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

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017

Jamie

Well, Justin and I are really starting to think about whether we'd like to buy a new house or renovate the one that we're in. Yesterday we went to a few open houses in our neighbourhood. This house was beautifully staged, though the overtness of the choices had to make me giggle a bit. Even in the laundry room there was a beautiful vintage tin for laundry soap - to small to be practical but certainly created an impression. When Justin mentioned how nicely the place was put together, the real estate agent said, "Yes, well, they are very stylish people." LOL.


Shannon

After exploring lots of different games last year, I was able to determine which kinds of games I like only to discover some of them might be a tad too hard for me to play yet. Deciding not to let that get in my way I've actually mapped out a plan to work my way up to them and have now embarked on my 2017 Gaming Challenge which is My Quest to Become A Better Gamer. I have not started my first game in this question, which is Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. It's similar to Tomb Raider and so far it's been a lot of good fun. I've fallen off lots of ledges, gotten into a few scraps, but also figured out a some puzzles on my own. So far, so good!



Suzie

I don't know how I suddenly got so busy. I guess that is what happens when you take on a project with a deadline. I want to get everything ready and up online on my birthday so I have one more week! And a week FULL of appointments and things to do. Sigh... Somehow it will get done.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 15, 2017

Jamie

My journey through my stuff continues. I am feeling very motivated to make some room for my life and what it is becoming now by letting go of some older stuff. I won't let go of this though - a picture I drew of me when I was 5. I've written Robbie's name up at the top there too. Treasure!


Shannon

It feels like it's been a while since I watched a new TV series so I took a chance on this Icelandic mystery drama that's set in a sleepy town that has some pretty gruesome discoveries. I really enjoyed it although the first episode was rather dark (and oddly the second episode didn't have subtitles when I watched on my PS4 but they worked on my phone... what a mystery itself). Anyhow, it was fun to try something new and I burned through the last several episodes while recovering from bit outing on Friday.



Suzie

I had one hell of a headache Saturday morning and didn't think I would get up to too much but thanks to pain killers, Reg and I got out to Trout Lake. It is the first winter in 20 years that this lake has frozen over and tons of people came out to play hockey, try to skate, walk on ice or perform with a mini hula hoop. There were tons of dogs, so many kids and lots of people really being a part of the experience together. I am so glad we went and we ever went out for hot chocolate afterwards. What started as a crappy day turned around to be quite awesome.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

January 14, 2016

Jamie

Wow, the moon was brilliant last night. It was a lovely light at the end of a grand day. Shannon and I went on an adventure to the Mystical Landscapes at the art gallery. I have to say that I am loving being able to go to a show multiple times and to bring people with me. It is awesome to experience a show with different people's perspectives being shared. We really saw some wonderful art. I think I will always carry that moment of seeing Monet's grain stacks in my heart!


Shannon

It was absolutely wonderful to go to the AGO with Jamie and see the Mystical Landscapes exhibit. I haven't been for so many years, I literally can't remember the last time I went. I had a wonderful time, and a great guide :) And then.... lots of rest. That was a big excursion!



Suzie

Reg and I got a lot of errands done on Friday and went to his friend Grace's art show which was all about monsters. It was quite fascinating. I saw more creatures than monsters but I guess it's how you interpret the word.

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017

Jamie

We had a big moment with Escher yesterday. He was curled up on the couch when we came downstairs. I sat down on one side of him... and he stayed. Then Justin sat on the other side... and he stayed. In fact, he even cozied up more. It was AMAZING! He stayed like that for an hour. At one point, he even rolled over on his back, in total bliss! Then he kind of opened his eyes and looked around like, "What? What am I doing?" and jumped down shortly thereafter. It reminds me of a line in the King Arthur movie, "I've been in this life more than the other." I think one day he'll feel like that and the cozy, blissed-out Escher will be the one that stays :)

Shannon

I finished the Hygge book! I really hope to incorporate a lot of what is suggested in, and look forward to enjoying coziness and company too!

Suzie

Reg and I have been playing a game where we leave Totoro in places that are unexpected. Reg had a shower, got ready and everything and did not notice Totoro hanging out on top of the dryer. The rest of the day was insane. I swear, it was an early Friday the 13th for me. I dropped and broke things, things got stuck, nothing worked right, dropped my pan-fried bread on the floor... I usually don't have bad luck on Friday the 13th but now I'm a little worried. If today was bad, what will tomorrow bring?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 12, 2017

Jamie

As I get ready for the Junk Journal Journey class, I treated myself to a little package of ephemera from Etsy. My favourite part of it is actually the ideas it generates and the way it makes me want to go through my magazines and cut them down into what could be useful for creating. A big theme for me this year is letting go to make room for transformation and goodness. I spent a lot of time yesterday thinking about what to let go of in the studio and came to some big decisions. Suzie, I so admire the way you can cut fiercely through what no longer serves you. This is a great challenge for me but this year I can feel how important it is.


Shannon

I took almost no pictures today! Got tucked into some lists and Excel stuff (shocker!). I did take this one. I love the trees out the window. I guess I traded one tree (Christmas) for another! I also wanted to check how it was after the very active wind last night. I heard a few branches scamper across the roof, but overall it doesn't look too worse for wear.


Suzie

Really down today so I focused on getting my Etsy sale ready. Didn't help that my Flickr account and my domain name all required updating so any money I make from this sale is already spoken for. Yeah, feeling down.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 11, 2017

Jamie

Over the holidays, Justin and I decided to sponsor a young girl in Africa. It was just her birthday so on Friday Shannon and I went out and found some treats we could send her and yesterday I packaged them all up and got them ready to send. It takes weeks for letters to get from here to there but I hope she'll be delighted when it arrives. I also hope that one day she'll write us a letter and tell us about herself and her life.


Shannon

I've been having fun adding Just Dance back to my repetoire, and I have a feeling I will be doing a *lot* more of it in the future. In moderation of course. Okay as much moderation as this extremist can handle!




Suzie

Reg and I drove out to Coquitlam to get our checkup at the dentist and it's unbelievable how much Coquitlam has changed. When we lived there the building in the middle and the left weren't there and there was no skytrain. You could see Burke Mountain clearly. That said, I am very happy we had a very clear (but cold) drive out there. They were calling for freezing rain but it disappeared. I even picked up produce while Reg was in there so we came home with food too but man, the cold and going to the dentist in general is so stressful, rested the rest of the day. So tired.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January 10, 2017

Jamie

Ever since I got my FitBit I have been looking for fun ways to add more steps to my day, including getting back to JustDance. Yesterday I managed to rank #2 on the world stage for one song. Woohooo!!

Shannon

And there is no more tree. I have not gotten used to it yet, the room feels so big right now. I know I'll adjust but it's all a little surreal. I had really gotten used to it being there. Huge thank you to Jamie and Justin for helping with getting it out and getting my place free of little tree pieces It was so amazing to have a real tree this year, I will remember it always!


Suzie

I was a cheeky monkey to take this photo of Reg precariously holding a ladder on our staircase as the contractor went up into the attic. He said in all his years of working on houses, he was never seen an attic over a staircase. Patchwork is done until the spring when we should get a new roof, fingers crossed. So glad to be renters! And had so much fun doing stART today. :)