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On Making A Living

I’ve written before about motivation and why I do what I do.  You can read about me losing my way on Motivation Road here and about my subsequent evaluation of my life here.

But I thought it might be quite useful for those who have followed my blog on the strength of those posts to read this from Jonathan from Mr Yen who today wrote on his blog that after taking the plunge and going part-time at his day job last year, he is now going back into full-time work.

He talks about how some people may believe this is a backward step, which is something that I could understand why he’d say that, though I didn’t believe was true. I think it takes the pressure off to be continually producing work which perhaps isn’t as detailed or elaborate as he’d like to focus on at the moment and I think it’s really great that he’s been so open about it.  It is, realistically, no one’s business why he’s doing it, but it’s good that others perhaps in the same boat and thinking they’d be failing somehow to do so might be reassured that everyone has these same concerns and worries. Too often the word of indie craft and design feels like a giant game of one-upmanship, so honest and earthy posts like this really gladden my heart.

To read the whole post, click here. And why not leave a comment here and/or there to share your own thoughts on the matter. Good for Jonathan, I say.



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 “On Making A Living

  1. Thanks for this post Claire!

    After reading over your evaluation post mentioned above I can relate to everything you’ve said about not having time to see family and friends or time for new ideas. I hope by going back to full time employment I will start to enjoy myself again and get back to paper cutting for fun as well as having time to do all the other things I haven’t had time to do for a while – like read a book, take photos for fun or just relax without feeling guilty.

    Also, after reading this and some of your other posts, I fully agree with what you say about people in the craft world not being very open about these things, which is why I wanted to explain what I was doing and why.

    People don’t really share things openly when talking about their business and only mention the highlights, without any mention of the low points. I think if more self employed people were open and honest, then other people in the same situation wouldn’t feel as though they are the only ones going through rough patches.


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