At first, when you're trying to find your own creativity, it's difficult not to be influenced by others - especially those whose work you admire. But that's not going to get you out of the rat race and into the world of making a living (of sorts) from crafting and growing.
The book I've been reading lately has been great in emphasising the fact that it's alright to be a beginner, and that no artist consistently produces perfection. The best pieces are usually the result of many sketches, drafts and pieces that nearly make the grade - but not quite.
I love Lavender hearts, and the first few I made were ok but now I'm starting to think about colours and fabrics more. For example, Sarah Raven often pairs lime green (Alchemilla Mollis) with a deep black red ( Dahlia Chat Noir) and that combination really appeals to me. So, the current batch of hearts have been worked with lime florists' twine and dark red thread.
These are Western Red Cedar plant labels that I'm getting ready to sell on Etsy and at fairs. They have a lovely tactile quality and should last for a fair bit in soil (though obviously not forever), and have plenty of space for writing names and dates on.
When the cutting patch gets underway on the allotment I think I'll use these as row markers.