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

Friday, May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016

Jamie

I am stretched a little thin this week but still enjoying all the amazing things that are happening. Yesterday started with an early morning workout and ended with my second photo shoot at Fresh Collective, this time out at their Roncesvalles store. I managed to come home with just one piece. I share it on today's BTS and I'm sure you'll see why I just couldn't resist! This hectic pace is going to continue through to next week. I'm just doing my best to make sure I get a good night's sleep (the kittens are NOT helping), eat well and show up to contribute and enjoy.
   

Shannon

I'm sure this picture comes as no surprize! The drawing today was a bit of a challenge, but at least it didn't take too long. I only have 1 more drawing to go, then it will time to decide if I'll include / share all of the drawings or an pick just some of them. So close!


Suzie

When I went to the market for supplies I saw that it had fresh herbs in stock and on sale! They were cheaper than buying a package of them for cooking so I brought some home. They don't even sell sage for cooking so I knew I had to take that one home for sure and the deal was for four plants for $10. I got sage, basil, thyme and put mint in a larger container hanging on our front porch. Now I can cook with them and make amulets! I usually have terrible luck with herbs but to have an east-facing window in the kitchen where they can keep me company feels so right. Totally makes me happy.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

May 5, 2016

Jamie

Once again, I am sorry I've been so sporadic in posting. This has been such a demanding time! I am so thrown off by not having my regular computer set up and my regular routine going. The good news is that spring seems to have arrived and my data appears to be saved! I'm working really hard on getting my systems in place so that I never have that problem again! Plus I'm really focusing on supporting my energy and health. Yesterday I got out for a 30-minute walk and had a fun time seeing spring in the 'hood and also listening to Susan Piver's podcast episode about the basic elements of Buddhism :)


Shannon

I hope I won't be so boring as to have pretty much the same picture every day all week, but given the drive to finish this series it could certainly happen! Thankfully today it didn't take as long as yesterday to complete my piece (and pssst... you can see a smidge of yesterdays at the left side of the pic). Only 2 more to go!



Suzie

With the sale in less than two months away, I took inventory of the earrings I have to sell. I also took some time to play with clay. I haven't been sleeping so I did this during my usual nap time and am hoping it helps that I powered through my tired time of the day with some creative stuff. I am so glad I did. I haven't felt like I have accomplished much this week but now I feel better and am inspired to make more stuff for the sale!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 4, 2016

Jamie

I have been having a really special time lately. I have been learning to better understand his body language and he's been actually looking for attention. I often take a break and sit with him on the cedar chest at the bedroom window just to be close and for a few cuddles. Yesterday he actually stood and put his paw on my leg for a moment. I'm hoping this is a sign that eventually he'll sit on my lap! For now, it lets me know we are making progress.


Shannon

It was so awesome to hang out together at stART! If was fun to break the giggle record :) Thank you both for listening as I am going through a bumpy period in my series, after we recorded I got back to the page which is a good thing. Not so good was what I did today took 4x as long as the others and way longer than I should have spent... but.. I did. Ah well! That's part of the experiementation, it doesn't always go as expected!


Suzie

Not sleeping really has screwed me up but I did have time to attach some earring posts to some rhinestones and a bail to the back of my air hardening clay thyme amulet pendant. Which I totally forgot to share at stART today! So awesome to see you both and laugh so much.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016

Jamie

It feels very special to me to have one of the daffodils I planted bloom. Last year I planted some under the lilac, in honour of how Mom planted them under our trees in Montreal, but none of them bloomed. In the fall I added many more to the mix. Botanus had a wonderful range of white ones, which you know I love. (Mom, totally would have wanted me to plant yellow, lol) I am so thrilled to see these beauties bloom!

Shannon

Triangle shaped glue sticks were the only ones I could find yesterday. Hmm, I imagine there must be a name for this shape, but when I googled "If a triangle was a cylinder" and didn't come up with anything. Wow, is not a first page result on Google now equal that's the end of the research willing to be done? Possibly, at least for simple curio moment. Anyhoo... I just hope these suckers do corners well.




Suzie

Went to a meeting at the studio to enrol in their summer sale! I will be their volunteer flyer person (door to door) and their photographer for the sale, on top of having my own 1/2 table. I'm planning on selling jewelry and was told not a lot of people sell jewelry so that rocks. I also checked in on some of my items that should be fired this Friday. Can't wait!

Monday, May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016



Shannon

This weekend I spent a lot of time puttering around the house, just tending to this and that of very regular day life-ness. Chopping up veggies, creating a spot for collage stuff and keeping space clear to work on art for the current series. It felt really, really nice and very relaxed. While I puttered I watched a bunch of the VC Andrews movies, which was the perfect not-super-need to pay attention vibe which was the perfect speed. It was great to have time to alternate being productive, and being relaxed.




Suzie

Reg and I went to the Value Village pre-sale on Sunday. We got him a bunch of high quality shoes that he can use on his movie shoots without breaking the bank. I got a ton of long sleeve shirts in 80s bright colours which will be too warm to wear in a month but are good for now. I'm really trying to add colour to my wardrobe. The rest of the weekend was kind of weird and the rest of today was finishing taxes.

Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016

Jamie

Last night I hosted my Dream Team mastermind group and it was awesome. What a treat to have people over. it's been something I haven't been doing nearly enough of and something I enjoy so very much. I'm going to have to create more opportunities for this - and not just so I can buy treats ;)


Shannon

I've been doing a lot of reading this month, including a lot from this graphic novel series called Lumberjames. It's set at a camp and follows a group of friends who love to say "Friendship to the Max!" and "What the Junk?" It's been a lot of fun to read, but I was also happy to see the story of the first several comics come to a close because even though I enjoy it, I read it at the computer and that's not the best way to read for me. It was kind of cool to jump into something, enjoy it, and be okay with now going on to whatever the next adventure will be.




Suzie

This is an instagram photo of a gluten-free crust I'm working on. Reg wasn't thrilled about it when I told him I was going to use it for his rhubarb pie so I might make something else with it. The quality of my photos isn't super great because it's an older phone. Sometimes I wonder if that's worse for me than not using Instagram at all, since I am supposed to be a food photographer...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016

Jamie

Yesterday was a bit of a trying day but there will still great highlights, including getting out to choir. We sang a beautiful arrangement of Manic Monday, You can actually see it here at least for a while on Periscope. And on Monday there's a big event to honour Prince. We'll be singing When Doves Cry at Massey Hall. 
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Shannon

It was so exciting to wake up this morning and see that the plants get sunlight in their new spot! I knew this intellectually, but it was that much more power to see it in reality. After taking the picture I promptly fell back asleep :)


Suzie

I have moved all my "work" stuff out of my crafts room because I couldn't take the crappy internet connection anymore. In some ways I think it's working out because now the mess in the crafts room doesn't upset me as much. I even painted some backdrops for my foodie photos. BTW, I ended up painting over the yellow. I tried. I just don't like that colour.