Merry Christmas!

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Blessings and magic, Donni

Happy Christmas!

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From my family to yours… Blessings and magic, Donni

8 Magical Christmas Crafts

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So many beautiful family memories are made as we craft together. Here are 8 of our most magical Christmas crafts : 1. Glittery Christmas Snow Globe 2. Toadstool Christmas Ornaments 3. Glittery Beeswax Pine Cones 4. Felt and Pine Cone Gnome Ornament 5. Playdough Christmas Ornaments 6. Waldorf Christmas Paper Stars 7. Winter Wonderland TerrariumIf you want to read more…click here

8 Handmade Christmas Ornaments From Nature

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Over the years, we’ve made many beautiful Natural Christmas Ornaments. Crafting with my children is a lovely holiday tradition and seeing their excitement at having their own handmade ornaments on our tree is magical for me. Here’s a list of our favorites … 1. Beeswax dipped mini pine cone ornaments. 2. Pine cone gnome ornaments.If you want to read more…click here

The Christmas Tree is Up!

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I love this time of year. There are so many precious family traditions to share… each day brings new excitement. Our Christmas Tree is looking magical. I let Kitty and Teddy choose their favorite felted ornaments and garlands from the shop and now we have the most enchanting woodland tree. It’s bright and colorful andIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Beautiful Winter Wonderland Snow Globe

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We made the most delightful snow globe. It doesn’t snow here in Southern California so, while the rest of the country was experiencing blizzards and snow storms, we set about making our own winter wonderland in a snow globe. Christmas Snow Globe  These are the goodies we needed : A glass jar A tiny deerIf you want to read more…click here

Winter Magic Craft Boxes Avaliable Now!

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Excitement abounds!!!!  Hundreds of Winter Magic Craft Boxes are on their way to lucky children all over the world. The fairies and I have been preparing the Craft Boxes for weeks… adding special touches here and there, until they are just perfect! They truly capture the magic of fairyland with moss and lichen, butterflies, glitteringIf you want to read more…click here

Sponsor Love – Sesame Seed Designs

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I have made a pledge to support small, mom and pop, businesses whenever I can this Holiday Season. I truly find more value in something handmade or handpicked by someone I trust and respect. I hold strong values and beliefs on consumerism and know that the greatest power I have to enact change is throughIf you want to read more…click here

Potato Printed Gift Wrap

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Making potato printed gift wrap can be such fun for the kids. They get so excited to see their artwork under the tree. It’s super easy too… You’ll need : potatoes sharp pearing knife paint white or craft construction paper Cut your potato in half and carefully carve the shape of your stamp into theIf you want to read more…click here

Pine Cone and Felt Gnome Christmas Ornament

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There is a special kind of magic that radiates from a handmade felt Christmas Ornament… it is like the effort and love that went into making it is shining forth from it’s own heart. Making ornaments has become a Christmas tradition in our home and I treasure the time I spend with my children asIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Garlands Galore

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I’ve been making felted garlands for the shop. They are gorgeous. Some are made with huge felted balls, some with large and small felted balls. Some in Christmas colors, some like the rainbow, some are like snowballs. Oh, the gorgeous texture of 100% felt! You can shop for these felted wool garlands here.   ChristmasIf you want to read more…click here

What a job I have…

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Christmas shopping has started in earnest in the shop. As soon as Halloween is over, the Christmas goodies start to fly off the shelves. It becomes more exciting each year. Everything I have is handmade. I get crazy busy towards mid November. I work long hours… happily, because I love what I do. Within aIf you want to read more…click here

What Have We Been Up To?

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Hello Magic Friends! What a lovely break I’ve had… a whole week off. After the wonderful-crazy Holiday Season I had in the shop (thanks to all of you who purchased Fairyfolk gifts for Christmas), I surely needed a few days to relax, refuel and refresh and now I am recharged and ready to jump intoIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Felt Nativity Set

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Kitty’s handmade Nativity set is coming along wonderfully. Click here to see how she made her Baby Jesus and here to see how she made Mary and Joseph. Today she added the Three Kings and the Shepherd… and an acorn cow (yes… he’s made from an acorn from one of my magnificent Bur Oak acorns).If 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

Fairyfolk Shop still open for Christmas Delivery!

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Hey you last minute shoppers, Fairyfolk is still open for Christmas delivery!! Everything you order by Monday the 17th of December will arrive in time for Christmas Day. Fairyfolk is packed full of beautiful, magical and unique Christmas gifts. We have lots of lovley TOYS to choose from… all made by me to last from,If 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

What Have We Been Up To?

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Lovely December… packed full of so many festive activities. We have been crafting up a storm to fill our Christmas tree with handmade ornaments. And, we have been enjoying the warmth of the fire and the calm of the pale winter sunlight. Here are a few photos of some moments from our December days… KittyIf 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?

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

Handmade Christmas Gifts :: Crazy Crayons

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Teddy and Kitty will be giving handmade Crazy Crayon Christmas gifts to their friends this year. Not only do these make super cute gifts, they are a wonderful way to get rid of all of those broken crayons lying around. Although the kids don’t know this yet, Santa will be bringing them lovely new crayonsIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Chirstmas Gifts :: Painted Peg People

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Pin It Kitty and Teddy are each getting a set of themselves for Christmas this year. It’s sweet (and funny) how they often play ‘brother and sister’ and now they can play ‘brother and sister’ with their new peg gnomes. I made them using the little peg people forms you can get at any craftIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Christmas Gifts : God’s Eyes

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I know I am not alone in thinking that handmade gifts are by far the best. All gifts are nice when they are given with love, of course, but to be honest, I’d rather receive a roughly sewn ‘kitchen towel’ with a red potato stamped heart on it (clearly made by a 7 year old)If you want to read more…click here

Folded Paper Christmas Origami Stars

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We spent the first day of our Christmas holidays making and hanging our folded paper Christmas origami stars. I love this Waldorf craftThis year we used the Waldorf watercolor paintings that Kitty brought home from school. They are a gorgeous mix of warm colors… yellows, oranges and reds. Perfect for Christmas.  And, we made aIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Christmas Ornaments :: Dried Oranges

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The kids and I are loving making Christmas ornaments this year from simple everyday things. Today, pretty ornaments made from dried orange slices. When we dried our apples to make these ornaments, we also dried some gorgeously orange orange slices too. We hung them outside to dry for a few days. Our Southern California winterIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Christmas Ornaments :: Dried Apples and Cinnamon

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When I was 22, I spent a winter working in the delightful Austrian village called Kitzbuhel. I worked in a little family run pension. My job was to help prepare the food for breakfast and lunch for the hotel guests. In the afternoons, I was off, off to the ski slopes until well after theIf you want to read more…click here

How to make Playdough Christmas Ornaments

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On the day before Thanksgiving, when I had so much to get done for our massive FEAST  and my children desperately wanted to play with me too, we brought out the beloved playdough recipe. Together, we made such lovely colored playdough and then they played with it for hours and hours, making all sorts ofIf you want to read more…click here

Glittered, Wax Dipped, Pinecone Christmas Ornaments

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With Christmas coming, our crafting has gone into overdrive. We love finding goodies from nature and turning them into handmade Christmas gifts and ornaments. Four of our very favorite things all in one craft… beeswax, pine cones, glitter and Christmas. This weekend we made some wax-dipped and glittered pine cones to keep for our ChristmasIf you want to read more…click here

A Child’s Dream Come True GIVEAWAY!

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We have our winner… it’s Lauren! Congrats And if you were wondering what Lauren thinks she’ll get with her $50 spending spree, this is what she wrote in her comments…“Hi… I found your awesome Giveaway through Hybrid Rasta Mama’s tweet… I would love to enter:) if I win I would probably get the “Tidy UpIf you want to read more…click here

The Joys of Parenting.

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The littlest things can make us feel so proud. We work very hard to be good parents; to try to teach, to give, to encourage. We nurse, we feed, we cloth our kids. We love them unconditionally, we nurture their spirits, we give them nature. We discipline, we scold, we model. We go without soIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial for making a Quite Book for your child.

Melisa from A Little Garden Flower and Waldorf Essentials has created a project especially for us here at The Magic Onions. It is a 3 part video tutorial on making a ‘quiet book’ for your child. A quite book is an interactive book made from wool felt that your child can play with and isIf you want to read more…click here

How to Make a Pine Cone Garland

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We had a cold front come to visit from Alaska this weekend. She shed her white cloak of snow all over our mountains and her frozen breath still sits heavy in our Southern Californian air. It’s so cold we’ve had to turn on our central heating in our home which is a drastic step forIf you want to read more…click here

New in the Shop.

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There have been a lot of toadstools springing up all over Fairyfolk for the holiday season…  Toadstool Terrarium Necklace Driftwood Toadstools Needle Felted Toadstool Ornament Kit Toadstool Christmas Tree Ornaments Felted Toadstool Terrarium Visit Fairyfolk to see more toadstool love. Blessings and magic,  Donni

New in the Shop.

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 I have made some new Christmas Ornaments for Fairyfolk… Rainbow Christmas Gifts Needle Felted Peas in a Pod Woodland Owls Pastel Toadstools Visit Fairyfolk to see more Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments. Blessings and magic,  Donni

Embroidered Postcards

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Welcome back to Ingrid, my friend from Spain. Today, Ingrid shares a delightful project she and her kids worked on together. Now I know just how we are going to make our Christmas cards this year! : : :  “Several months ago, I got these wool fluorescent colors . I thought it might be funIf you want to read more…click here

Update from Africa.

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This is such an amazing land, this Africa of my heart. I was born in London in the UK to young South African parents. They returned to Africa when I was 6 months old, living in Zimbabwe for three years. We lived in the bush with wild animals, the wonderful Zimbabwean people and malaria riddenIf you want to read more…click here

Wishing Stones for 2011

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First of all, I want to thank you all for your seriously moving suggestions to my last post asking for help in finding a passage to read for my little brother at his wedding ceremony. A few tears are shed each time I read through your comments trying to choose. Thank you dearly! I alsoIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Christmas Gifts – Paper Mache Nest.

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Our granny loves birds nests. She has a collection of discarded nests that she has picked up on her walks. They are so pretty to look at and a wonder to see how intricately the husband birds have woven them together. Her love of nests in mind, the kids and I have made her thisIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Gifts – Let’s make a Ball.

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On our quest to make handmade Christmas gifts this year, we made our girl cousins Flower Fairies the other day. Today, we made our boy cousins wonderfully colorful woolen balls. We used my wool scraps and wet felted them to make the balls. All we needed was wool roving (found online), liquid dish washing detergent,If you want to read more…click here

Let’s make Dried Flower Ormaments.

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Some more handmade ornaments are bringing their magic to our Christmas tree. In the Waldorf tradition, we have tried to use natural materials when making our handmade ornaments. Nature is so full of treasures… with a little thought and creativity, just about anything we collect from the outdoors can be turned into pretty ornaments. Today,If you want to read more…click here

Images from Africa.

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Heritage Roses from the garden. Races on the lawn. Kitty’s beloved goats. Beautiful Jacaranda and Bougainvillea . A herd of goats on the main street of town. Drawing with Granny Laundry drying in the African sun. Bedford Town. Granny collecting groceries in a wheelbarrow. Washing hanging from the windows. Kitty and her duckling. Waiting inIf you want to read more…click here

The Nature of Winter

We are especially lucky today! Sarah from The Forest Room is our guest and she shares such a wonderful photo journal of a recent walk that she and her kids enjoyed. Welcome, Sarah, and thank you for sharing your magic with us. * * * The Nature of Winter It’s too cold. I want toIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make Flower Fairies

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As well as making handmade Christmas ornaments for the tree, the children and I have made a conscious choice to try to make all of our Christmas gifts this year. It’s totally liberating to learn that we can make beautiful things. It takes time and effort, of course, but we have discovered that we haveIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make Toadstool Ornaments.

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We have arrived safely in South Africa after a very long 39 hour journey. It is so wonderful to be surrounded by all the familiar familial things from my childhood. And, so fantastic to see my family again. We have new family members arriving from around the world daily and it’s so meaningful to beIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make a Felted Wreath Ornament

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We are having so much fun on our quest for a handmade Christmas. It’s totally amazing how creativity takes on a life of it’s own… we have an idea, brainstorm it and discover that, yes, we can make just about anything! Kitty, in particular, has grown in confidence… she hardly ever says ‘I cant!’ andIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Christmas Gifts – Friendship Bracelets

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Kitty has made each of her friends a Christmas gift. She sat quietly, with my sewing basket in her lap, and worked peacefully on her own. “What are you making?” I asked her after a while, curiosity getting the better of me. “Christmas gifts for my friends” she replied as she proudly held out aIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make wax-dipped Pine Cone Ornaments.

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As you may know, we wish to someday have a Christmas tree that is entire decorated with handmade ornaments… some collected, some made by us, some found at thrift stores or yard sales. We know that it will take many years to collect and make such treasures but we are delighted that we have startedIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make little seedpod candles.

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There is something magical about a candle… it’s little flickering light adding warmth and glow to the night. We often light a candle at dinner time and the kids take turns to blow it out when we have finished our meal. Beeswax candles are favorites… their warm golden color, their sweet honey smell. We haveIf you want to read more…click here

On my wish list.

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I’m making my list… I’m checking it twice… I haven’t been naughty… I’ve only been nice… Santa Clause is coming to town! This is my hint post for my family and friends… wink, wink! Gorgeous soap to pamper myself with.Sacred Waters Soap Co is offering The Magic Onions readers a 20% discount… just put theIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make an Acorn Garland for the Christmas Tree.

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As you may know, we have embarked upon a journey to make little heirloom ornaments for our Christmas tree. We try to gather the materials from the outside world around us and work out ways to make them into sweet handmade Christmas decorations. I love watching my children delight in the knowledge that nature givesIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Ornaments – Pincone Gnome.

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We made the most delightful little ornaments for our Christmas tree today… Pine Cone Gnomes. Little by little, we are adding our magic to our handmade ornament collection. In the Waldorf spirit, we try to use natural materials that we find around us. We take a basket on every walk and collect wonderful natural treasuresIf you want to read more…click here

… and whiskers on Kittens.

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Today, Kitty chose some treasures to show you from our Sponsors. The sweetest little Christmas tree ornament from Mama4Earth. This little tea-party set from The Enchanted Cupboard is right down Kitty’s alley… the smaller something is, the more she loves it. She want’s to dance around like a butterfly fairy with this butterfly wand fromIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Ornaments – Cashmere and Herb Heart.

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Just after A Good Man and I got married, we moved into a tiny little apartment and I set about decorating it with great enthusiasm. My first space as a married woman! Alas, I soon realized that the worn, hand-me-down couch we had inherited from my grandmother, the mismatched dishes we had ended up withIf you want to read more…click here

Merry Christmas to All.

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Merry Christmas to all of you… I hope you had a day filled with many blessings and lots of magic! Our Christmas was wonderful… Father Christmas came in the night and left presents on T and K’s beds! His reindeer ate the carrots we left for them, Santa drank his milk and even broke intoIf you want to read more…click here

Our Christmas Gift to the Birds.

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Dear Birds, Thank you for ‘tweeting’, for ‘flying’ and for ‘making nests’… and specially, for leaving us feathers to find. Enjoy your Christmas feast! Blessings and magic. Love K.

How to make a Magical Snow Globe Soap Gift.

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Shhhhhh… don’t tell T and K… I made them each a Christmas present today. “OH MY GOSH’, am I in love with how they turned out!! I made little Snow Globe Soaps. A handmade Christmas gift so magical and easy to make… I think I’m going to make one for EVERYBODY! My friend, Shannon (whoIf you want to read more…click here

How to make a Lantern for Winter Solstice.

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Today is Winter Solstice… the shortest day of the year and tonight will be the longest night. It is a time to celebrate and mark the year by inviting the light back into our lives. In all this darkness, it is a time to reflect inwardly and ask that light and warmth grow our heartsIf you want to read more…click here

Make Sparkly Yarn Ornaments.

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We have enjoyed decorating our tree this year with handmade ornaments… pretty little treasures we have made ourselves. I can’t tell you the joy and pride my children feel when they hang one of their very own decorations on the tree. Instantly, their little creation becomes magical. It’s a beautiful thing to see. If youIf you want to read more…click here

How to make a Cranberry Wreath.

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Granny and Grampa are visiting us from South Africa and K follows them around like a lamb… it’s too sweet. When I asked her if she wanted to do a craft, the answer was ‘NO… I want to play with Granny!’ Hummmmm, a craft all for me! I knew immediately what I wanted to make…If you want to read more…click here

Make Hanging Christmas Stars.

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Our house is starting to look a lot like Christmas! It’s SUCH fun! I just LOVE the holidays!!! To add to the holiday ambiance in our home, we made these gorgeous hanging stars… they bring such magic! They look so pretty hanging all around! They also look complicated to make, don’t they? The amazing thingIf you want to read more…click here

Blankets for Babies in Need.

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I am honored to introduce my next sponsor, Gretchen, from TLC Blankets and Things, on Etsy. The story of how Gretchen began making her lovely blankets is very close to my heart. A few years ago, her daughter spent a year as a volunteer in an orphanage in South Africa. Aids has ravished the AfricanIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Christmas Candle Holder.

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Whenever we walk on the beach, we always come away with an armload of beautiful driftwood. There is always some to be found… little treasures from faraway lands, bleached pale from their long ocean travels. So, what do you do with your armloads of driftwood, you ask? Sometimes we use it to build a magnificentIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Bright Christmas Wreath.

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Christmas is all about family to me… we usually travel to South Africa at Christmas time to spend the holidays with my huge extended family. It is so wonderful! But, alas, this year it will just be us. My mom and dad are visiting for the week before Christmas but will travel back to SouthIf you want to read more…click here

How to make Beeswax Window Hangings.

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We are having so much fun decorating our home this Christmas with natural, handmade treasures. Today we made beeswax window decorations. I adore these! The smoothness of the wax and the warm caramel color is so pleasing to look at. But the thing I love most about beeswax window hangings, is when the winter sunIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments… Felted Acorns, Fairies and Gnomes.

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I can’t believe it… this time last year, I hadn’t even heard of Etsy! It is totally amazing to me… Etsy is now such an enormous part of my life… I can hardly imagine what I did with my time before I knew of it’s existence. If you haven’t heard of Etsy either, visit etsy.comIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Thanksgiving Walnut Candle.

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Continuing with our Handmade Holidays, today we made sweet little walnut candles. They are enchanting little gifts from nature, made with walnut shells and beeswax. They will flicker warmly on our Thanksgiving table. We needed… walnuts (halved and shelled) and other pods a jar of beeswax candle wicks and scissors We used 3 walnut halves,If you want to read more…click here

Wax Pine Cone Christmas Decorations.

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Can you believe that there are only 32 days until Christmas? I can’t! This year has flown by so fast I feel I have hardly had time to catch my breath… let alone get ready for the next! We are very excited to start preparing for our handmade christmas and will be posting many ChristmasIf you want to read more…click here