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.

This and That…

Hello from a very soggy Pacific Northwest. We should see less rain in the Seattle area and some freezing temperatures by mid-week.

I can’t figure out if I’m just getting older or it’s because I’m so busy, but I’m finding it hard to believe that December is almost half over.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the days getting longer again.

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I went to a wreath-making party last Sunday. We had so much fun! It was amazing to see how unique each wreath was even though we all used the same greenery and materials.

Here are magnolia leaves from our tree. They are such great greenery for wreaths and garland. You can see my magnolia and dried orange wreath I made last year HERE.

Here’s a happy wreath maker, my friend Beth.

Our hostess took good care of us. She made a turkey noodle soup and offered holiday beverages.

This wreath was made with scotch broom.

A December garden miracle has happened. This Cafe au lait dahlia is still blooming and has baby buds as well. I think it’s still going strong because it’s more protected and closer to the house than any of the others.

We had an open house on the new boat last night. It was so fun! I can’t wait to share the highlights with you next week.

Here are a couple of the cleaning pics. I can’t wait to show you the after pics next week.

Can You Believe It’s Time to Start Thinking About the Garden Again???

I”ll be buying my seeds soon and will be planning the cut flower garden once again, CLICK HERE to see my Cut Flower Garden series to see all my posts from last year, including the seeds I picked to sow.

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

5 Simple Ideas That Will Make Gift Wrapping Fun & Easy

Does gift wrapping seem like a chore or just too overwhelming? Click HERE to see 5 simple ideas to help step up your game this holiday season and make gift wrapping fun and easy.

How to Add the Perfect Lighting to Your Garden for the Holiday Season

Do you have areas in your garden that would benefit from additional lighting? Click HERE to see the gorgeous copper lights I installed along one of my garden pathways that not only add light to this dark outdoor space for safety but create interest and beauty in my greenhouse garden area for the holidays.

AQ Lighting is offering a 10% discount with code: HOLIDAY10 until Dec. 25th. Choose from ANY lighting.

An Oldie But a Goodie

I haven’t shared this year’s greenhouse decor yet, but you can see what last year’s greenhouse looked like HERE.

The Perfect Gift – Antique Candle Co.

Do you still have friends and family on your gift shopping list? Candles are perfect for hosting gifts, stocking stuffers, or any other holiday gifts.

CLICK HERE to shop for candles.

Coming Up on the Blog:

Vintage-inspired Christmas bedroom tour

14 ways to use vintage finds for Christmas decor 

Simple and inexpensive Christmas decor ideas

Time to start planning for next year’s garden

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage created the cutest simple chalkboard Christmas mantel.

Ann at Dabbling and Decorating has the most amazing ski lodge-inspired Christmas decor.

Michelle at Thistle Key Lane created a beautiful Christmas holiday brunch tablescape.

Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse has such a gorgeous front porch. And it’s even more beautiful with her holiday decorations.

Kristin at White Arrows Home has the cutest country Christmas cabin.

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. We had an open house that was so much fun and I decorated for it. Then today I had to take everything back off the boat because it’s going into maintenance for a couple of months.

  1. I can’t wait to see more of your beautiful new boat! How fun to get together and make wreaths! One of the things I really miss here in Florida compared to Ohio is the lack of available evergreens for the holidays. I guess it is because they dry out so quickly.

    1. We are known for our evergreens around here. It is just the most fun month here in our community. The lighted car parade is this Saturday and it comes down our street. Christmas caroling is on the 23rd. So busy, and so fun at the same time.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing my ski lodge series Kim. I can’t wIt to see more of your boat! Happy holidays?

  3. Yes, time is flying by at a ridiculous rate. I am older and looked forward to Christmas all year and then fell apart in November! I put up a lot of decor but felt really ambivilant for the first time ever. Is this common at older age? Or maybe because Boulder has been almost continuously warm. 52 today. So uncommon for Colorado. Well, everything looks nice in your neck of the woods, and it is almost shocking that it is nearly time to think of gardening.

    1. Hi Jillian! It’s hard to think about decorating for Christmas when it’s warmer than we’re used to. It’s hit the 60s a lot in the last few weeks with dumping rain but we are just starting to get colder now. I am just as shocked by the fact that I need to come up with a gardening plan in the next week or two so I can buy the right flower seeds. Happy holidays!

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