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Work work work...... [Sep. 28th, 2004|12:01 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Let me see - I've been insanely busy, as usual, lol. I'm trying to catch up on a lot of stuff and figure out how I'm going to integrate Matt into my daily business stuff, now that he'll be working for me full-time, hehe. He's got just two days left after today with Dr. Nelson, and after that he's all mine!

Friday we are heading out to Clearwater Beach for a wedding - we're going to stay the night out there too. That will be fun! The hotel looks nice, and has a tiki bar, hehe.

I've got a lot of work cut out for me - several commissions lined up, assorted other projects (some fun, and some more on the tedious side). I've got a ton of canvas prints that need hand-embellishing too, and of course I'm desperate to work on some new ORIGINALS.

I also need to do another website update asap (I'm trying to do that frequently to keep on top of it!). In addition, I desperately need to put a BUNCH of my prints in my eBay store - there are a lot of prints I have on my site that I still haven't put up in my eBay store, which constantly spawns emails from customers (like "Hey, where is such-and-such print? I don't see it in your eBay store - is it sold out?". Nope! I don't ever close my open edition prints, it just sometimes takes a while to get everything updated on both my website, eBay, and my various other online galleries!!). I need to add a bunch of them soon - I might make some of my older prints "Sale" prints for the week, and use that to re-introduce them and later stick in my eBay store, we'll see..... I'd eventually like to teach Matt how to do all of the updating and listing stuff - that would be an incredible weight off of my back and would probably give me an extra 20 hours a week free. As it stands though, he doesn't have any experience with that kind of thing, so it will probably take a while to get him into that stuff. I'm half thinking about sending him to go take some computer classes at the local college, but that might be kind of silly and expensive. Hmm...

Okay, I'm off to work on some canvas prints and hopefully some originals eventually.... you can of course peek in on me
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[User Picture]From: erikasfriends
2004-09-28 09:55 am (UTC)
And the business wheels keep turning! I'm sure your biz is pretty well oiled by now but the reason why is because you're always on top of things Jasmine :) Glad to hear you're allowing some fun social here and there ;)
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[User Picture]From: __mir__
2004-09-28 10:14 am (UTC)
hehe busy always busy meep meep....!

seeya!
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[User Picture]From: neva_ivan
2004-09-28 10:43 am (UTC)

Good luck

Have fun at the wedding.

I think Matt will probably learn to do the ebay stuff fine. He probably just needs a good outline of what he needs to do.

Just from my own experience, computer classes aren't a great help. I was computer phobic practically, but learned really quickly to do a lot of complex things through temp work. It was so much easier to learn to do it if I had a reason for doing it. I'm not an ebay wiz, but with access and excel it was all about having a purpose. And I remembered things better when I had something practical to tie them to.

If you have any patience in teaching him, then even though it takes time now, it'll probably pay off later.

The other cheaper training option is of course on-line classes or else dummy books. The only thing I can say for the online classes is that you can play with things in a mock system, but again I'd only remember it if I was working on something similar in "real life" at the same time. But the idea is ok, I'm going to learn to create forms in a database, but it's better to try it first in a fake database than to foul up my real database if I really make a lot of mistakes.

I don't know if they offer anything like that for ebay, but they certainly do for all kinds of languages, web design programs, graphics, etc.

The dummy books aren't all that helpful, except that if you work slowly and patiently and look things up as you go, they might help. I would imagine most people will make mistakes whenever they start doing something new until they get the hang of it.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-29 12:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Good luck

Ah yes, I think I'm just going to slowly teach him everything - probably make some worksheets, printed guides, etc. So much stuff to keep track of!
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[User Picture]From: gossamerfaery
2004-09-28 11:04 am (UTC)
I cannot even imagine the work load! I'm just getting used to sitting in the chair painting for twelve hour stretches. I swear, it takes awhile for the body to get used to this lifestyle! LOL Even though I only have about a hundredth of the prints available that you do, I usually get someone e-mailing me asking why I don't have prints available of an original that is still on auction, why they can't find a certain print on my website (eBay store usually gets done first), and why can't I sell 8x10s of my 5x7 prints! LOL Today it's an accusing question concerning the quality of my prints because the customer bought some from someone else and wasn't happy with them! LOL I think mine are excellent, and come on! What do you want for $5.99?! If I ever get to the point of Limited Edition, I certainly won't be selling them for 6 bucks;)

Anyway, good luck with it all!! I bet Matt will learn super fast. Will he have to learn Java, or does Homesite code all of your Java Script for you? I always wondered about that. I would love to move beyond HTML! LOL
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-29 12:23 pm (UTC)
I don't really use any Javascript on my site - too many browsers can't support it, and I try to keep the accessibility high on it. Homestead has a few copy/paste javascript elements that are cool, but I didn't want it to keep people with older browsers from enjoying the site, etc.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-09-28 11:06 am (UTC)

work, work, work,!

Hi Jasmine! first off, i'm glad to hear you & yours are safe during the whole Jeanne situation. I didn't realize hurricanes traveled in herds! hopefully this is the last one! I was reading all of the things you have to do, need to do, want to do,& I got tired just reading it! whew! you need a break! I have 3 children & I thought I was tired! I was wondering tho, I heard you may have merchandise at Wal-Mart sometime in the future, is there any truth to that? just wondering, stay safe & have fun w/ your crazy schedule! love, tina.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-29 12:25 pm (UTC)

Re: work, work, work,!

Hi Tina!! Hehe, hopefully those will be the last of those nasty hurricanes!

;) I'm working with four merchandising companies now that retail to a variety of stores - I don't always know which stores are carrying what though, but I'll let you know ;)
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2004-09-28 11:44 am (UTC)
well, I think it's little painful, but if you invest the time to teach him to do that website updating, it would be even better than sending him to a college to learn it. Because you need it updated the way you want it which he'll learn the programs & stuff, just by doing it. Colleges will just teach him how the programs work, not what you want to do with it. It means more work on your part but after the learning curve it's off your back. so, there is a payoff there. :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-29 12:26 pm (UTC)
"Colleges will just teach him how the programs work, not what you want to do with it" - very true. I think I'll be best of just showing him what things I use with the various programs, etc. It will be time-consuming, but I'd say after a few weeks it will work out - he's a quick learner =)
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[User Picture]From: crypticvitality
2004-09-28 12:29 pm (UTC)
Geez, I remember I was doing a bunch of commissions so close to eachother, and that started to get to me, I cant emgine several!

I cant wait to here what matts work title is going to be, he he
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[User Picture]From: crypticvitality
2004-09-28 12:30 pm (UTC)
Geez, I remember I was doing a bunch of commissions so close to eachother, and that started to get to me, I cant emgine several!

I cant wait to here what matts work title is going to be, he he
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-29 03:57 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I'll try to think up a good title for him.....
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[User Picture]From: rubyg
2004-09-28 12:57 pm (UTC)
There's usually somewhere that does free computer classes, I know there are a couple round here that are supposed to be really good and not just for begginners!
Aww a wedding! How sweet!
So, so busy! You have so much to do! Another website....whats that for?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-29 12:27 pm (UTC)
Same website as always - http://www.strangeling.com - I just have to do another update, as usual! I paint so many pieces on such a regular basis, I have to add all of the new prints every few weeks or so - it's a very time-consuming process!
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2004-09-28 02:38 pm (UTC)
geez, I can't imagine having all that to do! You certainly handle stress well. You seem to keep a calm head about it all. Hopefully with Matt's help things will be able to flow a lot smoother!
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[User Picture]From: princess_lilam
2004-09-28 02:43 pm (UTC)
I am glad you are doing something you love to do. That probably keeps the stress levels down.
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[User Picture]From: kathrine_lita
2004-09-28 03:32 pm (UTC)
Aw man! I feel for you. Good luck with that work!

Hugs,
Jesse
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[User Picture]From: girliwhirl
2004-09-29 05:45 am (UTC)
You are so inspiring! I want to work for myself full-time. Just reading about your pursuits makes me work harder to accomplish my dreams. Thanks, Jasmine!
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-09-29 06:36 am (UTC)

WOW!

Hi Jasmine,

I just stumbled across your website whilst browsing for fairies on the net and it's amazing. I'm totally blown away by your work, it's really inspiring and I just wanted to let you know!

Jo x
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-29 12:28 pm (UTC)

Re: WOW!

Hi Jo! Thank you so much! And welcome to my LiveJournal - this is the place to check up on me and see my new projects, etc. >^__^
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[User Picture]From: aoi_usagi
2004-09-29 07:01 am (UTC)
Oh my god Jasmine - I just ran across this painting of yours: http://www.strangeling.com/twoofakind.jpg Geez, something about that painting - I just had to pop in here and tell you how much I like it. What a great idea - you never fail to amaze me!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-29 12:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the kind words! "Two of a Kind" is one of my personal favourites. I love ferrets (we had one named "Mr. Woggles" when we were growing up) - it's a little different (lighter) than a lot of my work, but I love it! Welcome to my LiveJournal, by the way - feel free to drop in any time =)
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From: mermaiddelsol
2004-09-29 07:05 am (UTC)
boy that would really take a load off your back if matt learned the computer and the in's and out's of ebay, wouldn't it? you guys would make one hell of a team! keep up the beautiful work jasmine, you are so, so, talented! i take my "allura" painting out everyday to take a peek at it...i just love it! (haven't decided on a frame yet!) :( HAHA!! have a great time at the wedding and have one at the tiki bar for me!! cheers!
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