Needle Felted Valentine Fairy :: Tutorial

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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 Valentine’s Day Flowers :: Tutorial

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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 for Valentine’s Day. Aren’t they wonderful?! Here’s how… Materials :: floral wire (from a craft shop) red wool felt (from Felt On The Fly)If you want to read more…click here

Video Tutorial :: Needle Felted Toadstools :: DIY Instructions

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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

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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

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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

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  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

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  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

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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 !

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  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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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  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

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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

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  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

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  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

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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

Beautiful Places to Share.

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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.

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  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

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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

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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

DIY Gnome Home in a Gourd!

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    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

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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!

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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

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  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

Autumn in The Magic Onions Shop

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        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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

Vacation Time : Maine!

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

Favorite Recipe : Slow Cooker Bratwurst and Saurerkraut

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

Antique Fair Adventures

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

Bye Bye Baby Hummingbird

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

Feeding our Baby Hummingbird

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

Fairy Garden Feature : Nighttime Delight

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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

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

Fairy Garden Feature : Welcome Village

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

The Magic of Art

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

Dream a Dream Catcher – a DIY Tutorial

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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

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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

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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

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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

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We have been making magic again. Last week, I shared photos of Teddy’s fairy garden on FairyGardens.com. 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.

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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

Peace in Silence

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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    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.

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  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.

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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 FairyGarden.com website… please join me there today. Here’s a sneak peek…     For many more magical photos, please visit FairyGardens.com. Be sure to check out the extensive fairy garden photo gallery, the ENCHANTING shop and the 2015 Fairy GardenIf you want to read more…click here

Blessings…

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

Acrobatics!

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

The Gift of Early Mornings.

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

Fairy Garden Treasures

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

Introducing the BEST Fairy Garden Site!

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

Indoor Succulent Terraruim Fairy Garden

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

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

Camping and some Duly Needed Unplugging.

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

Handmade Gifts for Father’s Day

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

Imagine Childhood : $75 Giveaway!

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

To my Mom.

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