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Merry Christmas, etc. Last post before I leave..... [Dec. 23rd, 2005|12:41 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
OH man, last night we had so much fun!

We had invited Chris & Amber over (and Heather too of course, she's here at our house for another week or so) last night for a Christmas get-together.

Little did I know, but we were about to embark on a pirate adventure....

Shortly after they arrived, Matt went to take the trash out. A few minutes later, there was a knock on the door. Nobody was there, just a tape recorder and some bags of pirate supplies (you know, like earrings and gold coins and eye patches). We plugged in the tape recorder and some old pirate guy was gave us instructions to visit "Brian-Beard" (which I could only assume meant foxmagic, down the street from us. So we (still missing Matt) piled into the car and got to Brian's house, which was flying a Jolly Roger flag on the flagpole (that pretty much confirmed the clue, lol). The door was slightly open, so we went inside. Indoors there were all kinds of pirate-y sound effects, ocean noises, pirate music, etc. playing throughout the house (Brian has an uber home theatre, with a real movie screen & projector & speakers and stuff). All of the sudden the music changed and Brian-Beard (transformed into a very convincing pirate) came out, demanding our treasure. We didn't have enough treasure, and he started waving his sword around, but then up on the second floor landing a spotlight appeared and it was Matt (transformed into a very convincing pirate), and it became a dramatized, well scored & well lit two person pirate battle between the two, with Force FX Lightsabers, hehe. It was awesome. They killed eachother and we were left with four pieces of a treasure map, each with clues that took a while to figure out. Eventually it led us to the 2nd floor air conditioning vent back in our house, and inside were treats and Christmas presents. I can't believe they had the time to plan and choreograph all of it - it was such a surprise. How fun!! Brian-Beard also surprised us with gift of the Pirates of the Caribbean version of the "Game of Life" (we are all board game fiends).

Then we had our own presents under the tree, and an amazing array of food. Mulled cider, eggnog (with spiced rum!), breadsticks & pizza dip, zuchinni fritters with onion jam, spanakopitas, vegetable phyllo parcels, chips, avacado salsa, other salsa, queso dip, jalapeno poppers, mini-quesadillas, brownies, cookies, I forget what all there was. We ate SO MUCH.

Now this morning we sent the last of the orders before we are now officially closed for Christmas. Any orders placed now will go out on January 2nd. My website is open for business as usual (just don't expect a confirmation or shipment until January 2nd!).

My eBay store is CLOSED tempoarily - I'm doing the "seller vacation" option where it makes my store listings (the fixed price stuff, like prints, etc.) magically disappear while I am out of town. I don't want anybody to get confused and try to order something in time for Christmas or expect my usual quick shipping & email responses, lol. Don't worry - the listings didn't disappear, they will magically re-appear when I get back home =0) In the meantime you can order off of my website as usual.

WOW - I had a fantastic Christmas season. I sold an insane amount of prints off my website, a good bunch from eBay, and (drum roll) I have sold every single original painting from my eBay store. All of them are gone, each and every one. Red Haired Fairy Queen, Handsome Frog, Mermaid in Her Grotto - all gone! The only original I have left is my "Funeral For a Long Dead Knight" eBay auction which will be ending in about a week. All of my fixed price store originals are gone! Lol, I guess I will have to do a lot of painting when I get home =) Seriously - I will be focusing on doing a lot of larger originals the moment I get back home. Also when I get back I have a wholesale order of 400 prints that I need to do - wow. There's just no time to do it before my trip =/ But with Matt helping I'm sure we'll get it done. We've been doing a lot of wholesale lately, which is kind of neat really.

Okay then - this is my last post and then we're getting ready to leave. Family members: we are staying at Kachina & James' house. We will see you all tomorrow!

So now I leave you with some not very good photos of a not very good Gingerbread House that we attempted making last night. Sure - a lot of people think that since I'm an artist, I must also be good at things like making Gingerbread Houses, but no.... the evidence in the link below speaks for itself:











The little gingerbread people in the front were supposed to be my little niece and nephew Eleanor & Theodore, but they didn't turn out quite right.

About a minute after these photos were taken, we took turns trying to eat the house without using our hands, lol, it was so messy.


Please understand that I will not have much computer access while I am gone. I probably will only be able to check my email once or twice, and even then just the super-important stuff. If you have a very super important issue that CANNOT WAIT until I am back to "work" on January 2nd, email me at JasmineToad@aol.com and write "URGENT" in the subject line and I will do my best to get back to you.

Otherwise - I will see you all next year!
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[User Picture]From: elfies
2005-12-23 06:12 pm (UTC)
What a lovely and colorful gingerbread house! I should try it once - always wanted but never did :)

HAPPY HOLIDAY AND WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR to you and your family! :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:48 am (UTC)
Thank you Maria!!
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[User Picture]From: ladyperegrine
2005-12-23 06:13 pm (UTC)
Brian is so awesome. :-D Thanks for sharing that story.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:48 am (UTC)
Lol, it really was a great time. I'm never trusting those two guys again =P
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[User Picture]From: _boxinghelena
2005-12-23 06:19 pm (UTC)
That adventure sounded like so much fun!

Yum, gingerbread! I was expecting something a lot worse lol.

Happy Holidays!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:49 am (UTC)
It really was a lot of fun! Thank you Shelley!
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From: michellesart
2005-12-23 06:25 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're having a wonderful and successful Christmas season :)
Hope you all have a great trip and a very happy new year!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:49 am (UTC)
Thank you Michelle! Happy New Year!
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2005-12-23 06:26 pm (UTC)
That's SO fabulous!!! I want to have a pirate surprise adventure!!! Those boys are so fun & clever!
Sounds like a great time!
I've always wanted to make a gingerbread house, I'm sure mine would turn out HORRIBLE though! hee hee
Have a Merry Christmas!
xox
Lisa
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:50 am (UTC)
Thank you Lisa! The fun part was eating it, hehe.
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[User Picture]From: lady_lillith
2005-12-23 06:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, that pirate adventure sounds like it was so much fun. You're so lucky to have such great friends and family. I hope you have a really nice time visiting the folks back home. Happy New Year to you, too!
~Lisa
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:50 am (UTC)
Thank you very much, Lisa! And Happy New Year!
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2005-12-23 06:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, so cool!! What awesome pirates matt and brian must make, that is so cool that they did that =) i got your post card yesterday, hehe, you guys have been having all kinds of fun adventures lately!

be on the lookout for a little something from me when you get home, its late of course, story of my life...anyways..you might think im extra weird when you see it but i think i have sent you stranger things before :D

have a great holiday with your family you two!
merry christmas/yule whatever
xoxo
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:50 am (UTC)
It was way too much fun!

Aw, thank you Alex - I will keep an eye out =)
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[User Picture]From: irrimiri
2005-12-23 06:36 pm (UTC)
haha, that's quite a cool pirate story :D

I love the gingerbread house, I have never seen it before, so I think it looks GREAT lol.

So cool that you did such great business. Congrats.

Until next year ;D

x
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:51 am (UTC)
Thank you Miriam! And Happy New Year to you!
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[User Picture]From: gr8shapes
2005-12-23 06:46 pm (UTC)
Congrats on all your holiday sales! thats AWESOME! i was in berkley hot topic the other day and saw a bunch of your postcards...almost all sold out too :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:52 am (UTC)
Awesome!!! Thank you!!! It always makes me happy to hear that my artwork & merchandise is getting out there =)
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From: watercolorwitch
2005-12-23 06:46 pm (UTC)
What a fantastic Christmas surprise!!! Happy holidays to you and Matt Jasmine I hope you get to enjoy some snow when you go back home to see your family!
Many blessings
xxoo
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:52 am (UTC)
=) Thank you very much! And Happy New Year to you!
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From: amanda_now
2005-12-23 07:11 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your wonderful sales! And the pirate christmas was awesome, how cute!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:52 am (UTC)
It was a grand adventure =)

Thank you and Happy New Year!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:52 am (UTC)
Hehe, thank you! >^___^
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:53 am (UTC)
Thank you April! And Happy New Year!
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[User Picture]From: fragirl
2005-12-23 07:23 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas Jas!!!!!!

Haha that sounded like way too much fun :) You got some sneaky boys in your life ^_~

Have a BLAST! Relax, you deserve it <3~
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:53 am (UTC)
Thank you Kayti =0)

Happy New Year!

Lol - no kidding - I'm never trusting the two of them together again, hehe....
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[User Picture]From: rhiamon
2005-12-23 07:24 pm (UTC)
Have a safe and Happy Christmas! :D
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-01-02 12:54 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! I had a wonderful time =) Happy New Year to you!
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