Saltwater Sounds Weekly Wrap-Up

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a weekly collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share all that’s been going on in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come and the inspiration I have found from other bloggers around the web. Enjoy!

Garden greenhouse spring view overlooking the Puget Sound

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Overlooking the Puget Sound water view from the deck

Random This & That

It was the most beautiful week here in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Really beautiful! And of course, I took lots of pictures that I’ll be sharing with you in the next couple of weeks. This weekend is looking like rain and wind. I know a lot of people out there would LOVE to have some rain so I’m hoping we can send it their way.

Overlooking the Puget Sound water view from the deck

The temps were actually in the 80s for a couple of days. I really tried to take advantage of the amazing weather and just decided to relax and take a break from things.

Puppy Ollie relaxing on the deck

I can’t wait to take you along on some fun boating adventures next week. I’m hoping to share some beautiful views, kayak rides, and vintage shopping! I am so excited for SUMMER! Bring it on!

Did you see the post I shared last fall during one of our boating adventures? You can read it HERE

cottage bedroom with chippy vintage furniture

I got some new summer bedding from Hallstrom Home. I love my new blue and white striped blanket. So many textures here, including a waffle weave and linen shams. I couldn’t be happier. Taking advantage of the Parachute Memorial Day sale last weekend, we bought another set of linen sheets for our bed and another for our guest room refresh that I’ll be working on next month.

foxgloves in the cottage garden with white picket fence and greenhouse

In the Garden

This is such a fun time for me to watch the progress of each perennial and seedling. You have NO IDEA how many pictures I take on my daily garden walk. I just never want to miss a thing!

I can’t tell you how much joy the garden brings me. And the perfectionist part of me is actually starting to let go of the irritating weeds that never stop growing and the mole holes that I find every day in my yard.

seedlings growing in the raised bed cutting garden

I am focusing more on the beauty of the garden and not the projects that I don’t ever seem to have time for. After spending most of the summer preparing for the magazine shoot, I made a deal with myself that I would work less and enjoy more. Wish me luck!

Have you joined my Gardening Tips & Tricks group on Facebook? If you have, I would love for you to post some of your garden pictures so we can see what’s happening where you live!

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

greenhouse view with spring flowers


Don’t you love this time of year in the garden? June is finally here and I can’t wait to give you a cottage garden tour to show you what’s blooming in my part of the Pacific Northwest.

Coming Up on the Blog:

15 Spring Garden Greenhouse Views to Inspire You

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web From Last Week…

My friend KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms shares so many great tips on how to save money on a kitchen remodel.

I always love a great garden tour and my friend Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms does not disappoint as she takes you through her lovely spring garden.

More Inspiration…

English cottage garden path details.

Protecting plants from the heat.

This gorgeous Americana tablescape.

Vegetable gardening with straw bales.

Patriotic flag DIY.

New England Colonial house inspiration.

These DIY garden markers.

Antipasto skewers for any party.

DIY wooden garden obelisk.

In Case You Missed It…

greenhouse view overlooking the Puget Sound in the spring


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. It means the world.

Enjoy your weekend,


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Saltwater Sounds greenhouse over looking the Puget Sound water view

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  1. How beautiful is your garden on that water!!!! GAH I swoon every time I stop by. I just love how ti all looks. You must truly enjoy living there and spending time on the water in addition to your gardens. Thank you so much for featuring me this week with the garden tour! I’m so thrilled to enjoy these with you – I love chatting all things about the garden! xo

  2. I always love seeing your garden and your home. It’s just stunning. So jealous of the weather you’re having but then fairs, fair – I had summer while you were battling the cold. Have a lovely week.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing my tablescape! I sure hope you do take more time to relax and enjoy the beauty around you…and some boating time and not work quite so hard!

  4. I don’t blame you for relaxing and enjoying the weather. We all deserve a rest break! I love your new bedding. Your bedroom is so pretty. Looking forward to see all the pretty in your garden this summer! Thanks for sharing all these good things!

  5. Another wonderful week in the PNW! You were just a bit cooler then we were – I would have sold my soul to sit on your deck and feel the breeze off the water. But fortunately I didn’t get the opportunity! I’d be regretting it today with our 60 degrees and cloudy! 🙂 Love your beautiful garden and all the fun things you find for us! Thanks so much, and hope your weekend’s been great!

  6. You are so sweet friend, thank you so much for the feature. I’m so excited to watch your garden grow this summer and what gorgeous blue sky and view!

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