Update: My stolen handbag, and the lovely people who found it and gave it back to me

Two kind people contacted me today to return my purse to me. The woman I met today, her father, and her sister were out for a walk late yesterday and saw my bag tossed aside. They gathered my things and used the information they found to contact me. Thank you, Elyse and Frank, and the other lady I didn’t get to meet! You are what’s right with the world!

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Original post: Lost & Found post on Craigslist: My handmade bag was stolen early yesterday evening on Redwood Road 

Early yesterday evening, someone stole my purse out of my car while I was hiking, between 4:30 and 6 pm. My car was parked at the Big Bear Staging Area on Redwood Road in the Oakland hills, where Chabot and Redwood regional parks meet. I think I mistakenly left the car unlocked, and someone reached under the seat, under some clothes, and grabbed it

I’m hoping that whoever stole it may have discarded it soon after, when they find that there was no cash, ID, credit or bank cards, or anything else of particular value in it. The only things in it are of personal value: I hand made my bag, and the wallet/pouches inside it, from favorite vintage fabrics, and there are receipts and other things that I would like to have back too if possible

If you find it, I would be so deeply appreciative if you’d contact me! Here’s my Craigslist lost & found posting:
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/laf/4293754167.html

Jan 10th, 2014: Reception for Amber Avalos & Amy Cools Textile Works show

Amy explains the story behind
‘My Grandma and Her Pictures’

Last night’s ‘Amber Avalos and Amy Cools: Textile Works’ gallery show reception, January 10th, 7 – 10pm, was a memorable evening! The enthusiasm and the outpouring of love and support from friends, family, and textile arts enthusiasts made our hearts overflow.

My thanks to all of you who came out, and I hope you all had as wonderful a time as Amber and I had!

There are other great pictures of the guests, the many kids in attendance frolicking in the large space, and the art taken by friends and visitors. I’ll post more as they become available.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, the show is still up through January 25th, 2014. SoleSpace is open Tuesdays from 12-5:30pm, and Wednesdays – Saturdays 12pm – 7pm.

For more information, please visit
http://www.yelp.com/biz/solespace-oakland and http://solespace.com/

 

Amy with ‘Sunset Over Death Valley’ at the Jan 10th opening, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Amy & Amber strike a pose at the First Friday reception, Jan 3rd, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Cools & Amber Avalos, Jan 3rd 2014

 

Vincent Avalos and Amber hang her embroideries

Amy Cools & Amber Avalos, Jan 2nd 2014

Amy Cools, Amber Avalos, & Vincent Avalos just finished hanging the show Jan 2, 2014

Textile Works by Amber Avalos and Amy Cools: Gallery Show Up!

Amber and I hung the show today! And we’re so excited!

Well, mostly Amber and the incomparable Vincent Avalos did: how lucky are we to have the head guy of installations at the Asian Art Museum volunteer his time to help us display everything just so?!?

I can’t thank Vincent enough.

So we’ll be there for First Friday from about 5 – 9, in addition to our own dedicated reception on Jan 10th, next Friday. That night, from 7pm onward
we’ll have snacky-foods, wine, and
artist’s talks, as well as more time to
spend with you all.

But if you can’t
make next Friday, come see us tomorrow night!

I’ll have oodles of new bags for you too, if you’re needing one.