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Monday, November 30, 2015

Hoping you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had the most enjoyable time with my family. The only thing I missed about not hosting Thanksgiving this year at my house was the smell of turkey roasting in the oven and filtering through all the rooms…yum!

Winter Berries and Branches

It’s that time of year!

When we send out our new holiday Life at Kettle Cove Newsletter! I have received several emails requesting more paper dolls, I have whipped up a special Coco paper (wait a minute for it to download!) doll for the holidays!

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Happy Holiday’s!

Warmly ,


Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Warmly ,


Wind In The Willows

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wind In The Willows

By Kenneth Grahame

Illustrated by Ina Moore

The Wind In the Willows is one of my favorite books, so much so that I could read this classic over and over.

Apples cheri cottrell illustrator print

When I was young I was inspired by the pictures, but as an adult I appreciate the cadence of the author’s words and the timelessness of his characters. Out of all the stories, Dulce Domum is my favorite tale. It embodies the love and empathy between Mole and Ratty.

Wind in the willowsMole wants to visit his humble home knowing it can’t compare to the likes of Rat and Toad’s. It may appear shabby to some, but to mole it’s an oasis of comfort.

Apples cheri cottrell illustrator printAs our lives change throughout the years, there is always that one place that remains constant, where the warmth and a familiar smell bring us back to a time when we felt safe and loved. It maybe our childhood home, a grandparent’s, or just a safe heaven. The tale offers a reminder that there is always a warm place of refuge, even if only you can visit the memory in your heart.

wind in the willows 4I would love to hear about your favorite book and what made it special to you?

Warmly ,


Autumn Home

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Autumn. Is it the sound of rustling leaves? The smell of apple pie in the oven? Or the excitement I feel when I take my boots out of storage? For me, fall means all three and more.

I love filling my wood stove and cozying up on the couch while watching “The Legend of Sleepy Hallow.” Pumpkins, fall decorating, hayrides – my favorite time of the year.

Autumn Decorating

Warmly ,







Warming Up

Thursday, October 15, 2015

 Sketching with a watercolor brush

After being under the weather for several weeks, I am happy to say I have a clean bill of health and am ready to get back into the groove of things. When I woke up yesterday I could hear the autumn rain. The first thing I did was make a cup of coffee. The second thing I did was go into my studio, my private space. A feeling of pure delight washed over me. I took out my watercolor paints and a piece of watercolor paper and thought of something that inspires me. Obviously, the first thing that came to mind was pumpkins and sunflowers.

Autumn Watercolor Pumpkin | © Cheri Cotttrell 2015

No sketching with a pencil that morning—just a brush and some paint. With a little effort, mistakes become flowers or a vine, as splashes of paint flowed from the brush in beautiful, warm autumn colors.

Happy Autumn Day!

Warmly ,



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