Photo Credit Kate O’ Sullivan

Hello, I’m Nadia, I am many things but when running The Cottage Notebook I am a creative person who likes to share stories on craft, gardening and the creative process. I’m fueled by coffee and pastry and I’m usually coming to you from my yarn filled desk from the back of the cottage.


The Cottage Notebook is an Irish craft and garden blog and podcast based on Ireland’s east coast. It started life as a journal to keep all my ideas, resources and interests in one place. It was born out of a desire for me as a new mother to have something of my own that resembled my old life where I could spend my days working in my local yarn shop and crafting and gardening on a whim. Since September 2016 it has grown so quickly to become more than that. It is a place where I can share garden experiences, crafts, events and my own personal journey along with those of the wonderful craft and gardening people I get to meet along the way.


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By education, I’m a chemist. I have an MSc in Chemistry from Dublin City University but my life changed when I joined the team at This is Knit in Dublin.  I realised that yarn is a passion of mine along with blogging, writing and social media. I now get to blog, knit, weave, crochet and watch it all be destroyed by two very active toddlers. The origin of The Cottage Notebook is simple, we moved to the cottage in 2013, had two children and by 2016 I wanted a space of my own to grow and create where little fingers couldn’t artfully change my decisions. In the middle of the night, much to the annoyance of my husband, I woke up with the name and idea, I got up and the site was born.

My life really changed with the growth of the podcast and blog. I’m now a freelance blogger/writer, virtual assistant & consultant, public relations officer for Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and yes I’m still part of the This is Knit team. Which in itself is a blessing because I can stay in contact with all the amazing yarn and people that I love so much.

Why don’t you come join me on my journey?




Disclaimer: None of the posts on this site are sponsored unless otherwise stated.

You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram as @CottageNotebook and Ravelry as Bunnyt.

Email: Nadia[at]

Not sure where to start?

Try this selection of the latest podcasts and blog posts:

CLN Podcast E17 with Kate Heppell

CLN Podcast E16 with Melanie Berg

CLN Podcast E15 with Stoffoli Dolls

CLN Podcast E13 with Carol Feller

On Finding My Niche – To You, My Readers

Late last night I started writing. I didn't have an objective in mind, it's just a story that should be told and read by others when I am ready to share it. I cried as I typed both from joy and grief but I also smiled.  It was difficult but that piece is easily one of...
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Tour de Fleece 2017

This morning it's quiet and you can hear the birds singing around the cottage. This is the time of day that I love to plan ahead. If you have been following along with the podcast episodes then you have heard me mention this year's Tour de Fleece or TDF for short. I...
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I guess with a title like that, this post could take you anywhere, a series of images of hand dyed yarns, a look at my wheels and looms or simply lots of images of chocolate in all its forms; this is not that post.   This post is selfish and all about me. It's...
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Knit-Working: World Wide Knit In Public Day

  Earlier this week I wrote a post on community and the difference that Bloom Fringe made in one weekend. Today I wanted to highlight the craft community; I said in that post, that what you do with your life matters, the choices that you make help to build a...
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The Leap into Full Time Blogging

  That's a really nice idea, right? Being at home and working full time on content creation. Picture me sitting at an old desk with the sun streaming in from my beautiful manicured garden with tended raised beds that support us in food throughout the year.  At...
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