Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Isobel Peachey Paints Her Majesty The Queen

Just now, I am trying hard to imagine what it might feel like to be in Isobel Peachey's shoes, and I honestly can't get there. See the painting above? It was unvieled today. Isobel painted it, thus becoming, at 31, the youngest woman ever to be commissioned to paint a portrait of Her Majesty.

Imagine, if you will, yourself a young artist... having won some awards, and enjoyed some success ... but not enough to have your own studio. You are still painting in your "Mum's attic."
Then, you are intereviewed by someone from the famous Cunard Line about how you might "approach an important commission." And the next thing you know, you have been selected to paint a portrait that is to hang in the Grand Lobby of the new Cunard ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth. And the subject of the portrait? It is Her Majesty The Queen, Herself.

The new portrait was revealed to the press today. Is it not stunning? Isobel, your name is made!

On October 11th, The Queen will officially name the new ship, and Miss Peachey's painting will be on board, waiting to be enjoyed by legions of cruise passengers over many a year to come.

Visit the artist's website here:  http://isobelpeachey.weebly.com/index.html

Friday, September 10, 2010

Cruise Ship Cabin Door Markers

When hubby and I go cruising, one of us always seems to have a problem remembering our cabin number. (HINT:  It's not me!)  My solution: I put a little magnet on our cabin door as a 'marker' for him. They are a big help to him during the cruise, and we have a nice, inexpensive cruise souvenir afterwards.  You can buy my custom cruise magnets at CruiseReady on Zazzle, and have them printed with your own cruise information. (There are matching pin-on name badges, too)

You can customize these magnets with the name of your group or family, an individual's name, and cruise info (ship, dates). If you're not cruising with a group or ffamily gathering, you might substitute other words instead of a group name, like "Sailing at last!" or "Ahoy, Matey" or "Our Very First Cruise" or "We Love Cruising" ... or ... well, you get the idea.


They come in a bunch of different designs, all available in one square size and several round sizes, and they make a real nice little dated souvenir. Yes, you can evn order just one customized item. And yes, if you're ordering for a group or family, there are discounts for bulk/volume orders, starting at just 10 magnets, or 10 name badges. They're profesionally printed, and magnets and pin-back buttons are usually ready to ship within 24 hours.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Win a Cruise on Radiance of the Seas

Here's another opportunity to win a free cruise. This one is a four nighter on the Radiance of the Seas, a real favorite of many Royal Caribbean fans. The contest for the free cruise is from Cruise Elite, Inc. of Ormand Beach, FL, and you need to do two simple things to enter:

1 - Go to Cruise Elite's Facebook page, and click on the LIKE button at the top of the page.  According to the rules, the winner must ". . . be a 'fan' of Cruise Elite, Inc. on facebook at time of drawing ."

2 - Fill out the entry form on the Cruise Elite Website.

The drawing will be held at noon on September 28, aso enter by the 27th!

PRIZE:  Cruise for two on the Radiance of the Seas  (cruise only)
CRUISE DATE:  January 13, 2011 (Sailing from Tampa)
See website for additional details and complete rules.

I'm betting these folks will get a good number of entries, given the popularity of the Radiance of the Seas.  She's a well-loved ship!

BTW- The solarium on the Radiance is the photo for one of the months on my 2010 - 2011 Cruise Lover's Calendar, available at CruiseReady on Zazzle