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

Friday, November 28, 2014

November 28, 2014

Jamie

I was out and about yesterday and it was one of those days where there seemed to be a bird convention in every tree! In fact one little guy here looks like he's giving me "the look" for interrupting! 


Shannon

The assembly of the Cabled Afghan continues, and I've decided to put it together as I finish rewatching Star Trek: The Next Generation. I can't believe I started my rewatch over 2 years ago now! I really want to finish it out and I'm really close with about 30 episodes left. I think it will be a good match as I have to keep my eyes mostly on the squares, and I've seen all the episodes before so I know what scenes I want to look up and watch. I can feel myself struggling with wanting to post about the episodes like I used to, but I don't have the energy to. I am trying to think of a go-around, an in-between, a clever something. Or...I could just...let..that .. feeling...go. Ack! What to do?



Suzie

Right after officially becoming a resident of BC (and now able to go to a doctor!!!) Reg and I came across this amazing Christmas display at Metrotown, our favourite mall. Isn't it gorgeous?! I can't believe it. I am actually getting into the Christmas spirit. Magic must exist after all.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

November 27, 2014

Jamie

Yesterday I was totally tucked into a long day of work. Mostly I'm immersed in getting the Full Cold Moon Dreamboard workshop created but I also managed to accomplish things in lots of other areas too, including interviewing the wonderful Kari Chapin for the podcast. Kari is savvy, practical and fun. She's got a new podcast coming out too about creativity and productivity. I'm looking forward to it!


Shannon

With all the cable squares blocked, I am now at the assembly stage of the cabled afghan blanket and here is me with all my squares! Oh my! Deciding how to put it all together was quite a process, given that I used 4 different colours and I really didn't think I would mind it being all mixed up...but I did! I really took my time until I found what felt and looked right and now I'm looking forward to getting it to be an actual blanket. This always feels like the most challenging part of a knitting project: putting it all together. Fingers crossed I don't lose steam!


Suzie

I was so desperate to have a nap yesterday but decided to give myself one hour to go through mags I got at Value Village for my 2015 dreamboard while watching a LifeBook video in my crafts room. It went great but then got a serious migraine and had to lie down. Oh well, at least I got some artsy time into my life yesterday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November 26, 2014

Jamie 

It was great to actually get to celebrate with Dad on his actual birthday! We had a great time at the Mandarin, eating far too much and not quite staying out of discussions about politics, lol! A highlight was when our waitress asked if it was a special occasion and Dad ended up with us singing (loudly) and a candle in a cupcake. They also took a family photo which Dad got to take home in a magnet frame. What a treat!


Shannon

It was such a treat to get to see Dad on his birthday! Celebrating at Mandarin was a lot of fun and getting to catch up as well. Woohoo!


Suzie

One thing that is super awesome about editing the video is coming up with the graphic for stART and getting to see your expressions at my reveal which I don't always get to see and love how much you both were so excited by my doll's new outfit! You both totally rock. :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 25, 2014

Jamie

The weather was absolutely wild yesterday. The sky was fast-moving, sometimes grey, grey, grey and then sometimes beautiful blue and wispy clouds like this. Sunshine streamed through one moment and later on there was a downpour. The one constant was the wind. Despite the weirdness, Justin and I got out to the movies and saw Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). We really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. It's not mainstream and may not be that accessible but it was thought-provoking well-acted and really immersed in the world of the theatre. For that alone, I loved it.


Shannon

Although it feels early to be in the holiday spirit, I don't think I can deny that I am! I am going to break out my new mug and get all cheer-y.


Suzie

Had some serious coffee drama today! Reg helped me bring home a new coffee maker. Sometimes being cheap doesn't pay!

Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014

Jamie

It was another weekend full of working so it was a real treat when Justin and I decided to go to a lighting ceremony at our local park. Too bad I got the day wrong, LOL! Still, there was plenty to see, including the most impressively Christmas-decorated house I have ever seen, which indluded this large nativity scene surrounded by lights! So impressive! At our house, we did manage to get a wreath up :)


Shannon

Spent some time baking over the weekend for upcoming birthday-ness (I assume he doesn't read this site) and it's been a while since I've baked and a long while since I've tried a new recipe but the beginnings above turned into Oatmeal Raisin cookies and I think they turned out quite well (phew). Although I squished the balls down into a more cookies shape and cooked them for 12 instead of 10 minutes, which made them more cooked and just a little crisp on the edges but still nice and chewy. Now...the key will be to resist eating them all!



Suzie

We had a very busy weekend going to Reg's kung fu school demonstration (poor Reg missed his performance by five minutes because he had to go to morning class for school) and last night I played a real night of D&D. Created my demon-blood barbarian character (Tiefling, like Hell-Boy but a woman) and totally kicked ass. I took two poundings to the chest without armour, got thrown out a window and stopped a magic user thanks to my fire resistance. It was epic and awesome!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

November 23, 2014: Random



Shannon

I see I'm not the only one who doesn't want to get out of bed in the morning. I bet he could tell those are new sheets!



Suzie

I almost wish I don't sell my Archie mags. I love some of the stories and illustrations in them including this story with Josie and the Pussycats. Plus, they would make great collage material!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

November 22, 2014

Jamie

A week full of hard work and good things, including getting to chat with Suzie - yay!! And to have some Friday night time with Shannon, which included Just Dance 2015! I'm so glad I decided to dive in and buy the new one. There will be lots of dancing to come!


Shannon

Let Just Dance 2015 begin! It was such a blast to play. Thank you Jamie so much for buying it, it was so much fun to play together!


Suzie

What a beast of a project! Fifty one products for sale, no wonder it took me forever! And some of those were collections of stuff. You can see my store here. Although not having combined shipping to choose from when you are listing (long story) I can't believe that it cost me nothing up front to list all those products. Nothing! Ebay has really changed that way. They take 10% of your sale but no listing fees. Anyway, it's done! Yay!