Handmade Spring Fairies :: DIY Felt Tutorial

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Spring has arrived to Southern California and we have been busy making felt spring fairies. They bring such sweet enchantment to The Sunny House. I have made them from wool felt in pretty pastel colors and I’m happy to share the DIY tutorial with you, below. Aren’t they the sweetest!     Here is anIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Valentine Fairy :: Tutorial

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Meet Valentina. She a Valentine Fairy. Isn’t she sweet?!     I know you’ll want to make a gnome just like her, so I am sharing a step-by-step tutorial with you. Here it is :   Needle Felted Valentine Fairy Tutorial   Look at her pretty pink hair and her sweet gnome hat…    If you want to read more…click here

Crafts for Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is coming up, fast and furious. Here’s a compilation of some of the ‘Love Day’ crafts we’ve done in the past. I have to say that the ‘hoop art treasures‘ are my favorite. Both of my children LOVED them so much and both still have them on the wall in their rooms. IIf you want to read more…click here

Felting Kits Galore

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Have you tried needle felting? It’s a wonderful craft, awesome because you can transform a handful of fluffy wool into a beautiful little something in 20 minutes or less. Of course, you can make your creations as intricate as you wish but if you are looking for simple and quick, needle felting can achieve thisIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Cactus Pot Tutorial

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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

Autumn in The Magic Onions Shop

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        Please pop on over the The Magic Onions Shop to find these fun autumn finds. Blessings and magic, Donni

Felted Succulent Delights

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I’ve been having so much fun coming up with a line of felted succulent plants for The Magic Onions Shop. Don’t you just love succulents? Strange, because there was a time when I didn’t love them at all… I thought they were ugly and prickly and I far preferred roses. But, succulents must be anIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Pebbles for Earth Day

gorgeous needle felted pebbles

  Happy Earth Day!! What better day to tell you about my earth-friendly products in The Magic Onions Shop? The Magic Onions Store is filled with beautiful, hand-crafted creations that are as much an honor to own as they were a joy to make. Everything I make for the shop is handmade from natural, ecoIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Easter Eggs : Needle Felting Tutorail

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  I’ve been hard at work making magical felted Easter eggs for the Easter Bunny to put in my children’s baskets.     I’m thankful that, while they do get chocolate eggs from the Easter Bunny, he also fills their baskets with lots of fun candy alternatives. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to makeIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial : Needle Felted Spring Nest

photo of a needle felted nest tutorial

  Spring has burst forth in full regalia here in Southern California. the trees are so pretty in their pinks and whites and magentas. And the birds have started to busy themselves building nests.  Spring is full of crafting inspiration and we have been making pretty needle felted spring nests too. One of the thingsIf you want to read more…click here

A Needle Felting Party for Kitty!

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Kitty turned 11 the other day. Poor Kitty! Her birthday is so close to Christmas that we are usually all-partied-out by the time her special day comes around. But this year we made a big effort to celebrate her birthday with a party for her and her class friends. She decided that she wanted toIf you want to read more…click here

Make your own DIY Wool Dryer Balls

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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

Patchwork Indi Arts Show

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On Sunday, we packed up the little shop and set it up again for the Patchwork Indi Craft Market in Long Beach, CA. It’s my favorite market. It’s such fun getting to meet all the lovely shoppers. And see their delight as they Ooo and Ahhhh at my magical felted goodies. I had three helpers…If you want to read more…click here

Halloween Giveaway : Pumpkin Witches!

Halloween Witches : Needle Felted Dolls : The Magic Onions Shop

Look who just flew into the shop! Two of the plumpest Halloween witches. They flew in on their little rustic broomsticks and are giggling naughtily. I’m sure they are up to some mischief in there! So… I’m wanting to test something in my Etsy shop and I’m hoping you’ll help me. To thank you, I’veIf you want to read more…click here

Work in Progress : Toadstool Pots

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I’ve been working of these sweet toadstool pot plants for the shop. I LOVE how they have turned out… whimsy and magic and cute, cute, cute…   Here are a few work-in-progress photos… You can find them in The Magic Onions Shop. What other colors should I make? Blessings and magic, Donni Sign up forIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorail : Felted Ball Mirror

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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

Needle Felted Cloud Mobiles and Garlands

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When it comes to product photography, Kitty has been my summer helper. I’m so glad we’ve found this common enjoyment. She stopped wanting to be in front of the lens quite a while ago and I really did miss her being with me as I worked. But now she’s discovered that she enjoys being behindIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Owl : DIY Tutorial – it’s easy!

Owl always love you : Needle Felting Tutorial of a Barn Owl - The Magic Onions.com

Do you want to make this sweet Barn Owl? Come on, it’s quick and easy. Here is a detailed step-by-step DIY needle felted Barn Owl tutorial for you…     Materials : Wool roving : white, brown and a pinch of tan Wool roving string : brown Needle Felting needle Protective needle felting foam boardIf you want to read more…click here

How To Make A Hummingbirds Nest : Needle Felting Tutorial

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Oh my gosh… it’s SUCH a joy to watch the birds begin to build their nests. We are hoping like mad that a bird will build a nest in our garden. More than anything, we are preying that one of the hundreds of hummingbirds that visit us will build a nest in our avocado tree.If you want to read more…click here

Needle Felting Tutorial : Tips and Tricks to make Perfect Needle Felted Hearts : DIY

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I think I’ve made about a million needle felted hearts. They are one of those things that you make… and then you love it so much that you think how gorgeous one would look in turquoise, mint, mustard, gray, teal, violet… until you have about a gazillion of the sweet little things spilling out ofIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Garlands for Valentine’s Day

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I’ve been making some new felted garlands for the shop… all VERY romantic!  This is what my room looks like at the moment… ready for Luvvvvv! I’ve been playing around with the sizes and spacings of the felted balls. Some are made with large balls (2 inches in diameter) some with the smaller balls (1If you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments : 7 Tutorials

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I love working with wool felt… especially for Christmas crafting. It’s warm and cozy and makes the most delightful Christmas ornaments. Here is a collection of my favorite felted ornament tutorials : 1. Needle Felted Heart Tutorial. 2. Felt Ball Christmas Tree. 3. Felt Pine Cone Ornament. 4. Colorful Felt Christmas Tree. 5. Cashmere andIf you want to read more…click here

What a job I have…


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

Grand Opening : The Magic Onions SHOP!

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Hello, Magic Onions Friends, I am so excited to share this awesome news with you. I have been working on a secret mission for over a year… a BEAUTIFUL Magic Onions Shop! The shop is packed full of the same brand of Magic Onions magic you have come to love, wonderful eco-friendly and nature-inspired handmadeIf you want to read more…click here

Easter at Fairyfolk


Hi Magic Friends, Did you know that Easter is early this year… March 31st… exactly 4 weeks from today! If you’re looking for special Easter goodies, look no further than my sweet shop, Fairyfolk :-) Here are a few of the gorgeous felted treasures you’ll find there : 1. Easter Bunnies in Felted Easter EggsIf you want to read more…click here

New Needle Felted Easter Treats at Fairyfolk

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Fairyfolk is full of new needle felted Easter goodies. I had a little helper in the form of my beautiful Teddy in the photo studio today. It was such fun working with him… his quirky joy infused our photos and made everything look even more beautiful than ever… even if half the time he wasIf you want to read more…click here

Spring Crafting


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

Fairyfolk Shop still open for Christmas Delivery!


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 Gingerbread Man Christmas Ornament :: Needle Felting Tutorial

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We have the most beautiful 7ft Noble Pine Christmas tree in our living room. It’s mostly bare at the moment as we add handmade ornaments to it as we make them. But, it is filling up fast with all of the Christmas crafting we are doing. Today, Kitty and I made needle felted gingerbread menIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Autumn Fairies

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My shop FAIRYFOLK is in her full Autumn regalia. Quite the most exciting thing for me is hearing the UPS truck stopping outside The Sunny House… gasp! New wool!!! I dash down the stairs and fling open the door and behold… 3 HUGE boxes of beautiful, soft, colorful wool. Inspiration tingles in my fingers andIf you want to read more…click here

Easter SALE at Fairyfolk


Fairyfolk is having an Easter SALE, exclusive for my precious readers. If you use the coupon code EasterOnions at Etsy checkout, your total will be recalculated to give you a 15% discount on your entire order. This weekend only, Friends, so don’t leave it too long :-) And this discount isn’t only for Easter goodies,If you want to read more…click here

A Needle Felted Easter


The Fairies at Fairyfolk have been hard at work getting ready for Easter. “Easter?”  you may say… ‘but the year’s only just started, it can’t be Easter already!’ Well, friends, yes, it is! Easter is only about 6 weeks away. Unbelievable as it might seem, it’s true… Easter is on our doorstep. If you areIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial :: Needle Felted Spring Wreath

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I’m so excited to share this Spring Wreath Needle Felting tutorial with you. A wonderful woodland project for fun home decorating.Pin It Here’s a little info on Needle felting – Needle felting requires three tools; wool roving, a felting needle and a protective foam board. Wool roving looks like cotton candy. When the sheep isIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial :: Needle Felted Robin’s Nest


I am so excited to share this Spring robin’s nest needle felting tutorial with you. With Spring coming up, there is so much to inspire our creativity. For me, there’s nothing quite as indicative of my favorite season as a robin’s nest filled with sweet little blue eggs… just like this nest I’ve made. EvenIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial :: Needle Felted Hearts for Valentine’s Day


Pin It With Valentines Day coming up fast and furious, I’m sure we are not the only ones who are making lots of hearts! There’s something so magical about hearts… their voluptuous shape, their romantic colors. Kitty and Teddy are making all sorts of Valentine crafts that we are going to share with you inIf you want to read more…click here

Words of Light for the New Year


From time to time, my dear friend, Marie, will bring us Words of Light and share her needle felting with us. Marie is a wife, a Mother and a full time needle felt artist with two online shops. She lives the peaceful life in New Zealand, surrounded by green organic gardens and beautiful trees. BeingIf you want to read more…click here

Words of Light :: Letting Go.


Today, Marie’s ‘Words of Light’ are to help us let go. Letting go can be one of the hardest things to do, it can be terrifying. But be brave, my friends, it’s a necessary part of living our happy lives.  * * * Letting Go When you no longer feel the love for something, youIf you want to read more…click here

Thanksgiving Sale at Fairyfolk


Happy Thanksgiving to ALL! Thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed upon me and my family. We are eternally grateful for all we have. In celebration of the fantastic year Fairyfolk has had, we are having a Black Friday Sale! Everything in the shop is 10% off… everything, everything, everything :-) To redeemIf you want to read more…click here

New in the Shop.


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.


 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

Words of Light from Softearth’s World


Here are some beautiful words of light from Softearth’s World… : : :  TAKING A NEW ROUTE Once upon a time there lived in the big oak forestAn acorn familyOne night there was a big stormThunder and lightening and the sound of broken branches could be heardThe Acorn family ventured out and surveyed the damageAIf you want to read more…click here

Fairyfolk in the News


 Oh, the excitement… Fairyfolk has been in the news! I know I am shamefully boasting here and I am sorry to all of you who don’t find this particularly interesting… but, to my little brothers who didn’t believe me on the phone the other night when I told them that my work is in someIf you want to read more…click here

New in the shop…


New at Fairyfolk this week… pretty little needle felted pendants. Blessings and magic,Donni

New in the shop…


New in the shop this week… cute little needle felted critters at Fairyfolk. Blessings and magic,  Donni

How to Needle Felt an Adorable Pumpkin.

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How to needle felt… so many of you have asked me to share my needle felting techniques with you and I am excited to offer this tutorial on felting a cute little orange pumpkin. If you are at all interested in giving needle felting a try, I encourage you to dive right in. Others ofIf you want to read more…click here

New in the shop…


New in the shop this week… needle felted pumpkins from Fairyfolk! Yes, Autumn and Fall decorating is almost upon us. How exciting!!!!! Blessings and magic,  Donni

Let’s make Woolly Pussy Willow Buds.


After a few false starts it seems like Spring is finally here to stay… for a while at least. Yay! The birds are singing, the bulbs are popping and the crisp sunny air is utterly wonderful. Don’t tell the other but, at this moment, Spring, you are my favorite season.I know I’m not alone inIf you want to read more…click here

WIP – Fairyfolk


Here are a few of the little goodies I’ve been working on for Easter… Easter Bunnies Easter Nest Easter Chick If you want to see some more little needle felted Easter cuties, visit my shop, Fairyfolk. Blessings and magic,Donni

Tutorial – Needle Felted Toadstool.

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I am so excited to share a tutorial on needle felting. So many of you have shown interest in giving it a go and I encourage you to dive right in. Those others of you who are hooked will agree, it is such a fun hobby and you’ll be amazed at the things you canIf you want to read more…click here

Interview with an Etsy Mom – Skipping Stones.


Patti, from Skipping Stones, has been a Magic Onions sponsor for over a year and I’m sure most of you have popped over to her shop button (situated in the right column of my blog on every page) and entered her gorgeous shop. For those of you who haven’t yet, you are in for aIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial : Needle Felted Toadstools

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Tutorial :: Needle Felted Toadstools  – Fairyfolk Felting Kits www.fairyfolk.etsy.com  I am so excited to share a tutorial on needle felting. You’ll be amazed at the things you can make. When I picked up my first needle three years ago, I was surprised at how quickly I took to it. One of the things IIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Gifts – Let’s make a Ball.


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

Discovering Waldorf – ‘Playscapes for Imaginative Play’


Please enjoy a Discovering Waldorf post from the archives… * * * I welcome Lori from Beneath The Rowan Tree to Discovering Waldorf today. Lori is an exceptionally talented needle-felter with a hugely successful Etsy shop. I adore her creations! Her topic for discussion is the needle felted playscape. Last Christmas, I said to KIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Toadstools


Ok, so it’s official… my new obsession is mushrooms and toadstools. Whenever I sit down with my needle and let the wool speak to me, a mushroom or a toadstool magically emerges. It’s uncanny… I can start with something else in mind but, alas, it’s always a mushroom or a toadstool that comes out! IIf you want to read more…click here

Pretty Spring Blossoms.


Isn’t Spring magical? Colors creep from the greyness of winter… slowly at first, shyly… a few green heads poke out of the earth, one or two colorful blossoms are eager enough to start the trend. Emboldened by the brave, the rest follow until the landscape is a burst of color… pinks, yellows, purples, blues… TheIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – ‘Playscapes for Imaginative Play’.


I welcome Lori from Beneath The Rowan Tree to Discovering Waldorf today. Lori is an exceptionally talented needle-felter with a hugely successful Etsy shop. I adore her creations! Her topic for discussion is the needle felted playscape. Last Christmas, I said to K that I would needle felt for her anything her heart desired forIf you want to read more…click here

Happy St Patrick’s Day!


Irish Bunny wishes you a happy day with all the luck of the Irish. Blessings and magic.

Blossoms for Birds.


Here in Southern California, Spring has definitely arrived! Our nights are cool, our mornings are crisp and our days are warm and sunny… it’s lovely weather, my favorite time of the year. The squirrels come out, the jasmine blooms and the birds start collecting treasures to build their nests with. We have a spring traditionIf you want to read more…click here

Love ROCKS!!


Ooooh, the excitement!! Our felted Valentine stones have made it into the Etsy Valentine Voter! It’s a fun collection of LOVEly goodies so, if you have a moment, pop on over and vote for your favorite. Blessings and magic.

Beginning Needle Felting with Kids.


K often sits with me while I am needle felting. We talk and she tells me about her day, watching me as I work away. She gives me ideas, suggests colors and encourages me with sweet praise. It’s a lovely time for us. Every now and then, she says she wants to make something too.If you want to read more…click here

Using Tea to make an Aromatherapy Rice Pillow from a Felted Cashmere Sweater.


Yesterday, I felted two of my favorite cashmere sweaters (click on the link to see how easy felting a sweater is). Felting turns your sweater from a relatively loosely knitted weave into a strong, tight weave. The hot water, detergent and agitation, mats the fibers together and your sweater becomes a lovely, fluffy piece ofIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Acorn Giveaway.


Craft Gossip is giving away a set of my felted acorns to one lucky reader! A set of six acorns in any color of your choice… pop on over to enter their Giveaway. Blessings and magic.

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


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

Silent Saturday.


270 Acorns for a Magical Fall Wedding!

The Pumpkin Fairy.


So, the Pumpkin Fairy came to our house! What excitement! We each chose 6 pieces of candy from our mountain of ‘trickle treeding’ (as K calls it). The rest, K put in a bag on the rocking chair on the front porch. It was, I must admit, a very difficult decision for a 5 year-oldIf you want to read more…click here

Washing Day.


Oh, the tears… Little Miss K left her precious ‘fine china’ outside for a few days. The mowers came and blew dirt and dust ALL over them. My gosh, what an affront! They made them ‘all dirty!’ ‘If you have fine things, K, you have to look after them,’ I said, ‘you have to takeIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Halloween and a chance to vote.


This is what I’ve been working on for a Needle Felted Halloween and below is a link to go and vote in the competition I’ve entered… This is Pumpkin Gnome… she lives in a pumpkin. This is her brother… he lives in his own pumpkin too. These are my Felted Halloween Acorns. We collected theIf you want to read more…click here

How to make colorful, wet felted stones.


We made some gorgeously colorful wet felted stones yesterday. It was an activity that both my children (5 and 2) could do together. They both have played for ages with their stones and I delight in watching them focus their imaginations on something their own hands created. We needed some clean stones, colorful wool rovingIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felting – Nest Barrettes.


These little sweeties are what I’ve been working on. They are hair clips… little wet felted eggs in needle felted nests. Here is my model… showing off her gorgeous, curly locks.Fuschia is her favourite. She has asked me to remember it for her birthday… in December (poor thing has Christmas and then her birthday twoIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felting – Daisy the Cow.


Poor little Lilly the Lamb. She was lonely. ‘What’s wrong?’ we asked. ‘I need a friend.’ she replied tentatively. So,we made her a friend… Daisy the Cow. Daisy’s best friend is Tilly the Toadstool and they chat and play all day long. Daisy lives in a green meadow with buttercups, rocks, a pond and aIf you want to read more…click here

Dying with Kool-Aid.


I am working on a needle felting project and needed orange wool. Alas, I had none. NONE! Three boxes full of different shades of green, bun NO orange, anywhere! Ordering from my online source would have taken a week… much too long for an impatient like me! What could I do but dye my own?If you want to read more…click here

Shabby Chic Bird Moblies.


I have taken a little rest from needle felting, a little time to let the creative spirits sprout again. But, that’s not to say that I’ve been able to take rest from making stuff… oh no, the crafting gift has taken root within my soul and, alas, I am not able to go very longIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Owl and Toadstool Mobiles.


These are what I’ve been working on for my Etsy shop… mobiles! They have been such fun to make and my mind is literally spinning out of control with all the possibilities. I need that 8th day in the week! Here is the Owl, Acorn and Oak Leaf mobile… Lisa gave me the idea toIf you want to read more…click here

K’s New Needle Felted Friend.


It all started with this little fellow. He is my 4th of July Necklace Gnome for my Etsy shop.  I needed a photo of him… an action photo, to include in the listing. I needed a little girl to help me… a little girl who could wear him around her neck for the action photo…If you want to read more…click here

The Silvery Trail.


The Slivery Trail. What is this trail, this pathway I see? It looks like magic has been here to me. It’s silvery white and it came from the night and it leads all around  though I heard not a sound. They are footprints, think I. From the gnomes passing bye as they rode on theirIf you want to read more…click here

Lilly the Lamb.


I have to share my new friend… please meet Lilly the lamb. She lives in a mossy green shelter which keeps her warm and cozy when the nights get cool.  Her field is full of delicious green grass and even has three dandelions, her favourite treat to eat! She drinks cool, fresh water from herIf you want to read more…click here

And the winner is….


Wow, friends… There were 46 entries to the Fairy Godmother Giveaway! We had fun choosing a winner or, as it turned out, TWO winners!  You see, T and K couldn’t decide (code for ‘had a big fight over’) who would draw the magic number and the only way to settle the matter, was to let them eachIf you want to read more…click here

First Blog Giveaway!


These little Fairy Godmothers and Godfathers flew into my life with the spring.  My Goddaughter turned one at the end of March and I wanted to create something new, just for her. She loves looking at things that dangle in the air, so I made her a mobile of Fairy Godmothers to fly above herIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Poppy Flower Fairy.


Poppy has arrived at the ball. She is wearing her delicate poppy-red gown.And on her head, her poppy-flower hat. Her wings are ready to whisk her up for the famous Poppy Dance. Will she be the best dressed at the ball. Oh Gosh, how will the Flower Fairy Queen ever choose… look here and here, thereIf you want to read more…click here

The Song of the Buttercup Fairy.


‘Tis I whom children love the best;  My wealth is all for them;  For them is set each glossy cup Upon each sturdy stem. O little playmates whom I love! The sky is summer-blue, And meadows full of buttercups Are spread abroad for you. Cicely Mary Barker 

A Flower Fairy named Rose.


Rose has joined the party!She is in her finest gown, dusky pink with green collar and cuffs. She has a little rose flower on her head. Her hair has been neatly platted into a braid that falls over her fluttering wings. Her best friend is Periwinkle. I’m sure they will dance all night together!

Needle Felted Wall Hangings.


Last weekend, I enjoyed a special treat. Our waldorf school hosted a needle felting class. The item we made was a wall-hanging. We used a flat piece of felt and embellished it with a design using wool roving. We chose from two ideas, a spring tree with blossoms and a toadstool. Everybody felted the springIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Flower Meadow.


All the mothers at K’s Waldorf school are banding together to make her teacher a story blanket. A few of the mothers are seasoned knitter and they have made a plan of what the blanket will look like. They have given the rest of us a few squares to knit. They will put all ofIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Flower Fairies.


Inspired by the fresh, bright colors of spring, here are my Flower Fairies. They are dressed for the Fairy Ball. This is Periwinkle. He has on his favorite periwinkle-blue tunic and a periwinkle flower for a hat. He is so excited!Here is Buttercup. She has on her buttercup-yellow dress, with collar and cuffs of green. She wearsIf you want to read more…click here

Another Gnomes Feast!


Poor K, she gets very anxious whenever we pack up a gnome for his journey to his new home. We love the story of Padington Bear and she often laments that the gnomes we are sending off have no marmalade! So, inspired by our gnomes feast the other day, K and I set about making a littleIf you want to read more…click here

A New Gnome in the Garden.


There is a new gnome in the garden. She is of the Toadstool Clan. She lives in her very own, wonderfully cozy, toadstool! She has on her gnome hat, knitted lovingly by Grandmother Gnome to keep her warm and toasty. And she platted her hair into two neat braids so that it doesn’t get intoIf you want to read more…click here



K and T have just learnt the Rolly-Polly song at their waldorf school… “Rolly-Polly, Rolly-Polly, ever so slowly, ever so slowly…” It is T’s best song in all the world. We have to sing it constantly while he does the hand movements. He thinks he is very VERY clever that he can do them!  BeingIf you want to read more…click here

A Day of Triumph!


 I am a happy nut! Why am I a happy nut? I took my needle felted creations down to the Waldorf School of Orange County. I was VERY nervous! I was hoping to display them in their shop, The Company of Angels, the most beautiful shop in the world… and, would you believe, they snapped upIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Easter Gnomes


These little Easter Gnomes are the product of a very productive weekend on the needle felting front. They are little gnomes, dressed in their Easter bests. K’s favourite is Buttercup. She is all in yellow with her Easter bonnet and braided hair. K want’s her SO badly so I think I’ll make one just likeIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Pirate.


I wonder how the millions of families who live in thick winter cope with being cooped up inside for so long. Here in Southern California, we are very spoilt and a day inside is quite a challenge. I suppose we struggle so much because it is so rare… we never get into an inside grooveIf you want to read more…click here

New Needle Felting!


Here is what I have been working on. She is Mother Spring and she is pregnant with all the new life spring brings.   I was SO excited when my new wool roving order arrived this week. I went for the eco-wool in natural colours and was delighted at what arrived… the colours are all soIf you want to read more…click here

Mother Earth


Last Thanksgiving, K’s preschool had a celebration. All the families were invited. They decorated the school with paintings and drawings the kids had done. It looked charming. On a wall, they displayed pictures the children had drawn, entitled ‘What I am thankful for’. The teacher wrote a thanksgiving note from each child under his/her drawing.If you want to read more…click here

My new Etsy shop.

I have faced the obvious… I have become completely obsessed with needle felting. I pick up my needle and wool at every possible opportunity. I look forward to the little windows in the day when I can ‘get back to’ my creations. I get a lovely big needle felting hour when T has his afternoonIf you want to read more…click here

Little Toadstool Gnome


I have been working on a new needle felting project. She is a little Toadstool Gnome. She kind of came about through accident… She was going to be a little girl to go with K’s Mother and Baby that she got for Christmas but I had trouble with her hair so decided to try a hat. K wantedIf you want to read more…click here

A Triumphant Day.


Yesterday was a day to remember, a triumph! A day that stands out from all the rest… why, you may ask? Because I felt like a really good mom, a really, really good mom! Could have been that my children were just very good, but no matter, I felt like I had done some goodIf you want to read more…click here

A Tea Party for all!


Thought this was so gorgeous, just had to take a photo. It’s a tea party and every one is invited; gnomes, fairies, babies, ballet dancers, reindeer, trees, fairies. Some have clearly eaten far too much and are needing a rest on the bunk beds. Others are looking for something to wear in the closet. SomeIf you want to read more…click here

Silky the sheep.


My newest creation. A little wooly sheep, needle felted with love. She is sweet. K has named her silky and I heard her this morning asking her gnomes and fairies if a sheep could join them… was very happy to hear the answer… Yes! Welcome Silky.

A Hand-Made Christmas!


Our Christmas was surprisingly wonderful. I say ‘surprisingly’ as I expected it to feel somewhat empty. We usually have Christmas at Kromme in South Africa with the rest of my crazy-big family. I was apprehensive for Christmas at home this year as it would only be the four of us. No Grannies, no Grampa’s, no Aunts, noIf you want to read more…click here