Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share everything happening in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come, and the inspiration I’ve found from other bloggers around the web.
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Welcome back to Saltwater Sounds, where we catch up weekly on what’s been happening at Shiplap and Shells and share inspiration from others.
In a stark reminder of the unpredictable power of nature, my heart goes out to everyone who lives and works in the beautiful town of Lahaina and the other parts of Maui, Hawaii that were affected by the horrific wildfires. They are facing unbelievable challenges.
It’s so hard to believe that this historic and charming waterfront town has been so devastated and that so many people have lost their homes and their lives.
It’s difficult for me to know how to help, especially living so far away from this tragedy. I did find a link to a site with organizations that are accepting donations for your consideration.
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Do you want to capture summer and keep it with you for a while? This week on the blog I’ve updated my post on drying hydrangeas. They are my favorite thing to use in my fall home decor and it’s so easy!!!!
I’m also sharing some tips on how to keep your cut flowers fresh and extend their vase life.
By the way, Ollie and Jax are “team summer”.
They have been living out here on the deck for months. I can’t even imagine how life is going to be when it starts raining again and the boys have to stay inside.
I hosted a bunco party with 11 other ladies last Monday.
If I haven’t already told you, I love board games and I love to eat, so it really was the perfect combination and a fabulous evening with friends.
Two of the salads I made were from Tieghan at Half-Baked Harvest who I LOVE! They were delicious! I’ve now made the orzo chicken salad 4 times.
Around the Garden
August has turned into a burst of color in both my cottage garden and the cut flower garden. The daisies are on their way out but the other blooms remain.
This is the first year I’ve had these reds, and oranges growing in one raised flower bed and I’m really loving it for fall.
The bees love this space and if they’re not pollinating, they’re sleeping on a flower head. It’s such a joy to watch them, especially the bumble bees.
The zinnias have been my favorites this year. The colors are so vibrant.
I’m going to save the seeds for next year’s garden. There were some varieties that I grew this year that I wasn’t able to get at Floret Flowers so I’ll just grow my own next spring!
And then there are the strawflowers. This is an apricot mix with the white growing next to it.
I’ve always grown the strawflowers in a separate container but this year I’m finding that they really look best growing among the other cut flowers.
I’ll be starting to cut and dry them, along with my statice.
My first ripe tomatoes in the garden!
What I’m Using in My Garden Right Now
- Sluggo for the slugs and snails
- Liquid Fence for the deer and rabbits
- Neem oil and insecticidal soap for pests
- Garden gloves
- Garden journal for taking notes for next year’s garden
- I’m not using the shade covers now but if you’re having excessive heat issues you can check them out.
- Pruning shears
What I’m Loving Right Now
- Check out these faux hydrangeas and this plaid throw blanket for decorating my home for fall.
- How cute are these Adidas sneakers?
- I just bought this handheld steamer and it has changed my life! Even my linen duvet cover isn’t wrinkled anymore. I use it on my cotton napkins, tablecloths, and so much more.
- Mornings are so much better with these Irish cream and hazelnut sugar-free syrups for my iced lattes.
- I’ve had several people ask me if I use an ice machine for the swelling in my knee. I use this cold therapy ice machine and it has been great for my knee replacement. I use it every morning and evening.
From the Blog
What if I told you that you could enjoy your hydrangeas in your home for months to come? Here are a few simple ideas for how to dry hydrangeas… CONTINUE READING.
Do you struggle to keep your flowers alive for more than a couple of days? Today I’m sharing 13 tips and tricks to help extend the vase life of your cut flowers…CONTINUE READING.
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week
A dreamy manor on a Swedish Island.
These easy crockpot recipes.
This renovation by Salt Design Co.
How to set a beautiful summer table.
The best gluten-free salads.
This homemade bourbon vanilla extract recipe.
These fresh seasonal meals made with summer’s bounty.
How to make a pumpkin roll.
Everything fun about a watermelon!
I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment and let me know what you’d like to see on the blog! Thank you for being here.
Until next time,
Wishing a wonderful week ahead,
Other Posts for You to Enjoy
- Natural and Organic Methods for Pest Control in the Garden
- How Your Fallen Autumn Leaves Can Benefit Your Garden Beds
- The Benefits of Mulching Your Garden Beds
- Dividing Perennials: Your Garden Guide to How, When, and Why
- 4 Easy Options for Overwintering Your Geraniums
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