Saltwater Sounds Wrap-Up

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a 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.

ornamental cabbage and mums

Random This & That

Happy Saturday from a very wet Pacific Northwest.

It has been so dry here. Do I like the rain? No, not really. But the garden needed it so badly.

What the garden DIDN’T need was the wind.

We only lost power for a few hours last night so I can’t complain about any of this, especially after all the tragedy my friends in the east have experienced this summer.

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cottage garden and greenhouse

I took this picture this morning. If you look closely, you can see that the rain and wind did a number on my purple asters. You can’t see it here, but the petunias in the planter are completely wiped out and the dahlias are definitely looking a little tired.

flower arrangement

I cut a bunch of flowers before the storm, knowing I would lose quite a few.


I went to visit my friend the other evening and was amazed by all of the gorgeous tomatoes she grew. I definitely need to step up my game next season.

vintage sink

After I spotted her kitchen full of tomatoes she took us on a walk around the gardens. And of course, I found this (I’m very good at finding really amazing things)!

This perfect vintage sink.

And she’s going to let me take it home! I think I’m going to add it to my greenhouse. What do you think?

Here are a Few of My Favorite Fall Things

fall candles

Antique Candle Co.

Nothing says fall like a yummy-smelling candle.

Here are some of the autumn flavors…

  • Sweater Weather Sample Pack: 9- 2 oz candles. Hand-picked fragrances include: Apple Butter, Apple Cider, Autumn Woods, Fall Harvest, Momma’s Kitchen, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Spice, Vanilla Bean, and Warm Caramel Crumble by Sarah Joy. $54
  • Fall Bundle of Four: 4 scents including Apple Cider, Autumn Woods, Fall Harvest, and Pumpkin Spice. You’ll save $15 when you purchase a bundle of 4. $97
  • Freshly Baked Bundle of Four: 4 bake-y scents including Apple Butter, Momma’s Kitchen, Vanilla Bean, and Warm Caramel Crumble. $97
  • Candle Wick Trimmers: Trimming your candle wick is key to candle care. Their super cute matte black trimmers are ready for the job! $16

Check out the latest and greatest fall-scented soy candles here.

Check out some of my favorite fall finds here.

sedum autumn joy

In the Garden

My garden is a bit of a mixed bag these days.

If you don’t look too closely, it still looks pretty good. Just don’t look too closely.


This will most likely be the last time you see these gorgeous black-eyed Susans looking like this. They are starting to fade. And quickly.

It’s always hard when this time of year comes. The garden is fading away and soon the summer flowers will be a distant memory.

cottage garden

The Asters and Sedum Autumn Joy are in full bloom and looking amazing right now.

yellow mums

I’ve bought a couple of mums because after all, mums and fall do go hand in hand.

Next up…I’ll be buying pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale, and anything else that looks amazing. Then the window boxes and flower containers will be transformed to fall.

But first, I have to transplant the geraniums from my containers to individual pots to overwinter them to the greenhouse.

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

fall annuals in green metal chair


Now that the leaves are starting to fall from the trees and the flowers are fading away, what’s next for the garden? Here’s a fall task list for you to start preparing your garden for the winter season.

cottage garden and greenhouse


Looking for ways to keep your garden vibrant and full of life now that summer has come to an end? I’ll share 7 tips for a fabulous flower garden that never skips a beat when transitioning to fall.

vintage car door


Are you looking for some autumn inspiration when it comes to decorating your table for the season? See how I brought outdoor elements to this fall tablescape for a fresh look with warmth and charm.

Coming Up on the Blog:

  • 7 Fall Perennials That Will Give Your Cottage Garden the Wow Factor
  • 12 FavoriteFall Annuals for Your Flower Containers
  • Early Fall Vignettes With Vintage Decor and Natural Elements

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

garden inspired posts and pumpkins

Here’s a beautiful post from Courtney at French Country Cottage. She shares 10 Simple Ideas for Decorating with Dried Flowers. Her pictures are so incredibly gorgeous.

yellow mums in bike basket

My sweet friend Kristin at White Arrows Home shares some of the prettiest decorated vintage bike inspiration. I have a serious love affair with vintage bikes in the garden.

fall tablescape

Sometimes simplicity is best. Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hills tin can vase DIY is a winner.

More Inspiration…

Thrifting for the garden.

This pumpkin spice cocktail.

How to store vegetables.

The truth about growing a seasonal garden.

Potato corn soup with dill recipe.

Second-hand shop home decor ideas.

Thrifting for fall decor.

How to make this wreath for the fall season.

Creative fall centerpiece ideas.

In Case You Missed It…

fall décor in living room


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.

Until next time,


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  1. Wow Kim! You got a lot of tomatoes too! I love how pretty your garden looks right now! I cant believe another season is coming to a close. Thank you for sharing my thrifting for the garden post! xoxoxo

  2. I’m so sorry the storm damaged your garden. Even after a storm, your garden looks better than mine ever will. Where we live, we get torrential rain like that and wind all year around. It’s not like we don’t get a summer, we just get lots of rain through the summer. Our temperature aren’t hot enough either to grow like you do – we think it’s hot if it’s over 28 degrees (about 82F). I love the vintage sink you found – great score! Have a lovely weekend.

    1. I can handle the rain, just not the wind. It really scares me with all of our trees around. I love the sink too. Can’t wait to put it in its new home. Thanks, Carol!

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