Kimberly’s Story – A Birthday Surprise

We always love to hear about our customers who have discovered the joy of jewelry making and turned their passion into success. Kimberly Berg’s story of success may come as a surprise to some—it certainly came as a surprise to her! Here’s what Kimberly had to say:

It was my birthday. I had a jury duty summons. I could not believe I was going to spend my birthday waiting in a room full of people to be called for screening. I had not thought ahead to bring anything to read, but there were newspapers lying around and the clerks had a DVD movie playing. I don’t mind doing my civic duty, but on my birthday!!!

Sitting near me was a woman who was reading a beading magazine and the cover piece caught my eye. It was a beautiful purple crystal beaded bracelet. Noticing that I was ogling her magazine, the woman asked if I beaded. I responded no but the piece on the front was gorgeous and I wouldn’t mind making one.

The woman’s name was called and she asked me if I wanted her beading magazine to look at. I gratefully took it and began to leaf through it. I came to the pages with the instructions on how to assemble the cover bracelet. There were a lot of terms I was very unfamiliar with and it looked like a lot of work, but I’m one not to be intimidated by challenges…

Soon after, Kimberly was excused for the rest of the day from jury duty. She’d finally had a chance to celebrate her birthday—and she was headed to her local bead shop. Kimberly quickly realized she would need a lot of tools and supplies to get her started! Luckily she was assisted by a friendly expert who taught her simple techniques like crimping, and also explained some of the beading terms used in the bracelet instructions.

Even though it took her three weeks (and several attempts) to complete her first design, Kimberly was hooked. After that she started making mother’s bracelets and even created wedding jewelry for a co-worker. By this time she had enough designs to display in craft shows and had even grew a few repeat customers. After realizing she couldn’t work full-time and visit every bead show, and learning that it was expensive to keep up an E-bay store, Kimberly created her own Website: Bergie’s Just a Little Something. Here she sells jewelry to customers in both the US and Canada. Here’s what she says about her designs:

I use genuine Swarovski crystals in my pieces and love the timeless elegance of the beads. I like to put colors together that are reminiscent of Victorian times. I’m always thinking of different looks, color combinations, and designs all of the time. I carry a little notebook in my purse for quick sketching.

Browse her jewelry website and shop for lovely bracelets, necklaces and more for any occasion. We’re happy that Kimberly Berg was able to turn a passion into success. If you’re just staring out and looking for a way to sell your designs, check out our Seller’s Secrets page where we share helpful ways to develop your jewelry-making business.

We want to hear your story, too! Send your jewelry design to our blog e-mail to be featured as one of our customer success stories. Share your stories and inspire others to get creative! Mail them to artbeadsblog@gmail.com.

-Marissa

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