The Magic Onions http://www.themagiconions.com Handmade for the Natural Home Sat, 28 May 2016 05:51:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 Happy Days http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/happy-days.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/happy-days.html#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 16:54:44 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=21807 Here are some fun photos from our days. Kitty is growing up. He’s a big boy now. I baked ‘fet cook’, a South African fried bread recipe. Yum! Kitty shone magnificently (all the beautiful kids did) in their school play, Demeter and Persophne last night. She bought herself (been saving forever) an insta camera! WeIf you want to read more...click here

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Here are some fun photos from our days.

Kitty is growing up. He’s a big boy now. I baked ‘fet cook’, a South African fried bread recipe. Yum! Kitty shone magnificently (all the beautiful kids did) in their school play, Demeter and Persophne last night. She bought herself (been saving forever) an insta camera! We had a fun evening at our school gala. Kitty painted the beautiful poster. Teddy’s been building epic car tracks. Timone came for a snack.

 

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Happy days.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Teddy, the baker in the house, baked the most delicious UPSIDE-DOWN peach cake from one of my favorite recipes (which I’ll share with you below).

Our peach tree is laden with peaches and so we are doing all kinds of fun baking with peaches. This cake was a HIT and is all gone now.

 

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

 

There is something supremely satisfying about eating from your own garden. I love it so much and can’t wait until I can have more space to grow more kitchen produce.

 

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

 

Here is our recipe.

 

UPSIDE-DOWN PEACH CAKE RECIPE FOR KIDS

 

Ingredients :

– 3/4 cups butter (room temperature and divided into 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup)

– 1/2  cup brown sugar

– 3 cups sliced peaches with skins on

– 1/2 cup sugar

– 3/4 cups butter (room temperature and divided into 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup)

– 1 fresh egg

– 1 t vanilla extract

– 1 1/4 cups flour

– 1 1/4 t baking powder

– 1/4 t salt

– 1/2 cup milk

 

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Method :

  1. Clean and cut peaches into slices. Eat some if you can’t help it.
  2. Melt 1/4 cup of butter. Pour into the bottom of a 9 inch cake pan (no need to grease it). Sprinkle the brown sugar onto the melted butter. Arrange the peach slices on top of the brown sugar.
  3. In a bowl, cream 1/2 cups of soft butter with 1/2 cups of sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine flour, salt and baking powder into a separate bowl. Add this mixture to the creamed butter bowl… a little at a time, alternating with a little milk and beating well until all the flour and milk is mixed into the creamed sugar mixture. Spoon over the peaches.
  5. Bake at 350 °F (180 °C) for 45 minutes. Allow to cool for 8 minutes and turn out onto a clean plate.
  6. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Trust me, it’s delicious!

 

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Teddy’s favorite part is licking the spoon and bowl while waiting for the cake to bake. I caught him putting his whole head into the bowl… lucky it’s hair-washing night tonight!

I know some of you might think it is dangerous to eat uncooked egg and I want you to know that I do take the dangers of eating raw egg into consideration. I licked the spoon and bowl when I baked with my grandmother when I was a kid and it’s one of my favorite childhood memories. I consciously want Teddy to have these same memories when he thinks back on his childhood with me. We buy our eggs from a local farmer and our eggs are always very fresh. Supermarket eggs are usually at least over 30 days old before they even get to the store… that’s why eating eggs could be dangerous. Farm fresh eggs are fresh and don’t carry the same dangers. As a parent, this is your decision to make.

 

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While waiting for the cake to bake (and while Teddy was licking the bowl), I noticed how beautiful the Sunny House looked as the afternoon light gently filtered in to smell the delicious baking smells.

 

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Teddy and I made this sweet NATURE MOBILE  a little while ago.  It’s so pretty, hanging from my kitchen chandelier.

I share many of our favorite recipes if you are looking for fun other easy baking projects to entice your kids to cook.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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7 Virtues to Teach Through Song : Discovering Waldorf Education http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/7-virtues-to-teach-through-song-discovering-waldorf-education.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/7-virtues-to-teach-through-song-discovering-waldorf-education.html#respond Wed, 18 May 2016 13:00:18 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=21664 Singing With Children – 7 Virtues To Teach Through Song by Jodie Mesler   I’ve narrowed down 7 meaningful virtues that you can teach your children through song and music. At the end of this article, I’ve shared some free songs from my new children’s album so that you can follow along with the tuneIf you want to read more...click here

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Singing With Children – 7 Virtues To Teach Through Song

by Jodie Mesler

 

I’ve narrowed down 7 meaningful virtues that you can teach your children through song and music.

At the end of this article, I’ve shared some free songs from my new children’s album so that you can follow along with the tune with your children.

It is my hope to inspire you to teach your children seven wonderful virtues that will have lifetime benefits. Simply by singing the songs and teaching them to your child, you will actually be instilling great moral character.

 

7 meaningful virtues to teach your child through song and music on the Discovering Waldorf Education Series with The Magic Onions

 

  1. Appreciation for the New Day

Sweet Song

“Today is a new day, and the birds are singing.
Singing so sweetly, it’s gonna be a good day.
It’s gonna be a good day, ’cause I am listening,
To their song so kind, everything’s gonna be fine.
Let them know you’re listening to their sweet song,
Surely you’re listening to their sweet song.”

 

If I have learned anything that has really helped me celebrate this wonderful life, it would be to start my day off in the feeling of appreciation. The first music I hear in the morning is the birds singing along with the sweet fragrance of a fresh new morning.

 

My kids are delighted on the days when I gently wake them with song. A great habit to give your children, sing to them as they wake and establish the feeling of appreciation.  After singing a song, I begin naming things that I appreciate, “ it’s such a beautiful day today, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, we are going to have a great day, what beautiful flowers are in bloom today, I love spring…” Once they wake up and after breakfast, I ask them to name things that they appreciate.

 

2.The Wonder and Magic of Nature

 

Fireflies

“Stop what you’re doing and look outside,
There are fireflies in the summer sky.
Magic fills the air and they’re dancing everywhere,
Soon I will have one in my hand.
My heart starts glowing and my passion burns bright,
Telling me my secrets as a whisper in the night,
Soon I will have one in my hand,
My own living lantern, a star in my hand.”

 

Singing about the wonder and magic of nature came out of my reverence for nature as we explored many days outdoor together in our backyard, our local parks, and on our vacations. If we as parents are reverent and full of wonder, our children will absorb this reverence and awe.

 

Fireflies or lightning bugs, as we call them in the south, are the most magical of all the bugs. Summer evenings here in Georgia at dusk, we begin to see the lightning bugs flying around the bushes and trees. They fly at a low level and pause in mid-air as they blink their lantern, as if they are inviting us to catch them!

 

We are fortunate because not everybody has lightning bugs where they live. We found that out from our relatives from England as they came for a visit. When their children first saw them, they were extremely excited! They ran and ran after them and easily caught them. Consequently, every night at the moment at dusk, they couldn’t wait to catch them once more. How magical!

 

This summer, take some time each night at dusk as a part of your daily routine to catch them. If you are a little afraid of bugs, you can begin to relieve your fear by starting with this harmless bug, because it is so gentle and wonderful, and never bites. It is a very exciting activity for children.

 

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Let’s Find a Ladybug

 

“Let’s find a ladybug, a ladybug today,

‘Cause when we find one our wish will now come true.”

 

My daughter sings along with this song, she was about 6-years-old. Try to sing it together with your child and share the different singing parts as you hunt for ladybugs. Finding a ladybug is easy for us, they seem to be in a lot of places. We find them near flowers and on bushes, and especially in gardens. Sometimes they are slowing flying in the air.

 

I think ladybugs want us to catch them, too! Before you go hunting, you can have your child make a wish. It will be fun trying to find one, sing this song and then once she finds one, you can tell her that her wish will now come true. Children’s wishes are so sweet. They have such a heart full of wonder. I have done this with my children, and it is amazing because we always seem to find one.

 

  1. Understanding the Wisdom of Storytelling through Song

 

The Great Smoky Mountains

“We went hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
We took the trail marked Alum Cave Bluff.
We crossed the footbridge over the river,
The water we saw rushed loud and fast.
We climbed up the arch made out of stone.
The cool smooth stone was etched with steps.
The trail went higher and higher,
We came to a point, saw other mountains,
We stopped for a while to enjoy the view,
A squirrel come up and we shared our food.
At the top, at last, we saw the big bluff,
It was ninety feet high hanging over our heads,
We made it to the top and we felt so fine.
It was one of the best times of our lives.
That’s our story of the Great Smoky Mountains.
We’re gonna go again to the Great Smoky Mountains.”

 

About a week after we came back, I wrote this song and my kids all sang along as I imitated their singing on my pennywhistle. It tells our story and when we listen to it, we can go right back to that moment in time so clearly. I’m sure you have heard a song during a moment in time, and when you hear it years later, it takes you right back to that moment. I love how music does that.

 

We have so many songs that tell stories. I love teaching children folk songs because it gives us a story of how it was like to live years ago. We have so many great songs from years ago to help us learn about our heritage. I have used so many of them to teach my children about history.

 

Pick out some children’s folk songs that fit your family. You can tie so many songs into your homeschooling to really make their lessons come alive.  I highly recommend the book, American Folk Songs for Children by Ruth Crawford Seeger.  Her two kids, once grown made a CD of her work, Mike Seeger and Peggy Seeger. Pete Seeger, the famous folk singer, was her stepson.

 

  1. Respect for Life

 

“When bees come out, life is sweet,
When bees come out, the sun must shine,
When bees come out, there’s harmony.
When bees come out, we build community, When bees come out.
We’re filled with joy, we’re filled with life,
We’re filled with love, we’re filled with light,
And together we unite.”

 

Many children that I see are scared of bees. They either run from bees or swat at bees. Children can be taught the beauty and importance of bees. I taught my kids to be at ease around bees and I tell them, they won’t sting you if you become aware of the them around you.  Respect them and they will not harm you. Our favorite bee is the bumblebee.  When my son was six, he actually caught a bumblebee and carried it around with him on his finger, I was amazed with his bravery, as he did not have any fear. The bee never stung him. Bumblebees are fuzzy and curious. They like to come up to us and look at us and then quickly fly away!

 

There are so many other great things about bees. One great thing you can teach your child about bees is respect for life. Without bees, we wouldn’t have food. Also, it is true, “when bees come out, we build community, and together we unite.”  You only see bees when the sun is shining and it is warm. When the sun is shining, people come out of their houses and we come together again as a community. What a beautiful way to see the significance of bees.

 

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  1. Awe of the Universe

 

The Mighty Ocean

“The great big mighty ocean,
Powerful and strong,
Making ocean breezes,
Sing and dance their summer song.
Together sing the seagulls and his waves he crashes down.
Happy in the sunshine,
Happy in the water,
Happy in the sand,
Happy in the breezes.”

 

Instilling awe of the universe is at the heart of our teaching. We know that our beautiful earth that we live on is filled with awe. We are just a tiny intricate part of the entire universe. The ocean is a magnificent place to teach this because it is so grand and vast.

 

It is also a good time to recognize all 4 elements of nature integrated in one place: earth, air, fire, and water. How refreshing we all feel after basking in the sun, playing in the sand, swimming in the water, and feeling and breathing in the ocean winds.

 

Nature with The Magic Onoins

 

  1. Reverence

 

Reptiles and Crocodiles

“Reptiles and crocodiles,
Way back then they didn’t smile.
Turtles, snakes, and lizards, too,
You’d see them so sad and blue.
The sun rose up and he did shine,
He shined down on them, said one time,
“Listen, you can live in the water and the land,
You got the whole world at your demand.
You are old and you are grand, You have the wisdom to understand.”
Now a days I see them smile,
Those reptiles and crocodiles,
A great big smile all the time,
Those reptiles and crocodiles.”

 

Reverence is also at the heart of our education. If you are on this similar Waldorf inspired journey, then you recognize that there is something greater than what is with us. My family is of the Christian faith, and we give reverence to God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

 

Reptiles are fascinating creatures. They have been around so long and they can live on the water or the land. There is so much wonder to instill about them as well.

 

  1. Understanding the Beauty of Waldorf

 

“We gather together to share with one another.
All around us, surrounds us, with love and harmony,
We give life we give love for all living things.
With reverence, with respect, with responsibility.
In the living, in the living extraordinary wondrous human being.
Recognizing and uniting the mind, body and spirit.
Our life is a joyful creation and our life is a joyful celebration.
In the living, in the living, in the living heart of the human being.”

 

Waldorf education has provided us with a great journey of nature walks, free play, lots of time in nature, playing with natural toys, living our life in a natural rhythm celebrating each season with reverence to nature and to God as we celebrated our holidays and festivals.

 

We spent most our time investing in the arts- painting, drawing, music, singing and literature that included morals, puppet shows, poems, movement and games. We found a great community to share our life with along our journey.

 

What a blessed and magical childhood and motherhood adventure. I hope that you will be inspired with my songs to have the most magical and meaningful adventure with your children, too!

Here are some songs from my new album for children, called Sweet Songs.

 

 

Jodie Mesler is the creator of Living Music From the Heart: Music Curriculum, which is a homeschooling kit for moms to teach her child music using the pennywhistle. She has been a conference speaker for Waldorf Essentials, The Waldorf Connection and The Parenting Passageway. This August, she will be a presenter for the 10th annual Taproot Teacher Training conference in Ohio with Jean Miller and Barbara Dewey. It is her passion to help inspire parents to bring families together to create music during special festivals, holidays and seasons.

Follow Jodie on her website, Home Music Making.

Visit the Discovering Waldorf Education series if you are looking for other fabulous Waldorf articles.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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

 

I love that quote. It’s so true. The little everyday things are going to be the the things I miss most when I look back on these happy, messy, mom-of-young-kids days.

We made a rustic sign for our teacup fairy garden. I love how it turned out… the magical grain in the bark, the handmade feeling of the writing.

I think it will attract the fairies to come to our fairy garden, don’t you think?

Who could resist!

 

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

 

It was super simple to make too.

  1. Collect a flat piece of bark about 4 inches long
  2. Use small alphabet stamps and black ink to write FAIRIES onto the bark
  3. Use a hot glue gun to glue an 8 inch twig onto the back of the sign.
  4. Put your FAIRIES sign into your delightful fairy garden.
  5. Wait for the fairies to arrive.

I love using simple treasures that we find from nature to make magical fairy garden accessories.

And, I have it on good authority that fairies love the rustic look too. Even better, they LOVE treasures made by little hands.

So, get the little ones in your family to craft magical fairy garden goodies with you.

 

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We made all of the other delightful goodies in our teacup fairy garden too.

You can find tutoirials here : delightful mini toadstools, sunflower pot plant and a detailed DIY tutorial on how to make a teacup fairy garden (including a plant list too!)

 

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

In related news, have you seen the prizes for this years Fairy Garden Contest? Oh my… they are WONDERFUL! I hope they will inspire you to make a fairy garden with your children and enter it into the contest. Not only will you make magical memories with your children but you might also win the most delightful fairy garden goodies too. You can enter (and read the rules of the contest) here : 2016 Fairy Garden Contest

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

Please share the contest news with your friends and family. Just think how they will thank you if you are the one to inspire them to make magical fairy garden memories with their children.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Prizes for The FAIRY GARDEN CONTEST : 2016 http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/prizes-fairy-garden-contest-2016.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/prizes-fairy-garden-contest-2016.html#respond Fri, 13 May 2016 12:30:22 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=21448   WOW!   Here are the Prizes for the 2016 Fairy Garden Contest. (click here to see the 2016 Fairy Garden Contest. The contest is open for entries through August 5, 2016) Am I excited to share this news with you! The Fairy Garden Contest PRIZES this year are utterly AWESOME. The Magic Onions hasIf you want to read more...click here

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

 

WOW!

 

Here are the Prizes for the 2016 Fairy Garden Contest.

(click here to see the 2016 Fairy Garden Contest. The contest is open for entries through August 5, 2016)

Am I excited to share this news with you!

The Fairy Garden Contest PRIZES this year are utterly AWESOME.

The Magic Onions has teamed up with Garden Sparkle and FairyGardens.com to bring you the most amazing line-up of magical prizes.

 

First Prize : $100 Gift Card from Garden Sparkle

2nd Prize : $50 Gift Certificate to FairyGardens.com

3rd Prize : $25 Gift Certificate to The Magic Onions Shop

4th Prize : $25 Gift Certificate to Fairy Gardens.com

 

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

 

First Prize

First Prize comes from an enchanting fairy garden shop, Garden Sparkle.

$100 Gift Cart to spend as you wish.

You must browse through Garden Sparkles’ magical fairy garden goodies :: creating beautiful Fairy Gardens to inspire and nourish the imaginations of all. Garden Sparkle; nurturing the heart and creating precious memories.

Oh my… there are so many magical treasures to choose from.

 

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Second Prize

Second Prize comes from FairyGardens.com, bringing your fairy garden enchanting little details.

$50 Gift Cart to spend as you wish.

FairyGardens.com has the most delightful DIY fairy garden accessories kits to set you and your little fairy gardeners on the path to making magical fairy gardens.

 

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Third Prize

Third Prize comes from The Magic Onions Shop : where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a special gift.

$25 Gift Cart to spend as you wish.

The Magic Onions Shop if filled with handmade treasures for your natural home. There are lots of goodies for fairy gardens and crafting too.

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4th Prize

4th Prize comes from FairyGardens.com, bringing your fairy garden enchanting little details.

$25 Gift Cart to spend as you wish.

FairyGardens.com has the most delightful DIY fairy garden accessories kits to set you and your little fairy gardeners on the path to making magical fairy gardens.

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So, now that I have you CRAZY excited, head on over to FairyGardens.com and enter your fairy garden.  The contest is open for entries through August 5th, 2016.

There are many ways to enter and all the contest information is on the entry page.

Please note that shipping costs form part of the gifts.

Share with your friends and family… let’s make this the biggest contest yet!

 

Enter the 2016 Fairy Garden Contest from The Magic Onions at www.FairyGardens.com

 

Visit here for fairy garden inspiration.

Visit here for a step-by-step fairy garden tutorial.

Visit here for FairyGardens.com.

Follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook.

 

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Happy fairy gardening

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Favorite Waldorf Morning Verses for The Grades http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/favorite-waldorf-morning-verses-for-the-grades.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/favorite-waldorf-morning-verses-for-the-grades.html#respond Wed, 11 May 2016 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=21254 It is customary to say a morning verse at the start of each day in Waldorf schools, in kindergarten and in the grades. One of the reasons why Waldorf education is so successful in educating kids who excel, is that teaching methods meet students where they are developmentally, in a deep and authentic way. TheIf you want to read more...click here

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It is customary to say a morning verse at the start of each day in Waldorf schools, in kindergarten and in the grades.

One of the reasons why Waldorf education is so successful in educating kids who excel, is that teaching methods meet students where they are developmentally, in a deep and authentic way. The synergy of Waldorf teaching methods and brain development is discussed fully in this great article by Dr Reggie Melrose ::  ‘Waldorf from a Neuroscientific Perspective‘.

The morning verses for kindergarten children are sweet and often require gentle movement and song and set the happy tone for the day. They help young children transition easily from unstructured play to the more structured activities in the classroom. Here are some of my favorite Waldorf morning circle verses for Kindergarten children.

In the Grades, the morning verse is used help students set their intentions for the day (and their future). This verse brings the class together in unity, in strong meaningful words and affirmations that help to build strong characters and caring individuals.

 

Favorite Waldorf Morning Verses for The Grades

 

Waldorf Morning Verses for the Grades : Brave and true I will be, each good deed sets me free

 

 BRAVE AND TRUE I WILL BE

Brave and true will I be,
Each good deed sets me free,
Each kind word makes me strong.
I will fight for the right! 
I will conquer the wrong!

 

Waldorf Morning Verses for the Grades : We are truthful and helpful

 

WE ARE TRUTHFUL

We are truthful and helpful
And loving in trust
For our heart’s inner sun
Glows brightly in us.
We will open our hearts
To the sunbeams so bright
And we’ll fill all the world
With our heart’s inner light.

 

Waldorf Morning Verses for the Grades : I stand erect between earth and sky

 

I STAND ERECT BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY
I stand erect between earth and sky
The center of the world am I
My right hand points to the cold north star
My left hand points to where the hot lands are
Behind my back is the rising sun
In front of me is where day is done
North, south, east and west
Where I am is the best.
A morning verse is sure to be the start of a very happy day. We should all set our intentions at the start of each day like Waldorf students do.

If you have a favorite Waldorf verses, I’d love to hear them in the comments.

If you’ve enjoyed these verses, I have also written an article that shares our favorite Waldorf mealtime blessing verses  and favorite Waldorf Morning Circle verses for Kindergarten that I think you’ll love.

And, if you are after more Waldorf articles that showcase everyday family life, please have a look at the Discovering Waldorf Education archives.

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New Fairy Garden Kits http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/new-fairy-garden-kits.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/new-fairy-garden-kits.html#respond Mon, 09 May 2016 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=21423 I’ve had the most wonderfully creative weekend designing new DIY fairy garden kits for the shop. It’s my most favorite work activity of all – designing new enchantments. I get to play with flower fairies and magical miniature things all day long. And my camera, of course, which I love. The kids join in fromIf you want to read more...click here

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I’ve had the most wonderfully creative weekend designing new DIY fairy garden kits for the shop.

It’s my most favorite work activity of all – designing new enchantments. I get to play with flower fairies and magical miniature things all day long. And my camera, of course, which I love.

The kids join in from time to time with suggestions and ideas and end up sidetracked into a magical fairy garden world of their own.

It turns out to be a happy family collaboration.

I will be listing all the kits in the shop this week but, for now, Baby Emily Sweet Pea and her magical fairy garden are ready for enchanted adventures (purchase)

 

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

 

Isn’t this a delightful fairy garden kit!

It comes with these magical miniature treasures : a flower fairy or gnome of your choice, a sweet squirrel friend, mini toadstools, robins egg nest, a sparkly star, a clam shell full of colorful shining gems, a magic crystal ball, wood rounds and stepping stones, a miniature peg with thread, two wood spools, various twigs and bark, a felted acorn, paper flowers, a feather butterfly and various types and colors of moss.

Customers can choose from 9 flower fairies and gnomes but you’ll have to pop over to the shop to see them… I’ll put it this way… it will be difficult to decide upon your favorite… they are ALL so lovely.

There are so many fun options for imaginative and creative fairy gardening.

But I know you want to see more photos so here you go…

 

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

 

This is Emily Lucy Sweet Pea. She is darling!

 

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

It’s a good idea to pin this next image to Pinterest so that you can find this kit easily next time you are trying to think of a magical birthday present for the little fairy-lovers in your life.

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

 

Please don’t forget to enter your fairy garden into this years Fairy Garden Contest.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Favorite Waldorf Morning Circle Verses for Kindergarten http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/favorite-waldorf-morning-circle-verses.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/favorite-waldorf-morning-circle-verses.html#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 13:00:30 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=21243 The beauty of Waldorf education is that it meets the child where he is developmentally. The synergy of Waldorf teaching methods and child development is discussed wonderfully in an article by Dr Reggie Melrose called ‘Waldorf from a Neuroscientific Perspective‘. The Morning circle is a great example of how Waldorf meets the young child whereIf you want to read more...click here

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The beauty of Waldorf education is that it meets the child where he is developmentally. The synergy of Waldorf teaching methods and child development is discussed wonderfully in an article by Dr Reggie Melrose called ‘Waldorf from a Neuroscientific Perspective‘.

The Morning circle is a great example of how Waldorf meets the young child where she is in her development. The circle is an out-breath that helps the children transition from unstructured playtime to a more the structured activities in the classroom.

It is a time of movement, song and gentle expression to ease the children into the day in a happy and inclusive way.

I find it beautiful in that it connects the children with each other and with the teacher and opens their spirits to receive the lessons of the day.

 

Favorite Waldorf Morning Verses

 

Favorite Waldorf Morning Circle Verses : When I woke up this morning, the day had just begun.

 

 

WHEN I WOKE UP THIS MORNING
When I woke up this morning, the day had just begun.
I saw a golden flower with petals like the sun!
The flower was unfolding, and waking from the night.
Each petals face was shining in the morning light.
This petals name was Sophie, and this petals name was Teddy,
and this petals name was Kate, and this petals name was Catherine. (substitute each child’s name)
Now our golden flower has opened to the sun,
and we will shine and blossom tip the day is done!

 

Favorite Waldorf Morning Circle Verses for Kindergarten : Good morning dear Earth, Good morning dear sun.

 

GOOD MORNING DEAR EARTH

Good morning dear earth
Good morning dear sun
Good morning dear flowers
and the fairies, every one
Good morning dear beasts
and the birds in the trees
Good morning to you
Good morning to me

 

Favorite Waldorf Morning Circle Verses for Kindergarten : Morning has broken, like the first morning

 

MORNING HAS BROKEN

Morning has broken
Like the first morning.
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird.
Praise for the singing,
And praise for the morning.
Praise for the springing
Fresh from the word.
Sweet the rain’s new fall
Sunlit from heaven.
Like the first dew fall
On the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness
Of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness
Where His feet pass.
Mine is the sunlight.
Mine is the morning.
Born of the one light

 

Favorite Waldorf Morning Circle Verses for Kindergarten : Good morning starshine, the earth says hello.

 

GOOD MORNING STARSHINE
Good morning starshine
The earth says, “Hello”
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below
Good morning starshine
You lead us along
My love and me as we sing
Our early morning singing song
Gliddy glup gloopy
Nibby nabby noopy la la la lo lo
Sabba sibby sabba
Nooby abba nabba le le lo lo
Tooby ooby walla nooby abba nabba
Early morning singing song
A morning circle is sure to be the start of a very happy day.

If you have a favorite circle verses, I’d love to hear them in the comments.

If you’ve enjoyed these verses, I have also written an article that shares our favorite Waldorf mealtime blessing verses that I think you’ll love. Be sure to check back soon.

And, if you are after more Waldorf articles that showcase everyday family life, please have a look at the Discovering Waldorf Education archives.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Teddy : You Are Nine! A Birthday Letter http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/teddy-nine-birthday-letter.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2016/05/teddy-nine-birthday-letter.html#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 17:51:54 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=21351 I write a letter to my children on their birthdays each year. It has become a tradition I cherish, a time for reflecting on each child and recording the little things from the past year that come together to make our lives so beautifully meaningful. Teddy, you are nine today. This is a big oneIf you want to read more...click here

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I write a letter to my children on their birthdays each year. It has become a tradition I cherish, a time for reflecting on each child and recording the little things from the past year that come together to make our lives so beautifully meaningful.

Teddy, you are nine today. This is a big one for you. You think nine is very old indeed. You feel like you have been waiting for nine for a long long time.

And you are right. Nine is a big one. I have watched you change so much in this past year. You have started to think very deeply about things and come up with wonderfully plausible explanations for the things you don’t quite understand. You have great confidence in yourself and your abilities and hardly ever doubt that you can do great things.

We had a small setback when you fell out of a tree and injured your liver. You spent two nights in the Intensive Care at hospital. The hospital staff remarked often what a calm patient you were. You trusted us, your dad and I. You knew that we would protect you and that if something unpleasant had to happen, we had made sure that it was necessary and unavoidable. I was so proud of how brave you were, how brave and strong. Your dad and I stayed by your side through it all and, although we wouldn’t have wished this injury, our love for each other grew even stronger through this shared experience. It was hard to watch you with tubes and needles in your arms but your strength gave us strength to be strong for you. We are a good team.

I think you learned that you are not infallible and that you have to get though challenges with grace and love. This is a good lesson. You can lean on the people who love you.

You learned to read this year. It felt like overnight. One day you were sounding out the letters and the next you were reading sentences. It has been amazing to watch. You have also discovered an artistic talent and your drawings have evolved into wonderfully detailed works with lots of color and activity.

We went on two fun family adventures, to Maine and Massachusetts and then to Portland, Oregon. We had great fun on both trips and made wonderful family memories. On these trips we decided that we definitely want to have chickens and you will be the chicken boy and that we love the freedom of nature and want to live where nature lives. Planes are fun.

A special moment of our day stands out for me to remember. The early mornings when just the two of us are awake and we lie together on the couch and watch the warm glow of sunshine entering the world. At first we are silent together, for minutes that stretch on wonderfully long. But, when the sun is shining golden on our bodies, you start to talk and stories of your days and important happenings unfold like a flowing stream of lovely images for me to imagine. I hug you as we lie together, trying not to squeeze you as tightly as my heart desires, and my soul swells to bursting with love. You will remember this time fondly but to me, it’s one of the most precious gifts I’ll ever have… those beautiful mornings together when you let me hug you tightly and tell me your truths.

Thank you for a beautiful year, my blue-eyed Teddy bear. Each year I say it and each year it’s true… my love for you grows with every passing day. I am so thankful for all the special moments we have shared. I am enormously proud of you and the kindness you show to others. I am forever grateful that you chose me to be your mom.

Blessings and magic,

Mom

 

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Here are some of the other birthday letters I’ve written to my children over the years.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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You won’t believe how I came to make this sweet DIY needle felted fairy baby tutorial!

I am a crazy crafter who dreams of crafting in my sleep.

Am I the only one?

Sometimes I craft in my sleep all-night-long. I wake up… and what do you think I want to do? Yep… I want to CRAFT!

I dreamed of making these sweet fairy babies the other night. I woke up with such a magical feeling and knew I just had to make them in real life.

Yes, they are just as magical as they were in my dreams.

 

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

 

And, making them gave me a sense of joy. How can one not feel joyful when one is making fairy babies?

 

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

 

Making them is a very simple. If you haven’t needle felted before, this would be a wonderful project to get you going. To help you get started, I’ve put together a kit that contains everything you’ll need to make THREE sweet babies :: DIY Needle Felting Kit :: Fairy Babies.

 

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

 

If you are making these fairy babies on your own, you’ll need to source a few materials .

 

Materials :

 

wool
felt balls (3/4 inches in diameter)
– nylon butterfly
felting needle
– hot glue gun

 

Method :

 

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

 

Step 1 ::

Assemble supplies. Break off a piece of wool roving about the length and width of the palm of your hand.

Step 2 ::

Place the felt ball (head) in the wool, about a third from the top of the wool.

Step 3 ::

Fold the right corner of wool over the felt ball.

Step 4 ::

Fold the left corner of wool over the first fold, forming a blanket over the baby.

Step 5 ::

Needle felt the blanket into the head with a needle felting needle.

Step 6 ::

Needle felt the body of the baby into a smooth oval.

Step 7 ::

Needle felt the blanket around the head so that the head just peeks out.

Step 8 ::

Stick the wings onto the back of the blanket with hot glue.

 

Your little ones will be charmed with the fairy babies you make them.

 

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

 

I’m working on bringing this project to you in video form. I’ll be posting it on my The Magic Onions Youtube Channel soon.

This project (and lots of other fun needle felting projects) is available as a DIY kit in The Magic Onions shop.

Check out my other FREE needle felting tutorials.

Have fun crafting.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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