Random This & That
It’s been a while!
We’re back from our boat trip around Puget Sound. We traveled up north to the San Juan Islands and visited other waterfront towns for almost 3 weeks.
I can’t wait to share all the fun with you in the next few weeks as I get all my notes and pictures together and write a blog post or two.
Some of my favorite stops were Roche Harbor, Langley, and Port Madison. There was so much to do…hiking, shopping, kayaking, crabbing, and just relaxing. Relaxing a lot!
I had many people ask me if we slept on our boat. Yes, we did. Our boat is basically an RV that floats. We cooked and slept in it. Depending on the places we went and the weather, we anchored some nights and stayed in marinas on others.
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In the Garden
I was absolutely blown away by how different the garden looked when we got back.
I was so fortunate to have a housesitter to help out, but also had a couple of other helpers to weed and deadhead.
There’s still so much to do to catch up. Can’t wait to share how everything is looking next week.
Who loves fall candles as much as I do?
It’s officially time to welcome Apple Butter and Vanilla Bean to the Antique Candle Co. fall line-up. The votes were tied in the Fall Candle Tester round earlier this year so there are 2 NEW FALL CANDLES this year.
Apple Butter: Baked apples, cinnamon, pumpkin, and vanilla
Vanilla Bean: Vanilla bean, clove, and nutmeg
The best part is that these candles are part of the new feature: Build Your Own Bundle. BYOB lets you bundle up to 12 candles and save up to $85 off.
And don’t forget: Select summer candles and melts are up to 50% off.
What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…
HOW TO ATTRACT POLLINATORS TO THE GARDEN
Are you looking for ways to bring bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your garden? I’ll share tips on how to attract bees and other pollinators to the garden and which flowers they love the most.
3 EASY WAYS TO DRY HYDRANGEAS
What if I told you that you could enjoy your hydrangeas in your home for months to come? Well, you can! I’ll show you 3 easy ways to dry your hydrangea blooms for a great addition to your autumn decor.
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…
Thrifting for vintage goodies for the garden.
This fabulous pulled pork recipe.
Fall decorating with white pumpkins.
Hosting a backyard tailgate.
This pumpkin gluten-free donut recipe.
How to create a spa-style guest bathroom.
14 laundry tips to help clothes last longer.
In Case You Missed It…
TRANSITIONING THE GARDEN FROM SUMMER TO FALL
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Enjoy your weekend,
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Jennifer Howard says
Oh, your trip sounds so wonderful!! That must be so calming to sleep on the boat with the fresh air and the rocking of the water…I’m getting sleepy just thinking about it!!!
Welcome back, Kim! Glad you had a wonderful and relaxing time! Your boat looks so great!
Thank you, Molly! It’s so good to be back.
I am so happy that you got to get away and have a lovely break! I am so glad that your garden was also well taken care of in your absence! I look forward to hearing more! Your voyage takes me back to our days sailing on Lake Erie!
Sailing on Lake Erie sounds so amazing Chloe! I am back and rested, it was so much fun! Can’t wait to catch up with you.
Rachel Harper says
Oh my goodness!! Those flowers don’t look real, they are so perfect. Mine are almost gone. Thanks for sharing Brad’s recipe.
You are the best.
Thanks, Rachel! I am definitely going to have my husband try Brad’s recipe. It looks amazing!
Rebecca Payne says
Gorgeous photo’s. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you, Rebecca! So glad to have you here.
Carol Karl | Living a Real Life says
Your trip sounds amazing. I would love to see your part of the world. As always, your garden is stunning too.
You are so sweet, Carol. The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place to be, especially in the summer.
Chas - Chas' Crazy Creations says
I’m so very happy for you and your amazing 3-week vacation. You definitely deserved it and I know you built memories that will last a lifetime. Hugs to you my friend.
Thank you, Chas! I have missed you, my friend. Can’t wait to catch up!
It looks like you guys had a great time!!! And the garden survived which is awesome too! It looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing my thrifted finds!!! ❤️❤️❤️
The garden did survive Stacy! It is VERY overgrown though. I always plant way too much.
Mary from Life at Bella Terra says
Kim, your 3 week vacation sounds like a dream! Cannot wait to hear more about it! How fun, lucky you! Welcome back!
Thank you so much, Mary! Can’t wait to catch up on your blog and see what you’ve been up to!