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it’s tag time
Posted in handmade, personal, pia's photos July 23rd, 2008 by piablog

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My new blog pal Cindy from Quaint Handmade tagged me a number of weeks ago. And to be honest, when i read the tag i thought: great balls of belching fire these are some pretty heavy questions! I have had a rather intense life, and i am a rather intense person (“apparently”), so for me, the following questions are pretty full on and difficult to fulfill without giving you a painfully long post. But here is my attempt, in brief, and I hope you can stick with me to the end…


I was 20. In my last year of Uni, working on my final film piece. I would have been in the midst of casting, and would have just met my female main, actress Felicity Hay. Back then Felicity was on lots of tv ads, played as an extra in Water Rats and other aussie dramas like that. I selected her out of 20 other actresses that were keen to play the role. She was so passionate about my film and gave me all her time, even when it was a non-paying part. Felicity was only 25 or so at the time. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 21 or so, and was well on her way of recovery. All her hair had grown back from the chemo, and i remember she had the most beautiful thick, dusty blonde hair. She was friends with Belinda Emmett at the time. I lost contact with Felicity some years after I finished my degree, and when I heard the sad news of Belinda passing away from her battle with breast cancer, it got me thinking about Felicity again, I’d love to get back in contact.

I was also going through a very traumatic break up with my first true love. The film was definitely a way of expressing the anguish and confusion I was going through.

and I was also about to meet my second true love (time went quick back then!!) who was to become the editor of my film (god bless his cotton pickin’ heart), my business partner, and a friend for the years to come.


My daily to-do lists are always longer than my arm but in brief, since I am working on a book right now my main goal is to finish it! Today I also have a meeting with a client at noon at my agency to discuss an upcoming job, and I am hoping to have a cuppa with my friend Riley at around 5. In between all of that I hope to find time to eat, organise a courier for a pick up from another shoot, and still get everything else done including prepping for shoots for the week and emailing clients new work. and blogging! washing the dishes and making dinner are not on my list today.


I am a snack-a-holic! So this list is long. But among my favourites are choc-chip cookies, muesli bars, bitterballen, cheese croquettes, wedges with sweet chilli sauce and sour cream, French Boy’s sardine butter on little toasts, apple with cheese and sultanas, a slice of my carrot and date loaf, a glass of ice cold milo. oh and did I mention chocolate? but you already knew that.




The list goes a little something like this:

Sydney, Australia
Montreal, Canada
West Chester, PA, USA
Rovereto, Italy
Paris, France
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


oh just six, this is the hardest question of them all as I want to know everything about all of you! But here is six, and ladies, if you don’t want to play I will not be offended I promise, just know that I think you’re great and enjoy your blogging company.

Esti from píntame el día.
Yoli from Musings.
Jo from Red Aprons.
Corine from Hidden in France.
Nadia from La Porte Rouge.
Leah from Hyena in Petticoats.

Thanks for being interested in my life Cindy, it’s nice to get to know you, and everyone thanks for listening! and girls if you do choose to play along, please feel free to use and link my tag pic and heading pics too. i put time into them so they might as well get a work out!

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  1. sofia says

    wonderful to get to know you a little bit more. And speaking of tags I have anouther one for you, I awarded your blog a brillante blog award. I just couldn’t do this one without your blog, so when you have time check it on my blog and if you have already receive one or you don’t want to do it, no problem.
    Have a wonderful day Pia 🙂

    July 23rd, 2008 | #

  2. pip says

    I think you’ll like Leah… and Belinda was nice too and used to come into my shop sometimes… You are a nice bird, Pia – as we say in the Classics.

    July 23rd, 2008 | #

  3. Esti says

    Thanks for thinking of me, Pia. Gracias.

    July 23rd, 2008 | #

  4. nancy says

    interesting life indeed!

    July 23rd, 2008 | #

  5. French Boy says

    La liste de snacks est alléchante! Miam!

    July 23rd, 2008 | #

  6. cindy k says

    thanks so much for playing along pia! it’s really interesting to learn about your life before there even were blogs. reading about felicity and belinda being diagnosed with breast cancer at such young ages makes me remember to appreciate each moment. something that i admire about you is that you really live life fully.

    and, your to do list sounds awesome, which is not something i usually think about to do lists ;).

    xo, cindy

    July 23rd, 2008 | #

  7. French Boy says

    Et l’histoire de Belinda et Felicity est très touchante.

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  8. stacy says

    I love these things. They are good reminders to look at how much we’ve grown over the years.

    Thanks for sharing. Now to go check out those other blogs you listed…

    July 23rd, 2008 | #

  9. nadia says

    pia it means alot to me, thank you, i love getting to know more about u…….and also it does not surprise me about living in my city of montreal- I think i saw where you painted the city red!

    merci beaucoup pia, j’ai un sourire qui va restez probablement toute la journee!

    July 24th, 2008 | #

  10. cindy k says

    i love your image and changed mine. it’s perfect ms. pia!

    July 24th, 2008 | #

  11. Annie says

    You have a very busy and interesting life!
    So happy I found you.

    July 24th, 2008 | #

  12. nyla says

    good stuff! (are those *cheese* wedges with sweet chili sauce and sour cream?) i find it so much fun getting to know my fellow blogettes, and i’m sooo CURIOUS for details. blogs are intimate in the strangest way. we all know so much about each other’s hearts by what we choose to post, yet really, we know so little.

    (i’m glad you tagged Yoli!)

    July 24th, 2008 | #

  13. katiecrackernuts says

    Oh, see, I think that was brief. I would have rambled a great deal more. I am so pleased you passed on answering the “what would you do if you were a billionaire” question. I hate that question, and to be honest, the answer would probably, same as I am doin’ right now – essentially. You’ll appreciate this. I am off to Bathurst this weekend. Cameras are charged and/or loaded. Winter. Bathurst. Need I say more? That light, of that light.

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  14. Felicity says

    You found me! Hello to the gorgeous miss pia jane. You talented thing….but i always knew that. A friend just sent me this link that she stumbled upon while looking for my website. I can’t believe you only wrote this yesterday. I adore synchronicity! Your site is full of such delights. Thank you for the beautiful words and memories. I often wondered where you were after you moved to Melbourne. ‘Soul’ was a very important time in my own healing and a joyful project to be involved in. Your writing in the film still resonates with me. Your photography is blissful and breathtaking.

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  15. Carol says

    I feel a little silly doing this, as it’s not often that I leave comments on your blog. I’m more of an adoring viewer 🙂 But I have given your lovely blog an award, which is on my blog!

    July 24th, 2008 | #

  16. cindy k says

    i have massive chills after reading felicity’s comment! wow!

    July 24th, 2008 | #

  17. jo says

    dear pia, thank you so much for this, it has absolutely made my day!!! i have enjoyed very much knowing a bit more about you and i am so happy you are interested in my life too! of course i will play along 🙂

    for me it´s a true delight to open my bloglines early in the morning and see there’s something new awaiting in you gorgeous blog!

    July 24th, 2008 | #

  18. pia says

    well, where to start – what an incredible collection of comments! And amongst them all is the lovely Felicity, such a wonderful surprise. I am just beyond words.

    Jo, you are so very welcome and I am looking forward to learning more about you! Thanks for playing along.

    Cindy K – me too! I couldnt believe my eyes.

    Carol – your comments are cherished, thank you so very much!!!

    Felicity – wow, synchronicity is the best! And so is your friend for connecting us. It is so good to hear from you. Who knew that to find you I had to travel as far as Amsterdam and start a blog! Looking forward to hearing more about what you’ve been up to, and from the looks of your site you have moved into a whole new direction, I can’t wait to learn about it! I hope to have a coffee and chat with you when I am back in Sydney. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, and it makes me feel very happy to know the film still resonates with you. You fit the part so perfectly, I couldnt have wished for any other.

    katiecrackernuts – yes, the ‘billionaire’ question, best not get me started on what I would do as a billionaire which has everything to do with what billionaires don’t do. And yes like you, I would do what I am doing right now. You lucky gal to be heading to Bathurst! Blow it a kiss from me!!!

    nyla – totally agree. and yes, cheese please!!

    annie – thank you!

    nadia – i’m so pleased to hear that i have brought a smile to your face. i adore montreal, it is one of the best times of my life, and remains one of my favourite cities ever. I can’t wait to go back one day!!

    stacy – yes it’s funny isn’t it, to see how we’ve grown. I often think about myself back then, and wonder what I would think of myself now.

    French Boy – you are just the best boy ever to comment. I know you are not a commenter by nature, but everytime you do leave a comment, or tell me at the end of the day how you enjoyed my post, it makes my heart sing. I shan’t carry on!!

    cindy k – it was such fun and I’m sorry it took me so long!

    nancy and esti – back atcha! thank you.

    pip – thank you for your fabo comment. I love hearing other people’s personal stories about those who have passed away, it keeps them alive and in our memories and hearts.

    Thank you Sofia!! I am glowing.


    Have I told you all before how you all rock?!! Thanks everyone, your comments, awards, love and support make me smile so much, that I think the corners of my mouth are now touching the lobes of my ears. 🙂


    July 24th, 2008 | #

  19. Jessie Cacciola says

    impressive housing. i’d love to hear which you loved most? and i love that you passed on the billionaire question. 🙂

    July 25th, 2008 | #

  20. Hyena In Petticoats says

    I LOVE blogland. I love how you can find an old friend just by posting about it. I love that you tagged me.I love that Pip popped in to say that we’d get along. I love this string of comments. I love that you also feel as though you could rant on for hours about what you were doing ten years ago. I love that you passed on the billionaire question, too.

    I’m working on some answers, and trying to remember some things. I’ll be sure to share soon.

    Leah xxx

    July 27th, 2008 | #

  21. Julie says

    Wow you’ve done so much and have been so many places! I suppose this thing wouldn’t work too well with me. 10 years ago I was 12 and riding my bike to the library and ice cream shop! It’s nice getting to know you a little better 🙂

    July 30th, 2008 | #

  22. Erin Sledd says

    Oh . . . what a fun game! I love it. I am going to check out the websites of the people you are curious about.

    I found your blog through the Before and After remakes that Grace Bonney featured of your French apartment on Design Sponge. So much my own aesthetic . . . wish I had the photos of the last apartment I had in San Francisco. Once, when I knew I was leaving, a client walked in and said “Wow! You live in a palace!” Very bittersweet.

    I admire how you convinced French boyfriend to let you redo that fabulous apartment. I am slooowly convincing my Southern Ecologist boyfriend to let go of his clutter and let me help redo his home . . . slooowly . . .



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