Valentines at Chez Madames

February 6, 2010

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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How about a hand for Aunt Acid?

July 26, 2009

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And a foot too…thats what talented polymer clay artist Chris Rutter sent as a lovely gifty to ME! She’s sent along a gorgeous set of single extremities, trimmed in gold cord and black maribou feathers, all set onto a gold and black covered 6″x6″ ceramic tile.

While the toes sport a lovely fire red nailpolish, (made using acrylic paint and varathane as people-type polish doestnt do well on polymer clay in the long run) the nails on the hand are left unpainted, the better to show of this translucent pc manicure. Now if I ever need a hand, I’ve got an extra. Thanks bunches, Chris!!


Aunty Warhol

April 18, 2009

If Aunt Acid were to write a tell-all book about her life as a modern muse and spokesmodel, this might be it. Of course, she’d NEVER do that—there are some things a body just keeps to themselves, if they are honorable.  And then there’s the stories you tell at private parties but never in print.  Although the most fascinating details might never hit print, there’s always something of interest going in THIS spokesmodel’s career, and its not just hitting the runways, or hitting the help like SOME supermodels. We pick up after ourselves around here, ladies and gents,  in the belief that no one is so special they can’t put their own undies in the hamper.

A calender of artistic spoofs is in the works for some future year, and here you see a print of Aunty in the style of Andy.


A Valentine’s Wish

February 12, 2009

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you who celebrate this lovely holiday. May you always have access to as much chocolate as you want, and never have reason to regret it! Here’s a Valentine Collage made using Adobe Photoshop with a digital camera picture of polymer clay hearts, a scan of antique laces, a digital scan of a 35mm color slide by Bob Greiser of a polymer clay Shady Lady by Sarajane Helm and the letter “V” in a dingbat font called Vintage. Photoshop fun! When she’s not acting as head plaesthetician and wardrobe mistress around here, she’s back at college, learning how to tart things up even more around here.  She seems to think this counts as homework.

(Hershey’s) Kisses to you all from Aunt Acid and all the Ladies at Madame’s House.


Happy New Year!

December 31, 2008
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Madame's House

Ring out the old, ring in the new!! Raise a toast of your favorite libation and drink it down to the dregs–Happy New Year from Madame to all!

This year we celebrate once again with a bottle of chilled Sparkling Cider and good friends at home. Madame is ready to celebrate as well! But she’s not just celebrating the birth of a new year, its Madame’s birthday too!! Born at the end of the year, she’s always ready for the next one to bring wonderful opportunities to celebrate. Her sisters are ready to assist!

Rod is popping out of the buttercream and chocolate cake…good thing Madame doesnt mind a little hair in the frosting, or a little frosting in the hair!

Madame's Birthday

Happy Birthday to Madame!

Madame is 11 inches tall, and made of polymer clay. Photos by Bobby Grieser (1992)


The Holidays at Madame’s House

December 27, 2008
Another Holiday Party at Madames House

Another Holiday Party at Madame's House

There’s always a party at Madame’s place and at this time of year the ladies all keep an eye on the mistletoe as well as on the guests. You never know who will be hanging from the chandelier….

These dolls are between 9 and 11 inches tall, and made of polymer clay. Though created in a different scale than your Dear Auld Aunt Acid, these Shady Ladies are not lesser beings, just smaller.

Older cousins and sisters, and none of them young and dewey-eyed, but still lovely in their own quirky ways, as are we all.  Let me join the Ladies one and all in wishing you happy holidays all throughout the coming year.

These are photos taken by Bobby Grieser in 1992. The princess waiting for Santa on the bearskin rug in the picture shown below is about 10 inches tall, and the setting is fashion doll scale(1×6).


Coming Right Up

April 18, 2008

Ask Questions--Aunt AcidTsk. I tell ya, toots, they’ve let the place go to hell in a handbag, and Shirley’s holding it. We all just better hope she doesn’t let it out, but then Shirley’s always been very tight about the pocketbook, if you know what I mean.

And its a darn good thing too, because somebody has to tend to the till. Thats why I’m back to business, and building up steam. (Or maybe the breakfast bean burrito wasn’t such a good idea. That could be it…)

I’ve been spending the last several months selfishly, pulling myself together (with the help of skilled professional Plaestheticians) and as you can plainly see the time, effort, and money was WORTH it. I’m rested, refreshed, my head is together and my eyes are clear. I still can’t feel my fingers or toes, but they tell me thats to be expected for a while….there’s still work to be done!

And thats the point, toots, in the world of working artists and musicians NObody is such a big a star that they don’t have to pitch in and work. And thats precisely why even Stars (thats with a big “S”, toots, you know I have one!) such as myself are out here cleaning up the theater, setting up tables and getting ready to display the cds and tshirts you can buy after the show. ( I tossed for it with Eddie and won. Guess who has to finish sweeping the lobby AND do the bathrooms?? hehehe). Merchandise sales are usually how a band eeks out a living, if there’s any eeking to be done. Bands who get picked up by Big Time Management often don’t even get that…always remember to keep the merchandising rights and the copyrights too, kiddies! “Royalties” should be something beyond the broad in the crown. Residuals! A Piece Of The Back End!!!

ooof….speaking of backends, I think I’ll just sit down. These tables are heavy.

There’s still so much to be done, kiddies, but the whole troupe is on it. Won’t be long now and we’ll be printing up the tickets and the handbills so stop in again soon and see what’s up!