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, July 29, 2014

Generation to Generation SOLD

One of the last jewelry pieces I wired before my hands tightened up on me with my MS relapse blended African turquoise, orange Imperial Jasper, carnelian, carved coconut wood, and a few Swarovski crystals with a raw brass wire that I hand antiqued.

These colors spoke to me of the wild orange lilies that grow beyond my grandmother's cabin, the lush greenery of a beach-side bungalow, and the old weathered wooden fences surrounding the centrality of decades of memories that span generations--mine, my mom's, her dad's, and now that of my children. I love the Beck cabin, the memories, my family, and the colors. It inspires art.

33" in length. Necklace $42; Earrings, $12

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Magpie is back

Talk about being out of commission! The vacation was supposed to be 10 days but we had automotive breakdown on the trip which extended our trip an additional five or so days as we waited for parts. All in all, we couldn't have had a more convenient breakdown--waterpump blew up and melted another part on the car. We were able to extend our stay at my grandmother's cabin and squeeze in additional beach days with family. I am so thankful to God that it didn't happen on the drive home.

The kicker was that while we were gone, I went into a relapse with my MS. I had brought my Wahls Protocol book with me to brush up on extra reading. As I poured through the pages to find out what in the world had gone wrong I was able to trace the demise of my progress. Honey. Chocolate. Paleo Treats. I had become cocky and careless.

No, I didn't falter once with grains, dairy, legumes, or cane sugar, but here and there I had regular chicken, eggs, and even grain-fed beef. But mostly, it was that drive for something sweet deep inside, a satisfaction I know should come from Christ and not what goes into my mouth.

I had begun to feel as if I might actually BE in remission and the MS would be gone for good. I underwent two days of water fasting at the cabin, then when I came home, two and a half more days which I stopped to begin a round of steroid treatments.

This time it hit me most acutely in my hands--yep the hands I use to write, to bead, to cook, to hold things. I don't have the words to describe how unbelievably frustrating this has been. Yes, I have terrific pressure around my midsection with the MS hug, causing me to gasp for breath at times, but oh, my hands. I am typing with my index fingers--hunting and pecking.  My hands feel frozen, stiffer than molasses on a wintry day, and rough as corn husks. They feel swollen, as if water logged, yet my rings are loose. I can walk. I am stretching. I can even hold a plank and do pushups, and use a mouse, but I long for the return of my nimble fingers. It's challenging to even hold my cell phone. 

I am making peace with God and my hands. I pray the steroids and the extreme diet restrictions will reduce inflammation, but I have to be at peace with the potential loss of their use. They are His hands. I am not my own; I have been bought with a price.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10

Proverbs 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

Having said all that....before my hands went kaput, I did bead around 10 charming new necklaces.  Look for some new features in the days to come!  I do have quite an inventory of finished work, so please think of Magpie when you need a gift or just a personal pick-me-up!

God is faithful and just.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Magpie is going on vacation!

The Magpie needs a little rest:) She'll be back in two weeks with fresh ideas/posts.In the mean's a simple pair of earrings to catch your eye!

Crazy Lace Agate dyed in hot pink! Wire wrapped with vintage bronze wire and hung from 2" kidney wires. $12