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Quiet! I sense danger!

I will make no comment on my lengthy absence. A lot’s happened though:

1. White water rafting – that was ace. Highlights included watching Jo try to get her legs in the arms of her wetsuit, not falling in and smashing my face on some rocks, and it being lovely and sunny and not too cold at all.

2. Miso Funky taking off into the stratosphere. We’ve done 2 markets now, appearing at the West End Festival this weekend and our online shop is taking shape. Life has been really busy with this, but it’s been a lot of fun too.

3. Jo’s birthday – any excuse to go to Monster Mash is good with me.

4. Lucy’s hen nite – not as horrific as you’d expect from a hen nite. A lot of drinking, a lot of pretending to be Finnish and we even saw a man dressed as a gorilla. Surely the perfect send off to married life.

5. The Cardigans – one of my favourite bands and I finally got to see them live at the ABC thanks to Lee who bought tickets for me as a birthday present. They rocked. 🙂

6. Guitar Hero – such an addictive game! A very pleasant evening was spent at Lex and Tex’s place last weekend rocking out. Red, green, blue, blue, red…

Today, we have taken delivery of a shed and a new sofa. I am very pleased about the arrival of both of these items as both will give MORE ROOM to put stuff in to stop us falling over it.

Also this weekend, Lucy and Mark are getting married and we are going along to watch. Hopefully the glorious sunshine will last long enough to give them a sunny day. I will be wearing a dress. Tune in for how that works out next time.

That’s all for now, look at the photos here!



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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