The Heart/Art of the Matter

January 4, 2012 § 4 Comments

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

Custom Constellation Hand-stamped Copper

The start of a new year often brings an overall sense of reflection (and often-times) change. We look back at our past accomplishments, sometimes dwell on what we experienced to be failures and hopefully begin to create and develop new goals. While reflecting on times of joy and hard lessons learned, there seemed to be a common connecting thread – Heart! Without People, MagpieTree would not be what it is today. I am privileged and honored to have customers who are willing to share their personal stories and trusted memories with me. It seems only by grace that our paths have crossed! Each and every time I am grateful for the authentic connections and honest exchanges.

Sincere gratitude to Ella’s family for allowing me to share her story.

Exact Location of Ella's Star

Exact Location of Ella's Star

It was back in October of last year, when I received a request from 800 miles away in Florida. A Custom Ordered set of Constellations. I had created this style of jewelry before, but this seemed a bit different. The customer expressed that she had named & dedicated a “REAL Star” to her friend’s baby girl-Ella. She then sadly informed me that Ella had unexpectedly died from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) at 5 months of age, only 1 week prior. We worked together to design a set of bracelets that would be given to Ella’s parents in memory.

Connecting the Dotts

Ellas Star Parents Bracelets

Leather and Ribbon Bracelets for Ella's Parents

Upon learning of how Ella’s story had reached Indianapolis, Indiana, Ella’s parents offered to share an educational video showcasing informational (and surprising) facts about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. You may also note that the STAR of the show is Ella herself!!

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Ella, or anyone else you may know whose lives have been touched by SIDS you may do so HERE.

For additional information on SIDS:

American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Institute
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
SIDS Center of Indiana
SUID/SIDS Resource Center

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigations – Resource offered by a fellow reader and Investigation Specialist in Seattle.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

― Albert Einstein


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§ 4 Responses to The Heart/Art of the Matter

  • cim10f says:

    We are so honored that our Ella is touching lives ❤


  • What a wonderful post! I’m stealing all your Dr. Seuss quotes for my photography site!
    Prayers to Ella’s family. There is nothing as sad as the loss of a child.
    (please see Kolton Brim Karnes Fund facebook page)
    You have come a long way , my bootcamp buddy. This is the most beautiful constellation I’ve ever seen.
    Treasuring my ‘bowl of stars’.


    • MagpieTree says:

      Thank you so much for all of the wonderful compliments! Feel free to steal any of the Dr. Seuss quotes! They really have some great messages in them:) I will definitely check-out the facebook page you suggested. Thanks for stopping by BootCamp Buddy! It makes me so happy that you still enjoy your Bowl of Stars!!


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