Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share all that’s been going on in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come and the inspiration I have found from other bloggers around the web.
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How is fall treating you?
It’s a rainy Sunday here in the Pacific Northwest, but that’s not stopping me from working in the garden today.
October always seems like the busiest month of the year for me.
The garden needs a ton of work right now. But with the weather changing, I’m ready to start nesting and working on some projects that are long overdue.
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I’m drying a new batch of hydrangeas from the garden. Can you believe this incredible dusty pink color the blooms have turned?
Are you having FRUIT FLY issues? They always make us crazy this time of year and I have more of them in the house than ever before.
We have always put apple cider vinegar in a small bowl with a drop of liquid soap to eliminate them. Is there a method you use to get rid of these pesky bugs?
Metropolitan Market FINALLY opened in Gig Harbor this last week.
It is truly an amazing shopping experience. I did learn that I can never come back here when I’m hungry!
I had to take a picture of this cauliflower display. It was the first thing I laid eyes on when I entered the store and it made the biggest impact. Just look at those colors.
They have the most beautiful selection of flowers.
Here’s an update on the upstairs flip.
The guest room is now painted and clean. I’m waiting for the new headboard and curtains. I still haven’t picked out a rug yet.
Now I’m starting to work on the office. Want to see the newly updated desk?
The top of the desk is the only part here left over from the original desk. Obviously, I still need to paint it. I want to give it a distressed look. I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.
I’ll also be painting the room and changing out the light fixture. Hopefully, I’ll make some progress and show you the other side of the room next week.
It’s Beginning to Smell Like Christmas
Antique Candle Co. has brought all the nostalgic favorites are back just in time for the most wonderful time of the year.
- Homemade Gingerbread
- Tree Farm by Vintage Porch
- Christmas Day
- Good Tidings
You can mix and match all your favorites by building your own bundle.
While Spiced Cranberry isn’t officially in stock yet, you can still snag a Merry Christmas Sample Pack and try it before it launches!
Shop for candles here. And there are still all your favorite fall scents too! Or choose the Fall & Christmas Bundle of Eight to enjoy the best of both seasons.
In the Garden
I cleaned the greenhouse out yesterday to get ready to overwinter the geraniums that I’ll be bringing in here this week. I’m hoping to dig them out of the containers and window boxes by Monday when the low temps reach 38 degrees F.
So let’s see where I’m at with my fall garden to-do list…
- Transplant geraniums to pots and move into the greenhouse – I’m finishing this today
- Plant fall containers – Hopefully this will be done today
- Decorate the greenhouse for Halloween and fall
- Clean out garden beds: Pull any spent annuals and cut back perennials
- Plant spring bulbs – Starting some today
- Add mulch to garden beds for protection against cold weather
- Divide and transplant perennials
What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…
Now that autumn is here, it’s time to refresh those window boxes, containers, and flower pots. Let me show you 9 of my favorite fall plants that are perfect for your container gardens.
Are you looking for a fun and inexpensive DIY idea? You can make this easy DIY wooden pumpkin for fall using just a few scrap pieces of wood, and a broken tree branch.
Coming Up on the Blog:
Spring bulbs planted in fall
How fallen leaves can benefit your garden
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…
My talented friend Juliet at Make Mine a Spitzer shares her simple ideas for a cozy fall home. She has the most beautiful home and garden.
Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse is one of the most creative people I know. I’m loving this fall garland craft project I knew I had to share it this week.
Michael at Inspired by Charm always shares the best recipes! You’ll definitely want to check out how to make some delicious pumpkin apple cider.
Pumpkin waffles and spiced butter recipe.
Decorating your entry for fall.
Styling a dough bowl for fall.
How to create a gourmet s’mores bar.
19 easy-to-find plants for fall containers.
Homemade applesauce recipe.
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Until next time,