Someone’s In The Kitchen With Aunty….

July 2, 2009

What’s cooking with Aunt Acid!

Originally uploaded by sarajane helm

I’m serving up a look at another assignment in my Photoshop II class. This one was to design a book cover using the various masks and modes that we’ve been studying. I also used three photos (good thing I’m also taking a digital photography class) and a food image that I created in Illustrator last semester–I LOVE Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop! (and I love using my homework more than once….thats Creative Leftovers which can be lovely reheated or served cold!

So here’s a look at what’s been cooking here at my house. Someday I’ll put the insides of this book together—I’m saving up some great recipes. But only the cover was this week’s project!



Day of the Dead Festivities with Aunt Acid

October 6, 2008

Aunt Acid is now participating in Day of the Dead Festivities in the front window of Nomad Designs, a wonderful and creative spot in Boulder Colorado filled with exotic goodies (besides Auntie!!) where you can find beads and lots of other things from around the world.

Located at 1813 Pearl Street, (near the famous Pearl Street Mall) this place is worth a visit, even when Aunt Acid isnt in the building.

You can spot her there through the month of October celebrating the turn of the year, our ancestors and loved ones passed and present. 

She’s got her little dogs, too–Perky and Pesky both. 

They always prefer to be where Aunt Acid is…and maybe they’ll even find a bone or two made of sugar!

Aunt Acid is all decked out with polymer clay beads and skulls, silver milagros and “flores para muertes” circling her black lace mantilla. There’s even a Black Madonna brooch on her decolletage, which was made from polymer clay by artist Dotty McMillan.

In addition to beads, imported art and objects, jewelry, and exotic items, you can also take classes at Nomad including one on making Spirit Dolls.

The next one is coming up Sunday October 19th at noon.  We won’t be making any dolls as large as Aunt Acid though!

Check their website for more information.

The doorway itself is a work of art at Nomad, letting you know that what you’ll find inside is not the usual run of the mill room and furnishings.

I particularly like the doorknobs! 

And the tilework by the door is also lovely.

Do stop by and visit if you happen to be Out West here in Boulder Colorado! Tell ’em Aunty sent ya, and don’t be surprised if she doesnt say “hello” while performing–she’s a real pro.

Pearls Before Wine (And Not Till After Noon)

July 2, 2008

In between costume fittings, painting sets, walking the dogs, and working nights at the Blue Swirl Bar & Grill I’ve been jotting down some pearls of accumulated wisdom over at  where there’s always something beautifully beady going on. You can get the Daily Edition in your email if you go there and subscribe, or just browse around and see what you think of all the articles and projects.  If you like it, be supportive! And if you don’t, then go outside and play; find something fun to do on this lovely summer’s day!

It is of course quite natural for a beloved spokesmodel such as myself to constantly be asked questions about style, fashion, history, and personal matters—and the column “Aunt Acid’s Pearls” is a way of sharing the questions and the answers with you, my dear readers! So take a look, toots, and see if you have any questions YOU’D like answered! Here’s links to the first three, and watch out–there’s more on the way.

  • Men’s Earrings
  • Consumerism
  • Where Did All The Hippies Go?

  • Blue Swirl Bar & Grill

    May 19, 2008

    The Blue Swirl Bar & GrillAfter a long hard day of Show Business, what with the costume fittings, the production meetings, and all that painting and gluing for the sets, its good to have a local watering hole in walking distance. We like to keep the carbon imprint down, and walking is GOOD for you! Right next door to the theatre, thats where you’ll find the Blue Swirl, where the cast and  crew can be found having a little something in between shifts or shows.

    The Blue Swirl Bar & Grill, home to many denizens of the not so Deep, (and a few who are indeed out in the murky depths). Where it is always Happy Hour, but the drinks are always full price. (But they’re also full strength and that contributes to the “happy” part, up to a point, so drink responsibly! Have some food with that…) Its a place that great and the near-great go to congregate. 

    Also where of an evening once a month you can hear The Eddie Ersatz Orchestra as they broadcast the the everso popular Copyright Infringement Cabaret.  If the music sounds familiar…. maybe it is! Stop by sometime and see the show, maybe we’ll seeya there! Puppets work hard, and but they like their playtime when the day is done!

    Almost Mother’s Day

    May 8, 2008

    Aunt Acid in BlueMother’s Day is coming right up toots, and if you have one, tell her I say “hello”, will you?

    Although never blessed with offspring of my own, I have so many wonderful nieces and nephews everywhere, especially in the world of the arts. My family comes from a long line of performers; artists, musicians, even a dancer or two. And while “the show must go on” its important to remember that family goes on too…and not every family fits the cookie cutter mode because they arent all created equal. Some families owe nothing at all to bloodlines and DNA. Its about who you let in to your heart and your life, not just who shares a name or a branch on the tree.  Sometimes we have more than one “Mom” in this lifetime–if you are lucky, someone will give you the nurturing that you need to grow and shine at some early stage. If you arent so blessed, then you can still nurture yourself.  Mother Nature sometimes comes from within, kiddies, and we all come from within Mother Nature.  Mostly.


    Rants and Raves, & A Little Theme Music

    April 28, 2008

    Oh my stars... Oh my stars.

    And look…..there’s one now! Its a  tie dyed testemonial to terrific-ness, one way or another.

    We’ve been busy worker bees here at the theatre, and sets, props, costumes and more are starting to come together. Whether they stay  together depends on the glue, but we’re hoping. 

    Musical Director Eddie Ersatz is working out the theme music for our show. Appropriately titled, “Let’s Talk About Toys” is a romping little tune! You can take a listen to the Intro over at the Aunt Acid MySpace page.

    Also available now are the first of my Rants and Raves up for your viewing pleasure. Whether its politics of money and  taxes or blue glass guitars, there’s ALWAYS something to talk about here!


    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!