I create jewelry in unusual, yet eye-pleasing designs and colors using a combination of crochet, gemstones, beads, and other findings (including clay beads that I make myself).
I'd say my biggest inspiration is colors! Even colors I don't particularly like can suddenly become attractive to me when combined with the right shades which compliment each other. It's like "a little bit of nice and a little bit of not so nice" to obtain a good balance.
I also find inspiration in a lot of other places, but at the end of the day if you want to be unique it all comes down to creating an original product of your own imagination.
At the beginning I was afraid of being unique, but I went ahead and took the plunge anyway, and now I'm receiving so many compliments and lots of good energy being thrown my way, so I'm really enjoying this uniqueness at my art. It expresses me and my own style, and not someone else's, and it seems to me that people admire me for that. I read somewhere recently something that goes like "do it afraid, courage will come later", and if I think about it, this is actually how I've lived my whole life. I sort of dive into things without analyzing the situation or consequences, and then take it from there. I think that as long as you follow your heart you know you're on the right track.
Having an organized space to work in is essential for me, and when things start cluttering up I need to just STOP everything, put stuff back in place, and only then can I continue! I love having a lot of space as well as a lot of supplies in a wide variety of styles. Since I'm not one to put my ideas down on paper, when an idea pops into mind I want to have the necessary supplies and tools readily available right there and then!
You can find my work at my Etsy shop, right here: http://www.lavenderfield.etsy.com/
I also have a blog right here: www.thiswayhandmade.com, and a page that I use as a means of promoting my work, right here: www.squidoo.com/crochetbubble