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I’m more of a minesweeper man myself.

What is with all these plane crashes? Practically a new one every day! Between the earth’s gravitional pull malfunctioning and watching the opening episode of Lost, it could put you right off flying.

Anyway, what’s been happening… um, still waiting and seeing on the work front, still feeling a bit confused about it all, but still not sure what to do. Have started playing the lottery though just in case the gods decide to smile upon me. Not yet though.

We are still beavering away at our crafty things, knitting and stuff. Making some progress now and Marveline is coming round tonite to help us get some ideas together for the website. Lee bought his new car at last, and I must say, despite not being a car kinda gal, it is pretty marv. All shiny and silver and sleek looking. He is wandering around like a small boy who was expecting a lump of coal for Christmas, but got a bike, a train set AND a Spectrum.

Mum got back from Madeira in one piece and apparently was not drunk when she sent her text message that effectively said “goodbye world”. Hmmm. Off on Monday next week! God bless bank holidays. There are not nearly enough of them. A free day off is all the sweeter than a day’s annual leave, so I will have to use it wisely – to knit, more than likely.



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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