Terrific In Tie Dye

There’s something very special about a week long blast of all kinds of color! And that’s what happens at the Annual Dyeing Days. Its a lotta work, acting like an old time washerwoman hauling buckets of water and rinsing, rinsing, rinsing…..but that comes after all the tie-ing and dyeing that comes first! With over 40 bottles of colorful Procion MX series fiber reactive dyes, we go WAY past red, yellow and blue!

There are swirls, stripes, bullseyes, and lots of other ways to fold. Here’s a spiral. We just love that chartreuse green, and it goes well with the oxblood red, raspberry, golden yellow and all the other colors too, for that matter.  Take a look at all the shirts that got dyed this year and also a slide show of  dyed fabrics from previous years here.

Shirts are available for purchase from the Creative Connections shop at etsy.com

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!

Bathroom Blues

No, I don’t mean the decor. I’m talking about that feeling you can get at three AM (or anytime at all) when you are ensconced on the porcelain throne and there’s no toilet paper anywhere in sight. Its been years since I’ve had to look around for pages from the Sears catalog; I’ve gotten very [...]

Betty’s Big Top

Those rumors about yer old Aunt Acid running away to join the circus just aren’t true. Its been a while since I posted last but it is in pursuit of showbiz dreams that don’t involve near as much sawdust, though there are sequins aplenty. If I WERE going to spend a season or two, it [...]

soup can

soup can

Originally uploaded by sarajane helm

Some things simply don’t come canned and condensed, and Aunt Acid’s one of them–so’s her 3 Mother’s chicken soup, made using a blend of recipes from Chinese, Jewish and Hippy Earth Mothers. But it DOES make for a nice graphic and this one was for my [...]

How about a hand for Aunt Acid?

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 [...]

Someone’s In The Kitchen With Aunty….

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 [...]

Aunt Acid’s Baby Book

aunt acid baby book

Originally uploaded by sarajane helm

What’s “real” when it comes to art and Adobe Photoshop, or the life of a puppet? That’s not a question that comes down to black and white, or even sepia tone!

If there was a book about Aunt Acid’s turn as a child star [...]

Aunt Nouveau

Aunt March

Originally uploaded by sarajane helm

Here’s Aunt Acid in a Nouveau Arts sort of way! This was a fun assignment for part of my Adobe Illustrator class final project. It started with a photo for reference, but then I drew/created this image using the tools in Illustrator. I love doing jewelry parts [...]

Aunty Warhol

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 [...]