Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share all that’s been happening in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come and the inspiration I have found from other bloggers around the web.
This and That…
I have to tell you, it scares me how fast this month has flown by. Am I alone?
Fall is definitely in the air here in the Seattle area. We will hopefully get to 70°F today. We still haven’t gotten any significant rain but the mornings and evenings are so chilly and down in the low 50s.
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Remembering My Mom
Sadly, my mom passed away very unexpectedly and I just haven’t been around much lately.
This was a woman who wanted to be friends with anyone she met. She was a social butterfly who loved being with friends and family whenever possible.
Mom showed kindness to strangers and always tried to start a conversation with the person next to her in line. I have to tell you, as a kid, it really embarrassed me but as I got older I thought it was just very sweet.
My mom loved to take trips to Southern California where she was born and lived until she was in her 30s. Here she was posing with these colorful surfboards while I took her picture.
Disneyland was her very favorite place to go in the world. I can’t believe how many times we went there and we always had the time of our life.
I thought this would be a fun picture to share with you.
My mom and I went into business together as Realtors years back. Here’s one of the professional pics we had taken for our marketing. Do you see how I’m crossing my arms for the ultimate “professional” pose?
Here’s my young mama and her baby girl (me) who spent the day at the beach.
Fifty(ish) years later we were still playing in the sand at the beach. Here we are in Canyon Beach, another favorite of my mom’s.
The only silver lining here is that my mom and daughter, Katie, are reunited again, which makes me smile. They were quite the team and loved each other so much.
A Walk Through the Garden
Sadly, I have not been in my garden in a couple of weeks between being on the boat and coming home to deal with my mom’s estate.
I’m going to go to the nursery next week to buy fall annuals to plant in my flower containers. I also need to label my dahlias so that when spring comes, I know where to plant them. I need to do some perennial rearranging.
Antique Candle Bundles Save You Money
Did you know that if you buy a candle bundle you’ll save money?
You’ll save $25 when you buy a bundle of 6.
This 6 fall-scented bundle includes:
- Apple Butter
- Apple Cider
- Autumn Woods
- NEW Cozy Cabin
- Fall Harvest
- Pumpkin Spice
What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…
Are you looking for some autumn-season decorating options that are not only simple but also budget-friendly? I’m sharing some home fall decorating ideas that are sure to save you time and money while transitioning your home to warm and cozy vibes.
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…
Are you looking for recipes that are perfect for the fall season? One of my favorite food bloggers, Tieghan at Half-Baked Harvest is sharing 45 …YES, 45 of her most popular fall recipes!
Do you need an easy project for a piece of furniture in your home? My friend KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms will show you how to stencil furniture in ten minutes.
Pumpkin Banana or pumpkin apple bread? Now you don’t need to choose which pumpkin bread to make for the fall season. Leslie at My 100-Year-Old Home shares both recipes and they look amazing!
Do you need an excellent fall DIY idea? My good friend Rachel of The Ponds Farmhouse makes the cutest topiaries using corn stalks. I can’t wait to make one of my own.
This gorgeous home.
These mini pumpkin bundt cakes are the cutest.
This hard-working mudroom will give you some great ideas.
Bright striped color inspiration.
Corn chowder made easy for fall.
Color trends for 2023.
This Ikea hack.
Here’s an idea of what to do with your harvested basil.
One blogger with two beautiful kitchens.
An Oldie But a Goodie
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Until next time,