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Dandelion Fritter Recipe and a New Mother’s Day Tradition

My dear friend, Michelle, posted photos yesterday on Instagram of her delicious Mother’s Day breakfast… dandelion fritters. It turns out that dandelion fritters, cooked by her gorgeous daughter, is her family’s new Mother’s Day tradition. I LOVE this idea (look how yummy they look!) and so I have decided to actively work on making dandelionIf you want to read more…click here

The Long Long Winter

Oh my… this winter is taking so long! It’s half way through April and we are still having snowstorms. You know I LOVE snow… but in April… not so much. Come on, Spring… be assertive. Tell winter that he has had his turn and now it’s yours. He’s being greedy and we are not amused.If 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portraits of Life in the Sunny House

A few mornings ago, I found Teddy sitting on the comfy couch in my room, playing “Kind Hearts in the Garden” on his recorder. The morning sun was streaming in through the window and kissing him. His shadow danced and played on the wall behind him. It looked and sounded so beautiful and touched myIf you want to read more…click here

The Lusty Month of May!

Happy May to everyone!   Aren’t these May flowers beautiful. My grandmother had a May bush in her garden in South Africa and it was always so confusing to me that it was called ‘May’ as it bloomed in September! Ha! Now that I live in the Northern Hemisphere, it blooms in May! Things areIf you want to read more…click here

Honey Bees are Amazing!

We had a wonderful time watching honey bees collecting pollen from the prettiest of flowers on our hike on Sunday. They worked tirelessly until their leg sacks were full to bursting and they could hardly fly. Then we followed them, hoping to find their hive. Over bushes, under trees, around a stream. It was aIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial : Needle Felted Spring Nest

  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

Spring Blossoms

Spring blossoms abound. The trees are so pretty… they are pink and white and magenta. It’s amazing how quickly they spring forth. It seems that one day a tree is bare and the next it is dressed all in pink.   Spring makes the world a happy place You see a smile on every face.If you want to read more…click here

Spring Magic Craft Box : 2015 Available NOW!

Hi, Happy Friends… I have some exciting news for you. The Spring Magic Craft Boxes are on their way to lucky children all over the world! THEY ARE ENCHANTING! The Spring’s Magic Craft Box is delighful. It is filled to the brim with the wonder and newness of Spring! As usual, the fairies, elves andIf you want to read more…click here

Planting Mini Pansies in Egg Shells for Easter Decorations

We visited our local garden shop yesterday to buy strawberry plants to plant in the cinder-block holes of my new ‘bunny-proof’ vegetable garden. Before I left home, I voiced my intention NOT TO BUY ANYTHING BUT STRAWBERRY PLANTS to my Good Man (I’m a well-known impulse plant buyer and hoped that if I committed toIf you want to read more…click here

How To Make A Hummingbirds Nest : Needle Felting Tutorial

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

Beautiful Things

I’m delighted to report that our plum tree has a gentle dusting of white blossoms on her happy branches, our birds are busying themselves looking for nest-worthy twigs and our bunnies are shedding their thick winter coats… Spring is in the air! In honor of Spring, Kitty wanted me to share some Spring Babies weIf you want to read more…click here

New Needle Felted Easter Treats at Fairyfolk

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

Helping The Birds Make Beautiful Nests

We have really enjoyed watching the birds building their nests this year. We have a family of crows who live in the tree in our back yard. Apart from the terrible squarking they make in the early mornings, we love them. They are particularly fun to watch when they are building their nests as theyIf you want to read more…click here

Make Pretty Spring Blossoms

Please enjoy this Spring craft from our archives – How to make: Pretty Spring Blossoms Blessings and magic,Donni

Spring Break

Yay… we are so excited that it’s Spring Break. I get to have my children home with me for two whole wonderful weeks. I feel so lucky to be able to spend this time with them. Lazy days gardening at home, fun days at the beach, days spent exploring nature with no time constraints norIf you want to read more…click here

Dancing in the Rain

Quick! It’s raining! Put on your rain boots, coat and hat and play in the rain! Be free, get wet, let raindrops land on your tongue.   For all too soon you’ll be an adult and won’t dream of dancing in the rain… unless in love, of course. Happy April showers :-)Blessings and magic,Donni

Watercolor Painted Easter Eggs

Today, we painted some eggs with watercolor paints.Here is a tutorial of how we blow out our eggs for Easter crafting. How pretty our eggs became. Such gentle and pastel colors. To keep our eggs steady for painting, Kitty had a marvelous idea to use playdough we had in the fridge as a base. HappyIf you want to read more…click here

Natural Dyes For Easer Eggs

I think Teddy and I have a new obsession (yes, to add to all the others!). We spent the weekend dyeing white eggs with natural dyes from goodies we already had in our fridge. My word, it’s amazing what colors you can get from things we eat… some colors we expected and others were aIf you want to read more…click here

Pretty Colored Easter Eggs

 Yay for all the Easter crafts! Easter is only about a month away (gasp!) We always make the mistake of getting into Easter crafting too late and then, blink, it’s over and there’s no reason to blow eggs, paint eggs, dye eggs, crack eggs…Not this year… we are already well into our Easter crafting andIf you want to read more…click here

Yarn Wrapped Branches for Spring

I saw some wonderfully colorful, yarn wrapped, branches on Pinterest the other day and knew that Kitty and I would have to give them a go. What a perfect way to bring a splash of rustic Spring color into our home. So, on a cold and rainy day, Kitty and I set to work. TheIf you want to read more…click here

A Leap Year Visitor

Look who came a-visiting… beautiful Mr Hummingbird. A fitting treat for a Leap Year day.  I noticed him admiring himself in the glass of our french doors. He was hovering there, gazing in delight at the HANDSOME hummingbird he saw in the reflection. The doors were open a crack and the next moment, Mr HummingbirdIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Bark Boat

Oh the simple joys of making our own boats. We have been on a boat-making spree lately and what masterpieces we have made. You can see our other creations here and here. Today, we made our best boat of all… a bark boat. I can’t tell you the joy I feel when I watch myIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Paper Origami Boat

On our trip to the Nature Center the other day, we took along an array of boats to play with. One was a simple stick raft and another was a beautiful watercolor paper origami boat that Kitty made. She loves to paint and I am always in awe of how pretty her watercolors are. HereIf you want to read more…click here

The Joy in a Simple Toy.

Yesterday, I wrote about how we are trying to live simply in our big city and about how it’s not always the easiest thing to do. When you not only have a Target on every corner but also a Toys R Us, a TJ Maxx and a Ross, it’s really hard not to buy theIf you want to read more…click here

The Climbing Tree

There is a tree at the LA Arboretum that we call ‘The Climbing Tree’. It is a child’s delight! A maze of gorgeous branches going this way and that. It’s branches span about 30 meters but it’s not very tall… perfect for climbing. It’s usually the first place we visit when we are at theIf you want to read more…click here

Pretty White Yarn Dandelions

 Our lawn look so beautiful in the early morning sun. For some reason, it is full of dandelions! I know I should be ashamed of a lawn full of dandelions…  but how could one feel anything but pure joy when seeing the slanting rays of sunshine illuminating these pretty little puffs of magic? And thenIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial :: Needle Felted Spring Wreath

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

Scenes from a Spring Faire.

Flowers, fairy boxes, watercolors, rainbow silks, plaited raffia, roses, sunflowers, crafts, homemade food, pink hydrangea, lavender, origami animals, puppet stories of the Moon Maiden, baskets, quilts, Spring sunshine, happy smiles and everyone waring flower crowns. Thanks to all who helped to make this a very special day indeed. The Maple Village School in Long Beach,If you want to read more…click here

Morning Glory Nests.

I have a wise old friend who warned me against planting Morning Glory. ‘But it’s so pretty!’ I argued… ‘And, it grows so wonderfully fast!’ I pleaded. I was wanting to plant a vine that would grow over our fence and make our yard look like a jungle of green. As is usually the caseIf you want to read more…click here

On Vacation

Hello, dear friends.We have taken a little vacation and will be back with wonderful new things to share soon.In the meantime, please browse through the shops of my sponsors (links in the right hand column of this page) and check out some of my favorite blogs in my blog-roll (also in the right hand column).SpecialIf you want to read more…click here

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

Pine Cone Bunny.

With Easter fast approaching, we are deep into bunnies in our house. Teddy wants his peanut butter sandwich shaped like a bunny, Kitty hugs her beloved calico bunny to sleep every night and the bunnies who live in the garden (lol, their names are Mine and Yours) are being fed copious amounts of carrots andIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make a Beeswax Suncatcher.

This weekend was supposed to be a spring cleaning weekend for Kitty. Her wardrobe has become cluttered with favorite clothes that have, alas, either become too small or too holey! Sadly, she is very averse to patches… apparently, they itch! So, it was with a heavy heart that we set about cleaning out her drawsIf you want to read more…click here

The Prettiest Easter Eggs.

We have been making beautiful heirloom eggs to decorate hour home for Easter. This craft makes such pretty eggs… we used transfers to color our eggs beautifully. All we needed was white blown egg shells (tutorial on how to safely do this is here) and transfers that we found at a craft store… both theIf 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

Let’s make an Easter Basket.

We are at the grocery store. Kitty : Mom, we really have to get these Cadbury’s Chocolate Eggs! Me: I don’t think so, Kitty, it’s not Easter yet. Kitty: But Mom! (I can see her little brain working furiously) Mom, I want make an Easter Basket and we can keep them in my basket untilIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make a Garden in a Shell.

I’m so excited… we’ve been wanting to make shell gardens for ages. If you are like us, you are longing for Spring to arrive. We’ve had a number of lovely sunny days here in Southern California but then a cold front has visited, the snow has fallen on the mountains and the freezing wind hasIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s Make Chocolate Cherry Mice.

My friend hosted a baby shower a little while ago and I almost died when I saw the little cherry mice she had made. They were almost too adorable to eat… but don’t let their sweet looks stop you from popping them into your mouth… they are simply, outstandingly, delicious too! The kids and IIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s make a Shell Moblie.

Our beach is a treasure trove of beautiful shells. The rock pools are filled with brightly gleaming shells, gorgeous colors of the rainbow shimmering in the water. Many of the shells that have washed up on the beach have been bleached white by the sun. We have strolled for hours, collecting such beautiful treasure. Today,If you want to read more…click here

Make a Bean Teepee.

Time for a little honesty here… the truth is my kids struggle to eat vegetables. Let me tell you, we are a relatively health conscious family… I have offered sweet carrots, delicious corn and even frozen peas from the time my children were mere babies and yet, would you know, they often refuse to eatIf you want to read more…click here

From Nest to Fledgling.

Have you entered our Mother’s Day Giveaway with Periwinkle Sky? If you haven’t, pop over to this post for your chance to win her beautifully illustrated book, ‘My Mother Gave Me the Moon.” In honor of Mother’s Day, I am delighted to share the story of our resident House Finches with you… Our little frontIf you want to read more…click here

Lilacs in Bloom.

Have you visited the Descanso Garden in Southern California? If you are in the LA area, it is a gem worth seeking out. It has a gorgeous Camellia forest and if you are lucky enough to be there in the Spring, you will be blown away by the beauty of the Lilac garden.Lilacs are hardIf you want to read more…click here

Make a No-Knit Yarn Nest.

A few weeks ago, to K’s utter delight, we discovered a little nest in the eves inside our front porch. We have been watching Mr and Mrs House Finch building this nest from our front window. K has been consumed… it reminds me, a little uncomfortably, of myself when the first Big Brother came out.If you want to read more…click here

Name the Bird…

Now this is a bird after my own heart! Can you guess what his name is? Yes, he is a woodpecker, but what type of woodpecker? I’ll give you a clue… YOU GOT IT!! He is an Acorn Woodpecker! Look at what he does! He makes hundreds of little holes all over the tree trunkIf you want to read more…click here

Home of the Apple Pie.

On a whim, we packed up the RV and set off on a camping weekend. We headed to Julian, the home of the apple pie… Such a quaint little town, old fashioned and sleepy and filled with pie shop after pie shop filled with delicious pastries and steaming pies. We had our fair share, AndIf you want to read more…click here

The Fairy Ball.

Oh, the luck of it!! The utter good fortune!! You won’t believe it, we hardly can! Hold your breath – We. Were. Invited. To. The. Fairy. Ball! Oh, the excitement! We dressed up in our Sunday Bests and followed the magical fairy invitation… down the path, over the stream, under the Weeping Willow, over theIf you want to read more…click here

Making Cute Garden Markers.

With Earth Day coming up and Spring in full swing, we decided to turn our attention to our garden. We had a glorious weekend planting herbs, tomatoes and strawberries. I love watching my little gardeners busy at work in the dirt. We had 9 strawberry plants last year but alas, it wasn’t enough for myIf you want to read more…click here

Earth Day Finds.

Thank you to my wonderful sponsors. The buttons linking to their shops can be seen to your right… do you see them? I LOVE each and every one… Each shop is charming and delightful to distraction… spaces filled with enchanting treasures of imagination and creativity. So, in honor of them and upcoming Earth Day (22If you want to read more…click here

Pussy Willow.

Pussy Willow I have a little pussy, And her coat is silver-grey; She lives in a great wide meadow And she never runs away. She always is a pussy, She’ll never be a cat Because—she’s a pussy willow! Now what do you think of that? Author Unknown. K has been singing this song often. ItIf 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

Make a Mossy Spring Wreath.

To welcome Spring into our home, we made a Mossy Spring Wreath to hang on our front door. It has a golden bow, little spring-colored paper roses and a tiny nest with robin’s eggs inside it and we say ‘Hello Spring’ whenever we open our door! This is what we need: * A wreath frameIf 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.

A Hummingbird’s Nest.

Please enjoy a post from Spring last year. * * * A Good Man and I were having our coffee on the deck yesterday morning, basking in the warm spring sun and feeling very excited for the day ahead. ‘LOOK!’ whispered A Good Man, pointing to our ‘wool tree‘. There, hovering in the air wasIf you want to read more…click here

This Nest is Best.

Please enjoy a post from last Spring… * * * We have been watching the birds building their nests. We see them dashing around with little twigs and sticks in their beaks and we hope, with all our might, that one might choose our tree next to the deck as the perfect spot for aIf you want to read more…click here

Decorate an Easter Egg with Pressed Flowers.

Today we continued our Easter Crafts and used our pressed flowers to make a beautiful flower Easter egg. We pressed the Black Eyed Susan’s about two weeks ago. K had great fun collecting the best specimens from our vine for pressing. She chose pretty orange flowers and lovely green leaves. She arranged them neatly onIf you want to read more…click here

Making Waxed Easter Eggs.

I love the lead up to Easter… there are so many sweet crafts that Easter inspires… nests, birds, bunnies, eggs… today, we decorated eggshells. We painted the eggshells we blew out the other day. If you haven’t done it before, here is a tutorial on how to clean out an egg shell. As we loveIf you want to read more…click here

Easter Giveaway!!

Oh my GOSH, Friends… am I excited for you guys!! The generosity of this Giveaway! I’m almost tempted to come in with an alias to have a chance to win this one!!! $85 worth of pure cuteness! In celebration of Easter, Gretchen from TLC Blankets and Things is offering you a chance to win yourIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Pretty Spring Nest.

We had so much fun yesterday making our ‘Blossoms for Birds‘ tree and really started to think about nests… how they are made and how eggs are laid. K longs for a bird to make a nest where she can watch him. She is so hoping a bird will make a nest in the jasmineIf you want to read more…click here

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