Each year I do a blog post about a Christmas Lights Boat Parade. I tend to pick out different ones each year. There are so many to choose from and love the way they decorate their boats and yachts.This year I chose one from Kennewick, WA. Here is a You Tube video that shows one from a couple of years ago.
Lighting up the Columbia River since 1964. Proudly Sponsored By: Clover Island Yacht Club
Below is a picture of the USS Russell with all it’s lights. So Beautiful!
Lastly a Christmas pic that spell out JOY on our Vertical Ladder.
Christmas Ordering Info
For most banners, please order prior to December 1st to ensure delivery before December 24, 2013. Check out our Ordering Page for current information. You can also email and we can let you know if your banner can arrive before Christmas. Our flag are hand-crafted by us.
This year has sure gone by fast. Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away. It is also a good time to reflect. I am thankful to all our customers and those that have followed my blog. I really appreciate it. Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours fromIB Designs, USA
This is one of my favorite recipe and the taste is delicious.
Cranberry Walnut Relish
1 lb fresh cranberries
2 c sugar
1 c chopped English walnuts
1 c orange marmalade
Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 Tbs)
I also added one 11 oz can of mandarin oranges, chopped
Wash and drain cranberries. Mix with sugar. Place in a shallow baking pan(I used a Pyrex 9 x 13). Cover with foil. Cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Toast walnuts for 12 min. Add marmalade and juice to cranberry mixture. Add chopped oranges. Stir in nuts. Place in container. Chill before serving.
I recently ran across this video on You Tube showing a drill they were doing with signal flags. I thought you might enjoy it, also. Although we make signal flags ours are so small compared to what is flown on a ship or boat. Our flags are made out of 100% cotton and designed for home use. The picture below gives you a example of the size of IB Designs, USA signal flags.
Although in the comments they said the men were slow I thought that they were pretty fast. The video is long but it is neat to see how they do it especially with a strong wind blowing. Not sure what size the flags are in the video. Signal flags come in several sizes. 0,1, 2, 3. The larger the number the larger the flag so that it can be visible from far away when out at sea. Most our made out of ripstop nylon due to weather conditions like high winds and salt water.
We have on our website a signal flag coloring book as a PDF file for quite some time. Although we are all busy this time of year this is something that children can do sitting at the table while you are busy making holiday cookies and dishes. After they are done coloring it they would make a nice decoration for the holiday season. I decided to do it myself so that you can see how it works. I am spelling the word MERRY.
This link takes you to our Products Page and at the bottom you will see the following image.
You will see a link to download the ZIP file directly. That way you can save it for future projects. Once you have saved it to a folder that you will remember, open and scroll down to the letter that you want. When you hit Print make sure that you pick CURRENT PAGE. There is 2 flag images for each page. Below is a picture of the Letter M and also the letter N. Based on what you are spelling you can always either hold on to the spare letter or not.
Next is the letter M close up showing colored and not.
This is best with a color printer because the little square on the upper left would be in color telling you what color the flag is.Unfortunately we only have a black and white printer.
Once all the letters are colored in it’s time to cut them out including the tabs that look like rope. If your child is young it would be best for you to cut them out after they have colored the flag. Once they are cut out lay each tab over the other and scotch tape them together. Here is a complete banner that I put together.
This picture shows them on the fridge and a magnet on each end. They could be hung anywhere around the house including maybe a Christmas tree if the name wasn’t too long.
Lastly is a picture of our signal flag alphabet that shows all the colors of the various letters.
This time of year as we enter into Winter and the Holiday Season it’s a good time to come up with some craft ideas to decorate your home. Most of these are inexpensive and can add a nautical touch to any home. Check out her blog for more details. Nautical Decor Ideas DIY
I love Fall and this time of year before the first snow flies. I had such fun putting together this Halloween banner since it’s right around the corner. The signal flags spell out HALLOWEEN.
On Pinterest I have a page called ‘I LOVE FALL’ which has a lot of ideas on decorating. Here are just a few pics!
Below build a long wood box, stain, and add spanish moss, pumpkins, pinecones, candles, etc.
Creative especially for Fall decorations – so simple but so appropriate.
Trick or Treat Pumpkins- Matthew Benson
Pumpkin Greeting Above
Spell out your greeting in mini pumpkins gathered at a prominent — and stationary — location. First, pencil letters on hollowed pumpkins (carve out the opening from the bottom). Then, using a drill with a half-inch bit, bore holes to form each letter. Here, strings of Christmas-tree lights, gathered in small bunches, illuminate each pumpkin (unscrew bulbs where the string descends to the next row)
Normally I write about signal flags but I was going through some old pictures and found several pictures of last Fall. This year the color isn’t as good so I decided I would post some of last year. These are from the area that I live in. Hope you enjoy them!