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 link. We plan to do some fishing and relaxing. Here is a couple of pictures of the lake.
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.
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.
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.
The next picture shows a couple sitting by the lake. The Signal flags at the top spell out SEASIDE
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.
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.
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.
I am late posting this month since we have been so busy with making flags. Springtime tends to be a busy time for us with lots of weddings, graduations and parties. People use our signal flag as decorations to spell out names, congratulations and for weddings or receptions. I thought I would just share a few of the pics that we have done in the past!
When I visited Texas about 10 years ago sure loved seeing the bluebonnets in the Spring.
We are getting closer to summer and the beach. The signal flags below spell SEASIDE.
I know that this is a short post but will try to get caught up next month. Visit us at IB Designs, USA
We are barely into March but orders are on the slow side. We tend to pick up in April as the wedding season nears and people order banners for their wedding. One thing that we have found lately is that getting some things that we need for the business is getting challenging. We use Steam-A-Seam on some of our flags. It washes well and lasts for a long time. The company that use to make the paper for them has closed so they are looking for a new supplier. It’s the trickle down effect. Also we use split rings in our vertical banners as seen in this picture We use 16mm rings and those are also getting harder to find. They are trying to carry more of the smaller rings. When we find them we stock up!
IL seems to be coming slowly into Spring this year. We are getting some 40 degree days and so some of the snow is starting to melt. The big thing this month is lots of telephone calls from politicians asking us to vote for them on the 18th of this month in the primary. They promise the world but not holding my breath.
Our main project lately is going through our tackle boxes and looking at updating with new fishing gear. We need to get some fishing line and we are looking at some lures for the coming season. Normally weather permitting we go out in April sometime and through October. I find it so relaxing and really miss it when Winter is here. In this section in the future will post pics of some of our catches. Here is one we are looking at from Power Team Lures- Swinging Hammer
In the Kitchen this month I wanted to highlight a new way of cooking for us. Neither one of us have had a lot of experience with Pressure Cooking before this. We experimented with a old pressure cooker and found some of the food to be delicious and extra moist. The other benefit is that it takes a 1/4 of the time to cook. As a example if you have a meat that would normally take an hour it can be done in 15 minutes. One thing you want to make sure of is that you get a Pressure Cooker and not a Pressure Canner. They are really different. We bought a Fagor Rapid Express- 8 qt as shown in the picture below.
It gets really high reviews with good reason. We really love it. Here is a link to Bed, Bath and Beyond where we got ours. We used the 20% coupon we got in the mail for extra savings.
Lastly the Fagor site has this recipe that we have tried and so delicious- Baby Back Ribs
Since we don’t like hot or spicy back ribs, This recipe makes its own sweet and sour sauce. On the page, it says “Beef” spareribs. In the cookbook it refers to “Lean spareribs.”. Since I’ve never heard of sweet and sour Beef ribs we automatically used pork. RecipeLink
Not a whole lot new this February as it tends to be a slow time for us. We are getting some orders but generally slow. One thing that is relatively new is a few months ago we opened a merchant account and now except both Visa and MasterCard. When we first started back in 2005 we used PayPal and then Google Checkout for quite awhile. We are pleased how well this is working.
Life in IL has sure been cold this year. We haven’t even hit 32 F for the last few weeks. The majority of our temps have been below zero during the night and highs in the teens during the day. We have also got quite a bit of snow as seen in the picture below. This was actually about a month ago and the piles are higher now.
One project that worked out well is our Proofing Box that Craig made. With the cold temps that we have had and trying to make bread it’s been a challenge. This solves a lot of problems. Based on thisarticle we created our own version. We searched and found a bin that was big enough that it would hold both the bucket that I use and also half sheets for when we rise bread. We bought at Menard’s a Programmable Thermostat the Win 100 made by Lux. We are seeing that we really don’t need all the different days since we are using it for bread. It is accurate and lets you know what the temp is inside the box. Also has a plug in as you can see in the pic. We are using a 40 watt bulb. We bought at Ace Hardware the housing for the light bulb socket. Below is a montage of what it looks like. It sure is helping!
In the kitchen we have found a really great recipe forYeast Doughnuts from Alton Brown. They are delicious. Since it’s just the 2 of us after the first rise we cut out the doughnuts and then freeze all but a couple of them which we fry. What we have found that works well is if you know you want doughnuts the next day take a couple out of the freezer and put them in the fridge. A few hours before you want to fry them put them on a plate on the counter to bring to room temperture. They really puff up when you put them in the oil. Sorry no pics since we ate them :)