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I don’t want to cause a panic but I can smell burning


That’s the sound of time hurtling along. I can’t believe it’s almost the end of November already! Where is time going? It’s not been spent blogging, clearly. I’ve been so busy recently, there’s hardly a moment to draw breath.

So, what have I been doing? Well, a round up is as foll-ows:

  • Turns out I am not diabetic after all, but it’s on it’s way. Metabolic syndrome is what it is, which is like diabetes-lite. Basically I need to lose a lot of weight to curb the blood sugar levels and to stop my body rejecting the perfectly good insulin I am churning out. Nothing I didn’t already know, but if you see me, don’t let me have cake.

  • I do have conjunctivitis! Which is really lingering, despite the sticking stuff in my eyes at regular intervals (prescribed, not just for the hell of it). I’ve also had a snuffly cold for weeks now, it just won’t go – me and everyone else in Scotland it seems.

  • I’ve converted to xfm of a morning, ever since I turned on the radio one morning last week to hear Dominik Diamond saying the word fud. It was so exciting that Jo texted me to make sure I’d heard.

  • I’ve invented a new range for Miso Funky – Rejects. I am immensely proud of them as I thought they might be a bit crap, but people have seemed to take to them rather well.

  • We’ve been crafting our lives away and are very busy with various craft fairs up til Christmas now. Our own market was on Saturday past and went very well, so fingers crossed we will hit our self-imposed target by the end of the year.

  • Lee is away on holiday tomorrow, without me! Him and his friend Euan are meeting in London and then heading to the nearest travel agent to book something – they don’t know where or how long for, but I really hope they have a great time! I’ll be living the singleton life in the meantime – or, more accurately, be staying in and crafting a lot!

  • I’ve been taking part in the cultural swap thing and had some great parcels so far from the US, Singapore and my favourite so far from Thailand. I have a few more lined up too, so fingers crossed for more good stuff from afar.

  • I’ve found myself glued to Torchwood on TV – I think it might be the accents! Lord knows I am a sucker for the Welsh accent – I did marry Lee after all! It’s not like me to like what I consider to be a slightly geeky program, but I heartily recommend it!

  • We’ve booked our flights to Cincinnati next year! We’re off to see Anne and Jim there next April/May and on the way back we have 4 days in Noo Yoik! We are both SOOOO excited about it.

I think that is the salient points! Oh, me, Jo and Mar-c had a great weekend in Newcastle, we had a great meal in a Teppen-yaki restaurant (where you sit round a metal hotplate and the chef cooks your dinner in front of you – GREAT fun) and had a fab day at the Cluny market. Photos on Flickr here.

This week has been busy – Monday was spent photographing babygros until the early hours for the MF shop, last nite we were interviewed by a girl who wants to write about us for a course she is doing and tout us round some magazines and tonite was spent mostly waiting for Tesco to deliver my shopping and packing Lee’s bag for him as he’s working nite shift (again 😦 ).

I ham off now to work on an idea I am developing for the rejects – fingers crossed it works out as planned!



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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