Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Fun in the Summer Sun

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.

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This and That…

Happy Sunday and Happy Summer!

Things have definitely changed around here when it comes to our weather. We’ve gone from 60-70°F and rain to a beautiful few days of sun and temps in the high 80s.

It’s been a fun weekend so far. Some girlfriends and I got to spend a couple of days on Anderson Island and it’s been so much fun.

Even the boys, Jax and Ollie came with me and got to swim.

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A New Winery

There’s a new winery in our area. Two Fox Winery is actually walking distance from our house. How cool is that? We decided to check it out with some wine tasting last Sunday and had a great time.

We brought our own nibbles and tasted some amazing wine, ending up bringing home 3 bottles. The rose was my favorite.

Chores Around the House

There are still so many outdoor chores we are trying to get done. Being gone 3 weeks in May put us a little behind schedule.

Can you believe what pressure washing can do for a teak table? AMAZING!

Our new sectional sofa for the deck will be here next week…hopefully.

I finally painted my vintage glass cabinet. I painted over the gray to a beautiful baby blue. Now it speaks summer to me and also helps my quilts to stand out.

Updates on Our New Boat – Wildflower

I haven’t mentioned our new boat, Wildflower for months now. That’s because she has been at the boat yard for months now. I miss her.

Here you can see they are painting her bottom.

My hubby goes out there any chance he can to work on Wildflower. We are hoping to take her to our marina around the first part of July. Fingers crossed. We have a big trip to the San Juan Islands and Canada planned this summer.

Look What I Found This Week

I have been waiting since last year to get more of these olive trees from Trader Joe’s.

I’m going to plant them in pots since they will need to be taken in once winter comes. I also gave some away as hostess gifts. Love them!!!

I met my blogging friend Melba from Cacoon Raw for lunch in Gig Harbor this last week. Here is the gorgeous Mt. Rainier view from the deck we were having lunch on.

A Walk in the Garden

We had the best summer solstice evening! It was absolutely gorgeous. The weather was great. There was only one problem…the mosquitos.

Leave a comment at the end of this post to give me your best mosquito repellent solution. They are making me crazy and it was only the first night of being out on our deck.

Antique Candle Co. Sale

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What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

This week I shared the European vintage doors and gates I found on our May trip. They are pretty amazing.

I also joined some blogging friends to give you some patriotic 4th of July decor ideas.

And it’s been a while since I’ve shared my bedroom so I’m giving you a tour for summer.

Here are last week’s blog posts and all that’s been happening at Shiplap and Shells.

Enchanting European Architectural Antique and Vintage Doors & Gates

Do you love old doors and gates? If the answer is yes and you’re ready for some serious inspiration, check out these antique and vintage doors and gates I found when vacationing in Europe.

Perfectly Patriotic Ideas for Your Outdoor 4th of July Party

Are you planning a get-together to celebrate Independence Day this year? I’ll show you some perfectly patriotic decorating and tablescape ideas for your outdoor 4th of July party.

My Cozy Cottage Bedroom Tour

Do you decorate your bedroom every season? Come take a tour of my cottage bedroom and see how easy it is to decorate for summer and find out a little more about my summer sanctuary.

Coming Your Way:

  • June garden tour
  • July garden to-dos
  • Our trip to Italy and Greece

What would you like to see on my blog? Please leave me a comment and let me know.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

My sweet friend Cindy from County Road 407 shared a quick and easy southern delight. I am definitely going to try her patriotic punch bowl cake. Doesn’t it look amazing?

Do you want to see the most beautiful tablescape? Stacy from Bricks ‘n Blooms shared how to host an elegant Hawaiian party theme.

Learn how to make DIY lemon & herb citronella candles from Heidi of Eleanor Rose Home. They are so pretty!

More Inspiration

This Georgian house transformation.

Thrifted vintage finds in the garden.

These easy 4th of July decorating and craft ideas.

5 tips for easy summer entertaining.

How to add whimsy to your garden with vintage finds.

A houseboat in London.

Gluten-free muffins for the 4th of July.

An Oldie But a Goodie

How to Create a Simply Stunning Summer Tablescape

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. I love the scenery here in New Hampshire but that view of the water with Mt Rainer in the background is amazing!! I’m glad it’s warming up for you too over there.
    Thanks for sharing me this week…I’m going to check out Heidi’s candles because they are soooo pretty!!

  2. Your bedroom is looking so pretty! Heading to check out that blog post now! And wow, that view of the water with Mount Ranier in the background is unreal!

    1. Thank you so much, Molly. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place. We don’t see the mountain all the time because of the clouds and bad weather but when we do it is just glorious.

  3. We started using the Thermacell mosquito repellent a couple of years ago. I purchased 3 Cambridge lantern designed ones and they give you a 15 foot radius. I strategically place them around the yard to get max coverage.

    1. Thank you so much for this great information, Monique! I just found them and will order a couple to try. Fingers crossed!

  4. I love Gig Harbor and am meeting a girlfriend there soon. Can you recommend a restaurant?

    1. If you are going to be on the waterfront I would suggest the Netshed. They have a great deck right on the water. And you can never go wrong with the Tides Tavern, especially if you can get seats on their deck. Have fun in Gig Harbor!

  5. What a fun week Kim – love that you got to see your girlfriends and have a lovely outing with the puppies. Good luck with the mosquitos – I’m looking for a solution too, and will let you know if I find one. Hope you have a wonderful rest of your beautiful weekend!

    1. It was a fun week Barbara! I was just told about Thermacell mosquito repellant from a comment above. I’m going to try it and will let you know!

  6. Kim, how fun to spend time with your girlfriends (and pups)! I’ve never used a power washer on our teak but what a great idea. I have pinned everything about that Georgian house restoration which is the style I LOVE. Thanks for sharing all the good stuff this a.m.

    1. After spending the weekend on the island, I’ve decided I need to have more girlfriend time! It really was so relaxing! I agree, the Georgian House is amazing!

  7. Your picture with the view of Mt. Rainer from Gig Harbor made me miss my home state of Washington. Beautiful! Enjoy all that green for me.

    1. Hi Suzanne! There really isn’t much out there more beautiful than Mount Rainer and we are so lucky to be able to enjoy it when the weather is beautiful. I hope you are able to come back and visit Washinton so you won’t be missing it as much. It really is an extraordinary place to live. Thanks for reaching out!

  8. Kim,
    I was in Seattle for almost a week and never saw Mt Rainier but the day I left Brad said there it was as big as everything! Lol. Loved all your adventures this past week and thanks for sharing my post.

    1. That’s the thing, Rachel. We get so excited when “the mountain is out” because it doesn’t happen very much throughout the year. It’s pretty impressive. You’ll have to come back in the summer when the sun is out.

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