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I’m glad that 2013 is finally over with. It was a very stressful year for the most part, and only in the latter part of it did I manage to relax a bit. Being made effectively homeless, then having to move twice in quick succession, whilst dealing with all manner of legally bullshit was tough. Work has been a total nightmare this year, too, and then we had no internet or phone connection for 3 months at our new place, which was like some sort of endurance test of my patience.

BUT – last night, it was traditional NYE dinner time – stew and plain bread, a uniquely West of Scotland dish, I am told. Basically, it’s really runny steak pie, like steak pie soup. DELICIOUS. Then you thicken it up and it becomes steak pie the next day. Can’t wait. 2014 will hopefully be a lot less stressful than 2013. And I might even manage to write more here. Ha! No resolutions from me, though. Just to be less stressed. That should do it. Happy new year!



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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