Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

5 Tips To Help You Through The Silly Season

Don't Let Christmas Stress You Out

Five things I need to be reminded of....a lot.

5 tips to purfylle your life

Even more regularly around Christmas time.

Done is better then perfect

I am a perfectionist and this one's hard. When I decided to stop worrying about my blog being perfect it gave me the freedom to run with it, and instead of struggling to get a few posts up each month I am now posting 5-6 days a week!

We all tend to apply our perfectionistic tendencies predominately to our own professions or hobbies. I mean, really, I couldn't care less about how to cook the perfect Christmas dinner. For me done is fine so long as its yummy and there's plenty of it, but if I'm making an elf costume you better watch out! It has to be perfect, if one little teeny tiny bell of hundreds doesn't match or the colours aren't just so, or the fabric is wrong, or whatever, I'll get annoyed. Which is just crazy because I'm the only one who will ever notice or know that the green is not the shade of green I wanted. (no I'm not making an elf costume)

So I'm learning to try to let go a little and Just. Get. It. Done. It doesn't need to be perfect.

For instance, this week I've been working on getting the blog looking pretty.

It's not perfect but it's done enough to work, and I can keep making improvements when I can. I'm sure you would all much rather I put something up for you to read and enjoy, then for me to not write but get all the links the perfect shade of red. Right?

It's a marathon, not a sprint

A wonderful blogger, Shantha of Competitive Edge, replied to a comment I made recently with this maxim and it really stuck in my head.  When you start out blogging it's easy to forget you're here for the long haul, so pace yourself.

You can't do it all

Kelli & Crystal who have taught  me sooo much in the last couple of months talk about this a lot. They are so right but it doesn't stop me from trying. I love to push push push.

Decide what it is important

These days, it's so easy to believe that everything is important when your being told at every turn that XYZ is vital and you MUST do this, that and the other. But the reality is that they're not.

There are things that are important to YOU. Not to someone else but to you. And you're the only one who can figure that out for you, your boss can't, your spouse can't, your best friend can't, your parents can't; only you can figure out what your priorities are.

Return to basics

When it's all getting too much it's really good to remember to just return to basics. I've been doing so much lately and I've been letting things slip and it was starting to show. There were piles of stuff for things that had been put down rather then put away; dust gathering because dusting can wait until next week; that sort of stuff.

Anyway, I realised I was letting the basics slip and that I needed to prioritise them, and so this week on laundry day I didn't just do the dirty laundry, I also made sure that all the winter stuff got put away, that the clothes that didn't fit got separated out rather then put back in drawers again, that the tiny speciality wash load was done. Today I cleaned off my loungeroom coffee table and dusted it down, reorganised all the little projects on it and just took the time to get it back in order.

Now, I don't really care if there is dust or piles of stuff, but what's incredible is that getting just those things done make me feel so much better. That's a lot of little things that I won't be looking at as I come across them every day and think 'Gahh, I've got to do that,' and then feel guilty I haven't done it yet. Having them done is freeing.

Implementing these 5 tips purfylle my life so much. What are your tips for surviving the silly season?