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

Happy Nautical Thanksgiving

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away. This year has sure gone by fast. I remember last year and how many boxes were around the place as we were packing. We are looking forward to our First Thanksgiving and Christmas here in WI.

We have a lot to be thankful for this year. The move went well, overall our health is good and we have food on the table.

From our house to yours wishing all my friends and followers a wonderful Thanksgiving as we enter the holiday season.

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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!