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

DIY Painted Fairy House : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

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

Magical Fairy Garden : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

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

Super Simple Tomato Jam Recipe : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

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

Crocheted Throw : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

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

Fairy Garden : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

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

Needle Felted Owl Wedding Cake Topper : Fairyfolk Weddings : www.fairyfolkweddings.etsy.com

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

Tutorial : Clay Toadstools for your Fairy Garden : www.theMagicOnions.com

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

Fairy Garden : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

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

Watercolor Origami Star : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

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

Whole Family Rhythms : www.theMagicOnions.com

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

How to make a Terrarium : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

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

Rustic Home Decor : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com/shop

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

Succulents planted in antique wooden thread spools : The Magic Onions.com

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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Portraits of Us : Week 12

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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 15

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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 15 / 52 Our first poppy has burst from her hairy podIf you want to read more…click here

Nourishing your Family with Skill It and a Giveaway!

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I’m super excited to introduce my newest Magic Sponsor, Leah, from Skill It. Welcome, sweet Leah! Not only is Leah going to share a few of her business secrets with us but she is also offering one lucky reader a spot in her fabulous upcoming ‘Season’s Eatings’ course… details are below. Leah founded Skill ItIf you want to read more…click here

Our Fairy Garden in a Stump :: More Photos!

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As promised, here are some more photos of our magical Fairy Garden Gnome Home that is made in a hollowed out tree stump. Please sign up to receive delightful Fairy Garden tips and special features… BONUS : subscribers go into the monthly draw to win special gifts from The Magic Onions Shop. Email Address  If you want to read more…click here

Our New Fairy Garden : In a Stump!

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As promised, here are photos of our new Fairy Garden. It is made in the hollowed out stump of our old plum tree (who sadly died this winter). We love our Fairy Garden all the more, knowing that our beloved plum tree’s spirit lives on inside her. We have called this garden our Gnome Home.If you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 11

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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 14

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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 14 / 52   A study in Lichen this week… a wholeIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Contest :: 2014 :: Enter Here!

Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

It is with GREAT excitement that I pronounce the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest (drum roll… cutting ribbon with my big, shiny scissors) OPEN! Please sign up to receive delightful Fairy Garden tips and special features… BONUS : subscribers go into the monthly draw to win special gifts from The Magic Onions Shop. Email Address MagicIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Season!!!!

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Whooo hooo!!!   Today is the 1st of April and you know what that means? … It’s Fairy Garden Season!! On Wednesday, April 2nd 2014 (tomorrow), I’ll open the 6th Annual Fairy Garden Contest and the fun will begin. The contest will run from April 1st to August 1st. Today, please visit my Fairy Garden PageIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of US : Week 10

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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 13

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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 13 /52 Southern California is green from the Spring rain and theIf you want to read more…click here

Magic Sponsors : March 2014

Needle Felted Easter Bunnies : www.theMagicOnions.com

Please support my MARCH Magic Sponsors by browsing through their beautiful shops… NEST is such beautiful toy shop filled with stunning natural and Waldorf inspired toys. Modeled after the toy shoppes of Germany, at Nest one can find eco-friendly sustainably sourced heirloom wooden toys & beautiful and practical things for the home. They believe thatIf you want to read more…click here

Planting Mini Pansies in Egg Shells for Easter Decorations

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We visited our local garden shop yesterday to buy strawberry plants to plant in the cinder-block holes of my new ‘bunny-proof’ vegetable garden. Before I left home, I voiced my intention NOT TO BUY ANYTHING BUT STRAWBERRY PLANTS to my Good Man (I’m a well-known impulse plant buyer and hoped that if I committed toIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 9

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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

How To Make A Hummingbirds Nest : Needle Felting Tutorial

Needle Felting Tutorial : Wool and Moss Hummingbird Nest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Oh my gosh… it’s SUCH a joy to watch the birds begin to build their nests. We are hoping like mad that a bird will build a nest in our garden. More than anything, we are preying that one of the hundreds of hummingbirds that visit us will build a nest in our avocado tree.If you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : Week 8

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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 11/52

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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 11/52 Clean, fresh, Spring sunshine…     I hope you’ll participate inIf you want to read more…click here

Nature in Waldorf : Discovering Waldorf Education.

Nature in Waldorf Education : Discovering Waldorf Education : www.theMagicOnions.com

I love it when I rediscover something beautiful, something that moved me years ago… and find that it moves me still, just the same. Such is how I feel about this Discovering Waldorf Education post I stumbled upon a few days ago. In fact, it was the very first article in the Discovering Waldorf series,If you want to read more…click here

Making Beeswax Candles from Recycled Jars

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We have been taking advantage of the gorgeous Spring evenings by eating our dinner outside, al fresco. Before dinner is ready, we light a fire in the fire-pit using dried pine needles and pine cones we have collected. The kids gather sticks and dried leaves too. We chatter and laugh as if we are camping!If you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : 7

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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 10/52

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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 10/52 Little jewels in the wet grass on a rainy day…  If you want to read more…click here

Spring Magic Craft Boxes Available NOW!

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Excitement abounds!!!!  Hundreds of SPRING Magic Craft Boxes are on their way to lucky children all over the world. But, it’s not too late to get YOUR box now. The fairies and I have been preparing the Craft Boxes for weeks… adding special touches here and there, until they are just perfect! They truly captureIf you want to read more…click here

Recipe for Natural Beeswax Wood Polish

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One of our rainy-day activities in our home is to bathe all of our beautiful wood in gorgeous beeswax polish. The kids and I LOVE this task… there’s something so rich and rewarding in working with the natural goodness of beeswax. Our wood drinks it in too and everything looks wonderfully woody and happy whenIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : 6

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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 9

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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 9/52   We’ve had beautiful, long, soaking rain here in SouthernIf you want to read more…click here

Singing in Waldorf Education : Discovering Waldorf Education : www.theMagicOnions.com

Singing in Waldorf Education : Discovering Waldorf Education : www.theMagicOnions.com

A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education… For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni

Maigc Sponsors : Feburary 2014

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Thank you to my February Magic Sponsors… Christopherus Bookstore : We offer a variety of publications and audio downloads of interest not only to homeschoolers but to teachers and other parents too. We take a fresh and practical approach to Waldorf education (grounded in the work of Rudolf Steiner). Browse our publications for sale belowIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of US : 5

Here’s to these happy, special days… every one of them. Here are the previous Portraits of Us. Blessings and magic, Donni

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 8

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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 8/52   A walk in the woods where we sing andIf you want to read more…click here

Natural Toys : Discovering Waldorf Education

Natural Toys : Discovering Waldorf Education : www.theMagicOnions.com

A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education…   For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni

Tutorial for Warm Knitted Fingerless Gloves

Kintting Pattern for kids : Fingerless Mittens : www.theMagicOnions.com

Everyone needs new gloves for winter (or Spring or Autumn… gosh darn… I’d even wear these gloves in summer!) Lori, from Beneath the Rowan Tree  is here with her tutorial on how to make them. The tutorial is written for kids and she says that they can be knitted in an evening … perhaps they’dIf you want to read more…click here

Inspiration

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Every new day is a once in a lifetime event. How much more exciting would our lives be if we embraced this truth and lived accordingly?! – Steve Maraboli More inspiration here. Blessings and magic, Donni

English Tea on Valentine’s Day

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On Valentine’s Day, I was lucky enough to have English tea with two of the loves of my life. We used the ‘good china’, picked some pretty flowers and even had macaroons and cookies. It was a special time. The only thing that could have made it better, was if my Good Man could haveIf you want to read more…click here

Portraits of Us : 4

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This week’s memories : Logs can be so comfy… especially with the warm Californian sun on your back. A rare photo with me and my Good Man in it. Kitty is quite the photographer.   Here’s to these happy, special days… every one of them. Here are the previous Portraits of Us. Blessings and magic,If you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 7

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Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature here in Southern California 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 7/52   We ate chips (fries) overlookingIf you want to read more…click here

Storytelling : Discovering Waldorf Education

Storytelling : Discovering Waldorf Education : www.theMagicOnions.com

A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education…   For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni

Valentine’s Day Crafts and Tutorials

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Here is a collection of the Valentine’s Day crafts we’ve made this year. Below, you’ll find links to the the easy-to-follow tutorials…     1. Hoop Art Treasures with Favorite Old Clothes 2. Pretty Pom Pom Flowers 3. Watercolor Heart Garland 4. Wire Love Letters 5. Needle Felted Heart 6. Needle Felted Valentine Gnome 7.If you want to read more…click here

Making Love Letters from Wire

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We love bendy wire for writing names or words for special occasions. Bendy wire can be found in the jewelry section at craft stores. You ‘ll be happily surprised at how easy the wire is to bend… no bending tools are required at all… only a wire cutter is needed. A trick we use isIf you want to read more…click here