Saltwater Sounds Weekly: January’s Last Weekend

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.

cottage style living room in the winter

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Are you ready to say goodbye to January?

I know I am. It was a long rainy, cold dreary month. But it was also a great month to get things done around the house. It felt good to organize, donate, clean, and plan.

jars of water with sweet pea seeds soaking

And now I’m moving on to the greenhouse. We planted yarrow and chocolate laceflower yesterday. I also soaked my sweet peas and will sow them today.

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forsythia bloom

My forsythia branches are starting to bloom indoors. Yay!

I have a new eBook about Cut Flower Garden Planning. You can sign up above for the download.

garden book

My gardening friend Stacy has a new garden book, A Beautiful & Easy-Care Flower Garden, and you can pre-order it today.

garden book

I just got an early copy of the book yesterday and I haven’t been able to put it down! For those of you who haven’t met Stacy yet, she has the most wonderful blog at Bricks ‘n Blooms and has the most beautiful flower gardens. I can’t tell you how proud I am of her.

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From the Blog

kitchen open shelving with vintage collections displayed

Cottagecore kitchen decor is a design trend that focuses on a simpler life and loving the home you create. If you’re looking for decorating ideas to add rustic charm, mixing in timeless touches, and embracing natural elements, you’re in the right place… CONTINUE READING.

summer cut flower garden in full bloom

Are you thinking about growing cut flowers from seed but aren’t sure where to start? I’ll share the benefits of growing flowers from seed and basic seed-starting tips I’ve learned along the way. This post is Part 1 in my series on growing a cut flower garden…CONTINUE READING.

February gardening tips and to-dos

Are you looking forward to your spring garden blooming? There’s still so much to do to get your winter garden prepped for a healthy spring growing season and today I’m sharing a list of Pacific Northwest gardening tips and to-dos for February…CONTINUE READING.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

Check out my friend Kelly’s new Instagram account called @lazygirlsgardenclub which is all about zinnias!

You’re going to want to make this rustic dried flower wreath.

This easy-to-make, gluten-free winter cake will melt in your mouth.

I would love to have a charming mudroom like this one.

I want to try painting my interior vinyl windows after reading this blog.

Here are some functional ideas for decorating a bathroom countertop.

If you’re looking for a treat, try this gluten-free lemon drizzle cake.

Make a moss-covered bunny head wreath for spring.

Use vintage books to create a tablescape.

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. Hey Kim
    I know you are excited to be getting in the greenhouse again. I’ve actually got blooms on my forsythia bushes outside already. How crazy is that. I hope you have the best week.

    1. Wow, Rachel. You’re so far ahead of us as far as your forsythias already blooming. Enjoy those bright and beautiful yellow blooms, my friend.

  2. Thank you for sharing my book on your blog Kim! I’m so glad you got it and are enjoying it! I just started my sweet peas too! Yay it’s here! 🌸

    1. Your book is so beautifully done, Stacy! I am enjoying going through it. Isn’t the seed starting season the best?

  3. I just have to ask you how your knee is since your knee replacement surgery. I had my surgery February 3 last year and I’m coming up on a year. I am so disappointed in my progress. I can’t sit cross-legged on the floor, can’t kneel, still have to sleep with my knee pillow between my knees and I still have some pain although it is much milder. I know it is a mechanical knee but I didn’t expect for it to feel like that all the time. Sometimes I feel like I have a metal band around my knee. I went to 20 sessions of PT and then my son got married and I had to miss the last one. My therapist said we could talk about my progress later but I was never contacted to schedule more. I think I’m regretting having it done. I wish I had waited until the pain was even worse than it was. The steroid shot and gel shot had no affect on me but I’m wishing I had continued to try it. The doctor that did my surgery is very highly recommended and everyone I’ve spoken to loved him and say they feel like they have a brand new knee that feels very normal. I guess I’m just going to be in that small percentage where it just doesn’t do it’s job. Thanks for listening.

    1. I am so sorry it took me so long to respond Jan. Unfortunately, I am also having issues with my knee replacement. I think my issues are related to inflammation but I need to go back to the Dr. I am supposed to have the other knee done in October. I am so sorry you’re having problems with yours. Mine hurts going up and down stairs the most, but it definitely doesn’t feel like a new knee. My one-year date was Feb. 9th. Please feel free to email me at if you want to chat more. Thank you so much for reaching out.

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