The wonderfully awesome Cherie Morris, who owns the Garden of Beadin' in Bartonsville, PA, wrote this fun story to go along with the Magdala Necklace that I am teaching this month at her store. I had so much fun reading it that I asked if I could share it here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did (and you too can make your own by coming to class on Feb 19th, see the classes tab for details, or you can find the pattern here). Enjoy! Thanks, Cherie, for letting me share your whimsy. ~Nancy
But finally an old man, very poor himself, took her in and gave her food and a warm place on the floor of his hut by the fire. He watched over her while she slept and noticed that under her ragged coat, something blue sparkled as she turned in her sleep. But he said nothing. She stayed several nights and gained her strength to continue. When it came time to leave, she wept because she had nothing to give the old man to thank him for his kindness. Then she remembered her pearl and crystal necklace and told him it was all she had, but it might be worth something. The old man recognized the necklace as the royal jewels and knew the young woman was Princess Magdala. He refused the offer and instead gave her his only horse to continue her journey and his warm coat to wear, leaving him with none. The Princess was so grateful because the necklace was all that was left of her happy memories. Suddenly (you knew this was coming) the old man, who had been aged prematurely (by a Forest Witch named Wilma) because of his greedy ways as a young and handsome prince, turned back into his original form. He dropped to his knee and asked for Magdala's hand in marriage! Maggie, who was smart as well as beautiful, had heard of this stuff happening before. So she first asked to meet Wilma and after a brief consultation, the witch created a huge army and with the Prince at the head, the army road to Maggie's castle and ousted the evil Count Chokulawski. The Count shortened his name to Chokula and learned to make disgusting chocolate cereal from demented squirrels in the forest. Maggie returned to her family home, made Wilma CEO of the Castle. The Prince became the butler and pool boy (hey, it's better than the old guy in the hut,) and Magdala lived happily ever after wearing her jewels and beading more to sell to other nearby castles on the shopping network.