Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a 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.
This and That…
I can’t thank you enough!
The fact that you are here this fall Sunday, and so many others, means a lot. I absolutely LOVE catching you up on what’s been going on here for the week.
This week we’re looking back at an amazing evening event at Molbak’s Nursery and my haunted greenhouse and path I created for Halloween.
I’m also sharing my trip to Chicago last fall. You know what they say…better late than never!
Lastly, I’ve got some tips on how you can start preparing your garden for the winter months.
And there’s a lot so let’s get to it!
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Decorating the Greenhouse for Fall
It’s a first for me. I decorated my greenhouse and pathway for Halloween. And yes, I am definitely patting myself on the back!
I’ve always found so much inspiration from others when it comes to decorating for Halloween, but every time I thought about doing it myself I never seemed to follow through.
I was completely out of my comfort zone. I did get as far as buying some decorations last year but left them in a box in the closet to find this fall.
Does anyone else ever buy something with good intentions and then store them away in the closet? What’s worse is when you finally decide to use the decorations, they are nowhere to be found.
My greenhouse seemed to be the most logical place to start decorating for Halloween. It was so much fun! My sweet friend Lisa came over to help which made it a lot less intimidating…and there may have been some wine involved.
Thank you for helping me, Lisa! Can’t wait for next year. Hint.
A Special Evening Event
So this happened!
I was invited to the most amazing evening event for influencers at Molbak’s Garden and Home in Woodinville.
For those of you that are in the Seattle area, you most likely know that this is the most fabulous nursery with a HUGE home decor presence. Molbak’s is seriously LEGENDARY!
Let me show you what I saw. It will be as if you were there!
There was fall home decor front and center including a large supply of faux flowers, berries, and greenery.
Christmas home decor was also AMAZING! I got so many great ideas.
They really had such a botanical presence with the Christmas decor and I loved it.
Here’s one of their stunning Christmas trees but there were so many more. I will be posting a blog about themed Christmas trees and will include the rest of the holiday tree inspiration then.
There were fall annuals, perennials, and pumpkins as well. And although I didn’t have time to take a picture of the indoor plants there was such an amazing selection.
I’ll be planting my irises from Breck’s Bulbs today. I can’t wait to see what they look like next year. I may plant the tulip bulbs as well. It’s just been so darned warm that I’ve been hesitating.
Have you planted your bulbs yet? You can find out more about planting your spring-blooming bulbs this fall HERE.
The leaves are starting to drop and soon my husband will be mulching them to use for protection this winter against the freezing temperatures, especially for the dahlia tubers that I don’t take out of the ground here in 8b. They will get A HUGE layer of mulch.
You can see more about how mulched leaves benefit your garden beds HERE.
Stay tuned next week to see my “prom” pictures. We’re going to an auction next Saturday which has a prom theme.
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What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…
Have you ever been to Chicago in the fall? I can’t wait to share my early fall visit to Chicago and why I felt it was the perfect time to experience everything there was to see in the famous Windy City.
Now that the leaves are starting to fall from the trees and the flowers are fading away, what’s next for the garden? Here’s a fall task list for you to start preparing your garden for the winter season.
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…
Janine at Happy Happy Nester is sharing how to create flower arrangements with fruit for fall. You’re going to want to see how persimmons, black figs, and kumquats mix so beautifully with a delightful dahlia.
See how this restored historic home and many of the original features have been preserved in Astrid at the Nordroom‘s post. I love how the owners chose blue as the accent color from the blue kitchen cabinets to the blue tile work.
My friend Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hill made the most beautiful garden wreath that you won’t want to miss. If you have any dried flower heads, seed pods, interesting foliage, ornamental grasses, berry stems from trees or bushes, hydrangeas, or sedum in your garden right now you won’t want to miss this post.
I really loved this quote that CoCo at The Crowned Goat posted on her blog last week. Isn’t it a great reminder?
How to repurpose an old fall wreath.
Creamy pumpkin soup recipe.
This modern country renovation.
Haunted pumpkin patch margaritas.
Fresh flower fall wreath DIY.
The cutest DIY checkerboard for fall.
This Victorian house before and after.
An easy pumpkin Thanksgiving centerpiece.
An Oldie But a Goodie
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,