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Meep! [Sep. 20th, 2004|12:08 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
I can't find my keys!!! Hmph. This morning when I went to the Post Office I had to stop and see Matt to get the keys from him, so I could open up the van to get the mailbags out, lol. I hope I find them soon... that's annoying... they're probably somewhere really bloody obvious too and I'll feel very silly....

They only had one worker at the Post Office line today and it took me almost 20 minutes just to get everything sent out. I feel so bad making people wait behind me. I would schedule a pickup, but they don't appear to have a good way yet to send out international orders (which make up a HUGE chunk of my business), and they don't seem to have a good way to do some of the extras like insurance, certified mail, etc. which is also very important to me. Hmph. I was looking through my Quicken reports yesterday and realized I've spent something like $4,000 just in postage in the past 6 months...... that's just obscene! Of course, it's actually the customers that pay a good portion of that, but it just looks so crazy to see the receipts for it, lol.

Let me see... I've been mostly wading through email all morning. I've got two commissions to work on, and I'm planning a new BIG painting with multiple characters in it. After all of those froggies visited me last night I figured I'd better paint one, so I want to do something with frogs and faeries together (always a good combination!). I want to make it at least 18"x24" and use a bunch of colours in it. And the frog will be wearing human-clothes, because that always makes me laugh, lol.

Okay - I'll be painting shortly on this and various other projects - you can watch me HERE!

Oh yes!!! My "Pixie Cats" painting WON the EBSQ Pet Swap Show!!!!!!! I'm so happy!!! I received a big gift certificate up at MisterArt, so I'll be doing some shopping later, hehe....
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[User Picture]From: faerie544
2004-09-20 09:26 am (UTC)
HAhaha! You need the keys with the beeper or clapper so you can find them LOL! Wow! $4000.00 on shipping! That is ridiculous! LOL! I know what you mean, it seems every time I go to the post office I have to apologize to everyone behind me and I get alot of....Hmphs! LOL! Good Luck with your shipments! And Happy Painting!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-20 09:45 am (UTC)
They're probably somewhere really obvious, lol.

Last night I foolishly took out my contact lenses before locating my glasses. I was stumbling around trying to "feel" for them (I'm nearly blind with out them, hehe).
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[User Picture]From: nymphie
2004-09-20 09:37 am (UTC)
Congrats! Did you have "models" for the kitties? ;)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-20 09:44 am (UTC)
Yep!! They are portraits of my friend tigerpixieart's beasties, "Zoe" and "Tabby"! We swapped portraits - she did a painting of my two kitties - http://tigerpixie.com/com/comjasmine.html

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[User Picture]From: nymphie
2004-09-20 11:28 am (UTC)
Awh! That's such a cool idea!
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From: winterswitchery
2004-09-20 09:40 am (UTC)
Yay! I voted for your piece, Carrie's cats were just too cute :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-20 09:44 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you!!! >^__^
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-20 09:51 am (UTC)
=) Thank you so much! =) I am very proud of what I have accomplished, and I do genuinely enjoy what I do very much! I'm thankful that I live in a time and a place where I am able to reach so many people with my artwork, and that I can eke out a living with it =)

Thank you! The one on my webcam right now is a commissioned piece - she has violet eyes - it looks really striking!
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[User Picture]From: girliwhirl
2004-09-20 09:58 am (UTC)
I agree, Jasmine! I don't even know you and I'm so proud of you and excited for your accomplishments. More than anything, it's truly inspiring to other artists, like myself. If you don't mind me asking, what was your "day job" when you used to have one, and how did you make the switch to being self-employed? I want to eventually do that too! I feel so trapped in the full-time gig.

Your recent successes are so awesome and encouraging!!!

Toni-
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-20 10:01 am (UTC)
Thank you Toni!!!

I started selling my artwork when I was about 18 or 19, but I wasn't "full-time" until I was about 22 (three years ago or so). Even when I went to college full-time and worked full-time at a "regular" job, I still tried to work in 8 hours a day for my painting though, lol.

I waited tables while I was in school, and then later worked for Disney, and when I was a teenager I worked for Dairy Queen, hehe!
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[User Picture]From: amanda_now
2004-09-20 10:08 am (UTC)
Hey that sounds like me, except without all that amazing talent you have ;-D

I've been selling art since I was about 18 (drawing since 2), and now at 22 I am quitting to do it full time. My parents say no one can make a living doing it, so I am going to point them towards your website and eBay store so they can see for themselves how well one freelance artist can do.

Just to chime in with everyone else, you've inspired me as well with your professionalism. I can't wait to see what you accomplish next!
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[User Picture]From: girliwhirl
2004-09-20 10:36 am (UTC)
I've gotten really caught up in my professional job as a designer. I thought it would fulfill my artist side, but instead it's left me thirsting to paint and draw again. You've inspired me to come straight home and practice again! Sounds like it's no mystery - just tons of practice and dedication!

YAY!!!!
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[User Picture]From: amanda_now
2004-09-20 10:03 am (UTC)
Ooh a blonde fairy! Very nice.

Cripes, $4k on postage!! That must be a good indicator of your success though if you are mailing out that many packages. Do they have a mailbox etc in your area? I think they are called UPS Stores now. Have you ever thought about getting a business account with them? Probably the line is not nearly as bad. Maybe even FedEx or something, they are probably able to come to your house and add on the extras you need. It might save you some time, and having that extra time to work on art would probably make up for the extra money it would take to ship by FedEx.

Congrats on winning he EBSQ Pet Swap! I stop by that website occassionally, I'm thinking about joining but I don't know if it will be profitable enough to be worth paying for the membership.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-20 10:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, I hit the UPS Store a lot too, I have an account there. I prefer using the Post Office though, especially for smaller items like prints (it's only about $1.50 for first class to ship, and a lot of my customers who are kids, or in college don't have a lot of money and it's very economical). I always ship UPS if requested though, there's one close by.

I like EBSQ a lot - many of my customers have found me through there, and it's a fun community. A lot of my commission customers in particular have found me there, so it's paid for itself many times over (that and the prizes for the contests, hehe!!!).
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[User Picture]From: rubyg
2004-09-20 10:58 am (UTC)
Naughty keys! Hope you find them!!
Well done on winning the Pet Swap Show!!
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[User Picture]From: 67_chevelle
2004-09-20 12:03 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the "Pixie Cats" winning!!!!! I fell in love with that painting the minute I saw it!!!! :)
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[User Picture]From: artistchick
2004-09-20 12:27 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on winning the EBSQ Pet Swap Award! I liked yours best out of all the ones I saw. ^_^ hehe
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2004-09-20 01:03 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the EBSQ Pet Swap Show win!!!!!!! That painting was soo cute!!
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[User Picture]From: blonde_blythe
2004-09-20 06:31 pm (UTC)
Maybe the frogs took off with them! Just kidding--hehe!!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-21 08:12 am (UTC)
Lol - maybe so! I still can't find them....
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[User Picture]From: caitygrl96
2004-09-20 07:27 pm (UTC)
Congrats Jasmine!!!

Go shoppin!!

Did you find your keys? That is THE most frustrating feeling... I don't do it very often but when I do, I curse myself!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-21 05:29 am (UTC)
Thank you Deana!!!! Nope - no keys yet! Piff!!!
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2004-09-21 08:40 am (UTC)
argh, that is so annoying. i am constantly losing everything, especially my glasses though!! and things are always like sitting on the kitchen table or somewhere stupid like that :P

congrats on the ebsq win!!! carries kitties are beautiful!!
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2004-09-22 04:28 pm (UTC)
i thought that fed ex or some company had this whole thing where they would do pickups of even over night mail and international stuffs. huh-maybe i am wrong...eh-it gets you out of the house occaisonally.

you might ask the post office people it if might be better for them and their other customers if you could arrange an appointed time in which you could come in when they maybe aren't open once or twice a week for large shipments. like you could go in the morning before the open or such?
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