I sat down at my craft table the other day, not really sure about what I wanted to make. While I was doing so, the kiddo was off to my right, coloring on a piece of paper, as she is wont to do when I make jewelry. After a minute or so of staring at my beads and sighing, she asked me what I was doing, so I told her. She then started playing with some beads, so I let her, because I wasn't doing anything else anyway and I could keep an eye on her. Watching her actually gave me an idea for the necklace below, and the design took off from there...
That was the first one I made. I so wanted to add to it, but I've been aiming for simple designs lately that I can market as gifts (as opposed to most of my work, which is comprised of statement pieces that one would more likely buy for oneself), so I refrained from embellishing it. Then I took a longer look at some of my materials left-over from the Victorian-inspired necklace, and all sorts of lightbulbs went off!
I moved on from specifically the goth-esque materials into the rest of my leftovers - namely, the large-hole beads I didn't use in my DIY business card holder...
It's really amazing how one simple image (in my case, watching my kiddo put those rod-shaped pewter beads together on a headpin) can blossom into an idea, then a virtual avalanche of ideas.