Every Sunday I post the Artsy Blogging Links for the week, which include posts from the craftiest people I know. I learn a lot from these talented ladies, and I wanted to introduce you to some of them. The first one you’ll meet? Eileen Bergen.
Enjoy this interview.
What made you decide to start your blog? When did you begin?
Two things made me start:
- Economic necessity;
- My husband had the idea. After four years of making and selling my crafts in craft fairs, expos, galleries, and my own little shop, he said, why don’t we start a website. “You could work from home and I could do the techie stuff.” Needless to say, I jumped at the offer. Anyone’s who has done it knows how exhausting schlepping your crafts to fairs and expos is.
We launched The Artful Crafter website August 2004 and the blog July 2006.
Where do you come up with your crafting ideas?
The website started with articles on crafting for profit based on my business experience.
As for the craft projects, I started with all of the things I had been making for customers. I still accept custom orders, and they continue to generate new content.
The biggest driver of new content soon became reader questions. That is so cool, because in the beginning, we chose a motto: The Artful Crafter – Helping Crafters to Be.
Finally, I continue to have inspirations of my own. Now that I’m so involved in the blogosphere, I see a lot of amazing ideas and products that get me going in new directions. It’s really a nice mix.
Please share a favorite (or more!) blog post link.
My favorite story is: “Eileen, It’s a Sign”.
My favorite craft project – boy that’s tough to pick – is How to Make a Secret Box Book. [By the way, my son’s name is NOT Sal Popijinisky!]
I’m also very fond of this scrapbook layout I did for my great-niece, Maire: Remember to Smell the Flowers.
My biggest all-time seller (both the item itself and the original pattern) is Panadieres – Fabric Bread Baskets à la Francaise.
Let’s switch gears to books. Do you enjoy reading? What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Reading is very slow-going for me, since I have dyslexia. So, sorry to say, I don’t read a lot for pleasure.
The most interesting book I’ve ever read is actually a trilogy, C. S. Lewis’ space trilogy (which I read in high school and have re-read twice): Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength .
Where can we learn more about you?
Do you really want to know more? lol.
You can read the About Us page on The Artful Crafter website which tells about my previous careers.
Just how incredibly blessed I feel to have happened upon this career path at an age when most people are thinking of retirement. I love what I’m doing and never want to retire! How ironic that this crafting journey began with us teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Not only has it brought us to financial solvency; but also to a place of joy.
Finally, Cherie, I want to thank you for sharing my story.