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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October 23, 2014

Jamie

Yesterday was a very intense day. Everything slowed down as the events at Parliament Hill took over. I found it hard to concentrate on anything until it was clear (as clear as it could be) that the active events had drawn to a close. This was a moment in our history, a difficult one we will always remember. In the evening, Justin and I went to hear a series of speakers on the topic of Creativity & Failure after Michelangelo. It opened the door to an interesting conversation and a topic I'm sure I will continue to consider and write about.

Shannon

I got stumped on whether to post a pic today, and decided not to. The events yesterday were so disturbing, I didn't want to put anything to mark it up but I also didn't want to ignore it. What a day.


Suzie

After yesterday's disturbing events, I took the day off blogging and Reg drove me to a clinic that is accepting patients. I had to drop off what felt like an application form. Right beside it was this thrift store that even sold plants and crafting supplies! I hope it is a good sign. I like the area and I may actually be able to walk there from our place, in good weather. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 22, 2014

Jamie

Last night we had a truly wonderful experience. We spent the first part of our guitar class sequestered way up in the closed off top balcony of a lovely theatre watching our teacher play. What a treat to have this access; it made for a special moment!


Shannon

I'm found another game on my phone to get hooked on: Candy Crush Saga. I was loving it, until I ran out of lives! Then it cries. You get more over time, but I watched that counter like a hawk until I could play again! It's like Bejewelled, but has a bit of a story and different kinds of boards that all have candy pieces. I hope it doesn't get me craving candy!


Suzie

Reg and I had a little adventure to White Rock yesterday (although this is a photo of Vancouver). It ended up being a bit of a waste of our time but the drive is always nice. We had a big storm coming and made it home just as the rain started to fall. As you can see, Vancouver does get some fall colours although it has been very grey and wet. I am good with that.

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.