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Hey everybody =) [Jun. 26th, 2006|01:01 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
I'm back from my little trip!

Matt & I took a three-day weekend and went on a Disney Cruise!

We went on the 3-Night Caribbean cruise - this one here:

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/dcl/en_US/cruises/landing?name=3NightBahamianCruiseLandingPage

It is actually a really easy way for us to do a weekend getaway - it only takes us an hour to drive to the port, park, and hop on the boat. After that they take care of us, hehe. Got a really good deal too, which was awesome. I never mind getting the smallest stateroom with no windows at the bottom of the boat, hehe, since all I do in the room is fall asleep - it saves a ton of money.

It's the second Disney Cruise we've been on six months, lol.

Nope, no photos to show off - the minute we got on board our camera broke, sorry! Actually I am pretty sorry, now I need to get a new camera or something =(

We had a fabulous time - it was EXTRA fabulous because when we were at Castaway Cay (Disney's private island in the Caribbean) we saw the FLYING DUTCHMAN. It showed up on the horizon when we were laying in a hammock by the sea - I couldn't believe it! The Flying Dutchman is the boat in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie, of course! Even though it is a movie prop, it is an actual boat and Disney is apparently docking it at Castaway Cay now that filming is done with. It's a giant pirate ship that looks like it has been wrecked under the sea for ages but resurrected like a zombie boat or something - it's amazing.

I didn't get any photos of it myself, but here are some links to photos other people have taken of it when it was being built or something (not sure where it was in these photos):

http://www.the-bahama-islands.com/5flyingdutchman010306.jpg

http://www.the-bahama-islands.com/1flyingdutchman010306.jpg

http://www.the-bahama-islands.com/3flyingdutchman010306.jpg

http://www.the-bahama-islands.com/4flyingdutchman010306.jpg

It was so incredible to see it coming over the horizon in the actual Caribbean - magical!! I didn't know it was an actual boat, I thought it was probably just computer generated special effects, lol. Makes me extra excited to see the new movie now....

We did so much other stuff too - saw lots of wildlife, lots of beaches, lots and lots and lots of rum, lol, - fabulous time. I can't believe we squeezed so much into two and a half days. Then yesterday when we got back it was my sister Amber's birthday, so we had a fun time with her - playing games, eating cake, etc.

I'm back now and getting ready to paint - and of course catch up on emails, etc. >__<

Next week (leaving the 2nd of July) we're helping Amber & Chris move up north again - we're taking their car and transporting their Degu, and saying hi to the folks up in Kansas City for 4th of July, but will be flying back on the 6th, so we won't be gone long - shouldn't affect much as far as shipping & orders goes. It feels so crazy to be going out of town in a week already. Then a week after that I'm going to be in Iowa (or is it Illinois? I forget!) for a weekend too. What a busy month!

So for the next week I will be painting, painting & painting! I'll probably start a new piece shortly - not sure what yet - maybe pirates, maybe dragons, maybe faeries - who could know? I have a bunch of ACEO cards made too, I'll probably list them tomorrow night since today I want to PAINT!

When I do paint, you can watch me HERE on my webcam!

Off I go.....
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[User Picture]From: andreags
2006-06-26 05:26 pm (UTC)
My vote is for pirates! Glad you had a good time!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-29 01:26 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I went with a dragon, but I promise there will pirates soon!
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[User Picture]From: selinawoman
2006-06-26 05:46 pm (UTC)
Living in Fla rocks! Being able to take small cruises on a whim, exspensive, but those last min deals are awesom!
Huzzah for you!
I'm here in California, so I can take off to Mexico, but there aren't any pirate ships there! Ah Well! Beats Wyoming!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-29 01:39 pm (UTC)
It's true!!! It's such an easy trip for us to make, it takes less than an hour for us to get to the boat - no airfare, travel time, etc.

That's cool - I've never been to Mexico - been really close to it, but never gone in. We might do another Disney Cruise that goes through the Western Caribbean, it hits Cozumel and Costa Maya - I'd really like to see some Mayan ruins, pyramids, etc.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-29 01:42 pm (UTC)
They are so neat - like giant resorts on the water!

I haven't painted a Degu yet - I should though, they are really cute!
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[User Picture]From: eaglemaina
2006-06-26 11:40 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't mind me asking you this Jasmine:

I was looking at your work through your webcam and saw it in sketch stage. I was wondering what you used to sketch your drawing on the painted canvas? I tried sketching with a white watercolor pencil, but it's so light! I can barely see a thing (unless I don't use the right brand).

I was wondering if you could give me a tip or two about that? Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! =)

-Annie
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-26 11:48 pm (UTC)
Hi Annie! Actually, it is a white watercolour pencil! I have a bunch of watercolour pencils (most brands are about the same, most of mine are Derwent I think) - I choose a colour based on what the background looks like so far. This was a solid black background, so when I was deciding what to paint I just sketched on top with a white watercolour pencil. When it's a light background I'll choose a darker pencil. I just barely press on the pencil - I do a lot of scribbling, lol. Watercolour pencils are great for sketching on acrylics & canvas since they wipe away with water and won't leave residue like a regular pencil will. Or sometimes I'll just start painting without a sketch if I have an idea in my head already =)
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[User Picture]From: eaglemaina
2006-06-27 01:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for answering my question!! I might not be using a good brand of watercolor pencil afterall! I will have to check it out!

Thank you so much again! =)

-Annie
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[User Picture]From: rendergirl
2006-06-27 12:20 am (UTC)
Your schedule makes me dizzy! ;)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-29 01:42 pm (UTC)
Me too!!!!
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[User Picture]From: blonde_blythe
2006-06-27 12:26 am (UTC)
Welcome back, Jas! I'm glad you & Matt got in a little R&R! I'm looking forward to seeing what new paintings you manage to cook up!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-29 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you Toni!!! Your new Bettie is so cute!!!
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[User Picture]From: blonde_blythe
2006-06-29 09:27 pm (UTC)
Aww! Thank you! :-) I worked really hard on her, so it's really nice to get some good feedback on her! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: blonde_blythe
2006-06-29 09:34 pm (UTC)
P.S. I love your "Blue Dragon" painting!
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From: wifeofnaraku
2006-06-27 01:01 am (UTC)

wow

fun fun! I wish I could go on a cruisie! oh wells, at least I'm going to Six Flags this thurdsday. But welcomes back ~hugs~
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-29 01:43 pm (UTC)

Re: wow

Thank you! =)

Six Flags is awesome too - I love amusement parks!
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2006-06-27 02:19 am (UTC)
oh man!! That ship is REALLY COOOOOOOOOOOOL!!! SO AMAZING!! Lucky seeing it in person! :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-29 01:44 pm (UTC)
It is so awesome!! Makes me extra excited to see the movie, hehe.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-29 01:45 pm (UTC)
It is so cool - that creepy mouth thing on the front is awesome!
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[User Picture]From: sweetkisses13
2006-06-27 06:59 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear you had such a wonderful time, Jasmine. =)
One of these days, I need to go on a cruise. *Giggles* That is so awesome that you saw the ship from the movie.
I'm looking forward to the new paintings.
*Hugs*
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-29 01:46 pm (UTC)
I had so much fun!!
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[User Picture]From: sweetkisses13
2006-06-29 03:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! =)
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[User Picture]From: atlantisdevil
2006-06-28 01:15 am (UTC)
I would just like to say your new serpent painting is beautifil ^_^
I have a lot of new stuff on my website for the month of june as well

www.tomb-babies.piczo.com .. on the art page ^_^

I am moving this week, so I wont be on the internet until july 4th :(
But Please, anyone who wants to look at my website..leave a comment in the guestbook ^_^ And I'll see it asap.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-29 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much Heather!
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