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GIFT SUGGESTIONS|CELTIC HOLIDAYS
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GIFT SUGGESTIONS

Special Occasions, Gift suggestions:

Many of our customers have a collection of our Plaques and stepping stones in their garden. The stones and Plaques also make unique gifts for weddings, anniversaries, a house-warming, birthdays, and holidays. Our authentic Celtic designs have been researched and carefully designed to help you connect with your family heritage. Each Stepping stone or Garden Plaque comes with a card explaining the symbolism of the design.

Valentine's day- Feb. 14

Lover’s Knot Plaque
Namasté Plaque,
Anam Cara Plaque
Blackbirds Plaque

St. Patrick's Day- March 17:

Celtic Morning Blessing Plaque
Any Celtic Knot stone or Plaque

 Anniversary:

Lover’s Knot Plaque
Namasté Plaque
Anam Cara Plaque

Wedding:

Lover’s Knot Plaque
Namaste Plaque
Anam Cara Plaque
Celtic Cross Stone

House Warming:

Celtic Home Blessing Plaque
Celtic Cross Stone
Brigid’s Cross Welcome Plaque
Irish Welcome Plaque
Peace Plaque

Birthday:

Even the Smallest Person…Plaque
Good Friends Plaque
Sun Plaque
Sun Stone

Teacher Present:

Celtic Cross Stone
Even the Smallest Person…Plaque

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TRADITIONAL CELTIC HOLIDAYS

Besides our traditional holidays, here is a list of the traditional Celtic Holidays, which relate to "The Wheel of the Year." We list a little bit about each holiday, and our corresponding Plaque for each, here.

 Brigid's Day or Imbolc - Feb. 1 or 2

The Brigid's Cross is the symbol of the day. Traditionally, reeds or straw are collected from the fields and crafted into a cross. St. Brigid is Ireland’s first native saint, the most celebrated Irish female saint. Brigid as a goddess has always been associated with fire, poetry, unity, childbirth, and healing. This is a time of new growth and beginnings.

Brigid’s Cross Stone
Brigid’s Welcome Plaque
Brigid Goddess Altar Plaque
Spiral Goddess Plaque
Crescent Moon Plaque

Saint Patrick’s Day - March 17:

This special holiday is devoted to the patron saint of Ireland. On this day a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage is served, and family and friends get together. The day celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish with parades and festivals, Céilís, (musical gatherings,) the wearing of green attire and shamrocks.

Celtic Morning Blessing- Attributed to St. Patrick
Celtic Home Blessing
Celtic Inspiration Blessing
Any Celtic Knot Stone or Plaque

Spring Equinox or Ostara - March 20 or 21:

This is considered the middle of the Spring season and is also referred to as the Spring Equinox. As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The natural world is coming alive. The next full moon is called Ostara and is sacred to Eostre a Saxon Lunar Goddess whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit. The hare is a symbol of the moon. Easter comes from the name Eostre, which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox.

Greenman Stone
Diana Stone
Rose Stone
Gaia (Mother Earth) Altar Plaque—
She has flowers in her hair, and soothes us with a gentle smile.

May Day or Beltane - May 1:

Beltane honors Life. It represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. Earth energies are at their strongest and most active. All of life is bursting with potent fertility. It is a popular time for weddings or Handfastings, ( a traditional betrothal for ”a year and a day”.) Another common element is “jumping the broomstick” - this goes back to a time when two people who could not afford a church ceremony, or want one, would be accepted in the community as a married couple if they literally jumped over a broom laid on the floor. The broom marked a 'threshold', moving from an old life to a new one.

Greenman Stone
a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of new growth that occurs every spring.

Greenwoman Stone
Hawthorn leaves encircle her face, the sacred wood of the Maypole.

Traditionally Beltane began when the Hawthorn, know as "the May," blossomed.

Summer Solstice or Lithia - June 20 or 21:

A celebration of the Sun and the Earth. As we watch the ripening, flowering and fruiting all around us, we can’t help but be moved by, and grateful for, the generosity of the Earth Mother. It is the longest day of the year, the shortest night, and a tipping point: From here on out the days get shorter and the nights get longer. Each year, at Stonehenge, thousands of people gather to celebrate the sunrise.

The Sun Stone
Sun Plaque
Companions to the Moon Plaque (out of stock).
Gaia (Mother Earth) Altar Plaque with shelf.

Lammas or Lughnasaad:

Lammas is the celebration of the first Harvest, of grain, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance.In the Wheel of the Year cycle, Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the Second Harvest of fruit and crops, and Samhain is the third and Final Harvest of nuts and berries .

The word 'Lammas' is derived from 'loaf mass' and is indicative of how central and honored is the first grain and the first loaf of the harvesting cycle. It is also the festival of Lugh, the Celtic Sun King. August is His sacred month when He initiated great festivities in honor of His mother, Tailtiu. Feasting, market fairs, games and bonfire celebrations were the order of the day. Circle dancing, reflecting the movement of the sun in sympathetic magic, was popular, as were all community gatherings.

August was considered an auspicious month for handfastings and weddings. But underlying this is the knowledge that the bounty and energy of the Sun, is now beginning to wane. It is a time of change and shift. Active growth is slowing down and the darker days of winter and reflection are beckoning . . .

Celtic Spiral stone
Celtic Cross stone

Autumn Equinox or Mabon:


Night and day are again of equal length and in perfect balance. The cycle of the natural world is moving towards completion. Mabon is a celebration and also a time of rest after the labor of harvest. In terms of life-path it is the moment of reaping what you have sown, time to look at the hopes and aspirations of Imbolc and Ostara, and reflect on how they have manifested. It is time to complete projects, to clear out and let go that which is no longer wanted or needed as we prepare for descent, so that the winter can offer a time for reflection and peace. And it is time to plant seeds of new ideas and hopes, which will lie dormant but nourished in the dark, until the return of Spring.

The Labyrinth stone
Tao "Journey of Life" stone
The Moon Stone

Hallowe'en or Samhain:


Ancient Celts marked Samhain as the most significant of the four quarterly fire festivals, taking place at the midpoint between the Fall Equinox and the Winter Solstice. After the harvest work was complete, celebrants joined together to light a community fire using a wheel that would cause friction and spark flames. The wheel was considered a representation of the sun and used along with prayers. Participants took a flame from the communal bonfire back to their home to relight the hearth. It was thought that the veil between the worlds was thinnest at this time, and offerings were left for the fairies and those who had passed beyond.

The Celtic Tree of Life Plaque
Celtic Spirit Blessing Plaque
The Raven Plaque
The Moon Stone
Celtic Triple Goddess Plaque

Winter Solstice or Yule:

The light of the Sun begins a new solar cycle at Winter Solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere at this time we are experiencing the longest and darkest nights of the year, and the shortest days with the least amount of daylight.  In winter everything lies dormant in the silent earth, it is a sacred time of rest and reflection, before the awakening and the slow build toward brighter days.

The energy of winter is that of going within, and new inspirations can eventually emerge.  As we consciously link our awareness to nature's cycles, our understanding of our own personal growth cycles begin to deepen. This time is mirrored in nature, as the seeds are buried in the darkness of the Earth, to emerge once again with the life-giving rays of the sun.

Minoan Labyrinth Plaque
Labyrinth Stone
Ancient Trees Plaque
Book of Durrow
Celtic Knot Plaque
Peace Plaque
Fairy Wall Plaque

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FAIRS & FESTIVALS,
RETAIL SHOPS & GALLERIES

We have always shown our work at large themed fairs like the Renaissance Faire and Dickens Fair, and local larger holiday crafts fairs. The last holiday fairs we participated in were in 2019, The Humarts ­­Holiday Fair in Eureka, CA. and The Great Dicken's Christmas Fair in San Francisco, CA. We always enjoy meeting our customers, and sharing our artwork with you.

Humboldt Artisan's Crafts & Music Festival

First Friday, Saturday and Sunday of December 3-5

Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts festival, featuring live music and the best of the Pacific Northwest's artisans.

Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, Eureka, CA

Contact: (707) 444-8817

Dicken’s Victorian Christmas Fair, San Francisco

Cancelled this 2021 due to Covid

Retail Locations:
Stores & Galleries that offer our Products

Northcoast Artist's Gallery
362 N Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA

We have been member artists at this gallery for over 10 years. If you would like to see our products in person and are planning a trip to Mendocino, this is the place to go. It is a beautiful gallery, and there are some great shops in Fort Bragg, just 20 minutes from the town of Mendocino. We have an assortment of Plaques and Stepping Stones, and our products can be shipped and picked up here. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday 11-5 each day. Phone (707) 964-8266 northcoastartists.org

Cats Meow / Trillium
29 South Main Street, Willits, CA
(707) 459-6201 also on Facebook

Owner, Linda Matz, has an eclectic mix of gift and personal care items, tastefully presented. Just the place to find the perfect gift for that special someone. Linda carries an assortment of our Plaques and Stones, and also our Midnight Moon Apothecary line of salves, body care, luscious face creams and aromatic perfume oils.

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The American Craftsperson

In these times of Covid when the future is unknown, and we have been spending more time at home, many people have put extra time into their gardens and homes. Why not celebrate your accomplishments and create a special personal space with a Celtic Stepping Stone or Garden Plaque to beautify your garden? These traditional pieces will help connect you and your garden symbolically with the Celtic Theme of Life: “We are dependent on nature, and nature is dependent upon us for survival."

Many craftspeople are carrying on a handcrafted tradition that was learned when they were working in the family business, or they may have been an apprentice to a woodworker, seamstress, artist, or potter.

Jon and I have always been artists, so it was a natural direction for us to sell our artwork at crafts fairs. In the 1970’s, we became craftspeople when we had a booth at the original Renaissance Faire in Novato, California. All the crafts offered had to be made by the craftsperson and no imports or mass-produced crafts were allowed. Many craftspeople were carrying on a handcrafted tradition that was learned when they were working in the family business, or they may have been an apprentice to a woodworker, seamstress, artist, or potter.

We have always felt that one of the best things about buying art at a crafts fair, rather than a store, is the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists. We enjoy speaking with people on the phone who share our love of the Celtic tradition, and appreciate the research and time we put into our work. We share stories about travels in Ireland and Scotland, our Celtic heritage, and we learn a lot about Celtic art from each other. We look forward to speaking with you.

There are not as many artisans who make their products from start to finish in America as there once were. Imports have eliminated a lot of the craft and artisan market, and made it difficult to compete with pricing, and being able to earn a living being an artist.

Please try, whenever possible, to support these people who spend their days creating beautiful art to enrich your daily life, and also make useful objects to make your life easier and more meaningful. Creating garden art by hand is what we love to do. Since we are participating in only a few crafts fairs now we look forward to sharing our work and thoughts with you on this website.

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I received the compass stone in perfect condition. It looks lovely in my new yard, at the center of what will be the herb garden. Thanks so much!  Sincerely, L.C.G. , Dallas, GA


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