Uh Oh…I had a hunch that a studio in the home might be somewhat less productive than away. It has been so long since I’ve had one that amnesia set in and I forgot about the endless distractions such as clothes that need to be put away, floors to hoover, cat litter to empty and hydrangeas to trim…(OK, that one is unlikely to happen but it has pressed on my conscience for a couple of years).

Leggy Chaffinch patch

I even spent this whole afternoon embroidering patches for a  quilt which is NOT WORK – it’s a GIFT! What was I thinking.

Robin Patch

Right, something must be done to improve this dire apathy. First, I must purchase running shoes and dig out  Lycra. I plan a route that avoids cow shit, too many gates and mud… not possible, so I will learn to love the cow shit, mud and gates and  eventually I will leap over them with the bounce, vitality and grace of a young gazelle.

Smaill, fat bird. A tit I think

I run early, shower, do housey stuff for a short while and then focus rigorously on work for the rest of the day.

The strange thing is, I’ve actually been feeling more balanced and contented doing less than I ever did doing more. Perhaps I just have to accept more diddling, more going with the flow, more chillin’ and even less money?

The winter commute
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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

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