Surfacing No. 5

Hooked mat, re-purposed fabrics on burlap, as seen at Norton’s Cove Café.
16 x 47″, 2014

January Sale Table

It’s January! Happy new year everyone! I’ve been kept busy with some shop-keeping, repricing, putting away the Christmas decorations, making lots of plans for the brand new year ahead of us, and working through little stacks of receipts for my year-end paperwork. What are you doing, now that holiday festivities are drawing to a close?

Once again this winter, I am offering up some fab prices on some gift-ware in the studio- 50% off all items on the sale table! I will be adding new items as space is made with sales! If you can’t get here in person, but would like to take advantage of such good prices, just shoot me off an email or call me at the studio.

The table says it! 50% off gift-ware: books, onesies, pottery, mouse pads, a tote bag, and seal fur earrings, and berry vinegar to start things off! More items being added every day.

Classes & Workshops

I’m spending some time with my new 2020 calendar today, planning out the schedule of drawing classes, mat hooking workshops, and lino-cut printmaking workshops for the year.

Introduction to Drawing will run for eight weeks, starting in January, and will be offered at two different time-frames: 7-9 on Thursday nights, or 10am-noon on Friday mornings. This class will teach basic skills in drawing, including portraiture, using different drawing tools, and developing good practices.

Beginner Drawing Student from a previous class.

Advanced Drawing will also run for eight weeks, starting in January, and will take place at the studio on Mondays. Students can choose a morning or evening time slot with this class as well. This class is designed for students who have already learned the basic skills, and will spend each class working on still life arrangements or models, with guidance.

I am planning Mat Hooking Workshops to happen about once a month. These workshops are designed for beginners, and let you experiment with texture, design, and technique. Each student will create a unique tiny mat during the one day workshop.

A student work in progress…

And my favourite thing to teach, Lino-cut Printmaking Workshops, are being planned for about once every three weeks. I am always amazed at the quality of work my students create in a one day workshop!

Looking forward to welcoming back some previous students, and meeting new ones!

At the Café

Hello from gorgeous Norton’s Cove!

Norton’s Cove Café will be starting to celebrate the holidays this weekend!  Here’s what’s happening in the coming yuletide season:

Janet & Amanda welcome you back to the café for some treats and drinks on Friday nights for the season! We’ll be serving all our regular drinks, candy cane lattes, nachos, chippies, as well as cakes & cookies! Wear your dancing shoes! Bring a board game. But most importantly, bring your friends! If you’d like to reserve a table, please text me at 536-8166.
Still selling tickets to this event. Ian & Nancy have a special relationship with us here, as they were the first musical act to ever play at the café! And just to top that, they asked me to create a piece of artwork for their 2018 Christmas album, A Week in December! Doors at 7!

We’ll be serving supper to a private party on Saturday from 5-7 too, but ticket holders are welcome to show up any time after 7pm.
There are still a few tickets left for this event on December 23rd. Click the image to go straight to ticket info in the online shop!

Product Spotlight

With today’s product spotlight, I thought I’d let you know that the tickets for our popular Tibb’s Eve event are over half sold now, with three weeks left to purchase tickets! If you’re planning to attend, you may not want to wait for the last minute! Tickets cannot be reserved without payment.

Quickly becoming the most anticipated event of the season, Tibb’s Eve at Norton’s Cove Café will mark its third year this December 23rd!

Doors open at six o’clock to mingle and enjoy pre-dinner tasties: 

Coconut Shrimp (GF)
Cranberry Brie Bites (VEG)
Fried Potato Balls
Bacon & Caramelized Onion Crostini

The three-course festive meal starts at seven o’clock.  Choose from the following options: 


  1. Curried scallop and apple salad (GF)
  2. Pork and mushroom ragout on polenta wedge (GF)
  3. Roast tomato, goat cheese, and arugula tartlet (VEG)


  1. Braised lamb shank served with potato or rice and vegetable medley (GF)
  2. Pecan crusted stuffed chicken with potato or rice and vegetable medley (Can be GF / Nut Free if desired)
  3. Lentil veggie tartare with stewed vegetables and tofu lollipops (GF/ VEG)


  1. Guinness gingerbread cake nicely spiced with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Served with whiskey sauce, whipped cream, ginger cookie and sponge toffee crumbles.
  2. Rich, flourless chocolate cake (torte), chocolate ganache drip, salted caramel, fresh raspberries and candied walnuts. (GF)(can be nut free)
  3. Individual pavlova (crisp meringue with marshmallowy centre) filled with tangy lemon curd, fresh whipped cream, and berries. (GF)

Rockin’ starts at nine o’clock with live music from Mick Davis.  Wear your dancing shoes!

$100 ticket price includes all food, gratuity, and 2 beverages.  HST is extra. Get your tickets online here or at the studio!

Rockin’ Around the Christmas tree, let the Christmas spirit ring!  

*Please add your menu options to the notes part of your order, or email/text them to Janet.  Also, please make a note of any foods you need to avoid, as we can make adjustments where necessary.

If you’ve already purchased your tickets, thank you, and please send me your menu choices!

Day Four: Just a Card – Indie Week

Today’s prompt is Events: yours and those you enjoy.

Events! I love planning them! Anyone who knows me realizes that I rarely leave my own property, so I don’t get to go enjoy events that others are hosting very often… But here’s what’s in the plans for Norton’s Cove!

This campaign really resonates with me as a small town business owner. If everyone in this town came into my shop once a year and purchased just a card, or just a bookmark, or just anything at all, I’d be able to call my business successful. It really is that simple.
My personal favourite! This is when I get to throw a little party for free for my supporters. This event happens on the first Friday of December every year! Everyone is welcome.
Tibb’s Eve is truly an amazing event. The food is outstanding- Ted really goes all out and shows us what a great Kitchen Magician he really is! And this year, we’re letting Chrys Hogan run wild with the desserts! And then, to cap off the evening, we dance the night away with Mick Davis offering up his honed skills with his voice and guitar. Only 43 tickets make it an intimate evening too!
Nancy Hynes and Ian Foster perform their Christmas album again here at Norton’s Cove Café next month. A great treat to look forward to! Candy Cane Lattes too!

Amanda and I are thinking about putting off a couple of FRIDAY NIGHT FRIENDS events over the holidays. What do you think? Would you like us to do that? I’d love to, but I’m a little afraid that no one would show up… All I need is a wee bit of encouragement from my customers!

Day Three: Just a Card – Indie Week

Today’s prompt is shops, artists, makers, small businesses you love

Well now, how on earth do I narrow that list down to just one blog post? Let’s see. I could point you towards all the lovely shop owners who sell my cards, I could make a list of all the shops in my own hometown that we get our day to day supplies from, I could list all the little places I like to stop along the roads to other destinations… Or I could pick just one today, and keep on posting about other shops and galleries forever more. Mm-hmm. That’s the ticket.

I very much recommend a stop at Washed Ashore Antiques & Coffee Bar in Trinity, Bonavista Bay (not to be confused with Trinity, Trinity Bay). The man behind the counter, Kirk White, is a wonderful spokesperson for The Shore. He is a wealth of information on where to go to see the sights! And the shop is FULL of beautiful objects, useful items and eye candy too. Sit with a coffee and have a chat in this delightful old shop!

Day Two: Just a Card – Indie Week

Today’s prompt: Make an image. Say what the image means to you.

Inner Swain’s Tickle – The Reach

This is my most recently finished work, based on an old photograph of a part of the coastline at Wesleyville. A tickle is a path of ocean between two areas of land, in this case, between Wesleyville and Swain’s Islands. This path of ocean is also referred to as The Reach by locals.

The place itself is special to me because of my own family connections…

My great grandmother, Ethel Winsor, was raised on Swain’s Island, and she told me about growing up there. During the winters, they would close up the shutters on the windows, and try to keep themselves warm with lots of clothes and quilts. I can only imagine what it must have been like before electricity out there, where I have seen waves crash and freeze over the whole island with my own eyes. The good old days indeed!

My dad grew up in the same area, just over the little hill in the left of the image. His neighbours were my husband’s family. And I have spent many a day at the wharf there myself, tagging along with dad, working at the Marine Service Centre for a little while, and tying up my own sailing boat at the floating docks.

It just feels like home.