BFCM

Black Friday Cyber Monday is a big deal with shoppers these days, even here in little old Newfoundland.  You can read up on what BFCM is here if you’re wondering where this marketing terminology came from.

My friends over at http://www.justacard.org have come up with an alternative to Black Friday, aiming at supporting independent businesses and artisans, Indie Friday.  And I’m jumping on board that bandwagon.

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…so on Indie Friday, I’ll be offering up a sale on my Norton’s Cove Cards, Mini-Prints, framed Mini-Prints, and Bookmarks.  Just use the code IndieFriday at the checkout to save 40% on your purchase.  This sale applies both online and in-store.

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Mat Hooking

Nothing like leading a mat hooking workshop to get me hooked on matting again… while my students were starting their 5 x 5″ mats today, I dove back into revamping Clifford’s Education Fund.

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I’m hoping that the next Book Club book is available as an audio-book that I can listen to while finishing off this 8 x 10 foot hooked mat so that I can start a new piece on the same mat hooking frame.  I find that the time spent listening to a book while mat hooking flies by- a great source of entertainment while still feeling like I’m getting lots of work accomplished: win win!

Just a Card

There’s a campaign happening on the world wide web that I feel I can wholeheartedly be a part of…

I have been saying these words for all 15 years that I’ve been in business here.  If everyone in my hometown bought one card each year, I’d be able to make a living as an artist.  But my business has made it for 15 years- because I’ve had support from a loving family who didn’t mind helping out.  And because I’ve also been working for another company for the past 10 years in order to gain a dependable income.  For most of those years, I have not taken a pay-cheque from Norton’s Cove Studio Inc.  Oftentimes, the business costs me more money than it makes.  And now I’ve taken all the credit/financing/loans I can get to build a restaurant which needs the support of the community too.

It is incredibly important to shop locally and support our own community.  Just a card. Or a piece of cake.  It makes a huge difference to twelve employees of Norton’s Cove Studio & Café now, not just me.  So it’s even more important to me than ever before to help spread the word.  Just a card.