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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Together Again at Last!


It has been almost 15 months since the Phoebes have been able to meet in person due to pandemic restrictions. During this time we were able to get together once a month for a Zoom meeting, which was wonderful, but not the same as gathering in person. Now that we are once again able to do so, and our members have all had their two vaccinations, we joyfully gathered on Marcella's lovely patio on June 12 and resumed our monthly meetings. It was truly thrilling to to see everyone and all the lovely and artistic items they have been making, including those for this month's challenge, "Summer Garden."  Harlene shared with us a number of beautifully embellished covered envelopes and books, like the one shown above.

Calendar of Events

July 10, (Saturday), 10 A.M., Play Day and Phoebe Meeting at Marcella's. We will begin the card-making play day at 10 A.M., followed by a meeting at 2 P.M. Some of the cards will be given to Rosie for Sunshine mailings. Details will be in the July newsletter.

August 14, (Saturday), 1:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Marcella's. 

September 11, (Saturday), 1:30 to 4:30 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Marcella's. Elise's small doll challenge will be due.

October 9, (Saturday), 1:30 to 6 P.M., Anniversary Potluck Celebration and Meeting, Location is tentatively set for Daisy's Episcopal Church in Alameda. Bring a sweet or savory dish to share. 

Challenge and Exchanges

A beautiful Summer Garden collage by Harlene, and...

two more of her beautiful book covers, both above and below. 


An overflowing of Bonnie's original embellishments, including many unique yoyos.

A sweet garden lady, also by Bonnie, adorned with pretty flowers.

Four of Anne's exceptional tin and ceramic figures, including three lovely ladies in pastel colors with flowers in their hair.

Elizabeth's very original "Tentacle Garden" featuring clay tentacles and plate, and live plants.

Caroline and Jennifer had great fun making these cute little elephants with hats, and...

two pink elephants in a champagne glass, and...

this truly adorable hedgehog!

Suzanne has completed her "Nasty Lady" self-portrait pillow in a colorful array of hues, appliques and bindings.

Donna used a photo of her backyard as a reference for this watercolor painting.

Colleen's mastery produced this beautiful wave made of fused glass.

Following the garden theme, Marcella presented her garden fairy, and...

 a very lovely quilted fabric postcard with floral applique for all to admire.

This is Daisy's farm girl doll tending to her garden, and...

this is her girl on a bike with "swimming fish," inspired by the saying "Women need men like fish need a bicycle."

Geri, the master card maker, shared three of her very beautiful cards. 

Kathy displayed some of the many fairy dolls she has been making with her granddaughters.

Sally sent some of her wonderful abstract art to a web site that printed it on several yards of cotton fabric. She is contemplating making tote bags with some of it.

Barbara has been busy making more exquisite Parisian inspired art using tiny antique dolls and amazing ephemera treasures she purchased in France. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Stump Dolls and Lace in February

The February meeting at Marcella's was well attended. With the Castro Valley Library  "make and take" event  approaching in April, Phoebe hands were busy. Caroline, Suzanne and Daisy worked hard at stuffing and sewing up stump dolls to contribute while the business meeting was underway.

Calendar of Events 

March 21, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Phoebe Meeting at Sally's. All remaining stump dolls for the Library will be collected at this time.

April 18, (Saturday), 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M., Make and Take at the Castro Valley Library. Our exhibit of flat and stump dolls will be on display there for the entire month of April. 

April 25, (Saturday), 1 to 4 P.M., Collage Workshop with Sharon at the San Leandro Senior Center.

May 16, (Saturday), Field Trip and Phoebe Meeting, The field trip will be to the Santa Clara University Museum exhibit featuring fiber artist Stephany Metz. We will have lunch at a local restaurant, followed by the meeting at Anne's home.

Sue wowed us with her Mokuba Freelace enrichment presentation. It is a water soluble product that enables the stabilizing of fibers and bits of fabric into assemblages that can be randomly stitched together to create light and airy "lace."  Once top-stitched, it is submerged in water where it dissolves, leaving wonderfully light and airy "fabrics" and embellishments. Thank you, Sue, for introducing us to new possibilities using this product. It is available at


The challenge this month was to make an original stump doll. From left to right are Marcella's mermaid, Bonnie's pink pastel lady with buttons, and Sue's sculpted face doll with a pocket.
Also, Marcella's classy black and white lady, Daisy's girl with dancing legs, and a sweet little green lady.

And, the flower garden trio of cuties made by Harlene!
Show and Tell
Jo is a master quilter and very involved with the East Bay Heritage Quilters, who will be exhibiting at the Craneway Pavilion on March 21 and 22. She brought two samples of the beautiful needle painted work she has stitched using beautiful thread colors to "paint" her designs.
Donna recently answered the Pleasanton Senior Center watercolor group's challenge to all to paint 3"x3" squares—to be collaged on a Valentines Day poster and displayed in the lobby. Above and below are the 6 she contributed.

Rosie recently finished two more potholders using her favorite chicken themed printed fabric. She has used the last of it, but if anyone has this print and would like to share, or sees it in a fabric store, please let her know,

The print certainly makes striking quilted potholders!

Sue created this beautiful one-of-kind doll with a fabulous costume and wig. Amazing!

Thanks to all for your participation!