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Friday, May 18, 2018

May 2018 Meeting

The May meeting consisted of a Stitch'n for Kids outreach sewing workshop from 12:30 to 4:30 P.M. A large turn-out of Phoebe volunteers sewed and assembled over 50 completed tiny crinkle-paper filled flannel squares adorned with ribbon loops that babies at George Mark's hospice love to play with. Others Phoebes worked on doll quilts or brought ones they had completed at home, like the two colorful ones above sewn by Marcella. There are many more assembled crinkle kits ready to be completed. All Phoebes are invited to participate. A short meeting with show and tell followed from 4:30 to 6 P.M.

Calendar Of Events 

May 27, (Sunday), Pleasanton Antique Faire (8 A.M. to 4 P.M.), Main Street, Pleasanton.

June 21, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting (6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. The challenge object inspired from nature will be due at this meeting. Come prepared with an idea of what you would like to receive in the October gift-exchange.

July 19, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting (6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. This meeting will feature three make-it-and-take-it activities. Harlene will conduct "Paper Beads;" Bonnie will do "Paper Flowers and Embellishments;" and Sue will do "Paverpol Masks." Bring your Phoebe tool kits.

August 16, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting (6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), Alameda County Education Building, Hayward.

September 20, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting (6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. The small chair challenge will be due at this meeting.

Show and Tell

Caroline finished her shadow-box flat doll from Betts' workshop. 

As did Jennifer. Both are exquisitely beautiful. Betts' workshops are always an amazing experience. Thank you, Betts.

Bonnie had a great time making a "loaded envelope" inspired by Zanaib's recent enrichment demonstration and challenge. It's an assortment of pockets filled with fabulous embellishments and tags, all original handmade objects. 

Bonnie also made a brown paper bag booklet featuring individual pages decorated with stamping, graphics, and a wonderful assortment of notions.

Bonnie loves hearts and her newest heart-themed creation is this lovely fabric bead and button necklace, which includes two safety pins. So clever! 

Rosie and her husband recently took a vacation to Florida, where they spent some time with Judy and her husband. Rosie and Judy took a painting class, and Rosie passed along this photo of Judy's oil painting. They really enjoyed the class.

Marcella attended the recent Bear and Doll Show in Pleasanton and couldn't resist purchasing this ornament, one of many made by a Russian artist for each 2007 NIADA Conference attendee. It is truly a treasure!

Our meeting included a raffle of wonderful items, including these dolls won by Betts.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

April 2018 Phoebe Meeting and Workshop

The evening meeting was preceded by a day-long workshop given by Betts Vidal. Shown here is Betts (right) giving Sondra Von Berg some pointers on creating her shadow box doll, Charlotte Dumas. Check out the class photos under the workshop section in this post.

Calendar Of Events 

May 5, (Saturday, 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.), Doll and Teddy Bear Show, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton.   

May 17, (Thursday), Stitchin' for Kids Workshop (12:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.) and Phoebe Day Meeting (4:30 P.M. to 6 P.M.), Alameda County Education Building, Hayward.

Betts' Shadow Box Doll Workshop

Betts brought with her to the workshop several of her original pieces, including her Charlotte Dumas (center). She also brought an assortment of fabulous embellishment items she has collected from around the world. They were available for purchase to add to our collages. No one completely finished and sealed their shadow boxes during class time, but below are photos of our flat doll assemblages in various stages of completion. Hopefully the finished pieces will appear at next month's meeting.

Caroline is close to finishing hers—using beautiful silky roses, vintage buttons and bits of vintage lace and cut work.

Jennifer used fabric roses and interesting buttons, and included an exciting background print to make her doll really stand out.

Donna has a lot of embellishing to complete, which entails digging through her vintage stash at home. 

Linda incorporated tiny flowers, tiny ribbons and tiny keys to create a lovely theme in her collage. 

Harlene's (above) and Marjorie's (below) dolls look finished. We will see when they bring them back next month! Beautiful work, both of you!


A highlight of the evening meeting was Sally's washi tape enrichment session. She generously shared with us her amazing collection of washi tapes and demonstrated how to make a tiny folded-page booklet using washi tape to decorate the covers. It was really fun!

Above are some examples Sally brought to inspire us. So, pull out those tapes you bought (you couldn't resist them at the craft store), and maybe have seldom used. 

Here is a photo of a completed book! So easy, so fast, and so cute!

Show and Tell

Colleen wowed us again! This time with two completed fabric collages from Jo's recent "Nasty Women" workshop. 

They are both simply amazing!

One of Colleen's latest altered and assembled ventures centers around adding found pieces and recycled and vintage items to crutches. They are definitely conversation pieces. Totally creative!

Zanaib had challenged us to make a "loaded envelope" during her enrichment demonstration at the meeting last month. This is the one Donna completed.

Donna also loves to collage journal covers. Here's one of the latest ones.

Betts, who has inspired and taught many of us to collage over the years, recently completed another of her journal covers. Beautiful! 

Betts recently made the lovely book necklace on the right at a recent workshop she attended. She also shared an example of a collaged and decorated envelope she has saved.

Betts sells items from her vast button collection both here and abroad. She brought these button cards she has created to show how she merchandises buttons and other smalls with beautiful graphic cards. It's a wonderful way to just display and keep our own personal collections, too!

Here are more of Bett's tiny treasures. The "grunge" book on the right started as a tiny children's book she found in a Paris flea market. She has embellished it with other fascinating vintage Paris items. 

Anne will be starting her craft show season soon, with a show that will be July 14 and 15 in the Bay Area. Watch the calendar for details  as we approach that date. The above and following recent works are examples of the items she will have for sale at her shows. Her work is always so well received and her shows are sellouts! You can see why.

Monday, March 19, 2018

March Phoebe Meeting

Sue, Linda, Marjorie and Geri recently took a Mer Baby workshop from Stephanie Blythe (left rear) at Castles in the Air in Berkeley. Check out the close-ups of their fabulous creations in the show and tell section of this post.

Calendar Of Events 

April 19, (Thursday), Betts Vidal Shadow Box Workshop, 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. Remember to buy your 12"x12"x1" shadow box before class and bring $$ for class fee.

April 19, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 to 9 P.M., Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. Enrichment will be "Washi Tape" led by Sally. Also, please bring your completed "loaded envelope" from Zanaib's enrichment presentation at the March meeting.

May 17, (Thursday), Stitchin' for Kids Workshop and Phoebe Meeting, Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. We will work on sewing projects in the morning and have a day meeting at 1 P.M.


Zanaib demonstrated how to make "loaded envelopes" like these at the March meeting. Envelopes of any size and shape can be deconstructed and then all surfaces, inside and out, are decorated with glued-on colorful papers. A slit is made and rolled back for the opening. Embellishments can be added, like this 3D paper ornament. 

This is a large envelope which has been embellished with lace and a knitted doily. 

These unfinished envelopes demonstrate some of the possibilities. Envelopes were handed out at the meeting and we will be bringing our finished projects to the April meeting for show and tell.
Show and Tell

Here is a class photo of the finished Mer Babies from the Stephanie Blythe workshop.

The one above was made by Linda. Stephanie did furnish the doll heads and fish tail, plus the abalone shell. The class consisted of making a beautiful arrangement of shells and other items from the sea to showcase the doll.

Here is a close-up of Marjorie's doll.

And this is the one Sue completed. They are all so gorgeous!

Anne has been busy making more of her fabulous ceramic and polymer dolls which feature different kinds of tins for bodies. This one is constructed with a signature heart tin from Brighton. 

Anne just completed a group of Campbells soup can dolls for an Andy Warhol art museum exhibit in Palm Springs. She was lucky to find these beautiful cans on line. We hope we might be able to see some photos from the show, or some of the similar dolls she will be making using the remaining cans.

Anne found this wonderful "Silver Bullet" mint can and turned it into a vampire. Perfect!!!

Bonnie just completed this beautiful necklace, using buttons, spools and beads. It is so striking... love black and white.

Daisy is gearing up for her yearly Girl Scout jamboree and is again taking on the huge task of making figures to put on the poles which will identify the different groups. The theme this year is "California animal species" and this one representing a squirrel is made from painted sculptured cloth.

Linda completed her Phoebe challenge doll that was inspired by food. The three peas in a pod is adorable.

Mary is working to complete the beautiful socks she is knitting for her daughter. A complicated project. Give Mary some yarn and she can knit anything. 

Rosie recently joined a group of dear friends at a "Mad Hatter's Tea Party." This has become an annual event and this year she took a paper mache top hat and constructed the large flared top by adding cardboard. She covered it with some great fabric and embellished it with a card, tulle, some bright flowers, etc. Very clever!

Sally has been having so much fun painting and stamping exciting designs on fabric. She constructed these notebooks using various binding techniques and covered the covers with the fabrics. They are amazing!

Sue has been captivated by a number of free on-line crafter web sites and videos featuring various types of craft projects. One of her favorites is "Curious Mondo." Above is a lovely piece of garden art she made using "liquid painting" techniques. Various colors of paint, glue and silicon oil are mixed and stirred to form swirls, and then paper or objects are dipped into the liquids, creating amazing results. We need to Google "liquid painting!"