Stop selling yourselves short, people.
We're crafters! We make things! And some things come out better than others, to be sure. But don't devalue your own creative process just because you don't have a blog with a bazillion hits. Wander the craft store and thrift store aisles with an open mind, and you never know what you might find. Of course places like the blog I mentioned above and lovely finishers like Vonna (The Twisted Stitcher) are great for ideas...but when you start combining materials and colors in a way that pleases YOU, it is YOUR creation, not theirs. This is where I start to wonder how much credit I need to give when I finish things anymore - for example, my little clock.
I was "inspired" by all the pocket watch finishes I'd seen - including Vonna's, and a few others. But finding a piece that fit, the elements I used...it was all mine.
And what about my little zombie girl?
Someone else had used a little Halloween house decoration from Michael's for a similar finish before I posted this. But there are Michael's stores all over the US, and who knows how many people decided to purchase one of these and do something like this. Same goes for my mermaid lantern...
...and my re-purposed jewelry boxes.
I just don't feel that I "own" any of these ideas. I'm not a professional crafter, and there's no profit for me to make in this. Please, take them, change them, make them your own...and share them with the world. In the end, we're combining threads and fabrics in ways that please us, and then sewing or gluing them to other bits that make us smile.