Saltwater Sounds Weekly: A Heartfelt Thank You

Welcome to Saltwater Soundsa 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.

pink daylilies and coneflower

This and That…

A Heartfelt Thank You

I wanted to start out this week by thanking each and every one of you who follows my blog. The fact that you open up the emails I send you each Sunday and actually click on the links is amazing and wonderful to me.

I’ve received so many kind comments lately and I am beyond grateful (it was nice to meet you at Sunnycrest Nursery the other day Gail).

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recovering from foot surgery with the dogs

How this Journey Started

I started this blogging journey in the winter of 2019 while recuperating from two separate foot surgeries, one on each foot.

I already had an Instagram account for two years but wanted something more…the chance to tell a story with beautiful pictures and to share them in my own way. Unfortunately, it’s hard to do that on many social media platforms these days.

smelling the flowers in Capri

I had many doubts about starting a blog. I had no idea what I was doing or where to start.

But almost 3 years later, I have people like you that are following along and for that, I am beyond thankful.

Although I’m still learning new things every single day and continuing to find a balance in all aspects of my life, I’m having so much fun sharing my adventures. Whether I’m sharing my home, the garden, our boat, or the incredible Pacific Northwest lifestyle, I’m honored to share it all with you.

blazing star and coneflower

A Walk in the Garden

Walking through the garden every morning is the best way to start the day!

I was really worried about a month ago when I didn’t see many bees buzzing around the flowers but happily, the garden is full of these pollinators again and I’m relieved.

They are loving the blazing star and coneflowers pictured above.

black-eyed Susans and daisies in front of greenhouse

Take a good look at the daisies and black-eyed Susans together in my greenhouse garden because chances are you may not see this again. They have never grown at the same time like this…until this year.

I know you’ve heard me say this already this summer but the daisies were a month late in blooming.

So as frustrating as it was to have so many flowers taking their sweet time because of the colder than normal temperatures this spring and summer, I saw things that were completely new like a dogwood tree and a dahlia blooming at the same time.

Here are a few pretty flowers…

  • “Happy Single Flame” Dahlia
  • “David” Phlox
  • “Summer Berries” Yarrow
pink daylilies

Isn’t this the most beautiful lily? This Hemerocallis Rebloomer Ageless Beauty daylily is stunning and my favorite variety. The Lily Oriental Corvara is in the back.

I know deer are cute but gardeners don’t always feel that they are, especially when they’re eating flowers in the garden.

The good news is that this sweet and loveable deer here is cleaning up all the fallen apples off the ground. So she really did do me a favor. For once.

Sunnycrest nursery

Out and About Enjoying the Summer Days


Last Wednesday was the annual Key Peninsula Art Walk. I wish I would have taken more pictures of the booths but I was just having too much fun.

You can see one of the jewelry booths above.

Sunnycrest nursery

Not only do the local talented artists share their beautiful work, but it’s a great social event. There are many friends that gather for this event and it’s always a treat to attend.

Sunnycrest nursery

Sunnycrest Nursery was basically where I spent most of the evening. This is where there was a singer, a wine bar, and lots and lots of flowers and plants.

I did buy a few several perennials that were 40% off that evening.

Gig Harbor waterfront


We checked out the Farmers Market on Thursday. What a great venue, don’t you think?

Gig Harbor Farmers Market musician

There was a musician.

Gig Harbor Farmers Market flowers

And beautiful bundles of flowers.

They were pretty to look at but I didn’t buy any because I have plenty to pick from at home.

Gig Harbor Farmers Market Master Gardeners booth

They had a Master Gardener on site to answer any gardening questions you may have.

And plenty of fruits and vegetables for sale.

The Bremerton Vintage Flea

Shopping for Vintage in Bremerton and Port Orchard

I went with a friend to the Bremerton Vintage Flea Market and some shops in Port Orchard yesterday. I didn’t have much time to add pics this week but I’ll show you what I found next week!

The Bremerton Vintage Flea

I haven’t been here for quite a while and I didn’t realize how much I missed this place. We found some great deals and the vendors here are the best!

The Bremerton Vintage Flea Pyrex collection

Look at this amazing collection of Pyrex.

Revival PNW

The next stop was Revival PNW in Port Orchard. I found a couple of things for my fall wardrobe.


Last but definitely not least was a trip to Josephine’s. I LOVE this place! Can’t wait to show you all my new finds next time.

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

late summer cottage garden and waterview

8 Ways to Prepare Your Summer Garden for the Fall Season Transition

Have you started thinking about what needs to be done in the garden as we get closer to fall, and before the first frost of the season? Here are 8 ways you can start preparing the summer garden to transition to fall.

August Gardening Tips and To Dos

August Gardening Tips and To-Dos for the Pacific Northwest Region

Are you wondering about how to keep your summer garden productive and healthy while preparing for the fall season? Here are some August gardening tips and to-dos for your Pacific Northwest garden.

Coming Up…

  • End of July Garden Tour
  • Vintage Shopping Trip
  • 6 home decor and DIY project ideas to get you ready for Autumn
  • Our Trip to Venice, Italy

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

cottage porch in Maine

Are you wild about blueberries? If you answered yes, then I have a treat for you! One of my favorite friends, Molly at Molly in Maine, shares all things blueberry, and I don’t mean just ordinary berries. These are special MAINE blueberries. And don’t miss her blueberry cobbler recipe at the end of her post.


Do you ever serve shrimp or other cold seafood at a summer party and worry about it staying cool? My creative friend Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate shares a clever way to keep your seafood cold during any party with an ice bowl.

outdoor space with dog

If you’re looking for some outdoor summer patio inspiration, I’ve got some for you. My friend Juliet at Make Mine a Spritzer shares her tips and solutions for outdoor living challenges that you won’t want to miss.

More Inspiration

This beyond stunning “Moonlight Cottage”.

This easy red wine sangria.

DIY herb garden markers and plant stakes.

Tips for choosing a ripe melon.

This gorgeous New York home.

This fabulous farmhouse.

summer cottage garden and greenhouse

An Oldie But a Goodie

 How My Pacific Northwest Cottage Garden Grew Through the Summer Season

I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know what you’d like to see on the blog! Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,


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  1. Those Lillies are everything!!! I would love them. I wish you were closer so we can swap. I found some cool plants here’ you’d love.

  2. We are seriously SO BLESSED you share your heart and home with us each week, Kim. I just can’t get enough and I’m always happy to see what you’re up to! I loved all the market pictures you shared and I can’t wait to see all your treasures too. It’s always so much fun to see what’s growing in your garden. Those pops of pink get me every time! Hope you’ve had the best week. Hugs, CoCo

  3. I already went online to search for Ageless Beauty…man, that is a gorgeous one!! I’m writing it down for next year. Same here on things flowering off schedule this year! I usually have my knockouts, Siberian iris,yellow yarrow & Miss Kim lilac all blooming together and it makes such a pretty picture but they were all different weeks.

  4. Enjoyed your “Inspiration” section again. I’ve been in need of some reliable instructions on choosing ripe melons of all types. I got lucky a few weeks ago with a purchase of a watermelon that was sweet and delicious. I picked it out mostly because it was pretty and I said my little “here goes nothing” prayer! ? The Moonlight Cottage you featured was also on the front cover of the August issue of Country Living magazine. The photos in the issue were lovely, but the video available on your link was an extra visual bonus!

    1. Hi Beth! I’m so glad you enjoyed the inspiration features I found this week. I loved the Moonlight Cottage too!

  5. It’s so nice to see gardens, shops and the scenery in the upper corners of the US. I would so enjoy being in the PNW or even in Maine on the other end but we are set right in the Midwest area. It’s not all bad ..just that seeing the beautiful areas there plus you have wonderful vintage shops and festivals. We don’t see many like that here anymore for some reason.
    So glad your all healed up and began your blog. Looks like you had a sweet partner there in your chair keeping you company:0)
    It sure did take the flowers a bit longer this season to get going, I agree! They finally took off and now we prep for fall.
    Look forward to seeing your finds.

    1. Thanks for your wonderful message, Lori. I did have a bit of a mixed bag of things to share this week. I can’t wait to share my finds with you. I can’t believe all the great things I found. I felt the same way about the garden finally catching up and now we’re thinking about fall. I really appreciate you following along. Enjoy the week ahead.

  6. Kim, I could spend all day just looking at pictures of your garden. I know so little about planting flowers…you really need to write a book! Also, that Moonlight Cottage I am pinning every picture. Wouldn’t it be fun to design a house like that? Thanks for all the great eye candy this morning!

    1. Hi Mary! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I also loved the Moonlight Cottage. What an amazing house that would be to live in.

  7. I would love Gig Harbor it looks so quaint, New England like. Hope you’re having a nice summer Kim☀️

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