Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I survived one month!
Monday marked one month of me being on my own since I quit my day job so I thought it would be fun to share how Pleasantly Plump came about! So without further ado...
I taught myself to knit while still in college, I was a fine arts major & found knitting to be a really relaxing & meditative way to unwind in between working on school projects. I never really took it seriously (i.e. I made tons of scarves) until I graduated & finally learned how to make something other than a really long rectangle. I think my knitting obsession really began the day that I taught myself to knit in the round on double pointed needles...be. still. my. heart. (it's still my favorite way to knit) & then came cabling, etc., etc. My love & excitement for yarn & those two needles (or four) began!
Fast forward a couple years, I woke up one day & found myself as an administrative assistant in a corporate setting. The details of how I got there are still fuzzy to me...I never imagined I would end up behind a desk making copies & excel spreadsheets, but none-the-less I was there & quite unfulfilled to say the least. That was when I really turned to my best friend, knitting, & started playfully dreaming about an alternative. I started bringing my knitting bag with me everywhere (even to work) & would knit every chance I got. Some of my co-workers at the time seemed interested in what I was making & started suggesting I sell some of my work but it was a conversation with my husband & my competitive & stubborn nature that really brought forth Pleasantly Plump [Knits.]. I had been obsessing over & coveting a new dslr camera for weeks so I would casually bring it up to Creed as much as possible, leaving ever so subtle hints that maybe he should buy it for me, ha! (it had a hefty price tag). During one of these subtle conversations I playfully said I would sell enough of my knitted pieces to buy the camera for myself & well, we both kind of chuckled at the idea. But the more I thought about it the more I saw it as a challenge...
By the end of a few days of heavily day dreaming & brainstorming, I had a name, a logo, an overall idea of what I wanted my brand to be & look like & the rest is history. I had enough money for my camera (a new lense & a spiffy camera bag) within a few months. I ended up retiring from my life as an assistant not so long after but always had another "day job" to help pay the bills. I never really knew exactly where Pleasantly Plump would take me but at the time it provided an escape from a job I dreaded & a way to make extra money on the side. It basically stayed that way until the day I decided it was much more than that, it was my labor of love & one of the driving forces in my life.
So far, this first month has been amazing! It's no easy feat, I end up working way more hours than a typical day job, but it's so much more rewarding & never feels like "work." One of my favorite inspirational things to read is Etsy's "Quit Your Day Job" posts so I plan on doing my own version in one of my next posts by answering some of my favorite questions.
Thanks for reading! Happy Wednesday!!! ♥ Pin It
Posted by meghan at 2:16 PM