Saltwater Sounds Weekly: On a Boat Out on Sea

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

Our Puget Sound Boat Trip

We have officially started our boat trip around Puget Sound and are currently in Garrison Bay, just south of Roche Harbor, and heading to Canada on Wednesday.

I can’t wait to share our visit to Butchart Gardens next week. We haven’t been there in a few years so I am over the moon! I know the dahlias will be amazing!

We’ve already been to:

  • Kingston
  • La Conner
  • Rosario/Eastsound
  • Garrison Bay/Roche Harbor

Here we are stopping for a quick photo-op while taking an evening stroll in Kingston.

Having a latte in La Conner at Calico Cupboard before heading out to Rosario.

We also did a lot of crabbing while visiting the San Juan Islands.

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AROUND THE GARDEN

Our Longbranch Improvement Club Community Garden is on the way to the boat so we decided to stop and take some pictures.

These seeds were all grown in my greenhouse over the spring season and I can’t believe the amazing color! There are mainly zinnias, marigolds, and dahlias growing in the garden this year.

The really funny (or not so funny) part is that there are seeds that I must have given to the garden that I didn’t keep for myself. There were some bright orange ones I would have loved to grow in my garden.

So after we get home from our trip I hope to save some of the seeds to grow in my own cut flower garden next year.

WHAT I’M USING IN MY GARDEN RIGHT NOW

AROUND OUR BEACH COTTAGE

If you haven’t seen the blog post yet, I have officially posted the home tour for fall 2023. I went with a more neutral and subtle approach this season.

And because we were in the middle of getting ready for our trip when decorating for the tour, I still want to do some different things when I get back. Of course that will include adding pumpkins since I couldn’t get them yet.

I am DEFINITELY going to grow my own pumpkins next year! I grew the one I’m holding in the greenhouse a few years ago.

I grew these too!

SHOP MY FALL HOME DECOR FAVORITES HERE

WHAT I’M LOVING RIGHT NOW

FROM THE BLOG

Neutral Fall Decor Ideas for a Warm and Comfy Cottage

Are you looking for some warm and cozy neutral fall decor ideas? Tour my home and discover some quick tips and ways you can decorate your home for autumn, creating the warm and comfy cottage haven you’ve always dreamed of… CONTINUE READING.

4 Easy Options for Overwintering Your Geraniums

What if I told you that your annual geraniums could live through the winter and be back in your garden in time for summer? In this post, I’ll help you do just that by sharing 4 easy options for overwintering your geraniums…CONTINUE READING.


SHOP GARDEN SUPPLIES AND TOOLS

MY FAVORITE INSPIRATION AROUND THE WEB THIS WEEK

This stunning country home.

How to make this easy cozy throw blanket.

This cozy fall kitchen and entryway.

How to grow celosia plants.

This pretty Nob Hill house.

This roasted butternut squash and sun-dried tomato chicken pasta recipe.

These fall decor ideas for under $50.

This easy braided pumpkin DIY.

If you have plenty of zinnias in the garden here’s a wreath you HAVE to make.

Fall Candle Favorites from Antique Candle Co.

  • Apple Butter: A delightful aroma of freshly baked apples blended with sugar, cinnamon, and clove, highlighted by fall pumpkin and sweet vanilla.
  • Fall Harvest: A sweet and cozy autumn blend with fresh apple and orange peel, highlighted with warm notes of spicy cinnamon, clove, and vanilla.
  • Autumn Woods: A deep, woodsy musk blended with fresh balsam notes and sweet autumn apples, intertwined with hints of earthy fig and eucalyptus leaf.
  • Pumpkin Spice: A warm fall classic of cinnamon, allspice, clove, and pumpkin, highlighted with cozy notes of vanilla bean and sugar.
  • Vanilla Chai: A warm aroma of steeped tea with cozy blends of cardamom, clove, and nutmeg, mixed with sweet notes of vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Salted Caramel: A cozy scent of homemade caramel candies with a sweet and creamy blend of sugar, butter, and vanilla, topped with fresh sea salt.

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Until next time,

Wishing a wonderful week ahead,

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5 Comments

  1. Kim, your trip sounds incredible! I love seeing all your photos here and following along with your stories on Instagram. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. Best wishes for a safe and smooth remainder of your trip!

  2. I recommend going to the Government House grounds in Victoria, open everyday, free, dogs are welcome, where the Queen stayed when she came to visit.

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