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And I’m telling you that you’re gonna need a raincoat.

I just discovered this. Which is a coincidence, as I was just discussing cultural swaps with someone earlier. I am hoping to make a cultural swap soon.

Things I can offer to potential swapees:

  • Knitted things
  • Small, strange looking things made of felt
  • Scottish things
  • British candy/sweets
  • Monkey related items
  • Paper things – stationery, stickers
  • British magazines
  • Craft supplies – yarn, beads, fabric
  • Funky stuff
  • Words of (faux) wisdom

Things I’d like to receive

  • Yarn
  • Monkey things
  • Sock monkey related items
  • Beads
  • Fabric
  • Savoury snacks/candy
  • Green apple flavour Extra chewing gum
  • Things from Old Navy
  • stationery
  • Japanese cuteness
  • Japanese childrens reading books/school books

I am a crafter, so crafty things are always a winner for me. I am a big fan of all things Japanese and cute and am currently (trying to) learn to speak Japanese. Oh, and candy of course. Oh, and I don’t have my ears pierced, so no earrings!

Although new to this swapping stuff, I do know what I don’t want to do. I don’t want to be going round shops with a shopping list for you. I want to “swap” things I already have with you or stuff I can make/easily obtain.

Holding down a full time job and running my own business means I don’t have the time to go hunting round Top Shop – that’s what Ebay’s for people! If there is a thing you specifically want, then I will try and get it, but I’m afraid I can’t accommodate specific but vague demands – e.g. one brass rubbing of a shire horse with a green frame. 🙂



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!

13 thoughts on “And I’m telling you that you’re gonna need a raincoat.

  1. hello Moosh,

    I am Adelene from Singapore. I would love to swap with you. I can send you Singapore candy/snacks as well as some Singaporean vintage items too. I am also a fan of vintage stuff, accessories, tees, bags etc, i collect and use them. =) In exchange, i would love to get some English stuff (teas, recipes or food), especially candy, vintage anything, cute tees,cute fabric, nice postcards/photographs and cute stationery. oh ya, i love handmade stuff too, maybe a knitted scarf, something small and interesting made of felt =) or an interesting handbag. anything cute and nice from the UK that i can’t here in sunny Singapore would do. =) Do visit my site, or email me at Hope to hear from you soon. =p Tell me what else you’d like and i see if i can get them as well. I also wouldn’t mind giving a little something extra in the package, no charge whatsoever, just for my swap pal. =) i like surprises and usually package my items in an unusual way so as to surprise my swap pal.



  2. Hi, I’d love to swap with you! You said you’d like to swap with me (I live in Thailand). I agree about the not-having-shopping-lists-for-people thing! I hadn’t thought of it as boldly as that – but it makes bloody good sense to make it clear from the start, eh?

    So, yessss – i would love anything from LUSH (not that that is a shopping list)! I just miss that loverly smell in my bathroom, when you have a couple of bath ballistics in there and they scent the air. i have no bath here, though, so ballistics are of no use (I wish I could request a Fairy Jasmine :0( !!). i’d love anything else.

    Is there anything you remember from Thailand that you’d love? I do have one thing I can deffo send you – I’ve just spent 4 days in Chiang Mai, and the Sunday night market here is just out of this world! The most jaw-droppingly gorgeous stuff for sale – so cheap! And you get to support local trades/craftspeople. It’s shopping heaven.

    So, let’s get swapping! I’m on a bit of a budget here, so I’m looking to send small-but-perfectly-formed packages with fab, little things inside. I’ll be trying to send lots of small, inexpensive items, but with a dollop of funkiness.

    What music do you like?

    Fun! xx


  3. Hey! Cake & Pie, 2 of my most favourite things! That sounds cool – and I would also relish the chance for a trip to Lush, as it is such a fab shop! Are you from Bath originally, did I read correctly?

    Can you please email me at or send me your email address so I can send you some more details?


    Claire 🙂


  4. Hi,

    I just signed up for this swap (I’m not even listed on the site yet) but if you would like to trade some things from the USA let me know. I can definetly get you crafty stuff, snacks etc.

    post a comment on my blog if you’re interested.
    Only email me if you are willing to get me the tears of a jaded virgin at exactly midnight during a full-moon. Otherwise, really what’s the point?
    (I’m kidding, kidding.)


  5. Hey moosh!!
    I just got you note from my blog about wanting to do a swap.( I would love to do a swap with you!!! Some how my blog ate you note you left and I had to beat up my computer so that I get it!! Email me so that we can get something going!! Also let me know what kind of japanese craft books you like.
    I look farward to hearing from you!!
    EMAIL ME: dcwolfmom2ac@(at)charter.(dot)net


  6. Hello from Kansas, USA! I’d love to set-up swap with you! I can send you candy/snacks, crafty stuff (just let me know what kind – paper, yarn, buttons, stickers, etc), magazines, samples packs (shampoo, body wash, lotion, etc). If you have a special request, just let me know and I’ll let you know if I can find it. What I’d like in return – surprise me! Things I’d like from your country include handmade items by you, candy/snacks, tea, photos/postcards.

    If you’re interested, e-mail me at:


  7. come on belle what about one brass rubbing of a shire horse with a purple frame then? 🙂 lol this swapping thingys a great idea.


  8. Yes! i’m interested in swapping…
    I am a bit busy (and broke) until christmas…I am in high school, and I work in a retail store…I havent much time besides…
    after xmas, things will die down quite a bit, and then I will be HAPPY to!


  9. Hi Moosh! I’m Shell from USA. I would love to swap with you. I can send you Japanese stuff (craft magazines, books, stationary, stickers, candy). I am NOT Japanese, however I do work right next to a Japanese market, clothing/bag/knick-knack shop, and market. I can also send you some cute fabric, yarn, and lot’s of other things from the US. I would love to receive fabric, stationary, cultural related things, yummy & cool candy, magazines… the list goes on. Come check out my blog- my email address is . I signed up with Gimmeyourstuff today, and am anxiously waiting for an approval.
    Hope to talk to you soon. =P


  10. Hey there,
    My name is Maria and I’m a 19 year old girl from the USA. I just joined Gimme Your Stuff and I’m trying to find some people to swap with, and I was wondering if you’d be interested. 🙂

    Check out my swap blog to see what I offer and what I’m interested in, and let me know!

    I live next to a HUGE Old Navy, so I can get you items from there, as well as monkeys, craft supplies, and green apple flavored stuff. Name what you’d like and I’ll do my best to get it. 🙂

    Hope to hear from you soon,


  11. Moosh-
    When I first joined GYS, I got a post from you (november)
    and I never replyed–IM SORRY!
    I am interested in swapping with you…and can definitely help you with Old Navy Stuff–I WORK in store!
    I don’t have a lot of beads, but I might have buttons…which can be fun too….
    email me and we can work something out maybe?


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