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 Superbowl Sunday!

There are several ways to look at the Superbowl experience.

  • It’s your favorite day of the year
  • You only watch if it’s your team playing
  • It’s all about the party
  • Can’t wait for the commercials and halftime show

Which one are you?

forsythia branches in house

Forsythia Update

Here are pictures of the forsythia branches when I first cut them and then one week later.

Aren’t they amazing???

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putting in the sea rail on the boat

Boat Renovation Update

The sea railing is being installed.

Next up…the appliances.

Costco cart with heather

A Garden-Inspired Trip to Costco

I found all kinds of goodies at Costco last week.

Although I’m not a huge fan of heather when it’s not blooming, I know I need to bring some blooms to the winter garden.

I bought 5 heather and a couple of hellebores to plant in the garden spots that are looking bare and boring. The sad part for me is that hellebores have the most gorgeous blooms right now but they can only be planted in the shade and I don’t have much of that in the front yard.

If I had my way, I’d plant them everywhere.

primroses in the cart

Not the best picture here but I bought some primroses for containers as well. The bright colors scream “hurry up spring”!

hummingbird getting food from feeder

Feeding the Hummingbirds

The hummingbirds are eating so much from this feeder right now. This is right outside our kitchen window so we get to see the daily activity.

The hummingbirds actually fight over the food and there are mid-air battles which are fascinating to watch.

laundry room before picture

The Next Indoor Project

I painted the laundry room from a sage green last year to white.

I really liked how light it looked. But there was something definitely missing. It felt very stark.

painting the laundry room

So I have decided to paint the trim a griege. I had no idea that there was actually a word for gray and beige mixed together.

I should be finished today so stay tuned for the reveal next week.

summer cottage garden

Garden Inspiration for the Week

The picture above was taken on the last day of July last year around 8:30 at night.

This was when the garden was in its prime.

foxgloves and greenhouse

For this week’s inspirational garden post, I chose Inspired by Blooms – June PNW Cottage Garden Tour which was posted last June after finding a great deal on foxgloves.

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.

cottage style bedroom

7 Wonderful Ways to Use a Vintage Stool at Home

I joined some blogging friends this weekend for a fun blog hop, hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, Cindy of County Road 407. A Lifestyle of Love is where we take a specific theme every other month and share how we use it in our homes and lives. This month was all about vintage stools and chairs and I shared the many ways I use my stools around the house.

Read the entire post HERE.

white cosmos in the garden

How to Grow Cosmos From Seed Indoors

Cosmos are an incredibly easy flower to grow in the garden which makes them perfect for beginning gardeners. You can see how to grow them from seed indoors HERE.

spring blossoms

How to Force Flowering Branches to Bloom Indoors

There’s nothing better than bringing both spring and the outdoors into your home. And I have just the way you can do that by forcing your spring-flowering branches to bloom inside. You can see these ideas HERE.

My Favorite Finds for the Week

garden-inspired Terrain favorites

Garden-Inspired Terrain Favorites

Are you a gardener who gets excited when you see garden-inspired items being offered online? Come see my favorite garden-inspired favorites from one of my favorite shops, Terrain. You can see my favorites HERE.

Coming Your Way:

My 5 Favorite Vintage Projects

How to Grow Zinnias from Seed

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…

dough bowl filled with flowers

KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms shares how to decorate with flowers for spring.

textured heart DIY

My friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill made this pretty textured heart wall art.

More Inspiration

This estate garden.

Cuban chicken wraps.

A beginner guide to chair upholstery.

Brownie lava cakes.

Anne Hathaway’s home.

How to use a vintage headboard.

Candle dipping.

How to make flower cupcakes.

Some hand self-care.

A story of removing upholstered walls.

faux fireplace mantel

An Oldie But a Goodie

How to Make a Faux Fireplace Mantel Surround

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! And Happy Valentine’s Day!


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  1. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration, Kim. Just like Jennifer, I’ve don’t think I’ve ever seen that lovely window seat in your bedroom. You’ve shown your bedroom many times but I’m not sure you’ve ever photographed it from that angle before. It looks like such a lovely spot!

    1. Thank you, Jayne. I don’t think I show it very often because it’s such a quirky setup with the bed having to go up against it. I only wish I could use it as it was originally intended. Thank you for visiting my friend.

  2. Great to see boat updates. The Forsythia are gorgeous. I can’t wait to plant my Viola soon.

    I loved the pictures Jennifer made!

    1. Jennifer is so creative, isn’t she? It’s always so fun to plant the first set of flowers like the pansies, viola, and primroses. Spring is finally coming soon! Thanks, Cindy.

  3. Thanks for sharing my hearts! I don’t think I’ve ever noticed the little nook behind your bed before…I always notice something new in your cottage!!

  4. Kim, your forsythia reminds me of my childhood in Connecticut as it was one of my Mom’s favorite spring flowers. I love Anne Hathaway’s home…lovely but so normal too. I would have expected some great mansion somewhere. How refreshing. Thank you for the Self-Care: Hands shout-out. Surprisingly, I’ve been exercising my hands this week and it seems to be working! Can’t wait to see your final boat renovation~how cool. I tried growing Cosmos from seed last year to no avail. I need to back and read your post. And I stopped watching the SuperBowl a few years ago~all that nonsense about kneeling during the National Anthem. I guess I’m guilty of being patriotic. Happy Sunday!

    1. I’m always so overwhelmed by how bright and beautiful forsythia is. I thought the same thing about Anne Hathaway’s home too. I hope you give the cosmos another chance. Have a great week Mary.

  5. The trim look just like our Nantucket gray here in Maine. It’s such a beautiful color. So warming yet light. Happy Sunday?

    1. Thank you, Stacy! I am so glad I’m doing this. It’s really making such a difference in the laundry room. It really warms it up.

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