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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Let it snow ..Let it snow ..Let it snow......

Come and check out the window at The Bookshop on B street in Hayward. I would say that it is a snowman display but there are as many snowwomen as snowmen...They are all fabulous so come and see!!! Have a Happy Holiday season and see you in January!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fort Mason Craft Show Rocks!

The "Celebration of Craftswomen" 2-weekend show at Herbst Pavillion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, is in full swing. Ten Phoebes, Mary, Zanaib, Wanda, VonZetta, Kelly, Suzanne, Colleen, Daisy, Bonnie and Donna P, shared a booth for the opening weekend, Nov. 27 and 28. Initially intending to only have a booth one weekend, the Phoebes were given first choice at a cancellation for the second weekend, Dec. 4 and 5. The show promoters were impressed by the amount of interest and enthusiasm in our booth expressed by shoppers. If you couldn't make it to the show last weekend, you still have a chance to see the exhibits this weekend. Go to to obtain a $2 off admission coupon. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Phoebes have so far collected four pages of names of people interested in either our free beginning doll-making classes or in attending our meetings. We are so excited and looking forward to meeting these aspiring doll makers.

The next Phoebe Associate Meeting will be held January 20, 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club on Marina in San Leandro.

The January Challenge will be "The Masculine Challenge." Make a doll or piece of art that is male...any age, any size, any style.

The January Exchange will be "Hearts." Make a small item using hearts as a theme. What will it be? A pin cushion, a collection of heart charms, a necklace, a little book, a paperweight... make whatever is fun for you!

Don't forget to check out the Phoebe Snowman Window Exhibit at "The Book Shop" on B Street in Hayward. The exhibit runs the entire month of December. Let it snow!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What Are We Brewing Up Now?

Happy Halloween!

Don't miss the Associate and Member Joint Meeting on Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club on Marina Blvd., San Leandro. Our once-a-year Silent Auction will take place that night... always a fun event and great opportunity to bid on items a Phoebe would love to own! And, as always, there is sure to be exciting and inspiring "show and tell" dolls and artistic creations to rev up our passion for artistic endeavors. Oh, and don't forget that yearly dues and due and payable now.
I hope you all are participating in the October Exchange (a doll to wear) and the October Challenge (a snowman doll for the December bookstore window). Don't forget to bring those items to the meeting.
The Christine Shively 2-day cloth doll class will be starting on the 21st and finishing up on the 22nd. Hope we get to see some "dolls-in-progress" also.


4 — Barbara Willis "Ribbon Shoe Pin Cushion Class," Ribbon Retreat Workshop, Pasatiemmpo Inn, Santa Cruz:
18 — Members Only meeting, Marcella's, noon (bring a sack lunch)
27 & 28 — Women's Craft Show, Fort Mason, San Francisco

1-31 — Phoebe doll exhibit at The Book Store, "B" Street, Hayward
3-5 — Oliver Hyde Annual Holiday Show, Fremont

13-14 — Anne Klocko Clay Sculpting Class, 9:30 a.m., Boy Scouts of America, Davis St., San Leandro
21 —Associate/Member Meeting, Thursday, 7 p.m., Boys and Girls Club of San Leandro

Monday, August 9, 2010

Our Alameda County Fair Event Was A Huge Success

The Phoebes' annual make it and take it community outreach event, "Make a Doll with the Kids" at the Alameda County Fair, was once again a smashing success. The event took place on Saturday, July 10, in the Fiber and Food Building (Hall of Commerce). The Phoebes have been hosting this event since 2005. It is a free event for all ages and it continues to bring joy to all who love crafting. During the year prior to each event, the Phoebes gather to make and stuff hundreds of doll bodies and mold doll faces made of clay, then donate boxes of embellishments. Participants can choose from ribbons, trims, leather, fur, sequins, fabrics, feathers, buttons, charms, etc. to create their own one-of-a-kind doll to take home and love. Phoebes are on hand to assist and man the glue guns.

What a great day! You can tell by the happy faces that everyone was thrilled—kids, moms, dads and the people from the fair. They can't wait to have us back again next year.

Thanks to all the Phoebes who contributed their time and materials to make so many people happy.
Thank you Shiela for storing and bringing all the "treasures"—you make it so much easier for the rest of us. Thank you Beth for bring Shirley and for the great homemade cookies! Thanks VonZetta for the bright and cheerful flyers. They are great advertisement for our club. And, thanks to the patient husbands who lugged, toted and carried. We appreciate you all more than you know.

One of the many husbands, boyfriends and fathers who enjoyed making a spectacular and creative doll.

The happy faces tell the story!

Remember to check this blog for date and time of our event next year. Bring your families and have a great time!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Calendar of Phoebe Events

August 2010
*Continuing—Art of the Doll Exhibit in Petaluma, Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St., Petaluma. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-4 p.m. Special events every Saturday (see previous blog) or go to ( Phoebes have a special exhibit.
*Thursday, Aug. 19, Members Only Meeting at Wanda Fudge's, (6 p.m. dinner)
*Saturday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Doll and Teddy Bear Show, Pleasanton Fair Grounds. Phoebes will have sales tables and a special doll display.
September 2010
*Thursday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Members Only Meeting, 7 p.m., Sally Lampi's.
*Sept. 17, 18 & 19, Rusty Barn Craft Show, San Mateo Convention Center (Phoebes will have 2 booths with displays and sales, plus a "make-it-and-take-it" event)
October 2010
*Thursday, Oct. 21 & 22, 9:30 a.m., Christine Shively Doll 2-Day Class, Boy Scouts of America, San Leandro
*Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Member/Associate Meeting, Boys & Girls Club, San Leandro. Silent Auction; Exchange—a doll to wear (no rules); Challenge—Snowman doll for the next window display.
*Nov. 18, Members Meeting
*Dec. 16, Members Pot Luck Christmas Party
January 2011
*Jan. 13 & 14, 9:30 a.m., Anne Klocko Clay Sculpting Class (, Boy Scouts of America, San Leandro
*Jan. 21, 7 p.m.,Member/Associate Meeting, Boys & Girls Club, San Leandro
*Mar. 5 & 6, Manteca Quilt and Doll Show

Visit the Art of the Doll Exhibit in Petaluma

The Art of the Doll exhibit is at the Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St., Petaluma (take the Washington exit off the freeway in Petaluma and turn left onto Washington... then turn left on Lakeville and the Arts Center is in the old train station on your right). The Phoebes were invited to provide a special exhibit of our dolls. Phoebes who were at the reception on July 17 know for a fact that our wonderful table full of dolls attracted a lot of attention and got rave reviews from the other attendees. The exhibit is open from noon to 4 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays, through Sunday, Sept. 19. Each Saturday, and also one Sunday, featured doll artists will be conducting lectures and trunk shows.

Art of the Doll Event Schedule
July 31, 1 p.m., Barbara Redemer: Doll Stories & Trunk Show
Aug. 7, 1 p.m., Christy Silacci: Trunk Show & Doll-making
Aug. 14, 1 p.m., Sha Sha Higby: Trunk Show
Aug. 21, 1 p.m., Truth Marie Almond: Trunk Show
Aug. 22, 1 p.m., Barbara Willis & Betts Vidal: Trunk Show
Aug. 28, 1 p.m., Andrew Tabbat: Raggedy Ann & Friends

Sept. 9, 7 p.m., Jan Sofie & Geri Olson: Using Dolls in the Classroom
Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Nina Ayin Reimer: The Ancient Art of Doll-Making

Some Phoebes have planned to carpool to the exhibit on Aug. 7th. Let Rosie Dennis know if you want to join that group. Or, organize an excursion for the weekend of your choice and get a group of Phoebe's to join you!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Phoebe Window Display at The Book Shop

The Flying Phoebes have done it again!
Thanks to Sharon's gift for conceiving fabulous displays, Kelly's acrobatic skills in putting everything in its place, Donna and Bett's critical input, and Shirley's sign delivery, The Book Shop at 1007 B Street in Hayward has another fantastic window display to amuse and attract patrons. The display went up on July 1 and will remain for the month of July.
The photos never do the displays justice since there is no way to get around the reflection and glare on the glass. You have to drop by and see it yourself! We have outdone ourselves.

A huge thanks goes out to all of you who have contributed your wonderful dolls and items to add to the display. The Book Shop wanted us to let everyone know there is a "B Street Party" to be held on Thursday, July 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Our dolls are sure to attract a lot of attention. Unfortunately, that is the same day as our class and meeting, but try to make it over to B Street whenever you can and tell all your friends to check it out. The feedback from passers-by while we were putting up the display was so positive. Good job!

If you have dolls in the display, it will be taken down on Saturday, July 31, between 10 and 11 a.m. You can pick up your dolls during that time.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Snapshot of May's Meeting

1.Daisy's Lady Godiva
2. Zoe's Topsy Turvey Doll
3.Laurie showing us her latest creation

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Upcoming Phoebe Events

Next Associate Meeting July 15, 7 p.m.
Boys & Girls Club,
401 Marina Blvd, San Leandro
Exchange: Secret Goodie Brown Bag
(treasures from your stash that will inspire)
Challenge: Something on a Candlestick
Beverages: Von Zetta
Cheese & Crackers: Sharon
Fruit: Zoe
Vegetables: Marcella
Dessert: Daisy & Bonnie
May Members Only Meeting
Where: Rosie's
Snacks: Kelly
Enrichment: Daisy
Calendar of Events
May 8—"Rag Dolls 2 Love" workshop for dolls for children of Haiti; 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; Quilt Fans shop, 2205 Harbor Bay Parkway, Alameda
July 1-31—Phoebe doll exhibit at The Book Shop, on B Street, Hayward, CA
July 10—Phoebe Outreach Day at the Alameda County Fair, noon to 6 p.m., Alameda Co. Fairgrounds
July 15Barbara Willis Class on "Memory Box" doll; Boy Scouts of America Bldg., 1001 Davis St., San Leandro. Contact for info.
July 15—Associate Meeting, 7 p.m., Boys and Girls Club of San Leandro, 401 Marina Blvd., San Leandro
July 16-Sept. 19—Phoebe exhibit at the "Art of the Doll" show, Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St., Petaluma
Aug. 21—Pleasanton Doll and Teddy Bear Show, Alameda Co. Fairgrounds; Phoebes will have a vendor booth and a special doll exhibit
Sept. 16-18—Rusty Barn Craft Show, Man Mateo Convention Center. Phoebes to feature a "make it and take it" table and a special doll exhibit

Manteca Doll Show

If you didn't make it to the Manteca Doll Show the first weekend of March, here is a photo of the stage exhibit. More than half of the dolls in the exhibit were made by Phoebes! Way to go girls! What would they do without us?

April 15 Associate Meeting

Hello Phoebes,
If you missed the April Associate meeting held at the Boys and Girls Club in San Leandro on April 15, you missed an evening of colorful dolls and projects, information on upcoming events, and the happy faces of our Phoebe family members who attended and joined together in finishing a bunch of stump dolls for our July 10 outreach day at the Alameda County Fair. It was wonderful to have elinor peace bailey visiting from Oregon to blow us all out of the water with her parade of fabulous dolls.
The exchanges, challenges, and the "show and tell" dolls made by Phoebe members and associates were fantastic. They were proof of the great amount of imagination, craftmanship, and passion for artistic expression that resides in all of you!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

April Meeting Location

San Leandro Boys & Girls Club
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Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m.
401 Marina Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94577
Website (510) 483-5581
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This will be the location of the meeting only.
Hope to see you all there.

Roxanne's class will be held during the day at the Boy Scouts of America Building, 1001 Davis St., San Leandro, CA 94577. Please arrive between 9 and 9:30 a.m. to set up.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sew for Haiti

After any terrible disaster, surviving childern want to turn for comfort to a cuddly pal. The Flying Phoebes will be working to meet this need. NOTE: The Phoebe workday to prepare dolls for Haiti has been moved back one week!
Quilt Fans
May 8, 2010
Come and join us.

2009 Christmas Bookstore Display

Come see our next display

July 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

January Associate Meeting Location

Come Join the Fun
January 21st......
7:00 pm
Guest speaker will be
Cyndi Mahlstadt
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