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

Sunday, December 21, 2014

December 21, 2014: Random


Suzie

A stunning storefront Christmasy window in downtown Vancouver. Love the idea of a glamorous Christmas!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

December 20, 2014



Shannon

I had a blast watching the finale 2 episodes of The Voice S7 with Jamie. It's been a great season, and they pulled out the big guns for the final show and it totally rocked. What a fun ride, and so much good music and great singing to enjoy through the entire season.




Suzie

I know I shared this on Facebook already but making these ears made me so happy yesterday. I am also seriously getting the hang of using the sewing machine which made these puppies in no time flat! Which I found very exciting. I have officially wound a bobbin, treaded it and the machine all by myself. I'm playing with tension, threading… You name it! Once I realized I just want to go crazy with the machine first and just play and make silly stuff, there was no stopping me. Except the noise. Gotta be kind to the neighbours, LOL.

Friday, December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014

Jamie

What a whirlwind of a day yesterday was! I did some work in the morning and then headed out and finished off the last of my Christmas gift shopping. When I got home, Justin and I dove into a baking frenzy and made Caramel Brownies and White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies, grabbed a quick sandwich and then headed out to guitar! The holidays are upon us!


Shannon

More Christmasy goodness, and I really like this one. Feels like a many different places come together kinda group :)


Suzie

It was the only part of my day that wasn't super stressful and worrisome but we did it! We went to see the final instalment of The Hobbit.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 18, 2014

Jamie

I had a great time out with my friend Sabine last night. We always laugh that we meet at this big, loud sports bar. We just happened to do it once and we always get a booth and so it's become somewhat of a tradition - along with talking for hours about deep things. I <3 Sabine. I'm delighted to have some friend time for the holidays!


Shannon

Potato goodness! Thank you Suzie so much for this recipe, it was again totally amazing the second time round. And it went pretty well with the Garlic Lime chicken (I wasn't sure if 2 citrus dishes was complementary or a faux pas. The clean plates suggested it was okay. And brocolli...couldn't go green-less. :)

ps, speaking of faux pas... I forgot to add the picture! Oopies! Here it is now.


Suzie

My crafts room is so close to being complete! I finally got my rug (yay!!!) and the organization unit and now the bulletin board and dream board frame have to go up and I'll be done. Still lots of cleaning, organizing and that kind of stuff to do but the room itself is complete. I could not be happier!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 17, 2014

Jamie 

I was so excited this week to discover that Indie Kindred was available on DVD! Jen Lee created this film and they showed it at WDS. To me, it looked like the world of blogging on film and I couldn't wait to see it - and now I can! I ordered it from Amazon.com as a kind of Christmas Gift to myself.
 

Shannon

Holiday goodness time! This is one of my faves of the vignettes, The Christmas Band! Even the reindeer can play along with their own bell to ring. :)


Suzie

We got our tree! We found it at Walmart and she is perfect. We haven't decorated her yet though but Reg put her up and then we watched Charlie Brown Christmas which, as always, was depressing but that's OK, I love our winterberry tree.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014

Jamie

Justin and I decided to get into the holiday feeling by getting out to the movies and then to dinner. We saw The Theory of Everything, which was a powerful story brilliantly acted but, of course, very tough to watch as you see the impact of illness on famous physicist Stephen Hawking and those around him - very heavy. Afterwards we had a great dinner at a local pub, which we managed to get a seat at despite all of the Christmas after-work get-togethers!


Shannon

I hit a bit of a reading slump recently and as such I'm a little behind where I projected I would be for the Those Books Exploration. I would love for the pace of the books to be about one a month, but I'm still reading my November selection of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock. I'm really enjoying it, but I would like to finish it before Christmas so I can work on yearly retrospective stuff between Christmas. To provide myself some incentive to to finish it by then, I made a countdown calendar! These tend to get me out of a slump, and so far it's working. Each house represents a chapter/vignette and I colour in the roof when I've read the chapter. I'm now feeling pretty confident now that I'll make my goal!


Suzie

Reg and I went to IKEA yesterday to pick up some final things for my crafts room and this wall of veggies cracked me up.

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014

Jamie

I'm so glad we had an Art Day yesterday! We played with watercolours and it was really interesting. I'm noticing now how much I'm wanting to bring in markers and I'm wondering whether that's becoming habit or preference! I think this is just the beginning of these piece. I like working with these over time, doing some when I can sit down to art day and pulling markers out when I have some time here and there.


Shannon

Art Day! I had a blast working on this piece, especially the little dots and lines which literally came out of using something I normally avoid: a small brush. And because a lot of the work was still wet, I knew I needed to do something that took a lot of time (another thing I don't tend to go for), because I worked on a drier area and was waiting for the rest to dry. I love the result. Little dots. Who knew they would be so fun?



Suzie

Reg and I went downtown to go to the Vancouver Christmas Market but I had heard about a Ferrero Rocher display so we went to check it out. Here is Reg being swept away by the magic of chocolate.