The dangerous thing about selling on Etsy is this:
when I've posted a new piece I'm curious about how long it will take to come up in the search engine (about 3-5 minutes as near as I can tell), so I go looking...
And I see stuff I like...
But also very inspiring! =)
I end up finding things I love, and things I want, and things I think maybe I could make differently, perhaps better, but generally just through the filter of my own vision.
(This is not pride- I just think about how I'd make something similiar, or what I would do a little different- It is meant as an homage to the originality of the pieces I love.)
Here is an example: I ADORE these organza butterfly earrings, made by Jewelera on Etsy. I think they are wonderful, and
would really love to own a pair... http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=43559032 (She's got some other cool things, so if you like this you might want to check out the rest of her shop)
So I made something kind of similar to sell here in town. Instead of the butterflies printed on fabric, I used inexpensive butterfly-shaped paillettes and confetti.
I love how hers flutter. Mine flutter a little differently than hers, and they don't have the print of the REAL butterfly wings; however, they shimmer and shine in a way hers cannot. My paillettes have an amazing iridescent quality, particularly the white ones.
Anyway, if you like them, come check 'em out at our Etsy shop!
And so it goes.
3 months ago