Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Leftovers, Shopping, and Decorating

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share everything happening in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come, and the inspiration I’ve found from other bloggers around the web.

This and That

Happy holiday weekend to those of you living in the U.S. How was your Thanksgiving?

Ours was more of a Friendsgiving and was absolutely wonderful as always. I have the best friends. They are truly my family and I love them so much.

My friend Lori’s house on Thanksgiving

This is my friend Lori’s home and she opens it up to us each year. Not only is her home the most warm and comfy farmhouse but my friend is the best cook.

Here’s a peek at the delicious turkey.

I made the pumpkin pies. One was the regular recipe from the back of a Libby’s can. The other was a bourbon pumpkin pie with brown sugar. Can you guess which one was eaten first?

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A wheelbarrow full of holly for the wreaths

So how are you spending your holiday weekend? A). Eating a ton of leftovers. B). Shopping until you drop. C). Relaxing and not doing a thing. D). Getting started on your holiday bucket list. E). Something entirely different.

I have already decorated our beach cottage for Christmas. That was my first bucket list item for the holidays. And I crossed another item off the list yesterday. I made a wreath.

There were plenty of snacks and leftovers at our annual wreath-making party.

I loved the festive red bow on Lori’s wreath.

I made a wreath and as you can see I thought I would try to decorate a festive wine barrel hoop sphere. Working with grapevines takes real patience.

Here’s the look I was shooting for, above. I’ll share my finished one with you soon.

As you can see, my friends and I had the best time.

Around Our Beach Cottage for the Holidays

Here’s my best boy Jax. It’s usually hard to see him in pictures but the sun hit him just right here, so being a proud mama, I decided to share him.

Plus, I shared Ollie sleeping on the couch last week, so I owe Jax a little love on the blog.

I’ve shared my green and white Christmas tree but I don’t think I’ve shown you this one. I added my dried hydrangeas to it, along with green velvet ribbon and gold and silver ornaments.

Stay tuned to the blog! Next Wednesday is our first Christmas home tour of the season.

Shop My Holiday Home Decor Favorites

Shop my favorite online holiday home decor items from Christmas trees and stockings to candles and pillows.

Black Friday Deals

Be sure to see my blog post with a list of my favorite brands and the deals they are offering this weekend and Monday.

Antique Candle Co. has a great sale going on through Dec. 1st.

30% off everything + FREE Shipping PLUS a free Momma’s Kitchen 16 oz on orders $75+!

There are 3 new candle fragrances that are included in the sale:

  • Mixed Berry Crumble: A medley of fresh blueberries and raspberries, blended with rich baked notes of caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  • Earl Grey: A warm, cozy aroma of freshly brewed Earl Grey tea with soothing notes of citrus and bergamot peel, blended with creamy coconut milk, vanilla bean, and sugar.
  • Citrus Pomegranate: A warm, sweet blend of pomegranate and orange, highlighted with fresh clove, cinnamon, and vanilla bean.

My favorite rug company, Revival, is having their sale through 11/29. I have two one-of-a-kind vintage rugs in my home and expecting a wool area rug for my living room any day.

10% off orders $0-$499 | 15% off orders $500-$999 | 20% off orders $1,000-$1,999 | 25% off orders $2,000+

From the Blog

18 Ideas and Inspiration for Christmas Decor Themes in 2023

Looking for fresh inspiration for your Christmas decor themes? From classic elegance to cottage charm, you’ll discover ideas to transform your home into something magical this holiday season…CONTINUE READING.

Cherished Christmas Vintage Decorations for a Classic Holiday

Do you have a love for classic Christmas decorations? The Christmas season is filled with holiday traditions and nostalgia. One of the best ways to capture that classic charm is by decorating your home with cherished vintage decor… CONTINUE READING.

Shop My Kitchen Favorites for Holiday Entertaining

Check out my favorite kitchen and tabletop items for all your holiday entertaining and baking needs

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

I’m going to try to make these DIY Christmas ornaments this year.

These cookies look amazing and are perfect for the holidays. I’ll definitely be trying this recipe.

See what you can do with a thrifted old scarf when you’re decorating for the holidays.

I want to try to make these easy DIY Christmas chair decorations.

I’m in love with this beautiful floral Christmas tree.

These are beautiful Christmas tablescape ideas.

If you decorate with poinsettias for the holidays, here’s how to care for them.

Here are some easy ideas to decorate a console table for Christmas.

You’re not going to believe that this was a dollar tree craft. Or this DIY!

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 a wonderful week ahead,

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  1. What a fun wreath making party Kim! It looks like you all had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to see yours! Thanks for sharing Jax and all your great ideas – I’m always so inspired! I’m so glad you had a lovey Thanksgiving – here’s to a wonderful Holiday 2023!

  2. Kim, what a great idea to have a wreath decorating party! I’m assuming everyone brings their own form? It looks like such fun and I may steal that idea for next year! Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday and I think the bourbon pumpkin pie went first?

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