Saltwater Sounds Weekly Wrap-Up

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.

This and That…

Happy Sunday. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Fingers crossed that we really do get the dry and sunny weather that has been forecasted here for the week. It’s been so nice to see the sunshine again. It really does change your mood for the day.

How’s the weather where you are? I know there’s a lot of snow out there to the east of us.

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My Flower Seeds Finally Arrived!

I’ll be in my greenhouse again very soon!

I always get so excited when my flower seeds from Floret Flowers finally come in the mail!

The first seeds I’ll be sowing will be the sweet peas next week, followed by the yarrow and snapdragon seeds which will be sown 2 weeks after that.

My Geraniums in the Greenhouse

The geraniums are overwintering in the greenhouse and were really dry when I checked them on Friday. I gave them a good soaking and clipped off the dead leaves and soft stems.

There was only one plant that didn’t make it so far. I’ll be cutting some new geranium starts next week as well.

Garden Inspiration for the Week

I’ve decided that since we are all missing our gardens and beautiful flowers this time of year, I’ll be sharing a favorite garden picture and post with you each week. At least until we start seeing some progress in our gardens this spring.

The picture above was taken the first week or two in July of last year and it is one of my very favorites. It was early evening so the garden bistro lights were on and the phlox and hydrangeas were at their peak for the year. The colors were extraordinary!

For an inspirational garden post, I picked What’s Blooming in My Early Summer Cottage Garden which was posted July 15th and takes you back to when the garden was full of daisies and most summer annuals in the cut flower garden.

All that we were waiting for were the dahlias and black-eyed Susans that were close to popping but not quite there yet.

If you do go and check out this post, let me know in the comments what your favorite picture was.

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

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

How to Mix Valentine’s Day into your Winter Home Decor

My friend Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home hosted a “Keeping it Cozy” blog hop with several of my blogging friends. I shared some ideas for adding a hint of Valentine’s inspiration sprinkled in with my cozy winter home decor. The links to all of the blogger’s posts who participated in this hop are at the end of my post.

11 Favorite Vintage Container Ideas to Display Seasonal Flowers and Plants

My friends Stacy of Bricks ‘n Blooms and Jennifer of Cottage at Bunker Hill joined me last week to share some thrifted vintage goodness. Here I’m sharing how I show off my seasonal blooms using my favorite vintage containers.

Stacy of Bricks ‘n Blooms shared 9 Garden Treasures You Should Buy at the Thrift Store.

Jennifer of Cottage on Bunker Hill shared how to decorate with thrift store finds in the kitchen.

My Favorite Finds for the Week

Valentine’s Day Home Decor Favorites

It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day decor. Here are some of my favorite picks from Anthropologie, Target, Pottery Barn, and Williams Sonoma.

Winter Decor Favorites

There are so many amazing pillows, greenery, containers, rugs, and candles online this winter season. Here are my winter decor favorites being offered right now.

Antique Candle Co. Winter Clearance Sale

Antique Candle Co. is having a HUGE clearance sale while supplies last. Did you know that candles have a shelf life of about 2 years? So they’re clearing out their candles to make more.

Hurry! They’re going fast. Click HERE for the website.

Coming Your Way:

Garden checklist for 2022

Valentine’s cloche ideas

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

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

Home BNS published a blog post on 18 of the Most Inviting DIY Fake Fireplace Ideas. And mine was one of them! How cool is that?

Tieghan of Half-Baked Harvest shares the most amazing recipes and I can’t wait to try this. Doesn’t this cajun butter garlic shrimp with creamy pesto pasta look incredible???

My friend Michelle of Thistle Key Lane created the most beautiful winter botanical tablescape. You know how I love anything with flowers!

Cindy of County Road 407 gives us 5 reasons why you should still love farmhouse style no matter what the trends say. I’m hearing that shiplap is out too. I’m not changing my name anytime soon though.

More Inspiration

This Hollywood Hills home with a celebrity history.

Recipes for fruit-infused water.

This floral design studio in Washington State.

This napkin ring DIY project.

This pretty in pink table.

The coziest winter cabin.

This dried hydrangea heart-shaped wreath.

This rustic Montana home.

This post on how to make ice votives.

An Oldie But a Goodie

How to Prepare Your Cut Flower Garden Beds

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.

Until next time,

Have a great week!


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  1. I always love reading your weekly roundup posts. You always provide such a lot of inspiration. My garden is overgrown and needs love! It’s the middle of summer – there’s no water and it’s dry but it’s still growing like crazy and I just haven’t had the time to get out there. I’m hoping to do that this weekend but there always seems to be other priorities.
    I absolutely love your faux fireplace. It’s gorgeous.

    1. Thank you, Carol! I am so jealous that you are having your summer right now. So sorry that you are lacking water and that it’s so dry. Thank you so much for visiting.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing my Farmhouse opinion post. 🙂 Neither of us will be changing anything anytime soon. Yay for us! Now I’m going back to check out some of the other posts you listed. First up… 18 Fake Fireplace ideas! Hope you have a wonderful week.

  3. Yaay! You totally deserved a feature with your fireplace! Congrats!! I love seeing your home and garden in any season – thanks for all the tips! I hope you’re getting the lovely sun we have today, too! Happy Sunday!

    1. Thank you, Barbara. We have seen more fog than sun these last few days. But I’m still glad it has stopped raining here.

  4. The hydrangea pic with the bike gets me every time!!!! I love that shot! Thank you so much for sharing my post today! I hope my seeds arrive soon too. I can’t wait to kick off the gardening season! xo

    1. I’m looking forward to kicking off the season too Stacy! And I do know you love this picture. Thank you my friend.

  5. Congratulations on the mantel feature Kim. I always look forward to your weekly roundups. And thanks for sharing my pretty in pink table??

  6. Love the flower photos, I wish the climate and soil were more friendly in our area. One of my favorite places ever is the Butchart Gardens where we have happily visited twice. I kept pointing out locations where it would be the perfect place to build a little house.? I don’t have much of a green thumb myself though.
    I really like the distressed pot at the bottom of your photos next to the rug but no link when clicked on, where would I find that? thanks!

    1. Hi Jillian. If it’s the pot I think it is, here’s the link.
      If this doesn’t work, you can hit the Winter Decor Favorites link and click on the picture at the bottom of the post.
      I love Butchart Gardens so much! Sadly we haven’t been able to go for a few years because of Covid but I hope we get to go soon. So much inspiration.

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