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Day In The Life 20.04.14

This time around, Laura chose the date for DITL.  As it worked out, I didn’t really have all that interesting a day, but here it is, anyway.

I was awoken strangely later than anticipated by the furry alarm clock, who didn’t make an appearance upstairs until 8.15. We’d planned to get up early to visit the car boot sale at Overton Farm, so after Max had licked my face into oblivion, I had a shower, dressed and took him for a short walk in the woods.

Lee and I then headed in the sunshine to the car boot sale, which was totally mobbed with visitors but didn’t have all that many good stalls. We did still manage to buy a wooden obelisk for training sweet peas up for the garden, and a massive sack of kindling – we’re all about the wood.

After that, we had breakfast at Sandyholm and then discovered the lovely village of Crossford, which we’ll have to go back to another day, as I hear they have a narrow gauge railway – whoa!

We made it home by 12 noon and then, I’m afraid to say I did nothing else apart from sew for the entire day. I’ve designed a collection of patterns around a central theme and I am frantically trying to get them all stitched up as quickly as possible so as to release them. It’s taking slightly longer than I had planned, and I hit a bit of a stumbling block last night as I discovered my charting was slightly wrong around one more intricate part of the main design and had to unpick it no fewer than 4 times. GAH.

We had really awesome homemade pizza for dinner and then more sewing until I couldn’t see straight and had to go to bed around 11pm. I also watched several episodes of Breaking Bad which I am ploughing through for the first time. It took me until nearly the end of season 2 to get into it, and I finally started to like it when this happened:


I bloody love Mexican music.

Umm, that was it this time. Check out Laura’s blog for a round-up later!



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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