The Ridler sisters, Suzie, Jamie and Shannon, discuss their creative projects, from challenges to celebrations, and support each other's creative lives.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014


 Jamie  

Yesterday I braved the rain, I braved taking time out of my busy schedule and I braved going to the fabric store by myself! And I'm so glad I did because, as you both know, we didn't have enough fabric for my pattern and luckily, they still had some - though not very much! I'm delighted that I got what I needed before it disappeared! One more piece to cut and then I'm on my way! I wonder if I'll ever get to the point of sewing sequined material like this!! That's motivation for sure!


Shannon

I've been working on reading Tender is the Night for what feels like ages (and in actuality is months). I really want to finish it for the end of October, and I want to take some notes and jot down new on not-sure-of-the-definition words. So I set aside some time to actually do that today, and take an estimate of how long it took to read at the pace I wanted to read. Now I have a plan in action of how much I have to read a day to finish it before Halloween. Here's hoping it all goes according to plan!


Suzie

Our roses are still blooming! In fact a lot of the gardens around us are just flourishing right now. After a long bright summer, the fall rain has begun early but it is not cold so the flowers (and fruit and veggies) are very happy.

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

Jamie With the big trip to Auntie Laima's on Friday and then visiting with Dad on Saturday (he was in town for a couple of days), yesterday was a good day for some quiet recharging. A special shout-out to Jinx for her help with knitting!


Shannon

Resting was the plan for the weekend, and this was a common site while I got to it!



I have not been feeling well so despite getting a beautiful chinook I stayed home and the October firecrackers have officially begun and they were crazy-loud. Like jump out of my skin loud and I got it on film. Oh and I ended up working of my crafts room and finishing up like my seventh load of laundry so yeah, it probably would have been better had I got to the Halloween parade. Craziness! BTW, October is the only month you can privately buy fireworks in Vancouver and people use them to scare the ghosts away. :( Me no likey!!!

October 19, 2015: Random

Jamie 

I love that this feels really random but also is a picture that I took today. Justin and I went out for a walk and found this great window full of robots! What an unexpected treat - and totally random!

 Thrift Store Wisdom

Suzie

This was in my Value Village today when I was shopping for clothes. I love the "heart" with LIKE beside it. I came home with sporty, gothic, bohemian clothes. I have come to realize, there are many sides of me. And that's OK.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 18, 2014

Jamie 

What an amazing creative adventure we had this weekend! It was so special to go to Auntie Laima's and do everything from make lipstick to learn how to thread a sewing machine! Suzie, I am so glad that you could Skype in and hang out all day1 That is truly amazing. I'm so glad we all shared this time together.


Shannon

You both shared great pictures that captured the experience of the day of the visit to Auntie Laima's, so I thought I would share this snapshot of the recipe for the lipstick!


Suzie

I loved getting together with you three yesterday! And I especially love this moment of the video because we are all so involved in what we are doing. I am writing down the recipe for making lipstick and there you all are making it! So wonderful, thank you for including me. :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014

Jamie

I was out and about yesterday for errands and appointments and it was a stunning autumn day. Everywhere I looked there were trees in golds and reds and orange. I notice how much I need some red in the mix for it to really feel like fall. It was a great day to walk about, camera in hand and enjoy.


Shannon

I found it very strange when GoodReads recommended to me The Girl with the Pearl Earring, not so much the book as with all the Those Books on my list it kind of make sense, but then I noticed it was because it is in "one of your favourite genres: Historical Fiction". Wha? I don't think of that as one of my favourite genres, in fact I can't remember every saying to myself "I should read some historical fiction, I enjoy it so much." Oh my. My reading life is being very strange recently! Or maybe it's just messed up metrics on the site.


Suzie

I know this won't appeal to either of you but I made pumpkin muffins yesterday. I had pumpkin pie filling and wanted to use it up and made this super healthy and moist and yummy muffins with it. I was going to make chocolate ice cream but then didn't have proper ingredients so… there you go! At least I'll enjoy them.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 16, 2014

Jamie

I can't express just how glad I am to have made it out to Choir! Choir! Choir! last night. I have been feeling so exhausted and struggling to get back to healthy so I almost cancelled. I just didn't want to miss out and so started to get dressed... and felt a bit better. Met up with Sabine... and felt a bit better. Sung my heart out... and totally felt better! (I think it's also because I've figured out that part of the problem is allergies! I took some meds and I'm sure that helped too.) I can't believe it was so fun singing Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer!


Shannon

It was so excited to get out to Value Village today and take advantage of the 50% off books sale! I got this huge stack of 10 books for about $20, woohoo! I probably looked like a total weirdo in the store because I seriously smelled each and every book to test the dust factor. These ones passed the test! Hopefully they stay not crazy dusty long enough for me to read them. Sorry to keep you in suspense on the titles, but I wanted to wait until I do a vlog haul to share them.


Suzie

I had never heard of "Meet Up" until I moved to Vancouver. I discovered this group for food bloggers and they were meeting kind of near where I live on the night Reg was at school. I thought of the sauerkraut, braised cabbage, sausages and all the other foods Reg hates that I like and said, heck yeah! As I said on Facebook, it turned out to be a group of men who were all very nice but it was really hard for me to go. In fact I came so close to just staying home but I went and the food was great and the conversation fun. Oi! Personal growth hurts but is worth it sometimes.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014

Jamie

What a creative day yesterday! I loved filming stART with you both and with all that talk of guitar, it was fitting that last night we went to class. I noticed the piano studio next to us and had to take a picture!


Shannon

Thank you both for your encouragement during stART yesterday for getting back to blogging. I am happy to say that I have already posted of my blog, and I went totally old school and did a time capsule post which is what was speaking to me when I was looking back at old posts. I was concerned on understandability, but realized that now I have somehow formed the habit of re-reading through and editing the post. Crazy that. It does take a bit of time, but I think its is worth it. Who knew?

Suzie

Considering I had already done hair and makeup for stART I made this video which was a big mistake. I'm actually thinking of taking it down. I'm tired, unfocused, I don't even realize it's chicken when I thought it was turkey… If anyone thinks making videos is easy, they should watch this winner. Ugh!