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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Friday, August 31, 2012

Another Nightingale's Song SOLD



A shorter style of our Signature Nightingale's Song is 25+2 inches long in a symmetrical design. Crazy lace agate, coin pearls, Czech glass, wooden spacers and bronze wire.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dulcinea ChickiePie

Designed for a special little girl, these Dulcinea sets are charming..glass pearls, czech glass, silver hearts and lots of shiny stuff! Necklace $15, Earrings $7


Azul Bella is 15 inches long. Necklace $15, Earrings $5




Blanco Belle is 14.5 inches long and finished with a magnetic clasp $15


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

More Heritage of the Desert


I went ahead and made another Heritage of the Desert because I was afraid that once it sold I wouldn't be able to wear it myself! I'm thinking of keeping this primarily because I love the brilliant sleeping beauty blue shade of turquoise magnesite...it's goes perfectly with a long summer sweater! Like it's counterpart, Heritage contains carved coconut wood coins, creamy calcite, bronze glass, and vintage bronze chain and elements. 35 inches long. Necklace $48, Earrings $15

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Willows Three SOLD


36 inches of Arizona turquoise, rutilated quartz, freshwater pearls, carved rosewood, all accented with antiqued bronze. Willows is a Magpie Signature piece.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pebble Path SOLD


Smooth lentils of natural brown agate, neutral shades of czech glass, bronze freshwater pearls, and vintage bronze wire lend themselves to a necklace that is expressive of peacefulness and meditation. The natural agate reminded me of smooth pebbles one might find walking on the riverfront. As water laps at the bank each splash bathes the pebbles in depths of color. 34 inches long. Necklace $41, Earrings $10

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Resplendance SOLD


Feel resplendant with the uber sparkly czech glass and german silver ensemble finished with a toggle clasp. Bracelet $29, Earrings $11

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fawn SOLD



Delicately smooth Swarovski crystal pearls in fawn brown are adorned with Swarovski crystals and suspended from vintage bronze kidney wires.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Here comes the Bride...Blushing Bride, that is SOLD

I have two new  Bridal Blush renditions for your perusal today. BB3 and BB4. This has been such a requested necklace that I felt the need to make a few more before closing out this Magpie Signature set.


Bridal Blush Three features 36 inches of natural Peruvian pink opal, carved wood, tiny czech glass crystals, soft pink Biwa pearls, freshwater pearls and an off side nugget of pink opal, all blended with antiqued copper wire and chain links.SOLD


Bridal Blush Quatro is slightly shorter at 32 inches and brings you some of the same natural Peruvian pink opal, carved rosewood barrels, tiny czech glass crystals, soft pink Biwa pearls, freshwater pearls and an off side wedge of pink opal, all blended with antiqued copper wire links. Necklace $46, Earrings $13 SOLD


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tranquility STOLEN


As tranquil as the pebble dropped in the still body of water, this simple vintage bronze chain is adorned with one Arizona turquoise stone. 30 inches of chain is finished with small turquoise nuggets adjacent to the lobster clasp.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Nut Brown Hare...and Back SOLD


I found more dancing brown beads just perfect for one last Nut Brown Hare rendition! Natural opal faceted teardrops are string with tiny czech glass crystals, our brown flower, and finished with a smooth heavier vintage bronze chain. 17-19 inches long depending where you clasp.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Nightingale V SOLD



Yes, another demure brown songstress in our collection. Nightingale V  is 33 inches of crazy lace agate, creamy coin pearls, czech glass, carved wood and vintage bronze filigree and wire. These neutral shades will go anywhere!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Old Lace (and Arsenic) SOLD

Our college performed Arsenic and Old Lace one fall. What a delightful plot in which the recently married Mortimer discovers that his two old aunties have the very bad habit of trying to relieve bachelors of their misery by poisoning them, a discovered of a dead body, and his subsequent attempts to cover up the mischief. Too funny.


Old Lace had a vintage air about it. The antiqued bronze links reminded me of lace surround by the innocence of pearl with pineapple quartz and filigree. 18+2 inches to the dropped pendant, Old Lace is $34, Earrings are $12

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Baja SOLD


Hop down to Baja for a weekend for two with this package of arizona turquoise, carved wood, rutilated quartz, coin pearls and antiqued bronze. 36 inches of fun and memory you can wear anywhere. It'll be a vacation you never regret. Necklace $41, Earrings $11 SOLD

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Moonlit Shadows SOLD


Moonlight silvery gray, almost irridescent blister-coin pearls capture the evening hours and shadows that whisper tales of love and longing. Sprinkled with teeny czech crystals and finished with gunmetal chain, Moonlit is 16-18 inches long. Necklace $34, Earrings $11 SOLD

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Al Fresco Reverie II SOLD


After receiving numerous oohs and aahs for Al Fresco I created another version, only this time I added creamy coin pearls. Antiqued bronze, coconut shell coins, turquoise magnesite and teeny czech glass crystals complete the reverie. Seen here with northern California driftwood, I selected these elements for the water, sandy seashore, and delightful assortment of driftwood we collected on the beach.

Necklace is 17+2 inches long. $34 Necklace, Earrings wrapped in bronze wire and suspended from french hooks are $11



Complementary bracelet sold alone or with set is $21 and optional earrings on kidney wires $10
7.5+2 inches long

Monday, August 13, 2012

Illuminate SOLD

One of the benefits with getting older is, hopefully, the acquisition of some wisdom along the way. We spend so many years covering up our defects, presenting only our best side for photographs, posting Facebook updates that flatter, and sucking it all in with Spanx.

When we began Narratives Church my husband and I decided to live lives of increasing transparency. We wanted to let God so shine from within us that flaws and all, He would bring redemption and His love would shine forth. Let the Son come in and illuminate your with His presence.


Naturally flawed rock quartz crystal on antiqued bronze wire is illuminated with light. 18+2 inches long. Illuminate is $33, Earrings $12

Friday, August 10, 2012

It Makes a Difference for This One

Back in the nineties after wrapping up a degree in English and finally landing a job waiting tables (for which I was pretty thankful) I began volunteering as an adult tutor with Opportunity for Adult Reading (O.A.R.) under the directorship of Debra Connor. Every week I climbed the creaking stairs in the historic former Cleveland Public Library building to meet with my students. First I met with a man in his late 50s. Time had not been friendly to "Sam"; he'd lost so many teeth and was weather beaten from long hours of outside labor, but he had a sweet smile and a strong desire to read. Later, I volunteered with a lovely lady, who no one would have ever supposed to have been illiterate. You have to be pretty smart to navigate through life without knowing how to read. Eventually I actually worked for OAR as a coordinator of literacy services. The time I invested with OAR and the the impact they made on my live is unforgettable.

During our initial literacy training Debra told the following story. In the almost 20 years since I first heard it, this story has often risen to the top of my memories when I doubt that my efforts are all that significant. You do make a difference.

While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.
He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.” Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realise that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”


Starfish suspended on gunmetal chain with czech glass crystal beads embedded. 18 inches long. Custom-design for my friend Jolaine.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sunkist SOLD

Certain colors always remind me of our village strolls. There's an older house along our way built of rock and simply covered along the edges with bright nasturtiums. These gloriously happy flowers are the color of sunshine! I find myself wanting to pluck them up by the dozens and sweep into the cabin with my arms overflowing. However, I do think there are laws about such vandalism so I exercise restraint. But think about it, I do. Together we lift our faces to the sun and are kissed.



Sun-radiant faceted orange glass (I think; I actually thought this was jade, but they feel more like glass, so it's listed at a glass price, not jade) is offset by ray-catching rock quartz crystal and hammered silver (plate).  31 inches long and adjustable. Necklace $38, Earrings $8

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sands of Time SOLD


On our daily dune walks, I am captured by the shifting sands...each year the sand forms new patterns, new dunes emerge, old ones flatten. The edge of the creek shifts and tides beat down new embankments. I am reminded that in my life too, there is ebb and flow, shifting, and fluidity. And I'm thankful. I don't want to remain static and unchanged. I place myself in God's hands and let him shape me for his use least I become too rigid and inflexible.

Naturally colored Crazy Lace Agate, fire polished Czech glass, coconut shell coins, freshwater pearls, and golden coin pearls are capped in filigree and connected with Vintage bronze wire in this asymmetrical design. 34 inches. Necklace $42, Earrings $11

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Through the Dunes SOLD


Walking through the dunes we picked our way amongst drift wood, multi-colored sands, vivid tufts of ice plant, shells and whatnot, and sparkling sun rays illuminating every blade of grass. Through the Dunes captures a hint of our experience. 34 inches of crazy lace agate, faceted calcite, freshwater pearls, coin pearls, wooden sticks, and pineapple quartz, all in antiqued bronze. Necklace $41, Earrings $11 SOLD

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bodega Sunrise SOLD

As the sun came streaming through our kitchen windows, it brought warm, light, and a rosy glow. Natural pink opal nuggets, boardwalk like wooden sticks, bronze freshwater pearls, and wee sparkly czech glass crystals are connected in the warm hue of antiqued copper. 36 inches in length.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Back from Bodega Bay

A few weeks ago the kids and I drove up the coast to my favorite vacation spot in the world...my grandmother's beach cabin in Salmon Creek. It's a quaint little fishing community, or at least, used to be, but now is a very quiet collection of mismatched cabins and more sumptuous beach-side homes. My great-grandparents built the cabin in the 1920's and would come from the city to beat the sweltering summer heat. At one time or another, family members have lived at the cabin making contributions to it's internal and external architecture. So, we reminisce...the door that Uncle Tim created--a collage of oddities glued to it's structure; the ski benches created by Uncle Steve; the abalone shells adorning the weathered back fence--all victims of Uncle Charles' diving prowess; the placement of kitchen dishes and table clothes--a constantly evolving product of my grandmother, mother, and various aunties.  I am immersed in memories, some of the best of my life.

I like to make this yearly escape simply to BE...to be amongst the tangle of wildflowers, serenity of tides slapping the same dunes I climbed as a child, the constancy of walking through the village to the beach and seeing the same homes year after year, joyous reconnections with family as they stop by with fresh fish, strawberries, games, and warm hugs. No electronics. No cell phone. No internet.

Each year I am thankful that my children have been able to share my paradise. Digging holes to China and trying to get there before the incoming tide triumphed. Rolling down the dunes into the moderately warmer Salmon Creek until one is encrusted with sand. Picking our way through tufts of dune grass and ice plant as we return home on the back side of the dunes. Late sun streaming through cabin windows bathing us in a rosie glow. Dune golf with tennis balls, all an inspiration of Uncle Steve. Kayaking up the creek until the underbrush prohibits further exploration. Black and white Gilligan's Island and Loony Tunes. Chase and Blackjack with Uncle Steve.

Once groceries were obtained from town, we didn't move the car until someone, a week later, felt that salt-water taffy from Bodega Bay was a must. And then we started the old girl up a week later to return home. No running around. No agendas, No site-seeing. That's my idea of a vacation.

Oh, and I made jewelry...a gillion new Magpies to share with you! The next week or so, I'll be posting my beach-inspired creations.

My little ChickiePie, Julianna.
 From the top of the dunes looking down at Bodega Bay Beach.

A bird in flight over the reeds edging Salmon Creek.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vintage Rose SOLD

Delicate as the rosy-fingered dawn, these vintage rose shaded freshwater pearls are interspersed with subtley twinkling czech glass. Vintage Rose is 40 inches long and may be worn at full length or doubled for a layered look. Soft, delicate, lightweight.


Necklace $40, Bracelet on silver chain is $17, and Earrings are $9