Fairy Garden Feature : THIRTEEN

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Here’s another magical fairy garden entered into the Fairy Garden Contest. This garden was made by Kaya (6) and her brother Nesta (3)… and a little help from mom too. It’s built in the middle of a bean teepee!!! Isn’t that so cool? Can you imagine when the beans have grown all over the teepeeIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : ELEVEN

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Lexi’s fairy garden is magical. I love all the little details and I LOVE all the tell-tale signs that Lexi plays in her garden regularly. And, of course, when a child plays in her garden, so do fairies too! A  unicorn rainbow tire swing.   Fairy jump-rope.     A lucky leprechaun, painting.    If you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Contest : ENTER now.

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Hi Fairy Garden Friends, It’s almost August!! Just a reminder that the Fairy Garden contest is drawing to a close.  Entries close on August 1st. However, if you are like me and don’t like deadlines very much, I will be allowing a few late entries if you write and ask at Donni(at)theMagicOnions(dot)com  . Just lookIf you want to read more…click here

Super Simple Tomato Jam Recipe

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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

Fairy Garden Feature : SIX

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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

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

Let’s Make a Terrarium : DIY Gardening Tutorial for Kids

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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

Let’s Make a Tin Can Lantern

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Making a lantern is a fun way to talk about the changing seasons with your child. One way to help your children notice and experience seasonal changes is through the things you craft together. When you work together, curiosity is inevitable, questions arise, learning is easy. As autumn makes the evenings come sooner and soonerIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we share our nature inspired activities and creations. Each week, I feature a link from the week before… Kitty and I fell in love with this sweet Nature Table from Maaike… And, I’m definitely going to make this yummy granola from We Bloom Here… If you’d like your linkIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table, where we share our nature inspired activities and creations. Each week, I feature a link from the week before. I think this flower-pounded banner from Buggy and Buddy is a super fun activity for the kids… Teddy especially will love this. If you would like your link to be nextIf you want to read more…click here

Zen Fairy Garden :: Fairy Gardens :: 2013

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The beautiful Sas, from Daily Colours, is back to share a Zen Fairy Garden she made especially for us! It is the epitome of fairy sweetness! So wonderfully peaceful … I’m sure it’s where fairies go to relax and reconnect with their inner calm. Sas : This dreamy tabletop fairy garden is a mini versionIf you want to read more…click here

The Dragonfly Story

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We are very sad. On Saturday, a gentle giant in our small community passed away. It was sudden and unexpected. He leaves behind his beautiful wife and three young children. We held a meditation/prayer meeting at our school last night so that we could come together as a community to grieve, support each other andIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we come together to share our nature inspired posts, creations and experiences. Each week,  I feature a couple of participants from the week before. I loved seeing these sweet children from Nature and Play and all the amazing life they discovered in a pond! And, after seeing this deliciousIf you want to read more…click here

Our New Fairy Garden :: Fairy Gardens :: 2013

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Kitty’s been playing in our new Fairy Garden… Do you want more Fairy Garden inspiration? Here are our important Fairy Garden links… Enter the Fairy Garden Contest here. Here’s a link to the Fair Garden Page for more Fairy Garden inspiration. Here’s a link to purchase the cutest Fairy Garden Kit ever. And, here’s myIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Pretty Silver Easter Nest

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What a pretty little nest we made using wooden eggs, a vine nest and some silver spray paint.   Outdoors, on a piece of cardboard, we set out our little wooden eggs (found online at  Casey’s Wood). We shook the can of silver spray paint well and sprayed our eggs liberally. As you can see,If you want to read more…click here

Our Best Easter Egg Crafts

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Here are 12 of our best Easter Egg crafts all in one place… Dyeing Eggs with Natural Plant Dyes   Decorate Eggs with Pressed Flowers Dye Eggs using Silk Scarves Make Egg Candles using Eggshells Decorate Eggs with Stickers Dye Eggs with Pretty Designs Paint Eggs with Watercolor Paints   Dye Eggs with Dad’s SilkIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Why Kids Need Nature with Richard Louv

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There is a special radiance that shines from my children when we are playing, free, in Nature. Their eyes sparkle, their cheeks flush… they smile. It’s beautiful! Here’s a great article from the wonderful Richard Louv on kids and Nature. WHY KIDS NEED NATURE For more info on Waldorf Education, please visit my Waldorf page.If you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: On Handwork with Renate Hiller

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The other day I was feeling anxious and stressed. My temper was short and I found myself snapping unnecessarily at my kids. It was raining and, although I knew I needed a good walk to shake the bad mood, I couldn’t face putting on my coat and braving the cold. So, instead, I nestled intoIf you want to read more…click here

Spring Magic Craft Boxes on their Way!

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Hi, Happy Friends… I have some exciting news for you. The first of our Spring Magic Craft Boxes are on their way to lucky children all over the world! THEY ARE ENCHANTING! I’m quite certain you’ll find that Spring’s Magic Craft Box is just as delightful as Winter’s was. It is filled to the brimIf you want to read more…click here

Kid-friendly Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Teddy is the baker in our home. He LOVES to bake. He has a stool that sits next to the kitchen island, ready for whenever he needs it. As most of you know, TV and Video Games are very seldom watched and played in the Sunny House… baking is a great alternative to both. Today,If you want to read more…click here

Handmade Valentine’s Day Gift : Heart Necklace

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Being a mom… what a gift it is! There are so many heart-melting moments.  I am in the middle of a 6 week Simplicity Parenting class and what a gift this has been too! It has reminded me to slow down, be present in all the little things that happen each day and see themIf you want to read more…click here

Making Peg Dolls by Margaret Bloom :: Review and Giveaway!

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There are a few things we ALWAYS have on hand for spontaneous crafting … one of them is peg dolls. If I see them in the craft store ~ I’m sure to grab a bunch. We have the large 3 inch kind, the medium 2 inch ones and, of course, the tiny 1 inch guys.If you want to read more…click here

Spring Crafting

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In Southern California, our two weeks of winter seem to be over. The frost is gone, the days are warm and sunny and Spring is definitely breathing her magic on our plants and trees. It’s always exciting to welcome a new season! And, to rediscover all the fun things a new season brings. Here areIf you want to read more…click here

Bur Oak Acorn Nest Ornament :: A Handmade Christmas

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A few months ago, the most delightful lady purchased a set of felted acorns from Fairyfolk. She loved her acorns and wrote to say that she had a gift for me. A few days later, a package arrived in the mail and, inside, I found the hugest acorn caps I had ever seen. They areIf you want to read more…click here

Make A Handmade Nativity Set :: Joseph and Mary

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We are making a Nativity Set as we talk about the Christmas Story. Last week we made Baby Jesus (click here to see how we made him in his cute little walnut shell). Today we made Mother Mary and Joseph to look after him. We needed : * two wood peg people * wool feltIf you want to read more…click here

Make A Handmade Nativity Set :: Baby Jesus

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Teddy and Kitty found a little slip of paper in their advent calendar this morning that read, ‘Let’s make Baby Jesus!‘ They also found a walnut shell, some burlap and a little wooden round. Oooooo!! They were so excited to get started … look at the sweet little Baby Jesus they made together… Here areIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Button Garland for your Christmas Tree

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I came across a collection of buttons at garage sale recently and have been waiting for just the right project for them. How about a bright button garland for the Christmas tree?

Gnome and Fairy Houses

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I am LOVING reading Sarah Olmstead’s book Imagine Childhood. She has such a magical way of writing and, more than once, I’ve come to a paragraph where I’ve thought, ‘Oh yes… I did that as a child too!!’ Childhood is an universal language. I find Sarah’s words inspiring. Being a mom and having the powerIf you want to read more…click here

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament

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I love this plant dyed wool felt. There’s something SO magical about the colors you get when you use Mother Earth’s own! They are wonderfully bright and vivid but with a softness to them that is unique to natural dye. Oooooo, we were so excited to get started on all the Christmas ornaments we wantIf you want to read more…click here

Make an Indian Corn Necklace

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It has become a Thanksgiving tradition for us to make Indian corn necklaces for everyone at our Thanksgiving table. As we work with the corn, making the necklaces, we talk about how each little kernel is a seed. That if we planted it and watered it, it would grow into a great big corn plant.If you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table. I want to thank you all for the wonderfully inspiring links you share here each week. Everyone is welcome to share what they have been up to in nature, with nature, for nature and even, with nature in mind Kitty, Teddy and I go through your links each week andIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Dreamcatcher

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We moved into the Sunny House at the end of July. It is a constant wonder to live in such a lovely home and I walk around my countrified palace in the city with a constant smile on my face. But, there has been one hitch to our eternal happiness… one little tiny thorn inIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table. I want to thank you all for the wonderfully inspiring links you share here each week. Everyone is welcome to share what they have been up to in nature, with nature, for nature and even, with nature in mind Kitty, Teddy and I go through your links each week andIf you want to read more…click here

First Magic Craft Boxes on their Way!

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Such exciting news… the first batch of Magic Craft Boxes are on their way to lucky children all over the world. THEY ARE ENCHANTING! This is a reminder to all of you whose children will be receiving a Magic Craft Box… please let your child open the package herself. Opening the box will be anIf you want to read more…click here

Wax Dripped Pumpkins for Halloween

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Oooo, this kids LOVED this Halloween craft… what could be better than fire, melted wax and mini pumpkins! We needed : recycled crayons a long tapered candle mini pumpkins We took the ‘skins’ off our crayons, being careful not to break them as we needed them to be long for safety. We lit our longIf you want to read more…click here

Leaf Rubbing on Watercolor Paper

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When I told my friend that we were getting ready to do some leaf rubbings,  she shared a little secret with me… leaf rubbings look even more gorgeous if you do them on paper that has been painted with watercolors first. This sounded so lovely to us that we just had to give it aIf you want to read more…click here

The Magic Craft Box

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I am so excited to present The Magic Craft Box. We came up with this new concept in seasonal crafting with children quite a while ago and have been ironing out all the little details so that I could launch it with the Grand Opening of my beautiful new site. At last I am readyIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table. I want to thank you all for the wonderfully inspiring links you share here each week. Everyone is welcome to share what they have been up to in nature, with nature, for nature and even, with nature in mind Kitty, Teddy and I go through your links each week andIf you want to read more…click here

Inspiration

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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.                                                                                       Kahil Gibran Blessings and magic, Donni