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Monday, May 20, 2019

The May Phoebe Meeting was held at George Mark Children's House in Oakland

The May meeting took place at the George Mark Children's House in Oakland. Built in the 1960s, it was the first of it's kind—a fully licensed and accredited non-profit medical facility offering a home-like setting for children who do not need the on-going resources of a children's hospital. It offers support to care-giving families and children with illnesses modern healthcare cannot yet cure or for those with chronic medical conditions or end-of-life situations. It is a stunningly beautiful place with colorful art and individual rooms for children with themed designs, like the railroad one shown above. There is fabulous food, fun games and activities, and even suites for family visits and stays. The Phoebes were taken on an extensive tour and were extremely impressed by it all!

Calendar of Events 
June 22, (Saturday), 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Barbara Willis Mold-making Workshop at Barbara's Studio. There will not be a regular Phoebe meeting this month.

July 20, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Marcella's. Flat doll challenge will be due. Sally will offer enrichment.

August 17, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Marcella's. Mary will offer enrichment.

September 14, (Saturday), 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Marcella's. This will be an activity event with three activities to participate in: fabric origami (Harlene); how to wire tins (Anne); book binding (Jennifer). Bring a bag lunch

October 12, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda (time to be determined). This will be our annual potluck/gift exchange to celebrate the Phoebes' anniversary. Bring a sweet or savory dish to share. Watch for more upcoming details.

November (date to be determined), (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Colleen's. Harlene will offer enrichment.
Enrichment by Daisy
We all gathered in the Great Room of George Mark for our May Phoebe meeting. A special treat was Daisy's enrichment session, during which we all followed her instructions and each made an eyelash yarn "lei" by looping yarn around a large straw. A very clever idea with a quite lovely result (see photos below). Thanks, Daisy!

Rosie is proudly displaying her yarn necklace made from two differently colored strands of the yarn, while Suzanne can be seen in the back making a beautiful bright pink one. Lots of fun for all!
Show and Tell
Harlene is quickly wrapping her yarn during enrichment, but take notice of the amazing vest she is wearing. It is made with many, many tiny quilting scraps covered with net and fused together. She then quilted it with long running stitches. Don't you wish you had saved more of your scraps? I do!

Anne, working hard as ever making items to sell at upcoming shows, brought these four fabulous examples to share with us. She never fails to amaze us with her work!

This last one was made by Anne molding ceramic clay inside a small fluted jello mold and then sculpting and attaching the head, torso and arms. It is so adorable.

Bonnie took a new path from flat dolls to this very whimsical and cute "flat house" made from quilting fabric and various embellishments. 

She also brought of samples of various craft tapes (a la washi tape) she has been making using double sided tape. Some are fabric, some are paper. Don't we all have things around the house to make even more interesting tapes than the ones in the stores?

And finally, these four double-sided fabric collages are samples of Bonnie's iconic work using her home "stash" to craft unique embellishments 

Marcella has created another wonderful quilt for a George Mark child by tapping into her delightful collection of quilting scraps. It is sure to be much appreciated.

Mary is shown modeling her latest knitted work of art. As soft as a whisper, it can be worn many different ways. The lovely color combination of yarns have been knitted into an intricate pattern which is testament to her advanced knitting skills.
We all want one like it (but unfortunately most of us are not skillful enough to make one). Darn!

Above and below are cute little dolls made at Bay Quilts in Richmond. Shawn, thank you for sharing!

And last, but certainly not least, Zanaib brought examples of the project she is currently working on. Above is a "party-in-a-box" which her friend Sherrye made and sent out to create a birthday celebration for her mom recently.

Zanaib will be inviting relatives to join in the celebration, by mail, of her mother's 87th birthday on June 17. She will be sending about 30 of the boxes to some of them. Included in each will be a balloon, some tea, candy, a gift certificate, napkins and a card. Other smaller groups of relatives will be receiving the "loaded envelopes" like the ones pictured below, with similar items included. They are requested to mail back the included stamped, addressed birthday cards to Zanaib's mom, along with some recent photos.

Some more distant relatives or friends will be receiving postcards to decorate and mail back with birthday wishes. We not only send Zanaib's mom the Phoebe's early wish for a wonderful birthday, but we hope her spirits will be uplifted by the response of all these people joining together to wish her a very "Happy Birthday" in June.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

April 2019 Phoebe Meeting

Spring is here at last! So many Phoebes were able to make this Saturday meeting at Sally's. It was a beautiful day spent with friends. We enjoyed admiring Sally's wonderful paintings and art, and her lovely plantings. The highlight of the day was Linda's "make and take" where she supplied all the materials for us to make one of her adorable pins like the one above.  So much fun for all! Thank you, Linda.

Calendar of Events 
April 27, (Saturday), 1:30 to 4:30 P.M., Art and Wine Intertwined at the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore. Featuring "Wearable Art" which will be modeled on the runway beginning at 3:30 P.M. Admission and appetizers are free; wine tastings available for $2 each. Go to for more information.

May 4, (Saturday), 10 to 3 P.M., Doll and Teddy Bear Show, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. Go to for info.

May 16, (Thursday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at George Mark. Daisy will be presenting a "make and take" session.

June 22, (Saturday), 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Barbara Willis Mold-making Workshop at Barbara's Studio.

July 20, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Marcella's. Flat doll challenge will be due.

August 17, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Marcella's.

September 14, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Marcella's. This will be an activity event with three activities to participate in: fabric origami; how to wire tins; book binding. Bring a bag lunch.
Show and Tell

Three people brought their completed Frida dolls from the Leslie Keeble workshop to the meeting. Above is the second doll Daisy made (see last month's post for number one). Below is Sue's, so beautiful with her special Hawaiian touch.

Marcella's cute Frida is above. They all turned so unique!

Daisy has finished another two totems for the Girl Scouts get-together. It is totally amazing how much work she puts into this event every year! And, below are two whimsical owls she also finished just for fun.

Anne exhibited four more of her amazing tin dolls. The tins she finds for their bodies are always unusual and sometimes rare and hard to find. Each doll is one of a kind.

Marcella shared her "Raggedy Rabbit" with us. So cute!

This is just one of Sally's extraordinary mixed media collages she has been turning out. The composition, the colors, the details... so impressive and successful. 

Sharon is also working on more mixed media collage compositions. This is one in her "Happy Towns" series and is midway to completion. Can't wait to see it finished.

Above are more of the miniature mermaids in sea shells Sue learned to make in Stephanie Blythe's workshop last year. These, however, feature Sue's original sculpted mermaids, and her own designs.

Zanaib and her friend (and Phoebe member) Sherrye are continuing to feverishly exchange art and ideas back and forth the across the country. They are incorporating origami shapes, embellished borders, and various collaged materials to make cards and decorated envelopes. There are so many possibilities!

Former member Zoe dropped in for a surprise visit as a guest of Daisy's. Zoe is the "knitting queen" and brought some cute examples of dolls she has knitted. It was great to see you again, Zoe. You are looking fabulous! Hope you will join up with us again.

Suzanne's dear friend Carol made this amazing quilt, which she sent to Suzanne as a Birthday and Christmas present. In tribute to Suzanne's many, many hours served as a volunteer docent at the Oakland zoo, this gift obviously took many, many hours to complete. Lucky Suzanne to have such a marvelous friend! 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

March Phoebe Meeting at Barbara's Studio

This photo of Phoebes who attended the March meeting does not include all who attended. Everyone was so excited to visit Barbara's newly completed detached studio that members filled a double row of seats around the large work table, and were in awe of the perfectly organized storage bins and the beautifully displayed dolls Barbara has created. We were also thrilled to see Barbara's recently renovated 1920's house, completely updated with hardwood floors, granite countertops and more, and decorated beautifully with antique furniture and items she has lovingly collected on her trips to France. Truly a dollmaker's own dollhouse to live in. 

Calendar of Events 
March 14, Leslie Keeble's Workshop, at Michael's, Union Landing.

March 16, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Barbara's. Please bring a folding chair if you are attending.

March 23, (Saturday), Phoebe Make and Take at the Castro Valley Library, 10:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. To volunteer, contact Suzanne.

April 13, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Sally's.

May 16, (Thursday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at George Mark. Daisy will be presenting a "make and take" session.

June 22, (Saturday), 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Barbara Willis Mold-making Workshop at Barbara's Studio. 

July 20, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Marcella's. Flat doll challenge will be due.

Barbara's Studio
Below are a few photos showing the fabulous displays of Barbara's work inside her studio. Her dolls, both flat and sculpted, are made with combinations of clay, paper, fabric and trims (exquisite and vintage, mostly French). Her work also includes many collages using those materials, as well as vintage ephemera and embellishments. It is truly a sight to see and admire.

Show and Tell

Anne displayed her latest creations... ceramic heads expressing the range of emotions currently experienced by many as a result of the social and political events and trends of the times. I think all of us have reacted on many occasions over the past several years with these same expressions. These are sure to be snapped up at her upcoming art shows.

Anne purchased this "Carrot Mama" cone doll made by Leslie Keeble, who taught the doll workshop this month. Below is the "Day of the Dead" cone doll that Daisy completed at the workshop. 

Colleen finished two cone dolls from Leslie's class. They are stunningly fashioned with fabrics and trims in Colleen's favorite colors. 

Daisy brought two more of her completed bird totems which will be used at the Girl Scout jamboree to represent different teams of girls. She yearly devotes so very much time and energy to make sure the event is a special and memorable experience for all!

Colleen has just acquired a torch and wants to create beautiful lamp work beads, and well as her beautiful fused glass pieces. Quilting, fusing, lamp work, dolls (to name a few of her current interests)—she's an amazing lady!

 Harlene discovered a piece of floral printed fabric on the donation table at the last meeting. She took it home and carefully cut out the flowers and applicated them on a new vest. Her vests are so lovely and creative. 

Zanaib and Sherrye have been madly sending art and challenges back and forth across the country. Here are some examples of items and embellishments they have made using twigs and dried floral stems from day lilies they have gathered and painted. They are always coming up with unique ideas and materials to incorporate into their art. Very creative!