Banner from Unicorn Parade Shop on Etsy
First off, let me begin with I am fully aware of how this might sound coming from someone who blogs a lot of knock-off tutorials. However, I do not have celebrity followings or my goods in stores around the country and I think that someone who could afford to buy the $325 necklace actually would, rather than try to make a DIY version for much less.
But lately, I've noticed a rash of other bloggers posting projects that are uncannily similar to mine. It's gotten to the point where it doesn't feel coincidental anymore.
I put a lot of heart and energy into "paying it forward" in the blogging community, sharing round-ups of other people's wonderful and unique tutorials, highlighting different blogs with my monthly blog love posts, and more. I do this because I think that there is so much amazing creativity out there that I want to help share and celebrate it.
When I put so much energy into trying to help spread the love around by promoting other blogs and share with people how I make the things I create (even if I didn't blog, I'd still be making all the time), to be bitten in the ass like this makes it really frustrating. Why would I want to share original ideas if this were the case?
In the meantime, I'll still be here, fighting the good fight, but I hope you'll join me in trying to bring back a little integrity to the internet. Learn how to use Pinterest properly, appropriately credit your images and sources, and please, just give credit where credit is due.