Saltwater Sounds Weekly: A Week of Winter Nesting

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share everything happening in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come, and the inspiration I’ve found from other bloggers around the web.

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I’ve been nesting this week and have been LOVING it!

I opted to stay inside my toasty little cottage and spend time organizing my life during the cold week we had. That included clearing out and saying goodbye to anything that doesn’t inspire me anymore.

It feels good! I have more storage space now, making it easier to organize my cupboards and closets.

A friend brought me a bundle of forsythia branches that I’m force-blooming. You can see them in the first photo of this post. I can’t wait for the beautiful bright blooms to brighten up our winter home.

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My gardening friend Jennifer at The Flowering Farmhouse has a new podcast called The Backyard Bouquet. Her podcast is all about the world of cut flowers and gardening.

I had the pleasure of being Jen’s guest on episode 5. Be sure to check out our conversation.

Our bay in front of the house was freezing last week.

Around the Garden and Greenhouse

I’ve already started writing in my gardening journal and it’s only January.

The sweet pea and yarrow seed sowing had to be postponed due to the 18-20° F. temps we experienced last week. I can’t wait to get started. I’ll share some pics of the inside of the greenhouse in next week’s post.

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Around Our Beach Cottage

I’ve added some blue and white decor to our kitchen shelves.

I’m currently painting the walls of the stairway hallway. One coat down.

Look at the difference! It’s so much lighter.

What I’m Loving This Week

  • I wish I would have known about hummingbird feeder heaters a few weeks ago. I was spending so much time bringing the feeder in and out to thaw during our cold weather. I can’t wait to get this!
  • I love the pattern on this napkin set.
  • These glass bee wine glasses from Anthropologie are the prettiest colors.
  • This cookie heart serving platter is perfect for your Valentine’s Day celebrations.
  • Won’t this weathered ceramic jug will look amazing in my living room?

Antique Candle Co. is Offering Brand-New Candle Scents

The Deep Winter Collection includes:

  • Vanilla Cake: vanilla bean, and a hint of vanilla bourbon, topped with buttercream frosting and caramel drizzle.
  • Cinnamon Spice: A warm, cozy medley of cinnamon sticks, clove bud, and star anise, blended with rich notes of toasted almond, smooth coconut, and vanilla bean.
  • Santal Woods: A vibrant, nostalgic blend of crisp eucalyptus with earthy, sweet vetiver and smooth suede, intertwined with white santal, warm amber, and soft cashmere.
  • Sandalwood Vanilla: A smooth, soothing scent of vanilla sugar crystals intertwined with cedarwood and white florals, highlighted by a soft, luxurious blend of sandalwood, amber, and cashmere.
  • Warm Amber: An earthy, comforting blend of warm amber and patchouli with vibrant notes of raspberry and pepper, highlighted by fresh florals and smoked woods.

These are all available in 16 and 8-ounce candles and wax melts. And don’t forget to use my code, KIM20 to get 20% off your purchase.

From the Blog

Are you longing for the spring season, and all the fabulous flowers that come with it? Today I’ll show you how easy it is to force flowering branches to bloom indoors so you can enjoy an “early breath of spring.”… CONTINUE READING.

Are you considering growing your flowers and vegetables from seed this year? I’ve compiled a list of what supplies are needed to start sowing your seeds indoors to grow strong and healthy plants…CONTINUE READING.

Are you looking for some Valentine’s Day inspiration and ideas for a pretty tablescape? Follow along as I show you how I created a garden-inspired Valentine’s Day tablescape using the most beautiful fresh-cut blooms…CONTINUE READING.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

I’m loving these vintage monogrammed no-sew pillows.

I was so inspired by this winter wonderland tablescape. It’s the cutest!

You’ll love these cozy & charming cottagecore kitchen ideas.

A big congratulations to my friend Barbara! Her romantic Valentine’s Day table setting was included in House Beautiful’s article called 16 Romantic Valentine’s Day Tablescapes to Set the Mood

Here are seven sweet ways to fill glass apothecary jars for Valentine’s Day.

If you’re trying to organize your kitchen countertops, you’ll want to take a look at these simple ideas.

You have to try this chewy chocolate chunk honey sesame cookies recipe.

This is such a cute idea for a Valentine’s decor DIY.

How fun is this bumble bee-themed tablescape?

Did you know that brown is the new hot decorating color?

If you like thrifting, you’ll love this post.

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment and let me know what you’d like to see on the blog! Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Wishing a wonderful week ahead,

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  1. Kim! Thank you so much for the shout out about my tablescape being featured in House Beautiful Online! That was so sweet of you! I can’t wait to listen to the podcast you’re on – you always inspire me with your gorgeous flowers! Thanks for sharing all the fun. Stay warm up there!

    1. I can’t tell you how happy I am for you Barbara. What a fabulous feature my friend. I hope the weather is starting to get better for you.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing my post, Kim. I’ve been nesting too. With torn cartilage in my knee, skiing has been put on hold. But it’s all good! Happy Sunday, my friend!

    1. Oh no Ann! I’m so sorry to hear about your knee and the lack of skiing this winter. I hope you’re feeling better soon.

  3. It was so cold this week, wasn’t it? I’m hoping it’s over for a while. I’m hoping to get some organizing done this week. Your staircase looks amazing. Hugs to you.

    1. It was unbelievably cold last week. But the rain is back and we’re even warmer than normal. Crazy! Have a great week my friend.

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