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Monday, September 25, 2017

Happy 30th Birthday Flying Phoebes!

September 2017 marked the 30th Anniversary of the Flying Phoebe Doll Club! We celebrated at our September meeting with a gala lasagna pot luck dinner, including birthday cake and even more yummy desserts. Thank you to everyone who contributed food to our wonderful feast! 
Calendar Of Events 

October 7, (Saturday from 10 to 4), Tinsel and Treasures Folk Art Show, Veterans Memorial Hall, Hartz @ Prospect, Danville. Holiday arts and crafts galore. Sharon will be participating.

October 12-15, (Thursday through Sunday), Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara Convention Center, www.quiltfest.com

October 14, (Saturday from 9:30 to 3:30), Northern California Doll and Teddy Bear Show, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. Go to www.crossroadsshows.com  for details.

October 16, (Monday), Elinor Wiley's Meditation Bead Workshop, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Alameda County Education Building. Free. More participants are needed! Please contact Daisy for information and to sign up.

October 19, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Education Building. Pick up doll parts at meeting to construct exchange due in January.

November 4 and 5, (Saturday and Sunday), BABE (Bay Area Bead Extravaganza), Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel, 10th and Broadway. www.beadextravaganza.com

November 16, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Education Building. The exchange for this month will be ornaments.

December 14, (Thursday), Crinkle Workday and Phoebe Day Meeting, Alameda County Education Building. Bring your machine and help make more crinkle items for Stitchin' for Kids outreach. Also bring something made using a buckle for the exchange this month.

January 18, 2018, (Thursday), Jo Magaraci "Nasty Women" 12'x12' Quilting Square Workshop, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Education Building. Free admission with a small kit fee. See July blog post for photos. Please contact Daisy for information and to sign up. The Phoebe meeting will take place later from 6:30 P.M. to 9 P.M.

Challenge and Show and Tell

The challenge for this month was to make a small doll, 6 inches or less, in preparation for the March exhibit at the Castro Valley Library. As a part of show and tell, members were encouraged to bring examples of small dolls they have collected over the years. The photos below are mostly a combination of the small dolls, either new or vintage, and other items members have completed recently.
Also, we are starting a new tradition of having a yearly September Phoebe birthday celebration, complete with a gift exchange. This party and gift exchange will replace the Christmas Party and exchange traditionally held in December. Some of the items shown below are also gifts received.


This is Betts' recently completed shadow box flat doll, beautifully displaying the luscious fabrics, laces and vintage buttons she has collected in her world travels. Basically, it is a display of a "few of her favorite things." We are hoping she will agree to do a workshop on this during the next year.



Above and below are examples of some of the tiny dolls Betts has collected over the years.





Above are some of Caroline's small dolls.


Above, small dolls Colleen has created using a variety of techniques and materials.

Daisy has just completed a trio of "Gatherers" displayed in what was formerly a candle holder. Two of her small dolls are also shown.


 Donna got a little carried away making flower fairies from pipe cleaners and floral wire. The smaller ones are just the right size to fit in the fairy house she made at Melissa Tereck's workshop.


Above is the completed 3D shadowbox from Linda's enrichment session in Alameda.


Donna just completed one more flower doll—this one made from Barbara's pattern but with a head, hands and feet made using Christine Shively's techniques.


Jennifer brought her father's collection of tiny Steiff bears for show and tell.


Jo recently made this adorable batik dragon. Just love him!


Kathy shared a few of her tiny dolls, some from around the world.


Linda, who's specialty is small items, is working on several small dolls, and displayed her new nametag. Really cute!


Marcella, a master collector, brought a few of her tiny dolls. Several she bought years ago in Venice, and one looks to be manufactured from a Kate Church design.


Marjorie displayed a cute little nametag figure and a Frieda doll.


Mary made this wonderful Japanese figure using Washi paper.


And, Mary shared her latest beautiful, lacy knitted shawl.


Pat displayed these amazingly tiny, antique dolls. The smallest is actually jointed. 


Sharon is once again busily creating a world of beautiful things for her upcoming Tinsel and Treasures show in Danville. Above is one of her newly designed ornaments and below are some of the cones she has made to fill and further decorate. She made all of the molded embellishments from paper clay.





Shawn brought a great assortment of small dolls. Don't you just love the expression on the little Asian one?


Sue is a master of modeling tiny, adorable fairies from polymer clay.


This tiny pink fairy is precious!


Tani is working on completing several new dolls. Love the faces.


Zanaib received this doll made by Colleen in the gift exchange.


This is Zanaib's completed Alice in Wonderland 3D rabbit from Linda's shadowbox project. Wonderful!





Thursday, August 17, 2017

August, End of Summer and the Start of a New Season of Crafting

Sunday, August 13, was Phoebe day in Alameda. First, a board meeting took place over lunch at Wan's Restaurant on Lincoln Street, attended by 13 members, who then joined three more members at Recrafters at 1:30 P.M. for the August day meeting. The owner of Recrafters graciously opened her shop just for us and gave us ample opportunity to shop and purchase wonderful consignment craft supplies at fantastic prices. We all had such a fun experience, we asked if we could do it again sometime. She said "Yes" and we said "Yippee."


Calendar Of Events 

September 21, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. September will be the Phoebe's 30th Anniversary, which will be celebrated with a lasagna dinner. The club will supply the lasagnas (meat, vegan and gluten free), but please bring one of the following (garlic bread, beverage, salad or dessert) to share. We will be having a gift exchange (the Christmas exchange will no longer take place). So please make and bring a very special, but small gift in a brown paper bag to exchange (put your name inside). Bring your tiny dolls or figures to this meeting...they will be used later for the Castro Valley Library exhibit in March 2018. We will be voting in a new slate of officers at this meeting. Also, $40 dues will be collected.

September 21, 22 and 23, (Thursday through Saturday), Pleasanton Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival, Alameda County Fairgrounds. Go to quiltcraftsew.com for details.

September 22 and 23, (Friday 6 PM to 8 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM), Bewitching Fete, Veterans Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton. The Bay Area's newest Halloween Art Show, organized by some of the previous partners of Halloween and Vine.

September 23 (10 to 4), Artistry in Fashion, Canada College. Fashion show; shop 60 designers for clothing, jewelry and accessories. Fashion Design and Merchandising department open house. Special guest, Sandra Betzina, noon to 3) Go to www.artistryinfashion.com for directions and details. 

October 7, (Saturday from 10 to 4), Tinsel and Treasures Folk Art Show, Veterans Memorial Hall, Hartz @ Prospect, Danville. Holiday arts and crafts galore. Sharon will be participating.

October 16, (Monday), Elinor Wiley's Meditation Bead Workshop, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Education Building. Free. More participants are needed! Please contact Daisy for information and to sign up.

January 18, 2018, (Thursday), Jo Magaraci "Nasty Women" 12'x12' Quilting Square Workshop, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Education Building. Free admission with a small kit fee. See last month's blog post for photos. Please contact Daisy for information and to sign up. The Phoebe meeting will take place later from 6:30 P.M. to 9 P.M.

Meeting and Enrichment


Another highlight of the meeting was the enrichment segment put on by Linda. She showed how to assemble a shadow box and attach a 3D graphic inside. Hopefully, everyone will bring the finished boxes to the September meeting so photos can be posted on the blog next month. Thank you, Linda, for a great time!

Show and Tell


Sharon is busy making wonderful things for the Tinsel and Treasures show in Danville (see calendar above for date.) These cones will be completed with even more beautiful embellishments in time for the show. Don't miss it!

Tani took a recent trip to New York to visit her sister, who has a pottery studio. While there, she created the above sculpted clay work of art. Very impressive!



And, Tani is now working on the small cloth sculptured doll above. Hope we see it again when it is finished.


Zanaib brought this amazing "welcome home" fabric heart her friend Sherrye in Georgia made and sent to Zanaib's mother, using regular USPS letter delivery. Sherrye made the custom shaped plastic cover and tucked the hanger and letter banners safely inside. All arrived in perfect condition!

Daisy just completed her two darling French mimes, posed on an Eiffel Tower. So cute!


Daisy also brought her fabulous bike-riding figures to share. Amazing and so original.




Jennifer and her mother, Caroline, have been using cute fabric prints to make little bags to hold pencils, etc. Caroline made the adorable little doll. 



Rosie has been on a roll creating whimsical flat paper dolls and attaching them to greeting cards. What a great idea!


Inspired by Rosie's creative influence, Donna made some flat dolls also, and coincidently put them on cards. This was before she even saw Rosie's! ESP? 



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July Calendar and Meeting Update


The happy Phoebes shown above have just received their new name tags in the exchange at this month's meeting. So many cute and original ideas made from a variety of materials.


Calendar Of Events 

July 28 and 29, (Friday 10 to 6, Saturday 9 to 5), Scrapbook Expo, Santa Clara Convention Center. 

August 4, 5, 6, (Friday 12 to 6, Saturday 10 to 6, Sunday 9 to 5), Gem Faire, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton.

August 5, 6 and 7, American Craft Council Annual Show, Ft. Mason, S.F. Anne Klocko will be participating. 

August 13, (Sunday at noon), Phoebe Luncheon and Board Meeting At Wans Kitchen, 1707 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda, followed by daytime meeting at Recrafters (see information below). All members are invited to attend this meeting.

August 13 (Sunday, 1:30), Daytime Phoebe Meeting at Recrafters in Alameda, 2449 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda.  Bring any craft materials, including fabric and yarn, that you would like to put on consignment. We will also be free to shop the store. There will be no evening meeting this month! No challenge or exchange this month.

August 26 and 27 (Saturday and Sunday), Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, University Avenue, Palo Alto. Anne Klocko will be participating.

September 21, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. September will be the Phoebe's 30th Anniversary Celebration.  We will be making tiny dolls and fairies to bring to this meeting and later use them for the Castro Valley Library exhibit in March 2018. A gala celebration party is being planned, date TBD.

September 22 and 23, (Friday 6 PM to 8 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM), Bewitching Fete, Veterans Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton. The Bay Area's newest Halloween Art Show, organized by some of the previous partners of Halloween and Vine.



October 16, (Monday), Elinor Wiley's Meditation Bead Workshop, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Education Building. Free. More participants are needed! Please contact Daisy for information and to sign up.

Daisy's Workshop


On Monday, July 17, Daisy conducted a workshop on her fantastic figures at the Education Building. Participants could choose from her bird, mouse, or other original patterns. Above are examples of the "Leggy Bird" pattern Daisy displayed for inspiration. 


This is a close-up of one of the above.




Harlene chose a colorful batik fabric for her bright and whimsical bird.


Suzanne displayed her bright turquoise and purple bird from the class, as well as three lovely ceramic hearts she recently purchased from Anne at a recent art show in Palo Alto.



Another wonderfully hued bird, shown alongside a workshop mouse (see close-up below).






Above, front left, is Mary's cute workshop bird. Also shown is her newest and amazing tiny doll, complete with hand knitted hat and vest. What size could those knitting needles have been? Also note the large ceramic doll and heart Mary bought from Anne at the Palo Alto Show.

Show and Tell


 
So happy Jo could make the meeting. She showed us one of her "Damn It" dolls and 12x12 inch fabric quilting squares of "Nasty Women." 



Kathy made this cute button doll... perfect for the small doll exhibit coming next year.


 


Geri shared with us some of the fabric postcards she purchased.


Zoe knitted this great turquoise bag and has been into creating collages like the ones seen here, that have timely and meaningful messages.



Another great example of a tiny doll. The dolls will be due at the September meeting and will be on display at the Castro Valley Library at the beginning of 2018.



Elizabeth has completed her fairy treehouse from the Melissa Tereck workshop. It turned out wonderful! Great job on the shingles and love the addition of the tree from dried eucalyptus.




Colleen never ceases to amaze us! Now that she has a new kiln, she is unstoppable. She unpacked several boxes of assembled figures she has just made. Inspired by Anne's work, and using sheep shears, vintage tins, loom shuttles and other items, each figure became a work of art.


Here's more...



and more...


and more! How does she find the time to do all of this in a month. Plus, she brought more of the race track quilts she made for "stitchin' for kids." Maybe she does not eat or sleep? But then we all do know she can work really fast on her projects.



Marcella brought some of the tiny dolls she has collected. These have such amazing minute details.



Rosie brought her neighbor Shirley to the meeting. We were so happy to meet her and see one of her exquisite water color paintings. We hope she will continue to attend our meetings and inspire us with her artistic talents.


Donna just completed another of her stuffed yoyo necklaces.



She was also inspired by Rosie's wonderful tin creations and made these flat hanging dolls from candy and cookie tins. More things to start collecting for art supplies.



And, she just finished another cloth bird inspired by the Frowning Francis patterns.