Book themed dressing: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney



This book is a #1 national bestseller.

I give it



A two.

honestly I knew what I was in for when the first sentence in the first paragraph was one long sentence …12 lines  long !…way too wordy! Didn’t have a nice flow and far too many characters.    I’ll voice more of my opinion when I hear what the others have to say too.


“The Nest”is actually money left to the grown children.  I couldn’t find any material that looked like money…so I went with the birds

the fabric I made the skirt with is a knit, a very stretchy knit…I forget the actual fibres, but it stretches all ways. I own a slip that has a V shape at the front so I thought I would copy that. No pattern, I just used the slip as a general outline. I like it.

When I goggled fashion and feathers I saw some feather collar necklaces. Easy enough, I used a lacelace im growing a little tired of any way and glue gunned the feathers on.

Where did I get the feathers?


From this wreath at I had a 50% off coupon! So, I made earrings too.

So there we have it….my outfit ready for tomorrow’s meeting. I’ll let you know how others felt about it in my next post.

Today im calling the sitting Rocky and the mini Rocky done.





I just have to paint them, hope to deliver in November.



Till the next time

Joyce.    All photos taken by author unless otherwise stated

Happy October,Halloween month!



When the mister and I do our walk, I’ve noticed people are getting into the spirit of Halloween, decorating their lawns.

You would think I’d be into that….but I’m not.

I do enjoy the costume fun.   Flickr flash back coming right up

But no,im not  a big Halloween fan.  When I was a kid, we didn’t have store bought costumes…we dug around in the ” mixed media” closets, and made something up.

and that’s what I loved about the Flickr group…it had to be done that day. Posted that day…a closet rumble ……but was it photography?   That was my question. I did manipulate some of these in a  software program….and it was serious fun. I loved the competion….

The most serious Halloween out fit I ever made was this, for a Halloween dance

And I only made the little roll on the back…and out some motifs on the mr.’s house coat,the rest i had on hand. No prizes won.

whatever .


I usually make candy apples….and I know that is such a no no, but I refused to ,et thebad guys win…I made them and wrote my name on the stickAnyhow….halloween  is on its  way, and today I have been working on the Adam’s family painting for Kate and Dave…hoping to finish it tonight….as I have far less time for this kind of fun…but, I just have to pace it out.

Hoping to finish the people tonight…rather …whatever….my house is a creative mess, as you can see, but that’s how I live, keeping  it real,….hope you are having a fabulous  October month. Till we chat again .

i get ahead of myself…

l will post finished painting,when it done . Wonder where they will hang it?

all photos taken by author   Unless other wise stated.


Giving thanks

img_5627Thanksgiving was fabulous…I’m so thankful!

My daughter from Toronto flew home for the weekend…(Rockies approved, with some tweaking ha ha ha! )..and today I removed some plaster .

On the knitting front…I have mostly pieces …



But two little Christmas sweaters well on their way 😆👏


Just wanted to say….thank you for following ….surely I’ll have some completed projects soon…and if not…let’s enjoy the process, and I’ll be checking in on your blogs as often as possible. ..Thank you for visiting me here….I’m very thankful for that too!

Till the next time

all photographs by author unless other wise stated.


Ladies good book club :Anthony Bourdain “Confidential Kitchen”



i thought the book was great. I gave it a 4.9 out of five. Two of the women, did not agree, they gave it a 3.5 and under that. The other two ladies really liked it with scores in the fours,  but not as high as mine.

This guy tells it like it is, is funny and a bit if a bad boy (some of us love…at least in fantasy, none of us wanted to be married to him. Ha ha! ) I would encourage someone to read it. In fact I think it should be high school English mandatory reading. ?..get an education!

I’ve worked in a kitchen , in fact, while we were on our road trip I had the opportunity to stop in…..I only wish I was fast enough to have asked the cook slumped outside on a cigarette break for a photograph….ah well, this will have to do. No longer sixteen, and no longer a dishwasher , I also worked part time in a hospital kitchen…every second was accounted for and I was scared to death of the cooks in both places.


Photo credit niece Maggie , bad lighting..she did her best , thanks Maggie!

back to the book.

Some of the ladies thought it was like a text book. Some skimmed the too detailed discriptions, but keep in mind he wrote this book for other cooks. It is a sub culture not everyone is aware of, and being a chef, running a resturant is hard work .

He says the food network  and super star chefs have changed this world, raised the bar, and it’s a good thing. I tend to agree with that.

Really…this book is a bit old now, not necessarily a must read, but definately written well, I’d like to read one of his novels and I would read anything else he puts out there if I have the time.

we ate at a nice resturant in our downtown, sorry I forgot to get a group shot! Eeek


i just couldn’t bring myself to wear the pants I had made and frankly , this is not gonna be my favorite outfit…but it was fun just the same.


I had my five star dinner at my friend Lena’s house just before we went on the road trip ….yummm, very Italian



Lena and her husband had just bought a new car….I feel like I’m Anthony Bourdan in his Italy episode, “no reservations”


Did you see that one where he is driving the fancy convertible around the hills and cliff ?   No?  Oh it’s a good one. Catch it on you tube, if you like.

thanks Lena, it was delicious!


heres a Flickr flash back when I was doing the one hundred stranger group.


Gary, Montana’s Cookhouse.


Mike B&D quality meats


Bob, hot dog stand

yeap…….. I enjoyed the book.

Our next read is called The Nest by Cynathia D’Aprip Sweeney

thanks for visiting me here.

ill get to those puppies next

Till the next time

Joyce. All photos taken by author unless otherwise stated

Sweater update


I took my one dollar a ball wool sweater on our road trip with the plan to sew on the buttons, didn’t happen. But I’m glad I had the sweater as the wind turned cold and it was perfect under my vest ( buttonless)

before we left I bought wool to make grandsonny’s sweater. The “sweet yarn” lady convinced me that the acrylic yarn was just fine for kids…my other choice was 18 dollars, treated  wool for washing. Compared to six dollars a ball, I gave in…and I’m glad I did. This yarn does feel nice. She also talked me into making a size six, rather then a size 4. I was worried about that but thought, oh well, if too big I’ll make another smaller as we are not too close to Christmas yet!


Heading to my small home town in northern Ontario the sweater grows.



You see funny signs like this in the motels


It rained the days we were in Thunder Bay Ontario.

my sister gave me some knitting patterns .


I thought kate would get a kick out of this, and I think I will email her the instructions should she want to make one too.

Hows that for cool!

And this one I remember my mother making me in a blue to go with the bell bottoms she made me


My mother knitted us sweaters, and I never had a pair of store bought jeans! …until finally I got a pair of hip hugger red jeans.


On the way home, stopped for at walk in Sault Ste. Marie. It was a good  place to model my sweater  and it was beautiful to watch this man fly fishing .

A lovely visit with family and I came home with this.


Back, one sleeve and the start of the front.

Book. Lunch meeting tomorrow…”confidential kitchen” going to add a black trim on the neck of my apron today!

till we chat again

joyce….hoping to catch up on your post soon!

Rocky sculpture update


I painted the insides of the cast with clay slip.


Tied it together and turned it upside down, supported the best I could .


( the mr. Took this photo)Filled it with runny plaster, and waited overnight.


Next day,


I broke off the cast.



Then I added the ears back on and cleaned out some of the unwanted plaster.


Lots more plaster to be removed, but I think that will be done more easy when it is dry. The second mini Rocky waits for his turn to be fine tuned too…but we are getting closer to the finished Rockies.

now….for my knitting update…..Coming right up

Joyce.   All photos taken by author unless other wise stated


Master caster? I think not,tee hee.

But, you’ve waited long enough… ta-da!


cracked this baby open……and I think….fingers crossed, any mistakes I’ve made I can over come.

Happened like this: Find the parting line… tap  a spatula just to get started, scared I was going to break the edges off… but no, looked ok…so then added some wedges to really get it parted, but gently.

then I ran a thin wire down the middle. I have never done that before, Usually you can just pull it off, but I was being overly cautious.  I don’t want to start over and it seemed like the right thing to do.  The little piece at the bottom I can replace with clay…no worries.


then I removed the clay.

Next step is to paint on the slip, put these two pieces back together again, held together with something……wire? and then pour a liquidly mixture of Plaster of Paris into the cast……..then……we wait again………..but soon…..we will crack it open again ……there will be a birth= the final sitting Rocky !  so stay tuned…and please, cross your fingers for me!

Sweater update: have to take a minute and figure out how to do a button whole again…but I’m at the finish line on that one…….and I’m anxious to get the yarn bought for Henri’s birthday sweater in time for the road trip.

Flickr Flashback: fake suede makes for a great backdrop (the Mr’s co-worker asked me to photograph her puppies before they left for their forever homes…….super cute)



till the next time.


Sitting Rocky update


Today I worked on the sitting Rocky. My fingers are crossed for a few things. It has been ages since I’ve done one of these..yikes.

anyhow…I took the ears off, and filled in some negative spaces for the making of the cast.


Then i added I added the shimmies and went outside to throw plaster at it.


throwing a light coat, then adding thicker covering.


And now, we wait.


Till the next time….

joyce.    All photos taken by author, out door shots, auto time release shutter.    Fingers crossed!