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Want a mint?

Just when I was getting good at regular posting (regular in the sense of more than one post a year), I kinda got sidetracked by going on holiday and then coming back and having a crap time at work.

Things are getting better though now, and the weather is nice and all that, so I will maybe be back now. It’s too hot to do anything much other than talk about the weather. Everyone is too tired from not being able to sleep in this heat. It’s cooler today though which makes it more bearable. Hot weather is great if you can sit around all day, but when you have to work, well, it’s not so fun. People just aren’t used to having a proper summer here, I suppose.

We are trying to keep ourselves motivated by planning our next trip to the States and have decided on a tour round California in March next year. We are going to fly to San Francisco, hire a car and then just cruise to wherever the notion takes us. Can’t wait to get going. We might also squeeze in a trip to Cincinnati to see some relatives of mine there just before Christmas, with any luck. Having something to look forwards to like that makes going out every day to work seem more worthwhile.



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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