How very revealing…..but not all is revealed.

Have you seen the latest interview meme doing the rounds.  I read a very heartfelt response that Tracey wrote (over at Peppermint Patcher) to 5 tailor made questions she was asked.  I put up my hand to give it a go, and here are my responses to her 5 questions, written just for me – thanks Tracey.

What is the most important life lesson you have ever learnt?

I learnt pretty early that life can change dramatically in just a few short hours.  This lesson was rammed home when I was 10 and my sister (who was 3) was diagnosed with lymphoma, and given 30% chance of surviving (she is currently 27, yay).  This lesson was repeated multiple times through my 20’s as my twin brother battled with a serious illness that had him hospitalised repeatedly.  I was given a refresher course, pretty much exactly 2 years ago, when my sister had a tumor the size of a grapefruit removed from her brain – thankfully it was a benign grapefruit.  Both of my siblings continue to deal with the effects their illnesses have had on them.  The most important lesson that I have learnt is actually that I am one amazingly lucky, healthy, person.  Fate has been so kind to me, and I am so grateful.  I have a wonderfully ordinary life, which I value more than I can express with words.  I have had none of the mountains that my siblings have had to climb, just to survive.  So the lesson reminds me to appreciate all the mundane happy things that happen, (along with the big events) because I am so lucky.

The summer or the winter – which do you prefer and why?
The winter.  Winters here in Melbourne may be grey, but they are not so cold that you can’t go outside.  You can always rug up to get warm, but getting cool in the heat of summer is so much harder.  My kids sleep really well in winter – so I do too – the same can not be said for summer.  Of course I may have answered this differently as a teenager who could just take off for the local pool.
You can visit three other bloggers. Who are they and what do you want to discuss with them?
Firstly, I would catch up with another Claire – the famous Loobylu.  Hers was the first blog that I ever saw, (thanks to a little write up in a Melbourne paper) and what a great blog to discover.  It was like a portal that opened up onto a world of crafty goodness.  I would love to tell Claire what an inspiration she was to me, and discuss the opposing challenges of being a mother and finding time to create.
Secondly, I would love to meet Heather Bailey, especially if it involved getting to look inside her beautiful studio.  I would love to talk to her about how she designs her beautiful fabric, and see her in action creating.  It would be one of my dream jobs to design a fabric line.
Lastly, I would like to meet Moxie.   I would like to know how she got so wise, so that she could dispense all of that wonderful advice about parenting?
We know you make beautiful quilts, but are there any other crafts lurking in your past?
Thanks for the compliment Tracey!  Actually, I have done plenty of the usual painting and drawing, including several years of life drawing through my Uni course, which I loved.  As part of my course (Industrial Design at RMIT), I spent a lot of time in the Uni workshop, making models of the things I designed.  In the workshop I mainly used wood, and sheets of plastic (which were vacuum formed over moulds), as well as some resin, perspex and Bog (that would be Car Body Filler).  Another material that we used at Uni all the time was Polystyrene Foam.  We made quick mock-ups of our designs to test our initial ideas with white foam – just like the stuff your TV probably came packaged in.  We cut it out roughly with a hot wire, and then sanded it with progressively smoother sandpaper.  When we were started to narrow our designs down, we used some denser blue foam, but it was harder to get hold of from the workshop guys.  I shudder to think what using this material has done to my body.  I also learnt how to weld at Uni, but barely mastered that skill – there was not enough time.  We only learnt welding to familiarise ourselves with the process, so we could design for products that utilised it in their production.

Now that you are a published quilter, what are your ambitions for your quilting future?
So here is the reveal that is not really a reveal.  I have a very big secret project that I am working on.  It may or may not take off.  It will probably result in less posts about my latest piece of sewing, and more about my latest day with the kids (as I can’t show you what I am doing).  Hopefully I will still have enough crafty goodness that I can post, to keep some of you coming back!  I promise I will reveal all in the fullness of time.
Here is something I can reveal – that pretty necklace is actually from here, but I first saw this little piece of loveliness here, and decided to get one for myself to commemorate my latest (secret) venture.
Thanks so much for thought provoking questions Tracey.  Does anyone else want to volunteer to play – that way I get to write some questions?

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