Facebook Sucks Big Wang!

Need I say more? It makes people angry! It causes problems. I hate the news apps that start disagreements. I hate the way people get so freaking offended at what I say. They don’t get my point. My best bet is to stop voicing my opinion which isn’t very important. YOUR opinion isn’t important either by the way, in case you didn’t know that by now!


Library Book Sales

I went to my favorite library book sale Friday evening with my cousins. My other cousin gave us a few free tickets for the early bird sale. We usually go Saturday morning, bright and early, but we were very happy to use those $10.00 tickets! I came home with my favorite TRADE Paperbacks, 14 of them, plus a half dozen regular paperbacks all for $18.00! I already had a bag of paperbacks given to me by my sister and a dozen I bought a flea markets, so I have a nice supply of books. On top of that, if I have the $10.00 saved at the end of this week I can return for the Bag and Box sale on Saturday. I love reading used books because I usually eat all my meals and even cook while I read, with the book propped up on my trusty BOOK CHAIR and I get food stains all over them. Okay so I’m an avid reader, what can I say?

Book in Chair

THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton

THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton, (c) 2014. I love historical novels, they don’t even have to be a romance. Let me read about the way life really was with all it’s hardships and joys. A happy ending is the norm for many of the novels I read but hardly realistic. Historical novels need extreme realism in my opinion.

This  seventeenth century novel takes place in Amsterdam. It was meticulously researched and reminds me of the wonderful NORAH LOFTS books I read and reread in the past. I have many Dutch ancestors, and French ancestors who moved to Leiden, Holland, one who became a doctor.  My Great, many times over Grandfather Jean De la Mantanye moved to New Amsterdam during this time period and helped settle his family in Manhattan, NY. I have read books about living in Dutch Manhattan during the 17th century and I’m really enjoying reading about life in the real Amsterdam.

This novel is about 18 year old Petronella (Nella) Oortman who arrives in Amsterdam to begin life as the new wife of an illustrious merchant and trader Johannes Brandt. She was married a month earlier and the marriage was never consummated before her new older husband left her in her parents home and traveled for his business. Now that Nella has just arrived in Brandt’s household all alone with her pet parakeet, she gets to deal with his disapproving sister and the two servants. Even now that 39 year old Johannes Brandt has returned home he doesn’t seem in any hurry to consummate the marriage. What’s up with that? Nella tried coming on to him and they kissed and she laid a hand on his thigh and he panicked and left the house! I truly think he is gay! The funny thing is the “Miniaturist”  is a woman! Here I expected Nella to fall and love and have children by the MALE miniaturist while staying married to her gay husband! I didn’t expect that!  Maybe Nella will end up a lesbian with that miniaturist.

Nonetheless I am really enjoying Jessie Burton’s writing style and the story is very interesting! But I am only on page 135 of a 416 page novel! Who knows what will happen!

No Thank You’s…No Manners…

I’m 59 years old, and my daughter is 35, my son 25. I raised my kids to send thank you notes when they received a gift or were even handed something by someone as in a meal or opening a door for them, but other people my age and my children’s age do not do that. I just gave the mother that EMMA nameplate. True it was a month late, but does that mean they can’t say Thank You? I also gave her the baby shower gift a whole year late but that’s too unusual for a FRAKTUR birth announcement. I admit I farted around and didn’t finish it right away. I wasn’t even sure I like it with little monkey’s instead of bears in the illustrations, but it turned out nice enough. So there, I gave it 5 weeks ago and got no Thank You. Well I’ll tell you I am NOT giving that family any more gifts.

Creativity is a GRAND THING!

I’m still working on my Emma nameplate. Want to see the progress? I admit I’m having fun with it. I didn’t give the careful pencil work to all the bears I’m afraid to say. By the way I have been a FRAKTUR illustrator for 23 years now since 1995 or ’96. I gave away my first Fraktur Birth Announcement of this year on Saturday! The baby girl was born last February and I never got the piece finished and framed until the day I gave it away although I started it in Nov. of 2016! I just didn’t feel creative at the time. It has monkey characters in it. I never did a monkey one before and I didn’t like it, so I kept putting off finishing it! I was so bad.. but she got it finally and I forgot to take a photo of it before I gave it away! Oh well here’s my second piece I am making for the baby girl’s belated birthday! I gave the shower gift on the same day as the birthday party and they didn’t GUSH over it.. Perhaps they weren’t impressed with the lateness of it. Nowadays young people don’t know how to THANK people when they get gifts! I’ll be truly surprised to get a thank you card in the mail! But that’s just all ego expecting a thank you! Regardless I will give the family this nameplate! I’m feeling good about it…


EMMA Nameplate 2

Emma Kioske's BC 3


I was so very upset when the acrylic inks made the Acurit pen inks run! I tried doctoring it up… It turned the name so dark! It should be more colorful! So I added glitter ink.  I have much more painting to do and I have to be careful not to get the lettering wet so it runs even more.. ugh! I don’t approve of all my drawings. The mother bear and the reading bears could have been nicer if I had spent more time with them.

Here an earlier verson of a nameplate I did many years ago!

Emily cr re 4

I used the same basic design from a different angle..

ACURIT Technical Pens Suck!

I am a FRAKTUR folk artist and I recently opened up some new ACURIT brand technical pens made in China for my decorative folk art.  As I painted over my pen work to create a colorful border and fill in the Fraktur lettering the black ik RAN into my acrylic ink pigments! I am so damn disgusted I am throwing the new pens right in the garbage! I opened up two “new” MICRON pens made in Japan (The ones I usually use) and I painted over some ink on a test piece and it didn’t run Thank God!  I had bought the never used MICRON pens 1.5 years ago and they were fine! I painted over the yellow border 3 times to cover up the black discolored inks. I still need to work on the lettering! See how they run…?  (Lady Madonna..children at your feet…  (I just had to sing that lyric.. lol! That sentence makes me think  of the song.. lol)Emma