Let me introduce myself: I'm Janet Davis, an artist and entrepreneur living and working on the North side of Bonavista Bay, on the island of Newfoundland in Eastern Canada. There are many challenges to running a business here in a small rural community, and there are many wonderful benefits too. This blog is where I share some of those challenges and triumphs, and share what it's like to live in this part of the world.
Taylor and I have been having a grand time getting the shop all stocked with new product and tagging everything with UPC codes to keep up on our inventory with our new scanner. I just love shop-keeping in my c.1890 general store!
We’re planning a number of special events for those of you in the area who like to get out and do a bit of browsing or have a ‘twack’, if you will. Isn’t it nice to get out on a Friday night? And if you’re from a little farther away and would like to make a weekend out of it, there are a number of nice places to stay here in the Greater Norton’s Cove Area!
Starting this week, I’ll be hosting a shopping event from 6-9pm, which will include a number of special treats: product tasting, prizes, guest vendors, sales, and craft and art demonstrations and presentations, every Friday night from 6-9pm! There will be something different happening each week, and I’ll update you on plans each week here on the blog.
Please helps spread the word, and I hope to see you here!
And if you can’t visit Norton’s Cove Studio, get out and support a small business in your community! Supporting small independent local shops just feels good!
I was born very luckily into a family of love and encouragement, and I am very grateful that Bruce Davis is my dad. I have never questioned his love for me. And I think that is the essence of a great father.
I have been working away at #printapalooza, as I have orders due to be shipped to shops next week, and I have also been spending quite a lot of time in my office, working on an export plan with the help of NLOWE‘s GATEWAY to Trade program. I realize that I need to expand my market and double my art sales in order to call Norton’s Cove Studio a successful business. And I am determined to make that happen.
With the aim of promoting exactly that, I would love to see those of you who already have a piece of my art in your personal or office collection to post a picture of it and share it with your social media peeps. It would be really great if some of you who are considered influencers would take part, to really help get some bigger reach. I’ve devised a little contest: the prize will be a custom order of artwork, made just for you, and we’ll use up the whole month of June, with a winner drawn from the entries on July 1st. Here’s what you need to do to play:
post a picture of your Janet Davis artwork on twitter, Instagram, or your blog
each post is a new entry
use the hashtag #JanetDavisArt
tag Norton’s Cove: twitter: @NortonsCove Instagram: @nortonscovestudioandcafe Blog (WordPress): @nortonscovestudio
June 1st – 30th
all artwork by Janet qualifies, including Norton’s Cove Cards, Mini-Prints, Bookmarks, textile pieces, paintings, and all printmaking from 1990 to present date.
Norton’s Cove Studio is now open 10am – 6pm Wednesday through Saturday 10am – 3pm Sunday
The online shop is open 24/7 of course, and you can choose to have your items shipped to you, or you can ‘pick-up in-store’.
Parenthood is life changing, no doubt about it. The unconditional love that is born with a new tiny human is a marvellous force of nature. I am very happy to be the mother of an adult, and the days of no sleep are just a foggy memory! I have learned far more from my child than I have ever taught him. And I’m still learning, happily. As challenging a job as it can be, I have loved being a mother from day one. I am always thankful that this proud moment was possible.
Seeing as how no one is allowed to visit Norton’s Cove Studio while we are in lockdown again for a while, I am taking advantage of the alone time to empty, wash, and refresh all my display shelves. What that results in while this is in progress, is a holy state! My goal is to go from ‘state’ to ‘some smart looking’. Deciding how and where to place each item so that each piece is displayed to best advantage is actually quite a challenge.
Here is a link to a TEDtalk with Mary Walsh that has changed the way I feel about getting older:
Thank you Mary! I am one of those in my forties as you say, in an “extended, unpleasant, but manageable downturn”, with plenty of “self-defeating illusions” going on in my head. Last week I felt like I was falling into a deep dark funk just because my birthday was coming up soon. I listened to your short speech a few days ago, and have been feeling more & more positive since. Taking your advice, I will try my best not to do anything stupid, and I’ll book a pedicure ASAP! My new goal is to become a “wrinkled radical”. Happiness is before me after all.😁
Well, here we are again! No Feast of Saint Valentine for us! Norton’s Cove Café is closed until Dr. Fitzgerald tells us it’s safe to reopen. (What an amazing job that woman is doing! Incredible patience!) I am still at work though, as usual, and the online shop is open 24-7! We ship everywhere via Canada Post or FedEx.
I’ve got it pretty good- I’ve got my little bubble of four to keep me company, my studio workspace is not compromised by the lockdown, and neither is my Lower Deck project, I suspect. So, onward with the winter’s work! I hope you all have lots of positives to think of in crazy times like these.
Exciting times for a geek like me who likes making new file folders and filing taxes! It’s a new fiscal year here at Norton’s Cove as well as a new calendar year, and I’m hoping for some pretty big things to happen in the coming months. Here are my business goals for 2021:
Open the Lower Deck this winter This project is in progress- I’ll show some pictures soon!
Open Norton’s Cove Rooms this fall This project is still in the planning stages, although I have purchased the land for the building site! Getting ready to submit final applications for financing as my 2020 financials are getting drawn up.
Apply for a solo exhibition at the Rooms Provincial Gallery with my UNDERNEATH series of works
Thank you to everyone who made 2020 a good year for us to grow here at Norton’s Cove, and for giving me the confidence to feel really positive about the coming year. I’m quite happy to be at the beginning of a fresh new year!
On Friday night, with school work done an the Captain home from the sea, we had our Christmas Tree Party at home.
I’m not much of a cook, and I’m pretty contrary when spoken to while cooking, but I have to say that I was really pleased with my work this time! Guinness stew on mashed potatoes with a side of broccoli…
After supper came time to decorate the tree. Our tree decorations are a mixture of old, new, and hand-made. And the tinsel is the finishing glimmer.
Later, Fred asked a round of Christmas Trivia questions, and then we put together a set of gingerbread houses…
This is one of my favourite Christmas events of the year! What do you do with your family that feels special each year?