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

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017

Jamie

LOL, this totally fuzzy picture is my favourite of the day. It was a very busy Sunday. I spent the early day working on classes. Then we had a tree assessment to see about cutting down some branches to make it safer and whoa, it was expensive and a lot of work and worry. I'm not sure what we're gong to do - other than get a second estimate! Then Justin and I went downtown to do some clothes shopping. He really needed some spring/summer gear. We were pretty successful, which was great. I actually went out with my glasses on, as you can kind of see. My allergies have been so bad there was no putting my contacts in! Hopefully that will pass soon.


Shannon

It was nice to have company over! Jamie and Dad came by for a visit and it was nice to kick back, relax and hear (and tell) lots of stories. And eat, of course!



Suzie

Here is the crummy so-called "gourmet" mac & cheese I got at Make It! over the weekend which overall bored me to tears. There were some highlights though and none of them were food (pickles that burn your mouth, drinking vinegar by accident...). Wish I could say the rest of the weekend was an improvement but... it wasn't.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 23, 2017


Suzie

I got through the sweet/baked goods part of my foodie bucket list on Friday! I was surprised that I had half on the "done" side which is pretty awesome. Still so many things to try and I still have to do the savoury one. Also make turkey broth and went out to a friend's for D&D. Wanted to get to the studio but that turkey had to be turned into broth ASAP.

Friday, April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017

Jamie

I drew this picture quite some time ago for one of Carla's classes but revisited it yesterday as one of my symbols for my Seven Soul Symbols class. From now until it's done, all my energy is pouring into the studio. Wish me luck!


Shannon

My Spring Into Horror Reading goes on the road! or ... on the subway. Initially I was all gr-rr because I am reading mostly physical books and I didn't want to carry one because... heavy... but then I started reading this book called Mongrels which is from a kid's perspective as he grows up with his family who are... werewolves. So far, it's really good. And pretty creepy!



Suzie

Thanks to Shannon's awesomely helpful instructions I ended up with a stunning turkey! Took most of the day to cook and had to start early so it would be done before Reg's night class... Wow! It's a good thing too because a) we got the turkey for free and b) we are completely out of food so this will go a long, long way. Tomorrow it's broth-making time! Gotta get those canned peas from the store.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017

Jamie

Yesterday it was a joy to be back co-working with Tanya. We got a lot done and also found a new way to support each other with our writing, starting next month. I also did two interviews, including one with the author of Eat this Poem, a really interesting combination of poetry and recipes. You might enjoy it, Suzie! 

Shannon

So..... Spring Into Horror is going a little slowly. I'm not making tons of progress in the books I'm reading because I keep falling asleep. I may switch to a short title so I can get that WOOHOO rush of accomplishment. Fingers crossed that helps.

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Suzie

I had to go out to get food today and decided to try Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino, especially since the last of the cherry blossoms have fallen everywhere and it made for a great photoshoot. That said, I did not like the drink! But that's the fun of product testing. You just never know and apparently I am in the minority.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017


Jamie

I am 100% immersed in studio work right now, getting the classes ready, continuing to work on the yearbook, getting my taxes done. It's incredibly busy but a few quiet moments in the morning to write in my journal helps keep me grounded.


Shannon

I did tons of errands today but totally forgot to take any pictures! So here is my first picks for the Spring into Horror Readathon. Sorry for the shark picture, Suzie! I am really enjoying Meg (Megalodon = dinoshark pretty much). The creepy image at the back is 2001, which isn't actually horror but we all know it scares me! And I didn't finish it before the readalong started so I'm including it for now. Sharks and Space! All the creepy stuff!



Suzie

Going to events with other foodies is always so weird. In some ways it is beyond uncomfortable and then in some ways, it's totally hysterical and surreal. It was quite the event with fancy vans driving us to Shoppers past the worst neighbourhood in the city and then being catered to and finishing in Blood Alley at night. Thank goodness we finished early so it wasn't dark when we left.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 18, 2017

Jamie

I just had to mark the stART doppleganger moment! It was great to connect with you both yesterday for the show. I'm so glad we have this regular time to talk with one another about our creative lives. I always look forward to it!


Shannon

I'll add an image later, but it will mark something I shared on stART: I'm starting the Spring into Horror Readathon! Two weeks of reading horror... oh my. I hope it doesn't keep me up at night!


Suzie

What a fun stART day! Thank you for the support and hanging out. I rested a bit and then also went to see David Lynch: The Art Life which seems perfect for a stART day although, woah, his stuff is way out there! Totally different approach to art. It was quite fascinating.

Monday, April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

Jamie

I am a little surprised to say that during this lovely weather, I have gone out for a run - twice! Yesterday was just lovely. People were out, smiling and saying hi. I forgot how much I love the way my brain takes in the neighbourhood when I am out for a run. I always sit down at my desk and write for a bit when I come back because it fills me up with so much inspiration. That might be the real reason to get out there!


Shannon

I've been having some fun doing vlogs about film, including sharing how I'm randomly picking stuff to actual watch + reaction vlogs. I don't think I'm all that articulate in them, but I'm having a lot of fun doing them.



Suzie

Went down to Spanish Banks in the city and wow, the tide was OUT! Reg said it was extra "out there" because of the full moon in spring. People were all over the exposed "beach" as a result, way out in what is usually ocean. Lots of paddle borders were out and this one gave up on the paddling and just flew the kite instead.