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How do you know that you’re only 17?

It’s 22 days until I reach the age of 30.

Surprisingly, this bothers me not an iota. I don’t have the thirties fear that so many seem to succumb to, however, there is still time.

Lots of people start to ask me around now what I’d like for my birthday and it’s tradition that I usually just post here things that I like.  Here is my very short list.

A new phone

A new hairstyle

The Memoirs of Cora Pearl

Flickr Pro renewal

Embroidered chair from Maxie Richards shop

Ladies shopper style bike

New pair of embroidery scissors as mine are totally dead

I think that’s about it! I am off to peel the tatties for dinner now.



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!

2 thoughts on “How do you know that you’re only 17?

  1. “surprisingly, this bothers me not an iota”

    typical youngsters with their devil amy care attitudes….let me tell you it sucks…;s awful…

    hee hee hee

    okay maybe it doesn’t


  2. I didn’t care when I hit my 30’s either – I’m one year and a few weeks older than you. I’ve also been told that I am weird because I didn’t freak out when Matt found a grey hair on my head the other day. It’s still there and I like looking at it in the mirror every morning!


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