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.
This week and next, I am taking a little time off to rejuvenate my creative and entrepreneurial sensibilities. I have been enjoying some time at home, doing some long overdue maintenance and falling in love with a new paint colour on our foyer walls.
But today, I’m in the studio and office, taking care of some business:
Working on orders: packaging dry cards and minis, and printing more!
Moving Café Giftshop stock to the studio’s shelves and updating inventory
Reinstalling my big wall of artwork: I’ve sold a few pieces (thank you thank you!) and need to rearrange it all again, including artwork from the Café’s walls
Catching up on paperwork
Hoping to see a few visitors!
Norton’s Cove Studio is open: The Studio is open by chance or appointment this week! Please call/text me at 536-8166 to make an appointment. Today and tomorrow, I’ll be here from around 10-6.
Stop in to see how Norton’s Cove Mini-Prints are made today, and the next few days! I’m slowly getting through my latest #printapalooza print list while working on another couple of projects unrelated to my artistic career. When the Café closes up for the season tomorrow night, I’ll be able to put far more focus on artwork and building up stock to be ready for the last quarter of the year.
Norton’s Cove Studio is open: (I’ll be taking a little holiday time soon, so please, if you’re travelling from afar, check in with me and let me know what day you’ll be visiting to avoid disappointment!)
I am printing new cards, minis, and bookmarks this week, for our own shop shelves as well as some orders coming in (including Christmas Cards!), while listening to the BBC coverage of the Queen’s death. What a historic moment we are living through this week! The Queen who I pledged my allegiance to as a Girl Guide is gone, and a new King takes her place. Only senior citizens remember when the last King died, and have known any other monarch than Elizabeth II. What an incredible woman she was to dedicate her entire life to royal duty and the people of her realm. I imagine the conversations between her and all the heads of government around the world would be amazing to hear.
Stop in to see how Norton’s Cove Cards are made today, and the next few days, and grab your tickets for David Guy Live @ Norton’s Cove on Saturday night too!
I am colouring & packaging new cards, minis, and bookmarks this week, for our own shop shelves as well as some orders coming in (including Christmas Cards!)
The Mystery of the Missing Printing Plate Update: No sign of the saltbox printing plate anywhere! When my favourite cousin asked if I thought someone may have stolen it, I said, “don’t be rediculas”; but right now, I’m thinking it’s about the only explanation! Maybe someone put it in their pocket by accident? I know I’ve come home from the Café with a napkin in my purse before. I can’t be the only oblivious weirdo out there, can I? Anyway, the search continues! And in the meantime, I have to discontinue that image in the online shop, as I can no longer take orders for that particular design. I guess I’ll be making a new saltbox image!
We are printing and packaging new cards, minis, and bookmarks this week, for our own shop shelves as well as some orders coming in (including Christmas Cards!) and as this is Madison’s last week here at Norton’s Cove Studio, we’re trying to fit a lot of work into the last few days! If you’re thinking of stopping in for a visit, it’s a great time to see how these lino-cut relief prints are made!
This week in the studio, I’m still working on a special project for the Craft Council of NL’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. Here’s a progress shot… I should be able to finish carving today!
Madison & I printed a few mini-prints for two small online orders- these are drying, and will be sent to California and Toronto once they’re ready to go…
We’re absolutely loving meeting people in the studio at our busiest day of the year- I’m always impressed with how far away some people come from who have had Newfoundland on their bucket list for a while, and am equally happy to see our own folks supporting local shops like mine!
I’ve started taking my mornings off to catch up all the things I didn’t get done while I was sick- gardening, getting our house ready for visitors, a bit of house painting… But Madison is here to greet you by 10am, and I usually keep the shop open longer than our posted hours, doing the things that I can still do while it’s dark outside.
This week in the studio, I’m working on a special project for the Craft Council of NL’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. More info on this when I’m ready to submit the piece to the Craft Council Gallery! I’ve got a deadline of August 12th. Full steam ahead!
While I am feeling the effects of a COVID-19 infection that started around three weeks ago, I really am feeling much better, and am able to put an honest day’s work in, as long as I take a few breaks and remember to eat!
I am extremely thankful for every customer that has supported my small business so far this summer- it means so much, from every bookmark to every large piece that sells. Things are looking much brighter this week than they were last week.
This week in the studio, you’ll find my assistant, Madison, ready to help you 11am-6pm.
I’m still recovering from a COVID-19 infection, and really not feeling up to doing much work in the studio or at home. 5 minutes of trivial tasks wear me out, and I am going to the studio to do bits of work when a burst of energy hits me, but those bursts aren’t lasting long. Health guidelines tell me I shouldn’t be contagious now, two weeks after my first symptoms, but I do not feel recovered at all.
I’m so sorry for letting my guard against COVID down. This couldn’t have hit me at a worse time of year, and I’m trying my best to not feel sorry for myself as I’m missing out on so much that I was looking forward to. While my studio side of the business is open year-round, this is the time of year when I have the most foot-traffic, and any degree of success really depends on the next couple of weeks: the busiest of the year; I can’t help but worry about how this illness is going to affect my bottom line. Ah, the joys of entrepreneurship!
I will try not to worry too much, to try to aid in my recovery, and thank my staff for being able to carry on without much input from me right now.
I’ve been doing some thinking about my business, my family life, and my full-time job with Davis Shipping Limited, trying to make it all fit together so that everyone is happy with what hours I devote to each facet of my life.
It is quite difficult for me, at times, to go against my instincts and spend time without any productivity. I realize though, that devoting time to having fun and vacation time with family and friends does lead to better productivity. It is with this in mind, that I have changed my work hours here at the studio.
Summer 9-4 daily with the help of a summer student And 7-9 on Tuesday evenings for drawing class As well as by chance or appointment