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

Friday, September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016

Jamie

What a day I had yesterday! I went for my professional photo shoot with Helen Tansey. It was truly a wonderful experience. Helen was so real and cool and made me feel totally comfortable. The time flew by and I have a lot of hope that there will be some great photos!

Shannon

Another big book tackled! I'm happily surprized at home much I enjoyed (and understood) this one. Okay, I think I've been a bit book crazy. Might be time to get outside a bit.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016

Jamie

The cats were kind of hilarious today. The trouble makers managed to figure out that if they knocked the toy box off the counter, suddenly it's Christmas! 


Shannon

Whelp, I finished it. I can officially say that I don't know what the deal is with The Sound and The Fury. It was a slog to get through, the unconventional narrative style was confusing at best, and what I could make out of what was happening (which wasn't much), it was all depressing, sad, treating people badly, hopeless and expressed with a lot of derogatory language. There were some amazing transitions from clarity to completely confusing, and one tiny thread of a story I liked but the rest of it just grated me. I need some distance for today, but I'll eventually look up why it's A Big Deal and Important.


Suzie

I'm getting a little freaked out by how busy I am and how much I have to do before I leave so I of course made time to come up with three fictional characters that reminded me of me, LOL.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September 21, 2016

Jamie

I had a very full day yesterday! I was up at 5:30 to go to the gym. Came home and then headed out for my fall photo shoot at Fresh Collective. Had a wonderful time and left with two dresses! I decided to continue the shopping trend to see if I could get something for my photoshoot Thursday. I'm getting shots for my website, etc. I ended up getting just about my entire fall wardrobe! Then a trip to the post office, dinner and continuing to clear and clean here for tomorrow's autumn solstice - and family visits! I can say that I sure slept well, LOL!

Shannon

This may not look that excited, but it gets me all super happy! Today I worked on more Summer to Fall crossover stuff, and I picked my plates, bowls and glasses for the season and put everything else up, up and away! It instantly felt better. And it didn't take that long! So glad to have worked it in.

Suzie

I had a busy day of doing errands, making appointments... but I didn't actually have an appointment or a meeting which I do all week so I was happy to get a little breathing in and saw Reg out on the deck practicing guitar. So much to do before I leave on my trip but it is good to enjoy moments like this.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016

Jamie

After work we took one more trip out to look for a sofabed and this is the one we decided on. It seemed like the right balance of comfort, size and affordability. It's being delivered on Sunday!


Shannon

Okay, I know this is almost exactly the same as yesterdays picture but I had to share it anyways! I started my epic journey of reading/watching all of A Game of Thrones today, and I continued to enjoy having a reading nook to do so. It's not 100% comfortable, but so far it's my best spot for reading and taking notes at the same time (while having a tea too!). I think I just have to be careful how much time I spend at it at a time... like everything. Man, moderation wants to be my friend SO BAD and I keep resisting. Maybe it's time to take them up on their offer to play.



Suzie

Busy day with a meeting at the studio and then Reg and I went for a walk and had a mocha at Starbucks. It apparently is pumpkin season already!

Monday, September 19, 2016

September 19, 2016

Jamie

It continues to be incredibly busy around here both at work and in getting the house back together. Yesterday it was a joy to take a break and hang out with Shannon for some "free play" art day! I'm making another magazine journal and really looking forward to creating in it but I have to finish it first!



Suzie

The weekend was spent celebrating our anniversary which included a walk in a park near our place that we have not been to since we lived here back in 2001. We saw a pileated woodpecker!

September 18, 2016

Jamie

On Saturday we had a busy day! We popped out to a garage sale, I went to the gym and then we went on a massive hunt for a pull-out bed. We started at Avenue Road and Davenport, walked all the way to Queen & Yonge then over to Queen and Bathurst then up to College to stop for dinner. It's really tough to find a good fit the range of quality and price is huge. We definitely want people to feel comfortable when they stay, we want to be able to use the room the rest of the year and we only have so much in our budget - a familiar story! So far, this one is the favourite but in a nice navy blue (since we already have a red couch). 


Shannon

I was so excited to sit down and read King Lear, and oh my goodness, it was so good! I didn't realized that I had been reading so many of the Histories from Shakespeare, and that they totally aren't by bag but guess what: Tragedies are. YES. yes YES! It was dark and crazy and firey and weather-y and planet-y and just... wow. I was so impressed. This one was such a winner. And I mostly understood it (huzzah!), that might be because I went with reading the entire things aloud (hence the lemon tea), as a way to participate in the #Slowathon which encouraged reading for enjoyment and not the numbers. Of course, now that I've read it I can't wait to watch the Stratford production that's available over at the CBC site & app.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

September 17, 2016

Jamie

It was the full moon on Friday and I could feel the overabundance of energy! I had a bit of a tough start to the day but then had an amazing time at the Studio Forum about 10 Verbs for Creative Living and then a great night out with Shannon - a trip to Value Village and to the pub - and then back to make my dreamboard, which I really, really love.


Suzie

Reg and I had a whirlwind of an anniversary but a slow pace throughout the day which was awesome. It started with us getting our hair cut at a geek hair salon. Turns out there was a pierogi place right next door which we went to for lunch. Amazing! Came back home and I took Reg's headshots. Then we went downtown for dinner at a French bistro cafe in one of my favourite areas of Vancouver. Absolutely amazing.