Monday, September 21, 2009


Heya Ladies,

I was just wondering how you all were. I'm sorry I've been MIA as of late, but I kinda had a thing happen in mid August till now..., it's so messy sometimes! Anywho, I think I'm better and ready to roll, lol :) Nothing like crocheting to keep you going thru the bad times right? THAT and whatever other crafty thing I can get my hands on.

So, seems my moly was found. YAY! I honestly was a little worried. I just wanted to remind whoever has it that I did move since it was mailed out last. I live in Redmond, Washington now. Y'all can email me for the addy if ya need it ;)

So, I hope that we can get this Moly X 62 ball rolling again. I have yet to see someone's moly, lol.

Hope y'all are havin a fabulous's gorguss here in Redmond.... great for crocheting outside! Smooches Girls!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Is this thing on??

Ladies, I have sent out a group email in hopes to locate all of's been quite awhile since we've seen any new work and I'm a bit worried as to who has all the books.

Can I please get everyone to check in.

Debb - I'm sorry 'hon, I know you have yet to receive a book for this exchange, I was trying to be so organized about this but if I can't get people to play by the rules, it's kind of out of my hands.

Ladies, please check in.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I've Moved

Hi girls, so I just wanted to let you all know that I have moved and will be sending Jen an email with my new address.

I also wanted to check in with everyone and see how you all are doing with your books. Do we have any progess? Debbie have you finally received a book?

What's going on with everyone, please let me know what I can do to help.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

hello ladiessss

my name is debbie and i am bored.
not to say i don't have things to do here at home, i would just rather not do em.
the hubby wants me to organize his closet, but yeah...i'd rather not.
so, i'm here to see how you all are doin? how are the molies? are there any pics yet?
i'm DYING to see something new. it's been a while and i'm feeling like a 5 year old waiting for christmas....EXCITED!

anywho, hope you gals are doing ok. i miss my moly and wonder how it's doing. feel free to get crazy in it :)


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

i have internet! go me!

OKEEEDOKEEE! heya gurls, i've missed you dearly! don't want y'all thinking i fell off the face of the earth. i've just been painting wall, arguing over who is right with my DH, and re-training my dog to go potty on the balcony ( we moved to some urban GO GREEN apt). totally lovin washington state fer sure! i've already lost 8 pounds from all teh activities i didn't know i was doing, lol. ok, back to bizzness... I will do whatev, lol. complicated right? ha. if you feel like sending em all to me, well, thats cool, if not, thats cool too. i do think tho that if jen wants her book back to do more stuff, heck, why not. wont bother me a bit, lol. switching up the order sounds cool too, honestly, im just down with anything! :) BTW if you want my NEW OFFICIAL ADDY that will forever be mines (or at least 18 months according to my lease) you can ask me or miss kelley fer it. i live in redmond, washington now. im not cure how my DH packed my moly, but im sure it has the wrong forwarding address to it. so yeah, please please please please please make sure to check in with moi or kell's for the new addy. i FREAKING LOVE YOU GIRLS :D

Tuesday, May 26, 2009's the Situation:

Hello friends...okay here's the latest which I have just discovered with my internet stalking skills, LOL.

Okay, seriously. Leanne just sent out two books, Jen's and Mine to Lee. However she is going to try and put a stop on them because as of this evening Lee will no longer be able to continue on with our exchange. She's having some health problems right now that require her attention and so we have to say goodbye to her for a bit :( Lee, I hope you get better soon and are feeling up to checking in with us every once in awhile.

Jen, we haven't heard from you for a bit, would you check in and let us know how you are doing in terms of molies?

Debbie, sweetie, here's the deal. Lee is gonna try to work in Leanne's book because she already has it. I've told her if she's not up to finishing it to just go ahead and forward it on to you at your new address.

So here's our second situation...Debbie will be getting a book from Lee in the near future and Leanne has two books finished and ready for you want all three at once? Or should we mail Jen back her book so she can start another round of her own?

Anybody else have any suggestions for this next step of the game? Normally my thought would be to switch the order around a bit, but seeing as the books that need to be worked on are mine and Jen's, it's sort of too soon to send back to me :P

Let's hear your thoughts, ladies. Jen - where are you? (I know she's busy, that's why I leave the crazy notes, hee hee hee)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How are you ladies doing?? Everyone still up for this group?? I haven't heard from some of you in a while...please check in and keep the chatter going. I am currently without a moly...have been for a while everyone doing okay?

Monday, May 4, 2009

Spring cleaning.

Hi gang. Going through the groups to see if all is going smoothly. Great start here. Keep it up. Have fun. Communicate.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Hello all...just checking in to make sure everyone is doing okay?

Lee, I've just had an email from Leanne and she fell a bit behind with my book due to an unexpected event. Everything is hopefully turning around now, but she wanted to let us know she's back on track. So we'll wait to get an update from her on when she's sending stuff out next.

How is everyone else doing?? I currently have no can we just do shout out and each of you comment back...what you have in your possession??

thanks so much.

Friday, April 17, 2009


Hiya Folks! 
I've been bored as of late, so I thought I'd stop by and say ELLO! How is everyone and their respective moly's going/doing? Anyone see the new cahiers that came out recently? DUDE, I was uber surprised when my DH brought me home a stack of the new large red cahiers! Best present ever. I haven't the slightest idea as to how ima break in these 3 new bad boys, but i was thinking of maybe walking around Kirkland and sketching random things that pop into my head. The only downside to drawin out in public is the mist and the sudden rain that comes in. Any suggestions as to what I oughtta do? I thought about just walking around and taking snapshots and drawing at home, but, well, it just doesn't seem AS fun as it SHOULD be. 

What to do, what to do. ...hope you guys are doing well. I'm still waiting on a package from Lee, but hopefully it gets here soon.

smooooches folks!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

How is everyone doing??

Just wanted to pop in and see how everyone is doing with their story themed molies? If you haven't posted to the blog with your progress as of yet, please do. Communication is key with these exchanges, if you're late or behind, don't worry - just let us know. When you don't hear from other participants we always assume the worst :)

And don't feel like you're going to get in trouble, we all know these are for fun and that life gets in the way of our "extra" activities, we just need to keep track of each other.

Oh..oh..oh...And also, because my story ended up being Where the Wild things are I wanted to show you all the trailer for the movie in case you hadn't had a chance to see it yet. I was a bit skeptical about how the movie would turn out but from the scenes here, I am getting ever optimistic.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Jen's Moly via Kelley

I recieved Jen's Coraline moly today from Kelley, very tactile, very nice!


My moly on the other hand should be arriving in Singapore any day...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kelley waves goodbye to Jen's moly...

I have had the first couple pages of Jen's moly done for a couple weeks now. However the last pages of my entry gave me a bit of a tough time....I had a little run in with her gesso. Not exactly sure what the problem was, but I couldn't get my paint to stick to it at first and so I kept having to add layer upon layer that seemed to just want to slide off. What was really weird was it was only on the last part of my entry where it seemed to do I've no idea the source of the problem. Also...Jen, I just wanted to clarify, I have tried my very best to erase my pencil lines, LOL, and they are not coming off...I think it's your gesso, because I have never seen anything like this, LOL. Anyway I just wanted to let you know, I tried to get them off, I promise I wasn't being lazy, but they just won't budge...they are probably only really obvious to me :) but in case you see them, I just wanted to give a little heads up....I hope you like these, the story is wonderful by the way, thank you for sharing. OH!!! and I'm a goof and forgot to include a card in the pocket, before I mailed it....but no worries I will make one up and send it to you directly :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

M.I.A. Apology!!

WOW! First off, I am completely sorrrrrry that i haven't kept in touch with you all. it's completely all my fault...and my madre's for being stuck in a time capsule that predates sliced bread. a family emergency came up in cali so i had to fly out to another area instead of taking my vacay like i was supposed to. i was in a rush and forgot my carry on that had my moly in it...along with my electronic lifelines! long story short, i'll be home wednesday nite and ill mail it out on thursday morn. agh! sooo sorry a million times over!

on another note, i can't wait to see whats in my mailbox when i get home! promise to be fast, lol. 

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Book of Firsts

Well, Kelley's book arrived today. Not only is it Kelley's first trip to Australia but its also Leanne's first moly exchange book eva! When I opened my post box I squealed with delight. Kelleys book is even better in person than the photos, and must say... your business cards are too cute.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hello Ladies!

Just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing with their molies. I currently have Jen's book and have mailed mine off to Australia for's everyone else doing? Remember, you should have mailed your books on earlier this week for the first mailing :)

I was looking through some of the other moly exchanges and noticed that a couple of groups have set it up so that they all mail on the same day. For instance, everyone is supposed to mail on the 5th of each new month...that way they are keeping to the month guideline and the books are constantly moving along with no one bombarded with more than one at a time. What do you all think of doing that here? Should we designate a certain day of the month so everyone can mail them off at the same time? Let's hear your thoughts.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Kelley wishes she were traveling to Australia...

...unfortunately money is too tight right now so her molie will have to go without her :(

Leanne this will be going out in the mail tomorrow...we'll see how long it takes to get to you in Australia from me in California.

How's everyone else doing? Are molies moving?? I've got Jen's book here and have been working like a crazy woman. Jen...out of curiosity....what kind of gesso did you use on this thing??? I know I'm messy, but my pencil marks are sticking to this stuff like you would not believe. I had a bit of an oops with some paint to the right of the picture that's made me a bit of a grump...but I've painted over it and hopefully it's none the worse for wear. Oy vey, I'm such a klutz sometimes. *sighs**

(Also, in my best OZ voice PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MESS ON MY DESK!)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Jen's Moly

I came home yesterday to find Jen's book in my mailbox. And can I just tell is BEAUTY-FULL!! The cover is adorable...the sign in pages are so creative...her ideas for her book are just amazing I can't wait to get this one in round two so I can see what you've all added to it after me, LOL.

Okay...that's all. Just wanted to let you all know I'd received a book. I have a couple details yet to finish with mine and it will be on it's way out the door, just a few weeks early of the February deadline, woot woot!

Okay girls, best luck drawing.

Jen this is by far the coolest moly I've had pass my hands while doing these the collage-y feel and all your added little bits. So great!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

this wild thing is almost done...

I'm still doing touch ups on this guy...once I got started I just couldn't help myself, I totally immersed myself in creating a new scene for Max :) Here's what I have so far...still working out the little details but you'll get a good idea of what i've been up to. Sorry for the crappy picture by the way, I didn't realize it was so blurry till I got in on the computer :( Anyway, as you can see below I have the text blocked out and then the night sky painted over it...that part is obviously not there's still a little bit of coloring left to do...but like I said, a work in progress :)

Oh geez, and I almost sign in pages. I did a little wardrobe, the secret hiding place of Max's wolf suit. Anyway, my thought is to put a few pre-made picture frames up on the wall of his bedroom and let you all sign in there :) Okay, I've typed long enough back to the drawing board.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Mailing Order

Hello Ladies...I just wanted to make sure you were all clear on how the mailing order works :)

I know we have a couple of newbies in this group and just wanted to make things as easy-peasy for everyone as possible. I added a new topic to the upper right of our blog that lists the order of who you mail to. Remember no matter who's book you have through out the exchange you will always mail to the same person and receive from the person. Makes it nice, you don't have to worry about messing up some complicated order or mailing to the wrong person (both of which I've had happen in other groups, hee hee hee).

Anyway, if you haven't emailed the person you are supposed to mail to, you might want to shoot them an know get their real name and mailing address.

type at you all soon :)

Friday, January 30, 2009

So Many Panels...

Still a long way to go, but here's a little sneak preview from me (drawing The Little Mermaid).
Just realise there are 60 zig-zag folds! (gasp!)
Why does the maker of Moleskine be so generous with paper? Kidding!
Ok, back to doodling! (cracks whip)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hi Y'all!

Howdy mister and missus-es!
Flee's the name and Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" is my game!
I finally got my japanese album moleskine (2 in fact! in case my time travelling self decided to nick the present... erm... nevermind), oh joy!
(because it was sold out practically in all art bookstore).
But no excuses, i'll have to double up my Redbull intake
if i want to pull the moleskine collaboration project off nicely.
I'll post something up by this weekend, some pencil lines at least.
So behold!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

as promised...

It's nothing too spectacular just yet, but I wanted to post my work in progress. I'm really happy with the way my intro/sign in pages are coming along, however I'm still trying to decide if I want to torture you all and make you wait till you get my book to see them or just preview 'em when my pages are all done, LOL. Hee hee, I'm such a meanie. Anyway, the few vague pages you can see here are the first entry in my book as well as a 'title' page :) Since I can't seem to keep my hands off this thing I'm thinking I'll have it done by the weekend, LOL.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Just Heard from Lee...

Just to keep you all posted...Lee our fifth member is not missing in action, just on a nice week'long holiday. We should be seeing an intro this week sometime - but I just wanted you all to know what's going on :)

There's a rumor that Lee's chosen story is also an animated flick/Hans Christian Anderson story. I'll let you take guesses, LOL!! Looks like we've all got some fun stories going.

I think I'll post some work in progress photos tonight of my know...we need some photos on this blog to liven things up.

Where's my moly?

sorry i've been m.i.a. as of late...still nursing this stupid cold i have. thats the problem with having no immunity, you get colds more frequent and they stay with ya MUCH longer... grrrrr. i've never had a cold for 2 weeks...odd, eh?

ok! so here's an update on moi!
  • amazon delayed my order on my japanese moly. so i dunno how much longer till i get it :( its making me melancholy! 
  • reading your guys' entries is making me think of other stories to do. should i stick with the finding nemo story? is everyone familiar with it? or do i have to do something else??? maybe my book could be more of a character study? lol, i dunno. ha ha im such a noob.
  • i found out that i am moving the day AFTER my birthday, lame! (i better get a sweet present this year!!!) so i think this means i'll have to tell you guys where my new addy will be in a couple weeks, yess? ;)
  • weighed my corgi and found out he's 2 lbs over weight, lol! what a little heifer! (aren't heifer's girl cows tho? so whats the male equivalent? hmmmm....) anywho, my little doggy is a fatty, just like his mommy and daddy! ha ha ha. someones going on a diet!
  • before i got the email from amazon about the late moly, a ups truck pulled up infront of my complex and i srsly thought it was my i ran out to the door, smiling at the ups guy only for him to pass me and walk upstairs to my other neighbor. *epic fail*
  • pissed cause i realized i dont have any pants left for the winter season. i went out to run an errand yesterday in capri's. it was 32degrees out. lol. 
  • nyquil doesn't seem to work for me....
  • im addicted to facebook. feel free to add my btw :)

so uhhh, i know there's prolly more i could say, but i think it would be best if i just went and took a nap :) this is my second one today! tee hee....prolly not my last either...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I Think I Have it Figured Out Now....I Swear!

So, Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan are out...the stories are wonderful, but they are just too long to try and print out and send a copy with my moly. Maybe I'm thinking too hard about this, maybe it doesn't matter, but I wanted to be able to include a copy of the story so that we could all follow it as closely as possible, LOL. I know - it's my illustrator nature coming out.

Anyway, when I couldn't find shorter versions of those stories to use....I started thinking about my favorite stories when I was younger. I've been collecting Alice in Wonderland and Little Red Riding Hood books for awhile now...however I've got both of those going in two other exchanges, LOL. So I kept thinking and thinking, and then it hit me, what is my favorite children's book? DUH!! And Jen even suggested it, in one of her comments to me - Where the Wild Things Are. She had commented about a still life I'd done, here, and I was so caught up in deciding between Peter Pan or the story of Oz, that I think I just completely blocked it from my train of thought. So anyway, long story short, I'll be doing Where the Wild Things Are. My main goal now is to try and create a max that doesn't look exactly like Sendak's. LOL.

I'm off to sketch....just keeping you all up to date with my indecisiveness, LOL!!

Monsters Inc.

Well Hi Guys, After much flip flopping I gave up on a Toy Story theme and went with Monsters Inc. What can I say, amongst other things Im an avid animated movie watcher. And for my introductory post, here's a couple of more things about me that really best describes who I am:

Im an animal freak - I seem to have an animal magnet that attracts lost animals - Im forever picking up stray and lost dogs. A couple of weeks ago I walked out my front door to find a massive big dog I've never seen before curled up asleep on my front door mat. Its unnerving really, how are they always tracking me down?

I love love love pens, pencils and pastels. I have countless mechanical pencils, I dont need anymore but they are just so good...

Animated Movies - Is there anything else? I mean really, there is a movie for every occasion.

I want to illustrate books, I have drawn characters, created stories... I havent got the courage up to send them to a publisher yet. Maybe next year or the year after?

And lastly, I spend way too much time drawing.

I have a website and blog link, but they dont go any where just yet, (because Im too busy drawing!) and

Saturday, January 24, 2009

My Story is becoming a problem, LOL

As I was about to narrow down which story I wanted to illustrate for our exchange, I realized I have a bit of a problem on my hands...first off, I was torn between Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz. Secondly, both stories are kind of long...not that I wouldn't end up with a condensed version anyway...but it's kind of impossible to include any sort of print out to each of you in case you've never read the story, when they are over a hundred pages. So what do I do?? With both books...there is A LOT of information to read through. How are the rest of you handling this sort of thing...or did you all pick nice short stories and I had to be the difficult one, LOL??

Thursday, January 22, 2009

It looks like everyone wants to go two rounds... just to clarify for you newbies. Normally with moly exchanges...the number of group members seems to determine the number of pages you get to complete. However seeing as we are a small group of five, we had two options. Doing six pages and finishing in one go-round or do less pages for each entry and possibly get the book around twice.

It looks like the majority of us want to have the books go around twice. So what does that mean for all of us? It means less pages per entry! Not a big deal, in fact that might help people get the molies out in a more timely manner even, woo hoo!

So everyone should be able to go ahead and get of course can do sign in pages, if you want them or as I've done before an Intro page. You can also start your first entry, so remember to keep it under four pages. Myself, I'll be doing only three pages and using the fourth page to sort of transition.

By the way, for my book, I really love to see people transition one artist to the next. So feel free to really get in there close next to the artist right before can even go a bit over something they've done on the edge of their entry...did that make sense to everyone? LOL

just me

well ... I guess I'm the "old lady" of the group at 38 {which is really funny cause I'm one of the young gals among my peer group of mixed media artists}

about me:
  • married for almost 18 year with two crazy teenagers {son 16/daughter 14}
  • live in freezing cold Michigan
  • I'm a 3rd generation mixed media artist who makes paper & fabric art quilts
  • invented a process called Transparency Manipulation where I print quirky vintage images on overhead transparencies, melt them with fire, use rub-ons, sew them by hand or on my sewing machine to paper or fabric
  • enjoy making handmade journals, purses & lately stuffed creatures
  • completely addicted to my moles now and am in love with my rotring xonnox pens {now called tikky graphic} and martha stewart markers
  • I'm a freelance writer for Somerset Studio magazine and have been in 5 other books published by artist friends along with I think 8 magazines now.
  • in the process of writing/pitching my own book to Northlight
  • I'm a hoarder, have the terrible habit of leaving piles of art/books/magazines/supplies all over the house and don't do well with lists!
  • completely addicted to pens/yarn/fabric/paper/vintage photos/beads/antique buttons
  • love anime and animated movies
  • love to read
anywhoo, I have to laugh because my husband is also from California {Chino} which is odd with all of you being there :)

I'm going to do Coraline for my mole ... was thinking about being broader with Fairy Tales, but have lately fallen back in love with Neil Gaimen, Tim Burton and the original book.

I have a website that is in dire needs of updating, but will be put off until the book push:

I also have a blog that I'm sporadic about updating:

I probably keep up with flickr the most :)


identityseven aka jen

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Intro - Debbstar!!!!!

SO, yeah! Why does this feel like a blind date? Anywhooo, um, yeah, I'm Debbie. If you've haven't already read my profile, you should know that it irks me when ppl spell my name with one 'b' instead of yeah, Debbs shall suffice :) ok, list time!!!
  • im 27...but my birthday is next, um, yea  :)
  • mommy of a welsh corgi named einstein
  • mommy to a needy cat named loki the mischevious
  • microns are my best friends
  • i usually use graphite, but for the molys ill be using ink
  • domo-kun lover
  • totoro lover, well, anything ghibli really
  • i crochet. a lot. 
  • yarn addict... there i admitted it. :)
  • sign language rocks my socks
  • bass player enthusiast, lol, im still learning!
  • lover of cooler climates!
  • originally from california
  • now in texas
  • moving to new york...err, soon?
ook i suppose thats just me in a nut shell for now, so yeahhhhhh . ok bye.

Introduction - Kelley

Hey everybody, I'm Kelley aka ilovetodoodle. Just wanted to post a quick intro even though a few of you have heard from me quite a bit lately ;P

Anyway, a little about me. I'm 29 year old and live in Tustin, California with my boyfriend. I graduated from art school with my bachelors in illustration...however I'm still waiting for my big break. Had a bunch of small, odd jobs, just nothing published as of yet. In the mean time, I work a boring desk job I hate, and pass the time by farting around on the internet, LOL. So you can pretty much always catch me on here :) Besides the molies, I have my own blog ( and a portfolio website - that I'm working on redesigning ( ahhh, so much to do.

My favorite mediums are my all-time staples...watercolor, pen and ink...and a good ol' mechanical pencil. I have to admit acrylics are my least favorite, only because I suck at it, LOL...but I'm working on it.

As for the story I've chosen...I'm completely torn...I was thinking of doing either Peter Pan or The Wizard of Oz. Maybe I'll let you guys vote, LOL!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

woot woot it's Moly_X_62 time!

okey dokey artichoke, here's where i'm at!
i ordered my moly (japanese fold out) from amazon last week and am still waiting its arrival! 
um as for the story im chosing, well...still having a hard time deciding? however, i am seriously leaning towards rumplestiltskin...i hope that's how u spell it, lol. anywho, yeah.
since this will be my first time, with moly x anyways, any ground rules? like, um....
  • pages per artiste
  • time? 
  • shipping order?
oh yeah and how is the story thingy gonna work? do i draw the beginning of the story and the next person just continues on so it unfolds like a real story?
or do we draw our favorite scene/part from the fable?
lol. ok. ima leave it at that.    smooches my lovers, can't wait to hear from y'all soon!

Hello Everyone!

I feel like I'm constantly repeating myself...but feel free to sign on and post an introduction so we can all get to know each other. We have a pretty small group here, but I think it's going to be a good one. Let me know if I can answer any questions.