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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 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 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?