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

Monday, August 21, 2017

August 21, 2017

Jamie

I can't believe that I didn't take a picture of the lovely dinner we had at Shannon's yesterday. What fun to eat green curry together and watch the newest Alien movie! Family dinners ftw :) In the afternoon Justin and I went to a few Open Houses in the neighbourhood and saw some very interesting properties. Including this odd little house built way back behind the others on the street. To quote Spock, "fascinating."

Mermaid Pendant

Suzie

I did have plans for the weekend but had to cancel them due to health problems on Friday night. As a result I spent most of it in bed but I did manage to do a photoshoot of my upcoming mermaid and nature jewelry launch for the fall. Only got through the pendants but that isn't bad. I thought the whole weekend was going to be a total write off!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

August 20, 2017

Jamie

Justin and I had a wonderful Saturday together. We walked 10 miles!! We just headed down to the Beaches, had coffee, walked along the boardwalk, ran some errands and then went out for dinner. All of it, awesome. It was the perfect day to be down at the beach, clear but breezy and not too hot. The water is still high so it was pretty dramatic to walk out to the end of the pier. I even put my feet in the water, which I am surprised to say that I have never done!

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017

Jamie

It's definitely hard going to the gym for 6:30. Then again, there are moments like this.

Suzie

Today I helped a friend set up her online accounts and that was pretty much all I was able to do. Missed National Thrifting Day and the VV sale but as you said Shannon, there will be other sales. This was a test photo for her instagram feed.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 17, 2017

Jamie

Shannon and I had an epic day yesterday! I worked in the morning then we met up for lunch and then headed down to the passport office. We got our forms in and then went for coffee. Then we rather spontaneously (and maybe not so wisely) decided to walk over to the art store. It was a treat! I got a new sketchbook for a journal idea I have and want to try. Then I went to choir, where I took this rather weird picture, which is the shadow of a bike. We sang Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell.


Suzie

Today was a rest day because I did not cook lunch (partook in the 67 cent hamburgers for McD's bday) and I got two naps in but I also did laundry and wrote two posts. Hmm... Not sure I am resting right but life has been busy and I needed clothes!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017

Jamie

Yesterday I was so delighted to have a lunch date with my dear friend Annabel. We haven't seen one another for quite some time so it was such a treat! We also got very lucky because the minute we sat down, it started pouring. The minute we paid our bill, it stopped. Then I was able to walk to my next appointment and as soon as I arrived there, it rained again! What luck!


Shannon

A whopping 3 new books started in one day! I am loving Art and Fear big time, I have a feeling I will be flying through that one. It will also be really cool to read through the Osho Zen Tarot book front to back, I don't know if I've ever done that with a tarot card companion book.



Suzie

An incredibly long day complete with long walk in the hood (got zero sleep the night before), out to the hospital for an ultrasound of my heart (not what I was expecting) and then off to the movies. Tomorrow will be a rest and do laundry day.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017



Shannon

I had a blast recording stART together! This was a pre-show picture I took with the stack-o-books to be picked from. Thank you Suzie for making such awesome picks and Jamie to inspiring me to open one extra one with the chef guy on it! I had a great time unwrapping the books and I am so excited to dive into the stack!



Suzie

stART was definitely the highlight of my day! Love getting together and so honoured to pick Shannon's books and then get to see the video of the reveal later on too. Awesome. And Jamie, I absolutely adore that collage, white paint and Sharpie artwork you did in particular, it is just so amazing what you both have been up to!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Aug 14, 2017

Jamie

It was so great to have another Art Day! Time just flew as we created little abstract explorations. Quite a challenge - but it was one we were up for.


Shannon

Action shot of pre-Art Day! It was so much fun to try out doing abstract studies, and quite a challenge. So much thinking about something not looking like something. Or trying not to think. I think I was better with the not thinking technique!



Suzie

Got treated like gold when I went out to brunch with my friend Pepper to Deacon's Corner and had the best time hanging out with her. Reg and I also drove up Mount Seymour now that the air has cleared and it rained a little. Oh the mountain was so joyful for the rain, it smelled so happy, fresh and clean.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 13, 2017



Shannon

A lot of the weekend I continued to enjoy participating in the Viewathon, including enjoying a Saturday Morning Cartoon Party! I chose to watch Jem and the Holograms, She-Ra and also took a crack at the animated Star Trek series. One of the great joys I've had during this was realizing I can watch an episode of something without overly planning and committing. I can just.... try stuff out! See if I like it! Enjoy it, or move on. It was really great to shake up my perspective. And of course watch a lot of awesome TV.

Friday, August 11, 2017

August 11, 2017



Shannon

I have been trying to figure out if I want to work in watercolours, and if so...which of my watercolours. As I was trying out one set I remembered I actually had tubes of paint somewhere..and even a palette! Today I put the two together to see if that is a way that will work for me. I did a test sheet and am not I'm not sure about it...I felt like the colours might not be as saturated as I'd like. I don't know if it was my technique, the paint, or maybe that they hadn't yet completely dried from the tube. I'm excited to make it work though, so I'm going to keep on working it.



Suzie

A very long and extremely hot day. Doctor's and then groceries. Oi. Too much! I think the secret syrup High Priestess agrees. That was too much Suzie. Oh and I did a photoshoot for Reg AND made dinner. Tomorrow's going to hurt.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

Jamie

I am really enjoying have some time off. My heart and soul need it. Clearly they need a lot of journal time in coffee shops too, LOL! Today I had errands to do downtown so I made sure to stop and hang out at an old favourite haunt, Futures, and do a little writing too.


Shannon

Tiring day, but once I got the dones done it was nice to kick back and re-watch a favourite film for the Viewathon. I absolutely love The Losers and I've not watched it for quite a while, so it was great to enjoy it's awesomeness.



Suzie

Bit of a weird day. Had to rush out to get food before the guy came to fix the refrigerator. Rested off and on, like I did yesterday. The heat and smoke is really bad. Was on my own for the whole day. Feeling kind of rough. Supposed to cool down and maybe even rain in a few days. Can't come soon enough. Art studio is closed too and it really impacts my emotional health to not have a place to go to connect with people.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 8, 2017



Shannon

It was so great to spend Art and Netflix time all together! I really enjoyed the movie and of course getting to hang out all together! And thank you both for helping me to do my Buddy Watching challenge for the Viewathon I'm participating in. I am SO excited to watch so much TV. Couch time for the win!


Suzie

Our long weekend was incredibly social and long, it actually started on Friday when I finally got to a diner I have been wanting to visit for forever and see some friends from Nova Scotia who where in Langley for a visit with family. Been going non-stop which is awesome but also means I had to cancel plans for tomorrow because I need a day in bed to recover. So awesome to hang out with you two on Monday as well!

Monday, August 7, 2017

August 7, 2017

Jamie

It was a very arty day yesterday! I love spending Sunday mornings reading, watching inspiring art videos and catching up on my classes. I am thoroughly enjoying Between Speech and Silence by Diane Culhane offered through Carla Sonheim. Shannon and I also got back to Art Day - yay!!! And worked on creating fun little books that will be full of animals! It was great to hang out, have fun and be inspired.


Shannon

I can't believe I didn't take any pictures of actual Art Day-ing save this image of the paint trying to become a blobimal all on it's own!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August 6, 2017

Jamie

I am so glad to have a bit of relaxed time on my schedule. I'm getting a bit of sleep and yesterday I took a bit of time to paint. This is a lesson from a class I am taking. I feel like it gave me a vehicle that works beautifully with my loves and imagination. I could make a million of these - and I just might.


Shannon

I did a spontaneous live stream of drawing out an Aesop's Fable. I still don't know how I feel about the video, or the result...but I did it!

Friday, August 4, 2017

August 4, 2017

Jamie

Well, it was Escher's turn to go to the vet and it was really challenging. He hid under the bed. He bolted under the mirror. He dashed behind the curtains. He was so scared. There was hissing. There was even growling and peeing. But nobody got hurt and we all made it to the vet. The good news is that he's doing very well in terms of his health and body condition. Yay! And when we came back we were amazed that after he ran out of the carrier and hid in the basement for about a minute, he went to the kitchen and lay down! He was totally fine the rest of the night! Thank goodness.



Shannon

Just a random what-I'm-reading pic. Not sure how Jason would feel about his company there...



Suzie

Leaving the hospital after the stress test. DONE!!! You know Mom was right, she did not want to do the stress test and it was hard, she would have suffered like the lady next to me did. It would have been too much for her. All this time I thought she should have done it but no, she was right.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August 3, 2017


Shannon

I know there isn't much to see here, but if you look at the upper left area and see the reddish blur, that's a bird. A bird that was ATTACKING a squirrel! There were actually a few birds in on it, and the squirrel was going crazy. They were all running, and flying, and leaping around... I have never seen anything like it before.


Suzie

Well after one day of rest and less stress, a very long day waiting for the fridge guy to come fix our fridge ended with no one showing up and then when I called I was told her forgot to send the guy to our place. We had zero time to get food so we rushed to little markets around here so we could get by for a few days. Unbelievable. Oh and this is Reg's corn. It is loving this hot weather!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August 2, 2017

Jamie

Yesterday was the first day I have had off since I can't remember when! I went to the gym, read, even did some art and signed up for a couple of new classes. I am excited to spend some time filling my well. Justin and I went out for a short walk and were surprised to see these cones set up for filming - in our neighbourhood! Hard to imagine. Still, pretty cool.



Shannon

This has been my view as of late. LOTS of resting going on.


Suzie

Been a weird day. Woke up and couldn't see the mountains because of all the smoke. I couldn't smell it but my eyes wouldn't stop watering when I went out to get food. I should have stayed in but I was out of everything. Now that the moving has been put on hold for a few months I gave myself a day to rest a lot. I also used the Instant Pot to help make food and keep things in the apartment cool. It was nice to have a day that wasn't in crisis mode.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 1, 2017


Suzie

After a clear dose of apartment hunting in the summer in Vancouver we have decided to stick with the new lease for six months and then move. I think this may have been one of the longest days of my life.