Merry Christmas & Happy New Year ~ 2015

We wanted to take a minute to wish all our friends and followers a Merry Christmas and a wish for a healthy and successful new year. This sure has been a busy and exciting year for us. We celebrated our 10th Anniversary in February, even though it was among a lot of boxes. Seriously: a LOT of boxes! At the beginning of the year, we were packing away towards our April move. Then the move itself was huge, being out-of-state after 25 years in one place.

We wanted to learn a whole new area, and most importantly, to finding all the fishing spots. We love to BBQ, but it was a lot more difficult in Batavia, in the apartment. This year was all about the grilling! We made up for lost time, going all out on the hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, and Ribs! Oh, and chicken, of course. Oh wait — and the Korean bulgogi, Chinese char siu, and of course, Mexican fajitas.

We needed new drapes, and couldn’t find them. The windows are weird, being around a half a mile wide, and they’re not patio doors. So we needed something around 72 inches. We could find 63 or 84 inches, but at last, J.C. Penney’s came through for us, with 72-inch long drapes.

And let’s not forget the lawnmower we needed, going from an apartment to a half-acre lawn, and the snow blower for the Wisconsin winters. (“Yer gonna want one of them 6 horse blowers, ya know, not one of them little ones. Ya know.”) Then there was registering the vehicles, getting unpacked, buying some other furniture, getting rid of stuff we didn’t need; the list goes on and on.

Because of all this, we decided to start a new tradition: a memory tree at Christmas time. We’d hoped to find some little ornaments that would remind us of things we did, but couldn’t find them. I guess they don’t celebrate Christmas in China, so they don’t make as many unusual ornaments. Solution? We would make our own. As we go along, each ornament will remind us of what we did in a particular year.

Below is our Christmas tree, and a couple of the ornaments. Next post, I’ll show how we did it; it’s pretty easy, and a lot of fun. Not to mention, a lot less expensive than commercial ornaments. Click to enlarge any picture.

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Next is a picture I took at the Outlet Mall in Oshkosh with their holiday decorations

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Here is one of our memory ornaments showing our 10th anniversary.

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We found this little house ornament that we love!

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Lastly we visited the Oshkosh Celebrations of Lights. It was wonderful!

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Have a great Christmas and New Year!

Kathy and Craig

Moving- Still on Track

With a little less then 2 weeks to go things are getting a bit nuts. Especially since it’s a long distance move. Approximately 195 miles from where we currently live. I have been taking some pics of all the boxes we have packed. After we get up and running on the computer I will be doing a few posts with the various pictures from beginning to end.

Special thanks to Amy ( LadyPinkRose )and ( jpcox ) Everett for suggesting that I take pics since this is such a huge move for us. They both have wonderful blogs and I subscribe to both.

One thought we had is since IB Designs, USA is going to have it’s own room where we will make the flags is to hang a signal flag valance on one of the windows. The picture below is one that I put together spelling ” Oshkosh, WI ” in signal flags. Our valance signal flags have a wide casing and a standard curtain rod (3/4 in or less) slip easily through it. We are still on schedule to reopen our website to orders the end of May or early June. Thanks for your patience!

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The next post will be from Wisconsin 🙂

Nautical Signal Flag Ideas for the Home

Since we have been in business since 2006 we have accumulated a lot of pictures. The other day I was going through them. Some I had forgotten about since it has been close to 10 yrs. I thought I would feature a few of them in this blog post.

Although there is lots of snow on the ground now we took this picture at a park and then put the gazebo in with the signal flags. This horizontal banner below spells FLAGS.
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The next picture spells SEASIDE in Signal flags.
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The next picture is a picture we put together with our horizontal, vertical and also our valance banners. The names are near the banner.
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The next picture is a collage that we put together of our flags.
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Lastly due to our out of state move the last day we will be accepting new orders is 02/23/15. Stay tuned to our blog for up to date info on when we will be accepting new orders. Tentatively we hope to open early June!

IB Designs, USA

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

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

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

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 Unfoldinghttp://herladypinkrose.wordpress.com/

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

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

Enchanted Seashellshttp://enchantedseashells.com/

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

Rebecca Guevarahttp://thewritingwaters.wordpress.com/

The Talking Violin http://thetalkingviolin.com/

Lizzie Somerset’s Bloghttp://lizziesomerset.wordpress.com/

Bucket List Publicationshttp://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!