The Past, the Present & the Future
Eileen Bergen - The Arful Crafter
Hi, I'm Eileen Bergen. I'd like to tell you how I came to be "The Artful Crafter" behind this website. I didn't have much time for crafting during my first two careers. I was a special education teacher while my son was growing up. Then I went back to school and earned an MBA degree as well as the Certified Financial Analyst certification. Before being downsized, I was a vice-president and portfolio manager of a major insurance company.
My husband, Chris, and I retired several years ago. It didn't take long for me to get bored with full retirement. Looking for something to do with my idle hands, I started designing my own greeting and calling cards using some user-friendly computer programs - since I had zero graphic design background.
My friends said they loved them; but I thought they were just being nice. When they started saying, "I'd like you to design some for me. How much would you charge?" I thought I might have the makings of a home-based business.
As my grasp of digital graphic design grew, I moved on to place cards, invitations, and fliers. Soon my friends were bringing me completely unrelated product ideas.
They said, "Eileen, you can make this!" So I started sewing again. I hadn't sat at a sewing machine for about 30 years! Next came oilcloth tote bags, wine gift bags, panadieres (fabric bread baskets), double eyeglass cases, etc., etc. I named my company ...
... and life was good!
Two years later, after I had added beaded jewelry, fabric painting and woven bamboo placemats to my product line, Chris said, "Why don't you put up a website? I can do the tech stuff - and with all you've learned in this business - what to do and, just as importantly, what not to do! - it would be very valuable to other home crafters."
So here we are! We hope you find what you are looking for at The Artful Crafter.
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Feel free to contact me if I can be of any help with your crafting. Our motto is, "The Artful Crafter - Helping Crafters to Be".
5802 Bullock Loop
Laredo, TX 78041