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Grow | Germination – Getting Difficult Seeds to Grow.

Grow | Germination – Getting Difficult Seeds to Grow.

I'll hold my hand up among those growers who have been beaten by difficult seeds. I don't own a propagator or a heated seed mat and yes that could be why a few of my earlier attempts failed. The method I use here at the cottage to get slow germinators and cranky,...

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Craft | Yarn in Ireland Woollinn Panel

Craft | Yarn in Ireland Woollinn Panel

I am very excited to announce that I will be presenting the Yarn in Ireland Q&A panel at Woollinn this May!  This panel is composed of Carol Feller (Stolenstitches), Edel MacBride (edelmacbride.com), Johnny Shiels (spinningwheels.ie) and Diarmuid Commins (STwist Wool)...

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Grow | Only Yew

Grow | Only Yew

Some of you are wondering why I have been so quiet and the answer is complicated. We have been quite ill and then we both have heavy workloads at the moment and so we took Easter to catch up on work and to catch the end of the bare root planting season. The decision...

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Podcast | Season 2-6 with Aoibhe Ní

Podcast | Season 2-6 with Aoibhe Ní

Have you ever wondered what life is like as a full-time crochet designer? Then who better to come and chat on the podcast than Irish Crochet Designer Aoibhe Ní. We chat about a decade of crochet design, publishing in both mainstream print and independently, how maths...

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Grow | Holding On and Letting Go

Grow | Holding On and Letting Go

Gardening is deeply personal. One person can see weeds, the wrong plant in the wrong place or wildflower chaos while another can view the same garden and see beautiful jewels and treasures within herbaceous borders. Embracing this difference is what makes truly unique...

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Parenting | This Day- Navigating Postpartum Depression.

Parenting | This Day- Navigating Postpartum Depression.

Tomorrow is International Women's Day and this week I am highlighting women's issues on the blog/podcast. All of these are issues that I have wanted to highlight previously but for some reason or another, I never thought that they would fit into the blog or podcast....

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Personal | Basic Human Rights

Personal | Basic Human Rights

  It's a funny thing being born in Ireland in the 1980's. Much of what made the headlines went over my head as a child. My thoughts on this country were always that we were lucky; blessed to have a plentiful supply of food and water, the storms that did hit us were...

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Personal | The Versatile Blogger Award

Personal | The Versatile Blogger Award

This is my first award from the blogging community and I don't quite know what to say. The wonderful Bookish Owlette awarded me the Versatile Blog Award! Thank you so much for considering my online home for this award, I have seen it move through the bloggersphere and...

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Craft | Adventures in Yarn

Craft | Adventures in Yarn

  I like to start the week on a happy note so I'm going to spread a little joy with a giveaway thanks to the wonderful Emily of Popcorn & Crocodiles! If you have been following me over on Instagram (if you haven't come and join me) then you will have seen me play...

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Craft | Interview with Eden Cottage Yarns

Craft | Interview with Eden Cottage Yarns

Today on the blog I get to share an interview with the fabulous Victoria from Eden Cottage Yarns. I first met Victoria in person at Edinburgh Yarn Festival and even though she was immensely busy she still found the time to chat and tell me a little bit more about her...

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Personal | Simplify

Personal | Simplify

When I saw this daily post for Simplify I wanted to write a blog post in reply, my children had a different idea and the days rolled by in a blur of coughing, high temperatures and constant fluid refills. This post has played around in my head so much that I finally...

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Personal | Moments of Magic

Personal | Moments of Magic

This year started in a whoosh, all deadlines and submissions and it didn't seem to stop. I don't even remember getting a chance to stop during the holidays. This led me to some spiral thinking. You know the type were you start to think about one thing and suddenly...

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In Search of Inspiration – Finding New Creative Ideas

In Search of Inspiration – Finding New Creative Ideas

  If you work in a creative role the ideas for a new project can sometimes elude you. They are floating around your brain just out of reach. Like a memory that is hazy and you can't quite recall the details. I have felt this way specifically when it comes to visual...

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Craft | Nuada by Aoibhe Ni

Craft | Nuada by Aoibhe Ni

You may have caught glimpses of my latest collaboration with Aoibhe Ni on Instagram but I thought you would like to learn more about that beautiful Nuada shawl and how it came to life. I asked Aoibhe if she had some time to write a guest blog post on her design...

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Community – We Are All Better Together.

Community – We Are All Better Together.

  One of the questions I get asked a lot is how I got here. There is no magic answer and I didn't do it alone. I'm part of a wonderful community of creatives who support one another. I don't believe that one person shines brighter than another, if anything we all have...

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Week 1 Writing Challenge

Week 1 Writing Challenge

The week 1 writing challenge has been a rollercoaster of emotion. The pieces that have been popping up in the community thread have been making me smile all week. I wanted to share some of those pieces with you so that you can meet some of the wonderful writers taking...

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Find Your Creative Self. Exploring to Create.

Find Your Creative Self. Exploring to Create.

  There is a great power that lies in creating what you love. It's hard to describe but once you have found it you never want that feeling to go away. Unfortunately, it does over time and if you are anything like me it's bittersweet. As much as you want to be creating...

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Cottage Notebook Writing Challenge

Cottage Notebook Writing Challenge

  Are you looking to unlock your creativity? Maybe you are just looking for something fun to do or you have the itch to try something new but you would like the support of others. This writing challenge is about starting off small and building to a sustainable writing...

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Love | On Festive Cheer and Quiet Reflection

Love | On Festive Cheer and Quiet Reflection

  It snuck up on me again. The date never changes but each year the start of the holiday season always seems to hit me in the face. BAM! It's here and there is nothing you can do except enjoy the season at hand with carols and turkey and all that glitters. Now, I love...

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Craft | London Spires

Craft | London Spires

  Westminster Wrap in Townhouse Yarns Grafton 4-ply One of the fun things that I got to do this season was to photograph the London Spires Collection by Jennifer Shiels Toland. I met Jen while both of us attended the workshops at This is Knit by Kate from A Playful...

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Hello there. Yes, you! Welcome to my creative online space.  I’m Nadia a freelance writer, podcaster and virtual assistant. On the blog, you will find stories on craft, lifestyle, gardening and creativity. I’m always fueled by coffee, so grab a cup and come join me.

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