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Summer Newsletter

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Summer Newsletter will be on it way this week!

The  beautiful summer breezes of Maine tempt me daily…my morning walks on the beach never seem to be enough, but it has to be. I work in my studio diligently like a ochrestra of blowing reeds swaying in one direction. My to do list grows daily with tasks that I know I can’t get to. I just say to myself, “Get one more page done and I will tend to my obligations,” but one more page turns into one more page and what was once was a mole hill has now turned into a mountain.  

Then sometimes I just hit a wall when the creative juices just aren’t flowing and I find myself dissatisfied with my progress of the last picture…it’s time to take a break, and tend to all those whispering responsibilities that we all hear when things get out of hand…and all dabble in a few pleasures of summers harvest before it’s all disappears. 

This year’s summer newsletter is filled with some gentle tidbits of what you will see in the book! and yes all of you lucky ducks are the first to know the title of one of the first books in the series of Tales of Kettle Cove.

I will be staying in touch much more often and sharing my progress!

For I have missed all of you sooo much!

Warmly ,


Illustrating A Children’s Book

Monday, May 5, 2014

The story will be starring all the character of Kettle Cove and of course we won’t forget the stars of the series, Coco and Bean! If you have an opportunity, hop on over to Story Time and catch up!

So it is off to work again with many hours ahead of me, can’t wait to start sharing!

Warmly ,


Happy Easter

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wishing you and your family an Easter filled with

Peace, Love and may you have the Joy of

Spring in your Heart!


My Happy Easter Bunny will be showing himself off… on soon to be tote bags! I will keep you  posted!

Warmly ,


Life at Kettle Cove Newsletter

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hopping you will sign up just in time for the Easter newsletter!

My newsletter will com to you biannually with fun updates and also special holiday greetings with free printable’s just for my newsletter friends.

I will not use your email for anything else, or share it with any other person or company. If you are not happy, you can unsubscribe at any time. Hoping it doesn’t come to that for I would miss you!

For everyone who has signed up…

Life At Kettle Cove Newsletter will be hopping over to you soon with Easter Greetings!

Warmly ,



Spring Cleaning

Monday, March 31, 2014

Miss Elderberry

Artist, Blue Ribbon Illustration | © Cheri Cottrell

YoYo's for quilts, floral print, © artist cheri cottrell

reading quotes, spring cleaning, artist cheri cottrell

floral curtains, spring cleaning, artist cheri cottrell illustrator

spring cleaning, wicker chair, cheri cottrell artist and illustrator

Artist, Blue Ribbon Illustration | © Cheri Cottrell

It was wonderful to wake up this past Saturday morning with the sun shinning and the warm spring air. After such a cold harsh winter it was wonderful to open the windows which gave me just the right amount of encouragement to do some early spring cleaning. Just like my character Miss elderberry with her hand knitted sweater and arm full of Elderberry Jam that she sells at gull square in Kettle Cove Maine. She lives in the prettiest cottage made in a Beach Plum Bush where she tends to her creative spirit and domestic crafts, a true entrepreneur at heart. Miss Elderberry’s character was influenced by a wonderful woman named Florence a friend of the family. When I was a little girl I would stand outside her kitchen window of her old white farmhouse just hoping she would ask me in just so I could take a peek in all the nooks and crannies these old homes possessd. Once inside it was a treasure trove of ( yoyo quilts how to), knitted sweaters and beautiful hand-made rag rugs, antiques decorated every part of her home. The most exciting adventure was when we would go into her root cellar to fetch her strawberry jam and some veggies. Florence was to be an inspiration as I grew up and it has carried me throughout my life.

So just like Miss Elderberry, I donned my apron and set to work. I washed the quilts and curtains, aired the mattress out, vacuumed up the dust bunnies that have collected over the winter and gave the windows a fresh cleaning. Put up a pot of potato soup, a recipe from The Tasha Tudor Cook Book…yummy! After I was done I celebrated by taking a delightful shower and then went about filling my basket with good reads. Climbed into bed and before I could reach for the book my head fell onto the pillow and after a few yawns it was lights out…just like a kitten on a soft feathered comforter I fell into a long slumber of exhausted sleep.

Warmly ,



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