The Life of a Pepper Farmer

I thought I would share my first experience with growing peppers here in Wisconsin. I remember gardening when I was growing up. My parents had a garden every year, and we kids would help. Now, though, both red and yellow peppers have gotten so expensive in the stores!

Last April I found a great local nursery called Stuarts in Oshkosh. Towards the end of the month, they had their red pepper seedlings in stock. The people there were really helpful, and we bought 4 red pepper plants and some fertilized soil. We wanted to use buckets, so we wouldn’t have to dig up the lawn.

With some thoughts and recommendations from Stuarts, we went to Lowe’s and got 4 big buckets. We drilled holes in the bottom, partly filled them with Styrofoam peanuts (for drainage), and added dirt. What with moving here last year, we had plenty of the peanuts! Next, we put one seedlings in each bucket.

I was out there watering faithfully, starting in the Spring, and moving into the summer. Not much happened. But then, very slowly, they started to grow. One was pretty slow, and we weren’t sure how it would work out. It was fun seeing Mother Nature do her work, and sure enough, the slow one did catch up, as you’ll see in the pictures.

Here are 3 collage’s showing the whole adventure, from the beginning until harvest. If you click on each image you can see how much they grew along the way. We ended up having 12 red peppers, with each plant growing three full-size peppers. It was a lot of fun, and I’m planning on doing it each year. Enjoy!

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Hope you enjoyed seeing them. They are delicious and a bit sweeter then the ones you get at the store!

Fall Pictures in WI- 2015

As promised in my previous post I was able to get some pictures of Oshkosh around our area. The first picture is my favorite. It was taken at Menominee Park. We were sitting on the dock fishing and this is what we were seeing. On all picture you can click to enlarge!

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This picture was taken through our living room window looking out towards the East.
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The next picture would be our view of across the street facing North.
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Lastly this picture is a tree that is in our yard. You can see the mesh of the screen a little bit but you get the idea.

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Not bright colors but pretty good.

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

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.