Art - The Magic Onions


I can’t help but admire the spider. OK, sure… big, scary ones give me the creeps. I really don’t like their round bellies nor their hairy legs and, least of all, the thought that they might scurry over me or bite me. But, you have to admit… they are artists.

They make the finest, most delicate, thread and work tirelessly, weaving it into great works of beauty. Look at the geometric symmetry, the pretty patterns, the concentric circles of silverness.

The fragile strands that catch the dew to make the morning sparkle. Spiders spin perfection.

When we saw this beautiful web this morning, we gasped in wonder. Kitty was enchanted. We talked about how pretty it was. We noticed how it hadn’t been there the day before. We realized that it probably wouldn’t be there tomorrow. I watched in wonder as the understanding settled upon her face. The spider had worked tirelessly to spin his web. Already, it had broken in several places and soon it would break apart completely… a person would swish it away, a dog would run past, his tail wagging into it. No matter… the spider would wait patiently under a leaf and, when it was his time again, he would spin another, even more beautiful masterpiece… rest and work… in-breath and out-breath.

Aah… the magic of nature.

Blessings and magic,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. What a treasure of a blog! Thank you for the gentleness and reminders of a lovely world we really do have.

    My spiders are allowed outside. If they come in, they are taken outside. Gently. Ever since I read ‘Charlotte’s Web’ as a child, I could not bring myself to harm a spider.

    There have been a few times I have seen a web drenched in dew; the sight is breathtaking. I have often wondered if doilies were inspired by webs.

    Anyway, thank you again for sharing your delightful blog and ideas with us.

  2. I have a love/not-so-love relationship with spiders.

    I love this book….

    Its beautifully written by Eileen Spinelli, and fantastically illustrated by Jane Dyer.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have recently discovered your lovely blog and was wondering if you could share a little wisdom with me….I have 2 & 3 year old boys and have been drifting around the last 3 years trying to find myself and my ‘way’ as a parent…I am inspired by your blog and would like to know if there are any books that you really love that might help me to clarify my path and how I parent my boys….I am still a little lost at the moment but I know that this is the direction I would like to head in….Thank you dearly!

  4. what an amazing post to read as a first-time visitor to you! my sister just gave my 5-yr. old son a spidery birthday gift…an actual web, captured on black felt under glass made by the feather foot spider, assembled by emil fiore ( here’s hoping that the spider was done with its web
    ;-) to go with it, he also received “sophie’s masterpiece” by eileen spinelli, an amazing book about a knitting spider and the last touching gift she’s able to make.

    i discovered you blog through the crafty crow while looking for winter/christmas projects to make at an upcoming community event.

    thanks so much for being out there…you’re definitely getting bookmarked! hugs!!

  5. Yup. You’re right. They’re pretty amazing. Although I will admit to being a fan of all their work, I prefer to watch from a distance.

  6. very true, we found a dew speckled web in our strawberry patch the other day and sat and wondered at it for a while. They are so beautiful. I love Eric Carle’s ‘the very busy spider’ as it reminds us of the work they do!

  7. I agree, a web in the early morning dew is quite beautiful.

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