Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shop now for Christmas Delivery

Only 10 more online shopping days at the Celtic Attic to insure Christmas delivery. Shop online now or visit us at ths holiday market in the kitsap mall, silverdale or at our store in downtown Bremerton, Washington. or  We also have a few black friday/cyber monday sales items still online for your shopping pleasure.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates and to those that do not, may you have a wonderful weekend with family and friends. My your plates be blessed and your family kept safe.  May we also think of those less fortunate and keep them in our hearts and prayers so they can have a meal, a kind word, a nice gesture and safe holiday and winter season.
Celtic Attic would like to announce its annual Black Friday - Cyber Monday sale.  Starts after your Turkey is cooked, eaten, pumpkin pie is stuffed til you can't move and your glass of wine is empty and the kiddies are tucked into bed.  Enjoy 15% off your shopping on our Specials page and get a free Gift with every order. Use code cyber in the coupon code field at checkout. If your not shopping black friday, use our tenp code to get 10% off your order anyway.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holiday shopping

I can't believe it is already the 23rd of November. Where did this year go? Well it has been crazy here at the Celtic Attic. We have our store downtown Bremerton WA.  We also have opened a booth at the Kitsap Mall Holiday Market hosted by our Pal Jane Hill. Stop in and shop now for Christmas. Shop online and save $5.00 off any order over $50.00 by using code 5off or you can get 10% off any order by using code tenp. We hope you have a wonderful upcoming holiday season and stay warm and dry! Happy Holidays and Happy Christmas. or

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shop early at the Celtic Attic for your Christmas Ornaments. Use code 5off to receive $5.00 off your order.

Top O' The Morning To All,
Ce'ad Mi'le Fa'ilte
100,000 Welcomes

Happy October, can you believe it… Where did the summer go?  We are having some nice weather here still in Western WA, not sure what means for this winter, so get your holiday orders in now while we have plenty of stock and the weather is good!   

We have some great new gifts and some old tried and true ones.  Why not buy a Personalized item or a Celtic pendant.  Or you can check out our Jewelry pages to discover all the wonderful items we have available. 

Jump right to our online shopping portal Christmas Section Or explore the Celtic Attic for all your gift giving needs: All Ornaments, Personalized, Scottish, Holiday Gifts!

We want to offer this great Shopping Deal to you from today until Halloween.   $5.00 off your order now at the Celtic Attic, just enter code 5off in the coupon field at checkout.  Plus get a candy bag & a wee GIFT FREE with each and every order.

Here is the deal of the month at the Celtic Attic.  The Leprechaun's Pot of Gold is now available for FREE in PDF format.  That's right, FREE.   We have decided to give you this gift so that you might be inspired to start your own business or just read about how we started ours!  Just click on the link below for more information and then email to get your free copy.

Irish Wit & Whimsy


Good health!  (Pronounced Shlan-tah)


One hundred thousand blessings!   (Pronounced   Kade-mee-lah-fall-cha) 

Bits & Pieces of my Celtic Heart

As a kid I remember my grandfather calling to my mother to get on the piano and start playing his favorite songs… It would always begin with “in the garden” and end with “O Danny Boy”… She would play, he would hum, then break out his guitar and they would both sing.  Then they would start all over again and drag me and my grandmum into the action.  Pretty soon the whole house was alive with the sound of Piano, Guitars and singing…

Celtic Candy Quotes

“I have a dream”

and it came to pass.

Follow your heart

as dreams may not last.

And if they do

they slip away so fast.

So hold the dream

and follow your heart.

A dream will come true

if you believe it to!

Kristin Olsen

Tasty Foods & More

Christmas Punch a la Shirley

1 can orange juice 1 quart

1 can pineapple juice 1 quart

1 can apricot nectar 1 ping

1-quart rye or bourbon

Combine above, let set in refrigerator.  When ready to use add 1-quart club soda and ice.


Tips N Hints - Songs from the Old Country
Irish Recipes
Irish Travel
Scottish Recipes
Scottish Travel
Welsh Recipes
Cornwall Recipes
Cornwall Myths & History
Celtic History & Myth
Celtic Attic Free Giveaway
Removal Policy & KC's Notes

TIPS N HINTS: Songs from the Old Country

(Glyn Hughes)

Come day, go day
Wish in my heart it were Sunday
Drinking buttermilk thru the week
Whiskey on a Sunday

He sits in the corner of old beggar's bush
On top of an old packing crate
he has three wooden dolls that can dance and can sing
And he croons with a smile on his face

His tired old hands tug away at the strings
And the puppets dance up and down
A far better show than you ever would see
In the fanciest theatre in town

And sad to relate that old Seth Davy died
In 1904
The three wooden doll in the dustbin were laid
His song will be heard nevermore

But some stormy night when you're passing that way
And the wind's blowing up from the sea
You'll still hear the song of old Seth Davy
As he croons to his dancing dolls three

Recorded by Irish Rovers


Drop by the Celtic Attic's Irish Food section:
Check our New Irish Kitchen Section:

Irish Chicken-Leek Pie

10-12 inch pie pastry
1 Chicken, about 4 lb*
4 1 inch-thick Slices ham steak
4 large leeks, cleaned/chopped
1 large onion, chopped
Salt and pepper
1/2 tsp Ground mace or nutmeg
2 cups Chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream

*Jointed, chopped, skinned and de-boned and cooked with salt, garlic, sage,
1 stalk chopped celery, and 1 chopped onion.

In a deep 1 - 1 1/2 quart dish, place layers of the chicken, the ham, leeks
and onion or shallot, adding the mace, nutmeg and seasoning, then repeating
the layers until the dish is full. Add the stock, and then dampen the edges of
the dish before rolling out the pastry to the required size. Place the
pastry over the pie and press the edges down well. Crimp them with a fork.
Make a small hole in the center. Roll out the scraps of pastry and form a
leaf or rosette for the top. Place this very lightly over the small hole.
Brush the pastry with milk, and bake at moderate heat, 350F, for 25-30
minutes. Cover the pastry with damp greaseproof paper when partially cooked
if the top seems to be getting too brown. Gently heat the cream. When pie is
cooked, remove from oven. Carefully lift off the rosette and pour the cream
in through the hole. Put back the rosette and serve. (This pie forms a
delicious soft jelly when cold.)


Name: Killarney National Park

Location: Ireland

Date Established: 1932

Size: 41 square miles (106 square kilometers)

Did You Know?

• Ireland's Top Peaks Killarney National Park is home to Ireland’s tallest mountain range, the irresistibly named McGillycuddy’s Reeks. The peaks top out at over 3,280 feet (1,000 meters).

• Lake Land Killarney is famed for its beautiful lakes, which cover about a quarter of the entire park. From their shores rise mountain slopes, cloaked by notable forests like Tomies Wood. One of Europe’s only remaining pure yew woods can be found across 60 acres (25 hectares) of the Muckross Peninsula. Together these trees make up some of Ireland’s largest remaining stands of old forest.

• Native Deer Red deer have lived in Ireland since the last ice age and now survive only within the refuge of the park. Local waters are home to salmon and trout, and water-loving birds like cormorants thrive in the park.

• Dinis Island Dinis Island is home to Dinis Cottage, a historic lodge and charming tearoom. Walkers and cyclists can reach Dinis by crossing the Muckross Peninsula or meandering along the lakeshore some 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) from Killarney Town. Boats also dock here and return to the boathouse near Muckross House.

• Mansion and Farms Muckross House and Gardens is a major cultural attraction within the park. The 19th-century mansion was once owned by a member of the Guinness family and has hosted notable guests, including Queen Victoria. Muckross Traditional Farms, near the house, allows visitors to explore working farms and the traditional way of life as enjoyed in these parts in the 1930s. The farms are closed from November to March.

• Ancient Apparition Ross Castle, on the shores of Killarney’s lower lake, was constructed in the 15th century by O'Donoghue Mór. Legend says Mór rests still under Lough Leane, but rises once every seven years on the morning of May 1 to circle the lake on a white horse.

• Gap of Dunloe Those with time and a thirst for adventure may attempt the Gap of Dunloe trip. This trek begins on a boat (visitors can bring bikes aboard), which leaves from Ross Castle and crosses Lower and Middle Lakes on its way to Upper Lake and Lord Brandon’s Cottage. Seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) on, by cycle, foot, or pony and trap, lies the Gap of Dunloe—a U-shaped example of glacial breach carved by ice more than 1,640 feet (500 meters) thick.

• Annals of Innisfallen Innisfallen Island, visible from Ross Castle and reachable by tour boat, is an ancient center of monastic study where King Brian Boru is said to have studied. It was here that a treasured record of early Irish history, the Annals of Innisfallen, was penned between the 11th and 13th centuries.

How to Get There

Killarney, an Irish tourist mecca, is on the park’s northeast border, and walkers can enter opposite St. Mary’s Cathedral. Those arriving by car or bus may use entrances on the N71 auto road. Many visitors rent a bike in Killarney Town and take to the network of paths. Horse-drawn jaunting cars can also be hired in Killarney Town or in Muckross.

When to Visit

The spectacular gardens of Muckross House, with their treasured rhododendrons, peak between April and July.

How to Visit

Lakes cover about a quarter of the park’s area and are the source of much of its beauty, so consider getting out on the water. Boat and covered waterbus trips can be taken from Ross Castle and Dundag in Muckross with stops at notable spots, including Innisfallen Island.



Thin veal slices
1 tbs. butter
1 c. stock
peel of 1/2 lemon, grated
pinch of mace
3 tbs. wine
beurre manié (nut of butter rolled in flour)
6 pickled oysters or 6 pickled mushrooms
1 egg yolk
1 tbs. cream
salt to taste
pinch of nutmeg

Pound veal slices well.
Melt butter in skillet, brown veal slices.
Add stock, lemon peel, mace, wine; simmer gently for 20 minutes.
Thicken with beurre manié; add oysters or mushrooms.
Beat egg yolk with cream, salt, nutmeg.
Stir in, heat up, but do not reboil.
Serves 2.

Castle Hill, Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

World famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War

The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.

In addition to guided tours provided by the castle stewards, there is an audio guide tour available in eight languages. The audio tour takes the visitor on a tour around the castle, explains its architecture, and tells its dramatic history. This guide is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Mandarin.

The Crown Jewel shop in the Royal Apartments offers exclusive lines of specially designed jewellery.

A courtesy vehicle (provided by the Bank of Scotland) can take visitors with a disability to the top of the castle. Ramps and a lift give access to the Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and associated exhibition; and ramps provide access to the war memorial. For those with impaired vision, there is a free Braille guide and hands-on models of the Crown Jewels with Braille texts.


Pice Bach

1 lb Plain flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Mixed spice
4 oz Margarine
4 oz Lard
6 oz Caster sugar
4 oz Currants
2 Eggs

Sift the flour, baking powder, and mixed spice; rub in the margarine and
lard; add the sugar, currants and beaten egg. Mix in Milk to make a stiff
dough and roll out ¼" thick. Cut into 2" rounds and bake on a hot griddle
until golden brown, after about 4 minutes on each side.

Makes approximately 8 servings.


What we call national costume is based on the peasant costume of the
eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In common with other European
countries, the dresses and accessories which are preserved on festival days
and to impress the foreign visitors have little claim to originality apart
from the color and applied patterns devised by the girls and women of the

(drawing) Welsh girl in the costume of part of Gwent, southeast Wales
The Welsh national costume was really the common dress of the peasant, the
farm servants and cottagers and was designed for hard wear. Two hundred
years ago however the advent of the industrial revolution heralded the end
of home-made cloths so only the patterns and a few of the idiosyncrasies of
the localities have survived today.

Because Wales was isolated geographically from the rest of Britain, many of
the individual traits of costume and materials were retained long after they
had died out in the rest of the UK.
Part 1 of 3


Cornish Buttered Lobster
The long coast of Cornwall is touched by the Gulf Stream making its warmer
waters ideal for lobsters to flourish. A good-quality lobster deserves to be
served simply, as in this recipe, so that the full flavor of the flesh can
be enjoyed.

INGREDIENTS: Lobsters - 2 each weighing about 700g (1 lb) split into halves,
Lemon juice, Butter - 75g (3 oz), Fresh breadcrumbs - 4 tbsp, Brandy - 3
tbsp, Double cream - 3 tbsp, Cayenne pepper - a pinch, Cucumber twists,
lemon slices and dill sprigs - to garnish.

COOKING: 1. Discard the stomach, the dark vein that runs through the body and
the spongy gills from each lobster. Remove the tail meat. Crack open the
claws and remove the meat. Scrape the meat from the legs with a skewer.
2. Cut the meat into chunks, then sprinkle with lemon juice. Remove and
reserve the coral, if present. Remove and reserve the soft pink flesh and
liver separately.
3. Scrub the shells and place in a low oven to warm. Melt 25g (1 oz) of the
butter in a small frying pan, add the breadcrumbs and cook until brown and
4. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan, add the lobster flesh and gently
stir until heated through.
5. Warm the brandy in a ladle, ignite with a taper and pour, still flaming,
over the lobster. When the flames have subsided, transfer the lobster to the
warmed shells and keep warm in a low oven.
6. Pound the liver and pink flesh. Stir into the cooking juices with the
cream and cayenne pepper. Boil briefly, until thickened, then spoon over the
7. Sprinkle the fried breadcrumbs over the top. Quickly garnish with the
reserved coral, if available, cucumber twists, lemon slices and dill sprigs.


If it is said that the Devil had no wish to enter Cornwall, since he didn't
want to be made into a pasty or a saint. Cornwall is justly proud of its
Saints, who were mostly Irish missionaries in the 4th and 5th centuries,
many, it is claimed, from noble backgrounds. Their extraordinary exploits
have been enshrined in folklore, not least the miraculous means by which
some of them arrived here! The Saints of Cornwall are legion and the vast
majority of them gave their name to towns and villages throughout the
County. St. Austol, still revered in Brittany from whence he came, St.
Germanus, a lawyer in ancient Rome, St. Cubert, probably the Welsh saint
Gwbert of Cardiganshire and many more left their indelible mark on Cornwall,
not only in its placenames but also in its rich tapestry of folklore.

Legend tells us that St. Piran the patron saint of the tinners, sailed here
on a millstone. Originally it had been tied around his neck and he had been
cast into the Atlantic by people jealous of his power to heal and work
miracles. As he was thrown off the cliff there was a bolt of lightning and a
terrible crash of thunder, but as he reached the sea the storm suddenly
abated, the sun came out and St.Piran could be seen seated peacefully on the
millstone which was now floating on the surface of the water. It bore him
safely across to Cornwall and he landed between Newquay and Perranporth at
Perran Beach, to which he gave his name.
Piran built himself a small chapel in Penhale sands and his first disciples
were said to be a badger, a fox and a bear. He lived a good and useful life,
surviving to the ripe old age of 206!
It's claimed that a huge skeleton unearthed near Perranzabuloe (St.Piran In
The Sands) could be his, and the remnants of his chapel were discovered in
the sand during the last century, but sadly they have now been reburied to
protect them from vandals.

St.Mawes was the tenth son of an Irish king and his name is revered not only
here but in Brittany too, where he is known as St.Maudez and, possibly
St.Malo. His stone chair is still preserved in the wall of a house in St.
Mawes village. One day, so the legend goes, he was sitting there preaching
when a noisy seal came out of the sea and interrupted him with its barking.
After a while he became impatient, picked up a large rock and threw it at
the animal. It missed, but legend tells us that the rock still remains where
it fell, wedged on top of the Black Rocks halfway across Falmouth Harbour.

St. Petroc, who gave his name to Padstow (Petrocstow originally) and several
local villages (Little Petherick,Trebetherick) arrived by more conventional
means, but to a hostile welcome. Landing at Trebetherick, he asked some
unfriendly locals for a drink and they refused him. Undeterred, Petroc
simply tapped his staff on the ground and a spring of fresh water appeared.
The hostile group were instantly converted to loyal disciples. After his
death his relics were taken to Bodmin to be housed in an ivory casket
decorated with brass and gold, where they remained undisturbed until
1994,when the casket was stolen from the church by thieves. Fortunately for
the people of Bodmin who were distraught by the theft, the thieves were
apparently unable to find a market for one of the most priceless reliquaries
in Britain, and it was recovered shortly afterwards and returned to its
display case in the church.

Close by Land's End lies the church of St. Levan. Levan was an enthusiastic
fisherman and on his return from fishing trips would sometimes rest on a
rock at the south side of the church, to the left of the porch. It is said
before he died he decided to leave a reminder of himself for future
generations, and so he struck the rock with his fist and split it open. The
stone bears a prophecy, for St. Levan is supposed to have prayed over it and
pronounced that when a packhorse with panniers astride it can be ridden
through the split in the stone the World will end. Fortunately the fissure in
the rock has not widened sufficiently for that to happen yet!

St. Neot was known as The Pygmy Saint, for we are told that he was a mere 15
inches high - possibly a tall story! He used to spend much of his day
immersed up to the neck in his well during his devotions. Neot had a strange
way with animals and birds and worked miracles with them, as depicted in the
beautiful stained glass window of his church in the East Cornwall village
named after him.

St. Ia
Like St. Piran, St. Ia, founder of the town St. Ives, arrived by unusual
means. A woman of noble birth, she is said to have floated over from Ireland
on a leaf which she had increased to a huge size by touching it with her

St. Gundred, one of Cornwall's lesser known saints was, so legend tells us a
very holy and virtuous lady whose father was a leper, though there are no
records of her and she may be confused with the male saint St. Gonand!). It
is said that she lived in a remarkable chapel which stands on the top of
Roche Rock, near St. Austell, tending to her sick father's needs. The Roche
Rock chapel also features in the Cornish legend of "Jan Tregagle" and is one
of the most curious religious monuments in the whole country. The ruined
chapel of St. Michael stands on the edge of china clay country at Roche,
near St. Austell and is easily accessible by means of a steel ladder screwed
to the rock face.


Hail Brighid
Brighid is the Daughter of the Dagda, one of the more universal deities of
the pagan Gaelic world. She is known as the Goddess of Healers, Poets,
Smiths, Childbirth and Inspiration; Goddess of Fire and Hearth and a patron
of warfare or Briga. Her soldiers were called Brigands. Her name means
"Exalted One." She is also known as Brigantia, Brid, Bride, Briginda,
Brigdu, and Brigit. She is said to lean over every cradle. The lore and
customs have continued to this day regarding Brighid, more vividly than all
the other Gaelic deities combined. Brigit is a goddess of fire, smith craft,
childbirth, poetry, water, and healing. She is sometimes seen as a warrior,
spear in hand. She was known as "Bright Arrow," "The Bright One," "the High
One," "the Powerful One," "Lady of the Shores," and, because of her
associations with spring, "Brigid of the Green Mantle." It was Brigid who
was credited with originating Ogham, whistling, and after the death of her
son, the custom of keening for the dead. The Irish Banshees that wail for
the deaths of men are said to embody part of Brigid's soul.

"Brighid of the Mantle, encompass us,
Lady of the Lambs, protect us,
Keeper of the Hearth, kindle us,
Beneath your mantle gather us,
And restore us to memory."

On St. Brigid's Eve a ribbon is place on the windowsill outside during the
night. The ribbon is said to lengthen during the night and is ever after
preserved as a cure for headache.

~ Source: Costley and Kightley, A Celtic book of Days


Home Decor: Wonderful products to add a Celtic touch to any house.

New Celtic Fairy lotions, made here at the Celtic Attic.  Stay tuned for our new fairy product line launch in April.  Fairy wings, Fairy wands, lotions, bath salts, fairy dust and complete kits for you or your wee lass.  Kits include stories of Irish Fairies and how to find them in the world around you. 

Coffee Coaching by Celtic Attic

$25 special – half-hour session

Need a Life or Business Coach?  Not sure?

If your local, drop by the mall store in the Holister store Oct 18th until Jan 15th... Or you can email me to setup a date and time for your consultation. 

Not Local, I can do everything including sending you a VIRTUAL coffee...

I am affordable, reliable and knowledgeable.  I have a degree in Sociology and am a certified Paralegal and Life Coach. 

I have been a business owner for over 20 years.  I can help guide you, give advice and solve problems for your current business.  I can offer resources in computers, accounting, bookkeeping, employee relations and general business ethics. 

Don’t own a business?  Thinking about taking the plunge or want to know what is out there that you can do from home, just for fun or need to have as your major source of income?  I can help you brainstorm ideas, offer suggestions and even help you meet other people that have businesses that can offer you startup services.

Includes:           Cup of coffee (value Priceless)

                        Free PDF of A Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold Coaching book (value $9.95)

                        Free PDF of Celtic Attic Cookbook (Value $8.95)

                        Brochures, Literature and information on owning a business

                        Coaching Services

We can do classes via telephone or over FB or email.  Contact me now...

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As Always, Peace
KC and the staff at the Celtic Attic

Remember, if you wish to submit a story, article, thought, and poem or ask
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Irish Culture & Customs: Traditions, History, Folklore & More -
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

coffee coaching

Coffee Coaching by Celtic Attic

$25 special – half-hour session

Need a Life or Business Coach?  Not sure?

If your local, drop by the mall store in the Holister store Oct 18th until Jan 15th... Or you can email me to setup a date and time for your consultation. 

Not Local, I can do everything including sending you a VIRTUAL coffee...
I am affordable, reliable and knowledgeable.  I have a degree in Sociology and am a certified Paralegal and Life Coach. 

I have been a business owner for over 20 years.  I can help guide you, give advice and solve problems for your current business.  I can offer resources in computers, accounting, bookkeeping, employee relations and general business ethics. 

Don’t own a business?  Thinking about taking the plunge or want to know what is out there that you can do from home, just for fun or need to have as your major source of income?  I can help you brainstorm ideas, offer suggestions and even help you meet other people that have businesses that can offer you startup services.

Includes:              Cup of coffee (value Priceless)
                        Free PDF of A Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold Coaching book (value $9.95)
                        Free PDF of Celtic Attic Cookbook (Value $8.95)
                        Brochures, Literature and information on owning a business
                        Coaching Services

We can do classes via telephone or over FB or email.  Contact me now...

Monday, September 29, 2014

St. Patrick’s Ireland

St. Patrick’s Ireland
By Kristin Olsen

Most of Celtic history is verbal not written.  This leaves the Emerald Isle of the ancients open to any revelation that our hearts, minds and souls see fit to gaze upon.  As we look to the magic and mysticism of the celtic lands, we discover that part of the magic we are drawn to might be the modern interpretation of what the ancient Celtic lands might have been.  This is a portrait by modern writers and it is based on supposition because of the lack of written records.

Lets take a stroll through the realm of Religion and Spirituality.  Celtic spirituality has many faces.  The Celts of old were obviously what would be termed a Pagan culture.  They were pre-Christian and therefore there was really nothing else to be but what we now call Pagan.  So did they worship multiple deities or did they simply pay homage and respect to the things of the earth that they could see and the things of the spiritual realm that they could not see?  Did they name gods and goddesses and put a power or an attribute to these beings?  Or did they simply thank the universe for the trees, land, streams, birds, animals and other things they needed and used in their everyday lives?  Is it possible they were Spiritual without being Religious?  This gives rise to many different religious philosophies that are in current use today.  In reality, we can never truly know what was in their minds and hearts because they did not leave us a written record to preserve these early days.

When you study Ireland’s spirituality, St. Patrick is always discussed.  Ireland is steeped with tradition.  St. Patrick really helped head Ireland into modern Christianity by “Driving out the Snakes.  It is a fascinating correlation because it is believed that snakes are not indigenous to the Island of Ireland.  Most scholars agree that snakes symbolize paganism, which St. Patrick is credited for banishing from Ireland. Snakes as symbols of evil are prevalent throughout Judeo-Christian mythology; most notable story is that of the snake in the Garden of Eden as a tempter of Eve.  Why are snakes really not indigenous to Ireland?  The answer is simple.  There are no snakes in Ireland because they can't get there as Ireland is surrounded by water.

St. Patrick was actually born around 373 A.D. in the British Isles near the modern city of Dumbarton in Scotland. His real name was Maewyn Succat. He took the name of Patrick, or Patricius, meaning "well-born" in Latin, after he became a priest.  At one point in St. Patrick’s life he was sold into slavery and take to the island of Ireland.  There he was re-sold to yet another slaveholder.  He served his master as a sheepherder.  He was Christian and had a lot of time alone on the slopes to think about Religion, God and escaping Ireland.  One lucky day he did just that.  He eventually returned to Ireland to bring God to the Pagan people of this glorious land.  St. Patrick died in his beloved Ireland on March 17th, 460 A.D.  The stone picture is said to be his final resting place.

The Irish have been able to successfully integrate some of the ideas and philosophies from the ancient times into their modern Christian religious philosophies. A grand example of this is St. Patrick’s use of the Shamrock to teach the pagan Irish about the Trinity.  He explained the “Father”, “Son” and “Holy Spirit” to them utilizing the native flower of Ireland.  The three petals represent the tree parts of one God.  For the Shamrock are both one petal and three petals.  Using the imagery provided by the shamrock, St. Patrick was able to show a very visual society the possibility of one God, Christianity.  He used this example as well as others such as the goddess Bridget and Tir na nÓg to convert the island to Christianity in particular to Catholicism.

The Shamrock was a sacred plant of the Druids because its leaves formed a triad.  Three was a magical and spiritual number to the ancients because it represented: past, present, and future; and sky, earth, and underworld, Tír na nÓg (The Land of Youth).  The explanation of the Shamrock should have made perfect sense to them, as they saw the number 3 as an integral part of their physical and magickal world.

Another great example is when St. Patrick introduced the idea of heaven to the early Celtics.  They had tales steeped in tradition about Tír na nÓg (the celtic underworld or land of youth). It was considered a pleasant place and all wanted to visit this realm.  Time stands still on Tír na nÓg.  It is said to be and island to the far west of Ireland.  One never grows old or suffers illness, flowers bloom never died in this land. No sorrow or pain, love is eternal, no wars or famine scar this land.  Can you picture St. Patrick sitting on the Hill of Tara surrounded by the early Irish teaching them of Heaven and comparing it to Tír na nÓg?  He would simply have to hold up a shamrock and the rest is history.  How easy it must have been for them to accept this concept.  There are dozens of other examples, but we will leave those for later discussions.

Celtic Magic is something that is everywhere; it is a gift from the almighty (whatever that may be in your particular religious or spiritual path).  For me the magic comes from my ancestors, their lands and beliefs. Visit me at

Friday, September 26, 2014

just a little poetry to start the fall season in western wa

Yesterday collided with today
A momentous roar
A sad song
A pleasant thought
A painful memory
A smile eroded by bitter sadness parts my lips
Yesterday collided with today,
Today shows me a past of pain, anger, dominance, suffering
A small glimmer of hope, longing, possibilities
And hopefulness smashed before fulfillment can meet
Today shows me the future
A future without you
A future with peace, no chaos, no anger
No resentment, no dominance
The future is unfolding now
It waves goodbye to the past and teases
The future to explode in
Brilliant light and peace
copyright kristin olsen 2012

Freedom from my upcoming book "Through the looking glass"

         We are often told that life goes by so quickly.  Each moment should be treasured and enjoyed.  Each second, each minute, each hour, each day, each sunset, cotton candy and rainbow filled wonderfully glorious months flashing through our minds eye.  Savor the moment, breathe deep the songs of birds and the smell of popcorn and fires lit at Sunday BBQ’s.  Let me tell you a tale of moments frozen in time, frozen in fear.  Let me talk to you now, shh, don’t speak too loudly or listen too closely as I murmur in wee breaths and fearful sounds a tale of time passing.  Of time passing like the flapping of a dragonfly’s wing in suspended red flash time.  Listen; open your ears to hear my heart beating as I lay in silent tears.  Begging, pleading for time to rush as fast as possible so the illuminated sunlight will vanish from this beastly day and pass and turn into the darkness.  Only then can I bravely hide my fear and loathing and hatred amongst the pillows and pungent satin bed linens.  Hide so that the person I am cannot possibly ever know the person I have become.  This transition is necessary to live inside this dream of not so golden skies and blissfully pleasured passions, but instead in terror, shear terror and hatred.  Too afraid to speak my own thoughts or breathe without permission.  

         Listen as I speak finally of a life lived, loved and of precious moments that can never again return. Lost in a silent few years that passed forever into the abyss of sadness.  The tale is not unheard of by many.  I speak of the tale of horror and domination and of anger and sadness and of control and brutality.  It is one of fear and compassion; it is of love surrendered for the very act of surrender.  It is this very act that saves the heart, mind and soul and possibly the very life.  Hear this tale so that you might learn, remember, scream, yell and feel the indignity well up into your veins and like a volcano, explode into your heart and then burst through in brilliant recognition to the very mind that has tucked this all into a corner of silence.  Hear this I beg you so that you can escape.  Your children can escape and you can find peace and serenity and love and passion and pleasure.  So that you can see the wings of the butterfly gently moving in the breeze and you can feel your breath upon the air.  To never again have that feeling of pain inside your soul that begs the day to end and quickly at that.  To hear only instead your heart rejoice in saying that each moment can pass as it will according to the grand design of the universe for you fear no more.  

You are free and life is amazingly brilliant.  Again hear me as I speak of the unspoken, of the pain of the abuse and it’s very gut filled stench.  Hear me now as I speak of escape and hear me as I cry and bleed and scream.  Life is more than living another’s will.  Life is more than physical and emotional bruises and bloodied hands and faces.  Life is a grand adventure and should be ridden as a bountiful white steed in perfect beauty and brilliance.  Never again to miss a child’s smile, a first step, a telling gesture, a passionate kiss, or a wink from a stranger. Never again to rush through the day, praying for the dark to hide and missing the living of the day for the fear of the living.  Join me now as we release the dreams of our own heartache and choose to not be victims any longer.  Join me know as we choose freedom. ©® Kristin Olsen 2012

Monday, August 25, 2014

Celtic Shows and Events update

We just finished up a week at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede in Bremerton WA... Great event.  Surprised by how many people didn't know we had an Irish/Celtic store in the area!  It was fun to introduce ourselves and our gifts and jewelry and of course all our food and sweets to a whole new group of people.  Check out the website shows page for our next event =

Shop online now for our end of Summer clearance sale and use the coupon off the website to get 10% off your order.  Enjoy the last week of Summer!  Visit us at

Saturday, June 28, 2014

50 years

I have come a long way in my 50 years.  I have been at the top, the bottom and the middle.  I have climbed and clawed and sacrificed and given up some dreams for other paths.  I have no regrets.  Sometimes I think I would do something over again, but if I was actually offered that chance I would decline.  I have walked the path less traveled and am proud of what I have done, where I have been and what I have accomplished.  I have got it all and lost it again a couple of times now.  I have trials and tribulations, have let go of passions and grasped at things I thought would bring me passion only to discover the grass was not greener on that path.  I own ALL my mistakes as they are lessons learned not things I need to be ashamed of.  I have been shamed by people and have shamed others.  I will never again allow someone to own my power, nor will I be foolish enough to freely give it away.  I am my own responsibility.  I will ask for help when needed, I will not turn down assistance because I think I am proud or can do it myself, and will in turn be honored to help those that ask of me.  Without the lessons I have learned and the paths I have traveled down, my amazing KIDS would not be who they are today.  We all struggle, we all make questionable decisions, we all have our own dreams.  Rich, poor, middle class, young, old or middle age... We are all just people intertwined on a path to discovery.  Thank you to everyone that has contributed to my 50 years thus far.  No regrets, many blessings, some unanswered questions... but that is for the next 50 years!  I wish everyone I have ever encountered Luck, Love, and "May the road rise up to meet you.  May the wind always be at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face,  and rains fall soft upon your fields.  And until we meet again,  May God hold you in the palm of His hand." An Old Irish Blessing...

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ask Celtic KC

Shortly this blog space will be used for my Life coaching question and answer series.  Does anyone remember Dear Abby?  Come on, ask your parents if you don't remember.... I have been a life coach and healer for many years and have studied sociology and psychology and actually have a degree... I have done many things, been many places and now what to settle in a little and do some writing and help people out that have questions about love, life, home and career.  Questions and answer section will be free.  You can post a question to the blog and I will respond or you can email me at and I will post the question and response here in the blog space.  This is about getting help, advice and hopefully helping others that we come in contact on our path to self discovery.  I will add helpful advice, suggestions and most likely random thoughts so please check back often.
Peace and light

Celtic Fairies

We launched a new line of Celtic Attic Fairy Wishing and Fairy Garden kits.  They are on the website for sale.  Each is handmade and unique but all have the fairy wishing book that I wrote.  It gives you 3 great Irish fairies to choose from. Sprinkle your wishing dust and try to make contact with your fairy friends.  Great for kids, parties, events and for the adults like me that still want to see the fairies and magic in the world around them.  Shop now on the website -  Click on the link to the fairies or look under New Products.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Win a set of Shamrock Wine Glasses

We are offering two great wine glasses filled with candy and hand painted with Shamrocks to one lucky winner. We will be pulling 4 names at the end of June. 1 gift basket, 2 pendants and 1 set of shamrock wine glasses. We have decided to add this extra gift because everyone just loves these at the shows.  Visit our website and enter, contest is free to enter. Remember to check the box if you want to sign up for our monthly newsletter.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Happy Spring from the Celtic Attic. Shop now for Mother's day!

Shop now at the Celtic Attic….

Happy Spring!  Where has this year gone?  April showers bring May flowers so the saying goes.  Well here in Western WA we should be wall-to-wall flowers in May… Our lovely mild winter has turned into a rainy April so far.   We hope everyone is having a terrific Spring so far. 

Below are some interesting Mother’s & Father’s Day Traditions.  As always shop with us or browse our website for Celtic Information, it is packed with content.

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation are just around the corner.  Wedding Season is fast approaching as well.  We are offering 10% off your order, just use code tenp.  Plus get a FREE Gift with each and every order.  If you order $75.00 or more, we will also give you $5.00 off your order.  For $5.00 off $75.00 or more use code 755 in the coupon code field.

If you have purchased from us, we would love for you to login to your account on the shopping cart and review the product(s) you purchased.  We love to hear the Great thoughts you have about our products.  If the thought is not so great we would rather you email us so we can resolve whatever the problem might be.  We are very confident in our products so please let us know you love us!

Shop now Dad's Day, Graduation or your Wedding Day.  We have some great new gifts and some old tried and true ones.  Why not buy your dad a Personalized item or a Celtic pendant.  Or you can check out our Jewelry pages to discover all the wonderful items we have available. 

We have added some new products to the website including Celtic Fairy Lotions that we are making right here at the Celtic Attic! We just added our NEW Fairy Wish Kit and Fairy Garden Kit to the shopping portal website.  You can purchase them NOW.  They are already in the store available for purchase. Visit our new product page!  Be sure to stop by our store at 408 Pacific Ave Bremerton WA if you are in town.

Did you know Celtic Attic now offers Layaway and In House Financing!  Email to find out the details and get terms that will fit your unique situation.  We want everyone to be able to experience their heritage and buy what their hearts desire and thought these two plans might help some of our customers out a wee bit.

Mother’s & Father’s Day Traditions

Mother's Day in Ireland: In Ireland, Mother's Day is not celebrated on same day as in US. Mother's Day celebrations in Ireland take place on the fourth Sunday in the Christian fasting month of Lent. The history of celebrating Mothering Sunday, or Mother's Day in Ireland, can be traced to the medieval practice where children from poor families were sent to work as domestic servants and apprentices to work with the rich. Once in the year in the middle of the Lent these children were given a day off to visit their 'Mother Church' and worship Virgin Mary. After visiting the Mother Church or Cathedral of their hometown these children visited their mothers and presented them with flowers they picked along the way. On Mother's Day, people in Ireland present flowers and cards to their mothers to express love and gratitude.

Mother's Day in US: Here in the United States Mother's Day is a national holiday and is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. On this day people reflect on the importance of mothers in their life and thank them for their unconditional love and support. Mother's Day is celebrated in USA in a big way and has been commercialized to a great extent. It is considered as the next big day after Christmas and Valentines Day. Phone lines record a heavy traffic and card sales reaches its peak and restaurants are filled to their maximum capacity. Traditions for this day generally include things like breakfast in the bed, giving flowers, cards or gifts, and treating them to a meal.

Father's Day in Ireland:  Fathers Day in Ireland is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm. Fathers Day celebration in Ireland takes place on the third Sunday of June, the same day when several countries and US celebrate Father's Day. Taking full opportunity of the day, people honor their father and express affection and gratitude for them. Like in many other countries, people indulge their father by presenting them with loads of gift and allowing them a day of rest. Grown-ups take their fathers out for dinner or lunch or treat them with breakfast in bed. People whose father are no more, pay tribute by giving donations in the name of their father or by performing acts of service.

Several clubs and cultural organizations in Ireland organize Father's Day programs to stress on the important role played by father in the development of the child. An effort is also made to make fathers realize that they must make all efforts to fulfill with devotion and sincerity their responsibility as a father. Besides, children are also encouraged to pay full attention and respect to their father.

Father’s Day in the United States:  There are a range of events, which may have inspired the idea of Father's Day. One of these was the start of the Mother's Day tradition in the first decade of the 20th century. Another was a memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907.
A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father's Day. Her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. This was uncommon at that time, as many widowers placed their children in the care of others or quickly married again.
Sonora was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, who had pushed for Mother's Day celebrations. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father's Day was held in June was in 1910. Father's Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon.

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As Always, Peace
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Bremerton, WA 98337

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Only 6 more Shopping days until St. Patrick's Day!

Top O' The Morning To All,
Ce'ad Mi'le Fa'ilte
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Would you like to get 20% off your order at the Celtic Attic?  Place an order between now and March 17th and use code 20josh to get 20% off your order.  We will send you a link to a survey when your order is completed so you can give us your thoughts on our new shopping cart and our website in general. or

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:  This day has been associated with parades and parties and festivals.  Of course Green Beer and Irish whiskey are always tried and true for those of us over 21.  For the wee ones try adding Green food dye to water, ice tea or soda.  Makes for a fun and festive drink.  Shamrock cookies and candies add to the Sugar overload.  Always have fun and remember that this is a day of fun and frolic.  We could talk about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and American and Irish traditions, but the Internet is full of stories about the history.  We just want you to know we believe the love of all things Celtic should be a year round experience not just celebrated on one day per year and forgotten.  So here’s a wee toast for March 17th

The Wearin O the Green

Parades and festivities abound.
Wee ones and adults alike frolic around.
Shopping and Crafts and holiday faire
Line the city streets and rural routes everywhere.
After the parades and shopping end
And the sugar overload in our kids mend,
We send them to bed thinking of a St. Patrick’s Day dream
And we head to the pub for a shot of Jim Beam!
Or Jameson Irish Whisky for the Celtic Attic Team. Ó Kristin Olsen 2014

We have a great many items for sale that will make both your St. Patrick’s day perfect… I would put a link to St. Patrick’s Day, but that is the whole website.  We have added some new products to the website including Celtic Fairy Lotions that we are making right here at the Celtic Attic!  Visit our new product page!


We are starting our St. Patrick’s Day basket giveaway.  We just started carrying a line of Irish and British food in the store, so we will make up a super sweet candy and tea basket for our lucky “Wearin O the Green” contest winner.  You only need to enter once and you are automatically entered in this contest as well as our normal monthly contest for 2 Irish Pendants.

Recipes from the Celtic Attic Cookbook

Irish Crab Chowder
From Shirley’s notes about a trip to Maine

1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup celery
3 tablespoons butter
3 cups milk
1 can condensed frozen potato soup
1 7 1/2 oz can or fresh crabmeat, if canned drain
1 8 oz can cream style corn
2 tablespoons chopped pimento
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup dry sherry
1/2 cup parsley

Cook onion & celery in butter until tender.  Add rest of ingredients except the Sherry & parsley.  Cook until heated through stirring often.  Cook about 15 minutes.  Stir in sherry.  Remove bay leaf and garnish with parsley.