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 the blog. I appreciate you taking the time to be here.

I’m sending Easter and Passover blessings this weekend.

We’ve been dealing with some crazy weather here lately. And I do mean CRAZY!

Keep in mind that the average last frost date in our area is April 18th, that’s tomorrow. So the fact that we are having almost freezing temperatures in the evening and we’ve had hail storms on 4 separate days this last week is really throwing me off my gardening game.

Here’s a shot of one of the hail storms above.

And this picture was taken 3 hours later.

Do you know what they say about the weather in the Pacific Northwest? If you don’t like the weather now, wait about 10 minutes. I don’t know if I have the saying exactly right, but you get the idea.

The weather has not been kind to the seedling hardening off process. I’ve had to keep them, along with the geraniums in the greenhouse but hope to start bringing them back out soon.

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A Walk in the Garden


They are looking pretty amazing and they’re not even in full bloom right now.

These are just starting to bloom, but just wait until you see them in another week or two.

The yellow tulips in the cut flower garden are in full bloom. I actually got these from Costco.

To see more garden pictures, CLICK HERE for the newest garden tour post.

And the daffodils are looking beautiful as ever.

So, here’s a bit of a gardening surprise for you.

This is a sweet pea seedling that had gotten too much sun in the greenhouse or something else. It looked as though the leaves were too fried and I was going to throw them in the compost.

For some reason, I put it on the window sill in the kitchen on April 6th after getting home from my Palm Springs trip.

I looked at the container the other day and saw that not only did a healthy sprout come from the damaged plant, but a brand new seedling also sprouted after the seed was sown on January 31st.

How’s that for a seedling miracle?

Antique Candle Co. Candles Make Great Mother’s Day Gifts

Personally speaking, I can’t get enough of Antique Candle Co.’s Fresh Roasted Coffee candle. I light it every morning.

Wouldn’t this make a great Mother’s Day gift? They also offer a Coffee Bar Sample Pack containing Warm Caramel Crumble, Momma’s Kitchen, Vanilla Bean, and Fresh Roasted Coffee.

Here’s a fun gift set perfect for Mother’s Day for $55 and includes:

  • 16 ox. Mason Jar Momma’s Kitchen candle
  • Wick Trimmer
  • Safety matchbox

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


What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

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

Take a Tour of My Early Spring Cottage Style Garden and Greenhouse

What is growing in your garden this month? I’ll take you on a tour of my early spring cottage-style garden and the greenhouse. Things are definitely starting to happen around here.

5 Quick and Easy Easter Vignette and Tabletop Ideas

I shared 5 quick and easy vignettes and tabletop ideas that are sure to make your home look lovely for the Easter holiday.

Coming Your Way:

Subshrubs and why it’s hard to divide them

Creating a low-maintenance garden

All about foxgloves

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

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

Here’s a fun spring DIY project. Leslie from My 100-Year-Old Home is sharing how to make your own lemon plates. They are the cutest!

This Artichoke Gouda Tart made by Tieghan at Half-Baked Harvest has a flaky puff pastry dough topped with melty gouda cheese, marinated artichokes, and fresh garlic and herbs. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

My garden bestie, Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms shares spring gardening hacks that save you money. think you can agree we all need a little help with that these days.

I had the priveledge of enjoying a delicious latte with fresh almond milk at my friend Mary of Life at Bella Terra‘s home a few weeks ago. In fact, I used this exact coffee mug. See how she makes fresh nut milk with healthy ingredients.

More Inspiration

This gorgeous home.

An amazing lemon and lavender cake.

This modern arch-filled La Jolla sanctuary.

How to make a terrarium garden.

Salted or unsalted butter? That is the question.

This downtown project.

Hoq to build a garden obelisk.

How to make a distressed napkin decoupage lamp.

This house with history and soul.

An Oldie But a Goodie

How to Harden Off Your Seedlings and Plants

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 wonderful weekend and a happy new week,


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  1. Kim the gardens are really coming along! I wish we lived closer!!!! thanks for sharing my tips this week! enjoy the weekend!

  2. Wow, gardening must be so difficult with those weather extremes. Our weather has been a little crazy here, amazingly cool days for this time of year. I will take it thought! Your tulips are gorgeous! I look forward to all about Foxgloves! I grew them in Ohio, sadly here in Florida they are grown as an annual in the fall. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. I’m always so interested in what you can grow in Florida Chloe. It must be so incredibly different from Ohio.

  3. Kim, oh my! Your weather is truly something else! Confusing to the plants and trees, I’m sure. Thank you for sharing my nut milk recipe. I wish we lived closer as I would make your nut milk all the time and share a cup of coffee with you!
    Miss you, my friend! Hope you had a nice Easter.

    1. I would absolutely love it if we could come over to each other’s homes and you could make me your amazing coffee. You are such an amazing host.

    1. I don’t think I could deal with the crazy weather as you do on a regular basis. You are certainly a trooper.

  4. Kim, your yard with the snow looks like ours here today. It’s been showing off and on all day. Happy Easter!

    1. I would think your snow would be going away soon Ann. Hope I’m right unless you want the snow to stay. It really is pretty there.

  5. Kim,
    I loved your early Spring tour and we are having crazy weather as well this Spring. I can’t believe all that hail. I hope it was damaging to your outside plants. Hopefully, the worst of the weather is over.
    Thanks so much for sharing my lamp makeover! Have a wonderful Easter.

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