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 welcome to another week of Saltwater Sounds.

I’m back at home from a relaxing time in Phoenix and Palm Springs. It was such a great trip and I loved being in the sun and hanging out with my girlfriends.

The temperature change between Palm Springs and Seattle was a 50°F difference. But we did get a really nice 70°F day here at home last Thursday, which was amazing but didn’t last long.

And now I’m back to the everyday routine. It’s amazing how fast the week went just trying to catch up with laundry, the garden, and of course, the blog. Jax and Ollie are quite happy that their mom is home.

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In (and Out of) the Greenhouse

I started hardening off the geraniums that have been overwintering along with my sweet pea seedlings.

Our average last frost date is April 18th so I will be starting to harden off the rest of the seedlings next week. This is always such a fun time for me. It means that all the hard work will start to pay off!

It’s hard to imagine that this greenhouse will be empty in less than a month.

A Walk in the Garden

The daffodils are now being joined by beautiful spring tulips throughout the garden.

I’m working on my early spring garden post and should be sharing it with you next week.

More rhododendron and azaleas are blooming and will continue through the next month. These are very popular spring plants in the Pacific Northwest.

And of course, we have some stunning tree blossoms to enjoy.

Spring Candles Make Great Gifts

As you probably already know I have a thing for candles.

Antique Candle Co. has all their AMAZING spring candle fragrances available on their website.


  • Clean Cotton
  • Fresh Cut Herbs
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon Eucalyptus
  • Orange Grove


  • Georgia Peach
  • Mango Citrus
  • Peach Apricot
  • Pineapple Coconut


  • Fresh Roasted Coffee (a favorite of mine)
  • Momma’s Kitchen ( a great Mother’s Day gift idea)
  • Warm Carmel Crumble
  • Vanilla Bean


  • Country Pear by Cotton Stem
  • Lavender Vanilla
  • Sweet Lemon


What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

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

foxgloves and greenhouse in cottage garden

6 Sensational Spring Cottage-Style Garden Tours for Inspiration

Are you looking for some inspiration when it comes to springtime gardening? I’m sharing 6 of my past spring cottage-style tours from my Pacific Northwest garden over the last couple of years.

Create a Blue and Yellow Bright and Colorful Table for Spring

Are you looking for ideas on how to brighten up your spring table? I created a bright and colorful table for the spring season using a mix of blue and yellow.

Some of my favorite blogging buddies joined me for this blog hop and you won’t want to miss out on how they created their sensational spring tables.

We all shared our cutlery pouches we were gifted from Cutlery Couture. Above are the ones I had for my spring tablescape. I love the navy blue stripes and will use them all the time for summer,

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Coming Your Way:

All about foxgloves

Subshrubs and why it’s hard to divide them

Creating a low-maintenance garden

A look at early spring in the garden

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

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

My sweet friend Wendy of WM Design House has made more work for me, but that’s ok. I forgive her. She shares how to repurpose garden baskets to make beautiful outdoor hanging lights. I can’t wait to try this DIY project!

It’s so fun having so many talented friends to get ideas from. And Meeghan of Cali Girl in a Southern World is another creative soul who brightens up my day with her DIY projects. You have to see how she made these sweet concrete eggs for your spring decor.

And speaking of DIY eggs, my good friend Mary of Life at Bella Terra made the sweetest decoupaged Easter eggs. I love these so much!

More Inspiration

This spring cabbage flower arrangement.

How to fall back in love with your home.

This perfect homemade treat for Easter.

How to organize kitchen drawers.

A refreshing cocktail.

Gorgeous kitchen inspiration.

The best deviled eggs with bacon.

A mixture of styles in this English home.

This stunning Connecticut home.

A dessert for Cinco De Mayo.

Easter decorating ideas.

fern being cut down

An Oldie But a Goodie

Cutting Back Outdoor Evergreen Ferns for the Season

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 peace and love,


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  1. What an amazing post Kim, you are such an inspiration to me. Your greenhouse is just dreamy and those lights???? did you make those? I need more details for sure. You were so sweet to share me in your favs. I can’t wait to see you make some hanging basket lights. The baskets are not always easy to find, hopefully you have a nursery close by that carries them. Let me know if you need help.
    XOXO Wendy

    1. I will definitely start looking for baskets and can’t wait to make some lights. I always love reading your blog.

  2. I look forward to your posts, as your garden and home are so lovely. I am sure you have posted this information before, but I must ask if you and your husband designed and built your greenhouse yourselves? Or is it possibly a design plan that might be available to purchase? We are building in Port Townsend, and want to build a greenhouse that will be sturdy enough to stand the winds there!

    1. Hi Jane, Thank you so much for the compliment. Our greenhouse was built by our contractor who retired a few years ago and he had no plans. I basically shared some pics with him and he pretty much built it off of that. I’m so sorry I can’t help but I wish you all the best in finding the right greenhouse for your area. Those winds really can be brutal.

  3. Kim, your tulips are so beautiful. I’m having major regret over not planting any last year. I won’t make the same mistake again. I’ve been swooning over your blue and yellow table all week. Those candles look amazing. And I look forward to your foxglove posting … they are one of my favorite plant and I added a few to the garden last year. Maybe a few more this year. Why not! Welcome home and happy Sunday! xo

    1. I’m so glad you’re going to plant tulips for next year Juliet. And happy you liked my blue and yellow table. I’m going to try to get the foxglove post published soon. Thank you for visiting the blog, it means a lot.

  4. Your garden is going to be great once again. Could you identify the varieties of tulips you have?

    1. Thank you, Margaret. The yellow ones were a mix from Costco. The rest of the varieties should be in my latest garden tour post. I hope that helps. If not, let me know and I’ll get you more information.

  5. Kim, such great stuff in today’s blog! Love the cocktail, the Connecticut home (I used to live there) and of course, thank you for featuring my decoupage eggs. I will be making those concrete eggs too-how fun! Loved your visit here and your tulips are stunning. Mine have been overtaken by the poppies which are blooming this week. Happy Sunday, my friend!

    1. I hope the snow stops soon Chas. We are having hail storms almost every day. It’s so annoying, So glad your irises and daffodils are blooming.

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