Saltwater Sounds Weekly: And So It Begins

Welcome to Saltwater Soundsa 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‘ve found from other bloggers around the web.

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This and That…

We are just about done with January, and I’m ok with that.

I will say that this month was great for planning my garden, creating a yearly editorial calendar for the blog, and working on goals. So I’m grateful for the time I had to nest and slow down a bit.

I am so ready for flowers in my garden again.

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I went to Metropolitan Market the other day for a few things and saw all of these flowers for sale. It warmed my heart.

They were much more expensive than Trader Joe’s, located another half hour away so I only got some greens but just enjoying the view for a few minutes changed my entire mood.

Here are some pics that will hopefully change your mood too.

flowers in the market

flowering plants for sale

sowing sweet pea seeds

My sweet peas have been sown in the greenhouse and I can’t wait to share the progress next week. They always germinate so quickly so we should see something soon.

Snapdragons are next.

I am working on starting new geraniums from my plants that are overwintering in the greenhouse as well. And so the gardening season officially begins!

hanging out with the dogs
I’ve been taking it easy lately waiting for surgery.

On a Personal Note

So after 3 weeks of waiting, I have finally gotten an official date for my knee replacement surgery. I go in on February 9th.

I am so happy to finally be having this surgery. Working in the garden was really hard last year which is why I wasn’t able to be out there much.

I’ll be getting the other knee replacement hopefully closer to the end of the year.

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How to Force Spring-Flowering Branches to Bloom Indoors

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 your spring-flowering shrubs and branches to bloom so you can enjoy an “early breath of spring” indoors.

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How to Create a Garden-Inspired Valentine’s Day Tablescape

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.

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How to Prepare Your Cut Flower Garden Beds for the Spring Season

Are you growing a flower garden this year? Here are some steps to take when preparing your garden beds for spring planting.

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My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

Valentines paper flower wreath

Janine at Happy Happy Nester has created the most beautiful paper wreath DIY with a blend of paper roses and anemone tissue paper flowers.

This yummy Valentine’s Day recipe.

These butler’s pantry design ideas.

Valentine cupcakes

I was over-the-moon inspired by the prettiest Valentine’s Day cupcakes made by Leslie at My 100 Year Old Home.

This love letters Galentine’s Day calligraphy party.

Glazed lemon ricotta poppy seed cakes.

This delicious mini appetizer bite recipe.

This creative book club brunch table setting.

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 week full of joy, kindness, and peace.


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  1. Gorgeous floral inspiration, Kim. I can see why it made you happy. Glad to know you have a date for surgery … you’ll be back in action in no time enjoying your spring garden. xo

  2. Your posts are always full of so much floral beauty, Kim! Glad you have the surgery date set. I hope your new knee will be life changing for you! Have a great week!

  3. Love your account so much. Prayers for a speedy recovery, it’ll be great. I had TKR e years ago best thing I ever did.

  4. OMG…Leslie’s cupcakes!!! They look so yummy!! I’m glad your surgery is coming up soon, you will feel so much better out there this Summer!
    I was just thinking about taking a run up to my Trader Joe’s for flowers later, they really do have the best prices around!

  5. Good luck with your surgery Kim, hopefully, you’ll be ready for the gardening season, coming around the corner quickly. Happy Sunday!

  6. Kim
    I love seeing all the flowers. About all we are seeing right now is pansies. I didn’t realize you were having surgery again. So sorry but I know you’ll be glad to get it behind you.
    Thank you so much for sharing my tablescape! Have a great day.

  7. Good luck with your surgery. ?By the time Spring comes you will be able to do more of your gardening. Just take it easy, let your body heal.

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