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 hope you’re enjoying your weekend!
This was such a fun week and I can’t wait to share some highlights with you including a day of shopping, the summer garden finally taking off, and enjoying some early birthday celebrations.
Our weather is changing as we speak. We’re going from the high 70s to the high 80s and 90s next week. I know it’s nothing like what many of you have been experiencing all summer with the extreme heat though.
Time to drag out the Costco portable air conditioners that we seem to need only once or twice a year.
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A Walk in the Garden
Let’s start the weekly wrap-up with the summer garden.
The flower garden is finally coming to life and I couldn’t be happier about it. I will be posting an end-of-month garden tour in the next week or so to show you even more fabulous flower pictures.
I can’t tell you how much I love the summer daisies. I’m creating a tablescape today with SO MANY daisies and will publish it next week.
Aren’t they just the happiest flower?
This cafe au lait dahlia is starting to bloom. This dahlia came from Brecks Bulbs last year and was the first time I had ever grown this variety. It’s now my favorite.
And the lilies continue to wow me. Look at this amazing color! This is called a Lily Oriental Corvara.
We bought these 2 white picket fence panels a year ago and never really figured out the right place for them in the garden.
As I was deadheading and walking the garden the other morning a lightbulb went off.
I love them in this space and how they tie in with the white arbor. Now the vintage bike can lean against them as well.
Every cut flower garden needs snapdragons. They are so beautiful! I have a mix here of Madame Butterfly Cookies & Cream and Sherbet Toned Chantilly Mix. Both varieties of seeds were from Floret Flowers.
Some of my hydrangeas are blooming. And then there are some that aren’t. What a weird gardening year!
Lilliput Zinnias are so bright and beautiful. This variety is my favorite I think. I grew 4 zinnia varieties this year.
Aren’t these the most incredible gladiolas?
These are from Longfield Gardens and are Gladiolus Large Flowering Sorbet Blend.
These gorgeous flowers are allium drumsticks and should have bloomed from late spring to early summer.
As you can see here, our cool weather forced them to bloom much later.
A Day of Shopping in Poulsbo, WA.
I have the best friends.
Some of them took me to Poulsbo for my early birthday. We went shopping at our favorite places for home decor and vintage finds.
Saltwater Antiques is such a wonderful store. Not only do they have the best people working there but there is so much vintage and at a better price than most of the shops I regularly visit.
I bought so many great things but ran out of time and haven’t taken pictures of them. I’ll share everything I took home next week.
Details Home and Garden is another great store in Poulsbo. Whether it’s something new or a chippy vintage piece, they have so many things to choose from.
I love the unique furniture pieces they carry. In fact, the vintage white cabinet with the copper top in my living room came from here.
You’re not going to find any thrift store prices here but you’ll love the selection.
All About the Candles
Fall Candle Testers
It’s ALMOST that time again when you can become a fall candle tester! Here are the perks when you become a tester…
- Test 4 brand new potential fall candle scents and give your feedback.
- Help decide what the next fall candle will be.
- Get awesome perks including a fabulous 30% off coupon code.
HERE ARE THE SCENTS YOU’LL BE TESTING…
- Salted Caramel
- Vanilla Chai
Testers will be available July 28- Aug.3 so keep THIS LINK handy!
The Candle Restock
There are still candles from the restock available! Your favorite candle fragrances have been poured into depression and milk glass pieces.
CLICK HERE TO SHOP FOR CANDLES.
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What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…
Are you looking for fun yard art and creative outdoor container ideas for your beautiful blooms? I’ll share how to show off your flowers by using vintage thrift store finds as containers and fun props in the garden.
Do you like dining al fresco? I’ll show you how I created a tablescape with a coastal cottage vibe for summer dining.
- Christmas in July
- Backyard BBQ tablescape and recipe
- End of July Garden Tour
- August Gardening To Dos and Tips
- Our Trip to Venice, Italy
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…
You will love my friend Jennifer from Cottage at Bunker Hill‘s day trip to Rockport. After reading her blog post I have put this location on my bucket list for one of these summers.
Are you looking for a delicious cheesy pizza for summer? Tieghan from Half-Baked Harvest shares a delicious white corn pizza recipe with homemade pizza dough that you won’t want to miss.
Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse is sharing her top 10 best dining alfresco table ideas. My favorite tables of Rachel’s are the ones that are on her dock on her pond. What a magical place to dine.
The most beautiful chapel conversion in Sweden.
Raising chickens and the cutest custom henhouse.
How to clean galvanized metal and revive vintage patina.
This Michigan lake cabin.
Simple tips for thrifting for your garden.
This 100-year-old garden.
This summer beach tablescape.
Summer thrift store decor finds.
The perfect pop cycle to cool you down from the summer heat.
Have you gotten your copy of a Lovely Life yet? Written by Melissa Michaels, this book is about discovering the beauty always in front of us.
It’s about slowing down to savor the moment, finding more joy in our home-making rituals, and practicing soul-tending rhythms in every season.
CLICK HERE to buy your copy.
An Oldie But a Goodie
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Until next time,