Welcome to December’s second Spotlight Corner sharing some of my favorite pieces and the stories behind them.

Today I am shining the spotlight on something new that I have come up with for the upcoming holidays, the Celtic Knot Yuletide Earrings.

In my family, my parents were passionate about genealogy and staying connected with our heritage. This is why when I did the 23andMe test a couple of years ago, I really wasn’t surprised by the results. I grew up knowing I was an amalgam of the United Kingdom and Germany, learning and eating my way through my heritage.

My parents took me to many a Celtic Festival and taught me a lot about my Irish and Scottish ancestry. I knew my ancestors like Robert the Bruce as well as if they had come to visit every Christmas. I have always loved my family tartan, the sound of bagpipes and a strong Irish or Scottish accent. I watched a lot of Celtic movies and tv shows, but somehow in all this time I never came across one of the most popular shows and books about Scottish history, Outlander. Even at ComicCons people would ask me why I didn’t have any Outlander pieces, but I didn’t really think much about it.

Then in July of 2019, I was bored and looking for something to watch. Can you guess what was on the cover of the Entertainment Weekly sitting in my house? Yep, Outlander. So I binged watched it and became obsessed just like thousands of other people. I joined a huge Facebook group and made a bunch of new friends. Along with that, I started making Celtic themed jewelry to go with my new obsession mixed in with my heritage. At every event afterward, I met wonderful Outlander fans who were almost like long lost family.

October of 2020 rolled around and I was working on jewelry for the holidays when I had another thought, “Where can a person purchase Celtic Yuletide jewelry for the holiday season?” I looked around the internet and didn’t find any. I spent a couple of days working on designs and came up with several ideas, the first of which were these Celtic Knots and the rest followed. Within the Holidaze Collection, I feel like I have now really covered just about everything holiday related. But who knows, inspiration is usually just one thought away.

Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr! “
(Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!)

My family clan tartan and crest.

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