Saltwater Sounds Weekly Wrap Up

Welcome to Saltwater Soundsa collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I wrap up all that’s been going on in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come and the inspiration I’ve discovered from other bloggers around the web.

view of the Puget Sound

This and That…

This was Sunday morning’s view. The sun is out today and frost covered the lawn.

As you can see, I still need to take down the garland off of the white picket fence from the holidays. Today might be the day!

This is a wonderful break from the excessive rain and wind we’ve been experiencing this last week. You have no idea how much I want spring to be here.

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snowshoes on shutters

Trying to Embrace January

January is a month like no other.

For me, it’s a month of transition and crazy weather with little excitement to be had.

Rather than complaining about not being able to spend much time outside these days and feeling like we may need to build an ark with all this rain, I’m trying something different this year.

I’m taking this time to really get organized and plan out my year. And I’m really getting excited about the idea of getting my “you know what” together this year.

How do you feel about January?

supplies to plan the garden

Getting Back Into Garden Mode

I just ordered my flower seeds for 2022 and finalizing my cut flower plan. I’m taking an inventory of my supplies and ordering anything that I need NOW so I can get everything in time for that first week of February when I start sowing my snapdragon and sweet pea seeds.

It’s hard to believe that I’m already back into gardening mode after just one month of respite. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Have you thought about your garden already?

geraniums in greenhouse

My Geranium Update

My geraniums that are overwintering in the greenhouse are still looking amazing!

I’m going to be starting new geranium plants this week. This is one of my favorite things to do.

starting to demo boat galley

Our Boat Update

Our boat galley is basically torn up at the moment.

boat galley demo
boat galley demo

We’ve taken out all the appliances and cut down the bar so it will be more open to the rest of the salon. My husband and I will be shopping for quartz in Seattle tomorrow for the countertop.

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

summer cottage garden

Top 10 Favorite Blog Posts of 2021

Another year has come and gone and I can’t wait to share the top 10 favorite blog posts from 2021. Let’s see what you loved the most here this past year on the Shiplap and Shells blog.

January gardening to dos

January Gardening Tips and To-Dos

You may not think that there’s much to do in the garden this month, but you’ll be surprised to know that there is plenty to do behind the scenes. Here are some January gardening tips and things to work on in your Pacific Northwest garden.

Coming Up on the Blog:

Winter Decor Ideas and Tour – Monday

Garden Checklist for 2022

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

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

Valentines tablescape

My friend Michele of Vintage Home Designs has one of my favorite blogs and has such a beautiful style. This week she shared how to make a heart placemat from a sweater.

organized pantry

CoCo of The Crowned Goat offers a “52 week to a simplified and organized home challenge” which I am definitely going to take.

painting upholstery

Stacy of Bricks ‘n Blooms has inspired me to try painting my upholstery with chalk paint.

More Inspiration

This DIY candle centerpiece.

This soup recipe.

Tips for organizing bathroom drawers.

These salvaged window decorating ideas.

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.

Wishing you a year of health, joy, and happiness.

Until next time,

Happy Holidays!


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  1. Thank you so much for featuring my Valentine’s tablescape! And I just love reading about your gardening plans and I can’t wait to get started myself.

  2. I agree with you, I can’t wait for spring! Are you sowing the sweet peas and snapdragons in your green house or directly on the ground. I was tempted to go directly on the ground but I get no sun at all in my garden this time of year. Love following your boat updates, so much fun!

  3. I love that boat so much. It’s going to be so much fun for you. Thanks for sharing the salvaged windows!

  4. You have a fabulous garden. I am inspired now to get seeds of some of your favorite flowers but when I looked online at your source for seeds most were sold out. I will try to find a good seed source at my local nursery…love so many that you recommended. By the way, here on the coast below Santa Barbara, I am still picking the yellow pear tomatoes in my garden on the plant that is taking over my roses, and many avocados falling from my big 22 year old tree. I love to share them with neighbors, my librarians, my postal workers, and even passers by.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. Floret Flowers does sell out quickly but Renee’s Garden Seeds and Johnny’s Selected Seeds are also good seed sources. I’d love to be able to grow avocados. How awesome is that! How nice that you share your harvest with them.

  5. I generally like January because it is cooler here in Florida. Not at all like the rest of the country! I can’t say I felt the same way when I lived in Cleveland! I am enjoying the updates on your boat progress! Having been sailors for about 10 years or so, I have a fondness for life on the water! Hugs!

    1. Florida sounds like a perfect retreat from the rest of the country’s tough winter weather. You’ll have to go visit me so we can take you on the boat.

  6. Kim that pic of the garden is amaze balls!!! How gorgeous it looks with the sunrise and early am frost!!! Thanks for sharing my painting fabric post! Xo

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