MagpieMadness offers beautiful hand-made jewelry that is fashionable and affordable. I specialize in turquoise, crystal, pearls and semi-precious gems. I really enjoy working with silver, vintage bronze, and antiqued copper. Each piece is carefully crafted in my studio with attention given to style, design, and quality. Magpie creates wedding party jewelry, offers home parties, and provides custom-design.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Crimson Tide Revisited

Apparently you like red coral and turquoise as much as I do! The bold impact of these colors is unparalleled. Here's a new combination of genuine red coral spears featuring an off center turquoise magnesite focal bead. 18" long plus a 2" extender chain. Necklace $35, Earrings $9

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cardinal and Crimson Tide Returns SOLD

Unfortunately for you, these rich red necklaces have already sold! But I couldn't resist sharing them with you anyway!

Cardinal
18 inches of red coral completed with a toggle clasp SOLD

Crimson Tide Returns
17" of red coral and featuring a stunning turquoise blue pendant

Friday, August 27, 2010

Coco SOLD

Think cream coco butter, chocolaty browns, rich vanilla. A classic necklace you can wear dressed up or down. Solo or layers. 38 inches give you the leeway to wear long or doubled. Composed of calcite, yellow jade, crystal glass and coco discs all wrapped in tinned copper. SOLD

Thursday, August 26, 2010

That 70s Necklace

A few weeks ago I brought you a 50s style necklace. Today skips a few decades forward to 70s green and gold. Remember the wallpaper? Add a little spunk to your style with these jade stones! It's one of a kind. 18" long plus a 2" extender chain. Necklace $31, Earrings $9

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blue Lagoon SOLD

It came out in 1980 and make Brooke Shields famous. The story of two children who grew up in paradise, innocent, pure, and then fell in love. Naturally, the story-spinners would like us to believe such essential goodness is present in the pure innocents of children, but we know the shelter of Eden was shattered the instance Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Wielding the suspension of disbelief we all want to believe in goodness, in purity and in love. Composed of faceted sodalite ovals, sodalite cylinders and coins, freshwater coin pearls, crystal glass, and connected with silver wire for 36 inches of beauty which can be worn at it's full length or doubled.. SOLD

Simple, beautiful, the Blue Lagoon Bracelet, $32

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mum SOLD

In the south, it's all about football. And for us girls, the games were all about the football players, especially the quarterback hottie. Do any of you remember the corsages of mums? Definitely a sign of favor and being "in". Hugh rusty red mums would be delivered the evening of the big games. This red sponge coral reminded me of mums. Simple, beautiful, majestic.18" long with a 2" extender chain. SOLD

Monday, August 23, 2010

Wintergreen SOLD

Cool, minty, so fresh they could be in a chewing gum commercial. This blue chalk turquoise will give you a fresh breath. Whipped up with chunks of quartz crystal and antiqued silver chain, you have 36 continuous inches of adornment. No clasp. Just wear the necklace wherever it suits you! And check out these earrings. Amazing.

Antiqued silver chain, minty blue chalk turquoise, quartz crystal. SOLD

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sherwood SOLD

As a member of the Robinhood family, Sherwood, named for the infamous forest where the merry men romped, calls us to the trees.

Sold out before I could even post! Kristi took Sherwood to work with her and hot off the press, it was snatched up by an admirer. Mosaic turquoise tear drops, blend with czech glass and copper spacers to uplift the mystical copper tree pendant. 17 inches long and finished with a copper entwined branches toggle clasp. How woodsmen-like!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Magpie Gets Around

Last week Magpie made an appearance in Palm Springs! Here is Elysia Morgan wearing Surf's Up! That bird gets around!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Azul SOLD

Blue like the sea! Kristi composed Azul from lightweight aluminum chain, blue crackled glass, and crystal glass. 30 inches long. $30 Necklace, $8 Earrings SOLD

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Marionberry SOLD

A sister-piece to Strawberry Graham Cracker Cheesecake, I bring you Marionberry Cheesecake. Think these quaint pinkish magnesite stones are making me hungry. I love the pink and creams swirls unique in each bead. Composed of berry-colored magnesite, buri roots, rock crystal and oodles of silver links for a full 30 inches. SOLD

Monday, August 16, 2010

Roc's Egg SOLD

The Roc is a mythological bird perportedly strong enough to carrry off an elephant. I thought this simple Tiffany-style chain, adorned with the eye-catching turquoise pendant to be simple and bold all in one swoop. 15" long to the front clasp and pendant.SOLD

Saturday, August 14, 2010

High Noon SOLD

At high noon the sun is at it's brightest! These darling little bracelets capture the brilliance of the sun with their coppe wire, golden and bronze crystal glass, and fun toggle clasp. SOLD


Friday, August 13, 2010

Twilight Series SOLD

As the sun sets and evening moves in I hear the symphony of crickets, see the twinkling stars, and wait for that magical moment of Twilight. Below I'm debuting two sparking additions for your evening-out adornment. These photographs don't even do justice to the cascade of sparking irridescent crystal.

Twilight I 37+3 inches long of crystal glass and antiqued silver with a front clasp. It can be worn at its full length or doubled. SOLD


Twilight II is a bit shorter at 36 inches and finished with a toggle clasp, and can also be doubled. SOLD
And coordinating bracelet. SOLD

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Coastal Bouquet SOLD

And reflective of the rich fushias, delicate yellow wildflowers, and brown hills, I bringyou Coastal Bouquet. Dripping with genuine crazy lace agate, yellow jade, crystal glass and tiger's eye and finished with a silver toggle clasp. This is a statement piece which will complement browns and neutrals. $31 Bracelet, $9 Earrings

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Coastal Rose SOLD

Every year when we return to Bodega Bay I look forward to the coastal flowers. Rich and vibrant fushias, radiant day lilies, tender yellow buds, soft and fragrant roses. The kitchen garden off the porch of my grandmother's cabin tumbles forth with uncontainable treasures. We always reserve one day of vacation time for yard work, hard work, yes, but rewarding for sure.

One rose bush in particular, now matter now sharply it's pruned, produces roses of the softest pink emanating a surprisingly perfumed bouquet. How could such a dainty and gentle rose be so powerful?

Created from the softest of genuine pink opal and natural wooden beads, Coastal Rose, reminds me of this flower. 17 inches long with a two inch extender chain. SOLD

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ice Capades II SOLD

Very similar to it's sister piece, we bring you Ice Capades II. 31+ (to the pendant) inches of glistening, glittering crystal glass. Created with an antiqued silver wire, the clear crystal is set off to perfection. You'll love this length which allows you to double up for a smaller two-layer style, and the ease of a front clasp. SOLD

Monday, August 9, 2010

Magic SOLD

No, I don't really believe in magic, but somewhere inside each of us is a mystical hopefulness! As they say in Cinderella, Bipity, Bopity Boo.

Here's a Monday morning classy treat of five layers of lucious onyx black glass seed beads, sprinkled with dots of silver! The necklace measures an inside diameter of 16" and falls to 18" at it's farthest strand--and can be extended two inches for more room! SOLD

Vacation Productions

I'm a hands-on gal. It's painfully uncomfortable for me to sit and do nothing. But give my hands an occupation and my mind is freed up to concentrate. On vacation we spent evening hours in the cabin's family room chatting, playing game, watching old movies. I'm not much of a game player, unless it's Settlers of Catan or Scrabble, so I enjoyed listening to Mark and the children talking smack in heated rounds of Mousetrap, Waterworks, and Chase. And you'll see the results this week!

Friday, August 6, 2010

August Arbor SOLD

Lay on your back under a nice large shade tree. Squint your eyes and let the sun slimmer through the leafy branches. You'll see rays of sunshine tinted green. Peridot shines forth.With this antiqued silver tree pendant and peridot chips you'll be called back to long summer days.

Just in time for August, a shimmering combination of antiqued silver and genuine peridot chips. 16" long to the pendant and finished with a 2" extender chain. SOLD



Thursday, August 5, 2010

Picture Perfect SOLD

Pretty as a lovely little flower tucked in the corner of a kitchen garden! Luminescent purple freshwater pearls, helix glass crystals, and a quaint silver pendant make for an arresting necklace. 17" long and finished with a toggle clasp.SOLD



Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Lilac Longings SOLD

While on vacation I continued to create! Here are some of my designs.

Lilac Longings is a delightful blend of genuine lilac freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals. 33" long and finished with a delicate toggle clasp, it can be worn at full length or doubled for a shorter style.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Magpie Vacations with The Birds

One might ask, where would a Magpie take her flock for family vacation, why, Bodega Bay, of course, the quaint fishing village where Hitchcock filmed The Birds in 1963. Birds of a feather flock together, y'know.

 
In the 1920s my great grandmother and her family bought a little piece of land and built a couple of cabins where they spent summers to escape the beastly hot mid-west heat. Years later the family migrated to Sonoma County where some of them live to this day. The cabin evolved over the years, progressively acquiring indoor plumbing, enclosed porches, additional rooms, and an electric cook range. But some things remain the same, the lovely scenic views, the meandering walk through Salmon Creek village to reach the beach, the original house, and the amazing vibrate flowers which seem to radiate color by this foggy shore.

I look forward each year to my time at the family cabin. Visiting with family, hiking the dunes, inhaling my grandmother's fragrant roses, kayaking Salmon Creek, building early morning fires in the wood burning stove, pots of coffee and lots of conversation. And of course, listening to a symphony of birds singing, western jays, red-winged black birds, sparrows, wrens, and naturally, seagulls.