It’s a Nautical Christmas ~ 2014

With Thanksgiving barely behind us we are rushing towards the Christmas season. I love Christmas decorations and wanted to share some of my favorites in this post. Since we are busy packing we won’t be decorating as much this year. The first picture is my tree a couple of years ago with the added signal flags spelling out Merry Christmas.
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I just love this boat ‘The Gambler’ decorated with the lights and star!
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Another one that I found on Pinterest.
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Next this was posted on the Navy site and released to share. It was taken a few years ago.
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Lastly a Big Thank you to all our followers and customers. I treasure the friendships I have made through the blog and our website.

Wishing you a safe and Happy Christmas!
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IB Designs, USA

Giving Thanks~Thanksgiving Coloring Page~Holidays

Can’t believe that November has rolled in already. All the holidays are coming up but for the two of us it’s more about the time together. We are thankful everyday and not just the one time of year. We have a lot to be thankful this year. We are so glad that we will be able to move next Spring and also thankful for the vacation we were able to take this year. We are at the stage where we are starting to pack things and also get rid of things that we haven’t used in a long time. We are so looking forward to this!

Below is a ship that I thought would be great for kids to color.
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I made it as a PDF file and if you print it in black and white then you can color in the rest. The link is below.
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One thing that we love about the holidays is the food. We tend to like to get Prime Rib for Thanksgiving. Since we don’t have it often it feels like a real treat. Here is a example of one.
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I love this picture of a old-fashioned Thanksgiving in days of old.
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Lastly I wish all my followers and friends a Wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day and don’t eat too much :)
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Halloween Yard Decorations and Holiday Ordering

With Halloween being in just a few weeks I thought I would show some Halloween yard decorations. I had fun with this post and love the skeleton at the ships wheel below. This was on Pinterest and shows the Pirate yard!

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This Halloween video has some fun music and nice yard decorations.

Lastly with Christmas being a little over 2 months away thought I would add that if you wish to order and have it arrive before Christmas please order before December 1st, 2014. This is a tentative date because if we get really busy we would have to change that date. If you have any questions you can always find out on our website Order Page the current time-frame to ensure delivery before Christmas. Personalized signal flags make great gifts!

Ahoy~ Decorating a Nautical Nursery with Personalized Name~Signal Flags

Nautical Nurseries are popular whether you are by the water or not. There are so many choices you can choose from and thought that I would post a few ideas here. The first picture is from our website on Vertical Examples and spells out WOL which is initials. Our vertical banners come ready to hang. All our flags are made by us and made out of high quality cotton.Spell your name, initials or any word with the secret message of signal flags. Horizontal, Vertical or Valances!

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I love this sailboat mobile and would add such a nice touch to any nautical nursery.

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Lastly we made this banner and the customer was so thrilled with it that they sent us a picture they took. The signal flag banner spells GRACEN.
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For more decorating ideas IB Designs, USA has a Pinterest page and there are lots of ideas on my nautical baby and toddler room board

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!