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How can you confuse an acronym with an ecosystem?

Was that it for Christmas? Surely there is more to it than that? It seems like I only just left work and yet here we are back to the daily grind again. Already!

At least we have days off over new year to look forwards to. Christmas was quite a cheery even chez Brown – assorted parents over for dinner, lots of presents (LOTS. Our hallway looks like santa’s grotto) and a big bucket of frozen margarita. Was pretty good all in all. Lex and Tex came over for dinner on Monday nite with their nephew Jon – nephew makes you think of a 7 year old, but he is in his early 20s which made it less scary. We all ate lasagne and played Uno Extreme and generally had a nice evening.

Yesterday was spent knitting and eating chocolate and huddling on the sofa and now work. Boooooooo. I hate coming back to work after Christmas 😦



I’m Claire and I live near Glasgow, in Scotland. I have strong family ties to Cincinnati, too and regard it as my second home. If I had to describe myself in five words, it would be thus: Does. Not. Suffer. Fools. Gladly. I’ve been cross stitching pretty much all my life, but professionally since 2005, first as Miso Funky, then as The Bellwether and now under my own name. I'm known for my witty, sarcastic and occasionally profane typographic designs. My work has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Channel 4 and on BBC television as well as numerous media outlets across the globe. At one point, I was kind of a big deal but I mostly just dabble in it these days when I have time. My website is a repositry of cross stitch charts, travel and food blogging and you'll find it at I also love to travel and eat, ideally travelling somewhere great to eat something brilliant. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly the Victorians and will absolutely beat you hands down in a quiz about the Tudors. Dogs are LIFE. I like being in water and have lots of ideas that will never see the light of day but would definitely be a winner on Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank. I love to give people gifts. I! also! overuse! exclamation! marks! sorry!

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