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! And a happy official day of Spring!!!!!!!!!!

What are you up to this weekend?

I’m hoping to work out in the garden in between the rain. There is so much to do but I’m actually looking forward to it.

We may even see temperatures reaching 60°F mid-week. Fingers crossed. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to some warm weather.

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In the Greenhouse

This is the current view in the greenhouse. There’s a lot going on right now.

The geraniums that were overwintering look pretty fabulous! The plants that were getting leggy were cut back and I started more cuttings.

Here are a few of them. They are looking good with the exception of one start that didn’t take. I have them on heat mats to help with the rooting process.

Here’s a look at the sweet pea seedlings which are looking amazing!

Sweet peas need to be pinched when they reach 4-6 inches tall. I’ll be pinching them back today.

The zinnia seedlings are starting to germinate.

We should really start to see some changes happening in the next couple of weeks.

I still have a few more seeds to sow in the next couple of days.

A Walk in the Garden

Do you remember last year when I tried something different?

I planted tulip bulbs in one of my raised beds in the cut flower garden. And something amazing happened. I’ll show you in just a minute, but first, here’s this year’s progress.

I planted tulips in 4 beds this year and I can’t wait to see how they look when they’re in full bloom.

Here’s the first tulip bloom starting.

I have been spraying deer repellent when it’s not windy or raining, every couple of weeks.

Here’s a look at last spring’s tulips.

Pretty amazing, don’t you think?

I planted them so I would have plenty of tulips to cut and bring indoors through the season. But guess what!

I didn’t cut a single one. I just enjoyed their beauty outdoors when there still wasn’t much else to look at yet.

This is the first year I planted hyacinths in the garden and I’m LOVING the color. It really gives everything a much-needed pop right now.

I still need to clean up the garden beds As you can probably see. But I see progress…REAL PROGRESS!

I absolutely love daffodils, especially when they aren’t the typical yellow bloom.

And the great thing about daffodils? Deer despise them. Oh, and you can split them every few years so you really don’t need to ever buy another daffodil if you don’t want to.

Stick around…every week will look completely different in the garden. That’s part of the fun!

Bringing Out the Spring Decor

I spent the week cleaning and adding spring decor throughout the house.

Here’s a sneak peek or two of the blog post I’ll be posting on Monday.

I’ll be sharing my kitchen and living room. And the best part is that 29 other bloggers will be joining me throughout the week, welcoming you into their homes.

Get ready for some amazing spring inspiration.

Boat Update

Are you wondering why you haven’t had any boat updates lately? It’s because the boat has been taken to a boatyard to get worked on.

She’s already been there a month and they JUST started working on it.

Here’s the graphic for the boat.

We are calling her Wildflower based on Tom Petty’s song…

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free
You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
You belong with your love on your arm
You belong somewhere you feel free

Antique Candle Co. has Some Big News

Spring Candle Testers are OFFICIALLY LIVE!  

Spring Candle Testers are available to purchase through March 23rd (or until they sell out!). 

The Antique Candle Co. testers include four never-before-sniffed fragrances.

  • Blueberry Cobbler: A delicious, sweet blend of freshly baked berries and rich vanilla cake topped with sugar lemon glaze.
  • Lilac: A classic floral scent of lilac blossoms and green leaves, highlighted with a refreshing blend of jasmine, lily, and rose.
  • Coastal Linen: A refreshing aroma of clean linens and ocean mist, blended with a soothing medley of water lily, sea moss, and driftwood.
  • Honeysuckle: A bright, fresh scent of honeysuckle and geranium blooms, intertwined with notes of white peach petals and agave nectar.

You can purchase either the Classic Spring Candle Testers or the VIP Spring Candle Testers.  

Anyone who becomes a candle tester will be sent a link to a survey to select the WINNING spring fragrance. Once this survey is complete, candle testers will receive a special 30% off discount code!


What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

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

12 Spring Projects That Will Help Your Summer Garden Thrive

Are you ready to get back into your garden and get your hands dirty? I’ll show you how your summer garden will thrive by working on these projects this spring season. Trust me, the hard work you do now will be completely worth it in the long run.

A Day of Vintage Garden Decor and Spring Flower Shopping

This post is about the fun shopping experience I had at VanLierop Garden Market in Sumner, Wa. with a friend. I don’t know how much better you can get when you find a place that has both flowers AND vintage garden decor.

Coming Your Way:

Spring Home Tour

Pinterest Challenge Spring Easter Table

More gardening tips

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

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

How to Refresh a Kitchen for Spring

If you’re looking for spring decor inspiration, my friend Karen of Sanctuary Home Design is sharing her tips on how to refresh a kitchen. Click HERE to see more.

How to Arrange Flowers Like a Pro

My friend Stacy of Bricks ‘n Blooms always creates the most beautiful flower arrangements. Learn how to arrange flowers like a pro HERE.

How To Make A Moss Covered Bunny Head Wreath

Jennifer of Cottage on Bunker Hill has got to be one of my most creative friends when it comes to DIY projects. See why I fell in love with her beautiful table HERE.

More Inspiration

Southern California meets the South of France.

How to make non-slip rugs.

This idyllic Swedish country home.

Homemade herb butter recipe.

This kitchen and dining room inspiration.

Blueberry vanilla crunch muffins.

How to decorate a room with color (while keeping the mood simple and calm)

How to decorate a tiny balcony.

This Meyer lemon cream pie with a twist.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s home tour.

An Oldie But a Goodie

How to Sow Snapdragon Seeds Indoors

These beautiful blooms produce gorgeous spikes and are one of the most productive early summer flowers in the garden. And my favorite part about snapdragons? The more you cut, the more they bloom!

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 week of hope, peace and love,


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  1. Kim I just bought some hyacinth and I love the purple color. So pretty in your garden too. And your boat. Oh my goodness. Happy Sunday?

  2. Happy First Day of Spring to you my friend! I LOVE your boat graphic – Tom says it right! I’ll be following along with your garden and getting ideas. Thanks for everything you share and all the inspiration and beauty!

  3. I just heard that Tom Petty song on the radio and was thinking about what a great song it is (yes…I still listen to the radio!!) It’s the perfect name for your boat.
    The tulips are going to be epic!! Thanks for sharing me & am looking forward to seeing your Spring home!!

    1. Tom Petty really was an amazing songwriter. Some of the lyrics in his songs really resonate with me. I especially love the one line he sings in one Crawling Back to You. “Most things I worry about never happen anyway”. I always need to remember that!

  4. Kim
    Your tulips are going to be amazing. I need to plant more. Love your boat name. It’s perfect. Thanks for sharing my post this week. You are the best.

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