Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share all that’s been happening 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…
Happy Superbowl Sunday!
There are several ways to look at the Superbowl experience.
- It’s your favorite day of the year
- You only watch if it’s your team playing
- It’s all about the party
- Can’t wait for the commercials and halftime show
Which one are you?
Here are pictures of the forsythia branches when I first cut them and then one week later.
Aren’t they amazing???
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Boat Renovation Update
The sea railing is being installed.
Next up…the appliances.
A Garden-Inspired Trip to Costco
I found all kinds of goodies at Costco last week.
Although I’m not a huge fan of heather when it’s not blooming, I know I need to bring some blooms to the winter garden.
I bought 5 heather and a couple of hellebores to plant in the garden spots that are looking bare and boring. The sad part for me is that hellebores have the most gorgeous blooms right now but they can only be planted in the shade and I don’t have much of that in the front yard.
If I had my way, I’d plant them everywhere.
Not the best picture here but I bought some primroses for containers as well. The bright colors scream “hurry up spring”!
Feeding the Hummingbirds
The hummingbirds are eating so much from this feeder right now. This is right outside our kitchen window so we get to see the daily activity.
The hummingbirds actually fight over the food and there are mid-air battles which are fascinating to watch.
The Next Indoor Project
I painted the laundry room from a sage green last year to white.
I really liked how light it looked. But there was something definitely missing. It felt very stark.
So I have decided to paint the trim a griege. I had no idea that there was actually a word for gray and beige mixed together.
I should be finished today so stay tuned for the reveal next week.
Garden Inspiration for the Week
The picture above was taken on the last day of July last year around 8:30 at night.
This was when the garden was in its prime.
For this week’s inspirational garden post, I chose Inspired by Blooms – June PNW Cottage Garden Tour which was posted last June after finding a great deal on foxgloves.
If you do go and check out this post, let me know in the comments what your favorite picture was.
What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…
Here are last week’s blog posts and all that’s been happening at Shiplap and Shells.
I joined some blogging friends this weekend for a fun blog hop, hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, Cindy of County Road 407. A Lifestyle of Love is where we take a specific theme every other month and share how we use it in our homes and lives. This month was all about vintage stools and chairs and I shared the many ways I use my stools around the house.
Read the entire post HERE.
Cosmos are an incredibly easy flower to grow in the garden which makes them perfect for beginning gardeners. You can see how to grow them from seed indoors HERE.
There’s nothing better than bringing both spring and the outdoors into your home. And I have just the way you can do that by forcing your spring-flowering branches to bloom inside. You can see these ideas HERE.
My Favorite Finds for the Week
Are you a gardener who gets excited when you see garden-inspired items being offered online? Come see my favorite garden-inspired favorites from one of my favorite shops, Terrain. You can see my favorites HERE.
Coming Your Way:
My 5 Favorite Vintage Projects
How to Grow Zinnias from Seed
Garden checklist for 2022
What would you like to see on my blog? Please leave me a comment and let me know.
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…
KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms shares how to decorate with flowers for spring.
My friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill made this pretty textured heart wall art.
This estate garden.
A beginner guide to chair upholstery.
How to use a vintage headboard.
How to make flower cupcakes.
Some hand self-care.
A story of removing upholstered walls.
An Oldie But a Goodie
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,