Simplicity. Serenity. Sincerity.

This is Magenta Plum. Inspiration from a time that was sweet and simple, when the world was everything else, home and family were comforting and serene, questions were thoughtful and sincere. Hopefully you will be inspired to give to others and be good to yourself while finding all that is simple, serene and sincere.

Whidbey Island Marketplace

We invite you to explore the Whidbey Island Marketplace, a collection of unique items inspired by our surroundings and created with love.

Path to Present Blog

Many paths brought us to this moment, and we invite you to follow along as we explore life in the Pacific Northwest.

At One with the Current

The day glistened, with light dancing off Penn Cove’s deep blue waters. It was a cool afternoon on Whidbey Island, but the sun’s rays penetrated through the calm. Out on the water, looking at the rolling hills and tree lined land off in the distance, I couldn’t help but think of Grace. Grace, who set […]

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It Feels Good to be Back

An early morning excursion brings us to the Coupeville ferry terminal, waiting for the next available transport off-island. Having passed the palatial farm estates and rolling fields along Ebey’s Landing, we drive by the glassy water of the National Historic Reserve. Driftwood and large rocks dot the shoreline, and the cool, misty morning conveys a […]

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And the Rain Begins

It has been raining every day…and every night. And we are happy about every drop. To us, this means climate change doesn’t have quite so much control over our existence. It means we are having some semblance of typical seasonal weather. It allows our environment to be refreshed and regenerated. It gives us hope that […]

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Beautifully Weathered, Lovingly Found

The light clouds shield us from the sun, and a gentle marine layer hangs over Puget Sound. Down a nondescript, residential street, we had driven to a parking lot full of spaces for oversized vehicles, but empty in the early morning. We made our way a short distance, passing an abandoned general store, sagging under […]

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A Stitch in Time

Vibrant warm colors, soft velvets, and intricate details. It felt delicate in my hands as I unwrapped it from the safe plastic box in which it was lovingly housed. Unfurling it, I tentatively held in front of me the unfinished quilt started by my fourth great grandmother, Sophia (née McBride) Murphy. It had passed to […]

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Ice Cream Scoops and Sunshine

“You know you’re in a good place when you see ice cream everywhere.” Those were the wise words of a passerby, noticing the delicious ice cream scoops we were enjoying. A beautiful sunny day had brought us to La Conner, Washington, about an hour-and-a-half drive from Langley, up through Oak Harbor, and to the mainland. […]

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