Marnie Delaney, Owner
Marnie is the enthusiastic owner and motivator behind doodlebug.
Marnie spent over 20 years working in advertising and brand communications, beginning in New York and working her way to San Francisco via Los Angeles.
Marnie worked for many leading Advertising Agencies including Foote, Cone & Belding, McCann-Erickson, BBD&O, Dailey & Associates and Grey.
With occasional time off to work in the political and entertainment spheres, Marnie eventually became a Senior Vice President at Bank of America, where she was tasked with consolidating all the bank's retail and brand communications efforts under one umbrella. Having met this objective, she subsequently left the bank following its merger with NationsBank, and conceived the idea for doodlebug - dedicating herself to providing a stimulating, creative environment, an affordable array of resources and an impetus for building creative inspiration and confidence for children and adults in Marin, especially those who consider themselves "not creative".
A native of Farmington, Connecticut and graduate of the Loomis-Chaffee School and an Arts degree from Union College, Marnie is a member of the Marin Needle Arts Guild, the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce, the Contemporary Ceramics Studio Association, the Craft & Hobby Association, and many more. She previously served on the Board of Trustees at the Marin Art & Garden Center.
Marnie and doodlebug proudly provide partnership and ongoing, generous support for school and arts fundraisers throughout Marin County.
Barsha Elzey, Sewing Teacher
We think of Barsha Elzey as, if not the last, certainly the greatest of the great Home Economics teachers in America. Having chaired the Home Economics Department in Terra Linda, she taught many of Marin’s (now) moms (and some dads, too) how to run their households – from nutrition and cooking to knitting, sewing and fashion design, Barsha inspired countless students to learn new skills and to have fun while they did so.
With a B.S. in Home Economics and Art from Central Michigan University and teaching credentials both in Michigan and California, Barsha took Marin by storm and has never been known to sit still for longer than it takes to thread a needle. A Marin Teacher of the Year and winner of awards for curriculum development as part of her professional life, Barsha is also a former President of the Marin Needle Arts Guild and never seems to escape service on the board, a member of the Marin Arts Council, the Marin Art & Garden Center, and a frequent judge at quilt shows and other textile or wearable art events. Barsha has taught Fashion Design at College of Marin and now teaches in various programs, including, most happily for us, at doodlebug.
Barsha is a terrific "Art to Wear" designer in her own right, recently winning many awards including "Best in Show" for Textile Arts at many Marin County Fairs, as well as exhibiting and selling her work frequently. She has written a cookbook, designed and published patterns and even co-wrote a computer design program. She knits, crochets, does felting, sews up a storm, makes cards and jewelry and can conjure up the best soup in the universe. We love Barsha and so do hundreds and hundreds of former students now polishing their skills (or at least remembering the learning of them fondly) in kitchens all over the county and beyond!
Miranda Webster, Assistant Manager and Early Childhood Teacher
Miranda grew up in San Anselmo, often coming into doodlebug with her parents and two younger sisters. She has taught classes and camps at doodlebug for over a year and has recently added assistant manager to her job description. Miranda currently attends College of Marin as a Child Development major with plans to transfer to Mills College’s renowned BA/MA Child Studies program. Although Miranda envisions becoming a social worker, she is not yet certain what career path she will follow. The one thing she is sure of is that it will involve young children.
When not at doodlebug or working on her studies, Miranda enjoys cooking with the eggs and milk from her backyard chicken and goat friends, hiking, reading, writing something of her own, collage, and photography.
Isabel is a student and works part time at doodlebug. She has been coming to doodlebug since she was a little kid.
Bridget is a student and works part time at doodlebug. She loves kids and enjoys getting to know the families that come to doodlebug.
Nancy is a student and works part time at doodlebug. Nancy looks forward to her time at doodlebug and feels great when she is able to start someone on their own creative journey.
Emma is a student and works part time at doodlebug. Her childhood days were often spent at doodlebug, which helped develop her interest in arts and crafts.
Ella is a student and works part time at doodlebug. She has been coming to doodlebug since she was very young, along with her brother and parents. She love working with kids of all ages.
Olivia is a student and has been coming to doodlebug since she was in first grade. She loves art and is currently taking AP 3-D Ceramics. She has many childhood memories being at doodlebug and is thrilled to be working here now.
Maia works part time at doodlebug. As a kid, she remembers doodlebug as the most exciting place for her sister and her to visit in downtown San Anselmo. Over time, the combination store and studio remains the best place for her to find birthday presents for younger relatives and the perfect place to melt away her troubles.