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Friday, January 21, 2022

The Bright Side of a Return to Zoom


After traditionally not scheduling a club meeting during December, we were looking forward to meeting in person in January of 2022. However, due to the cold weather and a surge of the Covid virus in our communities at large, we decided to take precautions and schedule a virtual meeting instead. While Zoom is far less enjoyable than a group meeting where we can visit with and inspire each other in person, it is still possible to photograph the wonderful art we bring to share with each other. A highlight of the meeting was the show and tell of the New Year's greeting cards we had made and exchanged. On the bright side, we have managed to gather enough photos to not only show most of those cards, but also some of the items recently created by both current local Bay Area and out-of-town members, and former members we still keep in contact with. Above is a beautiful alcohol ink flower painting from our dear member, Rosie, in La Quinta. 


February 12 (Saturday) at Marcella's. Drop-in Social Get-together starts at 11:00A.M. Business Meeting at 1:30 P.M.

March 12 (Saturday) at Marcella's. Drop-in Social Get-together 11:00 to 1:30, Business Meeting at 1:30 P.M. Enrichment by Harlene.

New Year's Card Exchange

Created by Bonnie and sent to Caroline. Another lovely collage of signature buttons and shapes beautifully brought together in harmony. 

Created by member Elise (Washington State) and sent to Harlene. A very lovely and extravagantly embellished paper collage.

Created by Geri and sent to Bonnie

An inside view of Bonnie's card reveals the complexity of multiple layers, a pocket, and many beautiful die-cut embellishments.

Created by Harlene and sent to Rosie, it's much more than just a card...

Harlene actually made a multi-page calendar book with pages for each month of the coming year. It included personal messages, notations of birthdays and anniversaries, and a huge number of collaged embellishments. 

Made by Marcella and sent to Elise. A magic mixture of paper and fabric. Love that rabbit!

Made by Donna and sent to Sally. Manipulated acrylic in background with 3D paint and birds.

Made by Rosie and sent to Jennifer. Created with a combination of alcohol ink, a stamp, embossing ink and gold foil. 

Made by Sue and sent to Donna. Includes a photo (lifted from FaceBook LOL), great embellishments, and a beautiful skirt made from a vintage handkerchief. 

Made by Suzanne and sent to Sue. While Suzanne's love and preference is quilting, she always comes up with creative and beautifully crafted cards. 

Show and Tell
A recent fabric collage by Barbara, beautiful as always, and perfectly crafted from lovely French trims.

Laurie, our former Phoebe President now residing in snowy Portola, has been hunkered down and spending her time making paper houses with her new Tim Holtz die set. 
Her ingenuity led her to create these wonderful Christmas gifts.

A watercolor painted card sent from Donna to Rosie with Christmas wishes.

Donna's local watercolor group had a January challenge to study Georgia O'Keeffe's life and painting style and paint a couple of examples. 

These are the two she painted for the challenge.

Here is a second beautiful alcohol painting by Rosie. She has definitely mastered her technique of manipulating the ink with a soda straw.

Sue recently finished her amazing "Coming Home from the Craft Store" original doll. We can all relate to this!

Rosie recently heard from former Phoebe (our dear Zanaib's close friend) Sherrye (in Wisconsin), who has recently painted this lovely picture of birds and flowers on a slate roofing tile. 

 Rosie also received this photo from former member Von Zetta (Los Banos) showing some of the beautiful quilts she has made and exhibited. We miss all of the dear members who have moved away, but we hope they will continue to stay in touch and share their creations with us. A big thank you goes out to Rosie for encouraging them to do so, and for sharing the photos. 

  I don't know how any of us would have survived these past several years of Covid restrictions without each other—our arts, crafts, and our Zoom meetings. We have become a close family, with many still connected after all these 30-plus years. Thank you to one and all for your unwavering support, encouragement, and friendship. Wishing all of us a healthy, happy 2022, with the return once more of Joyful memory-making moments.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

A Wonderful Meeting at Anne's


We had a great turn-out at the November meeting. It was a wonderful social event with lots of happy chatter, as well as a very productive business meeting. Our newly-elected President, Suzanne, presented an agenda which covered many details and possibilities for planning the coming new year. It looks to be an exciting year in 2022, filled with new art adventures, on-line classes that many members are planning to take, and in-person enrichment sessions at our group meetings. We hope to see you there!


No meeting in December. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Remember to mail your New Year's exchange card on time!

January 8, 2022 (Saturday) at Marcela's. Drop-in Social Get-together 11:00 to 1:30, Business Meeting at 1:30 P.M. Enrichment by Sue.

February 12 (Saturday) at Barbara's Studio. Drop-in Social Get-together starts at Noon. Business Meeting at 1:30 P.M. Enrichment by Barbara.

March 12 (Saturday) at Marcella's. Drop-in Social Get-together 11:00 to 1:30, Business Meeting at 1:30 P.M. Enrichment by Harlene.


A highlight of the meeting was the inspirational enrichment presentation by Jennifer, who took us step by step through the process of making little zippered pouches made from plastic candy and food wrappers. The wrappers are fused to vinyl or Pellon, making the purses suitable for many purposes. We hope to see some at the next meeting.

Show and Tell

Barbara was part of a group challenge to make an item to display small treasured items. Her glass covered frame did that exquisitely.

Barbara also made this shadowbox to display one of her amazingly crafted tiny dolls. 

Sharon brought an example of her Finnabar collages on canvas. This one featured a variety of 3 dimensional items, including beautiful sea shells.

This wonderful quilted shoe was created and quilted by Bonnie in a recent "shoe" challenge.

Above and below are two recent mixed media collages by Bonnie.

Bonnie also shared her cloth sculptured tea pot doll. 

This is one of the latest lovely butterflies made by Harlene.

Marcella displayed her whimsical little Mr. Rat, sculpted with clay and fabric.

This photo is of Sally's challenge display board, similar to Barbaras, but this is a folding book.

Geri created a journal to display her lovely die cut and collaged scenes with birds and flowers, like the ones she also puts on greeting cards. Each one is unique.


Sally brought several examples of her latest journal pages.

We love her whimsical sketched faces, watercolor, and paper collage, and are looking forward to her teaching a session on watercolor painting in March.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Phoebes Celebrate 34 Years This October!

It was 34 years ago this month that a group of doll makers in Hayward gathered together primarily by Bonnie Hoover and Elinor Peace Bailey to formally became the Flying Phoebe Doll Club. We now meet in October each year to celebrate this occasion with a potluck dinner. This year we met at the Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda. While participation was not as large as usual this year due to Covid concerns, we enjoyed a lovely meal spread out on two serving tables with savory dishes at one end, and desserts at the other. We complied with church regulations and served everything in individual portions, with one person serving each food item with a single serving utensil. And, we all wore our masks indoors and had doors and windows open—it was a beautiful spring day!

November 13 (Saturday) Anne Klocko's home. Drop-in Social Get-together 11:00 to 1:30, Business Meeting at 1:30 P.M.

No meeting in December.


A highlight of the event was the Enrichment Session with Geri, our most fabulous card maker. She brought a ton of materials to the meeting, enabling us to make our own Halloween cards or tags to take home. She had two huge tables full of beautiful fabrics, trims, papers, ephemera and embellishments, stamps and tools to choose from. And, we welcomed her advice, tips and tricks for making attractive cards. Geri, we truly appreciate your generosity, your enthusiasm, your inspiration and the over-the-top effort you contribute to everything you do for the Phoebes. 

While members eagerly gathered materials to make an item at the meeting, most were enjoying their meal and opportunity to socialize too much to finish an item at the gathering. We are hoping to see photos of their creations at a later date. 
These two tags were completed by Daisy. Nice job!

 Gift Exchange

Some members participated in the gift exchange due this month and this photo reveals a mermaid made by Daisy, a doll made by Kathy, A spoon doll by Sue, lovely butterflies by Harlene, jewelry by Caroline and Jennifer, and a quilted bowl cozy and mug coaster by Suzanne. 

Show and Tell

For show and tell, Daisy displayed her wonderful fabric dragon.

Geri shared a lovely paper collage heart...

and a very cute fabric witch doll.

Caroline added fabulous wild red hair to her skeleton, plus a very dressy costume. 

Bonnie shared her witch doll sewn with great cotton Halloween prints, and carrying a quilted pumpkin purse. 
And, she also shared two more of her uniquely designed wall-hanger costume creations. 

Just had to take a photo of the butterfly necklace Harlene was wearing. Absolutely beautiful!

It was wonderful day, very much enjoyed by all!