Monday, August 30, 2010

For the Love of the Game

It's no wonder the word "Love" is a part of the Tennis scoring vocabulary because once you've been bitten by the bug, the eternal affair has begun.

This year's Tennis Masters Cincinnati Tournament offered me and my sister the opportunity to meet the Bryan brothers and Justin Gimelstob. I couldn't help but chuckle as a flashback came over me.

It was a decade ago when Christine and I queued at Wimbledon and enjoyed berries & crème on what wasn't yet known as Henman Hill. Camping out at the practice arena, we were seated immediately on the court's edge and so close to the players, we could have fulfilled the responsibility of the ball girls. It was here that I saw Gimelstob playing in person for the first time! In addition to the Williams sisters. Quite the thrill! Being at such proximity, you truly appreciate the pace, placement and skill of this professional level of play.

With Cincinnati putting a stake in the ground, publically announcing our love of the game, we will hold the honor of hosting a marque tournament recognized nationally.

Become blown away when you checkout the plans for what will be next year's Lindner Family Tennis Center. Touted to be a festive urban tennis garden.

The improvements, officials said, will allow men’s and women’s matches to take place simultaneously at next year’s Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open. Those matches are second in size only to the U.S. Open. A huge feather in our cap for the Queen City!

The Painted Memory

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Celebrating life's journey through a map of personal icons

Tell the story of your life in vivid watercolors.

The idea of creating a two-dimensional tapestry celebrating life’s sweet moments inspired me to offer Life and Wedding Maps.
It’s the perfect way of telling your journey through pictures of treasured spots or events.

The absolutely best part – hearing the background to what should be included in the final list, and then delivering the masterpiece and watching eyes light up as they scan the painting for discoverable details.

One in particular that stands out is – the Wedding map for dear friends, Paige and Brett, which was then used as their Save-the-Date.
An absolutely amazing fairytale wedding!!!

The Painted Memory