Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Happy Halloween

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.

Halloween greenhouse

This and That…

Happy Halloween Eve!

There’s been a lot happening already this weekend. The Trunk or Treat event at the Longbranch Improvement Club for the kiddos in the community was so much fun and I loved passing out candy and checking out all the great costumes.

I couldn’t believe all the families who attended. It was a huge success.

I learned a very important lesson. Stop buying chocolate Halloween candy that I love and want to eat, and get the stuff I really don’t like. Skittles and gummy bears would be a very safe bet.

Reeses Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite. How about you?

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Target Christmas home décor

I went to Target the other day to pick up a prescription and was delighted to see some Christmas home decor.

There was very little fall decor left. If this holiday season is anything like last year, you should probably shop sooner than later for your seasonal needs.

Here are a few holiday goodies in the above photo from Magnolia’s Hearth and Hand.

I was pleasantly surprised by the selection that was offered in the Threshold Designed by Studio McGee.

Target Christmas home décor

There was a lot of faux greenery, including wreaths and garland, available and the prices were reasonable.

Nutcrackers, decorative trees, pillows, and throws were fully stocked.

Here are some of the things I bought the other day.

wicker storage ottoman

I also took this wicker storage ottoman for my office. Isn’t it cute?

Woven Storage Ottoman Natural 

Halloween Marilyn costume

Do you remember me telling you that I was going to an auction last weekend? Here’s a picture of how I looked that evening.

fall containers in the garden

A Walk Through the Garden

There’s not too much to show you in the garden these days that you haven’t already seen.

I’ll be sharing a post next week sharing my fall garden highlights so watch for it.

Almost all of the spent cut flowers have been pulled out of the raised beds and spring-blooming bulbs have been planted in their place.

I’ve already transplanted some of my geraniums into individual pots but will try to finish the rest of them this week to overwinter the geraniums in the greenhouse.

I’m also going to try to label the dahlias so that when it comes time to dig them up and split them next April, I can move some around to coordinate colors better.

candle stocking stuffers

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What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

 fall greenhouse

Fabulous Fall Season Ideas to Decorate the Outside of Your Greenhouse

Thinking about transforming your greenhouse, she shed, or potting shed from frumpy to fabulous this autumn? I’ll show you some simple ideas to decorate your greenhouse or other outdoor building for the fall season.

spooky Halloween greenhouse

Create a Fun and Spooky Vibe in Your Garden This Halloween

Do you love decorating for Halloween or maybe you’re looking for ideas and inspiration? I’ll show you how to create a fun and spooky vibe in your garden this Halloween.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Are you in charge of dessert for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving this year? Michele at Vintage Home Designs is sharing the best pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I can’t wait to try this!

warm and cozy fall home decor

Looking for some inspiration when it comes to getting cozy with color, pattern, and texture? My friend Molly at Molly in Maine shares how her charming coastal home gets warm and oh-so-cozy as the temperatures in Maine start to drop.

cranberry orange margarita

Ready to kick off the upcoming holiday season with a festive holiday get-together cocktail? My friend Michelle at Thistle Key Lane shares a cranberry orange margarita recipe that you can make one at a time or in a batch.

More Inspiration

I’m IN LOVE with this gorgeous historical manor house on the market.

This Christmas gift tag idea.

This October garden.

This incredible English cottage.

How sugared cranberries make a wreath of greenery look amazing.

This tiny house shed transformation.

These delicious cranberry cheesecake squares.

An Oldie But a Goodie

themed Christmas tree

My 10 Favorite and Fabulous-Themed Christmas Trees of the 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,


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  1. Such a great week, Kim! You look AMAZING all dressed up! I love how you decorated everything at your house and at the community garden club too. It all feels so fun and festive and I know the kids appreciate it. Hope you have the best week. Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo

  2. Thanks for sharing my blog post here, Kim! Your greenhouse is so fun decorated for Halloween! And your costume for the auction was absolutely amazing! Have you thought of going short and platinum blonde, haha?!

  3. Kim…you looked so good!! Your greenhouse looks great decked out for Halloween…I’m with you, I haven’t met a piece of chocolate that I didn’t love!! Happy Halloween!! thanks for sharing me this week.

  4. Woo, I’m with you on the manor house. Love it. I’m heading to target this week. We have started the Holiday decor…being older it takes longer and we put up a lot . Hubby hangs the outside lights in October before the Colorado cold hits…but we wait until Thanksgiving eve to turn them on. I have less restraint inside. The trees and swags are on. I call this the season of light. It can cover any religion or belief. Just add joy and brightness to the world. Especially these days. Love your look for the auction! So fun.

    1. Isn’t that manor house the best Jillian? We are the same way when it comes to decorating the outdoors when the weather is warmer and dryer! I’m so lazy that I mostly turn on the bistro lights that we have throughout the garden all year. So glad that this is a popular thing these days. I remember when we were looked at in disgust if we left our holiday lights up after the first of the year. Joy and brightness to the world…yes! Enjoy the new month.

  5. Kim,
    It sounds like you have had a fabulous week. It’s always good when they community pulls together and I’m glad you had fun with the candy. Reeses are my favorite too. Although I’ve been known to eat the gummy bears also. LOL
    Have a great week.

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