Shiplap and Shells – Weekly Wrap Up

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What’s Going on in the World of Shiplap and Shells

Did you miss me last week? I had every intention of sending out a weekly recap, but something crazy happened to me.

I stepped away from the blog and social media, and just relaxed with my husband and the pups. It wasn’t planned. It just felt right. We didn’t do ANYTHING but relax. It was so nice.

1. HAPPY NEW YEAR! It took long enough to get through 2020, didn’t it?

Our New Year’s Eve was uneventful. But it sounds like there were some fun people out there that really put some effort into making their evening at home special.

And now… wait for it… I want a fondue set. I loved that there were so many people who made fondue for New Year’s Eve. Thanks for the inspiration…you know who you are!

2. Speaking of the new year, have you chosen your word of the year for 2021? I haven’t. It’s a process you know. But I did run across a post with some helpful tips. I’d love to hear what your word is if you have already chosen one.

3. I tried to make up for the lack of blog posts written last week. I shared my top 10 blog posts of 2020.

The Year in Review was fun for me to write this week. I was so proud of the things that I accomplished this past year, including a Cottage Style Magazine shoot, a Cottages and Bungalows Magazine feature, a Country Home Magazine weekend takeover on Instagram and a TV show. Pretty exciting stuff!

4. The big question going around on Instagram is “Have you taken your Christmas decor down yet”? If I had my way, I would have my holiday decorations taken down and transitioned to winter by now. But there’s this puppy named Ollie that’s living with us now. And I will continue to enjoy the holiday decorations until…well I’m just not sure yet.

When do puppies get easier, and let you do things without crying and making you feel guilty?

I do know how I want to to transition to winter though, and can’t wait to write a blog post about it. Fingers crossed it will be before Valentine’s Day ( cue the laughter).

5. Speaking of transitioning from Christmas to winter decor, I have some fabulous finds from the Hearth & Hand spring collection found at Target.

What I’m Working on for Next Week:

I’ve just written my first of many posts in my garden blog series, where I’ll share the different tips and tricks when starting a fresh cut flower garden. I’m buying my seeds from Floret Flower Farm on January 5th, and shared the flower seeds that I will grow in my garden this year. What would you like to see in my garden series?

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to join my Facebook garden group! It’s for all levels of gardeners: Those that are just starting out, gardeners that can hold their own or have a pretty green thumb, and of course, those that are either Master Gardeners, or should be! If you do request to join, please make sure you fill out the questions that I’ve asked.

I’ll be starting another blog series this month with many great “before and after” pics and the renovation projects we’ve worked at our 1920 beach cottage for the last 8 years.

Check Out the Amazing Inspiration I Found This Week Around the Web…

Courtney of French Country Cottage shares the most beautiful winter table setting and has me inspired, as always.

Jenn of Down Shiloh Road has some great tips on winter decorating after Christmas.

More Inspiration…

How to make your house smell good.

A yummy brunch menu..

I needed these simple organizing tips.

I want to make this soup.

Do you need some good Christmas storage ideas?

Preserving magnolia leaves.

I love this DIY.

In Case You Missed It…

Supplies You’ll Need for Seed Starting

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 much peace and love,


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  1. Kim, I did exactly the same! Not that my husband wasn’t working but, when Christmas eve arrived I just knew that I needed a break so I stepped away from social media and the blog and just relaxed. It was so good. So often, we don’t take time for ourselves. Thank you for sharing this. It was a great read.

  2. Great recap – and I can’t wait to see what you share in 2021! I’m always so inspired by your projects. Happy New Year!

  3. Thank you for including me in this wonderful blog post! Can’t wait to follow along with your garden this year.

    1. Oh my gosh Rachel. We have come so far this year and it was so fun to have you and the other Charming ladies right there with me. I’m ready for 2021. Let’s do this!

  4. Enjoyed your post; I made a copy of the seed packets–my dollhouse people need to get a move on for spring seeds, don’t you think? I love youre greenhouse. Am forwarding this post to my SO and my daughter so they can see what I rave about!

    1. You’re just the sweetest Kathy. Thank you! I can’t tell you how happy I am to start the gardening process again. Thank you for being here.

  5. WOW to everything Kim – what an amazing year! And relaxing with the family is a fabulous way to celebrate it! Maybe I can actually drive the mere 150 miles up there sometime in 2021 and meet you in person! Thanks for all the beautiful inspiration – I know this new year will be just as inspiring!

    1. I would love that Barbara. That would be so much fun. I’m so looking forward to things being a little normal again.

  6. Kim,
    How nice to get away from blogging and social media and just RELAX. Good for you! Thanks for the links to such fun things-like preserving magnolia leaves, who knew? I’ve not ordered seeds from Floret Farm, but I do follow them. I’ll need to check that out. Happy New Year and thanks for sharing such an informative post.

    1. Thank you Mary! I’m so glad you came to visit. I really love their seeds. Excited for you to check them out.

    1. Thank you Stacy! It was amazing, but I am good with things slowing down now. It was fun checking those things off my bucket list. Happy New Year!

    1. You have the best blog posts, I wish I could share them all, but them I guess it would be your blog and not mine. Thanks for visiting!

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