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Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Wonderful Start to a Brand New Year!


Calendar Of Events 
January 12, 2015Stephanie Smith Clay Bead Workshop, Boy Scouts of America Building, 1001 Davis St., San Leandro, 9 A.M. We will be making clay beads using a cane technique. Contact Stephanie Smith for information at

January 15 (third Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Office of Education, 313 W. Winton Ave, Hayward, CA. Bring your Christmas exchange gifts you have received, and/or the ones you are yet to exchange. Also bring your dolls for the Castro Valley Library exhibit next month (see below).

February 1 through 28, Castro Valley Library Exhibit,  We will be returning, by popular demand, for a one month doll exhibit. We will be conducting a "make it and take it" event there on February 21, 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. If you are volunteering, please be there by 10:30 A.M. The theme of our exhibit will be "Black, White and Red (Read) All Over.

February 19, (third Thursday), Phoebe Meeting6:30 P.M., Alameda County Office of Education, 313 W. Winton Ave, Hayward, CA. Bring trims, faces, and glitz for the library "make it and take it" if you have them. (There will be a board meeting scheduled the same day, before the meeting. Time and place yet to be determined.)

March 19, Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Office of Education, 313 W. Winton Ave, Hayward, CA. Altoid tin challenge will be due at this meeting.

September 17, Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Office of Education, 313 W. Winton Ave, Hayward, CA. The year-long Tilda doll challenge will be due at this meeting.

November 9 and 10, Kate Church Workshop, 2-days, may schedule one more 2-day workshop if enough people are interested (class space is limited to 8 people per class). Contact Daisy at for information.

June 28, Alameda County Fair Make-It-And-Take-It Event.

Phoebe Christmas Party and Exchange
Mother Nature played a cruel trick on Phoebes by bringing a ton of much-needed rain on the date of our Christmas Party. The party was rescheduled to the following weekend and a good number of members were there. Here Geri, Tani and Mary admire the gift Tani received from Geri. Those who were unable to attend brought their exchanges to the January meeting and the exchange continued to completion.

 Harlene, Suzanne, Laurie and Sharon chat after the potluck. Thanks to everyone who brought yummy sweet and savory delights to share. It was so good to see Laurie, as her work keeps her from joining us on regular monthly meeting nights.

The plan is to have the Christmas party scheduled for a weekend day next near. Even if it rains, it will be easier to drive in daylight.

Mary was so delighted to open her gift from Anne and find the darling polymer bug with polka dots shown below. 

He is absolutely adorable!!!!! 

Harlene's gift was made by Mary. It is a beautiful blue tassel Mary made from decorator fringe trim. Very lovely!

Tani admires her exquisite gift from Geri. Geri used a disassembled Barbie torso as a mold around which to form a paper mache bodice. She added a skirt of fabric strips and suspended it from a mini clothes wire hanger.

Here is a close-up that shows the detail of all the wonderful fabric and trim bits, and embellishments Geri applied to the skirt.........
Anne is seen closely examining the detail on Marcella's figurative bead necklace.
Very cute, Marcella!


Here is a close-up of the necklace Marcella made.

Elizabeth made three of her little monster babies from polymer and gave them to Pame. We have loved her zombie babies in the past, and love these, too. Elizabeth comes up with the most wonderful original ideas, and these babies are perfect examples.

Kelly is a master at modeling faces from polymer. We have loved her little spoon elves and now she has out-done herself with this fabulous spoon lady—her gift to Sharon. Truly a work of art!

Sharon made this yoyo pin cushion, which she gave to Daisy. It sits in a gold goblet and includes a bobbin, fancy hat pins, and even a pair of scissors. Daisy was thrilled!
Daisy created this little cloth angel ornament for Kelly. Daisy is known for her faceless OOAK cloth sculptures that often win a place on the Hoffman Fabrics Tour around the nation. She added a face to this angel and surprised us all! Very cute!

Her work won a place on the current tour at the last challenge at the quilt show in Dallas last October. It is on a one-year tour.


Tani gave this adorable doll to Donna for the exchange. The body is a flat doll body made with many layers of paper and cardboard, then painted. The head is painted sculpted cloth with beautiful ringlets of yarn hair.

Christmas Window Display

Suzanne sent in these photos of the bookstore display, in case you missed it. Of course, we always have problems with light reflection in the windows, making it difficult to photograph. However, this will give you some of idea of how it looked. Thanks to all who contributed and to Sally's crew who put it up.


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