Join me on an endless quest for creative inspiration.


Hello, I’m Nadia.

I am a writer, podcaster & photographer and I’m having a deep love affair with coffee and pastry. Most days writing happens from my yarn filled desk at the back of the cottage. I’m passionate about craft and creativity, so much so, that an MSc in Chemistry led me to 8 years in the yarn industry.

The Cottage Notebook is an Irish craft & lifestyle blog and podcast based on Ireland’s east coast. It started life in September 2016 as a journal documenting my adventures in craft (knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning) and gardening before developing into my exploration of creativity. It was my port in a storm and it can be yours too.



Lost your inspiration or muse?

Wondering what to cast on those needles next or want to learn more about the people behind the yarn industry? Let me help you track down your creative self or raise an eyebrow or two. This blog is about exploring all things craft and garden related so that you can create your dream project.

So, grab a cuppa and come on in, what are you waiting for?

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Not sure where to start?

Try this selection of the latest podcasts and blog posts:



In Love With


A Playful Day

For finding that playful moment (blog and podcast) in every day and who doesn’t need one of those!

 Me and Orla

Instagram tips and an inspiring podcast.

Simple and Season

Slow living and blogging/ marketing tips combined with good sense and free resources.

Heart Beats Blog

Beautiful imagery with Instagram tips and a love of knitwear. What’s not to love!


Lucy has a fantastic blog, SEO tips and a beautiful podcast. Pop over and be inspired.

Jessica Rose Williams 

Jessica’s blog is a beautiful space with tasteful tips on the minimalist lifestyle.


Louise’s blog and podcast are what every knitter needs. A love of British Wool and a warm, vibrant community. pop over now for all your woolly needs.


I’m  Listening To:

  1. This is Me – Keala Settle
  2.  Dog Days Are Over – Florence and the Machine. 
  3. It’s Time  – Imagine Dragons (yup still)
  4. Ho Hey – The Lumineers (again it’s a favourite)
  5. The Call – Regina Spektor


I’m Reading:

Down to Earth by Monty Don

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

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