I can see how one might go overboard with the hotfix crystals, (especially since I ordered several hudred in mixed colors.....hey, I got a good deal!)
I have been making jewelry for many years, so my eye leans as much toward jewelry design as it does toward lace design. Also, ETSY has lately become more saturated with tatted jewelry makers. Much of the other lace jewlery available there is very traditionally based or victorian, and I try to maintain my more modern or contemporary asthetic generally. Bright colors and the use of different medium within the tatting keeps my work original and unique I hope.