Shiplap and Shells – Weekly Wrap Up

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Random Thoughts

1. I’m sowing my first group of seeds this weekend. I bought 4 varieties of sweet peas this year, and they are the first to be planted. You have no idea how excited I am!

2. I miss all my area rugs and runners. As many of you know, we have a puppy now. Little Ollie is 11-weeks old now, but we still aren’t able to put the rugs back down. I never realized how warm and cozy a rug really make a room feel. Something to look forward to. The good news is that Ollie can go through the doggie door now. The problem is, he doesn’t know WHEN to go through it.

3. My husband and I decided at the last minute to go shopping for some vintage goodies and beautiful blooms. We don’t go shopping very much these days, but always love supporting small businesses in our community like Detail Home and Gardens in Poulsbo and the Garden Room in Gig Harbor, WA. I found so many amazing things! Can’t wait to show you after I find new homes for all my new stuff.

4. Who knows anything about Sea Lions? They are continuing to bark, growl and grunt REALLY LOUDLY every night. SeaLion World states that “the barking sounds are believed to mainly come from the males when they are looking for females to be a part of their harem before mating occurs”. From all that I could find on the internet, mating season does not start until June, but I could be wrong.

5. Who decorates for Valentine’s Day? I usually don’t do much, but did try my hand at a Valentines tablescape this year.

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

It’s All About the Flowers This Week…Inside and Out.

Do you remember when I shared my blog post on How to Transition from Christmas to Winter Decor just a couple of weeks ago? Or maybe you saw my post My Warm and Cozy Cottage Tips. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m done with winter.

I’m so ready for spring! And based on what I’ve heard from a lot of you during the last couple of weeks, I’m not alone.

So what better way to bring in some of that happy spring vibe than to add beautiful blooms to your winter home decor. And that’s exactly what I did. First, with my Garden Inspired Valentine’s Day Tablescape.

I also joined some of my favorite bloggers for a WInter Botanicals and Gardens Blog Hop.

Growing a Cut Flower Garden Blog Series

I want to thank everyone who reached out and told me how much they are enjoying my Growing a Cut Flower Garden Blog Series. Here are the 5 posts I currently have posted with more on the way.

Starting Flower Seeds

Today is the day! I will be starting my sweet pea seeds today in the greenhouse, followed by snapdragons next week.

Here’s a tip: Soak your sweet pea seeds for 24 hours before sowing to soften the seed coat. This will speed up the sprouting process by a few days. I’ll be writing a blog post on starting sweet peas by seed next week.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web From Last Week…

Debra of Common Ground shares her Winter Botanical Tabletop Garden. I am seriously inspired!

Jennifer of The Everyday Farmhouse shares her 12 Best Tips for Planning a Vegetable Garden. I definitely took notes after reading this blog post since I’m more of a flower gardener than a veggie one.

Now this is a first! I was so excited to basically get three blog posts from one picture, Make sure you check out all three on Michele’s blog Vintage Home Designs: How I Made a Heart Placemat From a Sweater | Galentine’s Brunch + Tablescape and Recipe Ideas | How to Fold a Napkin Into an Envelope

More Inspiration…

How to meal plan by the month.

How to go from ugly to snuggly.

7 ways to recycle, reuse and decorate.

Gift basket ideas for everyone.

Last minute Valentine gift ideas.

A cookie that’s perfect “whatever” the occasion.

The perfect winter decor for your kitchen.

In Case You Missed It…

Creative Flower Container Ideas For Both Indoors & Out

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.

Enjoy your weekend,


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  1. I swear I don’t know how I missed this Kim! Thank you so much for sharing our easy tips and tricks for how to meal plan by the month! It has saved us more times than I can count. Hope your weekend is a blessed one! Hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  2. Your blog post made me smile. So much going on. I can’t believe you live where you can hear sea lions at night. That’s amazing. Beautiful pictures. Can’t wait to see your purchases.

  3. Oh Kim I just LOVE your gorgeous flowers! I know I can always come here for a relaxing minute or two of beautiful flowers and great ideas! Thanks as always! (And I cracked up at Ollie and the dog door too!) 🙂

  4. Kim I love it! And cracking up at Ollie not knowing when to go thru the door! (Although prob not funny for you) He will get it soon – so cute!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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