I’m not kidding when I tell you that incredible people keep finding me.
What a fantastic treat to find Eileen Bergen’s email in my inbox. She has such a great story of how she has followed her passion to profit.
Let’s learn from her.
What hobby are you good at?
How long have you been doing it?
Professionally for 15 years. As a child, I was always making things. I saved up my allowance to buy craft kits and took all the art classes I could find that the family could afford.
Then career and family took over and I only made the occasional gift or clothing item.
How did you get good at it?
By necessity. In retirement, we lost most of our savings in the stock market. I started making cards and jewelry to sell.
My friends loved them and asked for different things: tote bags, painted dresses, decoupage … They were incredibly generous with their support, encouragement and referrals.
Finally, a website was born – a website whose purpose is to help other crafters as my friends had helped me.
The motto is “The Artful Crafter – Helping Crafters to Be.”
What advice would you give to beginners? What shortcuts or secrets can you share?
- If you’ve lost the creative child within as you grew up, you can find her again.
- If you have a limited budget, shop beyond the craft aisle. Craft supplies are everywhere. Recycle, repurpose.
- You can learn any craft you want through online courses and tutorials. It has never been easier to learn a craft.
Are you a member of any local or national organization/club related to your hobby? If yes, please share the name and benefits of belonging.
I belong to a Yahoo group of crafters. We share links, ideas, business advice and connections.
I’ve connected with other crafters online who have become personal friends.
Like-minded people help each other grow in their craft. They appreciate each other’s work.
We joke about a typical spouse’s response to our efforts, “That’s nice, honey.” They often don’t “get it.”
If you happen to make money from your interest, do you have a website, Etsy store, Facebook page, etc. that you have created and would like to share?
Any other information that you would like to share?
I believe anyone with a creative eye can be an artist.
Think about your abilities, not your dis-abilities; what you can do, not what you can’t.
If you know what you like when you see it, you can be an artist. If you know what someone else will like, you can be a commercial artist.
You only need to find your medium or craft.
Connect with Eileen
Visit Eileen’s website at The Artful Crafter to see all of the tutorials and information that she shares. Be prepared to learn a lot!
You can also connect with her through her Facebook page. Go “like” her page and let her know that you saw her interview here.
After reading her story I know that you have to agree, she’s incredible.
If you would like to share your hobby, go to Get Interviewed (it’s a form with the questions that I asked above) then complete and submit. I am always on the lookout for experts to share their story. Are YOU next?
Be Like Eileen
Just as Eileen has turned her love of crafting into a profitable business, so can you. There is absolutely nothing that can stop you from pursuing your passion – except you.
Check out our Arts & Crafts page and find a crafty hobby for yourself.
What did you like most about Eileen’s story? Let us know in the comments below.