Friday, August 10, 2012

grateful


Today I have been busy finishing orders & working on some fun new things to add to my shop! The thought of Fall right around the corner has me inspired & I can't wait to share some of the new products! 

Running your own small business is exhausting. It's a 7 day a week, most hours of your day (minus sleeping & eating, if your lucky) job. I am in charge of it all - the creating, knitting, shipping, customer service, photographing & listing of items, etc (the list is long).

When people ask me what I do & I tell them, I usually get a positive response but I sometimes get the "ohhhh, so you stay at home all day & craft" look, the clueless ones usually follow up with a "must be nice." I sometimes feel the need to defend myself but usually I let it roll off my back, because Yes! It is nice, in fact it's incredible. I do get to stay home all day & "craft" & it's awesome! Not to mention rewarding. I learned early on in my life, that my fire - my desire in life was to create & make things with my hands. It exists in every aspect of my being & it has always overpowered any other career path I've tried. I'm happiest & most complete when I am making things & I made the decision a few years back to follow that desire. & while I have gone back & forth with other part-time jobs (I still work one day a week outside of the home), Pleasantly Plump [Knits.] has been my full time passion & job since making the leap. I am so very proud of this fact. While the perks are huge - making my own schedule, working for myself & creating all day, following this type of dream comes with consequences. The main one being, I don't make nearly as much income as I would in a corporate job.  I have slow months & good months & the amount of work I put into my shop directly affects the outcome. I'm lucky enough to have a husband that supports my dream, unconditionally, but we do make sacrifices. In the end, it's sacrifices we are both willing to make for our happiness. We only have this one life & I intend to spend it doing what I love!

I am so grateful that my Friday work days can be filled with knitting & photographing new products. I am so grateful that instead of getting the feeling of dread for the upcoming work week on Sunday nights, I feel excited about the chance of a new week ahead. I am also (most importantly) grateful for the people that decide to buy handmade &/or from a small business. I hope you know how much this means to the handmade/small business community, how it helps to determine whether or not people like me can follow our dreams. Thank you. 

I have a busy weekend planned! I have some new prototypes to knit up so I can share! I'll also squeeze in some relaxation time, too. For starters, we are about to go on a little bike ride. The weather is already starting to change & the evenings are getting cooler! Can't wait until the leaves start changing! 
xo. Meghan

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Monday, August 6, 2012

cheap & easy bedroom wall art


My bedroom walls were looking a little plain & sad so I decided to make some simple pieces to bring in some fun & color to our bedroom this past weekend. My first instinct would be to paint the walls but because we are renting I have to think of other ways to brighten up the boring tannish walls. I am on a pretty non-existent decorating budget so here are some simple, inexpensive ideas to jazz up your walls. 



1. Fabric Fringe Garland - I posted this fringe garland diy (by Prudent Baby) on my recent Fringe Frenzy post. It is a super simple no-sew diy. I chose 4 cotton solid fabrics from Hobby Lobby & got 1 yard of each (I think they were only a couple of dollars per yard). I cut my fabric 18 x 22 inches to get exactly 4 tassels from each yard.


2. Framed Photo Booth Photos - I cheated & used the IncrediBooth iphone app to take these photobooth strips (real photobooth photos would be even better!). I printed them out on my home printer & cut them out. I attached them with double stick tape to a white mat board & used an 8 x 10 frame I had on hand to display them. I love that it will be easy to change them out with new photo strips as time goes on.


3. & 4. Hanging Camera & Print - It's no surprise that I use my large camera collection to add fun & dimension to a few rooms in my house. (ex. my vintage camera display & my other camera display) I love the size of the mini Diana & it's one of my favorite cameras to shoot film with. I used my toy camera strap diy to make this yellow braided strap & I thought the colors fit perfectly with my new bedroom decor. The Polaroid Print by Handz was a birthday gift from my sweet brother & sister-in-law & I used a .99 cent Pants Hanger from Ikea to hang it. (much cheaper than a frame & just as pretty)


5. Written Word Wall Canvas - I bought this blank canvas from the craft store (for 50% off) awhile back with a few different projects in mind. I originally saw this idea on pinterest & thought it would be perfect for this grouping. I used a black paint pen that I had in my craft supplies. I chose some of the lyrics from the song "More Than Words" by Extreme, we danced to this song at our wedding & now it serves as a permanent reminder over our bed that actions mean so much more than words. Showing we love each other is just as important as saying it.


6. Painted Letters - Ridiculously simple - I just got the cardboard letters from the craft store & painted them with blue acrylic paint. I cut out a small hole in the back to attach them to the wall with a push pin.


7. Metal Photo Clips - I had these small metal clips on hand, found in an office supply store or the office section of Target. I hung them on a small nail. I love changing out photos & little notes so I thought these would be perfect! The photos were taken with the Hipstamatic app & printed out on our home printer.


Voila!! Simple & inexpensive wall decor! It's made such a difference to our bedroom & we are loving it! hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

weekend peeks


I decided to take a day off from knitting on Friday to tackle some projects that have been on my to-do list. I wanted to jazz up my bedroom walls without breaking the bank so I turned up some good music & got lost creating. It was a much needed break from the norm. It's always amazing to me how working on some easy diy projects leaves me so refreshed & inspired!


I will be back tomorrow with the "after" photos! I'm excited with the results, especially because I used a lot of supplies & things that I already had on hand. I love designing & decorating without spending a lot of money! Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!!
xo. Meghan

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