Someone sees something I've made of my own original design and asks how long it took me to make it.
I never know how to answer that question.
Once I get a design perfected, it might take me an hour or a day to make another one from scratch, but that doesn't feel like the right answer since it doesn't account for all the time I spent working out the design in the first place.
On vacation with my husband a few months ago, we spent mornings relaxing in a coffee shop planning our day. While he read the newspaper, I worked out some ideas in my sketchbook. Over a two week period, I filled about 25 pages with notes and sketches.
Below is how the back will look when they are done--these I made just for practice, to try out sewing methods and to see if the pin backs will work properly with the motifs--and these are not part of what will be the final product.
So, if you ask me how long this took me, and I tell you it has taken me my whole life, well, you'll know what I mean.