Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Enjoy the Holiday Season

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.

holiday greenhouse with bistro lights

This and That…

Hello from a very rainy Pacific Northwest day.

We have been at the Gig Harbor public dock for the last few days for the lighted boat parade that happened last night.

lighted boat parade

My hubby and I have made this a tradition every holiday season and love having friends on the boat to watch the festivities.

It’s amazing to me how fast December is flying by.

We still have a Christmas caroling party and some fun and festive holiday events planned.

Christmas tree lit up for the holidays

But for now, we are taking a much-needed relaxing boat trip around the Puget Sound and through the locks to Lake Washington during the next several days.

I can’t wait to share it all with you next week.

Holiday Shopping

holiday décor shopping

amazon storefront

shop my house and style

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

Christmas tablescape

Create a Traditional Christmas Tablescape Using Vintage Collections

Are you hosting a family dinner this holiday season? I’ll show you how I created a traditional Christmas tablescape using some newly found vintage collections at the local flea market.

holiday greenhouse

5 Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Small Front Porch

Do you struggle to decorate your small porch during the winter holidays? I’ll show you 5 decorating ideas to spruce up your small porch for the fabulously festive Christmas season.

Christmas decorated bedroom

Spread Holiday Cheer With These Charming Christmas Decor Bedroom Ideas

Are you ready to spread some holiday cheer in your bedroom this season? I’ll show you how I decorated my bedrooms for Christmas and share some tips on budget-friendly decor and how to decorate a smaller room.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

ribbon Christmas tree DIY

Looking for a Cute Christmas tree DIY project? The talented Leslie at My 100-Year-Old Home shares how to make this adorable Christmas tree ribbon DIY.

holiday charcuterie board

My sweet friend Mary at Life at Bella Terra shares the perfect tips for entertaining during the holidays. You never know when you may need to throw together an hors d’oeuvre tray or cocktail snacks.

homemade peppermint bath salts

Meeghan at Cali Girl in a Southern World shares how to make the perfect handmade gift for friends and family this holiday season. Check out her homemade peppermint bath salts.

Holiday Baking Inspiration

I’m loving all of these holiday recipes I found last week.

The Best Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Tiger Butter Fudge

Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies

3 Holiday Dipped Oreo Cookies

How to make gingerbread cookies from a sugar cookie mix

More Inspiration

Small festive touches to cozy up

How to make a life-sized nutcracker for your front porch

30 simple moments to remember this season

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 you a wonderful week ahead. Happy Holidays!


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  1. The boat parade sounds so fun! And the lights are beautiful. Thank you os much for sharing a link to my peanut butter ball recipe, Kim. I appreciate it!

    Merry Christmas!

  2. The lights at Gig Harbor and your boat trip sound so wonderful Kim! What a fabulous way to enjoy the season! Thanks for sharing it all with us – I can’t wait to read about your gorgeous table! Happy weekend on the water!

  3. Kim, I love that ribbon tree from Leslie…as I am thinking of all the possibilities. Your boat trip sounds so relaxing and those moody skies really give me the sense of the weather you are experiencing. Thanks for all the great holiday ideas and many thanks for featuring my post on entertaining tips. You are simply the best. Happy Sunday. I’m off to Charleston tomorrow for a week. Let’s catch up when I get back.

  4. Hi Kim! So happy you included the DIY Ribbon Christmas Trees on the “inspiration” section. Easy supplies and crafting skills. I’m going to do this one!

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