. You are our beacon in the night and our shady tree in the day. You look after us. You protect us. You fight for us…If you want to read more…click here

Summer Magic Craft Boxes Available NOW!

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My kids are counting the days until the end of the school year and the beginning of a new wonderful summer vacation. I’m also looking forward to slow morning starts, unscheduled days and lots of happy times together … but, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a little apprehensive too – 3If you want to read more…click here

Nursery Inspiration : French Lavender and Robins Egg Blue

Nursery Inspiration : French Lavender and Robins Egg Blue

What could be more fun than decorating a nursery?! Oh, that sweet feeling of bringing a new bundle of joy into your family and home. The wonderful blank slate ahead of you and the knowledge that the world is full of endless possibilities. My baby days are done but I’m so lucky that my businessIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 23

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More majestic redwoods today.   And this short video is SO worth watching…     Fifty Two weeks in nature is a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place…If you want to read more…click here

Succulents planted in Antique Wooden Thread Spools

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Oh My Gosh… I am in love with these sweet little succulents Kitty and I planted in antique wooden thread spools. They sit on my windowsill and look so utterly adorable.     We found the antique wooden spools at a garage sale a few weeks ago – $2 for a bag of about 50!If you want to read more…click here

Camping Activities

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We took the kids out of school for our recent camping trip to Big Sur. And promised that they would do ‘homeschool’ while we were away. The girls dove right in. Their task was to pick an animal, tree or bird from Big Sur to learn about. Kitty chose a bear, her friend a minnowIf you want to read more…click here

Camping at Big Sur, CA

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FIVE glorious days camping amongst the Redwoods at Big Sur, CA. We are all so happy when we camp. We are carefree and relaxed. Our days revolve around hikes and BBQ’s and fun. We unplug and unwind. We swim in the river. We build dams like beavers. We laugh and live and learn and love.If you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 22

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Five glorious days camping at Big Sur, CA, amongst the majestic redwoods. We were utterly amazed to learn that some of the trees we were walking next to were around 2000 years old! Can you imagine that? Teddy is only SEVEN years old and I am only 41! Puts scurrying-around-in-our-busy-lives into perspective. We loved countingIf you want to read more…click here

Magic Sponsors – May 2104

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Please support my May Magic Sponsors by browsing through their beautiful shops… A hearty welcome to TWO new Magic Sponsors : The 5th Annual Global Waldorf Expo – a totally online homeschool event, created just for Waldorf Homeschoolers. Tips, Training & Inspiration… all from experts, teacher and homeschool moms just like you! This is aIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Owl : DIY Tutorial – it’s easy!

Owl always love you : Needle Felting Tutorial of a Barn Owl - The Magic Onions.com

Do you want to make this sweet Barn Owl? Come on, it’s quick and easy. Here is a detailed step-by-step DIY needle felted Barn Owl tutorial for you…     Materials : Wool roving : white, brown and a pinch of tan Wool roving string : brown Needle Felting needle Protective needle felting foam boardIf you want to read more…click here

Calling All Small Businesses

Donni and TEddy

I’m deeply honored to be at the center of this magical space and I want to thank all of you for your presence in my life. I have learned so much from you, gained strength and confidence from your comments and the stories you have shared and have felt your love and support in soIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 15

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There’s a Pokemon Craze going on at The Sunny House. Which is funny because, until a few days ago, my children never knew something called ‘Pokemon’ ever existed. They watched a few kids at the park exchanging cards and now Pokemon cards are a must-have. When they asked if we could buy some Pokemon cards,If you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 21

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We are loving the succulents right now. They are so plump and voluptuous. And they come in such lovely muted and soft colors.   Fifty Two weeks in nature is a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to seeIf you want to read more…click here

Protecting our children and what to do when inappropriate content filters through.

Protecting our Children : The Magic Onions.com

Yesterday, I shared about how messy parenting can be in my post ‘Every Day, All Day and All Night… I am a Mother‘ – and how we, as parents, are always on call. Even when we are tired, sick or in a bad mood… our children need us. And this is a beautiful thing… onlyIf you want to read more…click here

Every day, all day… and all night, I am a mother

Mothering : The Magic Onions

It was bedtime. I lay with him in his bed. He likes to feel the comfort of having us near when he winds down for sleep. I heard his breathing slow and knew he was ready for dreamland. I kissed him goodnight and told him that I loved him. I left his room and, asIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 14

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Sunday’s at the Sunny House. Reading for hours when we come home from the library with new books. Making bejeweled castles from Teddy’s awesome new Birthday blocks. A happy game of pick-up-sticks. (truth : happy until Kitty said Teddy’s stick moved when Teddy thought he’d extracted it cleanly. Fighting ensued and all the sticks gotIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 19 & 20

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We have been having a HEAT WAVE here in Southern California with temps over 100 degrees F, even here, at the coast! It’s been too hot to do anything! We’ve been spending our time at our friend’s pool. And at the Farmers Market. I can’t bear turning the oven on and heating the house upIf you want to read more…click here

I chose love instead of anger.

Choose love : The Magic Onions

You came to me in the night to say that you had been bitten by a mosquito. I wanted to scold you and remind you that I’d told you to keep your window shut. But I didn’t. I got out of bed and we searched your room until we found him and made him noIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : TWO

Gnome Garden on The Magic Onions

Oh my… I’ve been in stitches reading all about our next Fairy Garden feature. Not only is the garden utterly wonderful but the story behind it is too charming for words! Meet Glimthink and Fimfizz Shortfuzz, gnome twins who live in SummerSadie’s gnome garden. You can see Fimfizz standing next to the magic toadstools and GlimthinkkIf you want to read more…click here

Prizes : Fairy Garden Contest 2014

Prizes - Fairy Garden Contest 2014 on The Magic Onions.com

With much excitement, I present the PRIZES for the ANNUAL 2014 Fairy Garden Contest. They are AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME, with a whopping combined VALUE of $ 435! See for yourselves…   First Prize :  a gorgeous fairy (worth $150) from Lavender and Lark Second Prize : a $110 Gift Certificate to The Magic Onions StoreIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 13

The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

To help me cherish every little moment, I post a portrait of us each week. A photo of us doing every-day-little-things that I know I will miss in the years to come. When I’m missing these sweet times, I’ll come back and see that I did cherish them. I did drink them in and IIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 18

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The desert canyons are full of this little yellow wildflower. They bob their sunny heads happily in the spring breeze. The beauty of the desert canyons continues to amaze me. If you’d asked me 20 year ago if I thought that the desert was beautiful, I would have struggled to say yes. Then, only greenIf you want to read more…click here

Teddy Bear Turns Seven

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May 1, 2014. My Darling Teddy, Today you are seven. I smile as I write this as I am thinking of when we lay in your bed last night and you whispered, in a voice full of wonder… ‘I can’t believe it… I can’t believe I will be seven!’ I can hardly believe it either.If you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : ONE

Gorgeous Fairy Garden entered into the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

Yay! We have our first Fairy Garden from the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest to feature today. Isn’t it utterly enchanting and totally magical?? I’m sure that seeing it will be SURE to get you in the garden and making your own little fairy wonderland!! More photos will follow but first, I neglected to add myIf you want to read more…click here

Magic Sponsors : April 2014

Waldorf Treehouse

Please support my April Magic Sponsors by browsing through their beautiful shops… A hearty welcome to new Magic Sponsor Skill It. Skill It : Season’s Eatings – this class celebrates the joy of cooking and eating together as a family and shows you how you can include your little ones more in the kitchen. ThisIf you want to read more…click here

Unplugged and Ranging Free.

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We ended our two-week Spring break with a burst – 4 days of blissful camping with wonderful friends. Oh, what a gift it was to be out in the wild places, watching our unplugged children ranging free. No computers, TV’s, phones (except to listen to the daily Oprah/Deepak meditations), microwaves, radios, Starbucks, washing machines. LotsIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 17

Jaccarand Trees in bloom : www.theMagicOnions.com

The Jacaranda trees are in bloom and they make our streets look so pretty. I smile whenever I see them as they remind me of my friend who lived in Pretoria, South Africa. Pretoria is renowned for her beautiful Jacarandas… they are everywhere and make the city look so beautiful in the Spring. I smileIf you want to read more…click here

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

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

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 16

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

My List of Natural Easter Crafts

No Knit Yarn Nest : www.theMagicOnions.com

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

DIY Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

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

Tea Cup Fairy Garden : Tutorail

Fairy Garden in a tea cup : www.theMagicOnions.com

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