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Beauty After The Rain

At last. It has rained. Beautiful, soaking, cleaning rain. Thirst quenching rain, moss-making, lichen-loving rain. Everything is SO BEAUTIFUL after the rain. So, of course, we set out to see our favorite nature spot in her colorful glory :   Treasures EVERYWHERE! Blessings and magic, Donni

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

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

Felt Leaf Ornaments : Crafts for Thanksgiving

  Are you looking for a fun and easy crafting tutorial to make your Thanksgiving table look even more gorgeous this year? These felt leaf ornaments will do it! Here is a list of materials you’ll need :   I used my good old Sizzix to cut the leaves from autumn-colored wool felt.    If you want to read more…click here

An Autum Nature Walk

We don’t get much day-to-day fall here in Southern California. But we have a special, magical, nearby place that we go to often. Where the seasons are surprisingly prominent… dew collects on the grasses and light shines golden like magic. It’s an hour’s drive away but, always, so worth the trip.     I knowIf you want to read more…click here

Pine Cone Halloween Crafts

Are you getting ready for Halloween? At the Sunny House, our rose bushes are draped in spider web, there is a carved pumpkin on the front steps and few mini-skeletons hanging from the mailbox (Teddy is our Halloween decorator!) And, of course, we dug out our Pine Cone Spider and our Pine Cone Fairy toIf 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

Mud Kitchen Fun

  I’m sharing a post from a few years ago. It made me smile when I found it again. It’s about mud… and Teddy and how I overcame my ‘adult’ dislike of mud and allowed Teddy to have his day in the mud. “At first I fought this mud… it got into my house, onIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Spider Web With Wire and Sticks

Here’s one of our favorite spider crafts from the archives… a wire and stick spider web for Halloween…     Here is the full tutorial : how to make this stick and wire spider web.   Happy Halloween crafting, Blessings and magic, Donni    

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

Needle Felted Fall Door Wreath Tutorial

  A few years ago, we made Granny a wreath for her door.     It’s still one of my favorite wreaths of all time and Kitty and I think we’ll make one for our own door this year. Here’s our tutorial on how to make it.   Materials :   * wool roving inIf 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

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

Cactus Fruit

Cactus fruit ripen to their best in Southern California at Christmas time. The fruit turns a lovely rich red color and, as Kitty pointed out, with the green of the cactus leaves, it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in the wild places around here. Cactus fruit, or prickly pear, is a delicious fruitIf you want to read more…click here

Giveaway : Autumn Magic Craft Box

One lucky family will win an Autumn Magic Craft Box! Blessings and magic, Donni Congrats to Cherise Wade!!!! An Autumn Magic Craft Box is coming your way. Thank you for signing up for The Magic Onions newsletter. Love Donni a Rafflecopter giveaway

Let’s Make An Autumn Fairy From Natural Materials

Autumn must surely be the most generous season of all. When we go out for our walks, one thing we make sure to remember is our basket to carry the multitude of treasures we find along the way. Our basket quickly fills up with pine cones, acorns and beautifully colored leaves, along with the customaryIf 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

Autumn in the Mountains

We woke up to a cool Fall morning and thought, ‘What a perfect day for the mountains!’ We bundled up warmly and set off. Oh my… isn’t Fall lovely! The oak leaves were yellow, the air was fresh and crisp and the mountain mist made everything look so wonderfully enchanting.

Discovering Waldorf :: The Joys of a Waldorf Autumn

At the beginning of Autumn each year, I often go back to this beautiful guest article by Marueen from Twig and Toadstool, on the joys of celebrating Autumn. I know I say this at the beginning of each new season but I really think Autumn is my favorite! :: CELEBRATING AUTUMN IN THE WALDORF HOMEIf you want to read more…click here

Collecting Acorns

Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons. I love the Fall colors… so rich and earthy. And, I am thankful for all the goodies Fall gives us to craft with… pine cones, acorns and colorful leaves. But, what I love most about Fall is that it is ACORN season. It’s the time ofIf you want to read more…click here

Make Autumn Gnomes

Please meet the Autumn Gnomes… aren’t they sweet little fellows? For those of you who want to make some too, here is a tutorial on how to make these sweet little Autumn Gnomes from peg people, felt and a couple of wee felted acorns. Kitty was my helper. She chose three gorgeous Autumn colors fromIf you want to read more…click here

Make A Colorful Autumn Leaf Garland

In America, today is Monday Labor Day. American kids have been on Summer Vacation for the last 3 months and tomorrow, the day after Labor Day, is traditionally the day our kids start the new school year (Kitty is starting Grade 3 and Teddy is starting Kindergarten). And so, today, Labor Day, is unofficially thoughtIf you want to read more…click here

Late Autumn Camping

We are so lucky to live in Southern California where the weather is perfect for most of the year. This means that we can go camping just about all year round. Speaking of camping, I wanted to share ths post from a few years ago…  : : : Our little family of 4 live inIf you want to read more…click here

How To Make A Corn Cob Doll

Granny helped Teddy make Kitty a Corn Cob Doll. The boy is now a Little House On The Prairie convert… and Granny too! We started with some old corn cobs that we had cleaned and set out in the warm Fall sun to dry. Teddy then used a little saw to cut the cobs toIf you want to read more…click here

Fall Pomegranate Salad

Speaking of pomegranates, Ingrid from Spain is here to tell us about her pomegranate adventures…  : : :   One of our favorite fruits of autumn are the pomegranate. We cut them in half and get out the sweet red balls.  This weekend we decided to prepare a nuts and pomegranate salad with lettuce variedIf you want to read more…click here

Pomegranates for Dinner!

I’m sure we aren’t the only ones enjoying lovely RED juicy pomegranates… Yum!!!! 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

Make a Ghost Mobile for Halloween.

  We have been saving our white egg shells to make a little ghost mobile for Halloween. Who knew eggshells could make such cute little ghosts? I saved the eggshells from our morning omelettes and washed and dried them. Kitty and Teddy used a black permanent marker to draw little eyes onto the eggshells. Teddy’sIf you want to read more…click here

Autumn Finds.

My awesome sponsors have super cute goodies to take us into the Autumn season. Please check out their shops and remember them when you need something special. Stubby Pencil Studio – Stubby Pencil Studio offers eco friendly kids art materials and school supplies like crayons made from soy – not petroleum; stationery, greeting cards, sketchbooksIf you want to read more…click here

Berry Pickers.

 We have a secret spot… a berry picking spot. A secret place where the berries turn from red to black and droop heavily from their prickly branches, waiting for us to visit. We stand silently and gouge. We pick sweet berry after sweet berry and pop them into our eager mouths. Sometimes the quiet isIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make a Harvest Garland.

Today, in honor of the season of harvest, we made a dried fruit garland to hang in our home. It was wonderful for the kids to work with the fruit but I must admit that as much got eaten as got strung, so be sure to double up when you make yours :-) To makeIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make an Easy Banner

I hope you all had a super fun Halloween. We did… Kitty enjoyed being a ‘scary’ witch and Teddy loved being Puff the Magic Dragon. Lots of candy was collected and, yes, the Pumpkin Fairy did come in the night and whisk it all away. In its stead, she left Kitty a gorgeously warm furryIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make Harvest Candle Holders.

Don’t forget to enter our wonderful GIVEAWAY from Meadowsweet Naturals. After yesterday’s horrible spider’s nest pumpkin, we decided to make something sweet and calming for today. We are enjoying the early darkness as, each night, at our evening meal, we light a candle as we sing our blessing. The kids take turns to blow itIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make a Spiders Nest.

Halloween seems to have crept up on us this year… is it really only one week away? We had better hurry up and enjoy some Halloween crafting! Today, we made a horrid pumpkin… a really SCARY pumpkin! Look at it… eeek! It’s not nice at all!! It’s a pumpkin spiders nest and it creeps meIf you want to read more…click here

The Ledgend of the Pumpkin Fairy.

Does the Pumpkin Fairy visit your house on Halloween night? Thankfully, she visits ours and Kitty and Teddy are already wondering what she’ll leave for them this year. Before the Pumpkin Fairy started to visit our house on Halloween, I was faced (as I’m sure many of you are faced) with quite a dilemma… trickIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make a Harvest Corn Necklace.

Mexican corn has always fascinated me… the colors are just amazing!!! Where I’m from, we only got the yellow kind… we called it mealies. The word, surprisingly comes from Portuguese… oh, what a melting pot South Africa is. One thing is sure, we really do LOVE our mealies for dinner! One of Kitty’s friends lostIf you want to read more…click here


I was so excited when I first saw the guava tree in our neighbors yard. Guavas make me think of home. My mom and dad were great African adventurers. They were forever setting off on expeditions into the Okavango Swamps the Etosha Salt Pan or other remote African wildernesses. They often left my brothers andIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make beeswax leaf ornaments.

How excited I was to find a little silicone leaf mold at a garage sale the other day… I think it’s for chocolates but, of course, all I could see was beeswax! Here are the beeswax leaf ornaments we made today… aren’t they darling? First, we melted our beeswax in a homemade baine-marie (if youIf you want to read more…click here

Happy Michaelmas!!

Happy Michaelmas my friends! This is the day to find our inner courage… to dust it off, give it a shine, an oil, a bit of spit and polish. This is the day to stand up to what’s been eating at us, what’s been niggling at our conscience, those little things that have been holdingIf you want to read more…click here

What is Michaelmas?

Here is an excellent post explaining the celebration of Michaelmas. Michaelmas is tomorrow, so, if you are wondering what Michaelmas is all about, pop on over to find out. Photo – Dragon Bread from The Blankie Chronicles Blessings and magic,Donni

Preserve Autumn Leaves with Beeswax.

When we go for our daily walks, we always take a basket for our special finds. Lately, it has been all kinds and colors of Autumn leaves. Today, we preserved our favorites, dipping them in melted beeswax. Aren’t they beautiful… To preserve leaves in beeswax, you will need; *Beeswax (buy online or at craft stores.If you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – ‘Celebrating Autumn’

Yay! Today is Autumn Equinox. Did any of you see the Harvest Moon with her round face smiling down from the sky last night? Wasn’t she spectacular?! Did you feel her energy? Did you howl to her your love? I did. So, in celebration of Autumn, I am delighted to welcome Maureen, the twig ofIf you want to read more…click here

Preserve Autumn Leaves in a Beeswax Bowl.

Here in Southern California, the leaves are just starting to turn. We call it The Golding of the Leaves. It’s a magnificent time of year… natures last hurrah before she has to button down for the cold months of winter. When we go on our daily walks, we take a basket and fill it withIf you want to read more…click here

Sunday Favorites.

Here are some of my Autumn favorites from my super sponsors… From Skipping Stones… a gorgeous chocolate pin to show everyone how much I really do LOVE Autumn.From Meadowsweet Naturals, a book… Gateways, a collection of poems, songs and stories for young children.From Woolies… super cute knitted acorns that come in a sweet acorn bag.If you want to read more…click here

An Autumn Poem.

Photos by Dovie MoonSeptember by Hellen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) THE golden-rod is yellow; The corn is turning brown; The trees in apple orchards With fruit are bending down. The gentian’s bluest fringes Are curling in the sun; In dusty pods the milkweed Its hidden silk has spun. The sedges flaunt their harvest, In every meadowIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Hummingbird Feeder.

We so love the hummingbirds. They are prolific in our area… visiting our garden often. They remind me of UFO’s… they come ‘whirrrrrrrrrring’ in, hover, and then, faster than lightening, zip off into the air and away. They amuse me and make me smile. Kitty want’s them to stay. She gets frustrated with their fleetingIf you want to read more…click here

Make an Autumn Wreath.

Our door says… WELCOME AUTUMN! One of the ways we notice the changing of the season in our home is to make and decorated a door wreath for each season. As we collect the nature bits for it, we talk about how our world is changing with the new season. We talk about what weIf you want to read more…click here