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Happy New Year!!!!!!!! [Dec. 31st, 2004|05:06 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Happy New Year!!!! (Well, New Year's Eve at least!!!)

We've unpacked our presents - I got a lot of nice things this year! Lots of DVDs, books, incense, clothes, teas, foods, gift cards, trinkets, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Burt's Bees, oh my - lots of stuff!!

We had a nice trip to Kansas City - most of the time we stayed at my sister Amber & her husband Chris' house - they were perfect hosts ;) My mom let us borrow her car while we were in town so we got to travel around a lot, visiting, etc. We had Christmas Eve with my Mom's side of the family at her house, lots of cousins, presents, and good food. Then we had an early Christmas morning at my dad's house with my sisters and their kin, and then we went to my grandmother's house up in St. Joseph for Christmas Day with my dad's side of the family. Then we went to my step-mother's mom's (that would be my step-grandmother's?) house Christmas night for wonderful dinner with my step-mom's side of the family. The next day we had Christmas with Matt's mom, and so on. Lots of Christmas-ing!

I got to see the house my dad is working on (he buys old houses and fixes them up fancy) - it looks like it will turn out very nice. Matt & I went with him and my step-mom up to Omaha, Nebraska to go to the zoo there (which is very cool). We also went with them to the casino, which was a lot of fun (and I won $2, hehe). On Wednesday it was my brother-in-law James' birthday so we went to his sister Heather's place (she had a party for him there) - I actually went to her place many times, since she lives in the apartment under Amber's, lol. I spent a lot of time with my sister Kachina and her little boy Theodore - he's getting so cute and clever! We went to Ruchi Indian Restaurant with him - he's only 1 year old, but he likes a lot of unusual foods, hehe. Another day we all went to Sushi House and had vegetarian bento boxes (yum!). Another day we went with my Mom to Thai Orchid. So basically I've had an insane amount of delicious foods lately, lol.

Last night we stayed at my mom's house since she was driving us to the airport early this morning, and my cousin Annie and her husband Matt came by and we played Trivial Pursuit. Actually, I played a LOT of games over the last week - a fun one called "Apples to Apples" that Kachina got for Christmas, Scrabble, Uno Attack, Scattergories, and the awesome "Donkey Konga" (on the Gamecube) - I love that game, I think we might have to buy it for ourselves.....

We also went to a movie with Matt's mom - we saw "The Life Aquatic" which I highly recommend (especially if you are a fan of Wes Anderson's other films, like Rushmore and the Royal Tennenbaums, etc.).

I probably did a MILLION other things that I can't remember right now - it was such a crazy week!

But now it's back to work! I've taken my "on vacation" status off of my website and eBay store, and everything is back up and running as always. In fact - I have some BRAND NEW prints on sale!!! Two of my most recent paintings - "Gothling #9" and "Hamadryad" - you can see them here:

Click HERE to see "Gothling #9" (8x10 on sale for $10)

Click HERE to see "Hamadryad" (8x10 on sale for $10)

& Click HERE to see "Hamadryad" (12x16 on sale for $20)

All right - I'm off to catch up on some other stuff and then maybe watch a movie and drink some champagne with Matt for New Year's - I'm so drained from my trip!

[User Picture]From: heatherica
2004-12-31 10:30 pm (UTC)
All that talk of food!! I'm so hungry, lol!! It all sounds delicious!! It sounds like you guys had a really wonderful time too! I want to play that Donkey Konga game so badly!! I haven't even seen gameplay of it yet! Well, I'm sure I'll have it someday. I just have to be patient, lol! (I still don't have the EyeToy which I think looks like loads of silly fun!)

Have a Happy New Year!!!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: kathrine_lita
2004-12-31 10:33 pm (UTC)

Welcome Back!

Sounds like you had tons of fun! Well I'm glad some one had fun. :P

Welcome back and have a Hppy New Years you two!

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[User Picture]From: peemonster
2004-12-31 10:39 pm (UTC)
welcome back :.D

glad to hear you got back safe~~ people flying makes me so nervous :<

Love Always,
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[User Picture]From: crypticvitality
2004-12-31 11:04 pm (UTC)
Wow busy week!! Tom has a large family so we were all doing the family visiting of all the different sides and driving places and stuff. Tonight we are going to be brining in the New Year at our Friday night meditation group, I can’t wait to show them all my page in the Art Wanted book.

Man, now I’m going to have start to remember to sign my painting with 05 and not 04, to weird... it seems to futuristic to sign things as 2005 lol.

I had a question about your prints. Does the white border conform evenly around the print? Iv done a few test prints and found an option where I can add a half-inch border around the image, rather then having the white border thin and uneven on the sides. For example the width of the border on some of the prints without the half-inch space would differ in size from the width and the height of the print.

Because I see your print are listed as an even 8”x10” and in your listing it says the print measures 8.5"x11" including a white mounting border. I hope I’m explaining and asking this right. I just wonder if your border even conforms around the image.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-31 11:36 pm (UTC)
Hi Candace!

Well, of course my original paintings vary in size - a 16x20 original painting would obviously reduce to an 8x10 print, but a 12x16 original painting would reduce to an 8x10.6 print (since they are proportioned differently with the width/heighth ratio).

Since the paper is 8.5x11, there will be a border either way. What I do (when minimizing a larger painting to a smaller print) is to make the size as CLOSE to 8"x10" without going UNDER. Like in the 12x16 painting wanting to reduce to an approximately 8x10 print, I would make the smaller size 8 and then keep it a proportional re-size, making the height 10.6". Make sense?

The reason I do so is because I like to make my prints standard sized for frames and mats. I go with 8x10 (on a 8.5x11 piece of paper) and 12x16 (on a 13x19 piece of paper). The reason you WOULD'T want to do a .5 border all around a sheet of 8.5x11 paper is because then the height would only be 7.5 and would SHOW the white border if somebody popped it in an 8x10 frame. Of course if they took it to a custom framing shop, they could get a 7.5" cut, but custom framing is expensive and most of my customers buy cheaper ready-made frames and mats for a $10 print, hehe. So if the printed size is 8"x10.6" it can go in an 8x10 frame/mat with no white showing, and just a slight bit of coverage on the edges (where none of the important stuff is anyways).

The border size doesn't at all. As long as the lines are straight (make sure the paper is fed properly into the printer - you don't want it angling off crooked!), it's good. As long as there is at least a little bit of a border for the mat or frame to hang onto! Some people sell borderless prints, which is fine too - you just lose more of the edge detail (and you have to spend time with a paper cutter on each print - urgh!).
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-12-31 11:37 pm (UTC)
I meant to say "The border size doesn't matter at all."
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[User Picture]From: jennifae
2004-12-31 11:16 pm (UTC)
Have a happy new year!!! ^_^
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[User Picture]From: 67_chevelle
2004-12-31 11:24 pm (UTC)
Awww Such a Wonderful Vacation!!! You so deserved it!!! :)

Happy New Year!!!!
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From: michellesart
2005-01-01 12:08 am (UTC)
Glad you had a good Christmas and lots of family time! Hope you have a wonderful New Year's!!!
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2005-01-01 12:30 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: jaishi
2005-01-01 12:39 am (UTC)
Hey Jassy,
I'm so happy to hear that you had a great time during your vacation!! I just wanted pop in to wish you and Matt a Happy New Year!!!

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[User Picture]From: thru_her_lens
2005-01-01 12:44 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to the both of you!
Have a lovely time with Matt. I'm glad you had a lovely time over Christmas, sounds fab.

Take care, lots of hugs and I hope 2005 bring you all you wish for!!
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2005-01-01 12:45 am (UTC)
sounds hectic. that is so lovely! i always love to be back home. I am a slave to my own bedroom and stuff. i am going to atlanta in a couple of weeks and i am dreading being so far away for five days. oh wells, it will be nice to see some of my family.

have a lovely evening, and so glad things went well and the trip went off as a success.
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[User Picture]From: tigerpixieart
2005-01-01 02:10 am (UTC)
Happy New Year Jasmine!! I'm glad you and Matt had a good time and are home safe and sound :)
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[User Picture]From: greenhoodloxley
2005-01-01 03:21 am (UTC)

Happy New Year! Out of curiosity, what painting is the background for your journal? I really like it!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-01-01 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Sally!

The painting in the back is called "Swamp Spirit" - http://www.strangeling.com/swampspirit.html
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2005-01-01 06:32 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great trip! Happy NEW YEAR!!!
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[User Picture]From: sugarplum
2005-01-01 07:35 am (UTC)
Welcome back, Jasmine (and Matt)! I'm glad to hear you had a wonderful time with your families over Christmas. I hope you had a very Happy New Years Eve as well, and may 2005 be a great year for all of us! :D *hugs*

I posted you a Christmas card this year, I hope you got it! :))

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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-01-01 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Lisa!!!

Oh yes!!!! Thank you so much for the card - and Happy New Year's to you!
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[User Picture]From: sugarplum
2005-01-08 02:09 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you got the card then, Jasmine! :) And you are so very welcome ~ it was the least I could do, as you do so much for everyone in the world by sharing your wonderful talent with us all :) *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-01-08 02:11 pm (UTC)
=) Matt says thank you also - he was happy to see the note just for him!!!! >^___^
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[User Picture]From: sugarplum
2005-01-08 02:19 pm (UTC)
That's sweet :) You are both very welcome! Because Matt is behind the scenes, I guess he doesn't get remembered quite as easily as you do, you know? And I know you don't even really know me and all (as we're not mutual LJ friends) .. But I just wanted to let you both know I was thinking of you at Christmas time :) ♥
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[User Picture]From: artistchick
2005-01-01 03:42 pm (UTC)
Welcome back! =) I'm glad you had such a fun time with your family.
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[User Picture]From: rubyg
2005-01-01 03:55 pm (UTC)
Yay! It sounds like you had a great time, thats cool how you were going from one side of the family each day lol! I don't know if your family are like it, but my family are obbsessed with feeding their guests, so when I was little and went to see my grandparents at xmas it'd be like, "Sorrel! You're so skinny, here's some more cake!" lol!

Sounds like such a good time!

Hope you had a fantastic New Year's Eve, Happy 2005!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-01-01 07:25 pm (UTC)
LOL! Oh yes - my grandma often tries to fatten us up, I think, hehe. She's always saying things like "When you turn sideways, I can't even see you" or "You can't hardly cast a shadow" and then encourages me to eat second helpings (or thirds, or fourths.... lol).
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[User Picture]From: jenelycam
2005-01-01 06:29 pm (UTC)
Great to know that you had such a great time in KC.

Scattergories....hehe. My sister-in-law comes up with the funniest things that we never allow. Ex. Something you're afraid of beginning with "A" Her answer: "airless breathing." We still make fun of her for that...it's been 4 years..hehe. Something in a medicine cabinet "n"...Neckshaver. She's hilarious. We also play Guesstures. Greg's hilarious at this. we play girls v boys. Girls rule!!!! We kicked ass by 30 points last night.

Can't wait to see what you come up with in '05 for paintings.

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