Friday, April 5, 2019

Chocolate Box Cottages....No silly, you don't eat them!

Hello friends...welcome back.
Do you know what a 'chocolate box cottage' is?

I had never heard of the term until I began to research photos for a post on English cottages. I kept seeing this term being used in descriptions of cute cottage homes.
Here is the definition according to David Burr, a British real estate company.

The term ‘chocolate box’ originates from late Victorian times. Today it is used to describe something which is ‘sentimentally appealing or pretty in a conventional way’.
Gaining popularity in the mid-20th Century, the phrase ‘chocolate box cottage’ derives from the picturesque scenes printed on boxes of Cadbury’s chocolates throughout the 1950s and 60s. During this period, the confectionery company included scenes from the ‘model village’ of Bourneville on their packaging.

Built in the late Victorian period by George Cadbury, Bourneville’s high-quality houses were constructed to house the workers at Cadbury’s nearby factory and other families from the back streets of Birmingham. Letting the homes for low rent, Cadbury’s socially responsible aim was to house people on lower incomes.
When these scenic images started appearing on Cadbury’s packaging, the term chocolate box cottage was coined.
The quaint cottages often had low ceilings inside whiches added to their coziness, at least one fireplace, a garden and often a thick thatched roof.
Love the white picket gates. 
 Quintessential English garden. 
 Look at that amazing thatched roof! If constructed properly, these roofs could last up to 50 years.
They were warm in the winter, cool in the summer, waterproof and easily repaired.
 So beautiful!
I love the pink cottage!

Now you know what a chocolate box cottage is!
Until next kind and stay creative!
Janet xox

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

My YouTube Channel and 25% discount offer reminder

Hello friends! Are you surviving Winter??

We got a few more inches of snow yesterday. The flakes were so huge and so fluffy, that this morning the property was covered in snow that was all dimply. It was very pretty.

Did you lovely folks know that I had my own YouTube channel?
I do!
You can find my channel right

I just posted a new time-lapse watercolor video 
that I thought you might enjoy watching.
If you like it, please be sure to click on the 
'thumbs up' located right under the video screen.

I would also love for you to subscribe to my channel, so you never miss a creative posting.

I want to remind you that the offer of a 25% discount off of your first
is still available until Feb. 15, 2019
Use code: NEWBIE19

If you apply that 25% discount to my 
you will be paying
LESS than $100 for a creative workshop you get to 
keep forever!
Learn to paint lovely floral wreaths

Take the learned brushstrokes and combine them in many different ways

Just imagine all the lovely, inspiring art you will be able to create!
Of course, my workshop is always open for enrollment,
however, this special offer ends Feb. 15, 2019
I would love for you to come and join myself and
the others who already taken advantage of this offer.

Don't miss out!

Until next kind and stay creative.


Friday, January 18, 2019

One of my dreams is coming true! Online art workshops!!

Hello friends...I know it has been a little while since my last post, but I have been super busy with something fabulous!

It seems like every time I share my watercolors, I get so many private and public messages asking if I teach. Well, guess what........ I am so very proud to announce the debut of my very first online art workshop.
My workshops are brought to you by the new online creative website called
is a creative site that s currently hosting a bevy of wonderfully diverse artists, and each artist is offering something unique and beautiful.

I will teach you how to create these roses!

My new workshop is filled with informative narrated slideshows showing each technique I use to create pretty florals and greenery.

Are you someone who learns well from videos?
My Whimsical Watercolor Workshop
is loaded with live action videos so you can watch me paint and describe each flower and leaf. 
All the workshops here are completed at your leisure and they NEVER expire!
Take a week or two years to complete them, you have no deadline.
That is a real plus, as I myself have paid for online workshops that were only available to me for 6 months or a year. One time I paid for a workshop and then had some family medical emergencies. 
By the time I could concentrate on my workshop, the time to access it had expired.
I was out my admission fee. 
I am not faulting the artist who hosted the workshop...I knew the rules. It was my fault, but that did not make it any easier to swallow.
For that reason, I love the 'No Expiration' clause.

My loose watercolor style
If you have ever looked at all those soft whimsical florals on Instagram or Pinterest and wondered if you could ever paint like that.....
I can teach you!
I taught myself and I know I can teach you!

Here is my little gift to you.....if you register before Midnight February 14th,
You will receive a 25% NEW STUDENT DISCOUNT!!!
That's right 25%!
Use code: NEWBIE19
What's stopping you??
Make 2019 the year to nurture that creative seed planted deep inside you.. 
It's time to GROW!!

Come join me in my little home studio and let's paint together.
I will be waiting for you!
Please follow 
for more information and announcements about new workshops.

Have a lovely weekend friends.

As kind and stay creative!