Our WI Vacation ~ More Pictures to Share

My last post showed just some of the pictures that I had taken. I wanted to share more of them with you. Although this trip was a vacation we were also looking around a few areas as we are going to move next Spring to WI. More about that as we go :) Click on picture to see them full size!
The first picture was taken in the evening and loved the cloud formation as seen below:

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Next is a boat that was taking off. There is a boat house behind the tree on the left and they took off from there.

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Next 2 pictures show the deck that I was taking pictures from

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water boat lake wi cottage deck

Next 2 pictures show some of the flower garden that they have made and foliage.

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water boat lake wi cottage deck flowers

Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Our WI Vacation Pictures – Great Time!

As most of my followers know we took a vacation the end of August. It was our first in about 8 years. It was so relaxing and we had a great time. There is something about the water that is simply wonderful. Took lots of pictures and hope you enjoy them. First off is a few of the lake. Our cottage at Crown Point Resort faced the water. Lots of boats and some fishing out on the lake. We didn’t catch anything but still had a great time. These pictures I took were from our deck looking out.
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Next is some pictures of the rock garden they made. It’s near the steps leading down to the lake.


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Lots of birds flying in and out and finally captured one that decided to sit still for a second :)
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Will share more as we go along. Also if you click on any image you can see it full size. Hope you enjoyed it!

18th & 19th Century Ships-Decor

This post shows a little bit of everything as far as nautical decor on ships of old. gpcox- pacificparatrooper had a great idea and got me thinking what ships would look like back then. He has a wonderful blog that is worth checking out!

Here is a pic of a 18th century ship!


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photo credit-maritime-connector.com

Below is a 19th century ship.

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photo credit- mlive.com – scooner


Next is the Captain’s Quarters. Notice the quills that they used for writing back then!

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photo credit-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabin_%28ship%29

Next is a Captain’s desk.Mahogany ship’s Captain’s pedestal desk

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photo credit-carters.com.au

Love this lantern that they used.

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photo credit-vallejogallery.com

Lastly love the signal flags in the picture below. Dressed as a 19th century sailor on the deck of a wooden sailing ship- Punch

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photo credit- punch.photoshelter.com

Here is a link with a little bit about Frequently Asked Questions from the Navy site.

Phonetic alphabet is a list of words used to identify letters in a message transmitted by radio or telephone. Spoken words from an approved list are substituted for letters. For example, the word “Navy” would be “November Alfa Victor Yankee” when spelled in the phonetic alphabet. This practice helps to prevent confusion between similar sounding letters, such as “m” and “n”, and to clarify communications that may be garbled during transmission.

An early version of the phonetic alphabet appears in the 1913 edition of The Bluejackets’ Manual. Found in the Signals section, it was paired with the Alphabetical Code Flags defined in the International Code. Both the meanings of the flags (the letter which they represent) and their names (which make up the phonetic alphabet) were selected by international agreement. Later editions included the Morse code signal as well.


Hope you enjoyed the post!




Going on Vacation in August!

It’s been quite awhile since we have taken a vacation (almost 8 yrs). We have been busy making flags and somehow time just got away from us. We are really looking forward to a well deserved break. We will be gone the last week of August to visit in WI. We rented a cabin near Lake Kegonsa. The Indian name means- Lake of Many Fish. To learn more of the history of the lake you can click this linkWe plan to do some fishing and relaxing. Here is a couple of pictures of the lake.


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I plan on taking lots of pics when we go up there and will be posting some of them in September on here.

Due to us being gone we will be accepting new orders until on or around 8/5/14. After 8/5 we will be accepting orders again on or around Sept 1st. Although we are only going to be gone the last week in August this enables us to get our current orders out before we leave since our current ship time is 3 weeks.

We will be posting info when it gets closer on both our Home page and also our How to Order

This sign says it all.


Independence Day~ 4th of July Tribute

With just a little over a week away we will soon be celebrating the 4th of July. I ran across this video and it really touched me as it sums up what I feel. I felt compelled to share it and hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. A big salute to all our soldiers and veterans for all that they do to keep our country safe 365 days out of the year.

4th of July- We remember


Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July as we celebrate the Declaration of Independence.


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Summertime ~ Nautical Signal Flags

Can’t believe it’s been a month all ready since I posted. Sorry for the delay but have been really busy with orders. That’s good though!  Since we are already part way into June thought I would post some pictures that remind me of Summertime.

Back when I had a page on Facebook for IB Designs, USA I had this picture on there showing examples of our flags.

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The next picture shows a couple sitting by the lake. The Signal flags at the top spell out SEASIDE

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As most of you know I love fishing and is a great summertime activity.


Lastly lots of people love to camp out in their RV so I put this picture together for the fun of that spells in signal flags RVing.

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Hope everyone is having a excellent start to Summer!   IB Designs, USA

Team Member Readership Award ~ Thanks

I was so happy that Sage Doyle nominated me for the Team Member Readership Award. I love reading his blog. I am a avid reader and when you are reading the Journey of Wall Grimm you keep reading a bit more and are caught up in it. Like a good book you wonder what is going to happen next.

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I decided to do them all at once and all of them are great! I know I am a couple short.

Here are the Award Rules:

1) The nominee shall display the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award logo on his/her blog.

2) The nominee shall nominate 14 bloggers s/he admires, over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.

Petals Unfolding- http://herladypinkrose.wordpress.com/

Misifusa’s Blog- http://misifusa.wordpress.com/

Map of Time- http://jgburdette.wordpress.com/

Enchanted Seashells- http://enchantedseashells.com/

Pride in Photos Photography- http://prideinphotos.com/

Rebecca Guevara- http://thewritingwaters.wordpress.com/

The Talking Violin- http://thetalkingviolin.com/

Lizzie Somerset’s Blog- http://lizziesomerset.wordpress.com/

Bucket List Publications- http://bucketlistpublications.org/

Cereus Art- http://cereusart.com/

Wood & Rope- http://woodandrope.wordpress.com/

tonettejoycefoodfriendsfamily- http://tonettejoycefoodfriendsfamily.wordpress.com/
Thanks for being my friends! Just wanted to let all of you know how much I appreciate you and for your visits to my blog!