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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Monday, December 31, 2012

Wind in the Willows...V SOLD

"There is nothing--absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
Kenneth Grahame

It's the latest edition to my Wind in the Willows signature collection. Arizona turquoise, faceted quartz, bronze freshwater pearls, carved rosewood and swarovski crystals. 36 inches of vintage bronze wrapped wire and evocative memories of furry little creatures sailing to the river's end. Necklace $65, Earrings $14. Buy here on Etsy Today!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Amber SOLD

This is a really fun light-weight necklaces of reconstituted amber and genuine amber chips. Worn closer to the neck in the popular chunky style , Amber is 18.5+2 inches long and finished in vintage bronze. Necklace $38, Earrings $12 SOLD

Friday, December 28, 2012

Romance Skinny Chain SOLD

Feeling Romantic? Our 24 inch silver skinny chain is adorned with an Eiffel tower and dangling vintage rose Swarovski crystal. Necklace $21, Earrings $11

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Chestnuts Roasting Again ~~ Chestnut Brown Freshwater Pearl Long Layering Necklace SOLD

Chestnut-brown freshwater pearls, light Colorado Swarovski Crystals, vintage bronze floral connectors and 35 inches of vintage bronze holiday memories.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Creamy Chardonnay ~~ Wire Wrapped White Pearls and Gold Statement Necklace

The other day while looking through my boxes I came upon these plumplicious creamy freshwater pearls. I tossed around a few ideas then knew I needed to pair them with gold! I don't work extensively in gold, but here it did the trick. I mixed in sparkling Swarovski crystals, added some faceted Celestial crystals and used coated golden wire (will keep it's color), for 25.5+2 inches in length and smooth sipping. It's been on a table in my studio all week and I've noticed how irresistible it is to keep from picking it up and feeling these over sized pearls. Necklace $42, Earrings on gold posts, $15

Friday, December 21, 2012

Shadows SOLD

Unbelievable light weight, this gunmetal wire, peacock gray keishi pearls and czech glass will usher in your evening with grace and style. At 35 inches in length, Shadows may be worn long or doubled as shown. Necklace $38, Earrings $12

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Midnight Orchid ~~ Dark Purple Agate Gemstone Pendant on a Gunmetal Long Chain

Midnight Orchid V. 30 inches of gunmetal chain, purple agate stone, Swarovski crystal by the clasp, and  filigree. Necklace $30, Earrings $15

 Midnight Orchid VI. 30 inches of gunmetal chain, purple agate stone, Swarovski crystal and and filigree. Necklace $30, Earrings on Kidney Wires, $15

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Zebra ~~ SOLD

Here's a zebra must-have for your holiday shopping! My daughter still oohs and aahs over anything zebra she encounters. Simple in design and does with anything (well, maybe not plaids)! 33 inches of zebra calcillia, black czech glass and silver wire. Necklace $47, Earrings $13

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

J'Adore SOLD

I j'adored it so much I made more. Delicate vintage bronze chain, siam red Swarovski crystals, and a love letter scroll pendant. Finished by the clasp with crystals. 27 inches long (may be changed).

Jack Frost ....Bracelet

Jack Frost nipping at your nose yet? Here's a bit of sparkle, crystal, and ice...czech glass, Swarovski crystal, German silver. Bracelet $25, Earrings $12

Monday, December 17, 2012

Silver Fox SOLD

Sparkling silver czech glass, German silver findings, and soft silver coin pearls...the Silver Fox! Bracelet.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Silver Star...Just in time for Christmas SOLD

Silver Star is another Magpie signature piece. Lovely glossy gray freshwater dancing pearls, wee sparkles of czech glass and an antiqued silver metal starfish pendant. 17+2 inches of wishing upon a star.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Peacock Pearls ~~ Peacock Pearls Wire Wrapped in Gunmetal Layering Necklace SOLD

Another glorious glossy dark gray/peacock pearls wired on gunmetal wire and dotted with teeny czech glass crystals. May be worn doubled or at its full 36" length.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Home for the Holidays SOLD

Warm, and welcoming you get this cozy feeling all over wearing Home for the Holidays. Creamy round freshwater pearls, vintage bronze bead caps, teeny dark red czech glass and bronze filigree accents. 28 inches long. Necklace is $38, Earrings $13

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gothic Charm Necklace SOLD

Awhile back I had a few requests for a necklace to match the Gothic Charm bracelet. I found this antiqued silver pendant again and paired it with the indigo blue czech glass, added some silvery gray czech glass and German silver bead caps, and voila, here she is 17+2 inches of glitter and gleam for the right gal.

And since the original bracelet sold, here's another one. Sold alone or with the set, I made extra earrings that can go with either piece.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Indigo Girl SOLD

I found these gorgeous indigo blue coin pearls, added czech glass of a similar shade, then German silver accents and a toggle clasp! Voila, a spectacular holiday bracelet. Bracelet $27, Earrings $12

Monday, December 10, 2012

Gardenias SOLD

Pure, white, mother's favorite flower. I plucked a few Gardenias for your pleasure...

Gardenia IV Necklace $24, Earrings $16
White shell pearls, swarovski crystals, antiqued copper chain, 23 inches in length. Earrings are long and dangle on french hooks.

Gardenia V Necklace $26, Earrings $15
White shell pearls, swarovski crystals, antiqued copper chain, 30 inches in length. These earrings are larger and also on french hooks. I could replace with 2" long kidney wires if you so desire.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

White Christmas SOLD

I've been hovering around the studio the last few days adding some blingy holiday style earrings, bracelets and a few necklaces to our inventory. I think you'll really like these new bracelets!

White Christmas immediately captured my heart. Glossy white coin pearls, faceted clear quartz, German silver, Swarovski crystal and Czech glass, all with a toggle clasp. Bracelet $27, Earrings $12

Friday, December 7, 2012

Wind in the Willows...IV SOLD

It was with mixed feelings that the last Willows piece sold a few weeks ago. This has become one of my favorite Magpies, and now one of my signature designs. So I dug through my box of turquoise, found some more Arizona turquoise and paired it with more creamy freshwater coin pearls, czech glass, and a carved rosewood flower, then found these charming carved wooden cubes for a different twist in the story. This version is 33 inches in length. I actually liked it so much I had to make one more, so Willows V will emerge later today.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Home for the Holidays ~~ Long Cream and Red Gemstone Vintage Brass Layering Necklace SOLD

Most of my life I've lived away from home, and been quite content with where I had landed. But periodically I'd be captured by a longing to be Home for the Holidays. My mother's Norwegian Christmas bread, gingerbread men lined up with red-hot buttons, and other savory aromas wafting in from her kitchen. There would be a twinkling tree, vintage music crackling through the living room from her ancient record player, and the warms of family. 35 inches of pineapple quartz, vintage bronze filigree elements, red velvet czech glass, freshwater pearls, and bronze wire.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Magpie Skinny Chain: Blue Moon ~~ Pale Blue and Silver Pendant Necklace

Blue moon You saw me standing alone  
Without a dream in my heart 
Without a love on my own
Blue moon You knew just what I was there for  
You heard me saying a prayer 
for Someone I really could care for
And then there suddenly appeared before me 
 The only one my arms will ever hold 
 I heard somebody whisper, "Please adore me" 
And when I looked the moon had turned to gold
Blue moon  
Now I'm no longer alone  
Without a dream in my heart  
Without a love of my own
Blue moon You saw me standing alone 
Without a dream in my heart  
Without a love of my own
Blue moon You knew just what I was there for  
You heard me saying a prayer for 
 Someone I really could care for
And then they suddenly appeared before me  
The only one my arms will ever hold  
I heard somebody whisper, "Please adore me"  
And I looked the moon had turned to gold
Blue moon Now I'm no longer alone 
Without a dream in my heart  
Without a love of my own 
Blue Moon. 
Blue Moon is 26 inches of silver (plated) chain, light blue Swarovski crystal pearls, gray czech glass and a silver filigree element.SOLD

Monday, December 3, 2012

Re-Consider the Ravens SOLD

When I originally posted Consider the Ravens it sold immediately, and no wonder. It's a charming assembly of pineapple quartz, red czech glass, carved rosewood, vintage bronze wings, and freshwater cultured pearls. I never even had the chance to wear it myself. So...I found materials to make one more. I think you'll be captures as I was. I extended the length to 28.5 inches (I could add vintage bronze chain to lengthen further  if you desire). Consider the Ravens II Necklace $45, Teardrop Earrings $13

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Luke 12:24-26

Friday, November 30, 2012

Jack Frost...Nipping at My Nose SOLD

Glittery shimmery crystal clear czech glass (36 inches to front clasp in German Silver) may be worn long or doubled (as shown). The perfect bling to dress up your holiday outing.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Exultation SOLD

There's only one! I found this antiqued silver rectangular cut-out pendant months ago and was just waiting for inspiration. I suspended it from a rhodium chain, added a faceted greenish jade teardrop and a few pearls. 30 inches and finished at the clasp with pearls. Necklace $24, Earrings $12

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Maui--Magpie Skinny Chain SOLD

The next few days I'll be posting some more Magpie Skinny Chains. You don't want to see me wearing skinny jeans but skinny chains, yep, I can do that!

I was cold and damp this morning. Made me long for warmer skies. Maui is 26.5 inches of silver (plated) chain sporting a turquoise magnesite teardrop, freshwater pearl and Swarovski crystal. Finished at the neck with pearls. Necklace $22, Earrings $9

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Antiqued Silver Star SOLD

17.5+2 inches of peacock dark gray dancing pearls, Czech crystal glass and an antiqued silver star. Necklace $35, Earrings $10. Let your star so shine...

Monday, November 26, 2012

More Moonlit Shadows SOLD

The perfect holiday cocktail party necklace...More Moonlit Shadows is silvery gray and captures the romantic evening moon shadows. Baroque coin pearls and miniature czech glass crystals, Moonlit is 18+2 inches long. Necklace $38, Earrings wrapped with silver wire $13

Friday, November 23, 2012

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire SOLD

In honor of the upcoming Christmas season, made official now by the passing of Thanksgiving (my personal line of thought, "now I can entertain the thought of Christmas"), I give you a melody...Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. Chestnut colored freshwater cultured pearls are dotted with Swarovski crystals and strung on vintage bronze wire. 38 inches long (worn at full length or doubled as shown).

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

In the Shelter of the Cacoa Tree II SOLD

The first version of this restful necklace was released last year in antiqued copper. And here is the bronze version...bronze seemed to work better with these lighter brown pearls. Strung by my nephew, Mason, who, I might say did a fine job. I've been giving the kids $5 a necklace to string, but am teaching them basic business principles of waiting for payment when the necklace sells. He's holding me to my word and has written a list of "payments due". Every time I do a home party or show the kids all want to know if "their" necklaces have sold. I love it.

Unusually light weight at 18 inches long. Brown blister pearls, white freshwater pearls, czech glass, vintage bronze. Necklace $34, Earrings $11

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ginger and Spice and All Things Nice ~~ Gingerbread Cookies ~~ Wire Wrapped Turquoise Teardrop Earrings

Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

3/4 c butter (real!)
1 c packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp clove
granulated white sugar

Bake at 375 degrees

Cream butter and sugar; add egg. Beat. Add molasses; beat. Add soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves; beat. Mix in flour. Beat. Dough will be sticky. Using a tablespoon spoon a walnut sized portion in your hand and roll into a ball. Drop into a bowl of white sugar and coat in sugar. Line up 3 by 4 on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Transfer to waxed paper on counter. Cookies will be initially quite soft but will firm up. Dunk in milk and enjoy!

And while you enjoy eating these simply amazing cookies, browse  or my Etsy shop here for your favorite holiday gifts:) Seen below...turquoise magnesite and vintage bronze wire (some have Swarovski crystals) earrings. $16 a pair.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie II ReRun SOLD

Here's a re-run from June! It's Thanksgiving time and I was looking for my mom's pie recipe. Good thing I put it online last year!

Can't get enough of my favorite Thanksgiving holiday pie! This pie is seriously the most amazing pie ever. In fact, I think so much of my mom's pie that I've included the recipe here for you too!

Necklace is double layers of soft spicy orange pumpkin mother of pearl shell, sparkly czech crystal glass...18 to 20 inches. SOLD

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
1 cup pumpkin
3 eggs separated
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
2 tbsp butter

1 envelope of gelatin dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water

1/4 sugar for egg whites (beat egg whites and add in sugar to make a meringue)

Cook first seven until they thicken
After thickening add butter and gelatin mixture
Stir until dissolved
Fold in meringue
Pour into a baked pie crust and chill in refrigerator.
To serve top with fresh whipped cream! Delicious

Narcissus ~~ Elegant White Keishi Pearl Statement Necklace

Narcissus, a member of the daffodil family, is the flower which infuses my house each Christmas season with a lovely fragrance. It was named for Greek hunter renown for his beauty. He fell in love with his image  reflected in a pool of water, and fell into the pool and drowned as he was simply unable to leave the beauty of his own reflection. We use the name narcissistic to describe those among us who appear in love with themselves.

Here I've tried to capture the delicate beauty of the Narcissus with natural white Keshi pearls dotted with tiny Swarovski crystals. Necklace is 17.5 inches (I can add an extender chain) and so light-weight you won't even feel it on your neck! Necklace $45, Earrings $15. To see more pictures or to buy click here for my Etsy shop. There's only one!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Magpie Open Studio

Coming December 1st I'll be opening up my studio for Christmas shoppers and anyone who just needs a new pair of earring!
I'll have earrings galore (and I can make adjustments right on the spot), bracelets, necklaces, skinny name it.
Please email this flyer on to your friends/family, upload to your Facebook page, hand out at work. I'd love to see a record-breaking Saturday of Magpies flocking over shiny things.

To Paris with Love SOLD

26 inches of delicate vintage bronze chain finished with crystals by the clasp. Evocative of a lovers get-away to Paris...with an Eiffel tower, love note and a dangling Swarovski crystal. Necklace $23, Earrings $12 (or I can make simple crystal earrings)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tickled Pink SOLD

Pink magnesite, faceted quartz, Biwa pearls, czech glass, wired with stainless steel wire and antiqued silver hammered links. 28 inches in length. You'll be tickled pink. Necklace $37, I made two sets of earrings...Pink ones on french hooks are $9, and Clear with links are $10

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Finding Solace SOLD

After our burglary a few weeks ago I've been focused on finding Solace once again. My presumptively safe environment had been violated. I have had to conclude that genuine solace can only be found in completely trusting our heavenly Father.

Solace Two...$23 Necklace, $11 Earrings with dangling pearls
Crystoprase, freshwater rice pearls, swarovski crystal and antiqued bronze chain with a butterfly pendant. 26.5 inches in length and finished with pearls by the lobster clasp.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Twilight is back SOLD

Twilight is back! 34 inches to the front styled toggle clasp. Twilight may be worn at its full length or doubled as shown here. Silvery gray czech glass and gunmetal wire. You'll feel sparkly all over. Necklace $38, Earrings $11

Friday, November 9, 2012

Blue Agate Stone SOLD

I am brain-dead today for naming jewelry! But you're going to love this slab of blue agate strung on gunmetal chain and finished in the back with capri blue Swarovski crystals. 27 inches long.
Necklace $25, Earrings in faceted blue agate $14

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Poison Apple Red SOLD

Red as the proverbial poisoned apple, our bracelet will bring out the handsome huntsman to win your heart. Deep red coral and rock quartz crystal finished in German silver. Bracelet $26

I can make earrings in rock quartz if so desired or I can recommend these wrapped red coral wedges $13

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Royalty SOLD

Royalty...for the queen inside you. Iridescent purple and gold czech glass is strung with gold plated elements. The necklace is 16.5 +2 inches long. I even gave you a few choices for earrings. Sold alone or separately.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Gingerbread Dance ~~ Soft Brown Dancing Pearl and Red Statement Necklace

Delightful gingerbread colored dancing pearls are strung with faceted red czech glass crystal and dotted with bronze.These are lovely autumn colors and would wear well with neutral tones. Let your Christmas cookie come out and dance. Necklace 19" plus two inch extender chain. Necklace $33, Earrings $9

Monday, November 5, 2012

Merry and Bright SOLD

Yes, I know, it's way too early to talk about Christmas. When I created this piece I wasn't even thinking about the holidays, but the name just emerged. Large nuggets of dyed red magnesite (which appears a bit darker in this picture), an off center rock quartz crystal and brushed German silver disks lend themselves to 17 inches of merriment. I can add an extender chain if desires, but Merry is intended to be worn close to the neck. Necklace $38, Earrings $12

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Victory II SOLD

Victory in purple magnesite, swarovski crystal and silver wire..18.5+2 inches long.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Enchanted Evening SOLD

It's another enchanting evening in Magpie headquarters. These soft silvery gray freshwater pearls, czech glass and silver wire are irresistible! While working at Oktoberfest I wired a set and it was sold before I could even photograph! In fact, it was purchased to be an eye-glass chain! I just added a lobster clasp on each end...a perfect design idea. 38 inches long.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mozaic Turquoise Earrings

It's been a very busy few weeks and not nearly enough time to bead! Here are some earrings I squeezed in. Mozaic turquoise topped with Swarovski crystals, all on vintage bronze. $13

Friday, October 26, 2012

Midnight Orchid SOLD

Velvety purple agate suspended from gunmetal chain! Everyone who's come by my studio while I was making these was drooling. I have a couple versions (each stone varies), but most are from 25-29 inches long and finished adjacent to a lobster clasp with tanzanite Swarovski crystals! Necklaces $25, Earrings $12