Deal Of The Day


Today, I’m offering Shawlands lovers a treat – this hand-stitched banner is down to just £5. There’s only one, so you can snap it up here.

Oh, yeah, one thing I am excited about currently is that I am going to be closing The Bellwether (lolz, again) for good this time at the end of the month. I am actually super happy about it – no agonising this time, it’s just going. I’m still ruminating about the future, but The Bellwether will be put so sleep in just a couple of weeks. YAY! It dead.

If you’re a newsletter subscriber, your details will be deleted after closure. The Facebook page will likely close at some point. Instagram and Twitter remain though, as they’ve always been more personal accounts, anyway. Etsy will continue to carry my instant download charts for the foreseeable future (though this is subject to change in future, of course). There may even be some new charts added (there may not be) as there are still folders full of them in my laptop that remain unpublished.

Send no flowers, toll no bells – this is happy news for me! Meantime, things will remain cheap as chips until it’s all gone. So please make it all gone by getting your shop on here.


Free Wes


I used to sell this cross stitch chart until some silly lawyers made me stop. So now, I’m giving it away for free. Take that, law!

If you’d like to stitch your own piece of Zubrowka’s finest accommodation, you can click this link to peruse the chart, which is just one of the free charts I offer. Don’t say I’m not good to you.


Big Deal



There’s up to 50% off all this and much more at the moment. You should check it out, you know. You can probably tell what’s coming next.


Clearing Out

We’ve been doing a load of clearing out at home, rejigging our house in anticipation of some visitors in March. It’s a good excuse to get organised, paint the hall and all sorts of other things we hadn’t gotten round to in the nearly three years we’ve lived here (I know, THREE years – some sort of record for us!).

The next major project I have to sort out is my office space/studio/shithole. Once you get started rationalising possessions, streamlining and such, I find it very easy to carry on and apply those principles to everything and that means business, too.

So, you’ll have noticed a much sprucer and slimmer catalogue of products, which will be honed further still and you’ll also see that over 80% of products are now HALF PRICE. That means that when current stocks are gone, they’ll be gone and won’t be coming back for the foreseeable future.

For example :

Zines, banners and keychains remain full price currently, but have all had a price review to keep things current. I suggest you take advantage of my rationalisation and bag yourself some bargains before they’re gone!


Going, Going…

I’m going to be discontinuing a bunch of badges at the end of the month, so they’re now reduced to just 50p each. I’m also clearing a forgotten stash of some cross stitch kits, prices from just £3.50.

So, you know, you should really click over to the Sale section and pick up some bargains before it’s too late.

Go on, you know you want to.


Change Is Good

New year, new me, etc, etc. Perhaps it’s slightly late to be saying that,  a full 17 days in to 2018, but the intention is good. I haven’t been a regular blogger for the past couple of years, and was largely absent for most of 2017, preferring to hang out over on Instagram, mostly, for instant gratification. But I miss not having somewhere to vent/share/write and so I thought I’d offer a little update to anyone who still reads this as to where the hell I’ve been.

Since last spring, I have:

  • Taken redundancy from my job in broadcasting and left the world of access services after nearly 9 years with a cheery wave.

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  • Spent 5 weeks in America, gadding about, house-sitting for family and friends. I started a new instagram account (@everythingiateinamerica) to document, well, everything I ate. On days like today, when I’m feeling hungry and homesick for my second home in Cincinnati, I like to browse it and relive every bite.


  • Spent a week on a beach in Kos, drinking cocktails and swimming in the sea every day. It was top notch super fun.


  • Fell in love with a new horsey beau, Monty. We took part in a dressage competition and we only bloody came second!


  • Released my collaborative zine with Marceline and sold out of the first print run very quickly, yay! I have others in the works.

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  • Worked in a variety of places, including looking after a college’s website and serving people terrible coffee
  • Started and completed working at Sainsburys supermarket for the Christmas season which was a lot more fun that it sounds. Checked off a life goal of working on a checkout – I really enjoyed it but it did mean I didn’t get any days off at all for about 4 months.
  • Had two teeth removed. I got IV sedation which I’d heartily recommend. Look after your teeth, kids.
  • And after skipping away happily from access services and the world of broadcasting, starting a new job at STV – in the wonderful world of access services! There’s no escape from television, it seems.
  • Spent a month or two looking after my neighbour’s pony Lark, who I immediately rechristened Mark. He is a good sort and we spent some lovely time together roaming around the woods.



Took part in the Etsy Made Local market in Glasgow, which was hands-down my most profitable market day in over 13 years. It was good to get the old team together.


Did my first foreign language cross stitch commission, a piece in Russian which my Russian sister-in-law tells me is quite insulting, but the customer loved it nonetheless.


And rounded off the year seeing my favourite band, Rocket From The Crypt, who as ever, put on a truly amazing show.


But by far and away the best thing about 2017, was this:


And now you’ll never forget how to spell diarrhoea either.


Last Chance Saloon

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The Other Side Of The Table

Remember me? Been a while, eh? Well, I’m baaaaaaaaaack! If you are a friend of mine on social media (and really, why aren’t you?), you can probably sense that something is brewing on The Bellwether front and your patience will be rewarded soon, stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I’m here to tell you about a project that recently came to fruition after several years in the works. Me and my good pal Marceline of Asking For Trouble finally launched our zine, The Other Side Of The Table – we’ve been plotting it for literally years and it’s donnnnne!


The idea for the zine came about after nearly 25 combined years of rubbish craft fairs, both attending as sellers and buyers. It’s 20 pages crammed with anecdotes, horror stories, anonymous rants and a pull-out fun section.

Hard copies are £4 and are available right here.

If you prefer an e-book, formatted for Kindles and iBooks, click here to purchase on Amazon.

And for an instant-download PDF version, click on over to Etsy to buy it there.

Both the PDF and e-book versions have bonus content! So that’s fun. Early reviews are that it’s “hilarious” and that it “made my day”, so snap up your copy today!


Do Not Fuck With Me

Describe yourself in 5 words.

Do. Not. Fuck. With. Me.




Instant download cross stitch chart available to purchase now. Stitch your own personal motto this very weekend.




I have been doing a lot of thinking about change recently, and as usual, have so many ideas for things that I am tripping myself up over them. Writing down helps in part, but also generates more of them and tends to give me more to think about. It’s a vicious circle.

Change is in the air though, big change, and it’s exciting and also a bit terrifying. This quote though caught my eye and resonated with me. I’m not a touchy-feely self-help fan, but just every now and again, one of the billions of these things on Pinterest sticks out and sticks with me.

I suppose the thing is to just pick one idea and try it. And if it doesn’t work, pick another one and try that. I think clever people call that living. I think I might give it a go.


Bonne Nuit


Another half-finished design that I’ve finally had time to get done – a little Art Deco feel Bonne Nuit cross stitch chart is now available to instantly download here.


Hand & Flowers

For Christmas this year, I booked a table for a surprise lunch at the Hand & Flowers for Lee and I. It’s a step up from our previous Michelin-starred dining with two shiny stars, and it’s run by jolly-man-turned-waif Tom Kerridge.


This is more-or-less just a gratuitous food porn post, I warn you now. If you find photos of slabs of meat offensive, best pop off now.

Smoked margarita and some snack items to kick things off. We also had some paprika pork scratchings and a Bellini because we fancy like that.

As well as being truly delicious, everything was served on exquisite handmade ceramic plates, as well as condiments etc being made of the highest-quality crafted woodwork. I love that every little detail had been thought out and care taken over them.

That blackberry souffle with baked cheesecake ice cream and pear sauce was definitely in my top 10 of things ever put in my mouth. I feel bad eating any other dessert now as it would only sully the memory of it.


All in all, top notch experience – everyone, especially the lady called Coral who welcomed us was so super-nice and it was well worth the lengthy journey.

Never ones to turn down a mini-break, we made a getaway of it and stayed in the countryside, on the river, outside Marlow for a couple of nights.

Once again, I won the Airbnb lottery. If you’d also like to stay in a cosy wee boat house with lovely unobtrusive hosts, then check ’em out.

Turns out old Kerridge has a second pub in Marlow, The Coach, which has earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand (a star for cheaper places). You don’t need reservations and so we stoated in for breakfast the day after our Hand and Flowers experience. Oh my GRAVY do they know their way around a pig. That bacon is hands-down the best I’ve ever eaten. I am not ashamed to say I bellowed my admiration of it to the lovely ginger man who cooked it as we left. Again, more delightful hand-carved wood and ceramics – ACE.


All this and pies on the way home. Lolz.


Hygge As Fuck


Some more new stitching, this time though, I made the pattern. Danish grammar fans among you will know it should be hyggeligt as fuck, but hey, I’ve always been a rebel.

You can buy this chart for your own purposes here if you so fancy.