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!


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.


Madame’s Boudouir

January 15, 2009

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Here’s a peek into the private side of my dear friend Madame’s house. This is Madame’s own room. The bed is made with polymer clay over wooden skewers. Even the plants are polymer clay!

Madame’s vanity table in the corner of her room.

Madame's vanity

She’s got pics of Andy, Ava, and “Mr. K”. Ah, those were some memorable parties…..

Aunt Acid has friends in all SORTS of places, big and small! And these are small; 1/6 scale . Not including Mr. K.


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).


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.