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

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August 4, 2015


Shannon

It's been having so much fun with Sparkles! And I was so happy to have crayons to scribble like mad today, I had to go for a few pages and had a lot of fun both not thinking about what I was doing and then later going back and trying to replicate some of the effects I got. So much fun.


Suzie

Reg and I intended to go to Deep Cove on Monday and got there but couldn't find parking anywhere! Then we were going to go to the top of Mount Seymore and missed the turn. As a result, we ended up just driving down all the way to Porteau Cove (where we saw the sea otter Jamie!) and it was gorgeous. We have been here almost a year and have not left the city once! Until Monday. And no, I don't know that woman but I totally loved that she was having a Titanic moment.

Monday, August 3, 2015

August 3, 2015



Shannon

I finally got to sit down and try out Alien: Isolation. First off.... it's so scary! It's so cool to hear all the sounds and score that I'm so familiar with from the Alien films, and you get to play Ripley! I'm still adapting to how you play and what you do, it's pretty intense and you have to follow the storyline and I totally miss stuff all the time! But, on first try I successfully got dressed (woohoo!), and on the second try I was able to like... follow the story much more. This is going to be a lot of fun. Thank you so much to Suzie for the birthday present!!



Suzie

I learned a lot playing a human paladin. I really like healing people. Being "good" with people who are elitist is almost impossible for me. My character had a deity that believed in her but she didn't believe in herself or that the deity was necessarily right about her. Twice Reg and I have had characters that died and both times, we perished fighting together. That if the future world of D&D (and this has to do with future campaigns at our store) only allows for you to be human and not a magic-user, then I do not want to play. I will play in Reg's world where I can talk to animals and turn into a bush.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Aug 2, 2015: Random



Shannon

It's so nice to be able to share Random Cat Pics again (thank you Jamie, the kitten rescuer!). Here is Escher hanging out in the chair. I often wake up and find him there, although I don't always hear him come in. Sneaky kitty!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Aug 1, 2015



Shannon

I had some fun making a few bookmarks for a few anticipated reads this month, and I made this one for a fantasy book that I am going to read called Uprooted that's a book club pick. I want to make so many more bookmarks! I need to find a good way to store pics to make this and doing collage easy at-my-fingertips kind of activity.

Friday, July 31, 2015

July 31, 2015

Jamie 

Yesterday was a really tough day so I particularly love this quiet moment with Escher. (The dappling sunlight is unbelievable!) I've been working super hard to get Sparkles out there and yesterday was full on for getting it set up. Then I had my dental hygienist appointment, which is always very stressful for me, even though I absolutely adore where I go. And then the three kittens went to the vet for their shots and an exam. We did manage to get them in carriers but Scout was beyond frightened. Luckily Dr. Jen was super good with all of them and it looks like they are doing really well though the blood work results will come in today. The other big news is that the kittens are a full month older than they were originally assessed! And the good news is this morning all seems to be forgiven - at least when there's wet food involved.
 


Shannon

I finished another book for the 2015 Book to Film Challenge! The Price of Salt took a long time for me to get into it, so much so that it wasn't until the last time sitting down to read it I really felt like was invested in the characters. It was a pretty easy read though, and had great descriptors and tension but wasn't an instant win for me but had to win me over and took a long time for that to happen. I think I've realized that I am not used to fiction that isn't "genre" of some kind, and wonder if I should make sure I work in a fair amount of fantasy, scifi, paranormal, spec fiction, etc because that's really where my heart is. I definitely get a lot out of stretching my reading horizons, but I have to have some that I simply love too.


Suzie

I took three rests so I could go to D&D tonight for Reg's campaign and it was a blast! I love playing Pippi the druid gnome (I'm the one with the flaming globe who is way too big for my character) and we went up against the undead on our way to a haunted brewery.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015

Jamie

This is a very intense work week for me as I wrap up a bunch of things and get ready for Sparkles next week so this moment of sheer bliss and relaxation just made my day. It's so wonderful to see Shibumi feeling right at home.


Shannon

It was so nice to get a midday visit from Scout! More often than not they will swing by at night, when getting a picture of them isn't very likely. But today he posed for me quite nicely, furry ear-tips and all :)



Suzie

Today was recovery day from "Serotonin Syndrome" which happens when you have too much serotonin. I got it as a result of all the tryptophan I have been taking and had a horrible night being so sick I thought I was going to end up in the hospital. Thankfully it ended up not going that far and I just got back into bed with Reg and hoped for the best. I didn't know what was going on though but I spoke with my sleep doc. I am going to stay positive and hope now that I am off it maybe I will start feeling better. Reg took care of me too, I was in quite the rough shape today.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 29, 2015


Shannon

I'm trying not to avoid, or avoid avoiding (lol) the last several pages in my composition book. I had some fun with crayons over this page, although I continue to be surprized that crayons aren't that easy to work with. I love the density of the colour, but I find a fair amount of pressure is needed to get that level of colour. I purposely left the opposing page blank, and I'm hoping that when I write on the next page it will go through and leave an impression of the colours. We'll see!



Since my makeup was done for stART I decided to do a quick little Kitchen Confession update about the cookbook situation. Talking to you two was definitely a highlight for me today!