Friday at Norton’s Cove

I’m in the studio today (and every Friday, 10-6 if you’d like to swing by for a visit) working on financial documents, and planning out my entire year of business. I’ve got some big goals this year, including paying myself and then not giving all my paycheques back to the company for a change! For anyone who has ever owned a small business, you probably understand that the challenges are real. For those of you who have never owned a small business and think that owning your own business offers tons of perks that any other labourer doesn’t get- well- there are a ton of perks. But there are just as many worries and crappy bits to even that out.

We’re all swimming in this ocean together. Some of the anti-vaxers are calling us sheep. Whatever. I see us as a school of fish, all working together & helping each other.

I’ve been listening to podcasts, using a business diary/planner made especially for creative business owners like me, and taking part in educational webinars to aid in my business planning, and I really feel like this year will be my best. I can do this. I’ve got a great Team Norton’s Cove to do this. We just need to follow the plan. Of course, how will the current/future COVID-19 restrictions affect the plan? There is plenty to worry about again this year. But if I worry too much, I am not as productive. So there has to be some balance to worry and self-assuredness without becoming cocky and annoying or letting myself and my beautiful team start feeling down. What do you do to keep from getting too stressed out? I just keep planning a better future. Gotta have goals and something to look forward to!

We just have to keep on swimming.

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Studio Update


I am still working away at more smudge herring paintings, and will have a number of them ready to go with frames by Sunday. I love painting them!

Smudge Herring No. 62 in progress

I’ve been attending the Craft Council of NL’s Christmas Craft Fair as a vendor most years since 2002. But long before Norton’s Cove Studio was born, I actually had a job with the Craft Council (or the NLCDA as it was known back then) as an assistant to the Craft Fair Director. The job lasted just a few weeks, and had me putting up thousands of posters all over St. John’s, helping to set up the venue- taping out booth sizes on the concrete floor of Memorial Stadium, lugging things about, helping craftspeople set up their booths, and manning the information/credit card booth. One of the best things about the Craft Fair is the people that I’ve met there over the past thirty years. And it’s the main reason Duke and I still bother to load up the truck with whatever we need and go to town for a few nights to sell our fine art pieces in an arena!

This is the reason I’ve been painting up a storm lately- I want to have plenty of new paintings to bring to the Craft Council’s Christmas Craft Fair.

Tonight will be the 5th Friday night in a row that the studio has been open late, and I had hoped to get a few visitors in the door by offering up some special stuff- but in four weeks, four people in total have walked through the doors. I may be the daughter of Captain Oblivious, but I can take a hint. So there won’t be anything special (or at least nothing more special than usual) going on here on Friday nights. Just the regular charm of an 1890 general store with the aromas of freshly pulled espresso and oil paint. I’ll enjoy it by myself and stop worrying about trying to convince everyone else to love it too.

Norton’s Cove Studio Hours of Operation:

These hours will change with the beginning of November. I had planned to stay with my current hours until Christmas at least, but the weather has prevented me from having much time to do the things I want to do on my days off, and as a business owner, I have to take the few perks I do have, like making my own schedule, to make my life more enjoyable. So beginning on November 1st, the studio will be open by chance or appointment. I’ll still get my 40+ hours in, but I’ll be able to work in the garden on those rare sunny days! Artwork & paperwork can be done in the rain drizzle and fog!

Sunday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Studio Update


There’s always something in the works at Norton’s Cove Studio, and you’re welcome to be a part of it! If you’re nervous about going out because of the coronavirus, then please feel free to shop from home with our online store or call in an order. You can pick it up or have it delivered without contact locally. We’re happy to bring you your Norton’s Cove fix!

Have you ever tried to hook a mat? Design and hook your own mini-mat in a one day craft workshop here at Norton’s Cove Studio. You can register in person at the studio or using the online shop.

Our 4th Friday Night @ Norton’s Cove is tonight!

  • Craft Demonstration: I will be working on a hooked mat! You can sign up for upcoming mat hooking workshops, the first of which is tomorrow.
  • Flash Sale: You’ll get 15% off your entire purchase from 6-9pm.
  • And we’ll be serving up cappuccinos, lattés, and americanos. If you’d like to take your coffee to go, please bring a travel mug.

Norton’s Cove Studio Hours of Operation:

Sunday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Studio Update


There’s always something in the works at Norton’s Cove Studio, and you’re welcome to be a part of it! If you’re nervous about going out because of the coronavirus, then please feel free to shop from home with our online store or call in an order. You can pick it up or have it delivered without contact locally. We’re happy to bring you your Norton’s Cove fix!

Brand new paintings in the studio! And lots more in the works. I’m on a roll!

Our 3rd Friday Night @ Norton’s Cove is tonight!

  • Craft Demonstration: I will be printing Christmas Cards! Check out how lino-cut printing plates are pressed into paper with my etching press- have a hand at turning the wheel if you like!
  • Flash Sale: If you’re on our customer mailing list, you’ll get 15% off your entire purchase from 6-9pm
  • And we’ll be serving up cappuccinos, lattés, and americanos!

Norton’s Cove Studio Hours of Operation:

Sunday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Studio Update


Smudge Herring: Just Keep Swimming is already swimming out the door to adorn new walls! The edition of 25 + 3 Trial Proofs and 1 Bon a Tirér are matted and available in the online shop. The weather has been too grey to take their picture since finishing them up- as soon as I see the sun, there will be new pictures on the website!


Smudge Herring: Just Keep Swimming on the press.

My trusty Studio Assistant, Taylor, and I are in the midst of #printapalooza again- printing cards, mini-prints, and bookmarks in our regular line-up of colours and designs. So far, we’ve finished red, red-blue, and we’re back in black today. We’d love for you to stop by to show you a little printmaking in action!

#printapalooza is what I call a big print run of Norton’s Cove Cards, Mini-Prints, and Bookmarks in each of the standard colours (red, red-yellow, orange, red-blue, blue, blue-green, green, black, and grey) and all the 30-something different designs! We’ll be printing a thousand or so pieces in the next couple of weeks!

Norton’s Cove Studio is 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’

Studio Update


This Trial Proof shows how the ink picks up on all the carved background area.

While today will be filled with some merchandising and a lot of paperwork that I need to catch up on, yesterday held some excitement for me, as I spent some time proofing my brand new linocut plate of smudge herring.

Here is the printing plate with the fish inked up, but not the background. To be able to do that, I cut each fish out of the linoleum, inked them separately, and then placed them back in the clean background, ready to print.
Here is the result of that separate inking process- you’ll notice that the background texture still shows, but the ink is only on the fish.
This one is my favourite so far- green and gold, printing to look very blue/green in this image.
A close up of the fish from that last Trial Proof.

Norton’s Cove Studio is 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’.

Studio Update


First Experimental Proof is on the drying rack, and I’m getting ready for the next one!

I’m a bit groggy today after a shivery/hot night, a side-effect of my second vaccine- yay! I can’t wait to get back to normal. I saw my first out-of-province visitors yesterday, from Quebec, and it made my day to see that ‘Je Me Souviens’ license plate! It’s pretty exciting to see real life returning.


Norton’s Cove Studio is 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’.

A Fresh New Year

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:

  1. Open the Lower Deck this winter
    This project is in progress- I’ll show some pictures soon!
  2. 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.
  3. Apply for a solo exhibition at the Rooms Provincial Gallery with my UNDERNEATH series of works
A card from the Job Kean collection

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!