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!

Finally Springtime in the Midwest

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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.

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We are getting closer to summer and the beach. The signal flags below spell SEASIDE.

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I know that this is a short post but will try to get caught up next month. Visit us at IB Designs, USA

March Madness and in the Kitchen Pressure is Building

signal flags,spelling,nautical 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!

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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.

signal flags,spelling,nauticalOur 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

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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.

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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.

Miss Vickie has a recipe site for Pressure Cookers- http://missvickie.com/

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. Recipe Link

That’s all for this month and visit us at IB Designs, USA