This Week at Norton’s Cove Studio

Lots of product in the old shop shelves! Hoodies, tees, cards, mini-prints, bookmarks, bath bombs, candles, chocolate, artwork, soap, and even hand sanitizer all made here in NL.
#WIP: I’ve been working on book illustrations! 1/4 done.
New bath products from Rocks & Roots Co. arrived today! The shop smells so nice!


And now that #printapalooza is complete again, it’s time for signing, scoring, folding, matting, chopping, tasseling, and packaging Norton’s Cove Cards, Mini-Prints, and bookmarks! And the weather is perfect for such indoor work! 👌

Norton’s Cove Mini-Prints getting signed and sorted on my well lit office table.


Blue-Green is the #printapalooza colour of the day!

I am blue, wishing it was green! There’s a bit of white winter weather out there today- nothing new- I expected exactly this, but it’s still disappointing to see the ground covered in snow again when the last little hummock was just leaving.

This time of year I’m dreaming of gardening and boating, and a spring snowstorm always feels like a big step backwards. We’ve been making plans to improve our deck space, and I’m really itching to get at that project! It’s already gorgeous in my head!

Back in Black

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? 😋

Day One: Just a Card – Indie Week

It’s all about me today! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Janet, an artist and entrepreneur here in beautiful Brookfield (part of the municipality of New-Wes-Valley), Newfoundland, Canada. Here’s a little slide-show of me doing my thing over the past seventeen years…

  • Ship Island May 2019

As an artist, I’m inspired by the things in my environment. The sea and all its creatures, landscapes and its flora and fauna, as well as some artifacts from the days of my grandparents. These all hold my attention year to year. I never get tired of looking at the ocean at my doorstep.

I am spending lots of time thinking about ongoing and upcoming projects, even while creating pieces that make up my bread and butter each year, especially my UNDERNEATH project which looks under the surface of the ocean, getting to the bottom of things. The project will speak of mental health issues that we struggle with, how easy it is to sink to the bottom from the sunny top, and how we all need to have lifeguard skills to work together and save each other from drowning.

Here are some other tidbits about me…

  • Born just up the road from my studio at Brookfield Hospital to proud parents Bruce and Ollie 47 years ago
  • I have 3 brothers: Steve, Trevor, and Mick. I’m child #3
  • Schools I’ve attended: Newtown Elementary, Memorial Academy, Lester Pearson Memorial High, Avalon Community College/Cabot College, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
  • Married Duke Kelloway 21 years ago at the Greenspond Courthouse
  • Duke and I have 1 son, Fred, who is by far the greatest thing I’ve ever created
  • Started Norton’s Cove Studio in 2002
  • My favourite band is the Novaks
  • I love hiking, sailing, eating food I didn’t cook, binge-watching British shows on Netflix, and Christmas with my family
  • Added Norton’s Cove Café in 2017
  • I don’t have a favourite colour. They’re all good
  • I can play a few chords on the guitar and my ukulele
  • I mark the 7th generation of Davis’ living in the Bonavista North area of Newfoundland since William Davis left the dock at Portsmouth in the 1700s

Today’s prompt for Indie Week is You: Share your story. Show your face or place. Tomorrow’s prompt is Make an image. Say what the message means to you.

Just a Card

For some time now, I have been following the ongoing work of the Just a Card campaign. Even though it comes from the UK, everything they say works on this side of the Atlantic Ocean too. The basic principle, is to shop small, shop local, and to keep our small businesses going.

“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card‘ we’d still be open”

from the Just a card website, sign on a closed business

This year, I’ll be taking part in the Just a Card sponsored Indie Week. Please follow along, and repost, spread the word about your own favourite makers, small shops and galleries!

Gift Cards

Redeemable at both the studio and café, gift cards can be loaded (and reloaded) with any amount you choose.  They never expire, and can be used to purchase any product offered by Norton’s Cove Studio & Café.   Get yours at the studio today!


Yes, the Café has closed it’s doors to regular hours.  We will still open for special occasions, Live @ Norton’s Cove events, and private parties, but our regular hours won’t resume until spring 2019.


I want to take this moment to thank everyone who supported us throughout our first year of business, especially those who came for suppers all winter, those who came for a hot drink every day they could, and those that made special trips from far away just to visit Norton’s Cove.  Every little purchase means a lot to Team Norton’s Cove!

Keep an eye out for our calendar of events over the fall and winter, and you’ll see that we have lots up our sleeves to keep us all entertained and fed over the off-season.