Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Mother’s Day Message

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 have found from other bloggers around the web.

pink roses in vintage patina container

This and That…

Happy Mother’s Day to all the fabulous mothers out there.

If you’re celebrating today with your loved ones, I’m wishing you a joyful day with lots of love. I hope there will be some spoiling and pampering going on.

at Pike place Market in Seattle

For those of you who have lost your mother, or a child as I have, I’m sending you lots of love and big hugs. My hope is that you find comfort in your memories and can spend some quality time honoring your loved one.

My daughter, Katie, passed away almost 4 years ago. I honor her every Mother’s Day by planting something special in the garden.

Here’s something I found on how to spend Mother’s Day after your mom has passed. And this is for those that have lost or are longing.

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greenhouse and cottage garden

A Walk in the Garden

The garden is changing every day!

garden fairy and garden

The garden fairy is back in the garden

cottage on a rainy day

We’re still waiting for some warm weather. It looks like we’re going to see some sun next week.

greenhouse with azaleas

There are plenty of rhododendron and azalea blooms around the garden.

lilacs blooming

The lilacs are blooming too!

white picket fence

The tulip bulbs in the cut flower garden were pulled out last weekend to make room for my summer flower seedlings.

pink and purple tulips

I really enjoyed my beautiful tulips this spring.

pink and purple tulips harvested

I took the best of the pile and brought them inside.

The rest were tossed into the compost pile.

raised bed cutting garden with seedlings planted

I’ve FINALLY transplanted all the summer flower seedlings in the garden beds.

seedlings in raised beds
inside the greenhouse

And the greenhouse is EMPTY!

I’m starting to plant my flower containers.

I have most of the geraniums planted but need to go get some other varieties of annuals to fill in the holes. I’m definitely needing some spillers.

community garden

I planted the rest of my seedlings in our community garden with the help of my friend Karin.

on the sailboat

Opening Day at the Marina

Yesterday was opening day at our marina. We went for a sail.

on the water looking at the boat

It was so wonderful being on the water for the day.

Photo Credit: Holidayify

We’re Going on a Trip…

We’re finally going on our bucket list trip to Italy and Greece.

We planned this vacation even before Covid-19. The dates have changed 3 or 4 times since then so I haven’t let myself get excited. And now we’re leaving in less than a week.

I will miss Jax and Ollie, and my garden. But our housesitter promises she will take care of them all.

Wish me luck. There’s a lot to do before we go. It’s going to be a busy week.

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

Here are last week’s blog posts and all that’s been happening at Shiplap and Shells.

fuchsia cosmos

The Difference Between Annual and Perennial Plants and How to Use Both in Your Garden

Do you know the difference between annual and perennial plants? I’ll share the strengths that each plant type has and how each can benefit your gorgeous garden.

cut flower garden

12 Tips for Creating a Low Maintenance Garden

What if I told you that you could have a beautiful garden without putting a lot of hours into it? Here are 12 tips on how to create a low-maintenance garden.

Coming Your Way:

7 Things You Want to Know About Foxgloves – Your Questions Answered – May 10th

5 Beautiful Spring Flowering Bulb Varieties from Breck’s Bulbs – May 14th

11 Simple Tips and Tricks for Planting Beautiful Flower Garden Containers – May 17th

A Spring Visit to Bella Terra for Friendship and Inspiration – May 21st

What would you like to see on my blog? Please leave me a comment and let me know.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

espresso chocolate mousse

Tieghan of Half-Baked Harvest shares her delicious recipe for easy espresso chocolate mousse. Made with just 7 easy ingredients… eggs, cornstarch, coconut milk, espresso, vanilla, and plenty of chocolate, this mousse requires no fancy process.


My sweet friend Melba of Cocoon Raw has some great tips on how to grow dahlias indoors.

More Inspiration

This gorgeous coastal masterpiece.

Shade-loving flowering plants.

This lovely sage kitchen.

Breakfast strata cup recipe.

These gorgeous greenhouses to swoon over.

How to make lavender sachets.

Creating and decorating open shelving.

How to strip furniture with oven cleaner.

Vintage dishes spring tablescape

An Oldie But a Goodie

Welcoming Spring with Beautiful Blooms and Vintage Dishware Tablescape

Are you looking for spring table ideas? I’ll show you how you can create the perfect spring tablescape using the fabulous combination of vintage dishware and beautiful blooms.

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.

Until next time,

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a happy new week,


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  2. Love how you are honoring your daughter for Mother’s Day and how she lives on in your heart and your garden. It’s such a special place that brings so many people joy. I can’t believe you’re going to Italy and Greece that is so cool. I’m super excited for you and I hope you’ll take lots of pictures. It’s really beautiful! Hope your week is filled with all good things, CoCo

  3. Kim, you are always a Mother, forever and ever, Happy Mother’s Day. Sending you strong hugs! My brother passed away at 43 and I still celebrate my Mom for all of us. You have had so many things going on, of course, I honed into the sailboat! LOL! And, how did I miss that fairy! So cute! Thank you so much for the feature my sweetest of friends!

  4. Such a beautiful post Kim. I can imagine your heart was heavy on Mother’s Day. Loosing a child is so hard.
    My heart aches for you.
    I am glad that you have chosen such a beautiful way to celebrate her every year.
    Your garden is looking so wonderful and I can’t wait to watch it blossom.
    I think mine will be spent by the time yours blooms, so I will have that to look forward too.

  5. Wow Mim I’m so envious of your trip. We’ve cancelled a trip ourselves to Italy twice now and I can’t wait to go too. I can’t wait to hear all about it. ??

  6. Thank you for sharing your lovely gardens and home, so pretty and inspiring! I can’t even imagine how very hard it must be to lose a child, but I truly hope you were able to have a beautiful day of honoring her memory. Enjoy your trip, what an amazing opportunity!

  7. We loved our cruise from Istanbul to many of the Greek Islands. We went 3 days early to spend time in Istanbul at
    a recommended hotel and we so enjoyed eating breakfast on the upstairs terrace with lovely views, and walking to the two famous Mosques/churches, touring the underground water storage area, and the museum. Wandering through the small island towns was another adventure and the archeological museums were fascinating. You will have a lovely time.
    Italy was another trip so enjoy it all! I love seeing your talented designs in the garden beds, and the house.

  8. I cant wait to hear allaboutvyour trip! And take lots of pictures so we can travel along with you. Have an amazing time.

  9. Kim,
    Wow, you’ve got so much going on. I can’t believe how neat your gardens are. They are pristine! I’m so envious of your trip to Italy! We were there over 10 years ago. By far our best trip ever. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Thanks so much for sharing my shelving post.

  10. Kim, sending you so much love today.
    Your vacation sounds amazing, I can’t wait to see all of your pictures…and I’m sure you will have an eye out for all the prettiest flowers!

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