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New Places.

Our surprise is going to take a little longer than anticipated… I’m so sorry for the long wait. The exciting news is that we are working on a new site for The Magic Onions, a beautiful new site that will let us do all kinds of fun and interesting things. I can’t wait to shareIf you want to read more…click here

A Surprise.

Hi Friends, I’m sure you’ve noticed that this page is looking a little different… don’t worry, it’s all under construction! The Magic Onions will return to full capacity on Monday even more beautiful than it’s ever been before. And, on Monday, I’ll have a wonderful SURPRISE for you all :-) Stay tuned!! Blessings and magic,Donni

Winner Spotlight :: Fairy Garden Contest 2012

Fairy Garden Contest 2012 winner spotlight :: Tsuruhaus. Isn’t this a beautiful photo… Can you see the glow of pure magic radiating from this sweet little beings’ imagination? This photo captures what making a Fairy Garden is all about. The fun of making an enchanting place with our children flows into the ongoing wonder ofIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Meditations On The Nature Table

We have been planning where to place our Nature Table in The Sunny House and this has made us think and discuss the reasons for having a Nature Table and the kind of Nature Table we would like ours to be. A previous article from the Discovering Waldorf Archives, by Amber Greene, has excellent ideasIf you want to read more…click here

The Sunny House

Two years ago, my Good Man came home from a run and announced (in a ‘runners high’ kind of way) that he had found us a house. We all bundled into the car and, with much excitement, he took us to a little run-down ranch house and said “this is the one”! Although it wasn’tIf you want to read more…click here

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day!! Photo by Dovie Moon Photography  Blessings and magic,  Donni

All Of Our Past Easter Crafts

You’ve been asking for a link to our past Easter crafts. Well, I’m happy to say I put together our favorites to share here… enjoy! Make Beeswax Easter Candles Decorate Easter Eggs with Pressed Flowers Decorate Easter Eggs with Pretty Transfers How to Blow Out Eggs Make a Pine Cone Easter Bunny Dye Easter EggsIf you want to read more…click here

The Rise Of Homeschooling

I was so excited to read this lovley article on the Etsy blog about one families homeschooling experiences and wanted to share it here… The Rise Of Homeschooling. Blessings and magic,Donni

A Needle Felted Valentine’s Day

Fairyfolkhas new needle felted goodies for Valentine’s Day!Pin It  Needle Felted Hearts Pin It  Love Toadstools Pin It  Felted Valentine Garland Pin It  Love Nest Pin It Love Owl Please click on this link to go straight to my Valentine’s Day Section. Blessings and magic, Donni

Thirtysomething.

Today’s my birthday :-)I’m 39. And I am very happy with this new age of mine. I feel like this is a special one to be… who would have thought? This cool feeling has snuck (yes, this is a word… I’ve just checked) up on me unsuspectingly. I have always known 40 is a bigIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

You are most welcome to share this great resource on your own blogs… (save the above Friday’s Nature Table button to your desktop and then add it to your blog as a picture gadget linking to this code… https://themagiconions.com/search?q=Friday%27s+Nature+Table) Welcome, Friends. I want to thank you all for the wonderfully inspiring links you share hereIf you want to read more…click here

A Flea Market Junkie

I am a Flea Market junkie! I am in ecstasy when meandering through the rows upon rows of what my darling husband calls ‘somebody elses junk’. To me, it’s not junk at all, it’s pure treasure! Poor Mr Magic Onions gets utterly bored after about 6 minutes! The only hope I have of dragging himIf you want to read more…click here

Pretty Waldorf Lunch Containers

Finding pretty school lunch containers and drinking bottles for a Waldorf school is always such a struggle. Most Waldorf schools ask that the kids not bring any items that have ‘characters’ on them… no disney, no Dora, no Star Wars.  To narrow our choices even further, I am one who has bought into the ‘plastic-is-dangerous’If you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf ::: Celebrating Autumn

I wanted today’s Discovering Waldorf article to be a celebration of Autumn but realized that I couldn’t say it any better than this post from the archives… Discovering Waldorf ::: Celebrating Autumn. Besides, I’m sure you are missing the wonderful Twig and Toadstool as much as I am and will delight in reading Maureen’s wordsIf you want to read more…click here

How to make an Autum Leaf Mobile

It’s so exciting! Autumn is here… the days are cooling down, the acorns are falling from the oak trees and all of the leaves are starting to change into their brilliant yellow, orange and red gowns. The colors of Autumn are so rich and warm, it’s hard to believe that they lead us into theIf you want to read more…click here

Delicious Apple Crumble

 Autumn is apple season. We so enjoy passing the apple trees in the yards and seeing them drooping with crisp, juicy apples. Sometimes, if the tree is particularly laden and within reach, we ‘borrow’ an apple or two. There is something magical about eating fruit that you have just picked. The apple can be tartIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

 Fairyfolk Needle Felting Kits – www.fairyfolk.etsy.com I am so excited to share another tutorial on needle felting. One of the things I love most about needle felting is that you can finish a project in one sitting. You can sit down with a basket of wool and a needle be holding a few beautiful  feltedIf you want to read more…click here

Carrots for Fairies.

Sign up for my newsletter to receive Fairy Garden tips, tutorials and new features : * indicates required Email Address *  We are still working on our fairy garden and the kids are adding little treasures to it daily. Our newest additions are a set of clay carrots for the fairies and gnomes to tendIf you want to read more…click here

A Peek Inside My Studio

When I first started my business, I had no idea that it would take on a life of it’s own. I needle felted at night when my children went to bed, sitting on a pillow on the living room floor. I soon took over the TV armoire (the TV having been relegated to the garageIf you want to read more…click here

Summer Camping

On utter impulse, on New Year’s Day 2010, Matthew and I bought an RV. Until the moment of seeing it advertised on the side of the road that day, neither of us have even entertained the thought of owning one. We saw the ‘For Sale’ sign on it, called the number listed and bought it,If you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – Explaining the Waldorf Curriculum, Kindergarten through 8th Grade

Explaining the Waldorf Curriculum, Kindergarten through 8th Grade by Dr Rick Tan   Sedimentary rocks settle back to their bins inside the science closet. The chalkboard compass acutely rests deep in my desk. My sword leans against a wall like a seasoned knight retired from his last battle. From studying rocks to Rome, knights toIf you want to read more…click here

Felted Playscape Tutorial

 My children love playing with their playscapes. I’ve made each of them a few. Watching (or hearing) them playing in their felted woodland mossyness is a true delight for me… and well worth the time it takes me to put them together. They nurture such wonderful imaginative play with their tree stumps and flowers andIf you want to read more…click here

Silent Saturday

 Finger knitted friendship bracelet. Blessings and magic for a wonderful weekend, Donni

In Deep Sympathy.

Our hearts go out to all who are sad and scared today. In Childhood by Kimiko Hahn things don’t die or remain damagedbut return: stumps grow back hands,a head reconnects to a neck,a whole corpse rises blushing and newly elastic.Later this vision is not True:the grandmother remains deadnot hibernating in a wolf’s belly.Or the blueIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial : Needle Felted Toadstools

Tutorial :: Needle Felted Toadstools  – Fairyfolk Felting Kits www.fairyfolk.etsy.com  I am so excited to share a tutorial on needle felting. You’ll be amazed at the things you can make. When I picked up my first needle three years ago, I was surprised at how quickly I took to it. One of the things IIf you want to read more…click here

Collecting Acorns.

My mom and dad built our family home, Northwell, before my youngest brother, James, was born. My Grandfathers family owned large tracts of land in the Eastern Cape area of South Africa. My Grandfather gave us an 11 hectare block of gorgeous, wild, African land for us to build our house on. To thank myIf you want to read more…click here

My First Pony.

My Dearest T and K, Hello my Darlings. Today I am going to tell you about my first pony. His name was Pipparus and he was a tiny little white pony. He had a very naughty streak and my mother said it was good to learn how to ride on a naughty pony as heIf you want to read more…click here

Winner of the Natural Kids Giveaway.

And, the lucky winner of our Natural Kids Earth Day Giveaway is… RunninL8, who’s sweet comment was… “Oh my gosh! I could spend HOURS!!!! But one of the first things to pop out at me was this WONDERFUL Tree hugger hoodie from HANDFULL I will be posting about this giveaway on both my blog andIf you want to read more…click here

And the winner is….

Congrats to Peacemama for winning our Easter Giveaway. Thanks Gretchen from TLC Blankets and Things for offering such a wonderful prize. Blessings and magic!

Silent Sunday.

White

Friday’s Nature Table.

Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table, a forum for us to share the nature inspired things we have done with our children… our nature ideas, crafts, activities, inspirations and photos. Nature is all around… her magic is everywhere! I encourage everyone to participate, the more wonderful ideas we can share about how to enjoy our beautifulIf you want to read more…click here

Silent Saturday.

Mr T has a new love. Blessings and magic.

Friday’s Nature Table.

Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table, a forum for us to share the nature inspired things we have done with our children… our nature ideas, crafts, activities, inspirations and photos. Nature is all around us… her magic is everywhere! I encourage everyone to participate, the more wonderful ideas we can share about how to enjoy ourIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table.

Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table, a forum for us to share the nature inspired things we have done with our children, our nature ideas, activities, inspirations and photos. There is so much magic in nature for us to show our children. I encourage everyone to participate, the more wonderful ideas we can share about howIf you want to read more…click here

Gnomes Galore on Etsy!

Etsy, our handmade wonderland, has an application whereby members can put together a list of items they love. This list posts to Etsy’s Treasury page. Now, it’s very difficult to secure a spot in the Treasury as so many members participate. One can only secure a post when the lists drop to below 333. AsIf you want to read more…click here

Savory Bread Pies.

A quick and easy lunch recipe that my kids LOVE (even if I add a few green things to them!) To make 12 Bread Pies… 12 slices of bread butter 4 eggs 1 cup cheese diced ‘whatever-you-feel-like-adding’… for us it was ham and onion. Muffing tray 1. Cut the crusts off the bread and butterIf you want to read more…click here

Worm Garden.

Today, we made a worm garden. This is how we did it… We used our big glass jar (a small one will do too). We put a large, clean yogurt container in the middle, upside down so that the worms will have to work close to the glass letting us, hopefully, see them when ourIf you want to read more…click here

Spring cleaning… a little late.

Early morning tea, a lazy start that turned into a frenzied spring cleaning. K’s room has been moved around, decluttered and freshened up! A task that has been well overdue. Little treasures have been put back into their OWN spaces, toys have been sorted and too-small clothes have been put away for a friend. TheIf you want to read more…click here

Treasures

Both my children love treasures. 

Playing with Stones.

We played with stones today. I got a bag of Pea Pebbles from the store to be used for making terrariums at our May Faire on Saturday. They were very dusty and dirty. We decided it would be so much better for the terrariums if the stones were clean and shiny so we set aboutIf you want to read more…click here

Unexpected Joys

Today, K’s Waldorf class made and delivered May Cones to the neighbors. It was a beautifully warm Spring day and the children looked so sweet, all dressed in their flowery dresses and spring bests.The cones were made by wrapping pretty paper squares into a cone and securing with double sided tape. We then punched holesIf you want to read more…click here

A Conversation with K

We are all feeling fine, at last! To celebrate we went for a special treat last night… Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt. It is my favorite. I love Just Chocolate with Hot Fudge. No one else in my family is quite as decadent… A Good Man has Just Chocolate and slivered almonds, K, Strawberry and GummyIf you want to read more…click here

Gifts from the Earth.

In honor of Earth Day yesterday, please enjoy some beautiful photos posted by my friend on her blog, Fly on the Wall. They are so beautiful they took my breath away. The Earth showers us with such precious gifts. All we have to do to receive them, is notice them and they will bring aIf you want to read more…click here

Happy Birthday, Mother Earth!

Here is my Mother Earth. She was my first needle felted sculpture. She came forth from the wool in my hands as if I had made her a hundred times. It is still amazing to me that I made her. I would expect she would come from some spiritual, all-knowing person, not me. Perhaps, throughIf you want to read more…click here

Splendid Outing

In honor of the first day of Spring, we visited our splendid Arboretum yesterday. It is a magnificent place, full of magical wonders and natures treasures. Periwinkles remind me of my gran. She had such a beautifully old fashioned garden in Cape Town. Her house was called Lismore. As children we delighted in depetalling theseIf you want to read more…click here

Always Finish

If a task is once begun, Never leave it till it’s done. Be the labour great or small, Do it well or not at all. Anon