Tuesday, May 7, 2013

groovy, man

I just had to share this with you.  The animation really lets you see the potential of the outfit. It's a pity that the instructions for the moves aren't included in the pattern. I could really do with some new moves.

Monday, May 6, 2013


I love the light in these photos. And THAT hair! Oh, and the necklaces are pretty good too.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

making mistakes

Words Neil Gaiman, design by Modcloth

Happy Sunday, people. Today I'd like to share a recent post from the lovely Ellie of Petalplum. Earlier in the week Ellie posted about making mistakes. Her words struck a chord with me. I agree with Ellie that mistakes are an important learning process. I rarely make the same mistake twice (unless it's a spelling mistake- those I make on a regular basis). Society applies negative connotations to the word 'mistake'. We say things like, "Oh shit no, I've made a mistake!". As Ellie's post points out, maybe we should teach ourselves to declare, "Awesome, I made a mistake!"

I'm so happy that Ellie has give me permission to share her words with you. So, Ellie, over to you-

Do you make mistakes? 
I think mistake-making is terribly wonderfully totally super important. 
I tell my kids, and other kids, and people that whenever I can. 

When I'm running workshops with people who declare they couldn't do something (like weaving or stitching and printing) because they might not do it perfectly - well I tell those people that they have to make mistakes to learn something. Sometimes when you make a mistake it really is a mistake, but you learn from it don't you (or you keep on making the same mistake until you do learn..... eventually).

Mostly I think when we make mistakes, in life and in art, we make something else as well. I found this quote on pinterest, and oh boy it so resonates with what I feel and think about mistake making. When you make mistakes you make something new. Oh golly - isn't that a perfect way of thinking about it. 

Did you know that cheese was a mistake. A long (long long loooooooonnnnnnnnnngggg) time ago there was a woman (let's say a woman, but it could have been a man) walking through the desert with some fresh camel or goat milk in a pouch. The pouch was made of animal, and had a lining of animal guts. Oh you know that stuff - yeah rennet. With the warmth of the day, and the movement of the walking woman, the milk jiggled all about in that animal pouch and turned from runny milk to firmer cheese. It probably was a bit disappointing to go and have a sip of milk, and find it a teeny bit soured and lumpy. Anyway, so the story goes, mistake making made a good thing!
{along these lines, I always wonder how the first person discovered that you could separate egg whites from yolks and make different things with each. Oh - imagine no meringue!}. 

Anyway. This should really remind you, and push you to make mistakes. Mistake making is good. Except in exams that are important - maybe don't make mistakes then. But in art, please do make mistakes and then learn to make new creations.

How do you feel about making mistakes? 

*You can check out Ellie's amazing creations and for more of her inspiring words on her blog

Saturday, May 4, 2013


I had a chance to do a little photo-shoot yesterday, so I grabbed it. It was very windy, so I got a few good shots. I love this one. I'm hoping to get a few more shots tomorrow....if weather cooperates!

Thursday, May 2, 2013


I've been working on a collaboration with Berkelouw Bookstores, hand stamping classic book titles, authors and character names into beads to make an exclusive Berkelouw range of necklaces. While I've been doing this I've been thinking about what my favourite book is. I have a collection of pre-60s science fiction that I love to read and re-read. Ray Bradbury is my favourite. But hands down, my favourite all time book is To Kill A Mockingbird. What's yours?

Monday, April 29, 2013

thoughts on blogging

Lately I've been thinking about how to use this space. Facebook has become the main social media outlet for i wish i had a little shop.  Much like Iron Man (any Robert Downey Jnr fans out there?), Facebook is all about snappy one liners and that works for me. But I'm loathe to let this little space go. This is where it all started. It's a big part of my story.

I follow a lot of other blogs. When I returned from Vietnam recently there were over 1000 posts waiting to be read in my Feedly feed! But I don't really read them. I flick through, stopping now and again if something catches my eye. There are one or two blogs that I always stop to read (mostly personal, life oriented blogs), but for the most part I just skim. It may be in large part due to using a blog reader. I find that if I go directly to a blog I spend more time. But who has time to open 100+ tabs each morning?

Over stimulation is something I've been thinking about for a while now. There's so many pretty/inspiring images out there- blogs, Pinterest, Instagram. Sometimes it's just too much to process. I've considered giving up blogs and other forms of social media all together. Has anyone else felt like this?

For me and this space it all comes down to is why am I blogging? What is this blog's purpose? In the past I've spent days trying to compose a post. These posts feel forced and not authentic and in the end I usually just stick up a few images. This post came out in about five minutes. I'm taking it as a sign that it need to be written.

I don't believe in fate, karma, kismit or whatever you want to call it, but it is not lost on me that this blog was originally called 'Notions' and that is what I want to return to- notions, ideas, thoughts. So, I have a plan. Sort of. I like ideas. And I like opinions. I like other peoples ideas, thoughts and opinions just as much as my own! This little corner of the blogasphere is going to continue, but with less of an emphasis on iwihals. It's not often that I read a blog post that really resonates with me, but every now and then I do and I want to share those with you- with everyone. So, for now that is the plan. Don't worry, I'll still post pretty images to over stimulate you with, but hopefully they will be peppered with more words and interesting ideas.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

rabbiting on

I call these rings Rabbit Rings. I was going to go with Decapitated Animal Head Rings, but that's a little too macabre. They are now available in the online shop ($24) and come in eight colours. And, yes, I know that they are technically hares, not rabbits, but Hare Ring just doesn't have the same ring to it (excuse the pun).

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Hello. How are you? I am well, thank you. It's been a while, eh? It's been super busy at i wish i had a little shop HQ. Our first trade show is done and dusted (It went well) and we're gearing up for another in a few months. As a treat for all my hard work I bought myself this amazing Gorman dress. It was half price. How could I resist? Now all I need are those shoes. I guess I'd better keep working hard!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

We've been styled!

Today I'm excited to tell you about our collaboration between i wish i had a little shop and one of my favourite style blogs, Stylise. Suzie always puts together the best outfits and I was thrilled when she approached me about working together on a blog feature & promotion. Pop on over to the Stylise Blog to see Suzie's post. We decided that with Valentine's Day approaching it would be the perfect time to give followers a special 30% off discount in my online store. If you would like to nab yourself a little piece of iwihals goodness you've got until Valentine's Day to do so. Or, better still, get that special someone in your life (partner, Mother, dog...) to buy it for you!

Saturday, January 26, 2013


We'll be having an Australia Day Sale on Monday January 28th. For 24hrs (Monday 12am -11.59pm) there will be 30% off* all necklaces and earrings in our online shop. To access the discount enter the promo code AUSSIE at the checkout. And, yes, international shipping is available.

*excludes shipping.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Monday, December 10, 2012

and the winner is....

So, Pantone's colour of the year is emerald. What would yours be? What would you like to see more of in 2013? Personally, I'd like to see more hot pink and maybe some fuschia.

Saturday, November 24, 2012


The gold beads above are literally hand painted, as you can see in the image below. I'm no Shirley Bassey, but I'll admit that I mangled sang a few bars of Goldfinger while I painted (you're ears will be thankful that you couldn't hear me!). These gold bead necklaces will be available tomorrow at Markit @ Fed Square in Melbourne. Hope to see you there.