Posted in That's Nice

Things I Got For Christmas Vol 2



When we first moved to the countryside, over 2 years ago now, someone, I am not sure who, christened our new home Brownton Abbey. Tres lolsome. The name has stuck and we still call it that. Our first house in Kilsyth was the original Brownton Abbey…



..very picturesque. Then there was the farm, Brownton Acres…



..the least said about that, the better. And now we’re in Brownton Lodge, or what should really be the proper Brownton Abbey. What a cool gift, it really made me chuckle. We will have to find a spot for it that doesn’t confuse the postman too much.

I was also given that wee wooden house for Christmas. They’re made by Hazel Williams.  The wee tiny houses are way underpriced. They’re really lovely items.



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!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s