Success!

The other day I was chatting with my gem queen, Deb from Crysallis Gems, whilst I was swimming in ‘da bukkit’ (nickname for the most gorgeous, sparkly treasure trove ever!). I had come across some darling little gemstone cabochons. By little I mean 6mm and 7mm across. Now as obsessed as I am with miniatures I wondered if I could turn these little marvels into miniature jewellery by beading around them.

Deb, as usual, thought I was nuts!

Last night I was lying in bed when I remembered that I had a couple of small faux opal cabochons that someone had gifted me. I had pretty much ignored them because they were too small for the type of jewellery I was making at the time. Now these cabs are bigger than Deb’s babies, but are small enough to give a good idea if a beaded cab this size is feasible.

So today I sat down to try it out. I grabbed some 15/o seed beads, fireline and a scrap of Ultrasuede (I knew I kept the tiny bits for a reason!). Fast forward a hour or two and I now have a Barbie sized beaded cabochon with spiral rope necklace, finished with a ‘beaded toggle’.

Excuse the quality of the pictures, but I was very eager to share and snapped a few quick shots. And excuse the state of undress of the Barbie model – her owner (3yrs old) believes Barbie does not need clothing.LOL

A new adventure

So here we are at the beginning of October, the beginning of daylight savings in Australia, the beginning of the onset of the silly season. I am also at the beginning of a new venture, or adventure as the case may be. But as with all beginnings, something must end.

In this case the end is signified by the closing of three of my online stores. My Madeit.com.au store never really got off the ground properly, and after not paying any listing fees on ArtFire I struggled with the idea of listing and sales fees. I love that there is an Australian marketplace online, it just wasn’t working for me. I downgraded my Zibbet a couple of months ago and slowly have been moving items to HaffinaCreations on ArtFire and HAF. Again, I really just didn’t see to find my feet there and after a year or so of paying with no sales at all I decided it was time to move on. My Etsy store has gone the same way. 10 months of relisting, promoting and getting involved with the community there brought no sales and that, along with my displeasure at the way certain things were handled by admin there, resulted in my deciding to close up shop.

In the end what really happened is that HaffinaAgain ceased to be. All three of the stores I closed were actually HaffinaAgain. I did make some good friends and contacts through these outlets, and I don’t regret trying them out, but it has solidified for me how much more comfortable I am on ArtFire, and on HAF.

So with that ending, what is the beginning? Well, let me introduce you to my new studio on ArtFire, along with HaffinaCreations and BeadsByHaffina.

Haffina’s Minis is my newest venture, an outlet for my obsession with miniatures. I have begun to build quite a collection of pieces that I have made that fit the miniatures category, and I have plans for many more. If you have been reading this blog you will know I like tiny things, and I like to make tiny things, so it seemed a natural next step. Haffina’s Minis will have a range of items, from polymer clay food and other polymer clay miniatures to furniture, home decor and clothing. I have even managed to pique my mum’s interest enough for her to consider doing miniature cross stitch and embroidery to be made into cushions and the like. Now the store is very new and not well stocked so far, but in time it will fill up even more, so make sure to check it out regularly.

Now, just a final add on. October will mark the return of my Crazy Cinematic Challenge. I WILL create at least one piece specifically for the challenge this month..so stay tuned.

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