This is my new philosophy for life.
I had grand plans to design myself a really nice thirtieth birthday party invitation which I could adapt and sell online (I know, I have quite a startling aptitude for business). I thought I'd create something which said, Kate is a person of style and elegance, her collage simply oozes sophistication, but I couldn't get it right. I spent a huge chunk of the day trying to make various flowery things work, and still, the sophistication wasn't oozing at all. I had the same disheartened feeling I get when I read trend forecasts all about pineapples or concrete, or whatever.
In desperation, I turned to Peter Scott's Observations of Wildlife, because a good bird book has never let me down, and I found this:
Swans! I drew them, decided the looked more like geese and, hey presto...
So this is it. I'm going for geese.
I think it's kind of how I always work; I had no idea people would buy tea towels with orangutans on, but it turns out there is a niche market out there for jungle themed kitchen textiles. Whoever would have guessed? I'm not entirely sure if this is the best way to run a business, but I expect I will find out.
And there are always concrete pineapples to fall back on, if all else fails.