As mentioned before I keep photos on a flash drive including photos of my rugs, antique rugs, and items which inspire me. For a couple years I've had a photo of a wood carving which sparked a rug design for me. Numerous times I started doing sketches for templates only to feel defeated so would choose something else to hook.
Several times I almost purchased an adorable paper pattern from Winter Cottage Studio and it was only $14 for heaven's sake. It wasn't the problem with the money, it was the fact I wanted MY wood carving inspired rug but also a farm theme. This time I came close to buying her adorable pattern and that is when my courage rose up over defeat and decided to go for broke.
Already I can see things need changing before continuing ~ but at least it is on linen now and not just paper pieces floating around. I want to enlarge the animals and the wagon and perhaps even reposition them. Which means another color Sharpie will be required, more drawing before I can continue. But as said before....at least it is on linen now.