Be forewarned, there is cleavage–sometimes more–shown here!
Madame Bette and her sisters, Miss Bertie and Miss BonnieBelle, host a Boarding House for Ladies. After her late husband died, she was rattling around all by herself in a run down old house in a run down old neighborhood, and lonely for a little more excitement.
Plus, she was wondering how to afford property taxes, a new roof, plumbing repairs (hers and the house’s) and what to do about all the debts her husband hadn’t seen fit to take with him.
First thing she did was to get her sisters Bertie and BonnieBelle to join her here, and create a partnership. This place was huge and in need of a lot of tarting up as well as structural repairs, so after much talk and planning on their part, the Busy B’s went to work.
They pooled their resources, and their talents and labor and with several months of spackling, painting, wall papering, and even getting down on their own knees to lay the black and white marble tile floor in the parlor, things were looking very different.
They expanded their venues as well as the house’s square footage, started some Cottage Industries and Small Businesses and began to let out some of the rooms there in the House to Ladies of their acquaintance.
Sometimes known fondly as Madame Bette’s” Shady Ladies”, each one celebrates her own unique beauty and talents.
Though only French by inclination and a great love of champagne, the three sisters together run the House of Madames, or “Chez Madames”. Miss Bertie says, “That’s madames, plural” and her sisters do not correct her!
These ladies in the pictures shown here range from 10 inches to 12 inches tall and are made of polymer clay. The miniature scale is that of “Fashion Dolls” or 1 inch equals 2 feet.
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The scale model sets are made using polymer clay, paper and fabric with other items like Christmas ornaments (the cherubs) and small mirrors. photos from magazines, and beads.
Photos were taken by Bob Grieser in 1992. While better known for his photos of golfers, boats, presidents, popes and world events for newspapers, Bob also enjoys these little ladies. His lovely wife doesn’t mind at all, being the good sport and broadminded sort that she is!
Here’s the parlor at Madame’s House, seen in an uncharacteristic empty moment. Celebrations and parties for all kinds of occasions keep things busy and festive; everybody has fun at the Gala Events and Soirees here!
New Year’s Eve leads into the locally famous Another Good Year Week, and Madame Bette wishes everyone a Happy New Year any day she pleases. Like now! A perfect time to say “Have A Good Year!”
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