It has been a while since I fretted on pan Atlantic forums about immoveable displays, deactivated listings or convo’d with customers about this, that or the next crafted ditty. Once again, I have been lured back into the Etsy marketplace. Two reasons: I am determined to up my visibility and consequently sales from comfortably occupied to actually making a LIVING! and secondly,  I have too many eggs in NOTHS basket and we’ve recently seen how fickle and ruthless their curation tools can be.


I have consequently spent the day absorbing screen flicker, shifting from cross-legged to lotus to half-lotus in an attempt to relieve my aching buttocks and trying to clasp my hands behind my back as an antidote to computer hunch.

The problem with Etsy (for me personally), is that most of the market is on the other side of the pond and sending Lampshades and filled cushions there, costs more than I or anyone else cares to contemplate. However, I am offering buyers to opportunity to buy my shades in a flat pack kit form (which will take some assembly), and cushions without fillers. Both will cost less and perhaps there’s a certain charming challenge to part creating your own Mogwaii creation…maybe not! Well – only time will tell.


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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

4 replies on “Hello Etsy my old friend…

  1. Hi Sarah,

    I think your plan to send your international cushion orders without the filler is a good one. I have had a few sales of cushions where the customer has requested just the cover as cushion fillers are so easy to source yourself. To be honest, I think that would also well in the UK too if offered as an option when the customer orders.

    I think that the flatpacked lampshades are also a good idea and wouldn’t be surprised if the opportunity to take part in the finished product was popular too.

    Good luck.


    1. Hi Sue, sorry for the late reply – since the dashboard has changed in wordpress I easily miss comments. It will be interesting to guage the response to flatpack shades and cushion covers only. So far, very quiet but that is likely to be because I have not spent time promoting the shop full stop. Etsy is such a huge marketplace I’ll need to use some virtual elbows! x

  2. Ever since you first posted these gorgeous creatures I’ve thought that they have been calling out to be a range of greeting cards. So much easier to post, a great way for the many who admire your work to have a little piece of it to delight their friends with.
    Undoubtedly getting cards printed would be quite the logistical exercise and initial outlay but they might help contribute towards making a longer term living. I can just imagine them as children’s book characters too…

    1. Hi Kelly, sorry for the late reply. WordPress dashboard has changed and I miss comments. That is a great idea. One which I have had before but didn’t follow through on. Perhaps it’s time to take the leap! x

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