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Friday, October 25, 2013

Amazing Mom Feature: Katrina Bergen

     This week's Amazing Mom is Katrina Bergen. Since 2006 Katrina has helped capture precious moments in the lives of families and their new additions with her business, Wee Piggies & Paws. Katrina takes the impressions of hands, feet, & paws and creates plaster casts that serve as a 3D souvenir & keepsake; clients can choose from a variety of options including ornaments and shadowboxes which incorporate photos. She also creates beautiful & unique jewellery cast out of silver using fingerprints & hand writing- the result is a personal piece that the receiver will cherish. 

      Katrina bought the franchise in order to stay home to raise her daughter and has since developed it into a successful enterprise that has grown with her family. What an amazing way to earn an income: help capture precious moments in time so parents can remember them long after their bumpkins are grown. I love that Katrina's work is so personal and how she puts her heart into her work. I hope this Amazing Mom makes you smile & helps remind you to cherish these precious (if not totally crazy!) days while they're here. 

1.    What kind of products and/ or services do you offer? 

     One of a kind custom keepsakes of your childs precious hand and foot prints. Shadowboxes, statues, fingerprint necklaces and shoe bronzing.

2.    What is the price point? 

      Starting as low as $25 but the average customer spends $300

3.    How long have you been operating and how did you start? 

      I started my business in 2006 after my daughter was born and I fell in love with my shadowbox so much that I bought the franchise!

4.    What is your favourite part of what you do? What is the biggest challenge? 

      I adore being invited into a persons life to capture such a precious moment in time. It is a true honour to be among family members at the hospital taking impressions of tiny hands and feet, that is the best part of my job. There are 2 things very challenging to me. The first is balancing family and work time and the second is doing bereavement castings. It is very difficult when a parent loses a child and I’m called to take castings. I’m so happy to be able to provide something a parent can remember their child by, but it is very hard on my heart.

5.    Any advice to other ladies/ moms looking to start their own business? 

      Don’t expect the moon. We are only human, do what you can but remember your priorities. The reason we want to start our own business is to stay at home and be with our kids, don’t ever forget that!

Katrina has generously offered a discount to The Pampered Baby readers! Mention this blog post with the purchase of a shadow box and receive your choice of a free ornament or $20 off! 

If you live in Delta or Richmond and are trying to find a job you can do from home, contact Katrina about her upcoming franchise purchase opportunity: delta@weepiggies.com