Definitely a post about how not to design!!!!
As you know I rarely start off with anything drawn or totally 'thought out'. I 'tat from the heart'. Well, not really as my heart doesn't have fingers!!!! I tat from experience and ideas of what may work and with the benefit of my three remaining brain cells - also known as BC3. I do study images of a critter if that's what I'm trying to do - particularly cartoon drawings as cartoonists have a way of making images that remove the detail and take your attention to the true basics of an item.
This is how I started off with the peacock. Well below are some of the pieces I produced while trying to get what I wanted - others got assigned to the bin.
Now for the 'good news'. I've just got to finish off the pattern page and get it up on my site and you should be able to have it tomorrow. Hopefully you'll see that it's a lot better than the 'trials and tribulations' shown below!!!