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I sometimes got to Cambridge and see Stephen Hawkings running around…well…not running so much as wheeling…

If like me, you suffer from major clumsiness in most aspects of life, then you will be the sort of person who invariably spills half their dinner down their front every day.

So, there are 2 tips I can offer you.  Firstly the tried and tested:


The Tide Pen

This little pen just makes stains disappear!  It’s amazing.  My mum introduced them to me after Anne in Cincinnati gave her one and now I have about a dozen of them in various handbags, drawers and cupboards.  You can’t get them here (yet!) but I am sure to stock up on them anytime I am in America.

The second piece of advice I’ve not tried but it is about using baby powder to get rid of the toughest of stains – the oily stain.  You can read all about it here.  I will look forwards to trying it soon – probably right after dinner tonite!



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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