This month, there is a sale on at Norton’s Cove Café’s Gift-Shop for eNewsletter subscribers! ☘ Discount code Shamrock gets you 30% off all products in the Norton’s Cove Café Collection, which includes pretty well everything on the walls and on shelves at the Café! The sale is on in the online shop only, and you can pick up your order in store instead of having it shipped.
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Café opens for the season!
And while you’re waiting, you can close your eyes, listen to our playlist, and pretend you’re there already!
I’ve been listening to a podcast made just for retailers while going about my physical work cutting paper and printing and the like, and I’ve been really focused on planning for my business to grow this year like never before. Really spending a lot of time fine tuning things like work schedules, hours of operation, how to keep employees happy (including this CEO) and away from burnout. Every year I learn a bit more by reading and listening and making all the mistakes I can. Listening to this podcast, Creative Shop Talk with Wendy Batten, is kind of reaffirming much of what I already know, but really convincing me that I CAN have a successful business if I just apply all these things I’ve picked up over the years, really building on my self-confidence like I’ve never felt before.
One of those things that I’m very slow to learn is that I need to take better care of myself. In the past, I have let myself get so burnt out I didn’t think life was worth living. Then even when I thought I was doing really great personally last year, instead of taking the time off that I needed to deal with the death of one of my best friends, I worked myself into a panic attack, ruining an event for myself that I had looked forward to for weeks.
So… after 19 years of doing it all wrong, I’m going to correct myself. I’ve decided that while the Café will have the same hours as last year, my studio will change to match the Café, giving me two days a week when I can destress, enjoy the summer weather, sail, visit with friends, garden, just sit on the deck, and keep myself energized all through the busy season. 🤞
Printing black cards, mini-prints, and bookmarks took two days, as there was a power outage on the 2nd day of #printapalooza, and while I did get some printing done in daylight, after a couple of hours without heat I could feel a chill creeping in, so I went home and parked myself next to the wood burning fireplace in my kitchen. Toasty…
Did you know that it takes about 3 seconds to make a perfect piece of toast by holding a piece of buttered bread inside the wood-stove on a big steel fork? 😋
This month, there is a sale on at Norton’s Cove Café’s Gift-Shop for eNewsletter subscribers! ☘
And I’ve been adding products to the online store, so there’s more to choose from! Cookbooks are now available online, and you can find products from Saltwater Spirit, the Dark Tickle Company, and the Newfoundland Salt Company and more in the Norton’s Cove Café Collection.
It’s time for #Printapalooza again! I’ll be printing a new colour each day until my current print list is done. I’ve got two brand new images: Shamrock, and Saltbox House, and I’ve also changed up a bunch of the oldies, cutting borders off and making them look fresh and new. I’m quite happy with my next generation dory too, which includes a bowline in the painter against a little lop.
We didn’t have any snow at the beginning February. Not a single snowflake. But for about two weeks, we’ve been making up for lost time. And for anyone who likes outdoor winter activities, the snow conditions are amazing.
It has been a glorious winter day here in the Greater Norton’s Cove Area. Duke and I took a snowmobile ride today (we’re very new to this activity) on the old woods roads, and wanted to share some snaps…
And now, with the local pandemic regulations back to alert level 4, I’m back in my studio, continuing with my early spring cleaning (similar plan to “if you build it, it will come”?) and enjoying a spectacular sunset.
Lockdown continues at Norton’s Cove, with the province at the highest level in the COVID-19 Alert Level System. I am working away as usual at the studio & café, as I always do during the winter months. In January, while we were open to the public, I had 6 visitors in store- so no great loss for me by not having to shovel the front steps! I am thankful every day for how lucky I am to be able to continue on with life as usual while others are really struggling with loneliness and fear of contracting the awful disease. I feel very privileged.