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Make BEAUTIFUL Felt Flowers

. 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 bestIf you want to read more…click here

Finger Knitting For Kids :: An Easy DIY Tutorial

As you may know, Teddy recently fell out of a tree and injured his liver. He has recovered very well. Thanks for all your well wishes and the healing vibes you sent him. They worked. But, for the next 4 months, he is under strict activity restrictions. He can’t do anything that may result inIf you want to read more…click here

Miniature Spring Garden planted in a Shell :: DIY

We planted a pretty little SPRING garden in some sea shells. It looks adorable and brings a burst of Easter color into our home. Kitty has stolen it for her room. All of our best creations end up in there.     All you need to plant your own shell garden are some medium sizedIf you want to read more…click here

Felt Flowers :: DIY Tutorial

Look what I have sitting on my desk.   Okay, yes, there is a kitten… but I’m talking about the gorgeous felt flowers… the pretty poppies.     I made them to brighten the Sunny House. Aren’t they wonderful?! Here’s how… Materials :: floral wire (from a craft shop) red wool felt (from Felt OnIf you want to read more…click here

Gorgeous Glitter Feather Ornaments

Kitty found glitter in the craft cupboard. “Let’s make sparkly ornaments, Mom” she said. Just then, Teddy came in with a white goose feather… and an idea was born.     I have a stash of goose feathers that I brought out for us to use. What? Doesn’t everyone have a stash of goose feathers?If you want to read more…click here

Snowy Pine Cone Garland for Christmas : DIY Tutorial

We love using the things we find in nature to decorate our home for the holidays. There is a pine tree in our neighborhood that drops the sweetest mini pine cones. We took our basket on a walk yesterday and collected a few to make a snowy pine cone garland for our mantle.   Isn’tIf you want to read more…click here

Nature Napkin Ring :: DIY Tutorial

  The kids and I have made napkin rings for our Thanksgiving table.     Our Thanksgiving table will be nature-inspired and these twig and oak napkin rings will look wonderful.   Home Is Where The Heart Is Home is where the heart is So let this heart beat strong May everyone who enters hereIf you want to read more…click here

Felt Leaf Ornaments : Crafts for Thanksgiving

  Are you looking for a fun and easy crafting tutorial to make your Thanksgiving table look even more gorgeous this year? These felt leaf ornaments will do it! Here is a list of materials you’ll need :   I used my good old Sizzix to cut the leaves from autumn-colored wool felt.    If you want to read more…click here

We’ve Made a DELIGHTFUL Fairy Bedroom

We’ve made the most magical fairy bedroom and I’ve shared it on Fairy Gardens.com today. Kitty and I spent such beautiful quality time together making this enchantment… I cherished being invited into her charming 11-year old world. You MUST come and see it! Please pop over to Fairy Gardens.com to see our magical fairy garden.If you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Cactus Pot Tutorial

I’m so excited to share a new kit in the shop. Yes! YOU can make this MOST ADORABLE felted desert cactus plant in a terracotta pot (all by yourself) at home! Here are the goodies you’ll get in your kit…     I’m excited to teach you EXACTLY how to make this felted cactus, fromIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Leaf Mobile

  It’s so exciting! Autumn is here… the days are cooling down, the acorns are falling from the oak trees and all of the leaves are starting to change into their brilliant yellow, orange and red gowns. The colors of Autumn are so rich and warm, it’s hard to believe that they lead us intoIf you want to read more…click here

Dream a Dream Catcher – a DIY Tutorial

Kitty has big plans for a room re-decoration. She wants to ‘cowboy’ it up… she’s into horses and cowboy boots. What a fun theme for an 11-year old’s room, don’t you think? So, we are thinking of cool little additions to go with cowboys and horses… and still be girly and fun. A dream catcher,If you want to read more…click here

Golden Geodes and Crystals : DIY Tutorial

  I’ve been on an everything-looks-better-spray-painted-gold vibe lately. I just want to spray paint everything gold! Everything looks so gorgeous gold, don’t you think?! Just look how these geodes and amethyst crystals look spray painted gold!     Amazingly cool, yes! You see, once you get the hang of spray painting gold, the sky isIf you want to read more…click here

Gold Mason Jar Vase Tutorial with Lace Butterfly and Spray Paint

  Picking beautiful flowers from my garden is one of the things that makes me feel the most awesomely accomplished.     I feel such enormous pride when I can make a vase of my very own flowers for my very own home. My Good Man laughs at me a little… he doesn’t quite getIf you want to read more…click here

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Looking for some last minute crafts for Valentine’s Day? Here are a few LOVEly goodies we have made…     1. Hoop Art Treasures with Favorite Old Clothes 2. Pretty Pom Pom Flowers 3. Watercolor Heart Garland 4. Wire Love Letters 5. Needle Felted Heart 6. Needle Felted Valentine Gnome 7. Wax Paper Stain GlassIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Pebbles

A large part of my weekend was spent making felted pebbles. You guys are loving them! They are flying out of the shop as fast as I can make them. I adore knowing that so many of you will be decorating your home with my sweet felted pebbles for Valentine’s Day. And I bet you’llIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Golden Valentine’s Day Votives

We said goodbye to our beloved Christmas tree yesterday. We hugged her and thanked her for being such a huge part of our joyous Christmas. We packed away her precious ornaments and stored them safely for next year. And, when she was gone, we felt so rotten, staring at her empty corner. Our home feltIf you want to read more…click here

Make your own DIY Wool Dryer Balls

Do you use wool dryer balls when you dry your clothes in your drying machine?   If you don’t, you should give them a try… they are FABULOUS!!   – They speed your drying time which can relate to a big saving on your monthly gas or electricity bill. – They are reusable and lastIf you want to read more…click here

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.     2. No Knit Yarn Pumpkin : make an adorable pumpkin with orange yarn and aIf you want to read more…click here

Eggshell Ghost Mobile

For easy Halloween crafting, save your white eggshells to make a ghost mobile…     Isn’t it CUTE?! The full tutorial on how to make an eggshell mobile is here. Happy Halloween crafting, Blessings and magic, Donni

Weaving an Autumn Tapestry with Wool Roving

Look at this gorgeous woven autumn tapestry Kitty and I made together. We used a vine wreath form, colorful autumn wool roving, some wool yarn and a couple of felted toadstools.       Step 1 : Make the Tree Loom   I tied off the yarn branches and roots using a simple slipknot.  If you want to read more…click here

Make Spiders for Halloween

Here are two spider crafts your little ones will enjoy making and playing with…     Tutorial : How to make a Black Widow Spider       Tutorial : How to make a Pine Cone Spider.   Scary stuff!! Blessings and magic, Donni If you haven’t already, please sign up for my newsletter toIf you want to read more…click here

6 Nature Inspired Fall Crafts

Hi Friends, It was 90 degrees F  (33 degrees C) here in Southern California at 9am this morning. It reached into the 100’s on Friday, Sat and Sun… and is expected to do the same today, tomorrow and the next day. Wow… we are melting!! We don’t have air-conditioning in the Sunny House… my GoodIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Fall Door Wreath Tutorial

  A few years ago, we made Granny a wreath for her door.     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 inIf you want to read more…click here

Cute Autumn Gnome Peg People

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Autumn Gnome. They are on their way a gathering and are dressed in their best fall colors. Don’t you just love Mrs. Autumn Gnome’s wild hair? She gets entirely frustrated with it when she grooms it in the mornings. She thinks she’d look better with it neat and tidy. She wishesIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Painted Fairy Houses

We spent the morning making pretty houses for our Fairy Garden. We painted wooden birdhouses in bright rainbow colors. Both children declared that ‘bright rainbow colors’ attract fairies… did you know that? Materials we needed : craft paper wood birdhouse (from craft store) paint (from craft store) polyurethane spray paint (craft or hardware store)  If you want to read more…click here

Tutorail : Felted Ball Mirror

I love my new felted ball mirror. The blues have such a wonderful beachy,  nautical feeling which is perfect for summer. It was super easy to make too…     Materials Needed : *   Felted wool balls in shades of blue ( from The Magic Onions Shop ) *  E6000 Glue ( a great glueIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial : Make Mini Toadstools for your Fairy Garden

We made the most adorable clay toadstools for our fairy garden.     You won’t believe how easy they are to make. All you need is : *  Sculpey clay (from a craft store) *  toothpicks *  paint and a paintbrush     Break off a small amount of clay (about the size of yourIf you want to read more…click here

Make Pretty Pom Pom Flowers for Valentine’s Day

We found the prettiest yarn at the craft shop today… gorgeous valentine colors. We decided we just HAD to have it to make flowers for Valentine’s Day. Are they not wonderful?! Also, do you see the drawing of the mustang Kate drew? It’s in pencil and is so totally amazing that I made her signIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felting Tutorial : Valentine’s Day Gnome : DIY

First off : Good news! The Tooth Fairy came in the night to collect Kitty’s molar. Phew… 5 nights late but better late than never, don’t you think? Now for the Needle Felted Gnome tutorial I promised you… isn’t she just the cutest?   I’ve tried something a little different with this tutorial. As thereIf you want to read more…click here

Wax Paper Stained Glass Hearts

Look how pretty our windows look. We made these pretty wax paper and crayon stained glass hearts over the weekend. The sun shines through them, casting a pink glow over everything. My kids love wax crayon crafts. I think it’s the bright colors and melting part that they enjoy the most. Kitty chose a varietyIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s Make a Colorful Heart Garland

Kitty was determined to bring happy color into the Sunny House today. She made such a beautiful paper heart garland using one of her previously painted watercolor paintings, yarn and  a heart punch.     I love watching her come up with her own designs. For years, it was me who directed our crafting… nowIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Beautiful Winter Wonderland Snow Globe

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

Felted Wool and Pine Cone Christmas Tree DIY Tutorial

DIY Tutorial :: Felt Ball and Pine Cone Christmas Tree     Note : If you don’t have all of these materials on hand, you can order this craft kit from my shop. In our family, we are deeply inspired by Mother Nature and all of the beautiful treasures she bestows upon us. My childrenIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s Make a Tin Can Lantern

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

Natural Art Supplies :: Discovering Waldorf

Wonderful Joey is back to discuss the beauty of crafting with natural craft supplies. Discovering Waldorf:  The beauty of natural art supplies by:  Joey van Oort I have to say the best part of “discovering Waldorf” for me was making the switch to natural art supplies.  I have loved art supplies since I was aIf you want to read more…click here

Giveaway – Summer Magic Craft Box!

Running out of ideas for summer crafts for your little ones? Who is getting to that stage in their summer vacation where they need to find fun activities to occupy their children? Whose kids are saying ‘Mom, I’m bored!’ … Well, you are not alone and I can help! In celebration of the summer vacation,If you want to read more…click here

Make a Fluffy Yarn Easter Nest : Tutorial

Kitty was enchanted with the little yellow yarn chick Teddy made yesterday (here’s a link to see it). What can I make? She asked. Well, I replied, What would you like to make? Um… a soft little brown nest with three speckled robins eggs in it, she decided… I smiled. It was just like KittyIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Beeswax Luminary

Happy Valentine’s Day my beautiful friends! I hope your day if filled with love and happiness and special kisses. This morning, Kitty and Teddy went off to school, each with a basket of valentines for their classmates. Kitty had made little heart shaped mice for each of her friends. Teddy… his Valentine’s will be receivingIf you want to read more…click here

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

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

Needle Felting Tutorial :: Felted Hearts

Who want’s to make their loved ones needle felted hearts for Valentine’s Day? If you have never needle felted before, this tutorial is perfect for you. We use a cookie cutter to help shape the hearts and protect our fingers from the sharp needle. Seriously, its’ fun and easy and quick and the little heartsIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Woodland Luminary

It’s fun to eat dinner in the dark. In the summer time, Teddy and Kitty have to go to sleep when it’s still light outside. But, in the winter time, it gets dark at around 5 and we can enjoy a lighted candle or luminary on the dinner table. We had fun today, making aIf you want to read more…click here

Make A Handmade Nativity Set :: Joseph and Mary

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 Button Garland for your Christmas Tree

I came across a collection of buttons at garage sale recently and have been waiting for just the right project for them. This is it! How about a bright button garland for the Christmas tree?   We used a long strand of thread and a needle. After we threaded our needle, we lit our beeswaxIf you want to read more…click here

Wax Dripped Pumpkins for Halloween

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.   WeIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Black Widow Spider for Halloween

While working with his dad in the garden, Teddy has come across quite a few Black Widow Spiders. While they are poisonous, we have learned not to freak out when we see one… we are scared of them and move away from where they are and know NOT to bother them. So, when I suggestedIf you want to read more…click here

Make an easy HAPPY NEW YEAR banner.

K is showing great interest in learning how to read. So, when I suggested we make a HAPPY NEW YEAR banner, a craft that uses letters, she squealed excitedly. When she saw that the letters were glittery, she declared this to be ‘the best craft EVER!’ We needed, Glittery letters (from a craft store) PaperIf you want to read more…click here

How to make Champagne Glass Charms.

I am excited! We are going to a New Years Eve bash. Yay… chink-chink… HAPPY, NEW YEAR! This is when I have to admit that we have been real old fogys for the past few years… we haven’t even made an effort to see in the new year… we have put our kids to bedIf you want to read more…click here

How to make a Wet Felted Soap-On-A-Rope.

Both my kids love the bath. They play in and with the water for ages. I love it because it is one place these days where they play happily together (yes, we have entered the stage of fighting) One of the things that I find really sweet with their bath is that they wash eachIf you want to read more…click here

A Magical Letter from the Fairies!

You wont believe what happened this morning! When we went outside to explore the day, we noticed sparkles on the patio! Then more sparkles! It was a trail… a fairy trail! It was fairy dust! Do yo see it sparkling in the early morning sun! We followed the trail all around the garden. It dustedIf you want to read more…click here