Magic Sponsors : October 2014

Please support my October Magic Sponsors by browsing through their beautiful shops. There are only NINE Saturdays until Christmas!!

 

The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook : Whether you are just starting to homeschool, or always wanted to, imagine this for a second… You feel confident that you are doing it right. The first steps are clear and you know exactly where to find the resources and support needed to be successful. There’s no second guessing. No confusion. No lack of focus.
Without any floundering, your Waldorf homeschooling falls into place with ease, assurance and joy.

 

The-Waldorf-Handbook : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

 

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 that living sustainably need not be a sacrifice. Fine woolens from Ruskovilla of Finland, beautifully handcrafted figures from Ostheimer of Germany, shaker boxes from Brent Rourke of Nova Scotia. Waldorf-inspired play and Waldorf toys & crafts for young and old. I’m LOVING these fun and colorful building blocks.

 

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).

 

Natural Kids – is a group of artisans from around the world who share a love for handcrafting eco friendly & all-natural toys, clothing, decor and more for kids, and kids at heart.

We’re committed to offering alternatives to mass produced, plastic toys and we share a love for open-ended tools to help kids discover what is new and interesting in the world. We believe that it is best for children’s environment and what they wear to be natural and safe.

You will find many items that are great for the holidays as well as inspired by the seasons. In our diverse shops of our team members you will find wonderful items for babies and kids of all ages. Many of our sellers pride themselves on offering open ended items for both boys and girls.

The Magic Onions - toys and treasures for the natural home. I make everything by hand using natural and eco-friendly materials. Bring the gorgeous texture of wool felt into your home with wonderful nature-inspired treasures like felted acorns and colorful felted garlands.

The Magic Onions has enchanting Fairy Garden kits… including this awesome Fairy House Kit, complete with a myriad of natural building materials for fun Fairy House construction.

Fairy House Kit : The Magic Onions Shop

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 both outdoors and indoors; early childhood stories and fingerplays; weekly bushwalking themes; daily art, handwork or creative projects; holistic baking and cooking recipes for the whole family as well as weekly caregiver meditations and projects. Although Whole Family Rhythms focuses primarily on the ‘early years’ the daily activities are flexible and varied enough to inspire and work for families of all ages and sizes.

Whole Family Rhythms : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Artterro : Here at Artterro we make Eco Art Kits, and there’s nothing else quite like them on the market. In 2008, Artterro founder Forrest Espinoza was shopping for a craft kit for her young sons, and she noticed lots of uninspiring projects, cheap materials and wasteful packaging. She decided to make a high-quality, eco-friendly, engaging art kit so that parents would have a convenient way to bring art into the home and have a great time as a family. Our 11 titles make it easy to explore needle felting, decoupage, art journaling and more. Each kit is assembled by hand in Madison, Wisconsin, and contains beautiful, inspiring materials. An ideas sheet gives inspiration but never dictates what your final product will look like. Our mission is to bring creativity into people’s lives by offering fun projects with quality, sustainable materials and provide friends and families a wonderful art experience.

 

Megalo Wool : Hard Crafting Yarn, so versatile and easy to use – wonderful for big and little hands. Megalo Wool offers three sizes in our Hard Crafting Yarn: 5 mm ,10 mm and 20 mm.  All are hand felted and made from 26 micron New Zealand Wool and are dyed using Eco-friendly dyes. The three sizes can be used for weaving and basket making, small or large crafting projects where that chunky textured look is what you are after.

 

Twig and Toadstool – a gorgeous blog written by mama friends, Maureen and Shanti. Join them as they explore natural crafts and happy family life.

 

Thank you for supporting our Magic Sponsors and please remember …

 

Support Small Business : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

I’m passionate about connecting small businesses with customers who value them. If you are interested in becoming a Magic Sponsor, please click here for sponsorship information.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Two Quick and Easy Pumpkin Crafts

Looking for a couple of quick and easy pumpkin crafts for Halloween?

Here are two of our favorites :

 

1. Melted Wax Decorated Pumpkins : decorate mini pumpkins with melting colored crayons onto them.

Full tutorial HERE.

 

Melted Wax Pumpkins : The Magic Onions

 

2. No Knit Yarn Pumpkin : make an adorable pumpkin with orange yarn and a little stick.

Full tutorial HERE.

 

No Knit Yarn Pumpkin Tutorial : The Magic Onions

 

Happy Halloween crafting.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

Camping in Julian, CA

Julian, CA, is one of our favorite camping spots.

We stay in a campsite that has a little pond. Teddy loves to fish.

We wake up early to fish, when the shadows are long and the light is golden.

Kitty isn’t much of a fisherlady. But, I did catch her saluting the sun.

Autumn in Julian is exaggerated by the drought and the countryside was vivid shades of orange, yellow and tan.

Julian is also home of the Apple Pie. Oh my… did we eat pie!

And, when the day ends, the children look like camping children should… tired and dirty and happy.

Here’s to these happy camping days we share together. How very precious they are.

 

 

Here are some of our other camping trips.

 

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

Make a Spider Web With Wire and Sticks

Here’s one of our favorite spider crafts from the archives… a wire and stick spider web for Halloween…

 

Wire and Stick Spider Web for Halloween : The Magic Onions Blog

 

Here is the full tutorial : how to make this stick and wire spider web.

 

Happy Halloween crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni