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The Sugababes have really let themselves down.


So, here it is, the first emo-broidery of 2008.  I thought it was about time to add some crafting to this blog, seeing as it is supposed to be the ramblings of a craftswoman after all.

I made this in response to the atrocious weather we are having in Glasgow.  Earlier in the week it was gale force winds, lashing rain and hailstones – pretty apocolyptic.  Ironically, the night that it seemed to be the end of the world I had the best night’s sleep I’d had in literally months.

I have another emo-broidery in progress at home, on a nu-rave tip.  I had hoped to get it finished last night, but instead spent the first half of the evening being Lee’s apprentice and taking notes as he examined mar-c’s light fittings and then on the way home we took a detour over the squinty bridge and ended up at Springfield Quay for dinner.  Everytime I go over the squinty bridge I look up and it feels like I am in the future in Tokyo or something.  For those of you who don’t live in the city, here is a picture of said bridge:

(picture courtesy of a suvdal)

We had mexican for dinner, was very nice and probably unhealthy.  There were 2 guys next to us from Northern England somewhere who were possibly the rudest restaurant guests in history – they were grunting at the top of their lungs at the poor waiter over something or other.  It’s a shame that they escaped from their caves to abuse him, as he was very polite and enthusiastic – a rarity in the UK, American readers! 

This weekend I am having my hairs cut at a place in the Merchant City – the place I won the voucher for at a tombola before Christmas.  It could go either way I guess.  I will just have a tidy up and wait til I get to my own hairdresser for colouring and potential fringey bits discussions.  Also tomorrow I have to stand in the queue of death at Marks and Spencers to take back a ridiculously over sized/mis labelled bra.  The refunds queue has been at least an hour long since Boxing Day, so I may postpone this again. 

Sunday, Jo and I are going to a car boot sale – as vendors.  We have to be there for 5.30am!  Not looking forwards to that part, but am looking forwards to decluttering a bit.  It will be fun I am sure – we usually manage to make the best of these situations despite the cold.  I am looking forwards to the banter and trying out my “two for a paaaaaaaaaaand-ah!” type hollering.



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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