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If you want to get a big bird, you need a big worm

Swap from Thailand
Originally uploaded by mooosh.

What a fabulous parcel to receive on a dull, interminably boring day at work!

This parcel came all the way from Thailand and the monkey really did make my day, nay week. It was full of the sorts of things I expected to receive from a swap and more – thanks Liz!

In other news – I heard someone on TV the other day mentioning that they didn’t realise the word chav was pronounced ch-av when they first saw it – they thought it was sh-av. A posh chav will henceforth be called a sh-av. And they invariably have mull-ays (rahter than mullets).

I have a new found respect for David Gest now having watched him on I’m A Celebrity … He’s actually almost human. Who’d have thunk it?



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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