Find New Designers: Pin-hop on Saturday June 15!

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Hello! I would like to invite you to an exciting PIN-HOP! A what? Let me explain it to you!

Recently a group of designers got together and discussed how to keep the idea of a blog hop, but make it easier and quicker to find your favorite designers. The answer was, of course, a pin-hop on Pinterest! A big shout out to Tina Olsson of FYLLAYTA for herding cats organizing the artists!

On Saturday, June 15, close to 50 designers will ‘pin’ their best interpretations of 4 different themes (from an A/W 13-14 brief by Patternbank.com) to a unique board on Pinterest.
Once on the board, you will see one pattern per designer. If you like a particular pattern and want to see more designs by that artist, just click on their pattern and then link to their website/blog/portfolio. On Pinterest you can also leave comments, share, like, and save to your own favorites. Perfect for all visual artists! One of the many designers participating in this pin-hop is the super talented Sally Garner of Sarah Paris Style! Be sure to find her on the pin-hop.

The link to the Find New Designers Pin-Hop board which goes live on June 15, is (drumroll please): http://pinterest.com/fndnewdesigners/pin-hop-june-2013

I hope you can make it! For now, I present the Midnight Garden theme by Patternbank which inspired my collection of five patterns which follows.

midnight garden theme

And here are my designs below and possible uses for them. All patterns are available for sale or license. There are also limited products available in my Society6 shop.

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midnightGarden-06-femiFord-hop midnightGarden-02-femiFord-hopmidnightGarden-04-femiFord-hop midnightGarden_apparel-femiFord
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femiFord_midnightGardenPop_pillow

STAY TUNED NEXT WEEK FOR A FEATURE ABOUT HOW I CREATED THIS PATTERN DESIGN ON http://artisticallyafflicted.com !

The Pin-hop Pinterest board is hosted by Find New Designers, a fast growing directory of independent professional print and pattern designers, found on the website http://findnewdesigners.com/ (another great opportunity to find talented pattern designers). This pin hop is organized by Tina Olsson, who sells her designs under the name FYLLAYTA, at http://fyllayta.wordpress.com/

 

Spring Art, Pattern and Life

Hello!  It’s been over a month since my last update so here’s a colorful update.

femiford_bloomTrue_cropOne quick happy note is my large painting titled, Bloom True, found it’s forever home in Warwick after being spotted at the Genetti Glass Open Studio Sale this April!  It’s always a nice surprise when someone connects with something you’ve created and love it enough to buy it for their home.   Thank you 🙂

We MOVED to our forever home and couldn’t be happier!  The move went smooth thanks to the fantastic local Healy Movers!  Nothing broken and they were very patient with us as I was still packing while they were loading.

We are all having little adjustments but I think it’s been hardest on my 3 year old son who has been in our bed every night.  He’s also showing lots of separation anxiety and acting out more than in the past.  So I’m trying to be patient and creative in ways to help him.  But sometimes I just need to put myself in a time out and count to ten!

I LOVE my new kitchen.

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It’s very light and airy with white cabinets and windows looking to the backyard.  I brought in some yellow accents to freshen up for Spring and now I’m eying up these delicious Dash & Albert rugs that are carried locally at Frazzleberries!

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In other news, I’ve become involved with a local group who have common interests and concerns about things happening locally and globally.  We decided to plan an event to raise awareness about Monsanto’s influence on our global food supply and GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our food.  While the debate rages on about the health concerns and safety, Monsanto continues it’s money hungry quest to control the seed supply globally.  I’m very inspired by environmentalist, Dr. Vandana Shiva, who over 25 years ago started Navdanya.  Navdanya is a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 17 states in India.

Anyhow, for our event, Planting Seeds, I used my hand-drawn seeds pattern.  We kept it black and white in order to reduce ink usage when printing invites, but here’s a new colorway for it inspired by my kitchen and the Dash & Albert Rugs.  Someday soon I hope to load this to Spoonflower and make some hand towels, placements or napkins from it. Someday.

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Happy Spring!   Stay tuned for some great news at the end of June!

New painting: Bloom True

This is the first painting I am sharing that I created during the Bloom True painting class with Flora Bowley. It was a fun class with a great group of other woman who supported each other along the way. I discovered a new found ‘expensive’ love of Golden Acrylic paints as well as some great yoga techniques to encourage my painting. I hope you like what you see!

Bloom True, 30″ x 40″

welcome spring!

Here’s a sneaky peek at what I’m bringing over to sell at Bliss Co-op in Sugarloaf, NY for their one year anniversay sale tomorrow!  Limited edition…only 10 available 🙂

natural wood trellis

i made this wood branch trellis tonight. I think I’ll cut off the top parts so it’s just a rounded arch. but here it is in all it’s glory, a trellis for my morning glories!

**UPDATE**

seriously? when is this thing going to bloom already?!