Monday, July 26, 2010 is Now Online

I just flipped the switch to my new Web site  I started designing the Web site in June, and I'm pleased with the results. I still have to create a jewelry page and a press page, but for now, the site is officially online. Be sure to stop by, and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The New Home of The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

If I remember correctly, the last time I set foot on the ice at the former Ice-A-Rama rink in Wilkes-Barre was 1998. Shortly thereafter, the city of Wilkes-Barre closed the ice rink. I love skating (ice and roller) and have been doing so ever since I was a kid. In fact, my friend Stacy and I took figure skating lessons for ice skating and roller skating. If anything, we learned how to waltz on skates, and it's terrific exercise.

Today, I had the pleasure of getting a glimpse of The Coal Street Complex, which is now home to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins organization. This new facility is topnotch and will be a great asset to the community. Who would have known that the former Ice-A-Rama would now be home to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ice hockey team?

As a freelance writer, I come across many interesting assignments. When I was asked to write an article about the Penguins, I jumped at the chance. I love ice hockey, and I wanted to learn more about the Penguins' new home.

Brian Coe, Vice President of Operations, was kind enough to provide me with a firsthand look at the inner workings of the facility.

Here's a look at the new reception area. 

 ~The logo in the reception area~

The photos on this wall were sent over from the Pittsburgh Penguins.Although I toured the locker room and weight room, I didn't get any pictures because they're still doing some work on those areas. Sorry, ladies.

Here's my favorite part of today's tour: the ice rink. It looks a lot like it used to, but it's much, much nicer. It's time to dust off my ice skates and pick up a skating schedule.

For those who remember that old puzzle-piece floor before skating onto the ice, check out this nice, new floor.

Jason Jarecki, General Manager, informed me that the public will now be able to watch the Penguins when they're on the ice practicing. How exciting!

 ~The new and improved snack bar area~

The snack bar will be up and running before you know it.

~Some comfy seats near the snack bar area~

~Another lounge area with a fireplace near the snack bar area~

This new ice rink will have something for everyone ranging from ice hockey, figure skating, public skating sessions, curling, and exercise on ice by the name of Icersize. They also have plenty of space for birthday parties.Please visit The Coal Street Complex for more information.

I'd like to thank Brian and Jason for taking the time to provide me with a glimpse of what this new facility has to offer. Go Pens!

Enough blogging for now. I have a deadline to meet.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Collaborative Work

While donating a piece of artwork to Paper Kite Gallery's annual free art event last year, I had the chance to stumble upon some cool prints by Dan Waber's mother. Dan mentioned that they wanted to do an exhibit in the summer of 2010 with pieces of Marlea Waber's artwork.

We were encouraged to take a piece of Marlea's artwork as long as we agreed to participate in the art show. I immediately zeroed in on these cute sneakers that the artist called Tennies.

Since I enjoy walking, I thought of the road signs one often encounters while out for a walk, so I placed the walking man sign directly below Marlea's sneakers that I adhered to the canvas with Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue. Then I painted arrows all around the sides of the gallery-wrapped canvas.

Since the print was starting to fade, I wanted to carry that look throughout the painting. I used a dry-brush technique to paint, and then I took a piece of rough sandpaper to distress the painting.

Join us on Friday, July 16, 2010, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Paper Kite Press and Gallery, which is located at 443 Main Street in Kingston. Hope to see you there!

Hot, Hot, Hot!

We're still in the midst of a heatwave here in northeast Pennsylvania, but that's fine with me. The cats are loving it too. Here's a picture of Chiseler flopped out on the sidewalk.

Ever since we've hit record temperatures, the cats just want to crash outside. I guess they're not keen on the air conditioning inside. Here's to more hot weather!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Zazzle Artist Award

Wow! My Valentine Flower card has been "hand-picked as an example of creativity at its finest. Out of the billions of designs on Zazzle, yours was chosen for being one of the best." To be more specific, my design is one of the top designs of all 86,930 Valentine's designs.

As a reward, my card will appear at the top of this page in the "Featured Designs" section for approximately two weeks.Thanks, Zazzle, for this wonderful award!

Liberty Crows Design

My Liberty Crows design is now featured as a top July 4th pick on enchante's Web site. How cool. For more information, click here.