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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 22, 2017

Jamie

Happy Summer! Yesterday was an incredibly busy day but I really, really wanted my summer yearbook, which is a good sign that there is something that is really working about it. I managed to finish it off as best I could and take it into the printer. I am also going to see about getting some sample orders that are closer to the form I'm hoping it will eventually be in. I stayed home last night instead of going to choir but it felt good to get things done, get to bed early for a busy day today too.


Shannon

It was quite an all-over-the-place energy day, and I didn't end up taking many pictures but I did end up making healthy dinner! I could have gone with a slightly smaller portion, but I love this salad so much it's hard to restrain myself!


Suzie

Got to Opus and finally got some of my very own Indian ink for just over $2. It is a small container which is fine. I already have a brush. This was in the window.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017

Jamie

Yesterday was my second last paper-cutting and collage class. Even though it's made my work week a bit tight to give up a whole morning to art study, it has been awesome. I am going to really miss it when I'm done and am considering another course for the summer.

Shannon

It was nice to get out for coffee and journal, and get some art in too with imaginary flowers inspired by non-flower things ... like hot pants! I had a great time. It was a long day overall, but had some great moments.


Suzie

There's the culprit! Although it didn't start today until 9 am but went until 9 pm! Ugh... I hope they will be done soon. Spent the entire day going to the market for produce, then Superstore for groceries, came home, made dinner... Exhausted. Wanted to see Wonder Woman but there was no way.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017

Jamie

Yesterday I worked and worked. I focused on some to-dos that have been following me week to week and got many of them off the list. Yay!! At the end of the day, Justin and I went out for what turned into a very long walk. Along the way, we saw this little boo just sitting in the park, hanging out :)


Shannon

Whelp, another readathon has come and gone. I did a wrap up video, and I am not sure how I feel about how this one went. I ended up switching out a bunch of titles so that I could meet the challenges including reading 7 books (I ended up reading several novellas and short stories mostly), but no I have a bunch of half read stuff. So weird, the energy was just off this time around. BUT I did get a bunch of stuff read so...I guess that's good.



Suzie

Ugh. Fatigue overload and I had to get out to the post office, return library books, pick up food so we don't starve and then go to mixed media class. I didn't think I was going to make it but somehow I did and my artwork wasn't great (I seem to no longer be caring about results which I am not sure is a good thing) but I really connected with people which was pretty awesome. That said, I'm so tired. Damn crane outside our house starts making huge noise starting at 7 am. Bastards!

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017

Jamie

I went out for a walk yesterday and kept at it even when it was raining. I just needed the space, the air, the movement - and I happened to see some beauty along the way. (PS Whoa!! The colour story of these succulents and Shannon's room and TV shot are identical!!!)


Shannon

This weekend I spent a lot of time putting my new journal together. There were so many pages to create! If I keep doing these magazine style journals, I think I should give myself lots of lead time to get the next one in order because it always takes longer than I expect. Good thing there was Safari Live and good company for a good part of it :)



Suzie

I actually had a bit of a weekend! A friend took me to a restaurant that is closing and then Reg and I went to Shakespeare Improv which was a lot of fun. Sadly after being at the doctor's three times during the week and two things on Saturday, I could not do anything Sunday but rest. Hoping I get enough so I can do something productive tomorrow.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 17, 2017


Suzie

Returned the heart monitor on Friday (OMG, three days at the doctor's office is too much in one week), picked up a donut from Tim Horton's and then went to the studio to make lots of molds from charms I ordered a while back. Was hoping to be in a better mood but all the medical stuff just steals the life out of me which is why I made molds. No creativity required.

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 16, 2016

Jamie

Well, not surprisingly, Shannon and my pictures look similar, LOL. It was such a treat to go to the Art Gallery and experience Georgia O'Keeffe together, decades of amazing work. Once again I was hungry for more details about the artist, her view on her world and the work. I'm definitely going to be exploring more.


Shannon

It was so wonderful to go to the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit with Jamie! Seeing so much amazing art, decades upon decades of work, was absolutely extraordinary.



Suzie

I know you probably saw this on FB already but it really does sum up my day. I am trying to be brave with my photos, my posts and my truth. If I could raise just a little awareness of the importance of heart health and that getting it monitored is no big deal so someone else does it too, it is worth it. Same with my 13 Reasons Why post. I had a friend connect with me privately about that time period and it really helped heal my spirit a little more. I am glad I put myself out there.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 15, 2017

Jamie

Because the air conditioner was broken at the regular place, we had choir at the Dance Cave last night. I haven't been there for years! It was hilarious that I got carded on the way in. We were singing How Will I Know by Whitney Houston.


Shannon

I'm at the halfway point of the readathon and I'm a little stumped. I am reading my normal amount, but can see that's not enough to finish the challenges for the readathon. I've already swapped out one book, but I can see that I will either need to dedicated many more hours to reading than I had planned, or swap out to some super short titles, or not meet the goals. I know that I want to enjoy the marathon, and part of what makes it fun *is* that it's a challenge, but .... it kind of feels hopeless. I feel like if I can't complete the challenges, I don't know if I want to do it. I'm totally aware this is one of those "the way you handle one thing, is the way you handle all things" moments. Grr.



Suzie

My crafting space is driving me crazy so during Art & Netflix I also did a little cleanup so it wouldn't keep me away from the room so much. Having such a hard time being in there and I love that space so thank you for inspiring me to watch movies with you there, I love that.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 14, 2017

Jamie

Yesterday was a very art-full day. I had my class in the morning and spent some time later int he day working on the next lesson in Making Faces. This is one of the pics from that class. I've been struggling a bit with what my big assignment is going to be for my Paper Cutting and Collage class but I finally think I have an idea and it has nothing to do with animals!


Shannon

I got caught in the rain for a little bit today - but at least I got outside!



Suzie

I had a chance to get to one of my favourite thrift stores since I got to my doctor's appointment a little early. I bought Reg something but am really trying not to spend money. There is a new Tim Horton's next door and I am proud I did not go in and get an Iced Capp. It was quite chilly here though, had it been warm that might have ended up being a different story.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017

Jamie

It didn't take long before my little helper got tired and had to have a lie-down. Still, it was lovely to have her as company at work! Monday's are very focused on clients and today I also conducted an interview for the podcast. It was a very productive day so a little helper was a treat!


Shannon

The Readorama readathon is back! I thought they weren't having another round until August but hey, that's okay with me. I was more than happy to put together a reading list of 7 books to meet their 7 challenges. One of my library holds hasn't come in yet, but I might just buy it instead. Day 1 was a little slow, but that is likely because I picked a harder text of Icelandic sagas. Heh. I hope I read more Day 2 but mostly I want to have fun. Here's hoping I do!


Suzie

Got back to art class and OMG, love gouache paint! Blew my mind away with making colours for the colour week like you can make blue?! Painting did not go as great. I am still having issues with being too literal but my head was hurting by the end of class so I will blame the headache.

Monday, June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017

Jamie

What a lovely day yesterday. It was a great balance between being productive, creating and relaxing - just the kind of day I love. I got some crappy tasks out of the way, some plants planted and some drawing done. Plus Shannon came over to watch some shows and we had a yummy dinner - jerk chicken, coleslaw and beans.

Suzie

OMG I love that photo!!! Reg and I were brave enough to go to Italian Day on the Drive which is so infamous for being one of the craziest events in Vancouver. Some years it is absolute chaos because of the THOUSANDS of people who come out to walk down Commercial and just hang out. We could not stay long so only got halfway down the street before turning back. Reg had to work so there wasn't enough time for food or treats but it was fun to see so many people but it was just a tad claustrophobic, so many people crammed onto one street. At least we got out and did something on a lovely day in Vancouver.
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

June 10, 2017


Suzie

I got out for a walk and to the studio. Even got a nap in before heading out to see the new Alien movie. I had free passes but couldn't use them for Wonder Woman and I am glad I went. Not sure if you two would like it because it reminded me a lot of Prometheus which you two didn't like but I did. I might be the only one who enjoyed it but it was important for me to go. I don't know why these movies are important to me but they are.

Friday, June 9, 2017

June 9, 2017

Jamie 

The other day I heard Cloudbusting on the radio and it got stuck in my head, especially, "I just know that something good is going to happen!" I wanted to hear it again and so took a break and played it on YouTube. Shibumi loved it. She watched the whole video. Clealry, she has good taste!

 

Suzie

Day started with getting the embroidery machine to the shop and what a lovely shop it is and the woman there remembered the error message and even my name when I came into the store! It is going to take a few weeks to fix but fingers are crossed. When I came home I pulled the Star card and am starting to feel a little more hopeful about life.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

June 8, 2017

Jamie


It was a sunny day and the cats were really loving hanging out in the studio chair. I thought it was hilarious that Scout made an appearanc ein stART too! Thank goodness that didn't contineu though, lol.


Shannon

Salad success! I am so glad I was able to stick to my cooking and meal plan and make a salad, especially after a rather full day. And it turned out to be a pretty good salad, which is a bonus because I'll be having it a few times this week!



Suzie

What a whirlwind day! Videotaping in the morning, filming stART in the early afternoon and then I walked all the way to Dollarama (not close) so I could get malt balls for my Milk Chocolate Malt Ice Cream. I was so tired I ran out of energy to make the ice cream but I am all set tomorrow and snuck a couple of them as a treat today.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June 7, 2017

Jamie

It was a full day of getting to the gym, podcast prep and working with clients. I also had some errands to run and since I was going to be downtown, I took the opportunity to spend an hour in a coffee shop journaling. What a treat!



Shannon

After getting some errands and out and abouting in, I definitely needed some rest time. And oh my, the tree outside is all green now. I'm so used to it just being branches!



Suzie

Another night without sleep so I carefully went out for a walk and tried not to do too much because I could get really hurt. I picked up some food and got to see the little pink dogwood orchard is in bloom! There are only three trees but it is so rare to see pink dogwood, normally the blooms are white. It is the tree of BC. I did have to lie down but I managed to make a custard for a Chocolate Malted Milk Ice Cream. Can't wait to churn it tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017

Jamie

This was the first normally busy day that I have had in weeks! It was such a treat to just get up, doing my writing, coach my clients and even finally get to some correspondence. I even managed to do a bit of paper cutting. What fun!


Shannon

I'm trying to get a little more intentional about food stuff, so I planned out so me meals to actually make this week. One is still assembly only, but the other is actually cooking! We'll see what ends up actually happening!



Suzie

It was a Reg day on Monday. Started with going to the dentist to fix his tooth with a temporary one and then we went out to see a trailer for the short film he is in with a bunch of short films from Capilano's Film School. I ended up missing my class which is a shame but I couldn't do that on top of everything else. He wore his tux and got lots of compliments!

Monday, June 5, 2017

June 5, 2017

Jamie

The majority of the day was rainy yesterday but there was a pocket of sunshine in the afternoon. Justin and I took the opportunity to get out back and make some headway in the garden. It's been so busy I haven't managed a moment and everything is overgrown. Though it's a bit overwhelming it also gave me this wonderful feeling of the wild sanctuary that was our backyard at home. There is something wonderful about nature doing her thing!


Shannon

I did a bit of a seasonal shift in the apartment, including shifting some of the pictures and are around, and I put up my recent Art Day art up on the wall. I love the idea of covering the entire wall in art. I wonder if that's what my place will look like at the end of the summer!




Suzie

Thanks to Shannon another endless weekend was a little less endless! That said, I had no foodie luck over the weekend but then I only spend $2.80 on this donut and lemonade so at least it wasn't also a total waste of money.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

June 4, 2017

Jamie

I had just the perfect day yesterday! Justin and I went on a lovely adventure. First we went to the Art Gallery and saw the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit. I found her fascinating! Then we walked along Queen, enjoying the beautiful weather, taking in our old 'hood and all the changes there have been. Eventually we found ourselves on a patio for lunch. I felt like  a happy tourist with the CN Tower over my shoulder. We came home and made a delicious steak dinner. The entire day was an utter delight!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June 3, 2017


Suzie

The sunny season has mostly started here (with some rainy days here and there) so I am hoping they will fix the roof soon and then repaint our kitchen ceiling because it is getting kind of depressing. Also got out for a walk and then even played D&D tonight which was fun.

Friday, June 2, 2017

June 2, 2016


Jamie

The highlight of yesterday was Justin coming home after a week in Curacao with his dad. I have been busy working but I have still missed him so very much. Luckily, I have had Scout to keep me company ;)


Shannon

Before I turned my calendar to June I had to smile at how many Gold Stars I got this month. I hope June goes just as well.



Suzie

A rare day Reg and I were both home so we went and played squash. He won the first game and believe it or not, I won the second! Best workout ever. It reminds me of how I used to hit tennis balls against the garage door all summer when I was a young girl. Something so satisfying about it, so freeing. Just hope my hands don't hurt tomorrow.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017

Jamie

What a day! The power was out as they did some hydro upgrades in our neighbourhood. Luckily I could bring my laptop to Shannon's and work, work, work. Plus, I took a little time to work on paper cutting in the morning. I think I could become obsessed.


Shannon

One of the things I've been working on recently is my "Adventure Calendar" for the summer, including a whole array of things I want to do this summer from checking out the Aquarium, doing art, and of course catching up with some film & TV stuff including a whole whack of adaptations for Shakespeare plays that I've read. Here's hoping there are some good ones out there!



Suzie

Another awful day.