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Loose Ends


I feel like I am tying up a lot of loose ends at the moment. Getting rid of stuff that’s been hanging over me for months, squaring paperwork away, finally putting art up in the house, and that sort of thing.

Maybe there has been a subconscious reluctance to do that – finish unpacking and really settle in properly to our new place. I suppose it’s not surprising given the events of last year, but I think it’s had a much deeper effect on me than I first thought. I’m definitely less stressed in my personal life now than I was for almost all of last year (sadly, it’s now all transferred to my professional life!). But I was so worried for so long, living life with breath held and shoulders hunched for so many months, that it now feels odd to not be worried. Worried about not being worried – I know how stupid that sounds, but it’s how I feel. Trudging along a muddy path with no end in sight.

I lost so much enthusiasm for everything – going anywhere, talking to anyone, my business – I really lost my mojo last year.

I’m not one for philosophical introspection, but I suppose it feels good to say goodbye to the last year and hello to a new one, where I actually feel like I might be able to, as they say, get back on it.



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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