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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Can you believe that September is already here? It’s starting to feel like fall around here.

My heart goes out to those affected by Hurricane Ida, the fires on the west coast, and so much more. Wishing you peace, comfort, and healing.

Bring love wherever you go. Shine light wherever it’s dark. Leave blessings wherever you’ve been. Be kind wherever you are”.

Mary Davis

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Little Lucy had surgery on Thursday. She had a cyst on her head removed, as well as 4 more teeth. That is now 16 teeth that have been pulled from her tiny mouth in the last few years.

The patient is resting comfortably and being spoiled.

Here are three of my favorite things now that fall is on its way.

  • Hydrangeas from the garden that are in the process of drying
  • Vintage books from jaysworld
  • The newest fall candles from Antique Candle Co.

I’ll be starting my fall decorating this coming week. I can’t wait to share more with you soon.

And there are so many more hydrangeas to be dried this season.

We took a trip to Earthwise Architectural Salvage in Tacoma, WA. the other day, looking for a rustic piece of wood to create a frame for our living room mirror.

And we found a piece for $10.00.

Here are some of the fun vintage goodies.

In the Garden

There is so much deadheading to do in my garden.

The zinnias, cosmos, and dahlias are still blooming. Most of these flowers will continue to grow until the first hard frost of the season.

I am starting to see some mildew on the foliage. I think I’ve been overwatering.

The black-eyed Susans are the real stars of the show this month, brightening up the entire cottage garden.

Check out my new favorite dahlia, Cafe au Lait from Breck’s Bulbs. Isn’t it the most beautiful flower? I’m in love!

Have you joined my Gardening Tips & Tricks group on Facebook? If you have, I would love for you to post some of your garden pictures so we can see what’s happening where you live!

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…


Don’t you love taking a look back at the beginning of the gardening season to see where it all began? My Pacific Northwest cottage garden has taken on a new life as each summer month passes by. Come take a look as I show you my beautiful blooms from June through September.

Coming Up on the Blog:

8 Mistakes I Made in My Cut Flower Garden This Year 

Exploring Puget Sound by Boat – Visiting Roche Harbor

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

My friend KariAnne at Thistlewood Farm has 21 budget fall decorating ideas for your home.

My gardening buddy Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms shares how to save money at the garden nursery.

More Inspiration…

The cutest DIY Fall Wreath.

Early autumn kitchen style.

The perfect pumpkin bread recipe.

How to pack for air travel.

The perfect pumpkin spice milk latte.

No-sew fabric pumpkins.

An elegant corn vase for fall.

A fall gnome DIY.

Homemade salsa recipe.

In Case You Missed It…


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Enjoy your weekend,


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  1. I can’t believe it’s September already too. It feels like this year has gone so fast. Your poor pup, give him a hug from me. This post is filled with so many great ideas, I feel like I don’t know where to start. Your garden is also so full, it looks incredible. Thanks for sharing all of this.

  2. Poor little Lucy looks so sad. I hope she isn’t hurting. I guess I need to keep up with brushing Lily’s teeth!!! Those hydrangeas are so beautiful! I finally got some planted…in the front yard! My hubby planted them way to close together, but I didn’t say a thing! I think you needed one of those Orcas from the salvage place for your garden – just kidding! Aren’t those the best places? You never know what you are going to discover! I am so happy the weather is changing for you, I wish it was getting a little cooler here! Maybe by the time you get here!!

  3. Kim, your garden. Sigh. I just drool every time I see pictures of it. Just so darn beautiful. Also thanks for sharing my packing trips on air travel. It seems like that’s all I’ve done all summer is travel….and not for any fun. Just came back from the mountains and all the rains have brought the most beautiful display of wildflowers. Since it’s too hot for anything to grow now, I am so looking forward to having a fall garden again. Thanks for all your inspiration!

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about Lucy but I bet she is being spoiled. Your garden always looks so amazing Kim❤️❤️ Happy Labor Day??‍♀️

  5. Hope fur baby is better; it’s like having a sick kid! Your flowers are just absolutely gorgeous. I would make prints and make them into cards to send to friends! Your salvage trip sounds like fun. Of course, to me, ANY trip (except for groceries!) sounds like fun!

  6. Kim you’ve been busy! I love all the finds – those lockers are so cool and I hope sweet lucy is feeling better! The garden looks SO GOOD! Thanks for sharing my fall planting tips! xo

    1. Thank you, Stacy! I wish I had room for those lockers. This is a really cool place that we don’t get to go to every often, so it’s a treat!

  7. An extravaganza of stunning beauty. You must have put in endless hours to get these results. At my age time is running past so fast, it seems like you were just starting seeds a moment ago. I would adore having an early evening glass of wine in that garden looking over the water.

    1. Thank you, Rachel. I am trying to get all my pictures together from the trip for my blog post. I had no idea I took so many!

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