Out with Pi and in with Butterflies!
Many revere March 14th as Pi Day in celebration of π, the symbol used to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159…. (yes, I had to look that up). While your day may be filled with math and eating all sorts of tasty pies, both sweet and savory, there is a lesser known day which is ALSO is celebrated today, National Learn About Butterflies Day!
We adore butterflies, but we really wanted to get to know more about Nancy Ford and her business, Chasing Butterflies Creations. We sat down with Nancy and asked her a few questions about her business AND butterflies.
Nine Interesting Facts about Nancy Ford & Chasing Butterflies Creations
1. How did you come up with the name Chasing Butterflies Creations?
My son and daughter in law were expecting their first child around the time I was looking to change my business name from Fancy Pants Nance Creations to something else. They decided to name her Nova. I wanted the name of my business to have some personal meaning for me. That’s when I discovered that the Native American Meaning of the name Nova is “Chases Butterflies” that is how I came up with the name Chasing Butterflies Creations.
Nancy and Granddaughter Nova (left), Wood sign custom made by Nancy for baby Nova (right)
2. What kinds of products do you make?
I have such a wide variety of products. The most popular items I make are Wooden Name Blocks and Wood Signs, with the focus on teaching others Wood Sign painting with paint parties and workshops. I also sell lighted glass blocks, tee shirts, water bottles, wine cork holders, wall decals, banners for birthdays, weddings and showers, car decals, pillows, glass cutting boards name tiles and more.
3. Describe yourself in three words.
Creative. Compassionate. Giving.
4. How would your friends/family describe you?
Honest (sometimes too honest), hopefully they would say I am caring, and I’m sure they would say I have pretty good sense of humor!
5. Have you ever chased butterflies?
I don’t think I have ever chased butterflies, but I have for sure followed them for a bit. Every year since my kids were little and even as a child myself, we hatched Monarch Butterflies in the late summer. We find the Milkweed plant with the tiny white eggs and we care for them as they hatch to caterpillars, transform to their Chrysalis and hatch as a butterfly. The most rewarding part of it is watching the butterfly take off to start their new life. This is something that my mom and sister have been doing for years as well. I look forward to sharing this with Nova this year as she will be about 15 months when we start hatching.
6. What is your biggest project win?
I feel like every project is a win. I rarely turn down a project. I will practice and practice and practice until I have successfully crafted my vision. I am very lucky in that my husband and I collaborate on projects together. My final projects are usually ideas that are merged together from the both of us. He is a wood worker and his work is very precise and perfect, where I, as a crafter feel that an “un-perfect” project is character. So the two of us together come up with some pretty great ideas.
7. What kind of Butterfly would you be?
If I was going to be a butterfly I would have to be a beautiful orange Monarch. They have a special place in my heart, and they travel to Mexico which is one of my favorite places ?
8. Where do you find your inspiration for new creations? I get most of my inspiration from my customers, I love bringing their vision to reality. My mind is filled with ideas and things I want to make, and I can’t wait to have more time materialize them.
9. Is there anything you haven’t yet made that you’d like to try? There are several big projects I want to try…..but I’m not going to tell just yet, you will have to follow me in my journey to find out.
Recent projects from Chasing Butterflies Creations
Lastly, we can’t leave you without giving you at least one neat fact about butterflies… Did you know that butterflies have ears? A butterfly species equipped with tiny ears on its wings can distinguish between high and low pitch sounds, possibly as a way to listen in on nearby birds, new research suggests. Scientists thought butterflies were deaf until 1912 when the first butterfly ears were identified.