Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Hello March!

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.

daffodils in a cottage garden

This and That…

Hello March! I’ve been waiting for you!

The weather hasn’t gotten any warmer or dryer. But just the fact that February is over, I would do a little happy dance if I had a good knee!

Come on spring!

yellow tulips in a nursery

This picture was taken last year when a friend and I visited the town of Sumner, WA., for some vintage shopping and lunch.

I loved this view. This is the coolest nursery, with beautiful flowers and many unique vintage pieces. I miss shopping. I hope I’ll be able to start getting out more soon.

The knee update is good. I’m making a lot of progress. I have now graduated from the walker to a crutch or cane. I’m sleeping on my side again. Thank goodness!

It feels a little like groundhog day EVERY SINGLE DAY, but I know that things will continue to get better as long as I do my physical therapy like a rock star. I’m working hard so I can be a gardener again.

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greenhouse evening view

Around the Garden and Greenhouse

We bought some grow lights for my seedlings.

I’ve never used them in the greenhouse, and my flowers have always turned out beautifully.

But they are always slow to start, so I look forward to seeing how much of a difference the lights will make.

inside the greenhouse with grow lights

Yes, my greenhouse is a mess right now.

I took a lot of the humidity domes off after the seeds germinated.

The rest of my seeds will be sown next week, like zinnias and cosmos, so I’ll be using these lids and heat mats all over again.

It’s getting crowded in the greenhouse right now. Love it!

shop the garden

potted flowering plants on kitchen table

Around Our Cottage

I’ve got lots going on next week on the blog.

I’ll share my kitchen and laundry room spring home tour and some Easter ideas and inspiration with other bloggers.

I am SLOWLY adding spring home decor to my cozy cottage, and with a lot of luck, I should be done today. There’s nothing like waiting until the last minute!

home décor favorites

My Favorite Finds and Deals This Week

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From the Blog

March gardening to dos

March Gardening Tips and To-Dos for the Pacific Northwest Region

Are you starting to see signs that your garden is waking up from its winter slumber? I’ll share gardening tips and to-dos for March to set your Pacific Northwest garden up for success.

blue and yellow tablescape for spring

Create a Blue and Yellow Bright and Colorful Table for Spring

Are you looking for ideas on how to brighten up your spring table? I’ll share how I created a bright and colorful table for the spring season using a mix of blue and yellow.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

she shed

My sweet friend Wendy at WM Design House shares 19 best ideas for the inside of a she-shed oasis. And it’s even more fun that she’s included my greenhouse!

This classically coastal “Gracie Oaks” home.

How to care for snake plant AND spider plant care

dried flowers

Do you love dry flowers? My friend Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hill has a great post on how to dry flowers & the projects you can make with them.

How to make vintage garden pots.

Using a wall stencil to create budget faux wallpaper.

chocolate chip muffins

My favorite food blogger, Tieghan at Half-Baked Harvest, shares the most wonderful muffin to enjoy anytime, and so much better than the bakery!

This sunroom home office and craft space inspiration.

This rustic Westchester cottage.

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. So excited to hear the good news about your knee, Kim! I know it takes a while to recover from things like that so it’s good that you’re doing things in a slow and steady way. I had to giggle when you mentioned finally being able to sleep on your side. I’ve tried a million times to be a back sleeper but for some reason, I just can’t do it! As always thanks so much for sharing your best gardening tips. Even though I’m in a different zone I try to adapt them for my porch and it helps a ton. Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo

  2. Kim, so happy to hear you are progressing along with your knee! Love the she-shed link…makes me want to clean up our well tower and barn for my use! Thanks for all the great information and love your Sunday post. Be well my friends!

  3. So glad you are feeling better. You will be back in the garden in no time. Look forward to seeing all your spring decor. Thank you so much for sharing g my she shed blog post… it was so fun to share your darling greenhouse.

  4. So glad you are feeling better. You will be back in the garden in no time. Look forward to seeing all your spring decor. Thank you so much for sharing g my she shed blog post… it was so fun to share your darling greenhouse.

  5. Happy Sunday Kim,
    Glad your knee is mending. Take care!
    Have you seen Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, France? It is done in blue and yellow! I’d love to have a tiled kitchen like his! And his garden! Extraordinary! The book, Monet’s Table by Claire Joyes, shows not only the kitchen and dining are, but the gardens he loved so dearly as well as recipes he and his family enjoyed.
    Thank you for all your garden inspirations! You’ve really motivated me to start seeds early.

  6. Glad to hear you’re progressing nicely with your knee surgery recovery. It’s been 4 weeks for me and I’m hanging in there. I have a small “knee pillow” I use between my knees which really helps with sleeping at night. (If you can get any sleep). I live on the panhandle of Florida and I’m dying to get out in my yard/flowerbeds and “dig in the dirt”. I actually love to sit in the middle of my flower beds and weed. My gardening, (and I use that term loosely), will have to wait a while. Glad to hear you’re doing well.

  7. That article on she sheds was so fun and inspiring! I would love to have one, and I can’t wait to take a further look at some of those sites. Thank you for that!!
    I am glad that you are healing well and feeling better. Take care!

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