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Sunday, January 22, 2017

New Beginnings in 2017

On Thursday, January 19, preceding the evening meeting, Emily Devoran conducted her workshop, Wacky Baskets. The participants had great fun assembling mixed media items onto the plastic mesh supplied by Emily. Above are a few examples of the original creations.

Calendar Of Events 

February 13, 2017 (Monday), Sally Lampi "Imaginary Characters" Collage Workshop. 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the Education Building, Hayward. Free to members; contact Colleen or Sally for materials list.

February 16, (Thursday), "Phoebe Meeting," 6:30 P.M. at the Alameda Education Building, Hayward. Notion dolls for the March library display will be due. Zanaib will be presenting an enrichment segment at this meeting.

February 19 (Sunday), "Antique Faire" at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. Vendors from Alameda Point and others will be participating. Free admission; fairground parking $10.

March 4, "Phoebe Make It and Take It" at the Castro Valley Library. We will also be displaying our notion dolls in the display case during the entire month. Make sure you have at least one completed for collection at the February meeting.

March 16, (Thursday), "Phoebe Meeting and Noodle Night," 6:30 P.M. at the Alameda Education Building, Hayward. Bring creations made with the fabric noodles you picked up at the January meeting. Also, bring some of your favorite pasta sauce. Noodles will be supplied and we will enjoy a dinner together.

April 20, Melissa Tereck" Tiny Houses" Paper Clay Workshop. Contact Colleen for more information.

January Workshop

This is a close-up of the basket Colleen is working on. We are looking forward to seeing the completed basket at a future meeting.

Above Shawn models a pink cat hat she made for the Women's March on Saturday. She is wearing a clever no-sew sleeveless wrap she made from a 2-yard piece of fabric. 

Above is another wonderful basket from the workshop. Marcella's, I think?

Christmas Gift Exchange

Our planned Christmas Party Potluck and Gift Exchange was rained out in December, so we celebrated Christmas at the January meeting. Thank you to Marjorie and Linda for decorating the food table, bring all the needed hospitality items, and arranging the food to be served. And, thanks to everyone for bringing such wonderfully delicious food!

Above is the beautiful metal sculpture that Zanaib especially made for Harlene, who we all know loves butterflies.

Daisy made this glamorous little lady in purple with a boa for Marcella.

Jennifer's gift for Marcella was an ingenious, tiny "Tina Turner" doll that dangles and spins.

Above is Anne's gift to Jennifer... one of her adorable polymer clay birds.

Show and Tell

For show and tell Anne brought a number of her latest ceramic assemblages. This absolutely amazing one is made from an old deconstructed bicycle seat. Brilliant!!!

And, below are photos of two of Anne's vintage tin dolls with ceramic heads. They are soooooo adorable!

Harlene finished her little witch made from her "Frowning Francis" pattern. She is adorable... just look at the cute face!

Colleen has completed a masterful quilt inspired by her trip to Ireland. A true work of art! And below is a sample from her latest artistic passion... fused glass. She is making a huge installation of these wisteria blossoms to hang on her backyard fence.

Daisy shared the three dolls she submitted to the Hoffman doll challenge in Houston. That particular show was the last one to include dolls in the Hoffman challenge. From now forward the challenge will only include quilts and clothing.

Above are some of the beautiful altered mixed media canvases Sharon has been working one. Each one demands a great deal of work...embossing designs with modeling paste and stencils, gluing on various objects, covering with gesso, repainting with various paints and patinas, and then adding even more embellishments. They are exquisite.

Zoe, the "needle lady," has been busy crocheting tiny Star Wars figures, knitting a whimsical frog hat, and making a notions doll using buttons.

And, Rosie has been madly continuing her current passion... making fabulous necklaces incorporating her seed bead edge stitching and dangles of beads and charms. They are all so wonderful!

Rosie brought some items that Judy Fleck had made, including a decorated Altoid tin and a collection of decorated tags.

Rosie also shared a delightful purse made from a cigar box and painted with a beautiful peacock that a friend gave her.