Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Enjoying the Great Outdoors

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.

pomegranate strawberry strawflowers

This and That…

How’s your weekend? I hope you are having the best time no matter what you are doing.

I have to tell you, I am so grateful to have cooler weather in our Seattle area. Sadly, the air has been filling up with wildfire smoke for the last few days.

As you are reading this, I am on our boat, Wildflower with my hubby and the boys (Jax and Ollie for those of you who don’t know who the boys are).

More about our trip in a moment. First, let me show you the fun I’ve been having drying my cut flowers.

harvested yarrow

I LOVE drying summer flowers every year.

And it’s so easy!

This is the first year I’ve grown yarrow and I will grow it again…I love it. And it will make the best bouquet of dried flowers.

white statice harvested

I had a friend helping me cut flowers and hang them upside down in my pantry to dry.

bachelors buttons

Someone told me that bachelor’s button could be dried. I tried it and they all died. Lesson learned.

flowers being hung to dry

Here are my pretty flowers drying. Our pantry is the perfect place to dry flowers because it’s cool, dry, and dark.

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On the Boat

sunrise at the marina
sunrise view of the marina
sunrise Mt. Rainier view at the marina
sunrise Mt. Rainier view at the marina
boat ride
sailboat and the Seattle skyline
sunset Seattle skyline view
sunset Seattle skyline view
sunset view on the boat

flowers and candle

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What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

fall home décor living room

This is the first week I haven’t published a new blog post in I don’t know how long.

Between going on our boat trip this week and losing a loved one,( not all friends and family have been notified of the passing so I can’t talk about it until next week) life caught up with me.

But I have…

  • some wonderful inspiration from other bloggers below.
  • A new fall home decor post on Monday!

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

Creating an autumn garden retreat.

This pumpkin wreath DIY project.

This buffalo chicken taco recipe.

This gorgeous home.

Fall porch decor ideas.

This no-sew fabric pumpkin pillow.

Keto apple caramel cheesecake cups.

This Wooddale Avenue house.

An Oldie But a Goodie

wooden pumpkin

How to Make an Easy DIY Wooden Pumpkin for Fall

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.

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. Kim, oh those flowers! Hanging them in your pantry is picture perfect! The boating trip could only be fabulous and relaxing. Your pictures could be in a gallery! Thanks for sharing all the beauty in your life. It’s starting to feel just a bit cooler here so hoping to finally add some fall decor this weekend. Pinned all of it!

  2. I love reading your beautiful posts Kim. I hope that you have had the best time on your boat trip, the pictures are amazing.
    And your flowers are stunning as always, I love to dry flowers as well.
    Have a great week and my condolences on loosing a loved one, its so hard.

  3. Oh my gosh Kim – those flowers and sunsets over the water are stunning! The boat must be so peaceful and relaxing – I hope it’s helping with your loss – I’m so sorry! Sending lots of love and comforting energy your way, my friend. ?

  4. Kim, first off I am terribly sorry for your loss❤️.
    What an amazing sky! Is that sunrise or sunset? I’m glad you are having some nice weather to enjoy your boat before winter.

  5. Kim,
    Oh my gosh I’d give anything to have that abundance of flowers to dry. I can’t wait to see what you do with them. Thanks for sharing my scrap fabric pillow cover. Have the best day.

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