Strange tides are brewing in California this weekend. Dana Point hosts its annual Tall Ships Festival – and you’d better believe Handcrafted Nautical Decor will be in attendance! In fact, you’ll get the chance to meet the man behind the magic: Richard Norris himself, designer and master builder for Handcrafted Model Ships. Hip, hip, huzzah!
Hang on – let me take this clamshell from my ear. I thought you said you’ve never heard of the Tall Ships Festival. Oh, you did? (Uh, listen, landlubber; don’t say that out loud or you’re likely to be keelhauled by a band of drunken pirates, m’kay?)
For the uninformed, the Tall Ships Festival is the nautical and maritime enthusiast’s answer to a renaissance faire. You’ve got folks in elaborate costume re-enacting fearsome sea battles, rare artisans and hula dancers (yes, hula dancers!) all to help you recapture the glory days of the famed Age of Sail.
Whaddaya mean I’m missing something? We’ve got scantily clad ship wenches, bedecked captains and other naval warfare, uhhh, crafts?
Just kidding. We know what you really want to see at a Tall Ships Festival:
Rest assured, there will be a wonderful array of beautiful tall ships, all for your viewing pleasure. Some to be re-enacting those aforementioned naval battles, and a cannonade. (Don’t know what a cannonade is? Just one more reason to go to the Tall Ships Festival this weekend!) And, of course you can bring the whole family. More the merrier!
The Tall Ships Festival is designed to entertain both the young – and the young at heart. But we better not hear that you didn’t come and visit us while you were there. That’s right – Handcrafted Nautical Decor will have its own booth at the festival. Bypass cyberspace and go face-to-face!
All right, let’s talk home decor. (After all, that’s what this blog is about, right?) They say a man’s home is his castle. Have you been to a castle? I don’t mean ogled gorgeous photos of them – or the one you lovingly bestowed upon your fish-tank. I mean, a real castle. They’re cavernous, dark, dank, and just generally unwelcoming. Plus, the most action a castle really sees is when his enemies are laying siege to the whole thing. Just not a pretty story.
We here at Handcrafted Nautical Decor believe that your space is a reflection of you, and you are the captain of your ship. So, let’s coin a new phrase, here and now, just you and me:
A man’s home is his beach house.
Getting the picture? Ohhh, yeah … ocean breezes, maybe a little Jimmy Buffett piping through the sound system … the distant call of seagulls and the soft roar of the ocean. Oh, yeah, baby. Welcome to Margaritaville.
Or … you could take an arrow to the knee. It’s your choice.
But the good men, women and merfolk here at Handcrafted Nautical Decor are firm believers that a beach house – complete with beach signs, a spyglass, nautical floats, colorful schools of metal fish, (art reduces stress – fact!) beach chairs – absolutely everything you could possibly need to realize your dream of leisurely living.
What about for our Age of Sail buffs? The hardcore fans of military history, that can quote chapter and verse who did what and why we should know about it? His home could be his captain’s cabin – with nautical charts, a captain’s cabinet, globe, sextant, and – lest we forget – his very own Handcrafted Model Ship – to aid in the glorious retellings of his favorite battles on the high seas.
We certainly hope you’ll drop on by when you come to Dana Point, as we can’t get enough of these ships, either.