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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014

Jamie

I think I'm falling in love with doing photo series. I love Cats in the Hood. I'm constantly doing On My Desk shots. I've started doing #goodmorninggarden every day too! Lately I've also been taking snapshots of the jewellery I wear. I wonder if one day I'll be absolutely able to tell the era based on these!


Shannon

It took me way longer than I expected, or would like to admit, but gosh darn it I finally finished watching all 9 seasons of The X-Files plus both the films. I am really happy I kept it up. I hadn't seen a lot of the final seasons, but I ended up liking them better than expected. I might to a vlog about the experience. Because...that's what I seem to be doing these days.



Suzie

Yesterday we had our first open house in almost two weeks. We worked so hard to get the house perfect complete with fresh sunflowers and a new rock garden in the backyard… I even washed the propane tanks so they look brand new. I have been through the terror of thinking we might not sell the house and then started really bonding with the house and not wanting to let it go. All of which was quite paralyzing.

Psychologically, it's been brutal but last night we took our exhausted butts to Starbucks and I had an iced cafe mocha. And didn't like it. I think I have officially tried everything on their menu and come to the realization I just don't like their coffee. Which is fine. I am hoping that whatever happens, like the coffee everything will be fine.

Monday, July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014

Jamie

I worked a lot of this weekend (that's what happens when you schedule two workshops for the same week!) but I did manage to pop out to the dollar store to get some ribbon for my Inner Alchemy cards. Sometimes they have great finds - like these smiley boxes! Though I'm not sure how the piles of stuff inside will impact those smiles and eyes!


Shannon

It was so nice to spend time this weekend reading, or as I like to call it Caturday-ing, although it doesn't exclusively have to be on Saturday with (and acting like) a cat it's certainly helps!


Suzie

Reg and I had a wild day going out to Unique Lawn Garden Statues yesterday and bought this little sleeping dragon. It's a long story but we turned a little corner of our backyard into a rock garden to add visual appeal and wake up people's imaginations when it comes to what can be done back there. This place was amazing and the people were fantastic. We had such a great time and now the garden is looking amazing:


We also got that urn there. It's perfect timing because we have a showing tonight. BTW, all those stones came out of this spot.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

July 20, 2014: Random Pic

Jamie 

I'm loving putting a date into my picture folder and searching for a random photo! What's wild is this picture from Shannon and my trip to Cape Cod was actually in October but, what the hey! I love this moment! Shannon, I think you actually took this one. That was such an awesome trip. I can't believe it was 7 years ago!


Shannon

Random cat pic for Random time! I know, I know... it's an old stand by but I haven't been super random these days.


Suzie

I actually bought San Marzano tomatoes for a rock star foodie sauce by Gordie Johnson. Now I just need to find time to make it.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 19, 2014

Jamie

I'm proud to say that I went on a couple of runs this week. I am likely the most inconsistent runner in the world but I keep trying. I've started carrying my iPhone when I run and that's awesome because now I can take pics during my cool down! This type of flower has become a signature of this neighbourhood to me. I had never seen them before living out here and if you walk around here, they're everywhere! They grow tall and plentiful and are just so simple and happy.


Shannon

Totally loving Neil Gaiman these days. Although I have only read 2 of his books, I think I will have to read them all! Although right now might not have been the best time to read about a story about a boy who grows up in a graveyard, perhaps the whimsical tone of this book made it the perfect read right now.


Suzie

The rain and humidity broke and I finally got out for a walk and decided to go to my thrift store. I picked up some fun treats including this cute short skirt with the label "vamp" on it. I continue to find skirts that I love but have few shirts that I like on me. Maybe I'll just start wearing my funny t-shirts with cool skirts? It was wonderful to get out for a walk, regardless. I just needed a break.

Friday, July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014

Jamie

Thursday night guitar was cancelled so Justin and I took advantage of the free evening and went to the movies instead! We caught the X-men film right before it was gone, thank goodness! Afterwards we scored a great window seat at a local pub that had about a gazillion craft beers to choose from. It was a great summer night out!


Shannon

I quite quickly got too much of a good thing with my awesome new desk space....being at it too much! Time to change things up and kick back with some popcorn and TV catch up.


Suzie

I couldn't take it anymore. We have had days and days of darkness and rain and I've been stuck at home with nothing to do so I got out my serger and attacked a pair of paints that were too long and now they fit much better. Just put the serger on the floor, serged and put it back. Closest thing to liberation I have felt in a long time.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July 17, 2014

Jamie

I am in love with this cat. You can barely see her, right? What great camouflage! She went from this to literally sitting on my lap, purring and rubbing her nose across my face.  We had such good cuddles! I wish I'd had my camera-camera with me!


Shannon

After quite a dry spell of vlogging I am totally back in the game and one thing I'm happy to get back to is my "Those Books" reviews. I've read 2 more and was thrilled to get the vlog for Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House up. It's wild that about 20 years after selling hundreds of these kids horror novels, I finally read one! You never know when something will come back to you. And, inspired by Jamie's post from Michaels, I rustled up some coloured paper to use as a background for pictures. Totally loving that - thanks, Jamie!


Suzie

Reg and I haven't had any viewings in a week. As a result, we have had some time on our hands to think about the backyard. I love our little wild and magical backyard and really wanted to add this toad stool under our maple tree as a place to sit and read a book. But then we got this gnome with a solar lantern and he looks perfect there so I am going to put the stool somewhere else. It is shocking just how much is scares me that having a gnome in the backyard could hurt our sales prospect. But then I saw him from the bedroom window keeping watch for us at night and I just have to leave him there. My real estate agent would freak so I am only showing it here for now. It's a little woodland out there and I think people need help seeing that.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

Jamie

My desk was piled with things to share for stART this week! I love how pictures of what's on my desk pretty much tell a story of what's going on in my life.


Shannon

Had some meow-ing last night that got me up to investigate and lookie what I found. At least it was *only* meowing.


Suzie

After stART Reg and I went to a few garden nurseries since the flowers in our hanging baskets didn't make it through Tropical Storm Arthur. I was proud that instead of just buying more (way too expensive) I would buy petunias and plant them in the hanger myself. I think Mom would be proud.