Since the age of six I have been sewing along side my mother on our family farm. Now as an adult I am a craft journalist. I write articles on my own crafts, other crafters and other bits and bobs such as foraging and home brewing. I have been published in The Irish Times, The Irish Catholic, I was the editor of ClicNews and now I work for Irish Country Living. I take inspiration from my beautiful surrounding in the Wicklow mountains, the people I meet and edible things I find growing wild in the fields. I love to sew, make dolls, bags and clothes. I spent some time in the Grafton Academy school of fashion design before choosing to go down the journalism route. Now I work on sewing projects, write for magazines and enjoy country life. Click the Edit link to make changes to this page or add another page.

16 Responses to “About”

  1. Boomdeeadda July 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    You sound like you have the dream job! I’ve hardly met a ‘home’ magezine I didn’t love and continually fight the urge to buy a new one before I finish what I have. Thanks for stopping in Boomdeeadda, I look forward to visiting you as well in beautiful Ireland.

  2. narf77 July 7, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    Cheers for liking my last post on Serendipity Farm. I just came here to say thanks and suddenly you got added to my rss feed reader! I love serendipitously finding wonderful blogs and will be spending my dark winter early morning rss feed reading before Steve and the dogs get up with a bucket of tea, a wooly dressing gown, some seriously dog chewed Nepalese rainbow striped socks that my thoughtful son gave me one birthday (what else would you buy an aberrant hippy mother for her birthday?) reading back posts of this delicious sunny blog and dreaming of springtime. Again, thanks for liking my post…no doubt I will be liking LOTS of yours šŸ™‚

  3. rachelhindsart July 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Thanks for ‘liking’ my post! Am now following your blog, the Gingerbread house is amazing

  4. sowninpeace July 8, 2012 at 1:42 am #

    off It is wonderful to have met a fellow Irish women crafter to meet, even if it is via computer and even though i live in Canada lol. Second thank you for the feed back on my Post Texas Bound- It is really encouraging to know that someone else outside our little bubble finds, shares and supports the same sorts of things. As a former pastry chef turn quilter i love your blog too! so unique as i was raised in Canada i would have never thought to eat nettles. i will have to try it šŸ™‚ And if you ever want to swap quilt block pop me a line.

    • countrychickcrafts July 8, 2012 at 9:56 am #

      Thank you very much! You should try eating nettles, it is so good for you and if you cook them in an inventive way they are delicious, actually they are very like spinach. I am not much of a quilter I’m afraid but I do like to use some of the techniques in my projects. I have however, interviewed some of the top quilter in Ireland, they always send me beautiful quilted gifts at Christmas. They are such wonderful people!

      • thegreatgodpan1t July 9, 2012 at 6:42 am #

        we too experiment with allsorts and keep trying till we get a result……its dried meats that were busy with right now….and making toyboxes….and ive bought some goodies at the veg market this weekend with the intention of trying some weird pickles….pickled brussel
        sprouts?…..pickled parsnips?…..pickled ginger?…..pickled parsnip and ginger…and what the hell parsnip .brussel sprout and ginger .you never know till you try……?

  5. thegreatgodpan1t July 9, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    thank you for all the likes…..my inbox was full of yoy this morn…..im not compalining mind you……enjoy.

  6. Shawn Zahedi July 11, 2012 at 1:08 am #


    The imprint of your eyes is sustenance for the living words on my blog.
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking my poem.


  7. twogirlsmama July 12, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

  8. Brook July 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Really like the look of your blog and the writing and your life sounds so inspiring:) Now I hope to learn more about the Wicklow mountains and more. Also, *thank you* for the “like” on my blog!

  9. sarahviveca July 13, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    I wanted to tell you I love the name of your blog. I wish I was a country… one day I will.

  10. Aetiyuel Williams July 13, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    It’s pleasure to have your visit and liking my post. I liked your blog with unique crafting ideas. Many thanks for taking time to visit my blog….. Tc

  11. Michelle July 17, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    Looking forward to keeping up with you updates! Michelle. – A room in the cottage

  12. shadedlinescreations July 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Very cool projects! And I LOVE ladybugs (so your header is quite awesome)!

  13. nicoleblum August 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Hey there! I found you because you “liked” my post on Improv Diary recently. Do we already know each other or have friends in common? I live in New England now, but I lived in Co. Meath for 5 years and had a dear friend in the Wicklow Mountains named Deb Davis. I do pretty much the same thing you do, but over in the States – craft developing and writing for a kid and family mag called Family Fun. Well, I just wanted to say hello and tell you I like what you are up to. When you have a minute, check out my book Improv Sewing via my blog Improvdiary.wordpress.com and maybe we could cross promote. I’d love to see how this book would do in Ireland. Best, Nicole

    • countrychickcrafts August 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

      Hey Nicole, that is great, thanks for dropping a message, email me on cliona.byrne@hotmail.com and we can chat more. I am not sure if we have met before or know each other but I am from Hollywood in the Wicklow mountains and I am going to Missouri for 6 months next year so I would definitively be interested.

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