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Make DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornaments

We have been making the cutest ornaments for our Christmas tree :: glittery acorns! What could be cuter than adding a touch of woodland whimsy to make your tree sparkle and shine.       This is what we used to make our cute acorn ornaments…   Materials : glitter – in lots of cuteIf you want to read more…click here

Velvet Material Pumpkins :: DIY Thanksgiving Crafting Tutorial

We’ve been making velvet pumpkins to get us into the Thanksgiving spirit. We add a few drops of On Guard essential oil to the rice inside and now our home smells so so so yummy! They are really very quick and easy to make, just a few simple steps…     You can also followIf you want to read more…click here

Silk Toadstool Christmas Ornament DIY Tutorial

Oh my… we’ve been making these most adorable silk toadstools for our Christmas tree. Each one takes a few minutes to make and, at this rate, our tree will be laden with toadstools! I found the silk fabric in wonderfully natural colors at Joannes Fabrics. It was on sale too! The foam balls are fromIf you want to read more…click here

Velvet Pumpkins :: DIY Tutorial

I’ve admired velvet pumpkins for years. There is something so awesomely luxurious about them. I love velvet. It makes me remember my grandmother… or rather, her formal sitting room… the one children were forbidden (unless on vary rare special occasions) to enter. It had plush velvet couches that a child could draw on simply byIf you want to read more…click here

Charming Fairy Houses

  I’m so proud of my whimsical Fairy Garden book, Magical Miniature Gardens and Homes. I can’t tell you how awesome it is to hold it in my hands and page through it, looking at the photos of the fairy gardens I made. It brings back such meaningful memories. So, being a fairy garden expertIf you want to read more…click here

Summer Road Trip :: From Portland to the Maine Mid Coast

  Kitty has entered that new phase in life where shopping is totally an awesome thing to do. Two years ago you couldn’t get her near a shop, especially one that had clothes in it, clothes that had seams and labels in them. Forget asking her to try anything on… never! Couldn’t be done. Now,If you want to read more…click here

The Dragonfly Story

  I had an impulse to share this story today and, as I’m working on following my intuition, here it is. I know there is someone out there who is needing it today… ** Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs. They were a happy colony, livingIf you want to read more…click here

Maine – The Way Life Should Be

  As we crossed over the state line into Maine, a great green sign greeted us… Welcome to Maine, The Way Life Should Be! Yea!!!! We all whooped and holla’ed in excitement. Our vacation road trip had begun! What a gorgeous state Maine is. Big sky, rocky coastline and greenblue sea. Clean and crisp andIf you want to read more…click here

The BEST Summer Ever!

Summer is rushing by. It’s going so fast I can hardly catch my breath. I have an overwhelming desire to slow it down, slow down the seconds so that I can consciously savor them all. I’m feeling like this because each day has been magical, filled with such cool summer moments.  We all agreed lastIf you want to read more…click here

My Magical Macrame Workshop :: Squam

MACRAME, friends!!! It’s my new obsession and quite the most gorgeous yummyness to ever come back into fashion. Macrame is an ancient technique of creating beautiful geometric and organic shapes with nothing more than string and knots. If you think macrame is that awful brown acrylic owl wall-art your granny had hanging in her passage, thinkIf you want to read more…click here

On The Vintage Trail in Vermont

Every once-in-a-while, my friend Cathrine and I set off on an adventure. We go ‘antiquing’… peppered here and there with coffee stops and fine dining. It’s so much fun!! New England is teeming with antique shops… ranging from cute little curated vintage stores to barns full of ‘old junk’. We find treasures galore. So manyIf you want to read more…click here

Berry Picking :: Summer Fun in New England

Kitty and I had the most magical day picking blueberries together. We picked A LOT! Two buckets full of the sweetest berries ever. And, they were HUGE! We are loving creating new family traditions as we navigate these New England seasons. This land is bountiful and so full of gifts. When we asked our friendsIf you want to read more…click here

An Ode to Summer in New Hampshire

My heart is full to bursting This land This beauty that we have chosen This life that chose us.   Blooming, sparkling, lush Teaming with growth Wisdom fertile with freedom.   I sink my hands into the loamy soil Listen to the heavy raindrops The birds that sing The air that is thick with possibility.If you want to read more…click here

Snapshots from Winter in New Hampshire

  I’ve taken some videos from our winter here in New Hampshire and thought you might like to get a glimpse into how magical it’s been for us. I haven’t really shared video here before and cringe a little at my voice and tone of excitement… I just can’t seem to be calm when theIf you want to read more…click here

Winner Announced :: 2016 Fairy Garden Contest!

With all the personal difficulties of the second half of last year, choosing a winner for the 2016 Fairy Garden Contest seemed almost impossible. How could I indulge in wonder when my heart was so heavy with worry and sadness? So, I set it aside for a time when felt I could welcome magic backIf you want to read more…click here

How To Make Immune Boosting Cashmere Heart Hand Warmers

Teddy and his friends play out in the snow for hours each day. When they come inside at last, when the sun is setting and the night is creeping in, they all have rosy cheeks and frozen hands that they need to warm up, pronto.  I have a little trick to help them. Together, weIf you want to read more…click here

Kitty’s Commision

I promised I’d share Kitty’s finished artwork for my upgraded Fairy Garden site. It’s delightful… so full of whimsy and magic. Look at the toadstools and the forget-me-nots, foxgloves and ivy. And the hedgehog, cardinal bluebird and butterflies. And the bee, of course. And the spider…     She’s amazing, my sweet 13! Imagine theIf you want to read more…click here

Whimsy and Spice

We’ve had fun in the snow again this week… starting with a very competitive snowball fight in the forest… boys against parents. It all started when the parents wanted to go for a walk in the forest after the snowfall. Boys weren’t keen for a walk… until a snowball fight was suggested. I can’t tellIf you want to read more…click here

Waldorf Everyday :: January 22

Come and join our Instagram tribe, Waldorf.Everyday. It’s a collective window into our Waldorf and simple-living Instagram posts, bringing us all together and giving us a place where we can connect. If you want to be found by other Waldorf.Everyday followers, simply tag your posts with #waldorfeveryday . Each day, I’ll choose a tagged postIf you want to read more…click here

Waiting For Something Increases It’s Value

It snowed yesterday and everything is once again covered in a blanket of powder-white snow. It’s magnificent. I seriously can’t get over how beautiful it is. I walk out over the squeaking snow and smile with joy, thinking to myself how lucky I am to be here in this very spot at this very time.If you want to read more…click here

How To Make Wet Felted Rocks :: Needle Felting Tutorial

  On cold winter days like today, when (alas) it rains instead of snows, the best thing to do is to take out my (huge) bag of wool and get creative… it felt like a wet felted rock kind of day, especially since I collected a bunch of river pebbles on our hike yesterday.  If you want to read more…click here

Snow, Glorious Snow

Gosh, it’s beautiful when it snows here in New Hampshire. All around, it grows super quiet and peaceful. And then gentle snowflakes fall like confetti, covering everything in a blanket of white magic. The snow tickles our noses and lands on our eyelashes. And then it sparkles in the sunshine. It squeaks under our feetIf you want to read more…click here

Our Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

As many of you know, my mom was recently diagnosed with cancer.  A million hours of research later and I can no longer ignore the devastating impact sugar is having on our health as a family and as a society. I’ll come right out and say that I am a life-long sugar junkie (as areIf you want to read more…click here

Waldorf Everyday

I’ve started an Instagram tribe for us called @Waldorf.Everyday and I hope you’ll join in. It’s a collective window into our everyday Waldorf and simple-living Instagram posts so that we have a place that connects us and brings us all together. To have your Instagram posts featured, simply tag them with #waldorfeveryday . Each day,If you want to read more…click here

Fairies And Magical Discoveries

I am loving living here. New England is such an awesome place to find oneself. Not only is the landscape utterly picturesque, wild and untamed but the little towns and boroughs, dotted all around, are quaint and whimsical, each one with it’s own unique charm and character. Brattleboro, Vermont, is an easy 3o minutes driveIf you want to read more…click here

Happy New Year from Snowy New Hampshire !

  Happy 2017!  May you have a wonderful year ahead, filled with love and laughter and lots of meaningful memories. May you find your happy place, may you be courageous in the choices you make and may you encourage your own personal growth so that you can leave 2017 a better, kinder and braver beingIf you want to read more…click here

Around The World Fun For Kids

I’m very excited to showcase a special Magic Sponsor today… Around The World Stories. If you haven’t checked them out yet, please pop on over to have a look. I LOVE what they are doing so much. Many of us are trying to find healthy and worthy media for our children to enjoy… these delightfulIf you want to read more…click here

Puppets in Paradise :: A Day In Vermont

New England is WONDERFUL. We’ve been here for 3 weeks… 3 glorious weeks of sunshine, nature and newness and we continue to be ever so excited for the adventures that each day invariably brings. For instance, it rained the other morning. We were sitting eating breakfast when suddenly it drew dark outside and an almightyIf you want to read more…click here

New Adventures : We’ve Moved To New Hampshire!

I have BIG news to share (oh boy, am I excited to tell you) … our family has officially moved to the beautiful state of New Hampshire! I can’t tell you how much we are loving it here. It is green and lush and full of life and vitality. There are oak trees everywhere, andIf you want to read more…click here

Raising Mindful Kids

Raising mindful kids.  – by Tina Dombernowsky   Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could teach our children how to live in the moment, how to be aware of their bodies, their thoughts, their feelings and their surroundings? What a beautiful life-long gift we can give them if we can help them to be mindfulIf you want to read more…click here

How to Build Your Waldorf Community :: Discovering Waldorf

How to Build Your Waldorf Community –   by Meredith Floyd-Preston     “Finish up your snack. It’s time to go wait for Daddy.” It was 4:00 on a November Wednesday and I was preparing my 1-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son for the “wait for Daddy” afternoon practice that had been in place for months. ItIf you want to read more…click here

8 Steps to a Waldorf-Inspired Home

Over the years, so many of you have got in touch to ask for help in creating a Waldorf-inspired home. You have asked wonderfully thought-provoking questions that have made me think and ponder, deeply, what the most valuable and life-changing aspects of a Waldorf home are. I’ve promised many of  you that I would putIf you want to read more…click here

Summertime Fun

Today is the summer solstice, 2016. The longest day of the year. It is HOT here in Southern California today. VERY hot! It’s not quite noon yet and the temps are already 97 °F. My phone says that it will get well past 100°F today. This kind of heat is not my favorite. Today isIf you want to read more…click here

How To Make Felt Flowers in less than 1 minute!

I’ve been having fun making videos again. Here is one so many of you have asked me to make… felt flowers in less than a minute! This should show you just how easy and quick these flowers are to make. All you need is felt, scissors and a hot glue gun. There are so manyIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Crafting Video :: Fairy Babies

Oh my gosh… I’ve been having so much fun! I stepped out of my comfort zone and into a place that I NEVER thought I’d venture into… YouTube.  Eeeek!   My 12 year old daughter encouraged me. ‘It’s all in YouTube these day’s Mom’, she said.   She critiqued my video and had a lotIf you want to read more…click here

Always Believe in Fairies

Do you believe in fairies? I do. To me, believing in fairies means more than just believing in little creatures with wings. It means believing in magic and miracles. It means opening your heart to the possibility that anything and everything is possible. It means perceiving that there is so much we don’t yet knowIf you want to read more…click here

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

Happy Days

Here are some fun photos from our days. Kitty is growing up. He’s a big boy now. I baked ‘fet cook’, a South African fried bread recipe. Yum! Kitty shone magnificently (all the beautiful kids did) in their school play, Demeter and Persophne last night. She bought herself (been saving forever) an insta camera! WeIf you want to read more…click here

Upside-Down Peach Cake Recipe : Baking With Kids

Teddy, the baker in the house, baked the most delicious UPSIDE-DOWN peach cake from one of my favorite recipes (which I’ll share with you below). Our peach tree is laden with peaches and so we are doing all kinds of fun baking with peaches. This cake was a HIT and is all gone now.  If you want to read more…click here

7 Virtues to Teach Through Song : Discovering Waldorf Education

Singing With Children – 7 Virtues To Teach Through Song by Jodie Mesler   I’ve narrowed down 7 meaningful virtues that you can teach your children through song and music. At the end of this article, I’ve shared some free songs from my new children’s album so that you can follow along with the tuneIf you want to read more…click here

How To Make A Rustic Sign For Your Fairy Garden

  I love that quote. It’s so true. The little everyday things are going to be the the things I miss most when I look back on these happy, messy, mom-of-young-kids days. We made a rustic sign for our teacup fairy garden. I love how it turned out… the magical grain in the bark, theIf you want to read more…click here

Prizes for The FAIRY GARDEN CONTEST : 2016

  WOW!   Here are the Prizes for the 2016 Fairy Garden Contest. (click here to see the 2016 Fairy Garden Contest. The contest is open for entries through August 5, 2016) Am I excited to share this news with you! The Fairy Garden Contest PRIZES this year are utterly AWESOME. The Magic Onions hasIf you want to read more…click here

New Fairy Garden Kits

I’ve had the most wonderfully creative weekend designing new DIY fairy garden kits for the shop. It’s my most favorite work activity of all – designing new enchantments. I get to play with flower fairies and magical miniature things all day long. And my camera, of course, which I love. The kids join in fromIf you want to read more…click here

Favorite Waldorf Morning Circle Verses for Kindergarten

The beauty of Waldorf education is that it meets the child where he is developmentally. The synergy of Waldorf teaching methods and child development is discussed wonderfully in an article by Dr Reggie Melrose called ‘Waldorf from a Neuroscientific Perspective‘. The Morning circle is a great example of how Waldorf meets the young child whereIf you want to read more…click here

Teddy : You Are Nine! A Birthday Letter

I write a letter to my children on their birthdays each year. It has become a tradition I cherish, a time for reflecting on each child and recording the little things from the past year that come together to make our lives so beautifully meaningful. Teddy, you are nine today. This is a big oneIf you want to read more…click here

How To Make Fairy Babies :: DIY Needle Felting Tutorial

You won’t believe how I came to make this sweet DIY needle felted fairy baby tutorial! I am a crazy crafter who dreams of crafting in my sleep. Am I the only one? Sometimes I craft in my sleep all-night-long. I wake up… and what do you think I want to do? Yep… I wantIf you want to read more…click here

5 Favorite Waldorf Mealtime Blessing Verses

Blessing our food with a favorite Waldorf mealtime blessing verse before we eat it is cherished everyday tradition that is meaningful in so many ways. And not just for children. Blessing our food is just as meaningful for adults too. Firstly, it gives us a moment to calm and collect ourselves before we eat. WeIf you want to read more…click here

Timone, the Baby Squirrel, and Spring Days

Here are some photos of our lovely spring days. You’ll see Timone, our squirrel, who comes to collect the nuts we leave for him on his chair in the tree. He is just the sweetest and we love him so. Do you remember that we raised him from a baby squirrel (his mom was killedIf you want to read more…click here

Hello There!

Hi, happy Friday everyone! I’ve had a lot of new followers joining recently and would like to introduce myself to all of you. I’m Donni, the mom behind this natural living and Waldorf website, The Magic Onions :: where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a preciousIf you want to read more…click here

Miniature Sunflower Pot Plant for your Fairy Garden

I promised I’d share tutorials for all the sweet little additions in our teacup fairy garden. Here’s how we made the sunny sunflower pot plant.     Materials you’ll need : – Mini terracotta pot – Reindeer moss – A dried flower – A 4 inch twig – Hot glue gun and glue   MethodIf you want to read more…click here

Finger Knitted Yarn Flowers :: A DIY Tutorial for Kids

Last week, I promised I’d share Teddy’s DIY finger knitted flower tutorial.     Teddy’s been finger knitting like a wild-man and we’ve made so many beautiful creations from the fruits of his labor.     I have already shared an easy finger knitting tutorial with you so that you can teach your child thisIf you want to read more…click here

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

Making A Waldorf Pocket Doll :: FREE Pattern DIY Tutorial :: Discovering Waldorf Education

It’s so exciting to find a budding new Waldorf Blog. Cathy, from the beautiful new blog Faith & String and shop Brambles & Blossoms is sharing her tutorial on how to make a WALDORF POCKET DOLL. Please visit Cathy’s sites for other great Waldorf doll tutorials and to purchase the most lovely Waldorf dolls. ::::If 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

DIY Mini Toadstools for your Fairy Garden

There are many reasons why your fairy garden needs to include a few toadstools. Firstly, they are the cutest little things to add to your magical garden. There is something delightful about the bright red caps speckled with white dots. Somehow, they make us feel happy inside. They make us think of fairies and magicIf you want to read more…click here

Nature Mobile :: DIY Earth Day Celebrations :: Waldorf Activities

Earth Day, April 22nd, is an BIG day in the Sunny House. We celebrate it as if it is Mother Earth’s Birthday. Raising environmentally aware children has been an important part of our parenting and My Good Man and I are proud that our children are truly and authentically earth-conscious. They refuse, reuse and recycleIf 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

Fairy Garden Contest :: 2016

Hooray! It’s April and the start of the Fairy Garden contest. This is the most exciting news we’ve heard all day, isn’t it. If you and your little ones are avid fairy gardeners like we are, there will be excitement for sure.     If you don’t know about the contest, you are in forIf you want to read more…click here

Little House on the Prairie :: Best Waldorf Books :: Discovering Waldorf Education

Ask Waldorf inspired families what their favorite books are and most will respond with a resounding, the Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder.   Kitty and I started with the first in the series, Little House in the Big Woods, when Kitty was 5. We would read one chapter each eveningIf you want to read more…click here

The Glory of Nature

I hope you enjoyed a meaningful Easter with your family and that  your heart is filled with gratitude for all you hold dear. The Easter bunny came to The Sunny house and gave us all delicious chocolate bunnies. Thank you. We spent Sunday with beautiful friends that fill our lives with love. Thank you. WeIf you want to read more…click here

Craft Fair Fun :: Succulents and Art

I’m a craft fair addict and Kitty is my partner in crime. We go to every fair within a 30 mile radius. WE LOVE THEM! We always find the most wonderful things. And fill ourselves to the brim with creative inspiration. This time, we found ourselves attracted to the most gorgeous knitted succulents. And, ofIf you want to read more…click here

A Perpetual Waldorf Calendar :: Discovering Waldorf Education

We have the most beautiful perpetual circular Waldorf calendar hanging on our wall. It’s drawn by Phoebe Wahl and depicts a delightful gnome family going about their seasonal days. My children consult it often. They turn the season dial at the start of each season (March on top now on top). They write in importantIf you want to read more…click here

Welcome Spring

Welcome to the Spring! I think my favorite flowers might be Ranunculus. I love their delicate, frilly petals and pretty pastel colors. I’ve filled the Sunny House with a vase of Ranunculus in every room and it looks glorious.     Happy Spring to you. Blessings and magic, Donni

Edible Dyes for Easter Eggs :: DIY Tutorial

We have a family Easter tradition of dying eggs with natural, edible, dyes. We’ve used just about every natural dye we can find… blueberries, onion skins, beets, turmeric, to name just a few… and each year, our results are always a little different. This adds to the excitement – what will they do this year?If you want to read more…click here

The Nine Year Change :: Discovering Waldorf Education

As my littlest approaches nine, wonderful and great changes are starting to show. He is moving out of dreamy early childhood and into a more conscious state, where he is starting to recognize that he is different from the people and things around him. He is becoming aware of himself as an individual, separate fromIf you want to read more…click here

Spring Giveaway from Imagine Childhood :: $100 Gift Voucher!

Imagine Childhood is a family owned and operated company specializing in earth-friendly goods, craft and activity tutorials and educational supplies that support and nurture the magic of childhood. Our carefully curated collection focuses on products that inspire children to create, imagine, and explore. With an emphasis on quality materials, our toys and tools are madeIf 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

When Teddy Fell Out Of A Tree

Last week was one of the most traumatic weeks our little family has experienced. Teddy fell out of a tree and sustained two lacerations to his liver. He is fine now but we had a few very scary days in Intensive Care as we waited to see if his liver would recover on its own.If you want to read more…click here

Live in Each Moment.

An amazing thing happens when you get honest with yourself and start doing what you love, what makes you happy. Your life literally slows down. You stop wishing for the weekend. You stop merely looking forward to special events. You begin to live in each moment and you start feeling like a human being. YouIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Felt Flower Hair Barrettes for Spring

Teddy’s friend is having a birthday and we decided to make her some pretty felt hair barrettes. Because it’s SPRING here in Southern California, we chose pretty pastel colors. I’m happy to share the DIY tutorial with you below…     I think she’ll love them, don’t you?     All you’ll need is prettyIf 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

5 Spring Crafts for Kids using Yarn

My kids love working with yarn and have made the most wonderful yarn creations over the years. They knit now but there are so many lovely yarn crafts that don’t require knitting skills. Here are a few tutorials we’ve shared over the years  ::     1. Finger Knitted Flower Tutorial Finger knitting is aIf you want to read more…click here

Simply Happy :: Inspiration

“Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and theyIf you want to read more…click here

Handmade Spring Fairies :: DIY Felt Tutorial

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

Portland, Oregon :: Vacation Time :: Part Two

Look at this hazelnut orchard outside of Portland, Oregon. Can you believe it? Isn’t it the most magical thing you’ve seen in a long time?! The hazelnut trees are covered in moss. Kitty and I sat on the leaves and stared in wonder.   The next day we came across this misty lake with old-mans-beardIf you want to read more…click here

Simple Pleasures

I love it so much when I can have flowers in The Sunny House that come from my own garden. I find it supremely satisfying. Thank goodness for roses because they seem to be the only flowers I can consistently grow. And they are pretty. And they smell wonderful.     Teddy’s been making deliciousIf you want to read more…click here

Vacation Time :: Portland, Oregon

As many of you know, we are longing to relocate our family from the hustle and bustle of our megatropolis city to a more rural, nature-infused lifestyle. This week past, we traveled to Portland, Oregon, to see if our spirits could connect with the city and surroundings. Boy, did they connect! They intertwined with beautyIf you want to read more…click here

Miracles, Everyday.

Life bursts with miracles ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh     I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. Here are some other things to inspire. Blessings and magic, Donni Don’t miss out on ANY new Magic Onion’s crafting fun… sign up for my FREE newsletter today —-> did you know that a lucky newsletter subscriberIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Valentine Fairy :: Tutorial

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

DIY Video Tutorial :: Felt Flowers

  Last week, when I shared the photo step-by-step tutorial of these gorgeous felt flowers, I promised I’d share a video of the process too. Sometimes, seeing exactly how something is made, makes following instructions so much easier. Spoiler alert… you’ll see Teddy’s kitty, Flint, in the video too. And, if you click through toIf you want to read more…click here

Change is a Beautiful Thing.

Don’t be afraid. Change is such a beautiful thing”, said the Butterfly. ~ Sabrina Newby   Happy Sunday. Here are some other things to inspire. Blessings and magic, Donni

Treasures We Found in Nature

We spent Saturday at Medrona Marsh, in Torrance, CA. Such beautiful treasures to be found. But, first, a game of rugby in the parking lot.     And then, cacti to admire.     We discovered that if you caress them, gently, they won’t hurt you, not one little bit (his nails are now cutIf 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

Video Tutorial :: Needle Felted Toadstools :: DIY Instructions

Look what I made… two magical needle felted toadstools… just for the fun of it.     I bet you think they are REALLY difficult to make. I bet you think I spent ages and ages on them. Well, would you believe me if I told you that each one took less than 10 minutes…If you want to read more…click here

You are be-YOU-tiful !

  Be you! Blessings and magic, Donni

Love Apples and Other Valentine’s Crafts

Funny how family traditions start. Three years ago, I made LOVE APPLES for the first time. Since then, I’ve put them into Kitty and Teddy’s lunch every Valentine’s Day. It’s become our sweet tradition and they both look forward to opening their lunch bag to see that their mom loves them. I smile as IIf you want to read more…click here

A Fun Game to Play

We played the funnest game on our nature walk the other day. Dad made it up but the kids say they’ve played it at school often. Apparently, it’s called camouflage. To play, make sure you are all dressed in natural colors. Tie up your dog so that he doesn’t go looking for ‘the fawn’ (andIf you want to read more…click here

Vibrations of Beauty

  Hope you are having a magical Sunday. Here are some other posts to inspire. Blessings and magic, Donni

Video Tutorial :: Needle Felted Hearts

Hi Friends, I’ve tried something new for you today. I’ve conquered my dislike of hearing my own voice and I’ve made a video tutorial… mini needle felted hearts so that you can make some for Valentine’s Day too. I even painted my nails for the occasion!     These are the beauties you’ll be making.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

Lovely Lichen and Fabulous Fungi

I love the rain. I love the way the rain cleans the air and the trees and bushes so that everything looks bright and colorful. This how things should look. And, I love that rain brings mushrooms. This gift might be what I secretly love most about the rain. We don’t get rain very oftenIf you want to read more…click here

The Kitten Prince

His name is Flint but we call him the Kitten Prince. He has stolen our hearts. He seems to have no control over his purr… which he does LOUDLY, whenever ANYONE comes near him. He might be in the middle of attacking a felt ball but, if he feels us near, he’ll PURR. It’s soIf you want to read more…click here

Fun in the Snow :: Part Two

Here are some more photos from our trip to the snow last weekend. We made the cutest snowman. Sledded, laughed, whooped and had an epic snowball fight.         Blessings and magic, Donni

Snow :: Part One

We were so excited when we heard that there was a BIG storm moving into Big Bear and that it would be snowing. Big Bear hasn’t had snow for years and we have been waiting patiently to resume our fun in the snow. We borrowed adequate clothing from dear friends, and a couple of sleds,If you want to read more…click here

Leaves

Gorgeous leaves. A pallet of nature. Brown’s of every shade. Wet earth. This is winter in Southern California.     I’m so grateful for our mild winter where our days are crisp and clear and we wear jeans and a sweater and the occasional scarf. Tomorrow, though, we are going to spend the day inIf you want to read more…click here

Happy New Year :: 2016 !

HAPPY NEW YEAR, beautiful people. I hope your year ahead is filled with more magical things than you could ever imagine. Thank you for being a part of The Magic Onions community. I’m so grateful for the gift of your time.   Blessings and magic, Donni

Christmas Day

Early morning. Gifts. Kitten. Books. Eggs. Reading. Games. Friends. Feast. Love. Gratitude.     My beautiful mother gnome postcard comes from Zuzu And Me. Kitty’s favorite gift was her books : The Bartimaeus Trilogy and The Story of my Life : Helen Keller. Teddy loves his catapult. Blessings and magic, Donni

Christmas Kitten

We had a wonderful Christmas at The Sunny House. The highlight was the arrival of a new member of our family. He is Teddy’s first animal. We are calling him ‘Christmas Kitten’ at the moment because arriving on a ‘forever’ name has been quite a challenge for Teddy. He’s gone from Rex to Flint toIf you want to read more…click here