Always Believe in Fairies

Do you believe in fairies?

I do.

To me, believing in fairies means more than just believing in little creatures with wings.

It means believing in magic and miracles.

It means opening your heart to the possibility that anything and everything is possible.

It means perceiving that there is so much we don’t yet know and will never understand… and that’s JUST FINE.

In fact, it’s more than fine because within this realization, lies life’s magic.

We aren’t meant to know and understand everything. We aren’t meant to know all the answers… or even half of them.

If you wait until you know all the answers, you will be waiting all your life.

Sometimes life is meant to be lived on a whim.

Sometimes we can act on instinct and make decisions on hope and optimism.

We can follow our dreams and let faith guide us.

We can open our heart to receive the Earth’s blessings and let her fill our actions with joy.

We can walk in the knowledge that love will guide us to the right place.

 

Always believe in Fairies

 

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Believing in fairies can set us free from the limiting constraint that seeing is believing.

It can allow us to cast off the unrealistic notion that we have to know the answer before we take action.

It can open us to a world magical world possibilities.

Do you believe in fairies?

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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Make BEAUTIFUL Felt Flowers

Make beautiful Felt Flowers in a few simple steps DIY Tutorial with The Magic Onions Blog
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There are so many beautiful ways to craft with felt.

Felt brings such an earthy rich texture into your home. I recommend crafting with the the best quality felt, always. There is such a huge difference with using the best felt. You are spending time and effort in your crafting and using the best possible materials will make your crafting experience that much more enjoyable.  Plus, the results of your crafting efforts will be all the more beautiful when you use better mateirals.

I get my felt from the most delightful shop called A Child’s Dream. They have a huge selection of the prettiest colors. Choose the naturally dyed wool felt if you want to use extra special felt in your projects. It’s simply gorgeous to work with.

Kitty and I have just made such lovely felt blossoms that we glued onto a few twigs and have put in a vase on the mantel.

Best of all, you won’t believe how simple these felt flowers are to make and I’m sharing the quick and easy tutorials with you today.

Make beautiful Felt Flowers in a few simple steps DIY Tutorial with The Magic Onions Blog

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TUTORIAL : FELT BLOSSOMS

 

1.  Use scissors to cut the felt into a scalloped spiral about 6 inches in diameter. My favorite felt-cutting scissors are small and sharp and I turn the felt as I cut instead of the scissors.

2.  Roll the scalloped spiral of felt into a flower.  Start with the outside of the spiral. Roll it up on itself, keeping the petals even on top.

3.  You can let the center (bottom) of the flower span outward a little. And even pull the petals a little to widen your flower into an open shape.

4.  When you come to the round center of the spiral at the end, put a little glue onto the underside of the felt and stick it over the bottom to hide the messy rolled up felt.

5. Choose pretty twigs from the garden and glue the felt flowers onto the twigs.

Put your pretty felt blossoms into a vase in a pretty place in your home to brighten your days.

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I love the soft and gentle colors that Kitty chose with the brighter POP colors of the mustard and the bright pink. I would never have grouped these colors together but they are utterly perfect and I’m glad I trusted her intuition.

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Here’s an image for you to Pin to Pinterest if you are wanting to save this tutorial for later.

 

Make beautiful Felt Flowers in a few simple steps DIY Tutorial with The Magic Onions Blog

 

Here are some other ways I’ve crafted with felt flowers : Felt Flower Hair Barrettes and Felt Flower Ornaments.

Happy crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Happy Days

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

Upside-Down Peach Cake Recipe : Baking With Kids

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!

 

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

 

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