2014 Fairy Garden Contest : Finalists : Part ONE

You can imagine the hard time we’ve had choosing winners for this years Fairy Garden Contest.

Oh, my… it’s been almost impossible as each and EVERY garden entered (and there were over 150 entries) were utterly magical.

The truth is that everyone who made a fairy garden is a winner. Thank you for making magic with us again this year.

There are 15 finalists. Today I’ll show you 8 magical gardens. Tomorrow, 8 more. And on Thursday, I’ll announce the winners.

 

1. Rosa created this magical tree-house Fairy Garden for her grandson, Oliver. Isn’t it enchanting? Little shuttered windows, a brightly colored stone pathway leading to a root entwined door, gemstones. It’s no wonder this little boy will believe in magic and fairies.

Tree House Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

2. Look at this delightful garden made my three sisters, Grace, Rose and Charlotte over their summer break. I love the gourd fairy houses, the fairy washing line and all the other fairy treasures tucked into secret places.

Here are more photos of this magical fairy garden.

Potted Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Gourd Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Potted Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

3. I love this fairy garden sent in by Small Steps Big Noises because it shows that winter is no deterrent for a fairy garden. Although it was winter in New Zealand, the fairies were still about.

The frosty sparkles  look like magic wishes. See more photos of this winter fairy garden here.

Winter Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Winter Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Winter Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

4. The Cleary kids worked hard on their fairy garden and I love it so much because it shows that bigger kids love fairy gardens too.

Look at the tunnels and houses they built. The buildings made of sticks and the bridges made of bark.

There are crystals and gems and moss and flowers… all the perfect things to attract neighborhood fairies.

Older Kid Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Big Kid Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

5. And here are two utterly delightful fairy gardens that show that you don’t need a lot of space to build a magical fairy garden. All you need are treasures you can find in nature; sticks, stones, moss and shells…

Tiny Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.comMini Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Small Space Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

6. I love this next fairy garden too as, although it’s colorful and bright, it’s made by kids with all natural materials that this mom, Sophie, and her little ones picked up from nature. Mom said : I wanted us to stick to using natural elements as much as possible, while still making it colorful and fun.  We went on a walk and gathered different materials from the greenbelt behind our house.

Natural Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Fairy Garden made from natural materials : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Fairy Garden made from natural elements : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

7. Here is a another charming fairy garden made by Jo and her little ones. Don’t you just love the little shower? Isn’t it quite the sweetest little fairy cottage ever?! It has an acorn lamp and all manner of enchantment inside… and, it’s portable! Take it to the beach!

Moss and Acorn Fairy House : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.comMoss and Acorn Fairy House : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Moss and Acorn Fairy House : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Beach Fairy House : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

8. This fairy garden is called Peach Blossom Cottage. It’s made in a tin tub at the bottom of the garden and Chilli and Marlin play in it constantly. And the fairies do too, of course. There are so many sweet details that make this garden special… the acorn lantern path, pretty toadstool rocks and, of course, who can resist a gnome tea party?

Child Friendly Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Kid Friendly Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Child Friendly Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Click here to see more photos of Peach Blossom Cottage Fairy Garden.

Wow… I’m always amazed at the enchantment, imagination and magic shining from each and every garden. And, can you believe there will be 8 more finalists tomorrow?!

 

A reminder of the magical prizes that will be won…

 

First Prize : Daphne the Spring Fairy from Lavender and Lark

Second Prize : $110  Gift Certificate to The Magic Onions Shop

Third Prize : $100 Gift Certificate to Stubby Pencil Studio

Fourth Prize : 75$ Gift Certificate to Magic Wool

 

Fairy Garden Contest Prizes : 2014 : The Magic Onions.com

 

Be sure to check out these Fairy Garden links…

Important Fairy Garden Links :

Fairy Garden Page with lots of photos, links and ideas, tutorials and instructions.

2014 Fairy Garden Contest Rules and ENTRY FORM

Detailed Tutorial on How To Make A Fairy Garden

AWESOME Prizes for the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest

 

Fairy Gardens : Pinterest : The Magic Onions

 

Happy Fairy Gardening,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Portraits of Us : Week 23

Our summer vacation has come to an end.

Oh Boy, has it been a hot week here at The Sunny House… sometimes you just have to make your own rain to dance in.

And, sometimes, there’s no one to play with… so playing with the dog will do just fine.

Kitty and I came to an agreement… I’d get her new watercolor paints and brushes and paper and she’d paint me a picture. Her first commission.

Teddy started First Grade… and I’m brimming with gratitude. My Mama’s-heart is full. You know that anxious feeling of watching your baby go off to his first full day of First Grade. You hope like mad that he’ll love it. You want him to do well AND be happy. You want him to love learning.

Well… success. Teddy jumped into the car at pick-up and exclaimed with such contagious enthusiasm that he “LOVES First Grade!” When I asked why, he replied that he had learned the coolest thing… he had learned how to make his OWN jump rope.

Now, THAT’S what First Grade is all about.
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Cotton Pot Holder Loops : making a jump roap - Frist Grade : The Magic Onions

making a jump roap - Frist Grade : The Magic Onions

 

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 I did know how special it all was.

Here’s to these special, happy, days… all of them.

Here are the previous Portraits of Us.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

52 Weeks in Nature : Weeks 29-35

So many weeks to catch up on. Summer got the better of me. But… better late than never.

Here is late-summer in Southern California…

Grasses, lichen, crunchy leaves, wildflowers and lots and lots of beautiful sunshine.

52 Weeks in Nature : The Magic Onions

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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… and how beautiful.

I hope you’ll participate in 52 Weeks in Nature and leave a link to your site in the comments below so that we can all see the beauty you have found. Please don’t feel you need to participate each and every week… when you can is more than enough.

Click HERE to see our previous posts in the 52 Weeks in Nature series.

52 Weeks in Nature : www.theMagicOnions.com

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Needle Felted Fall Door Wreath Tutorial

 

A few years ago, we made Granny a wreath for her door.

 

Wet Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

It’s still one of my favorite wreaths of all time and Kitty and I think we’ll make one for our own door this year.

Here’s our tutorial on how to make it.

 

Materials :

 

  • * wool roving in rich fall colors (found on Etsy.com)
  • * a foam wreath form (found at craft stores)
  • * a needle felting needle (found on Etsy.com)
  • * soap detergent and warm water
  • * green felt (for a leaf)
  • * sewing need and green thread
  • * real acorn cap (picked up in nature or found on Etsy.com)
  • * glue

 

Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Method :

 

Arrange your felt roving in long strips in the order you’d like them to appear on your wreath.

 

Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Wrap each strip around the foam form, making sure the colors overlap a little on each side. It’s important to attach (through the process of felting) the color strips into each other so that they remain in their place when you come to wet felt the wreath later.

 

Needle Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Using your needle felting needle, gently poke the wool all around. Poking the needle into the foam is fine.

 

Needle Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Pay particular attention to the ends where the colors overlap and needle felt the overlapping wool firmly into the underlying wool.

 

Felted Autumn Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

When the entire wreath is covered with wool roving, take it to the sink to begin the wet felting process. Start with a small section. Wet the wool SLIGHTLY with warm water… you don’t want to use too much water at this early stage as the wool will loosen and come off the wreath.

Put a dime-sized amount of dish-washing soap onto the wool and begin to massage it gently. Pat it, rub it, kneed it… gently at first and then more vigorously as you feel the wool tighten around the wreath form. Add more water. Add more detergent. Your intuition will tell you when to wet the wool more and when to add more detergent. Slowly, slowly… we can’t rush.

Continue this wet felting method all around the wreath.

Once you feel that the wool has tightened around the wreath sufficiently, you can start felting it more vigorously. I find that using a ‘Chinese bangle’ (as my daughter, Kitty, calls it) works really well.

 

Wet Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

When you feel that the wool has felted firmly around the wreath, rinse it thoroughly, making sure to get all of the soap suds out of the felted wool.

 

Wet Felted Fall Door Wreath Totorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Set it in the sun to dry completely.

Now let’s make the adornments.

Cut out the shape of an autumn leaf on a piece of paper.

 

Fall Door Wreath Totorial Neelde Felted  : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Pin it to the green felt and cut around the edges to make your leaf.

 

Fall Door Wreath Totorial Neelde Felted  : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Thread the sewing needle with green thread and finish the felt leaf off nicely by sewing a pretty border about a quarter of an inch inside the outside edge of the leaf.

 

Fall Door Wreath Totorial Neelde Felted  : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

For the felted acorns, make  small felt balls in fun acorn colors. If you need a tutorial to make felted balls, follow this tutorial that shows you how to make small eggs… making the tops of the acorns is exactly the same.

With a little glue, stick the felt balls in to the acorn caps.

If you prefer, you can skip this stage and purchase the acorns (or the felted balls)  in the colors you desire in The Magic Onions Shop.

 

 Neelde Felted Acorns   : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

With your needle and thread, sew the leaf and acorns in place on your dry wool wreath.

 

 Neelde Felted Acorns   : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Voila! The prettiest felted fall wreath for you door.

There seriously is something magical about the felling and texture of wool felt… it glows with such a natural spirit and fills your room with a rich, organic, essence.

 

 Wet Felted Autumn Wreath with Neelde Felted Acorns   : www.theMagicOnions.com

 Wet Felted Autumn Wreath with Neelde Felted Acorns   : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

If you are in love with needle felting, as I am, I have many DIY needle felting kits available in The Magic Onions Shop… try your hand at making felted hearts or pumpkins or a myriad of other creations.

Happy fall crafting.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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