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…
What a whirlwind week before Christmas this will be.
Our power went out on Saturday afternoon while I was working on my original wrap-up which was supposed to go out to you on Sunday.
Real-life doesn’t really seem to care about deadlines or plans, does it?
And this happened this morning…SNOW! I don’t think it’s sticking around for long but we may see some more this week.
The Lighted Car Parade
Saturday night was the lighted car parade that went down our street. So much fun! The pictures didn’t turn out as I had hoped, but I’m sure you get the idea.
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Christmas Caroling This Week
A group of us will be Christmas caroling this week. I think I would like to keep my friends so I will be lipsynching.
I’ve had so much fun this holiday season with friends, enjoying the holiday decorations, my Antique Candle Co. candles, and Christmas music this month. Especially the twinkle lights. That’s the beauty of winter. You can ALWAYS keep the twinkle lights up.
Drying Orange Slices
Let’s talk dried oranges.
I have shared my post on how to dry oranges several times this fall and holiday season. I dried them in a 200° oven for hours.
But when my husband reminded me that we had a dehydrator, I decided to try drying more oranges using that method and sharing my thoughts on which I liked better.
The dehydrator took 36 hours to dry the oranges but there was literally no work to it after I had added the oranges and plugged it in. And the orange slices were beautiful. The ones from the oven had more of a brown and burnt look to them, even though they were still pretty.
The picture above shows the orange I took from the batch I dried in the oven so you can see the comparison. Have you ever dried oranges? What method do you use or like better?
December 24th – A Good Day for Our Pups
Christmas Eve is a special date around here.
First, puppy Ollie became part of the family a year ago. It’s so hard to believe that it’s only been a year.
He looks so different. His coloring has really lightened up. This was taken when we all went to Hood River, OR. in November.
If you look closely, you can see Jax winking. Not sure what that was all about!
Little Lucy’s 15th birthday is on December 24th.
What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…
Last Wednesday was the Vintage Christmas Tour of Homes. 13 bloggers shared their beautiful homes all decked out for the holidays.
I shared my bedroom on the tour HERE. All the links for the other bloggers participating in this tour are in my blog post at the end.
In case you missed it… My living room and kitchen holiday tour.
I’m not only sharing how I’ve been using my vintage items in Christmas decor for the last few years, but I’m also sharing the beautiful ways some of my favorite bloggers use antiques and vintage in their holiday decor as well HERE.
An Oldie But a Goodie
Do you struggle with what to do between the time you take down your holiday decor and springtime? This is a winter tour of our cottage living room and kitchen from last year. I shared some winter decor tips on how to keep warm and cozy during this time of transition. Read more HERE.
Coming Up on the Blog:
My flower seed selection for 2022
The 2021 Year in Review
Top Posts for 2021
Planning the Garden for Next Year
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…
Michele at Vintage Home Designs has created the most beautiful New Year’s Eve table. Talk about inspiration!!!
Still looking for that last-minute holiday gift? Meeghan at Cali Girl in a Southern World shared a DIY Simmer Pot Gift that you will have to go take a look at.
Are you having guests staying at your house this holiday season? CoCo at The Crowned Goat has some great tips for how to make your overnight guests feel welcome.
Here are More Inspiring Posts…
Delicious appetizer ideas.
And another yummy recipe.
The most beautiful vintage ski lodge porch.
This no-bake dessert shooter.
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.
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday, full of love, peace, and kindness my friends.
Until next time,