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Winter Creativity

Magical Miniature Gardens and Homes Fairy Garden Book by Donni Webber - www.theMagicOnions.com

Needle felted toadstools from The Magic Onoins - www.theMagicOnions.com Needle felted Fox from The Magic Onoins - www.theMagicOnions.com Needle felted baby Squirrel from The Magic Onoins - www.theMagicOnions.com Needle felted baby Squirrel from The Magic Onoins - www.theMagicOnions.com Needle felted owl from The Magic Onoins - www.theMagicOnions.com Needle felted mouse from The Magic Onoins - www.theMagicOnions.com Needle felted pumpkin from The Magic Onoins - www.theMagicOnions.com Clay deer from The Magic Onoins - www.theMagicOnions.com Clay bunny from The Magic Onoins - www.theMagicOnions.com Fairy Garden Kit from The Magic Onoins - www.theMagicOnions.com Needle felted toadstool necklace from The Magic Onoins - www.theMagicOnions.com We are having a lazy snow day in bed today (YAY) and I have been going through photos of the little goodies I’ve been working on lately … thought I’d show you some of them.

My fairy garden book has inspired me to make all kinds of delightful little toadstools in so many colors, shapes and sizes. The reason I make them is to put them in our next fairy garden… but, alas… I keep giving them away to friends! I can’t help it… the squeals of delight they illicit are too fun!

I’ve also made some sweet little felted and clay animals sculptures. You can see the full range of them in the Fairy Garden Shop. There are 7 now.

And of course, some owls, pumpkins (white is now my fav pumpkin color), fairy garden kits and toadstool necklaces… there have been a few birthdays that needed gifts.

Are you also more creative in winter? I am, for sure… it’s so cozy and warm inside that I constantly feel like expressing my pleasure. Plus, there’s not much to do outside, except marvel at the magic of the falling snow, and so I find I have so much for time to let creativity flow.

I’d love to see what you’ve been making too. Post a pic of your creations on Instagram and tag them with #theMagicOnions so that I can find them.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Our Second Winter In New Hampshire

 

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It’s mid-winter here in New Hampshire and I can still say that we love New England winters. Phew… what a relief!

When we moved here from California, our biggest worry was that we wouldn’t survive the snow and the cold, that we would freeze and not know how to drive in the snow and ice and struggle with snow blowing and such. Well, I’m happy to report that we are not just surviving it, we are loving it. I’m serious… we. love. the. snow!

This is our second winter here and it has been far colder than our first. We had a very cold snap over new year… down in the minuses for weeks on end! That was hard… especially on the children who got cabin fever from being cooped up inside.

But now that we re back up in the balmy 30’s and the snow is falling, we are sublimely happy again.

The kids have skied 4 times already. They are skiing today, in fact. How cool is this… on Fridays, school ends at 12 and they pile onto the bus for the mountains. They ski all day and we pick them up in the dark from school, exhausted and hungry and exhilarated from the day’s activity.

There has been a lot of crafting too. I’ve become a little hooked on making felted pebbles… in all shades and hues. Gosh I love them so much. I love how each one turns out a little different. Kitty has taken up embroidery and embellishes her tee shirts with freestyle bees and foxes and words of wisdom.

There’s been lots of lovely music coming from both kids’ rooms… guitar from Kitty’s and clarinet from Teddy’s. I love listening to them play… warms my heart.

And then there are the ducks. I love them. Teddy does too. We’re down to two, alas… a duck and a drake. From 6 to 2, thanks to the neighbors dog. Farming is brutal at times. And so rewarding at others! Donald is laying an egg a day. (Don’t worry… we are used to her name. She was named by a boy who doesn’t much care for gender or politics rules). She is so clever!! And we are baking with her eggs… duck eggs are the best to bake with.

I hope you are having a lovely February too and send you lots of snowy love.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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.

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Ornament Tutorial - www.theMagicOnions.com

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Ornament Tutorial - www.theMagicOnions.com

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

This is what we used to make our cute acorn ornaments…

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Materials :

  1. glitter – in lots of cute colors
  2. acorns – picked up from the neighborhood trees
  3. glue – school glue is the easiest to work with but if you are impatient to wait for glue to dry, super glue might be your best bet
  4. string – any string will do but we love the natural appeal of hemp string
  5. scissors
  6. hot glue gun
  7. black marker – to make things easier
  8. drill – you’ll need a super small drill bit
  9. paint pallet or an old muffin tin

Can’t find acorns in your neighborhood, you can buy them on Etsy. The largest acorns are the best and ones with little woody stems are magical.

 

Tutorial :

Separate the acorns from the caps by pressing on acorns while holding the caps firmly in your fingers. If your acorns are green, they won’t come apart easily and you will need to leave them in a cool dry place for a few days to dry out.

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

With the acorns separated, use the black marker to number the acorns with their corresponding acorn caps so that you will know exactly which acorn fits perfectly in which cap. The numbers will help you match up the pairs. Ensure that the markings are at the top of the acorn and on the inside of the acorn cap … we don’t want to be able to see them once we have glued them back together again.

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.comCut the string into 6-inch lengths. We’ll make loops with this hemp string for our acorns to hang from.

Drill holes in the top of each acorn cap. Your drill bit should be double the diameter of the hemp string.

Thread the hemp string through the inside of an acorn cap and back down through the hole again, making a hanging loop. Make sure that the two ends of the hemp string on the inside of the acorn cap are not long enough to protrude past the lip of the cap.

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

With the hot glue gun, put a bit of glue onto the hemp string inside the acorn cap.DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

And stick the acorn back into its cap.

You now have a perfect little acorn ornament.

We were tempted to leave our acorn ornaments natural as we thought they looks soooooo cute and could imagine how sweet our tree would look with natural acorns dotted all around it. But, the consensus, when including the children’s vote of course (damn!), was to continue with our original plans of making them spectacularly glittery. Who can pass up a chance for some sparkle and shine?

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

To keep the glitter under control, we used a recycled mini muffin tin, filling it up with many colors of wonderful glitter. I have also used a little plastic paint pallet but the dishes are a little shallow and if your kids are young, there is more potential to make a bit of a glittery mess with them. I also filled one of the cups with glue.

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Paint an acorn with school glue, making sure not to get glue on the acorn cap!

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Now, dip the acorn in the glitter, spreading color evenly all around the acorn.

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Set your amazingly gorgeous acorn ornaments aside to dry completely. A nice sunny spot on a window sill will work perfectly.

If you are nervous of the glitter coming off your ornaments and showering your house with fairy dust, spray them with a coat of Polyurethane spray. This forms a protective coating over the glitter and it will not sprinkle around. We, of course, like fairy dust, so decided not to follow this step.

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Hang them on your Christmas tree for some magical sparkle and shine! And just wait until your Christmas lights make them shimmer. There will be a gasp from the crowd!

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

In years gone bye, I’ve made these sweet acorn ornaments for gifts for family and friends. They hare consistently been a big hit!

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

I’ve make a cool graphic for you to share on Pinterest … just in case you need to make some more next year!

 

DIY Glittery Acorn Christmas Ornament Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Happy Christmas crafting… may the peach of the season fill you and your loved ones with joy.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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 follow the full diy picture tutorial here.

Happy fall crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni