Saltwater Sounds Wrap-Up

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a weekly collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share all that’s been going on 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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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…


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.


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.

Decorating with mums.

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…


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. It means the world.

Enjoy your weekend,


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  1. 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!!!

  2. Welcome back, Kim! Glad you had a wonderful and relaxing time! Your boat looks so great!

  3. 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!

    1. 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.

  4. Kim,
    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.

  5. 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!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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