Craft | Driftwood

This post is part of my Handmade Wardrobe Series   What is it about choosing buttons for a project that makes it languish, unworn and unloved for months after you cast off and weave in all the ends? I have this habit that if I don't choose buttons right away as I...

CLN Podcast – Season 2-1 with Woolly Wormhead

Season 2 of the podcast is now live and I decided to kick off season 2 in style with Woolly Wormhead.  This is a 40-minute relaxed chat all about her latest Elemental collection. So grab your coffee, bring out your knitting and find some time for you.   You can...

Love | NaNoWriMo and Being Brave

Lately, I found myself spinning or faffing around trying to figure out where to put my energy now that the blog awards are over and my side projects are slowly being ticked off. I had that lull, you know the one were nothing feels quite right. I had a sort-of plan for...

Love | Slow Living

It happens every October. I start to get run down, overwhelmed and I find myself tearing my hair out because calendars are full. I liken myself to a puppy chasing its tail; you never quite catch up and you can't remember why you started doing something in the first...

Craft | Autumn Knit-A-Longs

As soon as there is a chill in the air in the morning knitters get excited. Knitting season is well and truly here, though, for some of us it never really got warm enough to disappear this year. One of my favourite things that happen in autumn are the knit-alongs that...

Love | Creativity & Self-Doubt

  This week I have been keeping track of my creativity and I realised a few things. That I'm much more creative first thing in the morning and then again when everyone else has gone to bed. I noticed that a lot of the stress that I feel during the day is actually...

Craft | Strickplaner – Knitting Journal

Over on Instagram every now and then you will see posts that contain my planner. In reality, I actually have three planners and of course, use Trello and Google Calendar as well. I have lost count of the number of times people ask me how I manage and the answer is...

Love | Happy Birthday!

  I really can't believe it, I mean where has the time gone? It's very hard to believe that it's twelve months since the Cottage Notebook was born. People say never listen to that voice in your head at 3 am but I am so glad that I did because it quite literally...

Craft | Arranmore Hat

  I don't know about the rest of you but right here in Ireland I am listening to the rain pelting down and the wind howling around my cottage. Is it like this everywhere?  It's a typical wet Irish autumn day and the only difference to a winter day is that the...