I’m very happy to be concentrating on a special project for the next little while. Sixteen pages of illustrations for a children’s storybook. Definitely a bucket list item for me!
You can see by the image that part of my process is to tape my research material images to the wall, and I have written information and the story’s text at my side too. There’s something about this act that makes me feel comfortable with the new work- I’m sure there’s a word to describe that- anyone know what it might be?
The story is written by a brilliant woman who I’m very lucky to have as a friend, and if all goes well, we’ll be looking for a publisher in the near future!
I’ve been having fun as a shop-keeper the past couple of days, getting new product on the shelves and adding them to the online store too. When a new box of goods shows up at my shop, it’s like my birthday! I love it!
New products are arriving in the Café Gift-shop, including some really cute all-occasion cards from artist Kate Fudge that just might be perfect for a Newfoundland & Labrador loving person in your life! #pineapplecrush #tetleytea #puritysyrup #canmilk #mustardpickles
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The Café Gift-shop is open by appointment, and we’re now taking reservations for Mother’s Day Brunch on May 9th! We reopen the Café for our regular hours on June 2nd. ‘Ask Janet’ for reservations!
I’m pleased to share this beautiful jewellery line with you here at Norton’s Cove Studio: made by Kim Cleary of Velvet Snow Accessories, each piece envelops dried forget-me-not flowers.
The pieces are shown in the antique display case that came with this historic c.1890 general store, and of course they are a great compliment to my own Forget Me Not cards and mini-prints, an iconic image in Newfoundland’s history.
Prices on the pieces range from $33.50 to $42, before HST is added.
We’ve been making little bits of progress with our Lower Deck project- The washroom walls are installed and painted, and we’re ready to lay flooring. We’re removing our tools and equipment, to be ready to install fixtures and furniture as soon as the flooring is complete. New pictures coming soon!
The Café Gift-Shop is open by appointment, and we’re now taking reservations for Mother’s Day Brunch on May 9th! We reopen the Café for our regular hours on June 2nd. ‘Ask Janet’ for reservations!
There’s a brand new product in the online shop: Saltbox cards, mini-prints, and framed mini-prints.
I’ve got a few new products ready to photograph, but I’ve been waiting for the sun to return from wherever it went on vacation! Natural light coming in the side of my studio makes for great product photography. The forecast says Wednesday. I’ll keep my fingers, toes, and eyes crossed in the hopes that the weather forecasters know what they’re talking about!
I’ve been taking part in the annual NLOWE Conference which is taking place online this year over a couple of weeks instead of in-person over a few days. The Newfoundland & Labrador Organization for Women Entrepreneurs works diligently to help women of this province succeed in business, and I’m very thankful for their programs and workshops that have been helping me for quite a long time!
Interacting with so many women makes me think of the women who have inspired my career: My mother who fought for what was right for us kids, and made me believe it was okay to stand up for myself; My nan Gill who made everything by hand and died too soon for me to ask so many questions; My Great Nan Gill who lived almost forever, and knit mittens for all of her generations of children and grandchildren- I still have the last pair she made for me before her death at 104 years of age in 1988. The idea of the importance of making things by hand was always in my life, and my mother fostered the spark of interest I had from a fairly early age in a big way, enabling me to try whatever I wanted. I am very thankful for that encouragement in my childhood, and indeed, the encouragement that has continued for all the years since.