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: Lipsticks and Lip-balms

Lipsticks and lip-balms


I have a lot of lipstick. A lot of lipstick that I just don't use. I swatched them all, almost all of the colours were wrong for me.

In the end I only kept four. Three of those I should probably have ditched.

lots of unused old lipsticks

Savvy DB in 'protea'

This was the only duplicate I had, I remember buying them at bargain basement prices. It's a great all purpose colour that you can wear anywhere. The open one seemed to have gone a bit yuck (oily and soft) so I threw it away, the new one went in my handbag. 

Avon in 'cinnamon-raison'

I have no idea how I ended up with this. It's a nice formula but the colour is a bit too orange and dark for my colouring, it's passable though so I'm hanging onto it for now.

Lancome in 'brun primitif mat'

A fabulous dark red shade and I'm keeping it more for posterity then use, it was my first real lipstick purchase way back when. It sticks to your teeth and has always had a horrid cold cream sort of flavour too it. 

Red Earth in 'crystal rose'

A bit too shimmery for my preference but again it's passable and it went in my bathroom to see if I will use it or not.
NB: I have already tried this lipstick again and although the shade is nice the shimmer is too much and I don't like the flavour or feel. Out it goes!

Lip-balms I will never ever use

Tinted Lip Balms

I don't know about you but I use a lot of lipbalm, I keep one by my bed, one by my computer, a minimum of one in my handbag and one that usually floats from work station to workstation depending on if I'm sewing or pattern cutting or whatever.  I'm rather particular about my lip balms and I had an assortment of rubbish that I was never going to use.  Out they went.

Lipsticks - too old, too dry, too pink, too red, too brown, too dark, too shimmery

I'm not a big lipstick user and probably never will be. I'm more of a lip pencil and lip balm kind of gal. I guess I keep hoping a lipstick will be right for me so it's easier to do my lips on the go then a two step process of pencil and balm but so far that's not been the case.

I won't be looking for new lipsticks any time soon. As for lip-balms I'll be keeping an eye out, I'm currently trialling several, including my own recipe, because my favourite one has terrible packaging and I won't buy it any more, the last four or five tubes split open. 


  1. Good for you, Stella! I'm proud of your progress!
    Keep it up!

    1. Thanks Melinda =) I swear you're the only one who relishes my decluttering posts but until I've got our stuff to fit in our little cupboardless home the decluttering posts will continue!


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