Valentines at Chez Madames

BonBon Bertie Valentine

I’ve talked before about my dear friend, known these days as Madame Bette, and her sisters (BonBon) Bertie and BonnieBelle. They run a Boarding House for Ladies, all of whom are, and have been, performers and entertainers in more than a few ways in their times. They add to their community in many ways, by fixing up the old house where they now live, and contributing to education and charitable concerns. They also hold great parties! Lots of great parties. As you might imagine, Valentine’s Day is such a hit with these softhearted, romance  minded mammas that they celebrate it all month long. They celebrate every holiday they want to without regard to whether it started out as theirs or not. Boy, do they do up the birthdays!

Shown here is a Valentine made using a photo of BonBon Bertie and other images in Adobe Photoshop, plus a lovely quote that is a favorite of ours, from a song by Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins. (listen to their CD “Rabbit Fur Coat” for a real treat!)

You can visit Chez Madame’s and read more about them and their stories, and see lots of pictures of Madame’s House and the Shady Lady  dolls. They do tend to wear lingerie, and they sometimes show a lot of cleavage and the occasional bare-bubbies, so don’t go looking if you’re going to be shocked, unless of course you want to be. Bob Grieser photographed them in 1992 and such is the beauty of plaesthetics that they don’t look any older now. And no surgery or weird pharmaceuticals required–just like yer old Aunt Acid, who will remain lovely with only good hygiene and a little paint required. Plus a great wardrobe!

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4 Responses to Valentines at Chez Madames

  1. Jackie says:

    Love this Valentine photo, Sarajane!!! You are doing good work in Photoshop, just think of all the possibilities. This is great. ~Jackie

  2. Barbara says:

    The link to Chez Madame’s doesn’t seem to be working. I get a ‘page can’t be found’ error. I know how to get to the site anyway, but just thought you’d like to know.

  3. Barbara says:

    Of course now it’s working for me suddenly, so scratch my last comment! Love Madame’s house!

  4. Janet says:

    WHOA, that is a quote I had not heard before. Wild Art – re: Aunt Acid. I will never forget the picture you posted showing Aunt Acid in the store window. You are the most amazing artist. Blessings, Janet

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