Saltwater Sounds Wrap-Up #40

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.

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Welcome to October…can you believe we’re here already?

I have to say that September is always a tough month for me. Maybe it’s because the garden feels like it’s in limbo and I spend the entire month grieving for those summer flowers that I worked so hard to grow and nurture.

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But then October comes along and all of a sudden I’m in the mood for fall.

It’s time to visit the pumpkin patch, plant my fall containers, and light every candle in the house while drinking a pumpkin spice latte in my new fall pumpkin mug.

And to celebrate the new month, we put our new copper witch weathervane from Good Directions up on the greenhouse.

Do you decorate for Halloween? I usually don’t but so many people have inspired me lately and I’ve decided to decorate the greenhouse. The witch is a good start. Can’t wait to show you when I’m done.

New Project

I’ve been neglecting the inside of our house all summer. But I’m finally starting a new project.

My office is upstairs, overlooking the water, and I rarely share this space. Across the hall is a large guest room. We’re going to switch places to give my office more space.

As you can see, we’re making some changes to my desk.

We have 4 extra legs that were originally made for our kitchen farm table. The company had made a mistake with them and they’ve been sitting in the garage collecting dust for a couple of years.

It will be a farm table desk when we are done and I can’t wait to show you the results. I think you’ll be really surprised when it’s finished.

Candles and Fall Go Hand-in-Hand

Have you seen all the fall candles Antique Candle Co. is offering?

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In the Garden

Have you seen my fall task list for the garden?

It’s game on! Here are the tasks I’ll be working on this month…

  • Transplant geraniums to pots and move into the greenhouse
  • Plant fall containers
  • Decorate the greenhouse for Halloween and fall
  • Clean out garden beds: Pull any spent annuals and cut back perennials
  • Plant spring bulbs
  • Add mulch to garden beds for protection against cold weather
  • Divide and transplant perennials

The zinnias and strawflower are still going strong in the cut flower garden. You can see by the way the blooms have formed a cone that the pollinators have been hard at work.

I went on a shopping trip to the nursery the other day and picked up some ornamental cabbage and kale, pansies, violas, asters and mums for fall containers.

Here’s a picture from last year when I moved all my geraniums to their new home for the winter.

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…


Are you looking for some ideas to decorate your home this fall? Come along as I take you on a fall home tour inspired by nature and vintage decor.


Is it hard for you to toss your geraniums away after the growing season has ended? Well, you don’t have to. I will show you 4 easy options to choose from for overwintering your geraniums.

Coming Up on the Blog:

9 Fall Plants That are Perfect for Container Gardens 

DIY Wooden Pumpkin Project

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

My friend Mary at Life at Bella Terra shares the most heartfelt blog posts. As I read her Getting Back to Basics post I could relate to so many of the things she mentioned. I hope you check it out.

My friend Kelly at The Tattered Pew hosted the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tour last week and her new home inspired me so much.

My favorite gardening buddy Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms shares how to keep fresh flowers lasting longer. Isn’t her gorgeous fresh flower centerpiece stunning?

More Inspiration…

Outdoor succulents for the extreme cold weather.

This neutral, simple and rustic fall home tour.

Fabulous fall table decor.

This fun signature cocktail.

A fall visit to the Vermont Country Store.

Decorated fall porch and patio salvaged style.

A recipe for fall pear and cranberry tart.

Tips and tricks for keeping mums alive.

This perfect soup for fall.

Budget-friendly centerpieces.

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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.

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  1. Thanks so much for including my tips and tricks for keeping mums alive Kim! I really appreciate it. We usually don’t decorate a lot for Halloween either but I’m loving all the inspiration people are sharing. I just pinned your witch weathervane – oh my word – that is the cutest thing I’ve seen all season. Can’t wait to dive into all your fun links! Hugs and thank yous, CoCo

    1. I’m so glad I found that blog post of yours CoCo. I really need to get back into the habit of reading your blog regularly. I’ve been traveling so much and I feel like I’ve really missed out on all your amazing inspiration.

  2. OMG I love th enew weathervane and all of your pretty fall decor!!!! The garden looks so pretty kim!!! And thank you for sharing my centerpiece! xoxoxo

  3. Kim I need a watch weathervane now??. Thanks for sharing all you wonderful ideas and a fall trip to the Vermont Country Store???

  4. Kim,
    Everything looks so warm and beautiful around your home. Remodeling your office. That’s a dreaded task around here. I have so much stuff. Thanks for sharing my centerpiece arrangement.

  5. Your garden still looks wonderful. I love the witch but I would want it have it up all year around because it’s so beautiful. We decorate for halloween but it’s different here because it’s spring and the days are getting longer. We are also in daylight savings time so it doesn’t get dark until about 8pm, when most trick or treaters are in bed. My husband loves halloween, it’s his favourite holiday to decorate.
    Can’t wait to see your new office space.

    1. Oh Carol! I only wish we still had long evenings. The days are getting shorter and shorter. That would be hard to trick-or-treat after 8:00. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Sweet Kim, I really enjoyed this roundup! So much good information and it just felt like a lovely visit with you. So well done, it’s just like spending time with a dear friend and full of good information, thank you Kim!

    1. You are so sweet, Dee. Thanks for the kind words and for being here. I’m going to go visit your blog right now. Can’t wait!


    1. That is the biggest compliment, Kathleen. I am so glad you are inspired. Thank you for being here and for reaching out.

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