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.

Makeup Declutter: Eyeshadow


To get started I removed all of my hair care stuff because I'll do them another day. However, I still decided to ditch a couple of things rather then putting them away.

The ancient curling iron, a couple of combs and a sock masquerading as a hair donut.

Which means I don't have a curling iron at all now having already ditched another. However there's no point in keeping one I don't like and won't use for 'just in case'. I'm not a hair gadget girl, it has to be a pretty amazing gadget for me to want to use it.

Then I emptied out all of the makeup bags and tins and laid everything out. There was far, FAR, far too much makeup. Most of it was junk, old or useless. Very little of it do I actually like.


As I went through my eyeshadows I realised that the only one I'd ever really liked was ancient, broken and all used up.

As I decided which ones to keep until I find a pallet to replace everything I began to realise a few things.
  • I prefer small flat pallets with just the right amount of colours to complete a look. 
  • I don't like individual containers that require me to open multiple pots to get the look I'm after. 
  • I'm not very adventurous with eyeshadow.
  • There are definite shades that I prefer to use. 
  • I've grown out of sparkles. 
  • I deserve better makeup then this junk. 
  • Eyeshadow pallets last me a long time so I should purchase them with care, and update them before they've run out.
  • Almost all of my eyeshadows had come in kits, or were free. 
  • I haven't purchased new eyeshadow because I've got all this junk eyeshadow. 

What got tossed

These should have hit the bin a long time ago.
I was holding onto the blue pallet because of one single shade, and a couple of the unnecessary highlights and neutrals. I tried to remove the shade I liked and ruined it in the process so I butchered the packaging for the magnets and the mirror. This is a decluttering trick I use, by ruining it I can't change my mind about ditching it. 

The green eyeshadow's were a bit of fun but I really didn't have much call to use them any more, they were really old and the packaging was broken. 

The browns were all useless and came with kits that I probably bought just for the packaging. 

Bottom left is the remnants of my all time favourite eye shadow palette. It had to go.

Bottom right is the broken remains of a shadow I was keeping for sentimental reasons, it went too. 

What stayed

eyeshadows I actually use - although I don't like them very much, it's time to buy new
Although I've kept quite a few eyeshadows I don't really like any of them all that much. 

Top left: 2 Charcoal shades that I do use but do I need two?

Left middle: A white highlight that came with the charcoal and a pinkish highlight with a shimmer that I got quite a bit of use out of. They are quite different although you can't really tell in the photos. 

Bottom Left: The purple equivalent of the blue pallet; I use about 3 shades from it so I'll hold onto it for now. 

Top right: The pallet I've mostly been using but it has a poor colour pay off. 

Bottom right: I've never used the little heart pallet before so I pulled it out of it's packaging and I'll try to use it. I think the colours have too much shimmer for me. I didn't actually buy it for me but it never got used for what it was intended and it's been cluttering up my cupboard ever since. 

Eyeshadow is high on the list for replacement just as soon as I find the right pallet for me. 


  1. I got rid of my eye shadow ages ago Stella. Now I have to deal with my daughters' mess which is really a bunch of shadow cases all thrown into a box... and you know the caseings break and there is eye shadow all over the bottom of the box. We tried cleaning it out a while ago but it is back to it's old state.

    1. They really do get messy! You'd think that manufacturers deliberately make cases that break so you have to buy more. I haven't got any tips on how to stop it from becoming such a big mess, just gotta keep cleaning it out regularly I guess. Good luck!

  2. I used to wear so many pretty eyeshadows, all sort of colors. But I wore them like liner. neutral on the whole lid, pop of color lining the eye. Alas, allergies, contacts and eyeshadow are not friends. I gave up on shadow in my later 20's. Laser eye surgery gave me back my eyes sans contacts but I never went back to all the color. I have 3 neutrals I love. and toss that 2nd charcoal.

    1. Okay okay - I'll go toss it. I almost did, but then I didn't. What is wrong with me? I confess I wanted to try it wet but wasn't sure I wouldn't ruin the pallet in the process, so I'll do that today and then toss it without wondering any more =D Thank for the push. BTW I totally get the whole allergy thing. My allergies flared up and I couldn't wear any makeup for a while.


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