After graduating college and battling the rough road to finding employment, I eventually landed a job in my local school district. And while thrilled to be teaching, I needed to find a more creative outlet for my new found free time. I have always been a DIY-girl and I majored in art for 3 years in college, so when my father and stepmother asked me to create some props for their photography business, a light bulb went off.
It took several months for me to narrow down the ideas of what I wanted Knot Forgotten to be about. I struggled with having to pick only a handful of items to create and showcase. So when it finally came time to bring Knot Forgotten to life, I realized that I wanted the focus of this business to be creating memories.
Knot Forgotten really consists of two product lines. The first is the result of my deep desire to work with wood and paint, a hobby that began in high school when I worked on set designs for the school plays. I totally enjoy waking up early and going to Home Depot in my little truck, rubbing elbows with contractors and designers. It’s funny because when I first began making trips there, the workers would ask if I needed help finding the garden center or some other section more likely to appeal to women. But after my trips became more regular, the employees and outside workers began sharing tips with me on the differences in the lumber and how to choose a proper drill bit. So, this product line is all about allowing customers to own a personalized and handmade item that truly speaks to their lives and styles.
The second line of Knot Forgotten stems from my work for my family’s photography business, Fermaint Photography. His wife is an award-winning baby photographer, and a baby photographer cannot live with out an extensive stash of props. ☺ Thus, enter Knot Forgotten. Hand-knit blankets and hats, custom-dyed wraps, and decorated baskets are only a brief sampling of what I can offer. Photographers are really great to work with, because they relish in the creative challenges of making things new again. I am always inspired by the customers to match backgrounds or work with a particular theme for a shoot.
I have truly been blessed with the support I have received for Knot Forgotten, and while some of my goals include reaching 100 sales by our first anniversary, making it into Martha Stewart Living, and being featured on the Nate Berkus Show, I am enjoying the process of building a small business. At this point, almost every conversation and sale are a milestone for Knot Forgotten – the first wedding sign, the first nursery blanket, the first blog review (thank you, Songbirds & Buttons!) – so everything is just quite exciting!