From childhood passion to a successful business
IN PRIMARY school Jesseline Chong would sew miniature animals from felt, make them into keyrings and sell them to people.
Today, the Moffatdale mother of two has turned her passion for miniature creations into her business Cacty Craft.
Mrs Chong moved to the South Burnett from Malaysia five years ago and said she was proud to be able to bring joy to the community, making all her hard work worthwhile.
"The feeling I've made someone happy is more important than anything I could earn from my work," she said.
"I guess it gives me a sense of pride to see my work being worn by local people.
"I occasionally see a set of earrings on ladies around town and that gives me a real buzz."
The intricate pieces are made by tweezers, needles, scalpels and rollers to slowly craft every element of the pieces before assembling them.
Starting her own business was not intentional, but following success of having her work displayed in local shops, she built up the confidence to put her work out there.
"I enjoy the freedom that running your own little enterprise brings," she said.
"I am free to create what I please without any rushed deadlines."
Those visiting the South Burnett will have the chance to admire and buy Mrs Chong's work at the Murgon Visitor Information Centre.
"I feel honoured that I can produce items for them. Murgon is a unique little town with its own character," she said.
"I have liaised with a couple of people from the council to make memo holders portraying South Burnett scenes in miniature that tourists to our area can take away as a keepsake."