What a week! Just back from Glasgow…or at least a few days back but only just beginning to feel normal again.

Tweedies on display at the Scottish International Trade Fair
Tweedies on display at the Scottish International Trade Fair

The first few days were relatively sane starting off with a super fast set up aided hugely by the quietly competent and extremely generous help of snapdragon Jane. I met two of  my sisters in the evening for dinner at the Glasgow Royal concert hall where Mairi was playing a gig. I thought it was just going to be Mairi and Dave but started to suspect this was an altogether more glamorous affair when I wandered back stage to be greeted by Phil Cunningham followed by John McCusker and then turned the corner into Mairi’s dressing room to see Eddi Reader, Karine Polwart and Karen Matheson. Ooooh…I thought, this isn’t quite the gig I expected, and it wasn’t. Turned out to be a celebration of Burns to kick off homecoming year and various artists sang  favourite musings of the randy bard and transported the audience in to sweet reverie in the process. Favourite I think was Eddi Reader’s rendition of Ay Fond Kiss (tears trickling down my cheeks) followed closely by Dougie McClean singing Ye Banks and Braes. You see, when I lived in London Dougie’s songs were my wee pieces of home. Played when I felt particularly sentimental for the heathery hills or gentle Scots. It was one of these peculiar moments in time when I watched the man who had invoked such emotion and longing in me with his music…on stage with my SISTER – weird!!

Stand no. J72 Mogwaii Design
Stand no. J72 Mogwaii Design

The trade fair went well. Really well! In fact I’m half wondering whether there will be many outlets about Scotland that don’t sell something or other of Mogwaii (OK…I’m exaggerating). However, orders were small on the whole but I’m pretty confident shops will re order so I’m not too concerned. More of a concern is how to make up around about 700 products in 6 weeks. Hmmm…here’s hoping my faithful Lucy is feeling the urge to sew. If you’re reading this Lucy…I love you and your sewing ability and don’t book yourself up because work is coming your way.

If anyone else out there (in the Scottish neck of woods)  fancies some piece work then send me a mail.

I  met a very lovely, approachable and down to earth agent. She sells the wares of makers on behalf of makers to various outlets across Scotland. I am very tempted to get in touch with her. Up until now I have been dissuaded by  agents as those I have encountered are all shiny brogues, suits and ties and unlikely to GET my product. However Jocelyn does and roaming around the country selling Mogwaii is something I know should be done but I have absolutely zero inclination and time.

Apart from selling, chatting and wandering  I also ate copious quantities of chocolate as my next door neighbour was ” The chocolate Library”.

Edible books
Edible books

This is Sandra’s wonderfully executed new enterprise which I can see could go  far. The graphics and text are well thought out and the chocolate…scrumptious!

OK, I’m going to go now. Soon I’ll write a post about the 2nd half of the week at Celtic connections…far less civilized.

xx Sarah

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Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

3 replies on “Chocolate and Trade

  1. Beautiful booth! I know what you mean about seeing a song that means so much to you in person. Not about seeing them sing with my sister though, that must have been amazing. I’m so glad you did well at the Trade show! I forgot you had gone and have been here all this time wondering where you had gone. Haha! Oh man, if I was around, I’d jump on helping you 🙂 I hope you find some good help. Hooray for Mogwaii!

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