I have coffee every morning possible on my patio. This is the fireplace in my yard. Now I can look at the colors and swirls of paisley to remind me to get my imagination moving! Typically, I have multiple ideas swirling around in my head. These get pared down to about 3 or 4 (notice the 4 loose paisleys), before one idea finally breaks loose and becomes reality (the bright yellow free-floating paisley). People ask me how long it takes to make a mosaic. Most of my time goes into THINKING about the mosaic - Once I start the actual project, it goes fast.