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Monday, June 10, 2013

~ Inspirational Mondays ~

Warmly Cheri

Spring Babies

Friday, May 31, 2013


I thought I might show you some of the goings-on here at Kettle Cove this past week. We have had quite a few new neighbors. They are rather cute, soft and furry all over. And if you haven’t guessed it by now, they are Easter Egger Bantam chicks. I could cuddle up with them all day! My neighbor Amanda is the proud mommy of these beautiful babies.

 While it would be wonderful to have a few of my own, I think for now I will leave that to Amanda. In the meantime I will be the visiting doting neighbor.

Warmly  Cheri

Inspiration Illustration

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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Everyone’s receives inspiration differently. For me, one flower can inspire an entire picture, such as the painting “In the Garden,” which is my current banner for my home and blog pages.

The first thing I do when I am inspired is sketch out the idea on tracing paper. Why do I use tracing paper? Because if I’m not sure about the composition or where to place a flower, I can place the sketch behind another piece of tracing paper to find just the right spot. I adore this part of the process. It’s so much fun to let my imagination run a muck!

I would like to say that once I start the painting I don’t change my mind, but I do and I do it a lot! I tend to add things here and there or take them out. With this particular painting, I finished it and HATED a tree I painted. I thought it was just awful. I painfully and painstakingly removed the ink and watercolor carefully so as not to damage the paper. Did you ever start something and wish you left it alone? OH BOY! There is a certain panic that comes of oneself when they near the end of a huge undertaking and they they almost ruin it. I was distressed, but with a bag of cookies, I was able to remove it without causing any damage. Now I am happy to say that I am thrilled with how the painting turned out!

Well after seven days of rain (YUCK) we finally have a beautiful day here at Kettle Cove. I can smell the sea breeze and feel the warmth of the sun on my face. Did I say sun? Sun! Sun! Sun! I love you sun!

I think it’s time for a walk on the beach to find more inspiration for my paintings.

Warmly, Cheri

Hello Again

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I hope you enjoy the new site as much as I have enjoyed designing it. This was a labor of love for me and I am so proud to finally share it. There are plenty of new goodies to enjoy so take your time and explore. Visit the Kettle Cove map and click on the rocking boat for a new fun, activities such as festive cards, coloring and holiday decorations to make and share with friends and family.


Or pop over to Story Time to meet the cute little Hammies of Kettle cove and discover their adorable humor, funny little quirks and the latest happenings at Kettle Cove.

No need for an appointment! Life At Kettle Cove is just a simpler way of living on the East Coast. Please stop by to share your thoughts and ideas as I share with you the sweeter things in life!



Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
 Merry Christmas! 

Wishing everyone,

the gift of love,

the gift of peace,


many joyous blessings throughout the 

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