Self Portrait :: Kitty Original

While cleaning Kitty’s desk, I came across this self portrait that she painted last year. It captures her 11 year-old self perfectly… that space between feeling like a child and and a grown up… still innocent and young but full of the possibility of future adventures that are sure to come her way. I knowIf 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

A Fairy Garden in a Tea Cup :: A Miniature DIY Tutorial

Calling all English, tea-loving fairies… we’ve made the most delightful fairy garden habitat for you… in my favorite teacup.  Please move in.     It all started when I broke the saucer to one of my favorite teacups. I wanted to cry. I’ve had this beautiful tea set for many many years. Each cup andIf 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

DIY Pom Pom Blue Bird Craft :: Easter and Spring Crafting

I was recently visited by an inquisitive momma bird as I sat drinking my coffee. It was an unusually warm and sunny morning and the arrival of my feathered friend cheerfully announced what I had suspected… Spring is on the way!     I love to watch birds build their nests and prepare for theIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf Education :: Creating a Waldorf Inspired Home

I have exciting news today… I’m happy to announce that I am bringing back the Discovering Waldorf Education series. So many of you have requested its return as it gave us all such a beautiful, every-day, insight into the Waldorf way. The Discovering Waldorf series is a compilation of articles about the Waldorf way ofIf you want to read more…click here

Our 10 Favorite Christmas Crafts :: DIY Tutorials

Just in case you are looking for quick and fun Christmas crafting projects, I’ve put together as list of 10 of our favorites Christmas crafting DIY tutorials.     Here are the links to our 10 MOST favorite Christmas crafting tutorials :: Cranberry Heart Ornaments   2. Needle Felted Acorn Garland   3. Butterfly ChristmasIf you want to read more…click here

Felt Gumdrop Ornaments :: DIY Tutorial

  We are having so much fun in The Sunny House with our Christmas crafting. Each day, when the kids come home from school, we set about making new ornaments for our Christmas tree. We choose fun and easy projects that aren’t too involved and Kitty and Teddy are loving this new tradition we’ve started.If you want to read more…click here

Cranberry Heart Ornaments :: DIY Tutorial

  Tis the season to be jolly! We made some beautiful cranberry heart ornaments today with Christmas music ‘jollying’ us along. They look so pretty on our rustic tree. Teddy and I made them while Kitty made us hot chocolate with her famous recipe… 2 cups of milk, one cup of cream and half aIf you want to read more…click here

Butterfly Christmas Ornaments

  We love these rustic butterfly ornaments. They make our Christmas tree look so wonderfully whimsical. Here’s a DIY tutorial for you to make some for your tree too. Materials : natural vine balls (found in craft stores) feather butterflies (found in craft stores) hemp string (found in craft stores) a hot glue gun  If you want to read more…click here

Felted Acorn Ornaments :: DIY Tutorial

If you know me, you know I’m partial to felted acorns. In fact, I can thank felted acorns for giving birth to my entire business. Felted acorns were the very first handmade goodies I offered for sale in The Magic Onions Shop. This was long ago, folks, long before EVERYONE on Etsy started making feltedIf 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

Our Most Popular Pine Cone Christmas DIY Crafting Tutorials

  Gosh… can you believe it’s December already! Do you know what that means? It’s only 4 weeks until Christmas? Crazy, isn’t it?! If you are looking for gorgeous Christmas gifts, please don’t forget to visit The Magic Onions Shop. I have wonderful things for everyone there. I’m sure you are starting to think aboutIf 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 Garland :: DIY Tutorial

We are having Thanksgiving at The Sunny House this year. Of course, this is a GREAT excuse to get crafting.  We have the whole week off from school and have LOTS of projects on our list. We can tick off a felt leaf garland that we made today. Isn’t it awesome?! Of course, I knowIf 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

DIY Gnome Home in a Gourd!

    Blessings and magic, Donni Don’t miss out on ANY new Magic Onions crafting fun… sign up for my FREE newsletter today —-> did you know that a lucky newsletter subscriber is chosen each month to receive a magical gift from me? Sign up now and this lucky subscriber could be YOU! Add yourIf you want to read more…click here

15 Nature Inspired Autumn Crafts

Mother Autumn gives us so many gifts to craft with in the Fall. Colorful leaves, acorns, pine cones… her generosity is boundless. Here are some of our favorite nature-inspired Fall crafts.       1. Indian Corn Necklace 2. Leaf and beeswax Suncatcher 3. Watercolor Leaf Rubbing 4. Autumn Gnomes 5. Beeswax and Leaf BowlIf you want to read more…click here

Easy Knitting for Kids : Knitted Cat Tutorial : Discovering Waldorf

There is something supremely satisfying for our children when they are able to make a tangible creation with their own two hands. It’s one of the things I love most about Waldorf education, this sense that kids can make whatever they want. I’ve seen the gift unfold often over the years. I have watched asIf you want to read more…click here

Planting a Butterfly Garden.

Did you know that monarch butterflies undertake a 2 THOUSAND mile journey every winter? They travel from Canada to Mexico. This amazing migration spans the life of three or four generations of butterflies… this means that no single butterfly ever makes the entire journey. Isn’t that amazing! I’m sure you have also heard that monarchsIf you want to read more…click here

Mulberry Jam Recipe

Our mulberry tree is laden with mulberries. Every day, we all eat our fill of sweet lovely berries : us, the birds, the bunnies and even Moose, the dog… and yet, we just can’t keep up. Our sweet tree just keeps on giving. What to do? Mulberry jam, of course… we make mulberry jam! And,If you want to read more…click here

An Easy Cake Recipe for Kids

Teddy is the baker in the family. He loves to cook and bake. We have a cake recipe that he can just about make all on his own. And, it’s delicious too! And, do you know the amazing thing? The mess he makes is so worth a slice of delicious cake!     Here isIf you want to read more…click here

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

  It’s always so amazing to see the gorgeous colors that come from natural dyes. Each day of the week leading up to Easter, my kids get to choose what color egg to eat for breakfast. It’s become a super-fun family tradition! I must say, I’m happy knowing that no artificial dyes are going intoIf you want to read more…click here

No-Sew Yarn Chick That Kids Can Make

  Are you looking for a fun Easter craft for your little ones? They are sure to have fun making this yarn pom-pom chick. Quick and easy and so much fun to play with when they are done.     The full tutorial is here :   Yarn Pom Pom Easter Chick Tutorial   HappyIf you want to read more…click here

Nature-Inspired Easter Crafts

Here is a link to some of the past Easter crafts that we’ve enjoyed the most…     Click on the photo above to see the tutorials for each craft. Blessings and magic, Donni

Spring Magic Craft Box : 2015 Available NOW!

Hi, Happy Friends… I have some exciting news for you. The Spring Magic Craft Boxes are on their way to lucky children all over the world! THEY ARE ENCHANTING! The Spring’s Magic Craft Box is delighful. It is filled to the brim with the wonder and newness of Spring! As usual, the fairies, elves andIf you want to read more…click here

The Pollen Collectors and Other Treasures from Nature

Waldorf schools around the country have enjoyed this week off as our teachers plan curriculums and attend meetings. In the past, we have used this week to go skiing in the mountains. But, as there has been no snow, anywhere, skiing is sadly out. Instead, we have used this precious time together to go onIf you want to read more…click here

In The Cathedral of the Wild

  Dewdrops or dancing fairies? Mist, moss, mirth. Dappled sunshine, deep shadows. Green grass, grey skies, rusty leaves. Love, laughter, life. It’s all around us. Always.   “In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us.” – Boyd Varty. Yes. Blessings and magic, Donni StayIf you want to read more…click here

The Knitting of Cowls

We have been in a knitting mood since Christmas. Maybe it’s the cold weather. And sitting together near the warm fire. We chat and reminisce and knit. It’s beautiful family time. Teddy has always loved finger-knitting. And, he’s a star caster-on’er. But now, he’s learning how to knit with needles. At first, I sat withIf you want to read more…click here

The Discovery of Ice

Nature is so totally AWESOME! We can go to the same place one hundred times and it will be different every and every time. We find new treasures, discover new enchantments. After the recent rains, we were amazed to find that the the stream was frozen over. Frozen! In Southern California, that’s a BIG deal.If 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

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

Make a Colorful Harvest Corn Necklace

Kitty and I saw Indian Corn in the grocery store the other day and we remembered when we made gorgeous corn necklaces a few years ago. I though I’d share the tutorial again …     Tutorial : How to make an Indian Corn necklace.   Blessings and magic, Donni

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

Magic Craft Boxes available Now – Autumn

Life is busy. We often don’t have the time to find the goodies we need to make cute things with our children. Well, now you can rely on The Magic Craft Box! Everything you’ll need to make these beautiful handmade treasures with your children will be mailed straight to your doorstep, ready and waiting forIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : THIRTEEN

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

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

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

Super Simple Tomato Jam Recipe

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

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

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

Fairy Garden Feature : FOUR

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

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

Tutorial for Warm Knitted Fingerless Gloves

Everyone needs new gloves for winter (or Spring or Autumn… gosh darn… I’d even wear these gloves in summer!) Lori, from Beneath the Rowan Tree  is here with her tutorial on how to make them. The tutorial is written for kids and she says that they can be knitted in an evening … perhaps they’dIf 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

Awesome Pins!

  It’s been so very hot here in Southern California for the past few days and we’ve been doing all kinds of things to keep cool. I think these Flower Popsicles will help a lot, don’t you? Here’s a sewing project I think even I can complete… how much fun is this scrap fabric teepee!If you want to read more…click here

Make Gnome Homes in the Woods

When you are out in nature, it’s always a fun activity to take a moment to make a gnome home. Let the kids forage for gnome-ly things… a little stump table, stone stools, a bark house. Decorate with berries and flowers. You’ll be amazed at how much fun it is… for the kids AND forIf 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

Fall Crafting with Kids

We love Fall crafting at the Sunny House. Mother Nature gives us so many gorgeous goodies to use at this time of year… acorns, Autumn leaves, pine cones. Something magical happens when you craft with natural materials… the rich textures and colors will leave you and your little ones feeling wonderfully grounded and connected toIf you want to read more…click here

Rodeo!!!

Can there be anything more ‘Wild West’ than a rodeo? Oh, What a thrill it was! We sat spellbound … and cheered and ‘whooooo’ed’ as the bulls and bucking broncos went careering around the area. ‘Crazy cowboys!’ we thought. But, oh, it was fun. Brad, our cowboy host, explained all the finer details of howIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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

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

Friday’s Nature Table

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

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

Friday’s Nature Table

Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table – where we all link up to share our nature inspired posts and creations. Each week, I feature a link or two from the week before… aren’t these feathers GORGEOUS!! The nature-loving family from Montana Solar Creations found them on a recent hike in search of shed antlers… no antlersIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Pretty Silver Easter Nest

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

Spring Magic Craft Boxes on their Way!

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

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

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

Make A Handmade Nativity Set :: Baby Jesus

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

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

Gnome and Fairy Houses

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

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 a Dreamcatcher

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

First Magic Craft Boxes on their Way!

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

The Pumpkin Fairy

The BIG question… What do you do with all that Halloween candy? Do you guys know about the Pumpkin Fairy? If you don’t, and you are not mad about your children eating all that candy from Halloween night, you are going to LOVE this story! Our Halloween night tradition is to go trick-or-treating, dressed inIf 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 Yarn Pumpkin for Halloween

Some of our favorite crafts are ones that are quick to make and use materials we already have lying around… just like these sweet little yarn pumpkins we made this weekend. I had the orange yarn, Teddy picked the stick we needed and there-you-have- it… quick and easy and totally adorable!     Materials …If you want to read more…click here

Cupcakes for Neighbors

We showered our neighborhood with cupcakes! For 18 months, A Good Man has been building The Sunny House and now that we are in our beautiful new home at last, and enjoying every amazing corner of it, we do often spare a thought for our poor neighbors who had to endure 18 months of buildingIf you want to read more…click here

The Magic Craft Box

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

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 weekIf you want to read more…click here

Winner Spotlight :: Fairy Garden Contest 2012

Today’s Winner Spotlight features a Fairy Garden from Our Broken Road that is truly amazing. Kitty, Teddy and I have poured over all the delightful details in this enchanted garden for hours… and we still keep finding things we didn’t see before. Thank you to all the little fairies who made this garden and sharedIf you want to read more…click here

How to make Playdough Christmas Ornaments

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