Saltwater Sounds Wrap Up

Welcome to Saltwater Soundsa collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I wrap up all that’s been going on in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come and the inspiration I’ve discovered from other bloggers around the web.

winter greenhouse in the snow fall

This and That…

Happy New Year! Are you ready for 2022?

We’ve had one heck of a week here. We ended up having a white (the day after) Christmas and icy cold temperatures. We even got as low as 18°F a couple of times with a high of 24° one day.

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snow on the deck

As for the snow melting, today looks promising as we are finally going to see above freezing temperatures.

greenhouse in the evening snow

The snow made for pretty pictures though.

dogs playing in the snow

Jax and Ollie had a blast playing in the snow. Ollie was 3 months old the last time he saw any significant snow so it’s safe to say he enjoyed it much better this winter and Jax finally had a friend to play with.

Little Lucy, now 15 years old stayed inside keeping warm and toasty.

backyard snow

Here’s a picture of our backyard. The dog run is directly in front. You can see our outbuilding and the hill where the dogs are always running around is to the left.


Goodbye Christmas. Hello Winter.

The Christmas decor has been taken down but winter is still in full force indoors.

winter décor ion the living room

Lots of chunky throws and pillows, a sled, snowshoes, and greenery throughout. I’ll be working on a few winter decor posts this week.


When do you take your holiday decor down?

cottage garden

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

The Best of My Cottage and Cut Flower Gardens in 2021

It was a year of valuable lessons, beautiful new varieties of flowers, and the most incredible dreams that came true. I can’t wait to share the best of my cottage and cut flower gardens in 2021. 

ornaments in a chicken feeder

9 Ways to be Prepared for Next Year’s Christmas Season

Are you still trying to recover from the craziness of the holidays? I’m sharing 8 ways that will help you prepare for next year’s Christmas season by starting now.

greenhouse and cut flower garden

2022 Seed Selection for the Cut Flower Garden

It’s that time once again to start ordering flower seeds for the new year’s cut flower garden. This is my favorite part of the gardening process. Here’s a look at what I’m planning to grow in 2022’s flower garden.

Coming Up on the Blog:

The 2021 Year in Review

Top Posts for 2021

Winter Decor

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

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…


You will definitely want to see my garden buddy, Stacy of Bricks ‘n Bloom’s cottage garden, and how it grew in 2021. You might call this post the last hurrah because Stacy just moved to a new property and will be starting new gardens for 2022.

greenhouse being constructed

My friend Rachel of The Ponds Farmhouse is such a talent. She is sharing her top 10 DIY projects from 2021.

pots and evergreens

Ann of Dabbling and Decorating has inspired me with her blue and white chinoiserie pots filled with evergreens for winter.

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.

Wishing you a year of health, joy, and happiness.

Until next time,

Happy Holidays!


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  1. Hi Kim! I love this simple little roundup and snippits and tidbits that you shared here. I live in Minnesota and have we had the cold temperatures…it was -35 with the windchill this past weekend! Your house looks beautiful in all the snow! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel. I can’t even imagine that kind of cold. I did live in Anchorage AK during a winter and thought that was pretty intense. Can’t say that I miss it. Stay warm my friend.

  2. Kim,

    The snow is just beautiful! It’s been very cold here and I had to cover the garden with frost cloth this past weekend. January is our temperamental month. I would love to be planning my garden, but until I can resolve the one and only squirrel in a 3 mile radius who seems to have made my garden his personal restaurant, I am holding off. Happy New Year to you, my friend! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

    1. Happy New Year Mary. I am very lucky that the many squirrels around here don’t seem to bother the garden too much. But that’s probably because I haven’t grown many veggies. I hope you can talk him into moving on this year.

  3. Rain and cold may be rough for us, but I love to see the garden change through the seasons. Something beautiful and mysterious about the story it provides for us and the amazing lasting memories. Your garden is gorgeous regardless of any season!

    1. You are so kind to say that Melba. There is so much to do right now after the hard frost but it’s just too wet to go out in the garden right now.

  4. SO beautiful Kim – we didn’t have anything like all your snow down here, but the little dusting we did have was nice! 🙂 I can’t wait to catch up on all your posts – they’re always lovely and inspiring! Take care up there and Happy New Year!

    1. Happy New Year Barbara! I need to catch up on your blog too. I am always so inspired when I visit. I’m always for a light dusting of snow. That way it isn’t too traumatic for us.

    1. Thank you for following along Rebecca. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. Wishing you much happiness in this new year.

  5. Love the nutcracker and lights in your garden. I spent six hours taking down all the Santa, red etc yesterday but left all the trees up. I love the lights in the dark mornings while drinking tea. Might leave them up all of January and turn the kitchen one into a Valentines tree. Put up winter decor with pine trees, pinecones, snowmen, birds.

    1. Thank you, Jillian. The nutcracker was a great find at an antique mall last year. I know exactly what you mean about the lights and trees staying up through January. It’s a wonderful pick-me-up during a gloomy winter month. Wishing you the best in 2022.

  6. Kim … this photo of your greenhouse and arbor. I’m speechless. I’m swooning. It’s magical. Happy New Year! xo

    1. Thank you, Juliet. I was so excited to get a good shot of the snow. Happy New Year to you my friend. Wishing you lots of love and joy.

  7. Thank you so much for the feature Kim. Boy have you had your weather this year and we’ve certainly had yours??

    1. It has been a challenge, but I know that we are not alone. It’s feeling a little soggy around here. Hope you’re doing a lot of skiing!

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